"What one can see out in the sunlight is always less interesting than what is behind a windowpane."
Monday, July 2, 2012
Playing with Blocks
QUESTION: What do you do when you're stuck inside during a heat wave? Fill up a glass of ice-cold Coca-Cola and break out the blocks!
Who says you're ever too old to play? After having just ordered 100 wooden blocks, I had plenty to keep busy. And of course, my little side-kick was there to do some crafting of her own.
After making piles of Halloween-themed blocks, I thought it'd be fun to create a Storybook Collection. Over the past few years, I've collected a very respectful amount of old storybooks. The artwork is always so scrumptious!
After printing my favorite pictures, I started cutting each one to fit onto the blocks. Then it dawned on me - use your square punch, stupid! Sometimes it takes me a while, but I usually get it!
Having painted the blocks different colors, I then adhered the pictures using Modge Podge.
Although the pictures may look as if I randomly just glued them on, nothing could be further from the truth. Oh no, it couldn't be that easy. I sat there, figuring out which picture went best with which colored block....
And which pictures best complemented each other on one block. "Hmmm....too many close-ups on this block, let me find a picture with more graphics. Wait. This one already has a child, let me add an animal instead." Once they were all done, they got a few coats of satin polyurethane for a nice sheen.
Once the Halloween and Storybook themes were finished, I still wasn't done. (Have I ever mentioned that once I start a new project, I sort of get obsessed?) I wanted to try making some blocks using antique prayer cards.
Instead of painting the blocks, I thought an antique finish would enhance the aged look of the old cards. While the glue was still wet, I sanded the images and distressed the edges with ink.
Hours after Mary grew tired of making blocks, I still had little Oreo to keep me company!
My passion is combining old with the new by restoring and salvaging items that would otherwise have been thrown away. Some may consider this "Altered Art" or "Mixed Media Art." I consider myself a good old-fashioned Folk Artist, with a strong emphasis on Holidays, Customs, and Traditions.