Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Creative Fruit of Black Friday

Okay, I'm not a big shopper. Crowds in malls make me scream and run. Long lines at the checkout can sometimes be interesting if there are nice people around you can talk to, however, most of the time it's just a drag. So it comes as no surprise that I comfortably spent Black Friday at home with my family. The Geek was doing his college homework, Kaefer created with clay and I made Christmas ornaments.


I found the paper mache stars at Michaels - with a huge sticker on the back that would hardly come off, why the heck do they do crap like this? -, gessoed them, covered them in sheet music (Händel's flute sonatas), put a thin glaze on top of that and then painted the girl angels. I'm learning to paint faces (via Christy Tomlinson's "The She Art Workshop No. 2") and tried it out here after I had practiced on paper. Hm, not quite sure about it. I think the girls all got their very own characteristic faces, but they are far from perfect.


See those eyes? I had a hard time painting them, and you can clearly see that they aren't good. Same here with the braid-girl:


However, despite their imperfections I grew fond of these girl angels. This one is my favorite:


whereas Kaefer favors this one:


She said she likes the bun.

I was thinking of selling some of them in my Etsy shop, but I am very uncertain because of their obvious imperfections. What do you think?



17 comments:

Julia Dunnit said...

I love them, they seem friendly..and oh my, my face is a mass of perfectly formed imperfections!

JoZart said...

I'd say that's what makes them appealing. They look intentionally quirky! go for it!
Love Jo x

Sally H said...

I think they are beautiful, and braid girl looks remarkably like a little girl in my class!

Christine E-E said...

adorable --- what imperfections?

seabluelee said...

What "obvious imperfections"? I think they are charming. They are obviously handmade, not stamped out at a factory, and that's what makes them special!

Anyes said...

I'd say "Go for it" Carola!

Who wants perfect anyway...They are angels after all aren't they? ;-)

foxysue said...

They look perfect to me! I'd have them on my Christmas tree!

Sue x

Chantal said...

nice Carola

Lynn said...

Imperfection is my middle name, especially when making art of any kind. I say offer them for sale. They are adorable and will make any holiday tree happy and honored to be hung with them.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Carola, deine Weihnachtshänger sind wunderschön geworden und gefallen mir ausgesprochen gut. Ich wünsche dir und deinen Lieben einen schönen und besinnlichen 1. Advent.

Netty said...

Your tags look wonderful displayed like this. x

Marcie said...

Oh..I just love these. A much better way to spend 'Black Friday'...I think!!!

Maria Ontiveros said...

These are so cute!
Rinda

Ginnie said...

Whatever "imperfections" you see, Carola, they are absolutely darling. YES, sell them in your Etsy shop. Duh!

patty said...

Carola, I am so with you on not liking shopping! Other than a few little groceries, I did not spend any $$ this weekend and I am proud of it! I love the ornaments and to me, "imperfections" give art character and make it much more interesting!!

Terrie said...

What's a perfect face look like? These are fab - full of character and personality with no obvious deformities! :) I think they're great and would be a lovely addition to a tree.

Geckostone said...

Your ornaments are gorgeous, much more fun than black friday,lol!Deb