Saturday, April 12, 2014

Every Girl has her FROG PRINCE...


Hello creatives! Susan here dropping in with a special project from the Amazing Crafting Products Creative Team today combining items from previous Frog Dog Studio Kits and Amazing Crafting Products – our Partners "In-Crafting". I live in South Florida which is summertime 80% of the year. We had a 48 hour cold spell back before the holidays and when life brings you "creative gifts" you have to run with them. I set off on a journey of creating a custom art doll... but he's more like a FROG PRINCE to me.

To keep this tutorial to a reasonable length, I'm leaving out the molding process. I invite you to please, save the date and visit the Amazing Crafting Products Blog for Mold Rubber Monday on April 14th to see how I created this mold {CLICK HERE to view}.


Supplies Used:
From the December 2013 Mixed Media Kit: Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements - 6" Fabric Crafting Pack; Luminarte Acrylic Silks in Carmen and Fern; Prima Vintage Vanity 2" Stamp "Checkered"; Tim Holtz Ideaology Tinsel Twine; and Duro 6"x6" Stick-On Canvas Pack

Other Supplies Used:
Amazing Mold Putty; Amazing Mold Rubber; Amazing Casting Resin; Alumilite Fluorescent "FLO" Green Dye; Alumilite Pearlescent Metallic Powder; Scissors; paintbrush; mist bottle; sewing machine; Fiskars Pinking Shears; black fun fur; needle with thread; gears from stash; pipecleaners; seed beads and thin 24 gauge silver jewelry wire.

   

The fabric pad is a wonderful assortment of patterns – many of them perfect to dress my Frog Prince. I really love how the squares have a pinked edge to keep them from fraying.


I had another project I created using the December 2013 Mixed Media Kit and I had this mist leftover made from the Luminarte Acrylic Silks in Fern. CLICK HERE to view mists on my holiday tree in a bottle.

  

I poured the liquid onto the fabric and let it soak in to stain them to match.

  

Some I just splattered with the green to add to the distressing, while color coordinating


Details of my painted/splattered squares when dry... totally grungy!


Now I take my base frog cast in Amazing Casting Resin with a mixture of Alumilite Pearlescent Metallic Powder and Alumilite Fluorescent "FLO" Green Dye. Using a brush and my fingers, I apply and build up layers of the Luminarte Acrylic Silks in Fern, letting set, then rubbing some color away to bring out the details. Please visit the Amazing Crafting Products Blog for Mold Rubber Monday on April 14th to see how I created this mold/casting {CLICK HERE to view}.


I set the body and legs aside to dry. Now he is a bright spring green color and ready to be dressed. I think my prince needs a crown to adorn his head.


Using the Luminarte Acrylic Silks, I painted the sticky back canvas sheets with the Fern and stamped with the Prima Vintage Vanity "Checkered" stamp with the Carmen {red}.


I trimmed two sections to be about 2" high by about 4-5" long {I just sort of eyeballed it according to the cylindrical shape I liked}. I peeled off the backing halfway and adhering the tops of each together, then formed into a circular shape forming the crown – overlapping inside slightly and letting one section overlap the other to hold it's shape. For the edges not adhered: I folded up one edge and added fabric scraps to the exposed adhesive to add contrast and texture.


I finished off the crown by cutting triangular peaks and bending the tips outward. You can see the painted canvas inside and out. Those steps could have been skipped, but I am all about the little details - it's a personal preference of how detailed you want to make things. I still have one section of the adhesive edge remaining that I didn't fold over. I trimmed a little off and adhered tinsel twine around the base of my crown. No muss - no fuss. I added some faux painted gems with the red luminarte using the back of my paintbrush. A perfect crown for this prince!

  

I sort of winged-it when sewing the clothes. My apologies I don't have steps to share. I have been sewing since I was about age 10 so I just went for it since they are such basic shapes. I layered the pieces together and pinned in place to make larger sections. Then I free form cut out pants, a collar, a shirt and sleeve extensions using Fiskars pinking shears {this prevents material from fraying}. I pulled the threads on the collar to gather and added a black fun fur edging around the neck by hand. I hand stitched all the pieces together as I assembled the body to the legs. The size of the clothes are that of a small doll, so the sewing was quick and straighforward... nothing fancy. Since this frog is going to be grungy and steampunk, I let the sewing be tattered to add to his charm.


Before final assembly - I had a bit of work to do to add the digits back to his hands and feet which didn't come out in the molding process due to the thinness and airbubbles in the tiny areas. No worries! Using thin 24 gauge silver wire and seed beads, I fashioned digits and wire wrapped in place on the hands and feet. I really love how realistic they look and the contrast they give against the resin casting... plus now I can bend the wire to pose. I added some layered gears to the shirt front and more of the tinsel twine to tie in with the crown. Now he's ready for his new digs!

 

A Frog Prince with a Steampunk Twist!


I have to thank Tina for her amazing selections in this Frog Dog Studio Kit. The supplies totally inspired this creation! I encourage you to listen to your muse... and play!

Thanks for dropping by and checking out my project today!
You can find more of my work at the Amazing Crafting Products Blog
~ Susan M. Brown {sbartist}

15 comments:

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    1. Thanks Sandra! I am so in love with this project :)

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  2. I'm speechless, I was wondering when and how he would make his appearance, this is AMAZING, WOW, I can't think of any other words to describe how this post just made me feel, amazing work Susan. gotta share this -

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    1. Thanks Maria - He is so adorable. I think he might need a proper throne!

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    1. Thank you Lyneen - I'm so glad you like him :)

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  4. Susan, this is utterly amazing! Your creativity knows no bounds :)

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    1. Thank you for the best compliment ever Christi <3

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  5. Beautiful work Susan! I really love how he turned out! :D

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    1. Thanks so much Tracy - we might have to collaborate on a story here.

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  6. Susan you are a creative genius!! This is just astounding you are so incredibly talented!

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    1. Thank you Isie - I look forward to you meeting him in person very soon :)

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  7. That is the most handsome frog prince I've ever seen! Excellent work!

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    1. Thanks Brenda! This was a fun creative adventure :)

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  8. You did great with this guy, Susan!! I really like him. :)

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