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Archive for July, 2011

Music Painting

July 23rd, 2011 by Nikki Smith

Sharing something beautiful…

Music Painting” by Alice Ninni is a charming animation of the song “Lacrime de Giulietta” by Matteo Negrin in which the musical notation is the basis for a scrolling illustrated story about humanity and nature.

Custom printed fabric from your own artwork

July 10th, 2011 by Nikki Smith

I stumbled across Spoonflower yesterday and I love the concept!  This is a site that helps you print (and sell) your own designs on fabric.  They also have a marketplace with thousands of fabrics that other artists have designed.  I’d love to design my own fabric for book covers, not to mention the curtains I need to make for my daughter’s room…  Of course, I love making papercloth by hand, but with Spoonflower the fabric can be laundered which is a big plus.  I spent a few hours browsing there yesterday and here are a few examples of what I found:

Scribble Paper
Scribble Paper fabric by ephemeralalchemy

Watercolor painting fabric by ~ c’est la viv

Incognito is neato
‘Incognito is neato by virginiao*aka*vo

Lotus in repose
Lotus in repose by virginiao*aka*vo

Green Nebula
Green Nebula by corseceng

This gives me so many great ideas…!  I saw watercolor paintings, photography, graphic designs, pen and ink drawings, vintage copyright free images, patterns and more, all converted to fabric.  It makes me want to dig through my art and try it out myself!

p.s. As of the time of this writing I have no affiliation with Spoonflower – I just think it’s neat!  =)

Everyday Art (Just for fun)

July 7th, 2011 by Nikki Smith

While I don’t always get a chance to get into my studio and devote the time I’d love to my “real” artwork, I can usually find something creative to keep my hands busy in the in-between moments of life.  Origami money - graduation gifts Birthdays, graduations, my kids, nieces and nephew are all great excuses


to have fun with everyday art…


Now go do something silly – I dare you!

Dragon Flames – Ice Resin Paper Home

July 1st, 2011 by Nikki Smith

Meet my pet dragon:

My Pet Dragon

The inspiration for this home was two-fold: our broken A/C with temps above 100 degrees, and fire which can both warm and destroy.

It was 103° outside, two small kiddos at home, the A/C didn’t work (and the repair company that worked on it didn’t return our calls for over a week!), and then I made the mistake of cooking something on the stove-top…I should have had a PBJ sandwich…

Ice-resin paper home

This piece is constructed from tissue paper treated with ice resin which creates a translucent effect.  An inner support was built out of a transparency sheet cut and hinged to shape, and flame-colored parchment leaves form a separate base and perfect accent.

This is one of my entries in the Cloth Paper Scissors “Home Sweet Home” challenge.

I have a burnin' desire...oh oh oh, heart's on fire...

Hot summer days, winter evenings by the fireside…What memories does this evoke for you? Let me know in the comments below!

Somethin’ Fishy (Heads or Tails)

July 1st, 2011 by Nikki Smith

Though maybe I should have called this piece “Living in a Fishbowl…”

Somethin' Fishy (heads)

This home is a tribute to those who have lost homes due to flooding.  It uses two of my favorite techniques, printing digital imagery on tissue paper (not as hard as you might think!) and ice resin paper which creates the coolest translucent effect!   An inner support was built out of a transparency sheet cut and hinged to shape.  A child’s toy fish is on the roof for a finishing touch.

This is one of my entries in the Cloth Paper Scissors “Home Sweet Home” challenge.

Somethin' Fishy (tails)

Confession: OK, it’s my daughter’s fish toy.  What’s the craziest thing you’ve swiped for an art project?  Leave a comment and let me know!

UPDATE:  This piece was published in the Nov/Dec 2011 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors!  🙂