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Gourmet Paper Mache

Posted in craft, monsters with tags , on April 25, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

When I first saw Dan Reader’s amazing faux taxidermy trophies, I thought “Wow…this isn’t the paper mache I did in grade school.” Then I clicked on his homepage and saw the tagline “Not your grade school paper mache.”

Indeed.

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He specializes in dragons that have, shall we say, personality.
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This light up Maleficent received a great deal of attention around the Internet, for good reason.
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And have you ever seen a ZOMBIE dragon? You have now.
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I love the fact that Reeder never duplicates commissions, no matter how high the demand, because he wants his patrons to have truly unique, special pieces.

Gourmet Paper Mache

Lunaireen

Posted in craft, jewelry with tags , on April 21, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Although the pieces are a bit too pricey for my budget, I couldn’t help but drool a bit over the gorgeous, intricate metal work in Lunaireen’s designs.

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They are so delicate, yet somehow…rather edgy and badass. They look like they bestow mystical powers of all varieties.
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Lunaireen

Julie Sarlouette

Posted in anatomy, craft with tags , on April 19, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Are you ready to have your mind blown by embroidery? Then check out Julie Sarlouette’s creations.

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Yes, these are embroidery.
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You’ll find a number of anatomical themes, and her subjects are always intense and expressive. Her creative use of color is extraordinary.
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Julie Sarlouette

Bozka

Posted in art, craft, paper with tags , , on April 15, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Bozka (Polish artist Bozena Rydlewska) is a gifted botanical illustrator with a series of pop up nature scenes.

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Can you imagine opening a folded piece of paper and seeing THIS spring to life before your eyes? I’d like to keep one nearby for emergency doses of vibrant vegetation in barren winter months.
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Lotuses are my favorite flower, and she does an outstanding job with the petal detailing on this.
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Bonus marine life!
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See more, as well as gorgeous 2-D illustrations here.

Monster Boxes

Posted in craft, monsters with tags , on April 14, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Fine Line Workshop has a collection of boxes with…personality.

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The three dimensional quality is fantastic.
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Doesn’t this seem like a safe way to store your valuables? Nosy trespassers face the clear risk of being chomped to bits.
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Some of them appear eerily sentient…
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It’s the eyes.
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Caitlin McCormack

Posted in anatomy, craft, creatures, sea with tags , , , on April 11, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I love Caitlin McCormack’s crocheted creatures!

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Some appear to me made from vintage doilies. Such an unlikely craft material for this subject matter, and I think it works.

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The stray strings add to these pieces, as if they impart a kind of natural disarray or decomposition. Beautiful.
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Caitlin McCormack

Light and Shadow Studio

Posted in art, craft with tags , on April 9, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

These painted gourds from Light and Shadow Studio look marvelously three dimensional!

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Wouldn’t it be nice to have little laughing moons peeking at visitors in your house?
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Explore the website for some really great holiday folk art, too.

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