Tuesday, August 19, 2014

15 Minutes of Fame for My Etch-A-Sketch

In addition to my Smiling Cat Studio shop, I also have a Smiling Cat Vintage shop on Etsy where I'm ridding myself of the detritus of my childhood. Those boxes of stuff my dad had in his attic? Most all of it is fair game. That and other family and in-law items make up most of my shop so that I've purchased very little and still have quite a bit of variety.


I pin items on my Smiling Cat Vintage Pinterest board when I post them. There are a few items that get a lot of interest there and it does bring many people to my Etsy shop. Though I sold it months ago, the Etch-A-Sketch is by far the most popular with over 750 pins.

And now that very Etch-A-Sketch is starring in a music video! Well, maybe not starring, but it has a cameo in Best Not Broken's "I Won't Stop Loving You" video and as Director, Tanit Sakakini, says "is the catalyst for the dramatic, third-act 'fight scene!'" Check it out!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Still Collaging

Mati Rose McDonough's Daring Adventures in Collage class ended several weeks ago, but I find myself still collaging. This is good. I needed a creative push and the class was perfect. I can try out pieces of paper without committing to where I'm going to put them, then once I'm satisfied I can glue them down. Ink and paint seem more permanent to me, though I know they can also be fixed by rethinking a line or adding more paint. With collage, I can make fanciful scenes more easily than I can with my current drawing skills. I can make my crazy imagination visible or just throw pieces together to make something more abstract. Fun stuff!


This collage began with a red 2 that was on the ticket left in my car when I had it serviced last week. You'll also find bits of a tea box and a Kleenex box, a shopping bag, wrapping paper, tissue paper, netting from a bag of oranges, a bit from a Colonial Williamsburg brochure and a party hat, and some Zentangle elements. The piece in the upper left corner? When I have leftover paint, I brush and roll and dot it onto paper so I can use the result for other projects.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Daring Adventures in Collage: Week 4.5

This week's Daring Adventures in Collage assignment is about Dynamic Compositions, but I haven't gotten that far yet. This collage has been percolating on my desk over the past week. It started with a patchwork background of flowers from a catalog. There was a little hole left where I placed the owl. Then I minutes here and there over a couple of days trying to figure out what the owl was doing. I knew he had a garden hat, but did he have a body? Was he in a fanciful house? Maybe a tree? Yes! A tree! A plaid tree!


Well, then what? Another day or two passed and I started thinking about the Owl and the Pussycat. I found a cat who draped over the tree branches nicely and read the poem. Turns out the poem is all ocean and stars and happiness. I looked at the annoyed looking owl and the insomniac cat and decided the honeymoon is over for those two. The next thing I knew, "Pussy said to the Owl, 'You elegant fowl! How charmingly sweet you sing!" became "Pussy said to the Owl, 'You noisy old fowl! Stop singing, so I may sleep!" Apologies to Edward Lear!