I posted this Free sculpt only picture tutorial "Bunny Plant Poke" about two years ago and recently a few have ask if I will post it again, so here it is for all to enjoy once again. I used it in a plant, but you could attach a hanger and use as a cute ornament as well. This is also a great beginner project and a great project to do with the little ones. I have seen many artist create amazing things with new and used paint brushes. I hope this inspires you to create a few creative brushes. Enjoy!!
Print out version click on the download file below to print.
I found a naughty little Fox in the hen house over the weekend! Foxy Loxy is up to his old tricks again. It looks like the little chickens are besides them self with worry. He thinks, if he sneaks down the chimney, they won't notice. I think they noticed!!
Are the chickens trying to get in or out?? This pic shows both sides of the chicken coop. I constructed this piece using a paper mache house all using quikwood and lots of it!!
I'm not sure if you can tell by the pics, but this chicken house has an electric light inside, with the plug in the back. It really looks nice all a glow.
I will be including this piece in this Thursdays Jan. 18th 10 am eastern time etsy sale and you can find details in the coming soon folder on the web-site under the store drop down menu. I will try and get it up today.
Oh how I am loving using my recyclables!!! I think I might need to buy a storage shed to keep them all. The members on the OldeMoonlane Primitves group page got to have a sneak Peek of the tree bark yesterday and several members commented their guesses as to the final creation. I am calling this one "Queen Of The Nut House!" I'm definitely the queen of my nut house lol!
I used the cardboard tube from the paper towel roll for the chimney form, the soda bottle for the main form and yes tissues to create my tree bark. Note- they were NOT recycled tissues lol!
Once again my mind had flashes of many critters to make for the queen and I was even contemplating a real angel but in the end the mouse won out. I think I have a thing for cute little mice. She is adorning her gold crown, wings, gold necklace and moon wand. The queen is holding her little owl friend complete with real mini acorn cap that I collected dried and sealed. She has a tiny little bird nestled in her skirt which also functions a the roof of the house. Queenie is looking over all of her forest friends guarding them well.
It took me some thinking as to what I wanted inside the tree, do I have squirrels with nuts , several animals came to mind but I decided to place a gnome with the real (dried and cured) acorns and a few tiny froggie friends inside the tree. I kept thinking of a fox so I placed one looking around the tree with his acorn cap. I almost made this a fox and a hen house theme. Maybe, that will be for another day.
Well of course I had to make a mushroom and a tiny froggie perched in its shade. I made the chimney to resemble limestone which is quite common here in PA.
This piece stands 16" tall. I will be listing her in the etsy shop on January 18th 2018 at 10 am eastern time. This piece took me 2 1/2 days to complete and tons of sculpting compound. I usually add that as many ask how long did it take you to make this piece. Most do not realize also the cost in sculpting compound I can have in a piece as well.
Note- If you wish to view items going up for grabs on the 18th of this month in the etsy shop you can find them here on the web-site in the coming soon folder of the store. I will try and get this one listed there today. I get many inquiries on pieces I create and at times some comment wow that's a lot price wise. Please understand some of the pieces in this etsy sale can have $30-$60 just in sculpting compound plus other supplies and that is at my cost for materials no mark up. I can spend days on more detailed pieces so please keep that in mind. I always say ask yourself how much do you get paid per hour? Most times I am not even making minimum wage for my time. I am what you call a starving artist! I have had many students after taking classes comment "Wow I never realized" and "You do not charge enough". LOL! It's all about the love of creating for me and making people smile so I try to keep my pieces reasonable.
I absolutely love bees and I really love Honey! I usually have one or two cups of tea a day with fresh Honey from our farm. Nothing like fresh Honey. I don't raise the bees myself as I am allergic to bees , but we have a bee farmer who farms them on our farm and gives us 2 gallons a year. I was watching a show on bees the other night and did you know most of the Honey that is imported into the united States is watered down with syrup so your not getting 100% Honey. The supply for Honey does not meet the consumption needs as well. So, if you see a local farmer selling his Honey be sure and buy from him to get the real 100% pure Honey. Sure it may be more expensive but if I was buying Honey I wouldn't want syrup-ed up honey. I am very lucky to get fresh from our farm.
Since I am in a recycling mode I thought this container (Dog Biscuits) I used as a form would make a great Bee bank. I really love creating these banks and I loved how it look more like a whimsical piece than a bank. So you could use it as a decoration and no one would know it's a bank.
Of course I had to make her as a Queen Bee and she is saving all her pennies in her Honey Pot. I placed a slot in the back and the head screws off to empty the bank. This piece is fairly tall almost 17" and very weighty as I used a ton of sculpting compound. This is a One Of A Kind Bank and it will "bee" hard for this bee lover to part with her, but I will be listing her with the other listings on January 18th 10 am eastern time.
I was going to give her eye lashes but my supply was out so I may yet we shall see and I think she may need some bling on that crown. hmmm.
Do You have a favorite recipe using Honey?? If so I would love to hear it.
I absolutely love seeing Trash recycled into treasures don't you?? I once again am always thinking outside of the box and looking for surfaces to use. I used these three everyday household products to create some of the following treasures.
I used a everyday liquid dish soap container to make Princess Willow. She's very tall and is holding her bow and arrow and yes they are sculpted. She's very Fancy!
I have been dying for the last five years to make a few Money Banks. They will definitely be one of a kinds. This little bird is saving his egg nest "pennies" for a rainy day . Yes it is a BANK!! I used a large Clorox container to create this piece. This piece took a ton of sculpting compound and twenty hours to complete. I believe I will try and make a few pet treat containers as well I am seeing a Golden Doodle Moses one in the future lol.
It was great to take a much needed break to spend with my family for the Holidays! I think sometimes we can get so wrapped up in social media that we forget to stop and take time for those that are around you. I don't know if I actually set New Years goals so to speak but I am going to try and be present more in own life and limit how much time I scroll FB. Oh I will be still scrolling just limiting myself. It's really hard when you have so many art friends and you enjoy seeing all they are creating and I love seeing pictures of friends and family. It's so easy to get caught up in the social media part that we forget to stop and smell the roses. I really need to be more present.
Over the Holidays my two grand daughters were both in the hospital with the nasty virus that was going around. I also ended up taking my husband to the hospital with other health issues. It was quite the end to the year. I want to be present for those that I love, so when hubby is home my goal is to set the phone aside haha! I said I will try! I am very goal oriented and very much a worker so sometimes its hard for me to just relax. I am going to try! Most of you know I try and answer messages ASAP or immediately that is still my goal but I will now do so between normal working hours. I'm telling myself its ok if I get a message in the evening during dinner I can return the message the next normal working hour day. It's OK not to work Sundays.
Another goal you will notice is that I am branching out to travel teach a little more. My 2018 travel schedule is already full and I am already getting inquiries for 2019-2020 so if your group wants to inquire please send me a message. I am still limiting how many travels I do as I do still teach here at my home studio.
Just having a little fun with my youngest grand daughter on snap chat.
Every Year my grandchildren take a pic with this Santa at a Hotel they stay at on their journey to PA. I had a few Christmas Pictures I was going to share but they vanished from my phone. I think it's time for a new phone.
I started these two projects before they family arrived for the holidays and thought I would share . I had so many positive comments on the bunny angel with the chick that I created "Queen Of Hearts" I will be listing this item for sale in the etsy shop as soon as I get the chance as the family just left this morning and I need to get back into the groove.
"Some Bunny Loves You" is a cute valentine ornament I will also be listing in the etsy shop this week so keep watch.
For all those that inquired about classes for the New Year I am still waiting on a few to pick their projects for travel teaching and then I will begin listing classes for here at the OldeMoonlane Studio. I usually don't begin classes until March/April as PA weather can still be wintry and snowy especially Jan and Feb. I use those months as planning months and the dreaded tax gathering and book keeping months aggghhhh!!
Have a great day and don't forget to be present and find time to relax with those you love!
Once again, yes I still know it's Christmas, but as someone who creates you always have to work one season ahead. If you walk into a craft store they always have the next season out and this is why. I started this project with a vintage theme in mind. I ran into a dilemma halfway thru as my mind spun with probably 15 different ways to sculpt this piece. I was seeing chick, lambs, spring, oh then I saw Americana with a flag and then winter. If you,re a member of the OldeMoonlane Primitives group page than you know I ask them what they thought and I believe that made the decision harder for me as they all saw different things as well. I will probably make several versions of this piece with different seasons if I have time to squeeze them in.
I just couldn't get this little chick vision I was having out of my mind, so eventually the Chicks won out !
If you look closely you will see her dress is all sparkly. I applied Glass glitter (It's real glass) all over her dress using DecoArt Decou- Paige to apply! Do you like her tiney little real eye lashes??
I found this pretty vintage bottle brush tree at target in the bins at the front of the store and now I wish I would have bought them all. I love the gold tip accents, so I tried to follow thru with that on the tips of the flowers. Gold Metallic from DecoArt. I used all American Acrylic DecoArt paints for this project, as I do with all of my projects. I love the consistency and creaminess of the paints. I often have those say they buy what's cheap well in paints you get what you pay for. I don't want to have to add a ton of coats because the cheap paints are so watered down. If you haven't tried the American paints give them a try you will definitely notice the difference.
It's a little hard to see from the pics but to see her dress in person I used the dark shades of pink and gradually phased them out going down the dress to kind of match the tree blending. You can really see it on the back view.
Every Princess/Angel bunny needs a magic chick wand. This little fella is just hatching.
I also tried a new sealer on this project. I used the DecoArt Americana gloss spray sealer and I believe I like it better than the Poly Acrylic I was using. I think this may be my new sealer. Love love!! I found I didn't need to apply as many coats and it was quick drying.
You may remember in the early Fall I did a blog post on my new "Scrub A Dub" hand soap dispenser series. I received so many messages on those and such a great response I decided I may get a few done for maybe teaching in 2018. No guarantees on which ones become patterns it will be determined on the most ask for. So if you like one and want to see it in pattern form, now is your chance to let me know. I am going to be more selective on patterns this year. I also have so many ideas sketched out for more to add to the series so keep watch.
This "Scrub A Dub" Santa is photographed and could possible become a pattern?? We shall see. He would make a great beginner Sculpting Santa Face class!!!!! I will try and get it listed by the end of the year in the teaching selection page of the web-site.
Well, you just have to have a snowman as well! The great thing about snowmen you can leave them out longer in the winter months. This would also make a great class selection for any beginner. I also have this project photographed so it could become a pattern?? We shall see! I have big ambitions sometimes not enough time lol!
One of my goals this year was to try and have more spring related patterns as I really do not have but a few. These would also make great beginner classes. This little blue bird may appear through out the year as I love the birdies!
Don't forget to "Scrub A Dub" ( Image courtesy of google not mine).
If you missed the original blog post in the early fall of my "Scrub A Dub" series you can click on the link below.
Many that create know that you have to work a season or two ahead. Although I feel like Christmas slid right by me this year. I have so many sketches for Christmas creations I just didn't get time to do, so I may work on them through out the year.
I find myself already on spring as I am trying to create a few teaching options for those that are inquiring. Items that don't make the teaching or pattern cut will then be listed in etsy. I will know better once groups have selected their items for the year.
"Spring Is Sprung" or should it be "Spring Has Sprung" ??? Yikes! I wanted to create a piece more folk art looking as I love all things Folk art or Primitive. My creations always have a whimsical look to them. My husbands least favorite thing I create are bunnies lol! He just doesn't care for the folk art look I guess?? Last year he was quite the critique but what does he know right haha!
It's really challenging when creating a piece for possible teaching classes as I have to limit how detailed I go as most projects need to be completed in a day. Oh the ideas were spinning as I created this piece and I wanted to add more but I know I already made this piece probably a (2) day class as with larger groups we could not sculpt all the details in one day. So it will be a (2) days sculpt/texture and start painting maybe finish class.
I love watching the birds and I always think of spring and little blue birds.
I made this little bunny girls wings all sparkly with glass glitter and she is very sparkly all over!! I wanted to give her eye lashes as well and looking at the pictures I realized I forgot to add them. I may add them today. Remember this is more of a folk art looking face for a bunny not your typical looking bunny.
This is a spring piece you could leave out longer than just as a Easter piece. I originally was going to have her holding a chick and some eggs but steered away so she was more spring related.
I hope you like my "Spring" piece for 2018. I have a few more birdies I am working on so stay tuned. I also have a Christmas Cardinal I haven't finished yet . I am hoping to get them complete soon, so stay tuned!
Today I am gathering supplies for the final class for 2017 on December 18th @ 5PM "Baby Rudy" That makes 18 classes taught for 2017 whew!!!!!! I have 3 openings still for that class if you wish to join me for the final class of the year :).
Over the next few weeks I will be organizing for 2018- travel teaching and classes here at OldeMoonlane. I have so many sketches just need to find the time to get to them. I have been adding to the travel teaching section on the web-site for those that are inquiring. This morning I added a few more selections.
Please note not all classes I teach in 2018 will have pattern packets I have decided to keep some things a special projects for teaching only.
Did you know in just the short year of making pattern packets I have done over 44 packets, magazine and book projects. I found I over extended myself slightly. My plan starting in 2018 I will be releasing each year only a select few pattern packets, magazine projects etc. (few goodies coming in 2018) so as not to overload myself again. Yes I'm still doing them, just slowing down a wee bit and being more selective (44 was an awlful lot for one year for one who hates typing) as I want to be able to travel teach , teach at my home base studio and just plain create for those that have been collecting from me faithfully for many years. I think in 2018 I will finally find my balance so to speak.
This past year seems to have been a whirlwind for me and one I never dreamed of. I've been blessed beyond measure by you all and those who have reached out to me to help me live my dream, you know who you are!!!
Hi and Welcome to OldeMoonlane Primitves. My name is Wendy Young and I am happy to have you join me. I am a wife of 32 years, mom of 2 and grandmother of 3 . I have been creating for well over 30+ years and I started this blog to maybe offer tips /tricks and happenings at Oldemoonlane.