DIY Arts and Crafts
|The Bicycle-Chef's handy artwork!|
|Flower Stamps, part of my art stamp collection. |
This cover is in our kitchen
|Japanese Cherry Blossoms. Hand-made Japanese paper. |
This is in our upstairs hallway.
Not satisfied with light and outlet covers, I've done my stamp collage artwork on frames and mirrors too. This mirror, one of two that I have, was done in the early 1990's, utilizing old stamps that I either bought to use as art, or saved. The idea came to me from a piece I saw in a Besty Johnson boutique that used to be in Center City on 18th Street near Samson. That framed mirror had dinosaur stickers laminated around the frame. I decided that the stamps I had would look better. Taking a good idea and making it my own.
|Painting by Meghan Dinneen|
|Milagro's and a Penny Painting by Tom Lessner|
The lower painting, is on a penny! It's a cartoon version of Jimmy Rollins, #11, The Phillies Short Stop. I had this "commissioned" for Liz's birthday about 10 years ago. It was painted by local artist, Tom Lessner. He and I worked together at The Reading Terminal Market in the early 2000's, cooking together. I have a bunch of his doodles and drawings, one of which is a doodle of me riding my bike. Hmm, gotta dig that one out and put it in this room!
This last print, is of course, another bicycle art related piece. Liz bought this for me two Christmas' ago and we finally have a home for it. It's an illustration of a bicycle built for two, with it's parts diagrammed. I have a tea towel with the same print too. I especially love the frame print, as the image was done on a page from the book, The Portrait of Dorian Grey. That's a favorite book of mine, though the subject is a rather grim and disturbing story.
Do you have any artwork that you love to do? What's your secret passion project? Let me know! Or if you like any of the crafts that you see that I've made, let me know. I'm thinking of making more to sell!