Art Challenge 18 – Gingerbread House

I decided I was going to make a gingerbread house but it didn’t feel right to make a random cottage so I decided to copy a real house.

The fact that the house was taller than wide made it a structural challenge but I drew the structure, did a lot of planning and watched YouTube videos that showed different ways to hold the structure together.

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I followed Mary Berry’s Gingerbread recipe and created my own templates and left space for fairy lights to be inserted inside the house. The fairy lights gave a homely feel to the house as they lit the windows made of melted boiled sweets. It was a challenge to get smooth lines with the icing and to have a steady enough hand when adding the decorative detail. I am not a big icing fan so didn’t want to go overboard in terms of flavour and also to loose the likeness of the house.

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It was a challenge, enjoyable and delicious when it came to eating it. The house made a great centre piece and conversation point for our festive celebrations.

Here’s a short video of the gingerbread house just 1.5 minutes long. 

Art Challenge 17 – The Art of Skating

IMG_4560-0One day whilst in my new art studio I noticed the sun creating a strong shadow on the wall. I had a play with this and it occurred to me that it was an opportunity to use the shadow to project the outline of an item.

I looked around for something that I would struggle to draw and I saw one of my figure skates which was drying out from an early morning skate. I held the skate up and drew the line projected onto the paper on my easel.

Artist's MannequinI looked around for something else to shadow draw and saw the artist’s mannequin, I put the figure into a skating position and
drew that onto the same paper.

I looked around again for something shapely and spotted a paint palette, so draw that on the paper.

I then returned my focus to the ice boot and blade and added in the lines, the detail, the laces, the stitching.

As the sun faded I left the drawing IMG_4569on the easel and it shared there for a few days, the. It occurred to me to make the picture about “The Art of Skating” and that the elements that make up free skating are jumps, spins and spirals. So I thought to add these in like paint colours on a palette. I searched for pictures and then copied them into the circles.

I then started to make the mannequin figure look more real, using my knowledge and love of skating as guidance. I drew boots onto the end of each leg and put the skater in a dress and worked carefully on the arm and leg lines.

I then started to add colour, first on the skating elements on the palette, then combining those into purple for the colour of the skater’s dress. I then painted the blade and then added glitter, note to self, add glitter last!

The Art of Skating. Copyright Kim 2014 The Art of Skating. Copyright Kim 2014

I then painted the background with a wash but that felt too bland and so I added skate shapes as they appeared on the ice from spins, three turns and chock taws and went a bit over the top with glitter. I finally added the three rhinestones as they appear in my ice boot and for now the picture is completed.

The Art of Skating. Copyright Kim 2014. The Art of Skating. Copyright Kim 2014.

It may, yet, be cut from the background and mounted on a different background, not sure at this stage whether the little ice shapes are too much.

Pleased with the result, nice to create an original painting, I feel it is the best painting I have done out of the challenges, and has given me the kind of satisfaction that I have got upon completing my paper cut pictures, but not quite happy with it.

If you have enjoyed this post please feel free to have a look at the other challenges I have completed, they include painting, paper cutting and design.

Twin Girls Picture – Art Challenge 16

Having seen my paper cut pictures (see the pictures in Art Challenges 13 and animated in Art Challenge 15) my friend asked me to create a paper cut picture for her twin daughters. I said that I would but that i did not know when it would be. I let the concept work itself through in my mind and then one day in my studio having come across a die cut word ‘Twins’ I decided to create the picture. The twin girls are just 18 months old, but I felt that if i reflected baby aspects in the design that it would be redundant in just a few years. Instead I decided to make the design timeless, girly and hopefully as cool if they look at it at 5 years old as 15. Much beyond that I can’t account for or extrapolate what their experiences will be. IMG_1232IMG_1233 I first added a background then started to create and add girly elements to the die cut word, roses, sunglasses, guardian angel wings, princess crowns, hearts and some more general happy days symbols kites, flying, hot air balloon, sunshine, stars. I added words from the Simple Stories craft paper ‘wonderful’, ‘sweet’ happy’ and so on. I added some glitter paint in places. IMG_1235IMG_1236 Having chosen, cut, created and stuck everything down I then started to think about the background and what colour and texture would work best. I found that no one colour worked behind the whole word so I tried putting two different sheets together and after trying many combinations I felt that pink and apple green worked best. I also quite liked that there were two colours as after all the girls are two people and individuals. Having stuck the word onto the paper (really hope it stays stuck.) I then started to think about how to add the girls names into the design in a non-cheesy way.

Twins Pic Completed Picture. Copyright KIm 2014

After much practice ands feeling fearful of messing up the Simple Stories paper I had selected I painted the girls names. This was quite a step forward to mix painting with my paper cutting, I am normally afraid that I will spoil the picture. I chose a white frame for the picture and will be giving it to my friend this afternoon, I hope she likes it and that the girls can appreciate it throughout their early years.

Twins Pic Framed and Ready for Delivery. Copyright Kim 2014

Thank you for viewing this post, if you haven’t already seen my Beach Huts, Ski Chalet and Allotments paper cut pictures you can see those in Art Challenge 13. If you would like to see further art challenges please subscribe to the blog, or if there is someone you know that would like to see the blog please share it with them. Many thanks, Kim x