I have been working on a few Valentine’s Day projects. One of those projects was felt patterns I found by Alison Kaplan.
I used to love to cross stitch and I had made so many things with cross stitch when I was in my 20’s. I still hang my hand stitched ornaments on my Christmas tree but for some reason, a needle and thread were something I have tried to avoid for many, many years. I have tons of cross stitch books with patterns and I have three DMC floss containers that were stored away. I don’t remember why I put a project away and never went back to it.
Then I found instructions for making a felt mouse and fox. I was surprised that I had everything I needed to do these projects except for the felt. I definitely had the DMC floss! To make these projects my own, I made them Valentine themed.
I cut out the felt and started sewing. Before I knew it, these two guys were complete. I even tried some embroidery going as far as using You Tube to research stitches. I really surprised myself with this project.
But could I make my own pattern? Why not? So I made a kitty pattern and then made my mom a kitty and mailed it to her as a Valentine’s gift. (Update on mom, she’s had her Covid vaccinations.)
Then I thought, ooooooh, what if I made a kitty with different colored ears and a heart shaped patch around an eye? I finished this one and gave it to my daughter as a Valentine’s present and even made pockets on the dress to tuck things into, like chocolate.
I have many more ideas for these little guys that are also influencing my 2d work. I really enjoyed making my own patterns and have ideas for more creatures, including dogs. I found that doing these were very relaxing and Mindful.
The prompt is “sing” and every time I see the word “sing,” I think of the New Year’s Eve performance of My Chemical Romance. Maybe we all need to sing, for the WHOLE WORLD. Sing it from the heart, sing for the planet, sing for all species, sing for the whales and the manatees, sing for the polar bears and the tigers, sing for all endangered species…sing for clean water, sing for the babies of all species who are born on an ailing planet. Sing for resolution of climate change, sing for our future, sing for peace, sing for love…..sing for all these things.
I don’t know if this prompt was RIP or rip but I took it as RIP. Also, I confirmed with my sister that my mom is receiving these. I am glad because I was a little worried that she wasn’t getting them because of the lockdown in her facility.
Will o’ the wisp…..I got this sketchbook back in 2018 when I attended an Artsnacks Inktober outing. I came home with a lot of freebies, this sketchbook and my favorite Kuretake grey brush pen being two items from that haul. It’s a 4×6 Bee Super Deluxe Mixed Media sketchbook and I love the paper. It’s superb quality. I layered a lot of ink and it did not bleed through.
It’s nice just to take a break and play in my sketchbook. The reference photo I used was one I took many years ago.
This morning we had to make one of the most difficult and painful decisions that a one has to make when living with fur children. This is very difficult to write but I won’t be able to write this later when reality sets in.
Cleopatra, our foundling kitty, the kitty that was inserted into many of my sketches and paintings, had to be put to sleep this morning. She crossed over to the Rainbow Bridge a little while ago. We got the news a little after 4 am and we drove back to the ER to say our final good-byes.
We don’t know what happened. Erin took her to the vet on Saturday. They took blood work to see what could be ailing her, That night she had to go to the ER because she was quickly getting worse. It just snowballed from there.
Cleo was only 5. They can’t tell us why. She wasn’t injured. This is why everyday is precious when there is life.
Today is Black Cat Appreciation Day. Cleopatra is our black kitty that we found, literally, on the street. Or she found us. She ran right up to me and was “no bigger than a bowtruckle.”
Cleo lives with my daughter in a nice house in Orlando. Cleo has been the inspiration for lots of my little vignettes and postcards upstaging Chloe and Mack on many occasions. Cleo thinks she is a Chihuahua and that’s ok. She looks at other cats like they have three heads.
To celebrate Cleo, here are some of my favorites for Black Cat Appreciation Day:
Another amateur animated ‘toon. This one was my submission for the Kitchen Table Mini Film Festival. I can’t wait to do another! This was an awesome idea by Carla Sonheim and Kara Kramer. I could still do a ton of things to this video to tweak it but I had a deadline. I still may work on this though.
I took Carla Sonheim’s class on animation called “Make it Move” and it was fun and really helpful. I enjoyed it a lot and it gave me ideas how to handle animating my art in the future. My head is popping with ideas.
One assignment was to animate some collage pieces…..this is a very short video where I used a homemade background and three collage pieces to make a small scene. The kitty and the “rod” where pulled out of my paper stash. I don’t know where kitty found the bikini top.😎
Remember, this isn’t Disney, just a little fun playing with paper…..
Ok, this is my first time offering free art. I did this on Procreate for my mom and then I printed it out on cardstock and colored it in and mailed it to her. She probably won’t see it for a while. They are holding her mail a little bit to disinfect it then they’ll give it to her.
Cleo is back with us for a while. My daughter has been furloughed from Disney because of the “Safer at Home” quarantine, so the two of them have been here for the past month. So she’s been inspiring a few ideas….
Here is a free coloring page featuring Cleo, aka Kitty . If you color it in, please post it on Instagram and tag me @ginalento so I can see it!