Ahh, the day after Thanksgiving! I know most people know it as Black Friday, but candidly, I think it should be renamed Leftovers Day, because it’s all the same amazing food with none of the same exhausting work. What could be better than that?!
As it so happens, this is also a great day – and indeed a great weekend – to be working on your submission(s) for the wonderstrange Holiday Contest, where you can win one of two Amazon Gift Cards that you can use to buy presents! Wahoo! I’ll revisit the rules at the bottom of this post.
This week, I made peg doll ornaments, just to drive home the point that you don’t have to alter an existing decoration if that’s not your thing. This has been a big year of Dr. Who and Torchwood for me, so I decided to make sets from my two favorite Dr. Who Christmas specials: “Voyage of the Damned,” where David Tennant and Kylie Minogue save the day, and “The Snowmen,” where Matt Smith teams up with the Paternoster Gang. But let’s start with David Tennant and Kylie Minogue!
To start making these two, I used clay to add sculpted hair to generic wooden peg dolls. After all, we know this doctor by his “modern sort of hair” – and even though it isn’t very sticky-uppy in that picture, I obviously had to make it very sticky-uppy on the ornament.
Because The Doctor wears a tuxedo in “Voyage of the Damned,” I also had to put him in a bow tie, which is a little ironic, since it is not David Tennant who is known for bow ties, but Matt Smith.
Please don’t be too upset that they don’t bear every resemblance to David Tennant and Kylie Minogue. The peg dolls don’t give me a lot of surface area to work on!
Alas, because it’s Thanksgiving week, with the baking, and the cooking, and the cleaning, I didn’t finish the set in time for this post, but you can see that I am adding Bannakaffalatta to the “Voyage of the Damned” set. And “The Snowmen” set is well underway!
I’ll be working on these more this afternoon, and probably tomorrow, too, so I can have them all ready to go in my shop for CyberMonday. Meanwhile, what are you making? Use Mr. Linky and show us!
Here are the rules, revisited:
- The work must be done by you between November 7 and December 12, 2014.
- Any medium or combination of media is great. You can collage, draw, paint, watercolor, paper mache, sculpt, build, sew, crochet, knit, or tat.
- Leave a comment on one of the Living with Art for the Holidays posts and link a photograph using Mr. Linky. Barring that – if you don’t have a blog, for example – leave a comment and submit a photograph to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Your creation should be an artful holiday decoration. This may include wall art, mantle decorations, table decorations, ornaments, kitchen decor, etc.
- What do we mean by “artful”? Something that is thoughtfully designed and constructed. Something that looks good. Something that appears well-made.
- Picture quality matters, not in the sense that we’re judging your photography skills, but in the sense that if your picture is dark (or blown out), we can’t see the details, which means we can’t assess or appreciate the details. See what I mean?
- If you are redesigning an existing object, please include before and after pictures, so we can appreciate your achievement.
- Multiple entries are permitted.
- All projects will be featured in the wonderstrange Living with Art blog on December 19, 2014, a.k.a. the Friday before Christmas
- It doesn’t matter to us what your project is for. Maybe you’re going to give it to your brother. Maybe your spouse is going to steal it from your work table despite the fact that you planned to give it to your brother. Maybe you’re going to make it into your centerpiece for Christmas dinner. That’s up to you.
- The winner will be chosen by the women of wonderstrange over the weekend of December 12-14 and announced on Monday, December 15, which means that you can use the money to buy someone a present OR save it for yourself to buy art supplies, jewelry, books, yarn – whatever you like!
- The first-place winner will receive a $35 Amazon gift card. The second-place winner will receive a $15 Amazon gift card. Both will have the option to guest write a “Living with Art” post in 2015 (by no means required).