Shrinky Dink Art Experiment-Day Two-the Sequel

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I’m spending too much time on these plastic sheets, and I’ve so much to do between finishing off rooms in the house-we moved here in July and sewing up eyeglass holders, art dolls, sachet and finger puppets to stock my second Etsy shop with. But I can’t figure out the vintage sewing machine I bought off Craigslist, it insists on bunching up the thread into a tangled mess, and the vintage instruction booklet might as well be written in Erdu, even the former owner wrote notes in it. So sewing is out of the question. I packed the boat anchor up and off to Goodwill it goes, where some rocket scientist who’d enjoy sewing up totes or such will hopefully find it. Instead I plan to buy the real simple Janome Mini machine, I found this machine by literally typing this into Google’s search field:”What’s the easiest sewing machine to sew on?” Well that was the second phrase the first one was “The sewing machine for stupid people”. Ha, ha–just kidding. The Janome YouTube video has me convinced I could not only sew on it, but turn around and make a video on YouTube myself proudly waving to my creations with a Vanna White-like hand flourish. Oh dear god please let that happen to me.

Because my Clownfish Shrinky shrank to a bubbly dot, I re-thought my strategy. A kind friend requested I not throw my angel out,so I applied acrylic paint over the gesso I used on the Angel since the gesso bubbled and flaked off on Clownfish, I will bake her but am sure she will end up too small and bubbly-I was too lazy to scrape off the gesso as kind friend suggested. I scanned my angel drawing and blew her up a few notches then printed out. Why? you say? Because I’m trying to make a whimsical pendant that will be large enough not to look like a squashed bug on someone’s lapel.

So I made the second design real big-as you can see by the photo above. She is ten inches in height compared to the smaller one.She looks like she’s on steroids. I broke out my dedicated toaster oven, (Shrinky Dink purple plastic oven bought off Craigslist is ready for donation too). I decided it was too labor intensive–read boring and un-spontaneous–to color the large one with colored pencils. Besides, all that coloring made my hand hurt and the smaller angel looked too garish and overworked to me-not the effect I was looking for, after all I’m trying to make a piece of jewelry here. I just hope the acrylic paint doesn’t bubble, supposedly according to my research, it shouldn’t.

<img src=" Photobucket ” alt=”Cartoon Modern” />You might notice the rather “mod” look of my second angel. I loosened up with this design and actually like her better. For Christmas I received the book Cartoon Modern by Amid Amidi and am finding the avantgarde look of the fifties cartoons inspirational. I used acrylic paint and inktense pencils for shading, and a jet black waterproof pen for outline. I plan to attach the wing with a decorative brad and legs with thin wire or string. I used a larger hole punch keeping in mind the hole will shrink too. I used a smaller hole punch by her hand where I hope to place a feather-she will be holding a feather-that story later, and a smaller hole on her head where I plan to attach a halo.

So tomorrow I bake. I’m wondering if the big angel gal will shrink to the size of an ornament, something that will flop around on one’s chest when in motion. We shall see, wish me luck.

About suzanneurban

ABOUT MOI: I was born in San Francisco, California to highly intelligent parents, and my sister is pretty darn smart too. It's unclear if I inherited the smart genes. I graduated with a B.A. in Art from Marymount College Over a couple of decades, I illustrated and designed for newspapers, greeting card companies, in corporate graphic departments and publishing empires. I reside with my antique dealer husband and two house rabbits in a the third oldest home in Connecticut–(honest!-no ghosts-bummer). My husband will be joining ETSY with his own shop called: "VintageUrban" soon. ARTIST STATEMENT: I seek to amuse. When I come up with something more profound I'll put it in here. KUDOS: Over the years my work in various forms has been published in: NYTimes, DollWorld, Contemporary Doll Collector, Doll Castle News, SCBWI magazine, Color! magazine, Jane Green's Down to Earth Blog, Doll World, Scholastics, Westport Magazine, Mail Me Art, and more. In 2007 I was invited to do something for the State Capitol's Holiday Tree by Governor Rell. I chose to needle felt a bear ornament rather than hang from the tree myself. I named him "Nutmeg" as Connecticut is the "Nutmeg" state. ASSOCIATIONS: I'm the founder of or Original Doll Artisans of Connecticut-we're on Facebook. I'm also a member of SCBWI-Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Licensing- my designs are finding favor with licensing clients my work will soon be seen on needlepoint canvases and gourmet ice cream labels. That's about it. Amusingly yours, Suzanne Search Engine Submission - AddMe
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2 Responses to Shrinky Dink Art Experiment-Day Two-the Sequel

  1. I like the look of the ads and cartoons of the ’50’s and ’60’s, there is a humor and an ease in them, with a slight wryness. Thanks for sharing your Shrinky-Dink knowledge, too. 🙂

  2. suzanneurban says:

    You’re welcome Elaine! Expect a little surprise in the mail this week! I figured you and Ari might enjoy some Shrinky experimenting!

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