Monday 12 March 2018

2018 #4: Whimsy: Meet the Spoons with EKD {by Helen Chilton}

2018 Topic 4: Whimsy

We can always rely on Helen to come out with something on the wacky side, and her spoons are just the ticket! I'll leave you to read on!! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Helen with you today, and I'd like to share with you ...... the Spoon Family!
I loved the topic 'Whimsy' as you can let your imagination run wild.  These wooden spoons just appealed to me - they came in a pack of three, each with a different length handle and the bowl of the spoon just the right shape for a face.I'm working with Kim Dellow stamps here so needed something that was a reasonable size to show them off in all their glory.

Eclectica³ Kim Dellow: Plate 5 (EKD05)
Eclectica³ Kim Dellow: Plate 6 (EKD06)

Painted in bright colours, the images fit perfectly and can be cut up and layered up to make necklaces, headdresses, clothes etc.

I'm not the greatest at drawing faces so roughly painted in the hair and then mapped out the features first with pencil and then pen. At this point I wasn't too sure how they were going to turn out if I'm honest!

However by the time I'd added coloured pencils (especially on the hair) and defined the features with a black Staedtler Chinagraph pencil (love those things!), it all came together and proved to be very enjoyable. The highlighting just finishes it off. Looking critically the eyes are a bit wonky, but then people's faces are never symmetrical anyway.

The colour palette was simple, just four colours of Distress reinkers: Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade and Twisted Citron. I like working with a small number of colours as it's quick and easy.

I suppose I should name them really, so here goes:



and Little Belle

When I made these I was thinking of using wool for their hair, but in fact it was a lot easier to draw and paint it on even though you are a bit limited with the hairstyles. I particularly enjoyed looping the necklaces onto the handles to make it more dimensional - I've also done that with the lower part of the dresses. These stamps lend themselves to having the centres cut out and being cut down and chopped about to fit your projects - they're very versatile. 

You could try making some of these art dolls using faces from the Lynne Perrella or Clare Lloyd ranges (they'd fit really well) or make some Hallowe'en ones with some of the Hot Picks - there's a lovely skull in there with gravestones and spiders' webs (ooh, I think I'm off to have a go!)


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Helen said...

These are fab! What fun.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Brilliant! Flora looks just like my Aunt Shirley (perhaps I shouldn't have said that!!) A really clever idea! Chrisx

Lauren Hatwell said...

Flipping amazing! Do you aEVER run out of ideas? Lx

Clare said...

These are gorgeous, such fun x xxx

Kirsten said...

These are so cute! I love the flower necklaces.

Keren Baker said...

Haha! Brilliant! Love their faces and the flowers as 'dress' is brilliant! x

Etsuko said...

These are fabulous and fun idea. xx

Susan Battensby said...

Wow , this is pure genius.

Corrie Herriman said...

These are so much fun !

Lucy Edmondson said...

These are brilliant, Helen!

Lucy x

Miriam said...

So clever - lovely spoon people!