Mulling over

So I'm in the Kawaii ATC Swap at Swap-Bot. Damn I talk about swaps a lot huh? Back to the point. It's due October 16 and somehow I've already received my 9 cards from my 3 partners but that's also not really the point of this entry EITHER. I really haven't given much thought to this swap because I figure, it's kawaii HELLO I know kawaii. Today I started thinking about it though and leafed through my things and well my original idea of collages from deco tapes and memo sheets and stickers and such things went out the window. I'm sure someone can pull it off but not me. So I started thinking some more and figured what if I went the paper piecing route? I'm figuring it'd be neat to piece together some of my favorite kawaii characters as well as some classic ones from paper and put them on some origami paper background. I went online to look at some images I'd use and I settled on these nine characters. Am I crazy for doing this? Kawaii characters are simple in their nature and there's nothing overly crazy. I think they'd be really cute done in paper for ATC's. The other thing is I'm wondering just how many participants actually *know* what kawaii is. Out of the three sets of cards I got only one really portrayed kawaii culture. The other two, although completely gorgeous, weren't really reflective of kawaii culture. I'm not really complaining because of the three sets my favorite is a set of geisha that are most definitely not kawaii but still. I'm just afraid it'll go over some people's heads? Am I overanalyzing this? Anyways, here are the nine images I'm going to translate into paper collages. If they have backgrounds they won't be there, I'm just focusing on the characters themselves. Suggestions? Feedback? Hit me!


Worse Scan Ever

I was kinda gloomy today and decided to play with paint and glitter and ended up with this card. The scan is horrible. The card is shimmery and really does look like space might look I think. The scan doesn’t even begin to translate that and it makes me mad. Grrrr. It looks really plain especially compared to some of the other cards I do, but I like it. I dunno. Something about it justs soothes me.

Materials: Rhinestone, glitter, acrylics

We Are All Made of Stars

Things with the closing of the house have taken a crappy turn and even though I’m supposed to have packed most of my workspace up I still have access to some things. Have you ever started something just because you know it will take some time but you don’t care because you just want to get your feelings worked out? Well that’s what I did last night and I wound up with “We Are All Made of Stars”. I wanted to do something shiny and sparkly and bright– the opposite of how I feel. I really like her. Hope you do too.

“We Are All Made of Stars”
Materials: Found Image, sequins, glitter glue

Little Prince New Ones

Here are the two that I was talking about making. One of them, the tears one, is already taken but the flower one is available for now. These are some of my absolute favorite parts in The Little Prince.

“Laughing Stars”
Materials: Patterned paper, found images, leather sticker, confetti, sequins, drawing

“The Little Prince’s Flower”
Materials: Patterned Paper, Glitter Glue, found images, bead, ink

Valentine’s Day

Here is an ATC I made for a Valentine’s Day Card. I did not freehand the drawing because I’m not talented that way. It is a tracing and a transfer as my computer is out of ink. I colored it all by myself though LOL. I did not adhere the ATC to the card but the photo corners are doing a solid job of holding it in place.

“Madly in Love”
Materials: Paper, Cardstock, Color Pencils, Pen, Chalk Pencils

Valentine’s Day Card
Materials: Cardstock, rub-on alphabets, pre-made photo corners, ATC

Simple and sweet. And slightly crazy like me 🙂

Here’s a new one I made today. She is available for trade. If you’d like to see what else I have available, click here.

“Snow Queen”
Materials: Found image, wrapping paper, glitter, trim, rhinestone
I want to say, and I haven’t said this before, she definitely looks tons better in person. She has a glossy, wet look to her I think that the scanner just cannibalizes.

Three New Miscellaneous Ones

Here are some of my newest ones for trade:

“Little Prince” TAKEN
Inspired by the book of the same title.
Materials: Patterned paper, found words, confetti, chalk pencil, mod podge.

“Petty Crime”
Materials: Found images
I thought this was so much fun- the headline and the swimsuit. The background is taken from a vintage magazine and just seemed to really reinforce the innocence of the time.

“Eye See You”
There’s a lot going on here. It’s the one that’s been the most tedious for me to work on because of the size of the eyes to fit the window panes and the sequins for the Turkish evil eye amulets. Take from it what you will but I definitely had some things running through my mind when I worked on it.
Materials: Found images, sequins, beads.

Enjoy and thank you for looking.