Thursday, February 27, 2014

Spring Cleaning Sale!!



That's right folks, there's a 
Spring cleaning sale going on in my Etsy store!  From now, until my birthday, March 21, you can get 15% off all items listed within the store!   

How does it work?  First, you select your item and then at the check out section you put "Spring21" inside of the coupon code box!  It's that simple!  The deduction will automatically be made for you, but, you have to be sure you put in the coupon code in order for it to work.   No coupon code means no deduction!  So be sure to stop on by and see what is in the store for you!   https://www.etsy.com/shop/Pixieknoll

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ebay auction notification!

This is just a quick post to let all you good folks know that I just listed up on the auction block the cute little "Murphy" the Leprechaun!  If you celebrate all things Irish, then you already know that St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner.  So, why not bring home a bit of Irish luck, and bid on this cute little fella today!   As always, thanks for following along here at The Pixie Knoll.  Your patronage is always appreciated.  :-)


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

"Spring Awakening".... the big reveal !

There is something to be said about finishing a project that you have poured your heart and soul into for the last 3-4 weeks. When someone tells you creating is like giving birth...well, you have to believe them.  Honestly, I have been wiped out since I put the final touches on the project, it's just ridiculous.  LOL  I am happy to say that I am finally finished with it and I think it came out way better than I had suspected.  :-)  I hope that you all will agree with me.  Some of you  might have already seen pictures posted up to my face book, but for those that have not yet seen them, I will post up a few here so you can see the final piece. 

Now, for the unveiling of that part that I was so anxiously awaiting to arrive in the mail that everyone was wondering what in the world could it possibly be?  :-D   I decided to try my hand at adding a "lighted fixture" to this project.  I wanted to create a little ambience so I decided I had the need for tiny fire flies to light the way!  How wonderful is that!   So, I had ordered some tiny little lights that I had to wire and solder to a power source of some kind...in this case, a little 3 volt battery pack with a switch.  Of course, the wires on the lights I ordered were not long enough, so I had to do some cutting and splicing of wires in order to get the length I needed that was necessary to achieve the look I was going for since I needed some sort of "vine" in the project that I could also use to attach the paper clay flowers to.  So, it took me 3 days to get all the piece wired together and soldered, completely connected to the battery source.  What an ordeal.  I went through 3 different types of battery options,  a single 3v battery with a button switch, a big batter pack with 2 AA batteries and a switch, and then finally I settled on a small double 3v battery pack with a tiny switch.  This was nice because I can tuck it away into the actual tree stump so that it is not visible, but still has easy access to it. I am delighted to say, that all of the hard work paid off because it really adds to the piece.  Now, let's suppose that down the road the lights stop working for some reason?  Pft, I hope that doesn't happen, but in the event it does...well, it's still a nice piece to look at even if the tiny fire flies do not light up.  :-D  I mean, really, you have to think about that kind of thing for down the road, especially if you are working with some sort of electronics.  *shrug*  But for now, suffice to say, they work, and I learned a pretty neat skill in the process.  Wiring and soldering a tiny light with a on/off switch!  :-) 

At any rate, I don't want to bore you with all those crazy details, let's get down to the meat of what we are here for, and that is to show you the completed project!  I hope you like her! 

She is called "Spring Awakening".  Her story is one of a newborn dryad, awakening for the first time to see what Mother Nature has gifted her.  Like all things magical and living, she is born into the Spring, when all tiny creatures seem to be born.   Little baby Spring has been tucked away safely into the shelter of a hallowed out tree stump, protected from all things wild in the wilderness, where should could grow safely into being.  The mushrooms beneath her are there to soften her fall once she is released from the umbilical cord of the tree from which she is birthed.  The ferns are there to serve as blankets to keep her warm when necessary, and the tiny flowers are there to watch over her, hide her, and protect her as she grows.  And, of course, the fire flies are there to offer her light and comfort in the darkness so that she can see the glorious world around her, even in the darkness.  Imagine seeing the world for the first time by the light of a fire fly!  How simply magical!

"Spring Awakening"

Close up of "Spring Awaking"

The total piece!

My hand so you can have a size comparison!

Side view of "Spring Awaking"

The back view of "Spring Awakening"

The other side view of "Spring Awakening"

"Spring Awakening" with her lighted fire fly friends!

Another close up detail of her tiny foot!

Close up detail of a flower and fire fly!

Close up of some mushrooms and dryad saddle mushrooms.

Unless "Spring Awakening" sells ahead of time, this is one of the pieces I plan on bringing with me to the Quinlan Doll and Teddy Bear show in Philadelphia coming up in May.  So, if you are planning on attending the show, you will be able to see her up front and personal with all of her tiny details.  If you want to see more pictures, here is a link to my album on Face Book where you can see about 25 total pictures of her; these here are just a sampling, but enough that you get a good idea of her final outcome.    https://www.facebook.com/lori.platt.96/media_set?set=a.647367768634237.1073741829.100000830608496&type=1

Also, since the Quinlan show is mentioned, I do have about 25 pamphlets of the show here that the Quinlan's sent out for the artist to distribute.  If you live in the area and might be interested in going to this wonderful show full of ONLY  OOAK one-of-a-kind dolls and one-of-a-kind teddy bears, just send me an email with your address and I can mail you out a pamphlet.  My email is lori@thepixieknoll.com   That also pertains to those folks looking for a little vacation get-away for something different to do, you might consider going to the show.  :-) 

Anyway, I am off and running to work on the next project.  This one is a HUGE project!!.  The only thing I will divulge about this one for now is that it is well-rooted in all things Celtic.  :-P 

In the meantime, as always, thank you for following along here at The Pixie Knoll.  I am glad you took a stroll with me here through the woods today.  :-) 

Have a great day folks!


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Nearing completion... (picture heavy post here!)

My, oh my, how time flies by when you are tucked away in the studio trying to battle the muses of creativity.  I have been so busy in the studio working on the latest project and with my personal life in the past few weeks that I had not realized I did not make an updated post here!  Please forgive my tardiness!  As some would say, sometimes, no news is good news.  Ha ha!  But, I will admit, aside from a few personal things, I have been working arduously on this massive project of mine (and a few things for future projects that I will show you at a later time).

Anyway, for those of you who follow me along on Face Book, you will have already seen most of these images from the project I am working on.  Again, my apologies to you for the repetitiveness, but I am sure there are some who do not visit the social media giant, and so, this post will probably serve them better.  Oh, don't get me wrong, as I'm sure there might be something useful here for my Face Book buddies, but, *sigh* I am not sure what it might be though.  LOL 

At any rate, no more idle banter!  Let's get down to the nitty gritty shall we?  I have done a lot of work on the project and there is still a lot more to finish.  I had hoped I would have had it finished by now, but I have had a lot of things going on in this past week that just did not permit me to accomplish that goal.  Furthermore, as you all know, I was trying to get this piece finished up in time to submit to the DABIDA competition out of the Netherlands....that didn't happen either.  As it turns out, the items I was waiting for to come in the mail, finally did arrive....just not in a timely fashion as I had hoped.  Apparently, the massive arctic freeze in the Northwest have paralyzed the delivery system.  LOL  Though, I can not place the blame entirely on that factor.   Since this project is a mixed-media project in the sense that I am using both polymer clay and paper clay to achieve my goal, the drying time of the paper clay also set me back for a bit of time.  And, too, the making of pesky little flowers.  Those were really not that hard to be honest...but, for some reason, painting them became an atrocious task! Then, of course, the highlight of the project, which I will still not divulge to you just yet, once it finally arrived in the mail, probably took me a few days just to accomplish the task to my liking.  So, in all, there have been a lot of factors that have caused this project to be behind schedule.  But, I believe the final outcome will make all of the above things seem very, very small once it is finally completed.   So, here we are, down to the picture gallery of where we are on the project at this time.   I hope you enjoy the tour so far!

Front view of the finished sculpted tree form with paper clay.

Side view of the finished tree form.

View with the baby included.

All of the paper clay mushrooms and flowers that are at the drying stage.

A close-up view of a paper clay flower.

The first version of painted flowers.  I wasn't very happy with the outcome at this point! So, time for a do-over.  haha

Finally, a happy place!  Painted mushrooms and flowers.  I am LOVING my mushrooms and how they have turned out at this point. 

Close-up of a flower out in the day light.

Another close-up of a flower.  Here you can see how nice and fuzzy the inner part of the flower is.  Nice touch, huh?  :-D

On to painting the tree form.  This is during the first layer of "wash" painting technique.  I like to use my acrylics much like a water color painting technique and work in washes to build up the colors.  It's a long process...but I love the results.

More of the base painted in the first and 2nd wash layers. 

And, here is a front view of the project in day light.  I am nearly completed with the painting at this point.  I have still more to do believe it or not.  I now need to come in with some deeper color to bring some depth to the piece.

The back side of the base in day light.
 
 
So, this brings you all up to date of where I am at the moment on the project.  I was hoping to get some painting time in today, outside in the natural light.  But, it's raining and very overcast as you might imagine.  Instead of being outside today like I had hoped, I suppose I'll be in the studio trying to build up those darker colors.  And, then, once it is dried, I'll be adding the final touches.   If I am lucky, I might be able to finish up this project this weekend and have some photos to share.  Of course, that is, providing mother nature wants to cooperate with me with some nice daylight to get some nice photos.  
 
On that note, before I head off to the studio, I thought I would share one last thing with you all.  A couple of weeks ago, I took a day off from the world and had some "me" time out with mother nature.  I took a trip over to Crystal Springs, Florida to do some manatee watching.   I took lots of wonderful pictures and even a couple of short videos.  It was really wonderful watching these big, gentle beings of the sea.  Nature's mermaids.   I hope you enjoy a little part of the wonderful day trip I had! 
 
A family of manatee!

A mother and a baby!

Another family swimming by. <3 p="">
A close-up of the family.
 

A couple of small video clips so that you can watch.  Sorry that one is a link to my face book.  I couldn't get it to load up for some reason.  But I hope you enjoy it all the same! 
 
 
  
I hope you enjoyed the post today.  I know it was picture heavy, but sometimes pictures help to tell the story!   As always, thank you for following along here at The Pixie Knoll!  I hope you all have a wonderful day.  Until next time!