A few years ago I conned the manflesh (i.e., my husband) into making me some tables. I wanted them to be SUPER sturdy (nothing annoys me like a wobbly table) and full of cubbyholes and compartments and other organizational wonders. I have my moments where I am a stereotypical Virgo and can’t seem to concentrate when things are not in order. He came through astoundingly well and made three tables, each one 4 feet long, 2 feet deep, and hip-high. When he brought them in and they were all delicious and empty, I figured there was no way I would fill those bad boys up. Yeah. I was delusional.
On the first Friday of every month, I used to post a tutorial. With the start of the new year, however, we’ve decided to change some things up. Tutorials are fun, but mainly in the way that it’s fun to date a succubus. She’s hot and periodically charming, but she’s also going to suck the life right out of you.
To minimize that whole problem, all three of us – which is to say, Ann, Cindy, and Sarah – are going to be taking a bloggier, more casual approach to our posts now, so feel free to read them in your underwear while your blue facial masque is drying. When I have a cool idea, I’ll share it as a “crafting prompt” rather than a tutorial, which is to say that instead of researching, writing, and testing a recipe for 17-Cheese Quesadillas, I’ll hop on here and say, “OMG! Let’s make quesadillas with EVERY CHEESE!” And then you can or you don’t have to or whatever. It’s casual.
This week, my crafting prompt involves The Shining, my friend Joe, and peg dolls. Prepare to be jealous.
Edit: October 25, 2013 – This project was regretfully abandoned. Boooooooo! I know, it sucks. Here’s the thing: I started this project and then started applying for juried shows that required a specific category designation. I juried for sculpture or mixed media for all of them, so I wasn’t allowed to bring paintings. Spending painting time sculpting became a priority, so I only finished a handful of paintings.
I am satisfied though! There are more paintings that never made it onto this post, so I think I made it to 30. That is at least 3x the number of paintings I managed to finish in 2012! Baby steps!
I will be back in 2014 with a new challenge that I am determined to finish.
I am a crazy person. This has been previously established, but really, I’m a crazy person with evidence of my insanity (aside from that paperwork that I got back in 12th grade from the auditory studies department at the University of Northern Colorado that says my hearing is perfectly fine, so the voices in my head are really just in my head). I have decided to do 300 paintings in 2013. The only thing that proves I haven’t lost it completely is that I nixed the idea of doing a painting every day seeing as it’s already the eighth and I’m finally doing the first one. WHOOPS.
I’ll be updating this post as I go, mostly so I can keep a record of them after they sell or are stolen by gremlins.
Many thanks to everyone who submitted suggestions for our list of 100 Things to Draw When You’re Bored – 2013 Edition! After much discussion, a game of Russian Roulette, and a game of Austro-Hungarian Death Scrabble, we settled on the following 10:
- Bluebird of Unhappiness
- The four [bunnies? monkeys? kittens?] of the Apocalypse
- Unsexy vampires
- Aunt Ethel’s secret
- If electrons were sure, but not positive
- Lady narwhal
- Nerds on parade
- Drunk clouds
- Pretzel Mafia
- Gladiator Mascara
Special congrats to Deb S, Lilli Lovefroud, Randy, and Joe Cope, who are all entitled to two free digital stamps or $5 off their next purchase! (If you choose the latter, contact us before you buy for a special coupon code.)
Again, many thanks to everyone who helped us out!
When we started WonderStrange, we had no idea that our annual list of “100 Things to Draw When You’re Bored” would be the most popular kid at the WonderProm. Heck, the first year, we didn’t even get it a corsage. In 2013, however, we’re springing for a limo and a four-pack of wine coolers, and YOU get to be part of the fun!
Here are the 100 things we hatched from our heads for 2013. Read it over (you know, so that you don’t offer duplicates), and then give us your suggestion(s) in the comment field below. We’ll choose up to 10 suggestions to add to the list. If we choose yours, you can have your choice of two free digis from our digital stamp shop OR $5 off a purchase from the WonderStrange shop! Zowie wowie!
- Lazy Robot
- Angry Animals
- The Worst Sandwich
- Embarrassing Grandmas
- Almost Humans
- Girl Ain’t Right
- Major Douche Bag
- Disjoined Twins
- Dirty Pirates
- Bun Heads
- Pizza Pants
- Game Day
- Whine and Roses
- 50 Shades of Strange
- All the Better to see you with my dear
- Snow Not-So-White
- Cinderella’s new shoes
- Monsters on Stilts
- Sideshow Barb
- Attack of the Accountants
- Flea Circus
- Death’s New Job
- Elevator Flatulence
- Citrus Junkie
- Food Fight Club
- Caterpillar Girl
- Martini Bath
- Cute Zombie
- Scary Teddy Bear
- Birthday disaster
- Flying Monkeys find love
- Parasites in party hats
- Vegetables play dress up
- Adorable demon
- Tuna surprise
- Romeo & Juliet go skydiving
- Coffee deprived
- Pulling a hat out of a rabbit
- They met on the internet
- Friends don’t let friends . . . (wear plaid pants, drive naked, drunk dial the President, etc.)
- Killer whale
- Knitting diva
- Caught on tape
- Bridesmaid of Frankenstein
- Better with bacon
- T-rex goes vegan
- Ginger vs. Mary Ann
- Trying to quit
- Dentist to the Damned
- Awkward proposal
- Batman & The Joker go to counseling
- You’re not leaving the house in that
- Forgotten presidents
- The next morning
- Disney-inspired Drag Princesses
- Runaway Bride
- Evil Unicorn
- We’re NOT twins
- Conjoined Clowns
- Bad to the Bone
- Second runner up
- Motherly Matador
- Cyber Stalker
- Annoying hipster
- Co-ed prison debate team
- Bowling with Food
- Allergic to everything
- Dancing with the Planets
- Baby New Year
- Christmas Crackers
- Pet Shop Boy
- Bar Fly
- Cupid vs Krampus
- Sushi gone bad
- Belly Dancing for beginners
- Seven Deadly Sins
- Your worst nightmare
- Pet Peeves
- Mad Scientist Beauty Shop
- Today’s Bizarre Holiday
- Pope in a poodle skirt
- Shakespeare doing rhythmic gymnastics
- Zombie head games
- Morning routine
- Get Well Soon, Dracula!
- Apples vs. Oranges
- My Favorite Darwin Award
- Recast Grease with a variety of oils
- A Portrait of ____ in a Rainbow Afro Wig
- A Pile of Dead Presidents
- Reasons to Avoid Children
- Space Invaders in Disguise
- Germ Warfare
- Hangover Barbie
- Professional Wrestler Gone to Seed
The women of Wonderstrange love a contest, and this one is pretty spectacular. Ready?
In the coming weeks, use one of our digital stamps in one of your projects. It could be a card. It could be a craft. It could be a gift of wine wrapped with an adorable label. That part is up to you, and a holiday theme is not required. When you finish, post a picture in our Flickr group or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on Friday, December 21, and you could spend Christmas Eve in your most festive jammies, nibbling cookies while gleefully picking out 25 digis that you want from our store. FOR FREE.
Exciting right? Here’s all the fine print our nonexistent legal team has advised us to include.
- The digi that you use in your project must be one that you have purchased from our store.
- By posting the picture or emailing it to us, you are giving us permission to publish the picture on our web site. Don’t worry: We’ll give you lots of credit and would be happy to provide a link to your web site or blog.
- You can enter as many times as you like, but each entry must contain a different digi.
- The winner will be chosen via a random number generator over the weekend of December 22-23, and we’ll post the winner’s name in a blog entry on December 24.
- If we get at least 10 entries, we’ll also award a “Judge’s Choice” prize, chosen by one of us. The winner of this prize will receive 10 free digis.
Here’s wishing you some very happy stamping this holiday season!
Over the past several weeks, the women of Wonderstrange – also known as Sarah, Cindy, and Ann – have been striking out on such bold new adventures that we feel kind of like the crew of the USS Enterprise, except we don’t get nearly as much green alien action, and we are WAY too smart to drink the Romulan ale. Here’s a little update.
For the first three Fridays of every month, the women of WonderStrange Arts bring you projects to make, techniques to try, and feltie patterns that are so flipping cute they have already caused six deaths nationwide. By the final Friday of the month, we’re tired, so we take turns writing blog posts, and this week falls to me, or as my friends sometimes call me, Ann. Sure, I (the Ann me) could take this opportunity to review a new product or conduct a chemical comparison of glue sticks, but on this particular Fourth Friday, it’s National Stupid Question Day. No, seriously. It is. To celebrate, I solicited stupid questions from friends and followers, and here are some of our favorites.
That’s right kids, we’re bringing the WIP back. But not the same as it was before – we’re going to do actual step-by-step WIPs, videos, etc., so if you’d like to see something specific, let us know in the comments here!!
This week we’re all recovering from the visit last weekend and Cindy’s big birthday bash, I’m dealing with emotional trauma and a wedding where my family makes up most of the wedding party, and Ann’s in-laws are in town.
Suffice to say, we’re not getting much art done, but we have lots of awesome planned in the weeks/months to come! In the meantime, check out a picture of my husband doing his best Jack Nicholson impression as he busts through our kitchen wall from the future home of Wonderstrange Tattoo:
Until next week, you little weirdos!
On Tuesday I released these three weird little circles, and today I pretended it was two days before Christmas and I was finally getting around to making ornaments with my kids. Now I’m craving eggnog. This is a super quick and easy project and looks fabulous hanging from your healthiest houseplant while you wait for it to actually be Christmas, Festivus, or the Day of the Broom Tree (a holiday that I am inventing).
- Circle digistamps
- Marker paper or cardstock
- Wood shapes or other backing
- Markers, acrylic paint, and assorted mixed media menu items
Print out your favorite digistamp or draw yourself a pretty picture. I printed mine on Bee brand bleedproof marker paper, which is probably my favorite paper EVER. I’m not here to tell you what paper you can use until Bee decides to hire me as their spokesperson and pays me in paper and hookers, so use whatever paper you like. Once you’re all printed, color your little heart out.
Now it’s time to look suspiciously around your house, twirl your handlebar mustache, and figure out what you can dismantle and turn into an ornament. You could use chipboard, cardboard, matboard, old tupperware lids, old CDs (thanks Ann!), clean salsa lids, etc., or you could do what I did and dig around until you find some wooden stars and use those!
Because I like adding text to stuff more than I love eating stale air-popped popcorn at 3 in the morning (don’t judge), I glued down some dictionary pages then painted my stars in two shades of turquoise with dark purple acrylic sequin waste stenciling. Eventually I’ll get tired of turquoise and sequin waste.
Once that dried, I used gel medium (Golden’s self-leveling clear gel) to attach my round guys to my stars and then added dots around the edge with white acrylic. If you are one of those crazy glitter fairies, throw some glitter on there. If you have the economy pack of feathers from My Cousin’s Chickens ™, then go ahead and feather it up! Do whatever makes you swoon.
To finish them off, use a hole punch or Crop-A-Dile and pop a hole in the top and make a wire loop. To do this, cut a piece of wire about 6-7 inches long and feed it through the hole until you have a tail a little over an inch long.
Wrap your short tail around the long piece a couple of times and then trim off the excess. Make a loop with the longer piece and then wrap the end around your previous wrap until you have a big globby, messy, yet totally secure loop.
Trim off any excess and hang ’em up! You could use them as gift tags, really obnoxiously huge earrings, gas station bathroom keychains, or accessories for your ficus.
If you want to make ornaments just exactly like mine so you can prance around with them hanging off your glasses like you invented the term ‘dork’, you can get the full set of circles in our shop for almost nothing through the weekend, and I bought my stars on this website right here: clicky!
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