A fairytale baby

This card I made for a collegue whose second son was born on Christmas day. I used to work with him a lot, but then I moved and now I am attached to another office of the company and also I do not work at the office anymore but am working at a clients office. I only heard last month that his son was born.

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The top stamp I had seen at VivaLasVegaStamps a while ago allready, and had revisited the site and revisited. This stamp still stayed on my wishlist. It reminds me of the old fairytale books I used to read, this style of drawing. Recently they had a big sale, and having some money to spare again I finally placed an order, inclusing this stamp.  (Fairy Princess – 18095). This was before I knew about the day of birth of this boy.

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So when I heard the news, I went through my stash of new stamps (I usually start there) and saw this one. This one was perfect. The name means “(the)blessed”. And born on Christmas day? – This stamp was perfect. A fairy, sending blessings out over his name, winter in her hands. I stamped her in blue, as she is an ethereal being and not present in this world. She is only visible for those who look. For babies, who are still partly connected to the spirit world. Also the sun, symbol for light or enlightment, fit together with the crane perfectly. The crane stands for luck – it is said a crane brings good luck. Some light in dark times: the birht of the boy. The light also is hope, and luck from the crane, for a good recovery. Stars ofcourse also match his birth day.

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The first letter is a stamp from a steampunk VLVS alphabet set, and the others are die cut from a Sizzix alphabet die (inked with stazon moonlight blue). The crane is from Designs by Ryn, and the sun from Stampinback. The text is from Stampendous (I think) – it’s also the only black on the card, the main colours are blue and yellow (and gold, if you don’t count that as a shade of yellow). The star stencil from The Crafters Workshop. The banner from Sizzix/Tim Holtz. The crackle stamp is from Indigo Blue. Hmm that is stamped with onyx black I think – I meant to use the grey versafine but had mistakenly taken the onyx black.  The stars where first bright yellow, with acryllic paint. Too yellow to my liking, too harsh. So I put some distress ink antiqued bronze over it, just very lightly, to tone down the yellow and make it shimmer a bit at the same time.

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The sun is embossed on parchment paper, and then cut out. I made several, but one was enough. I had also embossed and cut out several more birds (on plain cardstock): 2 for the parents, and 1 for his older brother who has pneumonia. (Hopefully that is over by now). The card would be too busy if I added all 4, and it was about a birthcard for the youngest. I had allready sent a different card with well wishes for their health.

It’s quite a large card, fits just in a standard wide envelop (for A4 paper folded in 3). I do like the card a lot, with it’s symbolism and meaning. Hopefully my collegue recognizes the meaning, and hopefully he and his wife enjoy the card.

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Adding this card to Designs by Ryn customer Creation Challenge – March

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The Little Prince Birth Theme – Part 2: Gardensign and gifts

My third child is about 4 months and a week old now, (oh how time flies!) and here’s the second update about the designs around his birth. Ofcourse, a picture heavy post.

Part one is mostly about the design of the card.

This one is about the birth announcement sign, which we had placed in our garden, and some gifts for the visitors. Which I ofcourse often forgot to give.

Now, a sign in the garden or on the window is quite common here, so people know a baby has been born. Many people choose a white stork as that bird delivers the baby. But there are no set rules.

I followed the theme I had chosen ofcourse, and made a little planet for my little prince.Daqadoodles8

It was the Wednesday 25th of June, 38 weeks pregnant. I thought it was about time I made the sign. I started by printing out (poster size) the above image, but decided I wanted a bigger prince (or smaller planet) – so I printed the prince and planet seperately. I used the same outline for the planed as I had used on the card.

Next, I taped the pieces of paper together and cut out the shape. I laid the paper over a triplex (or whatever it was) board, and traced the outline. Time for the jigsaw!

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Oh, grease on the lens!

Here the prince is cut out, and I am ready to assemble the planet. Don’t worry, I didn’t saw on that table, I used a proper (well, proper…) old foldable workbench for the sawing, and clamped the workpieces to it.

My neece would come to help paint (and for some diversion). Painting things white isn’t very exciting for an almost 11 year old, so I had primed it quickly so it would be dry in the afternoon.

It was quite a challenge to not make the colour evenly across the surface, but we managed.

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Next day I added some more details:

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I also made a wooden banner with the name on it, but ofcourse that was secret untill after he was born. I left space to add the date of birth, but we decided not to put that on, it was good as it was.

A Tim Holtz tattered banners die was my model for the shape of the banner, altering it to fit on the (remains of) sheet of triplex I had. I loved painting it, wanted to give it a pirate-like look. Old parchment, paper… I am happy with the results.

The font is also the IM fell font type (see part 1), enlarged ofcourse.

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About the gifts

It’s quite common here in the south part of the Netherlands to give sweets to the people who came visiting the new born baby (and it’s family ofcourse). Those sweets can be put into a remembrance token – a little knitted sock maybe, with a tag with the babies name.

Ofcourse, I didn’t follow those rules and didn’t use sweets (ok I kind of forgot about adding those, if I would have thought of it in time I would have added them, I’m sure).

While searching Etsy for things to do with the Little Prince I found lovely little charms. So I had to get them and make necklaces / jewelry out of them, and I would hand out those.

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But ofcourse, I needed something to put the necklaces in and to add my son’s name. Altered matchboxes! (As seen on the internet).

 

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Inspiration from the internet.

Then, choosing a layout. With or without border, with or without a planet etc.

Edited: The border is taken from a freebie (bird soup aged frame) from Trishia of French Kissed.

I painted the boxes 3 times. Gesso, yellow or bronze, then gold (2 different kinds of gold). I could have saved lots of time by tinting the gesso, but only thought of that after the first batch was done.

When the boxes were gold and shiny (the trays as well) I printed, cut and  glued the little bookcover on it, selaing it with some mod podge decoupage glue.

The result:

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I didn’t put the necklaces in it, as I wanted people to be able to choose. So I took an old shoe-rack (from IKEA), drilled lots of screws in it then hung it on the wall and displayed the necklaces there.Daqadoodles140709wo195548

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I made even more, the rack was full.

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So, I think I made about 40 treasure boxes. And made lots of necklace strands – I didn’t finish them because I wanted to let people choose their own charms – and I handed out maybe 20. I often forgot to hand them out as well and as usual, I made way too much.

Anyone want one?

Freya (and Tobias)

October 12th of 2012 my daughter Freya was born at home.
Here are a few pictures of Freya and Tobias. The newest pictures aren’t transferred to my pc yet (haven’t found the SD cardreader yet which I need for that).

12 Oktober 2012 is Freya thuis geboren.
Hieronder een paar foto’s van Freya en Tobias. De nieuwere foto’s staan nog niet op mijn pc, ik ben de SD kaartlezer nog steeds kwijt.

An hour old. The midwife is showing how Freya had been in my belly.

An hour old. The midwife is showing how Freya had been in my belly.

9 hours old here.

9 hours old here.

1 1/2 day old.

1 1/2 day old.

Me and my girl, 2 1/2 days old.

Me and my girl, 2 1/2 days old.

Her second bath, in the tummy tub, 3 days old.

Her second bath, in the tummy tub, 3 days old.

Daddy and his girl.

Daddy and his girl.

Our first walk outside - 5 days old.

Our first walk outside – 5 days old.

1 week old

1 week old

Isn't this dress cute? Made by my sister from viltalakim.com

Isn’t this dress cute? Made by my sister from viltalakim.com

Sleeping in a chair behind the window in the sun :)

Sleeping in a chair behind the window in the sun 🙂

Tobias in my outdoor shoes

Tobias in my outdoor shoes

Tobias giving a toy to Freya

Tobias giving a toy to Freya

This is a fine place to watch tele from

This is a fine place to watch tele from

Oh hi mom, you here?

Oh hi mom, you here?

Tobias and his curls - the hairdresser would come visit today for his first haircut!

Tobias and his curls – the hairdresser would come visit today for his first haircut!

Tobias with his hair cut (and some ointment on his cheek)

Tobias with his hair cut (and some ointment on his cheek)

Tobias and me making muffins, his first time baking!

Tobias and me making muffins, his first time baking!

Freya, 3 1/2 weeks old

Freya, 3 1/2 weeks old

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3 1/2 weeks old

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3 1/2 weeks old.

3 1/2 weeks old.

Not a regular birth announcement card – Part deux

The inside

In the previous post I explained my design process and choices for the front of the card. Now I turn to the inside and the backside of the card. The fold of the card is at the top. The upper half is just plain light-yellow or cream coloured. The lower half  had to contain the following:

  • A little rhyme
  • Her name(s)
  • Date of birth
  • Her specs: weight, length (sorry, IT joke)
  • Our phone numbers and the request to call before visiting
  • Our adress.

That is quite some tekst, so no room for a big or a lot of images.

I tinkered a bit (actually a lot) on the green edge of the front, and tinkered a lot on an image of Charlie.

The original image of Charlis is a picture of about 2 years ago, when he was lying on his cat-thing in the sun. I have used it in my header now too, as I do really like the image.  Here is the original photo.

Charlie our sunworshipper

Yup I bent his tail to fit better on the card. And I made an end to the tail, sort of. Maybe I shouldn’t have posted this photo, as now you can see that I bent the tail, that it doesn’t look entirely natural. If I hadn’t posted the photo, you might have thought it was a normal pose, a cat who is swinging his tail maybe.

I had actually selected this image also for the front, but had decided not to use it for that as the perspective / horizon was difficult. I then decided to make new photo’s of Charlie, with him on the table so to get a good silhouette. Still, this image had to be used. So it was used, on the inside. I like it a lot, it brings peace and relaxation to the card.

The site where I had my cards printed didn’t have any lettertypes I liked, so I also added the text to the image. Downside is that once you have added the text to the image, you can’t select it as text anymore, it will become pixels – part of the image. So lots of layers, lots of testing. I have downloaded lots of fonts (I like fonts) from various sites where you can download free fonts (don’t have the site names at hand at the moment).

After some testing, I choose the font “DS_Mysticora“. Oh and for the name Freya on the front I have used the font “Beauregard“.

The little rhyme I chose (wasn’t able to come up with a fun short rhyme myself) ofcourse rhymes in Dutch but I can’t translate it with rhyme. But here it is:

Tobias couldn’t handle the mischief alone any more, now he has a sister to help him!

The (or rather, “a'”) Dutch word for mischief is “kattekwaad”. The word is made up out of two words: kat  &  kwaad. Kat means cat, and kwaad means angry, or harm.  The combination means mischief, like little kids do, ringing doorbells and running away, stuff like that. Not that cats ring doorbells, but they do plenty of naughty stuff. I liked to use the word as cats are also in the theme of the card, and it involves Tobias as well. As Tobias is on the front of the card, welcoming his little sister, this just seemed perfect. I am not sure anymore in which order I had chosen the design/rhyme: Did I choose the rhyme because of the picture of Tobias I had for the front, or did I put Tobias on the front because of the rhyme? I think it was the first option, as I remember having felt “finally the card is done” after I had finished the front. I had yet to get started on the inside though. Just to give you an idea of how much time the front had cost (in comparison to the inside and backside).

The backside

On the backside I wanted an explanation of the meaning of the name Freya, as I love the meaning. When looking at baby names, I always look up the meaning of the name, as I do take that into account when choosing a name. I loved the meaning of Freya. Ofcourse, I allready knew it had to do with the scandinavian godess Freya. In the previous post I have linked to the wikipedia site about Freya and the meaning of her name, so I am not going to repeat myself here. The Dutch version is a compilation of information from various sites (also the dutch wikipedia site).

The text is an explanation, a dictionary page-like. Therefore I wanted a font that looked old, ancient, from the time when people still believed in those gods, a font that matches the origin (scandinavian like). The font I chose is “Faith Collapsing“. I love how it is faded in places eventhough people might think the card didn’t print well. It’s like an old piece of text found in a dungeon.

Hmm I realize now that it would have looked better if I had written it in the present tense, now it is in the past tense for the most part. Another thing I thought of later is that the small text on the inside might be a bit on the small side, especially for people whose vision is not as good as it used to be.

All in all I am still very pleased with this card, it has lots of stories around it, lots of meaning although the receivers might not realize that. For me, and hopefully later for Freya, it does. It’s not supergirly uber gender stereotyping pink. I get annoyed by — edit: this rant was not fit for this post, I’ll put it in a new post–

So this was the story of the birthannouncement card for Freya. Fall, Scandinavian, the meaning of her name is incorporated into it, still a baby element in it, personal, made with images from the world around us. What do you think of it? Do you have a card that to you has a story but probably to others it’s just a card?

Next post: how to paint a picture on a polystyrol sheet, Part 1, preparing the image.

From picture

To painting on a transparant medium

Not a standard birthannouncement card – Freya – Part 1

It’s a girl!

First of all, let me start by announcing the birth of my 2nd child, Freya. She was born on a Friday (jay! I hoped she would!), on the 12th of October 2012 (pretty date, huh?). Labour went well, my recovery also. Now we’re trying to get a routine going again, and find a way to handle 2 kids at once.

Tobias, now aged 18+ months (he’s from 8th of April 2011), ofcourse has to get used to the new situation. If that isn’t enough, he’s starting to get into the “terrible two’s” phase. He can’t talk yet (though does say a few words and is practicing), so he expresses his feelings physically. He ofcourse feels frustrated about not being able to express himself clearly, and probably also some anger about the changed situation, he isn’t the only one in the house who gets attention from mom and dad now. So he hits, bites, pinches, scratches us and the new baby. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a very sweet boy, loves to help with things, gives kisses to anyone who stays behind when he goes out (like when his dad brings him to the daycare, both me and Freya gets a kiss) or when he goes to bed he gives us all kisses. He does touch Freya, wants to pretend play a bit with her – when he has a spoon he tries to give it to her too – but it soon evolves into hitting or scratching. He does know it’s not allowed, but he can’t place himself into someone elses shoes yet, so he doesn’t understand it hurts. I’ve searched a bit on the internet and it’s a phase kids (can) go through. Let’s hope it doesn’t last too long (hmm, some claim it never stops – hitting/fighting with a younger sibling that is!)

Now back to the birthannouncementcard.

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A card with a story

Besides crafting a lovely sweet daughter in my belly, I’ve made the birthannouncement card.
A few things that I drew inspiration from:

  • The comic “Thorgal” (see also http://www.thorgal.com)
  • Her name
  • The season she would be born in (fall) – No super girly cutesy pink kind of theme

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Thorgal

First, the comic. I have several comics of the serie Thorgal, and I love the drawings and the kind of Scandinavian mythology. I love the website. That is where I got the idea of having these kind of layers: a nature background, then a cutout layer on top of it with shapes of leaves in it (the fall theme), and then a silhouette of something to do with the baby.

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The name Freya

From the wiki page:

In Norse mythology, Freyja (Old Norse the “Lady“) is a goddess associated with love, beauty, fertility, gold, seiðr, war, and death. Freyja is the owner of the necklace Brísingamen, rides a chariot pulled by two cats, owns the boar Hildisvíni, possesses a cloak of falcon feathers, and, by her husband Óðr, is the mother of two daughters, Hnoss and Gersemi. Along with her brother Freyr (Old Norse the “Lord“), her father Njörðr, and her mother (Njörðr’s sister, unnamed in sources), she is a member of the Vanir. Stemming from Old Norse Freyja, modern forms of the name include Freya, Frejya, Freyia, Frøya, Frøjya, and Freia.

And if you search for images, you find many images of her on her chariot, being pulled by two cats.

So that would be the silhouette: Freya being pulled by two cats. But this is a sweet baby Freya, not a godess going to war or something, so it’s two cats pulling a baby carriage.

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Season

The season is fall. Fall with it’s beautifull shapes, the leaves, with the playfull wind blowing them all around, and with the fresh rain that washes the sweat from the summer away. The leaves were allready incorporated through the Thorgal theme. Fall with it’s beautifull warm colours, the greens, browns, yellow, reds and gold. Only, the first few choices I made as colours made the image quite dark. As it is custom printed, it was not possible to add gold accents to the card. Or maybe it is but then it would cost lots more money I suppose. My other objection to gold colours was that it might look like an announcement of death, isn’t that often with a gold line around the card? So after some searching for colours I finally found some I was quite ok with. Yellow and green.
Coïncidentally, the colours of The Hague are yellow and green as well (though a brighter shade).

Color testing

You can also see some rough sketches of the carriage and the cats, and different backgrounds. More on the cats later.

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Further design and assembly

With these things in mind I set out to make the card. I did use a screenshot of the Thorgal page as template, enlarged it, traced around it, cut away, filled in etc. I searched for a background image. Wouldn’t it be fun if it was made from a real photograph? So I went out an made pictures of trees and parks in the area. I didn’t want them to look like photo’s, I wanted them to look like drawings, in the Thorgal style. So lots of trial and error before I was happy with the result.

Original image on the left, edited image (with an insert of Tobias) on the right.

This is the source of the insert of Tobias. His face isn’t in focus but you don’t notice on the card as it’s quite small there. The legs you see are from my partner, ofcourse I didn’t let Tobias climb up there without someone standing near!

A tiny bit of the wall around the property Huis Ten Bosch of the Dutch Queen is visible in the background.

So that was the background and the colours. On to the carriage and cats!

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Carriage and cats

No interesting story about the carriage, first I hand-drew a carriage and cats, then scanned it and used it for layout purposes (see the colourtesting for my terrible drawings). After that I used the scan as a template to make the drawing better. Oh, and all of this I did in Paint.Net (a free photoshop like editing program). For the cats I searched high and low on teh internetz. It’s hard to find an image of a running cat!

So I finally found images of running cats. I edited them a bit. Decided a silhouette wouldn’t work, neither with the carriage, it would be just a black (or white) blob. So it would be some sort of false silhouettes, with some lines in them to make the carriage and cats clearer. After lots of hard work, I was done. But then I wasn’t. It just didn’t feel right – Tobias on the left, smiling, while the baby carriage is pulled away by cats? No no no, she’s arriving, not leaving! (I didn’t want to tempt fate by adding a golden (mourning) lining or inserting cats that run away with my baby… call me crazy, but hey, she wasn’t born yet, and although I had no reason to worry, babies do die sometimes during labour, and mom’s sometimes too, so I always say: First, the baby and me have to survive labour, and then we’ll see from there.)

So away with running cats. I didn’t want to use internet images as I had gotten them from sites that actually require you to pay for the image. So what now?

Hmm

Well, we have a cat. An old one, he’s Charlie and he’s 23. He has a tumor by the way, he will probably die within a few months. We’ll miss him a lot, but he has had a long and good life. He is not in pain right now, or at least, we don’t think he’s in much pain. Cats are tough animals, it’s hard to tell when they’re in pain. But he still eats well, goes to the litterbox and enjoys the heater and attention from us (not from Tobias) a lot! At night, when Freya is finally sleeping, he comes up (I always say, and here is baby number 3 wanting attention!) and wants me to pet him. He miauws loudly. He has a bad breath. And he likes to meouw right next to my face or turns around to look at something, meanwhile almost putting his behind on my face. As he’s old and his hips are stiff and he can’t maintain himself easily, I am very scared of his behind. On several occasions it wasn’t clean. So there goes my sleepiness. If it isn’t his behind, it’s his tail under my nose. He has very effective ways of me betraying to him that I am not sleeping. (The breath is also a very good one!)

Charlie with his laser eyes

Not entirely in focus, but hey, it’s for a silhouette. And here he finally looked up.

So, Charlie is my model. It does show he’s old, with his fur not being that smooth and the curve in his back being high, but I kind of like that. The old cat brings the young baby. Charlie used to have an older brother, Fred, but he was put to sleep about 4 years ago. He had diabetes and kidney problems, and we found out too late, he was in pain allready. Charlie and his shadow, pulling the carriage. Not pulling, but resting after having pulled the carriage.

That’s the front of the card. It took me lots of hours, trial and error, but I’m pleased with it. Not everyone will like it, and without explanation the card has lots less meaning (like the picture in het Haagse Bos where we regularly walk, Tobias laughing at the new arrival, the fact that the cats aren ot running but resting, the Thorgal theme and lots more that fits with her name). It’s a unique card, and I hope she will like it when she is older.

Next post: the inside of the card and the backside!

Geboortebord / Birth announcement board

Dit bericht gaat over iets dat in Maart/April 2011 gemaakt is. /This post is about something that was made in March/April 2011

Het is in Nederland de traditie om een geboortebord buiten het huis te zetten om aan te geven dat er een kindje is geboren. Heel vaak is dit de traditionele ooievaar, maar het kan natuurlijk ook wat anders zijn. Voor mensen die geen voortuin hebben zoals appartementbewoners zijn er “borden” die je op het raam kan plakken. Alleen die waren of vrij duur of weinig origineel. Ik bedacht dat ik verder wilde met het thema “schaapjes” en een bord binnen wilde hangen voor het raam, dat dan van buiten te zien was. / In the Netherlands there is the tradition to place a birth announcement board outside of the house to let people know a baby is born. Often it is the traditional stork, but it can be something else as well. For people without a front yard like people in appartments there are signs you can tape to the window on the outside. Only those are often quite expensive or not very original. I decided I wanted to continue the “sheep” theme and have a board inside (which is viewable from outside.)

Na talloze plaatjes van schapen bekeken te hebben, heb ik de leukste elementen uit een aantal plaatjes overgenomen en er mijn eigen draai aan gegeven. Zo heb ik gekeken naar de houding, de oren, staart, hoe cartoonachtig ik mijn schaap wilde hebben en wel of geen ogen, neus, mond. Ik heb een aantal schetsen gemaakt, en deze kwam als winnaar uit de bus: / After countless of images of sheep, I combined the most appealing elements and adjusted them to my taste. I checked posture, ears, tail, and how cartoony I wanted the sheep. Do I want eyes, a nose, mouth? I made several sketches, and this one was the one I chose:

Het idee was om dit van een lichte plaat (cardboard? triplex?) te maken en dan te verven. Daarna dacht ik dat het wel leuk was om deze te vilten. Dat had ik nog niet zo vaak gedaan, en mijn laatste vilt-project was niet zo geweldig gelukt, maar ik had al wol gehaald. Ik kwam er maar niet aan toe om te beginnen. Uiteindelijk m’n zus gebeld en gevraagd of zij het wilde doen, dat wilde ze wel, met haar eigen veel mooiere wol. Lees haar post met foto’s van schaap-in-wording hier: /My idea was to make this sheep from a lightweight board and paint it. Then I thought, felting is nicer! I hadn’t done it that often, and my latest felting projects didn’t turn out good, but I allready had the wool. Somehow I just didn’t manage to start. Eventually I called my sister and asked if she wanted to make it, and she said yes. She used her own wool, which was much prettier then the one I had. Read her posts with pictures of the process here:

1.) http://viltalakim.com/blog/2011/03/viltalakim-work-in-progress-2/

2.) http://viltalakim.com/blog/2011/04/viltalakim-my-latest-project-felting-a-sheep/

Er was wat miscommunicatie, want ik wilde een cartoony vriendelijk schaap, en zij had uiteindelijk een hoofd gemaakt dat bijna levensecht was. Dus ik heb alsnog zelf een stukje gevilt. /There was some miscommunication, because I wanted a somewhat cartoony friendly sheep, and eventually she made a head that was very lifelike. So I did some felting myself eventually.

Hier het lijf, goed bewaakt door Charlie: / Here is the body of the sheep, guarded by Charlie.

Charlie’s Faceplant

Ik heb een los hoofd, haar, oor en een staart gevilt, en dat via naaldvilten vastgemaakt aan het lijf. Dan vergeet ik nog dat ik de naam heb gevilt op het schaap – die had ik mijn zus natuurlijk nog niet verteld. / I felted a head, hair, ear and a tail, and attached it through needlefelting to the body. I almost forgot, I also needlefelted the baby’s name onto it. Ofcourse I hadn’t told my sister yet.

Hier een tussenfase / Here somewhere halfway creation of the head

En voor de vorm nog even hoe het er uit moet komen te zien, met behulp van het omslaan van wat wol en neerleggen van kartonnen vormpjes. / Just for show I laid out how it had to become. I tucked some felted wool away, put down paper eyes and a mouth.

Het nieuwe hoofd is niet van zo’n mooie kwaliteit als het lijf, het is denk ik wel duidelijk dat het lijf door een expert is gemaakt, ik vind het erg mooi. / The new head is not of that good quality as the body, I think it is clear the body is made by an expert. I like it a lot.

Nadat ik de nieuwe / extra onderdelen had gemaakt met natvilten ben ik ze nog nagegaan met draadvilten, ik vond dat erg leuk om te doen en had het gevoel dat ik dan meer controle had over het eindresultaat. /After I made the new or extra parts by wetfelting I traced them with needlefelting. I liked doint that, and it seemd I had more control about the end result.

Hier zie je hem hangen: / Here it is up behind the window.

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Dat waren de foto’s van toen, zojuist nog meer foto’s gemaakt. /You’ve seen the pictures I made then, now I made some new ones for a better look.

En de andere kant. Het is een 1 orig schaap, het was met teveel werk om er twee te maken. /And the oither side. It is a one-eared sheep, it was too much work for me to make two ears.

Als Tobias wat ouder is zal ik er een kussentje van maken en aan hem geven, het is namelijk “hol”. Hier heb ik even een dekentje erin gestopt en het hoofd: / When Tobias is older I will make a pillow of it, it is hollow. I put a blanked in it and tucked the head inside here:

Dat wordt een lekker knuffelkussen toch? Of misschien gewoon een rits of knopen erin, dan kan hij zelf bepalen wat hij erin stopt! /Now doesn’t that look like a nice cuddly pillow? Or maybe I should just add a zipper or buttons, so he can decide for himself what to put in it!