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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!

Book of Home

February 6th, 2010 by Nikki Smith

This week has been productive for my art, if not for my job.  😉

I created a mini-book for the OWOH giveaway (you can PEEK HERE or enter by leaving a comment on the OWOH giveaway post  HERE by Feb 14th) which was lots of fun and got me back in my art studio again.  I’m going to make two more mini-books in this series (and one is for me to keep!)

Book of Home, Open - Back and Front

Next, I made this “Book of Home” with photos from my childhood farm in Minnesota as well as a few from my current home in Texas.  (I was inspired by a similar book by Laurie Snyder.)

At the near right is the book open, showing the back side with a tree from a field on our family farm.  At far right is the front side of the book.  Images from top to bottom are: a copper shield; black birds in a tree; my parents looking at the old barn; my mailbox in Texas with icicles; an old photo of my sister, her friend and I walking through the fields; an arial view of Coffee Creek Ranch; and the old barn.

When open, the book is shaped like a house.  When closed, the book is shaped like an envelope.

Book of Home - Cover 1

Book of Home - Cover 2

Book of Home - Side View


Here are a few more photos:

Book of Home - Interior 2Book of Home - Interior 1


Thanks for looking!  Remember, comments make me happy!  =)