Lost Sock Creations

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Nature Creatures inspired by Giuseppe Arcimboldo

I teach a collage lesson every year with my 6th graders. It introduces them to the artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527-1593) . I like how he was from the 16th century, but so ahead of his time. He was whimsical when every other artist was stiff. He was a Picasso before they were ready, willing to have fun and adventure with his art. He used painted natural objects in portraits of people (like using strawberries for eyes and pea pods for teeth on a pumpkin head). 
My kids took magazines and hunted for natural items they could arrange to organize a creature. The fun part about my job (SSSShhhhh! don't tell...) is that I sit right along with them and do the same assignment. Since this is one of my favorites, i did a few. 
Click the link below to see the students examples as well. 
Go ahead and grab some magazines and make your own too.
But I must warn you, don't do it on an empty stomach.

another of mine...

another...

another of mine...
ONe of my 6th graders this year did the above one...











http://classroom.mineolaisd.net/webs/seatont/nature_creatures.htm

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Photo Shoot Japan Girls

My wonderful husband got his new camera for Christmas and is having a ball taking pics of us all. We have spent the last 2 Sundays scouting locations for photo shoots. He has a blast and we do too. He makes us feel like top models. I think he is a natural at this...
We dressed the girls in Vintage Oriental tops that were thrifted. I am wearing a thrifted corduroy jacket ($3.99). and oldnavy floral blouse ($9.99), with my new MInnetonka Christmas boots.











Friday, January 6, 2012

Paper Plate Art

There's just something about a circle... when you have been drawing on a rectangle for so long. It is refreshing and inspiring to create on something round. I have been creating some Paper Plate art. I have been having fun and cannot stop! That scalloped edge is like a pre-designed border, just waiting to be emphasized with more lines and colors...
I hope I inspire you to design your own plate too! Have fun...

The next few were done as instructor examples by me, Tabitha Seaton...

Fashionista Fox
PaperPlate Snail line drawing
Shelly the Snail

Oliver the Owl

STUDENT EXAMPLES
Grades 6-8
(click on individually to enlarge)











 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

I Love this Line Landscape idea...

I was in the passenger's seat while me and my family were traveling on a long 6 hour drive over the Christmas Break... As a space cadet does, I looked out my window and observed the landscape. I started mentally wandering off to my planet art. I started thinking about lines in nature. I thought about how a landscape used mostly horizontal lines and how in a drawing you can communicate those lines very easily. For example, a horizontal zig-zag line on a page could be mountain tops, a bumpy line could be hills, and a bubbly line could be clouds...
So, I wanted started this mental challenge to create a drawing of a landscape using only horizontal lines going from the left to the right of the page to communicate things in nature. I wanted it to be more challenging by not letting any one line share, overlap, or split into another line. If I broke this rule, it would possibly create a shape... and that would ruin the whole "line" idea. So, I excitedly grabbed my Sharpie and took of to the land of creativity.... Here is what I came up with...
First Simple Attempt (free hand without pencil first)

Second attempt (with pencil first, then thin Sharpie)

Third Attempt (with more strategy and planning out)



Final result of Previous Picture (3rd attempt) Colored...

On my 4th and Final attempt, I got a new idea of using an "umbilical" line to connect (without making a shape) to a different line to make the butterflies. I also got more creative with my coloring by outlining with crayon and then filling in with marker to use a crayon resist method. I like the electric glowing look to it.
I had a lot of fun, you should try it too!

Similar and Simpler lesson here...
http://tabithaannthelostsock.blogspot.com/2014/08/line-landscapes.html

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

What is Lost Sock?

Every since I was a little girl, I had a sore spot for sad little stuffed creatures. When most kids would use thier allowance to buy a video game, I would find myself a new stuffed creature to add to my collection. As an adult, I started collecting sock monkeys. It was my goal to find the most unique, pitiful, and sad ones. I didn't care how ugly they were, the uglier the better! I found out soon that the unique ones were the expensive ones... so i thought... I am creative... why don't I just make my own sock creatures?! I started collecting socks, buttons, felt, yarn, or anything I could find to use on my dolls. I got so much pleasure in taking old socks and bringing life to them. Each one was so unique and seemed to have their own special personality. It started off as something simple, just to pass the time. But, little did I know, God had big plans for me and my socks...
In August of 2008, I went on a Christian Retreat in Dallas with a friend. I really had no big expectation for it, just was hoping to learn more about God. During the overnight retreat, I went through a spiritual awakening. Christ uncovered a lot of issues that I had buried up inside me for years. These were things I thought He could not see, or did not care about. He let me know that they were things he not only saw, but cared very deeply about. They were getting in the way of our relationship and prohibitting me to grow any closer to Him and strengthen my walk. I had built a giant wall between us that he was ready to demolish! And he did...
After the demolision, I could hear His voice! And he talked to me more and more. This allowed me to hear what he had planned for my life, my creativity, my job, and yes... my sock dolls!
Late one night I was tossing and turning in bed, feeling like the Lord was trying to tell me something. I grabbed my journal and went off into a room to see what he wanted to tell me. He began telling me a story of my sockdolls. All I did was take notes, like a college students with her Professor. He was in charge, it was his idea, and I just recorded his every word. By the time I was done writing, I had an outline for a book! It was a book for the Story of  "The Lost Sock".
The creation of this book had been a journey for me. I have learned so much about our Creator and His love for me. I have learned the importance of reading His word to grow. I have learned the power of having faith in His word. I have learned true sacrifice (will be explained in a future blog). I have learned that even when we aren't hearning his voice, He is still hearing ours. I have learned that His timing makes more sense than ours. I have learned that no matter how hard we work to get something done, if it is not His will, we are just stubbornly "spinning our wheels in mud". I have learned that His big important plan for us may not happen today, but that what does happen today is a little part of His plan. If we skip the little parts of His plan, the big picture will not make sense. We just have to trust Him, and have faith in the unknown.
My plans for this book may be different than His. If I get big headed about the book, He knows how to "knock me off my horse". His plan, I have learned, is going to be grand. It is going to move others. It is going to be real...




Made for my eldest nephew...

Made for my youngest nephew...

Made for My Little One Madelynn for her Asian theme room...



Made for my Mom, created in her image...

Me as a sock doll...