Happy New Year from all of us here at The Charmed Gourd. New Year’s is, if nothing else….a time to reflect on what we want to change in our lives. That doesn’t mean it will happen because things get in the way of our good intentions. But that is okay. By the time we can write 2014 automatically without even thinking….we will most likely have forgotten our resolutions. That’s okay, too. The older I get, the more forgiving I become about compromise and even failure.
I hope you have a New Year filled with everything that brings you joy. We at The Charmed Gourd wish you success, laughter, art, friends and family to love….and forgiveness for yourself when you are not perfect. Happy New Year.
Whatever you are celebrating this Holiday Season, we hope it is wonderful.
So it is not even Thanksgiving which just happens to be the very best holiday of the year…and here we are getting ready for our Christmas show in Northville. We will be posting updates and will let every one know when and where to see our new stuff. In the meantime….here is a sneak peak at our Christmas Elves. We are working on other cute stuff. Be sure to check out our shop and our Facebook page.
Once a year at this special and spooky time all of the artsy ghouls, monsters, ghosties, and gremlins head over to IATCs to create some one of a kind fun art. Everyone likes a good scare and a bit of the creepy stuff. I worked on some Halloween art this weekend and took some time off from creating gourds. Artcards are little painting, drawings or collages. They measure 3 and 1/2 inches by 2 and 1/2 inches. It’s challenging getting an idea and detail into such a small space. My painting skills were feeling a little rusty on the first day of the Halloween-a-thon but I think improved by day 3. It’s just about over now but it was a lot of fun and I nabbed some great art in trade. Here are some of the cards I made to trade with other artists. To see more work by other fabulous artists click on the link at the bottom of this blog post. You know you want to!…..Connie
This little guy is out of this world and a bit mad that his home planet has been downgraded from a planet. What do you think….should Pluto be readmitted to the Solar System? .
Needed to make one Charmed Gourd…..(this one, anyway)…. One junkyard chair cut into pieces, sandpaper to remove the varnish and prepare the surface for paint, gesso, one foam pear, some scraps of leather for the ears and tongue, an old watch band for the collar, brads to add some bling, a dog tag, paint and brushes, scrapbook paper, modge podge, a block of wood, drill, hot glue gun, screws and an idea. The hours required to complete the process depend on the complexity of the project. The end project is then sprayed with a matte finish to protect it and it is ready to look for a new home. This doggie and the Frankenstein were made from the back of a kitchen chair. The curvy shape suggested a body and the idea grew from that. Here he is, then….Skelly doggie.
This sweet couple will be at the Northville Community Center on the 11th, 12th, and 13th of October. Northville Michigan’s annual Fall Fair….a show featuring 75 fine artists and craftsmen. Hope to see some of you there.
When I found this toy horse at a flea market, I thought, “this would be easy peasy to turn into a Steampunk horse”, boy was I wrong. I met my “waterloo” when I tackled this. But I am very pleased with the final outcome. The horse originally was spotted so I painted and inked it to make it look like old leather. The horse has been decorated with brads, metal jewelry, clock key and metal bits & bots. He is mounted on a wooden frame that has been painted to look like aged copper the wheels are tin from an old tin car and the handle is a rusted piece of metal with a cute silver bead.
We have been working hard in anticapation of our upcoming Weekend In the Country show in September 28 & 29, Davisburg MI. More items to come.
This charming gourd was hand painted by Connie Carpenter. I found the old blue bottle in Pittsburgh and it contained “Frank Miller’s Crown Dressing New York USA”. The bottle is as gorgeous as Ms. Miller. Some of the things we have been working on this summer.