Friday, August 29, 2014

Beaded Sculptures by Betsy Youngquist

Betsy Youngquist is a mixed media artist of Rockford, IL who has been working with beads for twenty years and is known for creating awesome sculptors embelleshed with beaded mosaics. 

Betsy works with sculptor R. Scott Long who helps her in designing and constructing the sculpture forms. Each of her piece is carved with great attention to detail and the surfaces of object are covered with seed beads, parts of vintage dolls and found objects. Her bead work reflects "a fascination with the intersection of humans, animals, and mythology. Stemming from a life-long love of all creatures great and small, Betsy’s work weaves together the human and animal spirit through a surrealistic lens."

Betsy has exhibited at the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, D.C., the VIDA Museum in Borgholm, Sweden, and completed an installation project for the Racine Art Museum in Racine, WI. If you live in Missouri and would like to see her curious creatures in person then you can stop by at St. Louis Art Fair from Sept. 5th through 7th. For more details on the fair venue go to Cultural Festivals.

I hope you enjoyed the features I shared with you here this week. If you like, you can join me on Facebook where I'll be sharing more owl-some finds over the weekend. Have a lovely weekend!

DIY: Owl Puppets + Printable Pattern

The internet is flooded with various tutorials on making hand puppets. And why not? Kids love to play with hand puppets, it's interactive and fun! Kids can get creative with their favorite stories and fairy tales, and stay entertained for an entire afternoon. I just recently came across this wonderful tutorial on how to make owl hand puppets which comes with step by step instructions as well as a pattern to download. 

For the entire tutorial and to get the printable go here.

Printable Woodland Papercone Animals

Go ahead and download these adorable woodland paper cone animals from Petite Lemon for free! Just print, cut and assemble to use them as ornaments to decorate the Christmas tree, as decorations to add to a woodland themed birthday party or as fun finger puppets for kid's to play with. To download the printable in full size click here.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Christophe Goussault

Christophe Goussault also known as Krisoft  is a French illustrator and a sculptor. He creates amazing paper mache sculptors using only paper and glue which are then hand painted by the artist making every sculpture one-of-a-kind.

He shares on his page: "My work is shared between the traditional illustration and making papier-mâché sculptures. When I was younger I dreamed of creating a store of toys and games for children, now I make sometimes childish but with a strange taste for all that is curious characters. The metamorphosis and nature are one of my greatest sources of inspiration. The need to make people dream is an essential thing for me." For view his past work and get updates on his new work you can join him on Facebook.

Crate&Barrel: Hoot Collection

Brand new fall collection by Crate and Barrel offers variety of merchandise depicting wide eyed owl trio perched on a branch in black, orange and gray color scheme on a light background. It's a perfect collection to update your tableware for Halloween or to add a whimsical touch to a fall themed party. The range includes - owl placemat, melamine plate, mugs and pillow.