Do you ever hear frogs? I think they are losing their way in our chemical world. This little story in the children's reader from the 40's talks about frogs as if they were as abundant as squirrels or crows (of which I see and hear tooooo much of). Some animals abundantly prosper, while others drift into oblivion. Survival of the fittest? or the obnoxious-est? Maybe it's the company we deserve if we trash up the place. OK, I'm off my soapbox now. This is a bit of a sequel to the lemonade stand in the previous post. Personal I'm loving these green and gold and red colors right now.
I have a wonderful children's reader from the forties with great illustrations and inane stories. I love the typestyle and use the book for most of the text I add to my art. This time around I used some text that actually went with the picture. Of course I had to add my own twist on things with the beer bottle cap. Just a bit of silliness I guess.
vintage bingo card, gesso, ink, book illustration and text, stamped bees and text, tin can lid, stamped sun, colored wire, beads, bottle cap, my own tin flowers, metallic gel pen.
It's a good thing I take this down about once a week to add something to it .... today I found quite a bit of sawdust piling up behind it .... carpenter ants? Eeeeew! Something to report to the Husband I guess.
Today I added "A Story," the theme over at Mixed Media Monday this week. As always, my stories tend to involve colors, children, home and flowers.
I think I have room for one more dangly bit .... and I envision miniature animals - ducks and hedgehogs - marching across the top of the board. It's fun to have a project that gets added to over time. It's rather a chronicle of my spring and early summer .....
For all of the previous posts regarding the making of my "Welcome and Peace" sign, click HERE.
It's the tin man who saved the day right? By not falling asleep among the poppies ... but then he rusted when it snowed on everyone .... but it all turned out ok in the end. I love that song you hear in the background as they run run run out of the poppy field once they all wake up .... "you're out of the woods ... you're out of the dark ... you're out of the night" .... and the witch says something like, "Why is there always someone helping that girl!?"
I made the tin flowers by using a flower punch to punch out the shape, and then added dimension by embossing the metal:
I've been adding to it a little bit at a time with the creative prompts over at Mixed Media Monday. This week's prompt was "numbers."
I did a little research on Prime Numbers for another project (see farther below). The numbers strung up here are what I'm calling the childhood primes. All the prime number ages of childhood. So many of the friends we welcome to our door are children - so I thought this would fit perfectly on my "welcome and peace" sign.
And this was my project today ... lunch bags for the girls. Their school lunch boxes have seen better days and even though school is almost out - now is the time to buy oilcloth. If I wait until fall there won't be any to be found anywhere!