Thursday, 28 February 2013

A Boat a Day (no.213)

Today I was the target of Taz's slow mo video, she had me make the missiles I was to be bombarded with, so I decided I may as well make a boat out of it.
Don't forget to check out Taz's video.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

A Boat a Day (no.212)

Today I've been playing with my various craft knives, not in a scary way I promise! I've been making big egg's for the Easter Artisan Market which is is only 31 days away and getting really distracted by my boat.
I have to say without my swivel blade this would never have happened, its amazing. I'm sure I've mentioned how useful it is before but it is really the only thing to use when trying to make intricate cut outs.
I have seen loads of these book sculptures popping up on my FB newsfeed, enviably fantastic works of art that are magical with a little bit of shadow play. Also today I read Amy Morse's interview with Noah Scalin about her Book 365 project which is a brilliant medium and has been great fun to watch her progress. So inspired by Amy, books and boats this is what I came up with.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

A Boat a Day (no.211)

Today has been a proper day to myself, no work, no outings, just knuckling down and dealing with that life washing up and cooking. I have also made two sets of miniature steampunk drawers today, well one chest and one rather stately writing desk. Can't wait to add the finishing touches and photograph them all.
Todays boat is made from the final ingredients to go into an epic pasta bake, (I didn't cook it like this!)

Monday, 25 February 2013

A Boat a Day (no.210)

Today I have been making fabric flowers for the many things I have to decorate this year, I decided to do todays boat in the same style. I cute out one boat and one circle and gathered them into the centre like I would to make a flower. Bit strange, but it's fun.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

A Boat a Day (No.209)

Cadbury's have released some weird new chocolate fusions so todays boat is made from "Toffee popcorn chocolate", which is...strange. In a good way, but I'm not sure I will ever get used to it. There is always the golden biscuit crunch yet to be tried and tested :)

Saturday, 23 February 2013

A Boat a Day (no.208)

Good Evening.
It's been a long day, and a cold one too! We took Moon and Magic to the Harbourside Market with all our new Steampunk Art doll's, Matchbox Chests and Tea Art and despite the freezing cold had a pretty good day. We discovered that all our new stock seems to attract more men, which is awesome as I feel they must get bored of all the girly stuff at markets.
Our stall was up against the railings surrounding the floating harbour with a backdrop of water and boats :)

Friday, 22 February 2013

A Boat a Day (no.207)

Today I've been having a well deserved day off before the madness of Market and Work begins tomorrow. I'm so excited to get our new stock out on the stall and be part of the Harbourside Market, we've done a complete makeover, both on display and stock. We've got only a small selection of Jewellery from 2012, everything else has been designed and created this year.
Anyway here is a boat made of tin foil.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

A Boat a Day (no.206)

Today has been a long day of adventure with family, me and Taz looked after our nephew Osian and later we joined up with all of the girls and went to a concert. It was spectacular, "The Lock In" is definitely worth getting excited about, I didn't even know what I was going to see but Hip/Hop Folk dance was a brilliant surprise.
After a fantastic evening out I only had time for a quick boat, but I like the simplicity of silver dots on black card.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

A Boat a Day (no.205)

After a lot of hardwork Me and Taz have got everything ready for market at the weekend. I decided to make a boat that actually floats on water. I did make a newspaper boat hat a while ago, but it really was terrible and I added a sail so it looked more like a boat than a hat. Despite the walls having collapsed a bit this is still much better.

I have also been Taz's pianist today for her Video a day there will be a link later this evening but here is her YouTube channel with plenty of other videos to keep you entertained until todays has uploaded.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

A Boat a Day (no.204)

Hello, today I made this boat from some red cabbage, which was just a small part of feast. It was very inspiring and pretty so I am sharing it with you today in the form of a boat, so you can enjoy it too. P.S. Happy Birthday Genie.

Monday, 18 February 2013

A Boat a Day (no.203)

Tomorrow it is Genie's Birthday, though I think in New Zealand it will be later today, so I've made an Ecard, there's no flashing or singing so don't get too excited. Back to my old friend MSPaint with a bit of help from GIMP.
We're even planning a birthday romp around in her honour tomorrow, so look forward to that.

Me and Taz made some great progress in the studio today getting ready for our first market of the year. (Harbourside Market on Saturday 11-4 if your around) We've made a new table cloth, finished the Moon and Magic bunting and redesigned our jewellery display for the millionth time! I'm pretty satisfied and am really looking forward to seeing it all come together at the weekend :) I warn you, there will be photos.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

A Boat a Day (no.202)

Today I have been getting into some of the darker corners of my house, the ones where spiders reign supreme and decorate their palaces with dust. The damp in the studio has gotten worse and more has been discovered in other rooms, I fear it is time to start looking for a new home. :( I also put out a box of crafty bits on the wall with a 'please rummage' sign left over from the swap which got snowed away. I'm happy to say most of it has found a new home and I feel lighter :)

Today's boat is made from shale pendants, (the sea is glass) one of those random things I took out of the swap when I saw them again. I was much more hard-hearted a few weeks back when we were sorting through everything, but I'm sure I'm not the only person who does that sort of thing :P

Saturday, 16 February 2013

A Boat a Day (no.201)

While gathering images for the diorama yesterday I found a nice picture of two girls in a row boat. I decided to go old school and cut it into strips, gluing every other and filling in the gaps with pencil. Yhis is another one of those simple techniques I did as a kid to improve my drawing skills, particularly with portraiture.

Friday, 15 February 2013

A Boat a Day (no.200)

Happy 200! I have been wondering all week what I could do that would be fairly epic today. My plan was to go on a boat hunt and see how many I could find, but when Taz mentioned she wanted to make a diorama with the Steampunk Art Dolls and did I want to help build a set, I instantly thought boat. So that is what you can see above, this is the bar and stage of a cruise liner with a little dressing room for the stars and a balcony to view the other stars. To see it in all its glory you'll have to pop over to Taz's Youtube in a bit.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

A Boat a Day (no.199)

How did 199 creep up on me? This week has been full of inspiration, pancake day, chinese new year and of course valentines and tomorrow is day 200! Today's boat is a kiss, apparently neither me or Taz own any lipstick so this is an ingenious invention of lip balm and eye shadow, and it's pretty resilient :(


Wednesday, 13 February 2013

A Boat a Day (no.198)

A belated boat for the Chinese new year, I forgot I owned calligraphy brushes and haven't really used them properly. It even has an ink block which is much more practical than a pot of ink which has a high chance of leaking.

Anyway here it is, Boat!

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

A Boat a Day (no.197)

Happy Pancake eating!
As you can guess today I've been making Pancake Boats, I tried an interesting method using an icing syringe which I had seen someone use to make Lacey pancakes. It would have probably worked better if it wasn't so cheap and hadn't constantly dribbled. Lots of fun was had, though I wish there wasn't so much mess :(

Monday, 11 February 2013

A Boat a Day (no.196)

Good Evening,
Today I have been helping Taz with her Video a Day which was good fun. And then this evening we did some role play, so I made my boat from the many dice. (Incidentally it would appear that I killed everyone, enemies and fellow campaigners, in my defense they were either asking for it or beyond help!) All in all, a good if odd day.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

A Boat a Day (no.195)

Good Evening.
Today's boat is a photograph of one half of my mum's Birthday present. I found this print and another of Bristol city centre from 1894 in a charity shop, me and Taz saw them and new mum would love them. Part of me wanted to keep them, but I'll have to be content with a photo.
This is a picture of Bristol's iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge from 1901.

On another note I mentioned a few days ago that my sister Taz (who is mentioned in my blog almost daily) has taken up the 365 challenge! She'll be posting a video everyday for a year and here is her first one :)

Saturday, 9 February 2013

A Boat a Day (no.194)

We have been making a mini matchbox chest today, this one is a prototype for many more in the future. I really am loving the papercrafts, I guess the boats have helped me rediscover paper. It's still in the test stages but with some feet a touch of sparkle and a varnish she'll be a beaut. Today's boat has been incorporated into the decoupage. 

Friday, 8 February 2013

A Boat a Day (no.193)

I made a bling boat today, I love looking through my mum's art cupboards, equipped for kids and mess making, which we know I love! We've had the little one's around this evening again, here to celebrate my mum's birthday. They are so full of energy and excitable, and utterly crazy!

My sister is considering doing a 365 project so look out over the next few days for her first post!

Thursday, 7 February 2013

A Boat a Day (no.192)

Spent the afternoon with my nieces playing with clay, monkey jenga and dancing. They didn't know Taz and I were visiting so it was a nice surprise for them, and I was pleasantly surprised to see them both wearing the Monster Hoods I made them for Halloween.

After Phoebe (the youngest) demonstrated her potters wheel with some gusto I had a go and eventually made this little thing,

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

A Boat a Day (no.191)

Back in the shire again today visiting my family for a long weekend. As always my mum's house is full of inspiration, I hadn't been here long before I spied some glass paint and mum happily provided a pretty glass jar for me to decorate. I had a lot of fun :)

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

A Boat a Day (no.190)

Today has been a day of hairdressing, not my usual job I know but one I am called upon for every now and again. The request today was pretty exciting, my friend wanted to look like this! Originally the agreement was that I would shave a boat into his hair before I shaved it all the off, but it wasn't really viable, and I didn't want to ruin it before I even started. So instead, on the suggestion of Claire Byard I sculpted it into a boat, here is the result :)

Monday, 4 February 2013

A Boat a Day (no.189)

Good Evening,

I went to the Arnolfini today to do another room check for the Easter Market, there was a small part of my brain that was convinced I had exaggerated the size of it, but it's actually bigger! I'm so close to being organised for my biggest market yet, it's exciting but exhausting. While I was on my adventure today I saw a new ship in the harbour. (it feels weird that I know it's new.)

Sunday, 3 February 2013

A Boat a Day (no.188)

I have had a lovely treat this evening, thanks to Tam who cooked us all dinner (which was ready when I got home from work) and spent the day giving everyone their Christmas massages. I'm feeling very relaxed and comfortable right now after some intense work on my left shoulder, and also a bit floaty-like. If you are a Bristolian then I recommend you check out Meridian Massage, even if you think you don't need a massage, you do!
In an attempt to keep the good energies flowing I made today's boat from an apple.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

A Boat a Day (no.187)

Today I worked to one of Noah Scalin's briefs keeping it simple with paper and using no scissors, glue or any other tool. I've already done some proper origami a while back but this is just that age old art of folding your receipts into random shapes.  :)

Friday, 1 February 2013

A Boat a Day (no.186)

Today's boat is more about the globe, which is one of those cheapy plastic ones all kids should own. I decided to give it a bit of a makeover, starting with lots of brown and sepia tones. I will have to do something about the stand another time. the ship was drawn with black and silver marker pen, however I decided after I had done it to spray the whole globe in fixative to make sure the paint didn't run. It didn't, but the marker pen did :(
I will be using this as display on my stall, but I think if I find anymore kids globes, especially if they look a bit sad I will be repainting them!