Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Picassiette Mosaic Birds

Picassiette Mosaic Birds by Jeanne Selep
Teal Picassiette Mosaic birds
I wanted to share this pair of mosaic birds I created using vintage china from various resale venues. Mosaics created from broken china is called picassiette (also pique assiette), and it's my favorite kind of mosaic.  It's a great way to use chipped, damaged or broken china.

Picassiette Mosaic Bird by Jeanne Selep
Left facing Mosaic Bird
The single teal plate that became the tail feathers inspired the color palette.  I cut the bird shapes out of 1/4 inch thick wood on a jigsaw, glued down the china pieces with clear silicon, and finished the birds by grouting between the china.

Pique assiette Mosaic Bird by Jeanne Selep
Right facing Mosaic Bird

I don't know which of the birds is the girl and which one is the boy, but these two are definitely love birds, and I am hoping to figure out a baby bird shape so they can have babies someday.

Detail of Mosaic birds by Jeanne Selep
Mosaic birds posing for a close up
Here the two are having their close up.  

The birds are actually quite small, about 3 inches high by 5 inches tip of the beak to tip of the tail.

Small Mosaic bird and Window
Mosaic birds on Display

At the moment I display them on a window ledge near a small reproduction Tiffany Window that came from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the real much larger window hangs. The large Tiffany window (the real one) is currently my favorite stained glass window in the world, in case anyone has a spare one...
 (btw, notice the authentic shabby chic (?) of the window and window handle...)

Mosaic bird pair by Jeanne Selep
Name the birds!  Leave suggestions in the comments

I haven't named the birds yet, so if anyone has suggestions, please leave your ideas in the comments.



Click on the images to see them enlarged.


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I am linking up to these parties:

Lets Add Sprinkles: Keep in Touch Tue 95 4p (Entry 16)
Interior frugalista: Talk of the Town Tu 208 6p (Entry 41)
Also My Repurposed Life: Talk of the Town (Entry 41)
Stonecottageadventures: Tuesday with a twist 345 (Entry 42)
Gingersnap crafts:Wow me Tue 438 7p (Entry 17x)
Girlish Whims: Whims Tues 8:50p (Entry 9)
Thistlekeylane: Tuesday Turn About 32 (Entry 64)
Also My Wee Abode: Tuesday Turn About 28 (Entry 64)
My Random: Anything Goes 221 (Entry 42)
Lindas lunacy: Making-a-home Tue 148 (Entry 28)
LeCultivateur: Wonderful Wed (Entry 44)
Applestreetcottage: Party-in-your-PJs 292 (Entry 31)
Delightsome Life: Home and Garden Wed 32 5p (Entry 1x)
French Ethereal: Share Your Style 240 Wed 6p (Entry 2 of 26)
Imparting grace: Grace at home 363 (Entry 92)
Kathleen: Bloggers Pit Stop 205 Th 8p (Entry 74)
FromGardners2Bergers: Handmade Hangout 267 Thur 6p (Entry 13)
Shelbeeontheedge: On-the-edge-174 (Entry )
Twochicksandamom:Funtastic Fri Dec 5 (Entry )
Eclectic Red Barn: Thurs Favorite Things Th 7a (Entry 51 of 173)
Also KatherinesCorner: Thur (Entry 51)
Also Follow the yellow brick: Thur (Entry 51)

x Debbie Kitterman: Tune-in-thursday-144 (Entry )
The Painted Hinge: Farmhouse Fri 4p 138 (Entry 11)
Petals pies + otherwise: Handmade Weekly 33 Fri (Entry 20)
Firemanswife: Fri at the fire station 150 (Entry 18)
x Calypsointhecountry: Best of weekend Fri 7a (Entry )
Ohmyheartsiegirl: Friday Feature Party 200 (Entry 92)
Cottagemarket: A morning cup of joe 8 (Entry 38)

x life with Lorelai: Home Matters 261 (Entry ) 
x little Kimono: Link Party (Entry cool)
Shabby art: Create-bk-grow-gather 403 Fri 10a (Entry 51x)
Pieced Pastimes.gr: Saturday Sparks Sat 8a (Entry )
A Mama Tale" Sundays Best Linkup (Entry )
Our mini family: Our mini party 256 (Entry )
Weekend Reflection: reflections (Entry )
Creative Mom: Craft Schooling Sunday (Entry x?)
Finding Silver pennies: Silver Pennies Sun 6a (Entry )
Life and Linda: Dishing it Digging it 223 Sun 3p (Entry )
Across the Blvd: Create Bake Make 313 Sat 5pm (Entry )
Pams Party: Dare to share 392 (Entry )

Create with Joy: Inspire me Mon 411 (Entry )
Good Random Fun: Good Random Fun Mon 4a (Entry )
BNOTP: Metamorphis Monday 566 6a (Entry )
Uncommon Slice: Inspire Me Mon 2-4p (Entry )
* Stroll Life: Inspire Me Mon 527 3p (Entry )
Maria Elena: Tue at Our Home 336 Mon 12p? (Entry )
 

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Encouraging Others with Mixed Media

Mixed Media art quote Goal without plan is just a wish
"A goal without a plan is just a wish" Mixed Media Art Quote
Parenting is a funny career.  You can be active at it for years, competent even (hopefully), and realize you still don't know what your doing; for example when the kids go to off to college, and call to share their woes.  (I don't understand the professor, I think I bombed the test, everyone else is so smart, I didn't get an A, should I apply for this job, ...)

Winston Churchill success Quote Mixed Media art by Jeanne Selep
Winston Churchhill Success Quote - Mixed Media

My parenting dilemmas changed when my teens went to college, and included trying to advise my young adults from a distance.  In this previous post I mentioned I was creating art journal pages with quotes to inspire and encourage them. 

Success is not final Quote
Success is not final Quote

Occasionally I take a photo of a multi-media work and send it to their phone when I think it will encourage them in a particular situation.  (my own phone "Stickers")
Talent Quote
Talent and Perseverance quote, misspelled!

I don't know if they appreciate it, but words of wisdom from sources I respect shouldn't hurt.  And I have the fun of creating art in the process as I try to help them. 

The rest of this post documents progress and perseverance [spelled correctly this time!], for others on the art journey.  I'm trying to encourage others* to say "I can become more talented if I practice" instead of saying "I can't do that".

(*AND my young adults, should they ever read this)

practicing hand Lettering
Practicing Hand Lettering
I have worked over the past 2 years to improve my handwriting and journaling, by taking courses and workshops.  But improvement frequently comes down to practice.  I practiced what I learned, which is the way to really improve.  Classes are not enough.


Hand Lettering practice idea
Hand Lettering practice idea
One technique I have used to improve my "hand" is copying over lettering samples I like with vellum paper. It helps with learning to form letters in a very different way.  After I copy exactly, I try it in a smaller format, or with a different phrase. 


Creating Journal Papers
Creating mixed media Journal Papers

Besides practicing lettering, I practice creativity when I create the backgrounds for my quotes.  Practicing creativity is easier and more fun - less rules. 
 
Creating mixed media background journal papers
Creating mixed media papers
Creating the backgrounds takes more time, space, and is far messier than calligraphy practice.   I have practiced my calligraphy on plane flights on tiny airline trays.  I also practice during commercials while watching TV.  Creating my backgrounds can take over my kitchen, dining room and living room for nearly a day.


Creating Journal Papers
mixed media Journal Papers drying
I often create backgrounds by applying paint over wallpaper samples, using stenciling, stamping and other techniques.
Da Vinci Quote Art is never finished mixed media
DaVinci "Art is never finished" mixed media quote
I make many of my quote pages 5x7inches so that they could be framed in the future should one of my children want to.  

Feel free to snap a photo of my quote journal pages to encourage your children or friends.  

I hope I have encouraged you to keep up your efforts and projects, whatever they may be - blogging, artistic endeavors, getting a job, raising children, dealing with self doubts, etc!


Click on the images to see them enlarged.
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I am linking up to these parties:
Avenue613: Challenge 229 Anything Goes (Entry 118)   I was featured here!


Good Random Fun: Good Random Fun Mon 4a (Entry 44 of 52.)
BNOTP: Metamorphis Monday 566 6a (Entry 4x of 48x.)
Uncommon Slice: Inspire Me Mon 2-4p (Entry 2 of 82.)
* Stroll Life: Inspire Me Mon 531 3p (Entry 2 of 77.)
Maria Elena: Tue at Our Home 342 Mon 12p? (Entry 16 of 74.)

Thistlekeylane: Tues Turn About Mon 31 (Entry 18 of 119.)
My Random: Anything Goes 220 (Entry 49 of 50.)
Lindas lunacy: Making-a-home Tue 147 (Entry 11 of 27.)
Stonecottageadventures: Tuesday with a twist 351 (Entry 30 of 45.)
Lets Add Sprinkles: Keep in Touch Tue 94 4p (Entry 10 of 52.)
Interior frugalista: Talk of the Town Tu 207 6p (Entry 25 of 78.)
Also My Repurposed Life: Talk of the Town (Entry 25 of 78.)
Gingersnap crafts:Wow me Tue 7p (Entry 23x of 50x.)
Girlish Whims: Whims Tues 442 8:50p (Entry 12 of 96.)
Also My Wee Abode: Tuesday Turn About 28 (Entry 12 of 96.)
Faeries and fauna: Waste not Wed 188 (Entry 36x of 107x.)
LeCultivateur: Wonderful Wed Tue 9p (Entry 39r of 159r.)

    Also Ducksnarow, ElecticRedBan
Applestreetcottage: Party-in-your-pjs Tue 291 (Entry 23 of 96.)
Delightsome Life: Home and Garden Wed 5p (Entry 10x of 95x.)
French Ethereal: Share Your Style 239 Wed 7p (Entry 8 of 47.)
My thriftstore addiction: Vintage Charm Wed 215 (Entry 7 of 68.)

Grandmashouse: DIY Wed Party 174 (Entry 20 of 93.)
Raggedy-bits: Waste-not-wed 188 (Entry x of 111x.)
Myslicesoflife: Encouraging hearts Thur (Entry 53 of 94.)
Kathleen: Bloggers Pit Stop 204 Th 8p (Entry 17 of 93.)       I was featured!
FromGardners: Handmade Hangout 267 Th 6p (Entry 14)
Twochicksandamom:Funtastic Fri Dec 5 (Entry 38 of 106.)
KatherinesCorner: Thur Fav Things (Entry 70 of 236.)
Also Follow the yellow brick: Thur (Entry 70 of 236.)
Petals pies + otherwise: Handmade Weekly 32 Fri 8a (Entry 22 of 58.)
Firemanswife: Fri at the fire station 149 (Entry 28 of 52.)
Ohmyheartsiegirl: Friday Feature Party 199 (Entry 76 of 192.)
Cottagemarket: A morning cup of joe 14 (Entry 33 of 64)

Tryit-likeit: Creatively-crafty 206 (Entry 85)
Artsymama: Artsy Party 275 (Entry 80 of 82.)
Shabby art: Create-bake Fri 402 (Entry x of 87x)    
The Painted Hinge: Farmhouse Friday 137 (Entry 20 of 53.)
Funkyjunkinteriors: DIY Salvaged Fri 510 (Entry 9 of 25.)
Pieced Pastimes.gr: Sat Sparks Sat 8a 358 (Entry 70 of 125.)
Our mini family: Our mini party 261 (Entry 34x)
Creative Mom: Craft Schooling Sunday (Entry 5x)

Acrosstheblvd: Creat Bake Make 318 Sat 5pm (Entry 41)
Finding Silver pennies: Silver Pennies Sun 342 6a (Entry 42)
Life and Linda: Dishing it Digging it 28 Sun 3p (Entry 22)
Pams Party: Dare to share 392 (Entry err)

Apriljharris: Hearth and Soul Mon (Entry 5)
Acrosstheblvd: Beautifully Made Tue 7a (Entry 57)
Lovemylittlecottage: Little Cottage Mon 35 (Entry x)
Debbiekitterman: Tune in Thur 145 (Entry 24)
Imparting Grace: Grace at home 363 (Entry 93)

2dishingdivas: Creatively Crafty 207 (Entry 93)



Challenges
Art-journal-journey: Something New (Entry 91)
Lovetocraftchallenge: ltccb 42 jan-anything-goes (Entry 176)
Mixitupchallenge: Miucb 33 anything goes (Entry 30)
Movingalong: Challenge 114 January (Entry 113)
* Avenue613: Challenge 229 Anything Goes (Entry 118)   I was featured here!
Crafters castle: Welcome to Jan (Entry 69)
Not just cards: January-challenge (Entry 53)


x romGardners2Bergers: Handmade Hangout 290 Thur 6p (Entry err)
Calypsointhecountry: Best of month 1st Fri 7a (Entry )  
Create with Joy: Inspire me Mon 411 (Entry )
Loulougirls: Mon fabulous-party-303

Related cool posts:
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Saturday, December 7, 2019

NY Christmas Windows Part 3

The Christmas Windows at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City surpassed anything I had ever seen in a retail window display.  This "Black and White" window was one of my favorites.  

2018 New York Bergdorf Goodman Window Display
New York Bergdorf Goodman Window Display 2018 (at night)
There is just so much going on here!  It's easier to see the 4 horses, two mannequins, a duck and a squirrel during the day, (see below).  
(Unfortunately, there are also more reflections during the day.)

2018 New York Bergdorf Goodman Window Display
2018 Bergdorf Goodman Window (during the day)
All of the animals, crafted with such imagination and creativity, appear to be made out of black and white candy!

2018 New York Bergdorf Goodman Window Display
Duck from 2018 Bergdorf Goodman Window Display
This duck stands out better in the daytime, at night he is mostly in the shadows.  

2018 Bergdorf Goodman Window detail Duck
Candy detail on duck from Bergdorf Goodman Window Display
Look at the incredible detail of the "candy" construction on the body of the duck.  Do you see the white gummy bears?

2018 New York Bergdorf Goodman Window Display
Bergdorf Goodman Window Display 2018 New York
The window includes four horses with black licorice manes to grab your attention.

2018 New York Bergdorf Goodman Window Display
2018 Bergdorf Goodman Window Detail - Horse Head

I love the horses!  Such creative candy crafting!

New York Bergdorf Goodman window candy detail
Bergdorf Goodman Window Detail - Candy Swirl
More candy details...

2018 New York Bergdorf Goodman Window Display
Bergdorf Goodman Window Detail - White Candy Swirl
The dark squirrel in the lower right corner is harder to see, and I didn't get a close up photo.

2018 New York Bergdorf Goodman Window Display
2018 Bergdorf Goodman Window during the Day
How about wearing the zebra coat and boots (above) to your next party?  Mask optional.

2018 NY Bergdorf Goodman Window Display
Sweet Dreams!
Sweet dreams are made at Bergdorf Goodman!
(located at 754 Fifth Ave, the corner of 5th avenue and 58th street)


NYC Tommy Hilfinger Decorations 2018
Christmas Wreaths on the Tommy Hilfiger Store, New York City 2018

Other decorations nearby included the Tommy Hilfiger Flagship Store, decorated beautifully. 
(This store was located at 681 Fifth Avenue and closed in early 2019, so I guess I saw it's last year of Christmas decorations.) (photos above and below.)

Tommy Hilfiger Flagship Store New York City 2018
Tommy Hilfiger Store decorated for Christmas, New York City 2018
The wreaths and ball ornaments glowed even on a gray day.

NY Tommy Hilfinger Decorations
Free Desktop Background
The image above can be saved as a desktop background - Merry Christmas!

NY Tommy Hilfinger Decorations
Another Free Desktop Background!
The image above is another free desktop background.

NY Tommy Hilfinger Decorations
Wreath Dreams (is this a wreath?)
Another nearby building with a sophisticated reception area had this massive wreath(?) glowing above the seating for visitors.

NY City NYC Holiday Decorations
Festive Free Desktop background
Above is another image that can be saved as a desktop background.  
(To set an image as a desktop background, Click on the photo, then right click to open a small menu and select the line "Set as desktop background")


NY City NYC Holiday Wreath
Christmas Wreath in New York City
I might not get to more posting this year, so I'm wishing my readers...


Merry Christmas
and a
Blessed Holiday Season!
 
(This is the 3rd post in my series of Christmas Windows and Decorations in New York City from my 2018 NY trip.  See Part 1 here and Part 2 here.)


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I am linking up to these parties:
Across the blvd: Create-bake-make 313 (Entry 40 of 137.)
The Painted Hinge: Farmhouse Friday (Entry 27 of 36.)

Weekend Reflection: reflections (Entry 23 of 24.)
Pams Party: Dare to share 395 (Entry 51 of 80.)
Commonground: All-about-home Mon 6p 18 (Entry 96 of 102.)
Our mini family: Our mini party 253 (Entry x of ?)
Finding Silver pennies: Silver Pennies 339 Sun 6a (Entry 21 of 94.)
Life and Linda: Love your Creativity 22 Sun 3p (Entry 2 of 123.)
Create with Joy: Inspire me Mon 412 (Entry 37 of 165.)
Good Random Fun: Good Random Fun Mon 4a (Entry 23 of 39.)
BNOTP: Metamorphis Monday 566 6a (Entry 7x)
Uncommon Slice: Inspire Me Mon 2-4p (Entry 5 of 107.)
* Stroll Life: Inspire Me Mon 527 3p (Entry )
Maria Elena: Tue at Our Home 337 Mon 12p? (Entry 11)
Mersad photography: Through my Lens (Entry 11)
Our World Tues: Our World (Entry 17)
Image-in-ing: Weekly link up (Entry 21)
Sharon Wagner: Sharon's Souveniers (Entry 3)
Nicholasjv: Travel Tuesday 213 (Entry 7)

Stonecottageadventures: Tues with a twist 7am 345 (Entry 18)
My world Thru My Lens: My Corner Wed (Entry 6)

Peabea: Pictorial Tuesday (Entry 1)
Jesh studio: All Seasons Tues (Entry 28)

My Random: Anything Goes 217 (Entry 35)
Shelbeeontheedge: On-the-edge 174 Tue (Entry 87)
Lindas lunacy: Making-a-home Tue 142 (Entry 12) 
Lets Add Sprinkles: Keep in Touch Tue 92 4p (Entry 6 of 34)
Thistlekeylane: Tuesday Turn About 29 5pm (Entry 13)
   Also My Wee Abode: Tuesday Turn About 28 (Entry 13)
Interior frugalista: Talk of the Town Tu 203 6p (Entry 8 of 52)
Shelbeeontheedge: Spread the kindness 152 (Entry 87) fashion
Gingersnap crafts:Wow me Tue 433 7p (Entry x)
Girlish Whims: Whims Tues 437 8:50p (Entry 28 of 49)

LeCultivateur: Wonderful Wed (Entry 66r)
Applestreetcottage: Party-in-your-PJs 288 (Entry 25 of 64)
Delightsome Life: Home and Garden Wed 5p (Entry 1x)
French Ethereal: Share Your Style 235 Wed 6p (Entry 16)

Eclectic Red Barn: Thurs Favorite Things Th 7a (Entry 61 of 209)
Also KatherinesCorner: Thur (Entry 61)
Also Follow the yellow brick: Thur (Entry 61)

The Painted Hinge: Farmhouse Fri 132 (Entry 20)
Imparting grace: Grace at home 360 (Entry 11)
Kathleen: Bloggers Pit Stop 202 Th 8p (Entry --)
FromGardners2Bergers: Handmade Hangout 290 Thur 6p (Entry 2)
Myslicesoflife: Encouraging-hearts-and-home Thur  (Entry )
Twochicksandamom:Funtastic Thu 8pm (Entry 59)
Petals pies: Handmade Weekly 29 Fri (Entry 88)
Firemanswife: Fri at the fire station 144 (Entry 36)
Calypsointhecountry: Best of weekend Fri 7a (Entry 89)
Ohmyheartsiegirl: Friday Feature Party 194 (Entry 105)

Ohmyheartsiegirl: Wonderful Wed 185 (Entry 127?)
Cottagemarket: A morning cup of joe 9 (Entry 64)
Life with Lorelai: Home Matters 262 (Entry 113)
Little Kimono: Link Party (Entry cool)
Shabby art boutique: Create-bake-grow-gather 397 (Entry 24x)
Pieced Pastimes.gr: Saturday Sparks Sat 353 8a (Entry 29) 


Apriljharris: Hearth-and-soul Mon (Entry )
Farmhouse40: Inspire Me Mon (Entry ) 
Myslicesoflife: Encouraging-hearts-and-home (Entry )
Related link to see: Henri Bendel 2017 

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