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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!  🙂

One World One Heart 2011 Winners!

February 18th, 2011 by Nikki Smith

I’ll be honest, I’ve visited less than 50 of the 800+ blogs so far this year.  I was tempted to do one final mad dash through OWOH yesterday, but I decided to spend some quality mommy-daughter time instead and visit your blogs in a more leisurely fashion over the coming weeks.   So thank-you to everyone who stopped in to say “hello,” and especially to those who took a moment to get to know me a little better.  It’s been a great ride and I’ve discovered some inspiring artists and thought-provoking bloggers along the way.  I look forward to meeting more in the weeks (and months) to come!

Congratulations to the following lovely folks!  I’ve included an image from each of their blogs to give you a teaser and encourage you to visit them as well if you get a chance.   Drum-roll please:

Carmen who said:

“Oh wow thank you Nikki, yours was one of the blogs that really stood out on the tour, your creations are so unusual. Please could I have Wee Planet Swanage? It makes me think of fantasy/folk stories and the edge of the world.”

Planet Swanage
Here is an image from Carmen’s blog.  Do check it out, she has such a fun writing style!
Shelly Massey who said:
“Hi Nikki!  YAAAAAAYYYYY!!!!  I LOVE your wee planets!

Sorry you didn’t make the CPS calendar… I hope you’ll keep trying just like I plan to.  🙂
It is SO hard to pick from all your awesome planets, but I finally decided on Planet Path that you made for Tina.  It only seems right that since I’m lucky enough to be teaching at PC that I should have a wonderful reminder of her.
Thank you SOOOOO much!!”
Planet Path, rural Bryan, Texas
Shelly and I have something in common – we both submitted art to the Cloth Paper Scissors calendar contest this year.  Below is her delightful entry, painted on license plates!  I LOVE it!  Please do check out her blog!
And finally Kim Rae Nugent who said:
“I enjoyed your blog including the book structures. I would love to win one of your prints. Please add me to your drawing. Stop by for a visit if you have the change.
Have a lovely day!”

I’m still waiting to hear back from Kim about her favorite planet…  Please do check out her lovely blog, RAEvN’s Nest:
Thank you to everyone who participated!  I so enjoyed meeting new friends and visiting so many wonderful blogs!
Have a wonderful day!

One World One Heart: Global Blog Giveaway Event 2011

February 5th, 2011 by Nikki Smith

I’m happy to be participating in the One World One Heart (OWOH) global blog giveaway event for 2011!  This is a worldwide meet-and-greet virtual tour for bloggers complete with door prizes.

So, what could be more appropriate for this event than to give away a whole world?  A “wee planet” to be precise.  (Or rather, several…I’ll be adding one giveaway for every 100 comments so spread the word!)

The first prize is an 8″ x 8″ print of one of my “wee planets” (winners choice).  Each mini-world is lovingly created from 360 degree panorama photos and ready to explore.  If you had your very own world to escape to, what would it be like?  Perhaps:

Planet Path, rural Bryan, Texas

Planet Path

Rural Bryan, Texas

Planet Winter Hotel

Planet Swanage

Planet Swanage


Tongariro Volcanoes

Wee Planet: Tongariro Volcanoes

OR, your choice of wee planet from my gallery!

P.S. If you’re a photographer (or just handy with a camera) and live or travel somewhere beautiful, colorful or unique, please remember me — I’m always looking for great 360 degree panorama photos to create new worlds from.  I don’t get to travel much these days as I’m enjoying the company of my toddler and a brand new baby, so all of my traveling is virtual at the moment!  🙂

My other love is the book arts, creating and binding one-of-a-kind artist books by hand.  Last year I also gave away a “mini-booklace” (a mini-book necklace – wearable, functional art).  I’m not sure if I’ll have a chance to create a book for the contest this year, as it is hard to find art time (or sleep time!) with a newborn… =)

B.T.W. – My latest wee planet (shown here) is currently a finalist in the 2012 Cloth Paper Scissors magazine calendar contest, “On the Street Where You Live.”  I’ll find out the results on Friday the 11th – wish me luck!

UPDATE: Regrettably, my wee planet didn’t make it into the 2012 CPS calendar.  It truly is an honor to be a finalist, and encourages me to submit more art in the future.  Thank-you to all of those who wished me luck!


To enter, simply place a comment on this post. Be sure to include a valid email address so I can contact you if you win!

Deadline to enter: Midnight on February 17th

Winners will be announced: February 18th, 2011

Remember to check out the other participating blogs by clicking on the logo to the left.

This is the 5th and final year, and I want to say “thank-you” to Lisa for hosting this event for the past five years and helping so many of us make connections with fellow bloggers.  And of course, a big thank-you to *you* for stopping by.  I hope you can take the time to read some of my other posts to learn a bit about me and my artwork, and if it interests you, please do stop by again. Good luck, everyone! I’m off to visit your blogs now…

UPDATE: Comments are now closed!  Winners will be contacted and results posted shortly.  Stay tuned…

Dos-a-dos His/Hers/Ours Goals Journal

September 18th, 2010 by Nikki Smith

Finishing this His/Hers/Ours Goals journal has been one of my artistic goals this summer! =)

Dos-a-dos Goals JournalThis is a completely handmade dos-a-dos journal, using acid-free paper, bound with a variation on the Centipede binding style over raised supports.  It lays flat for easy journaling.

Dos-a-dos Goals Journal: Side viewA dos-a-dos book (from the French meaning “back-to-back”) is a binding style where two (or more) books are joined back-to-back with the fore edge of one book next to the spine of the other, sharing a common back cover.

Dos-a-dos Goals Journal: Detail of bindingA detail view of the binding, showing the spine of the two outer journals, with the fore edge of the midde journal in between.

Dos-a-dos Goals Journal: Binding Close-up

I’ve entered this dos-a-dos journal along with two other handmade books (my Alphabet Caterpillar Book and my Mini Music Booklace) into the Cloth Paper Scissors Artisan Search 2011.  As I was on a roll, I couldn’t resist upgrading it from a 2-in-1 his/hers journal to a 3-in-1 “his/hers and ours” journal.   Comments welcome!  The finalists will be announced September 27th…  Wish me luck!