Saturday, October 2, 2010

So inspired by a Michael DeMeng Project

The current issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors has a Michael DeMeng instructional project for creating Day of The Dead Skeletal assemblage.

demeng dolls

Seeing this was the most inspired I have felt in months!!! I knew when I saw it, that I would do it! That felt like I struck gold because I have been in a dry spell.
Luckily, I had been collecting "DeMeng like" materials since the Spring. I have all the materials to start a BIG ole honkin DeMeng styled project but kept chickening out b/c I knew it would take me time to do it justice. But seeing this one in CPS, I knew it was perfect for my current focusing ability.

I started it today and finished in approx 4 hours. I did not rush it, it just came together like it was meant to be. I love it! The only thing I did differently besides the finishing accessories is that I used 2 different skeletal heads to donate the sexes even more and found it added some extra interest.

My finished Demeng project

When I purchased the Bride and Groom from AC Moore last week, I saw they were $8 a piece and refused! But I did find more ethnic bride and grooms in their clearance section for only $2 each. Luckily, I had every other material needed so it was easy to start. I used a wooden box lid for the background so that I would have that extra detail of the inset for the vintage text.

I really dremeled the edges of the wood with various bits to take away the strong sharp lines of the wood.
I went with the text "The Familiar" because it rang true with my intent for the subjects. I think of my Michael and I and how we just know each other so well after 19 years...we are The Familiar.

"The Familiar" Day of the Dead Project

Stoopidgerl necklace Signature for blog


Pattee said...

I love your "DeMeng" Dolls Dani! So glad to hear you are coming out of your dry spell...

You've had quite a wild time with Gavin and your own health... I'm hoping both of you are feeling better now..

Hugs ~Pattee

yoborobo said...

Dani - I thought the same thing when I bought this issue! I LOVE his DOTD stuff. So very cool. :) Your piece is wonderful!!! xox Pam

PS Take care of yourself!

Zan Asha said...

These are amazing Dani! Love the different materials you used, looks great! :)

LuLu Kellogg said...

I have a vintage bride and groom cake topper that I am going to alter. After getting my issue of CPS and seeing this I was totally inspired! I LOVE the way yours turned out!!!

Make sure to get lots of rest. I can't wait to see you in a couple of weeks! I am so excited!


Chicken Lips said...

I LOVE this Dani! Amazing piece!!!!

jafabrit said...

I have always loved his work, so it's lovely to see you do your version, and very NICE too.

Megan Coyle said...

wow, it looks incredible! The piece came together quite nicely :)

jo said...

Great post, very useful for a beginner like me"

Nadia said...

wow your blog is pretty awesome!

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