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I saw felting needles in my local craft store and became obsessed with finding out how they work. What do needles and loose stands of wool have to do with felt? So I bumbled around on You Tube for a while and came upon this video about how to make a felted dog, and modified …
The assignment I chose to follow today from Noah Scalin’s “365: A Daily Creativity Journal” was to make something that is not normally cute and cuddly into something that is. I thought about this challenge for days, originally envisioning a hunched, hissing, black cat made into a little (“cute & cuddly”) felt doll. But it seemed kinda predictable. There are items like that in all our local stores with Halloween approaching. Then it popped into my head as an image: a swiping paw with sharp claws extended (definitely not cute or cuddly)… made into a “doll.” It’s funny that my hubby came to me a little later that day with the same idea. I started the project at work during a break, and finished it at home after midnight. And I was lucky enough to have my lap kept warm by a chihuahua puppy at the beginning and a cat at the end of the project.
I was much happier with sewing on the details (in this case, footpads) first rather than gluing them or adding them later as I did with the other felt projects. The foot did look so cute and cuddly as I sewed the pink pads on the black felt, I was actually a little startled at how (relatively) aggressive it looked once I started adding the nails.
Hope you have a lovely day!
Hug a cat… with caution! (hee hee)
Today’s kitty is a tiny cat head that I made at the kitchen table while visiting family. I think he needs a magnet glued to the back of him and he can live on a refrigerator.
Another quick cat today. Another cute cat. Not sure I’ve gotten felt cats out of my system. So you might see more of them. We’ll see. And I definitely have more cute cats in my system!
I like that this project is rekindling my interest in fine arts, too. I’ve been reading a little of Simon Schama’s The Power of Art. Two interesting quotes:
“Great art has dreadful manners…. Merciless and wily, the greatest paintings grab you in a headlock, rough up your composure and then proceed in short order to rearrange your sense of reality.” (p 6) Hmmm, I don’t think my cat projects are doing that to you as a viewer… yet! (mwahahaha)
“…it’s quite true that for every van Gogh there’s an imperturbable Cézanne; for every Jackson Pollock, a Matisse; for every painter driven by furies, countless more who have gone to work and lived their lives in a state of disciplined serenity.” (p 10) Good to hear you don’t need to be insane, mentally unhealthy &/or self-destructive to be an artist. Although I am absolutely not in a state of “disciplined serenity” myself. If it’s a sliding scale between completely destructively insane on one end and healthy, stable and sane on the other, I’m probably slightly to the stable side of midline, and I like it there!
The next few cats will be quick ones out of necessity. And I’m hoping my paints will arrive early next week and I can begin some exercises with them. Woo hoo! Then: look out! My cats will put you “in a headlock.” Just kidding! My cats are nice… usually. :)
I was inspired by a book I found at a local art supply store called, “The Cuter Book” by Aranzi Aronzo and made this kitty. My design, but his suggestions for how to glue, sew and stuff the doll.
Today I learned that I want to sew all facial features first, then end with all glued facial features. Oooh, I have to fix the center of his mouth with some glueing. Well, that may become an updated photo tomorrow.
It’s so little, especially compared to the cat doll, here are a couple of photos for size comparison.
And Christmas is coming early this year! Today I ordered some M Graham watercolors, M Graham oil paints and some Bristol boards online. I’m so excited!! I can begin some of the color exercises in my books and start to learn to paint. Next I’ll add some Golden acrylics, but that may be a while.
The coolest thing about this project is how happy I feel. So grateful to Noah Scalin and all the other 365er’s who inspire me!!! And thank you for visiting and looking at my rudimentary creations!