September 20, 2017

Positively Do Not Open



There are physical items in this world, that aren't just matter, but hold the energy of long ago. You can find them in antique shops or advertised on eBay, but BEWARE! Even the nonbelievers will become believers, if they can get past the horror. Such is the case with this display at Rhonda's Haunted Artifacts. You couldn't even pay me to go near it, let alone let the spirits out. 


This display, Medium Frame Shadowbox is haunted by tiny poltergeists that once inhabited the dolls around them, but are now tiny beings causing mischief and destruction. 


If children shouldn't play with candles, I sure don't think poltergeists should be. 


I have no idea what was in that disgusting looking test tube, but it can't be good that that little creeper ate it. 



They spilled that bowl of Halloween candy all over the place!



Oh goodness! Do I actually see two REAL Charlottes that have been used? Amazing! 




As crazy and detailed as this shadowbox looks, it was actually really easy to create. After getting a rough idea of where I wanted to put everything, I used a simple drop of glue here and there to set everything into place. For the drawers, a dab on the bottom to hold into place, and a drop to hold each item in place. No poltergeist will be moving anything in reality. 




The truly terrifying thing is that the lights, Mini String of Fairy Lights,  within the box have no power, and every night at 10:55, the lights turn on and at times you can hear faint giggles. I try to ignore them but sometimes I just have to get the hell out of there. 


And on some mornings, when I return, I notice there is something in a different spot or a new thing that has been damaged, like the antique book torn apart in the floor, or the poor pumpkin that has been stabbed with a screw driver. Set of Miniature Books


To add the Mini String of Fairy Lights to my shadowbox, I punched a hole carefully into the back of the box and strung the lights through. Next, I positioned them behind the "dresser" and attached them to the wall with some tape. I used some decorative washi tape to attached the switch to the back of the box and make it secure. 




I would hate to experience what would happen if that tiny case somehow opened. 


But on a serious note, most of you know how much I love doll heads. It's very odd, because I hated all of my mother's beautiful dolls growing up. They scared the crap out of me. And now I have a studio full of heads, some worn down with no eyes, some with tiny teeth and tongues, and I hoard them, even though I want to use them in my art. And I do at times, but I'm so attached to them all.


See anyone you recognize?




And yes, three of the dolls on that long shelf above, were purchased on eBay, and advertised as haunted. What was I thinking? After a few nights of my TV turning on and off by itself in the middle of the night, I said a little prayer and sent those spirits into the light!



New to Alpha Stamps, a collage sheet that you too can own with several of my doll heads in different sizes. It's AWESOME and makes me giddy. Now, I can put my lovely doll heads on EVERYTHING and so can YOU! 



What creepy things will you make? Just remember, all of those "creepy" dolls were once owned by children that loved them. Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo
Rhonda...

August 5, 2017

It's In The Cards

My mother loved tarot cards. She had over 100 decks and even designed a dragon themed deck of her own. Each drawing was so detailed and she even sold them. For her birthday, Mother's Day, and even Christmas, I would often give her a gift certificate, good for the deck of her choice. She would run into the store with such excitement. I let out a chuckle with the newest kit from Alpha Stamps titled, "Cards & Constellations" and knew it would be no problem whatsoever, for me to design a few cards of my own. After all, I've had so much experience thanks to Mom.


This months kit is "decked out" with so many possibilities. I really loved these new 12x12 papers, Small Blue Mosaic Scrapbook Paper  and Large Blue Mosaic Scrapbook Paper


Above I used the Spider Web Wrought Iron Playing Card. I didn't want it to have a web, so I trimmed a bit of the design off to make it my own. Below is the Stars Playing Card  design which amazed me because there are so many tiny details. 




I wrapped each card on one side with gold wire threaded with tiny seed beads and topped off with a charm. The charm and the direction of the card when dealt could have separate meanings.



I used mini cards on both ends of the Spider Web Wrought Iron Playing Cards to also give more meaning to the card. Not that I am actually doing a "reading". I just like lots of unique touches within my work.


For both of the "Stars Playing Card", I made sure that a star was shown shining on both ends of the card. I used Night Sky Watercolor Scrapbook Paper  and Seize the Night Scrapbook Paper to achieve this effect.
   




To give each of my cards an antique look, I first covered them with metallic paints and sprays, along with a dab of thick gold paint.



Next, I heated the entire card with an embosser until the inks and paints bubbled. It's one of my favorite odd techniques. 


I wonder what is "In the Cards" for me? Hopefully many more cool art projects to create. I hope I've added some creativity to your future. 



Thanks for visiting!
xoxo
Rhonda...

For Mom - I love you so much, always and forever. Thank you for being mine and for giving me such a creative life. I miss you so much. R...

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July 13, 2017

Where Miniature Bloggers Create

Welcome to my miniature art studio. For this post, I will focus on my beloved hutch that I found at a mini antique shop. It holds many of my treasures and favorite things to use when creating art. Let's have a look! 


Not only do I have multiple shelves, I also have two large drawers and a large desk top to work on. It's my favorite spot to play. 



One can never have too many ink pads or paint brushes.


I have had this old paint set for a while now. I love all of the shades of paint I have to use.


There is room on the top of my hutch to store things as well, like my old boxes of supplies and my vintage sewing machine, although I don't really sew much. I just love the way it looks.


On the left you will see one of my mother's vintage miniatures containing thread. On the right is a pencil box I created using the Mini Cigar Box Set.


I used silver tape to make hinges for some boxes, and Liquid Pearls - Gold Pearl* to make the others. 



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True to life, my miniature desk top is covered in paint, just like my real desk top. 




Do you like my mini paint tubes? You will not believe how simple they are to make. I was inspired by this tutorial on YouTube Miniature Paints that I found on Pinterest. That place is addicting! I found so many miniature ideas. Feel free to follow me RhondaMum and visit my boards Miniature and Art Studios Big & Small for more great ideas. 


On the tutorial, she used some type of thin metal. I couldn't find mine so I used this adhesive silver tape I had instead. I trimmed a tad of the back paper off so I could use it to adhere my paint tube together. 


To make each tube an individual color, I used washi tape in different colors and darker designs. Then put some white clay in the top and added color to make them look like paint was coming out. 



Find a miniature scissor making tutorial here, Minyat├╝r makas imalat─▒..... Luckily they included great photos.

I put my wire in a puddle of glue. Allow it to dry and you can cut the excess off but still have added strength. 


Making these adorable miniature rubber stamps was super easy. I just cut out these great miniature Alpha Stamp stamp images from the Tiny Craft Room Labels Collage Sheet. I adhered them with glue to a Basswood Strips - 3/8 Inches Wide and cut them apart with scissors. 


To make them even more realistic, I attached some left over rubber trimmings. 



The stamp pads were created using the same Craft Room Label collage sheet. I used foam tape to give my ink stamps depth. For the Rectangular Ink pads, I placed one side of the foam on a piece of white card stock and on the other side adhered the ink pad image. For the Square Ink pads, I used a black permanent marker to make the foam edge black after trimming.  




I used toothpicks to make some mini colored pencils. Just trim to size and color with a marker. I dipped the ends onto a dark ink pad to make them more realistic. 


Visit DIY miniature doll pencil Barbie School Supplies to see the tutorial that inspired me. Her pencils have greater detail and can actually be used! 


Do you see any resemblance between my actual paintbrush containers and my miniature ones?


Who would have thought miniature paint brushes would be so simple to make. Cut the toothpick across on both ends, then take a hammer to one end to "squish" the wood down. 


 Next, color your paint brush handle whatever color you like, add black, white, or tan paint to create the "brush" and add silver or gold paint around the brush to create the appearance of metal. Done!


Many of the ideas for my miniature hutch came from my own studio. 


I have been collecting vintage ledgers for years. I especially love my largest ones from Paris. They are from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Another ledger is full of teacher applicants with things listed that you would never ask now a days like their height, weight, marital status, and religion. 



You can never have too many drawers to keep your treasures in. The one below holds many of my vintage photographs. 


Just wouldn't be from my studio if it didn't have some doll heads on it somewhere. And you all know how I love my doll heads!



My miniature bottles are filled with the same vintage glass glitter as my actual storage containers. I used paper clay to make the seal top. 



What cool goodies would you like to see added to my hutch? Leave me a comment and I'll try to find a way to create it and share. Thanks so much for stopping by!

xoxo
Rhonda...

Supplies Used:

Tiny Craft Room Labels CS