I have both an outfit and my latest finished art project to share with you on this soggy Monday. The outfit features two of my Vancouver purchases - although technically L bought me the shoes as an anniversary gift.
I thought the pink tones in this new-to-me blouse went well with the shoes. And I wanted to wear this corduroy suit - or as the cool kids call suits these days, "co-ords" - one more time before it goes away for 6 months. It's cord co-ords!
Compared to the muddy brown-green crushed velvet blazer that I purchased/wore last week (here), I think y'all will agree that this jacket is far better. The velvet blazer has been relegated to the giveaway pile.
It does have bigass shoulders on it, but these are the mid-90s shoulders, as opposed to the massive shoulder-pad-upon-shoulder-pad madness that occurred in the late 80s/early 90s.
Without the jacket. I was rather warm after my brisk walk to work.
It's beautifully sewn - all of the seams are bound.
That's a lot of animals.
Masked up - more pink.
- Scarf - no label, vintage, consignment; purchased here for $12.00
- Beret - Club Monaco, thrifted
- Gloves - consignment
- Mask - by Mom
I was not surprised that these shoes were comfy - as I noted when I got them, I already have 3 other pairs of Fluevogs with this same last (general foot/toe shape and heel).
I did a cluster of pins and brooches on one lapel of my blazer. The snake and bug brooches went with the menagerie on the blouse, and the tentacles on the Cthulhu pin echoed the squid that's right in the centre of the pattern.
- Snake pin - vintage 1986, gift from Mom & Dad
- Bug brooch - Le Chateau, c. 1998
- Cthulhu pin - gift from Cat/Ross
- Silver/amethyst ring - vintage mall
- Gold/amethyst ring - Frances Jewelers, c. 1965, Dad's
- Earrings - consignment, Vancouver
Art Project: Badass Bag: The Big Reveal
When I last did an update (here), I'd finished all of the black-works on the front of the Badass Bag. Since then, I decided to proceed with decorating the back of the bag.
I found a bunch of clip-art pictures and very basic anatomical hearts for easy shapes, shading and colouring. I do not copy other people's art.
Using a grey felt-tip pen that wipes off with water, I sketched out the basic shapes.
Then, it's the moment of truth (I always hear RuPaul's voice in my head: "And don't...f**k it up!").
Once those first black marks are on, I wiped off all the sketchy lines.
The heart was hard! I added a few lines to give myself guides for contouring the heart.
As always, the black felt pen thickening and detail work is where all of the hours are spent.
Both Mom and my dear friend Linda bought me gift cards to local art supply store Island Blue - I treated myself to a bunch more of the very expensive Tombow alcohol-based paint-pen markers (they are $7.00 each!), including some pastels, which can be used to lighten or blend the colours.
I used a pastel blue to blend the grey on the banners and add a faint touch of colour around the letters.
Another picture in natural light (on Vizzini's scratching post).
A detail shot of a rose with the extra blending.
In addition to the blend on the rose petals, I also did an extra step on the leaves to do more detail. You can't get away with sloppy work on this bone grey shade.
But I really like how polished the bag looks with those extra steps.
A shot of the finished back before I did the sides. I did the back last weekend, and the front and sides were finished just yesterday.
And here's the front all finished.
The flap! Ah yes, remember this?
As with all of the pieces I've worked on, I'm thoroughly sick of this now, ha ha! I'm eager to move onto the next piece, which will be the spider web jacket I'd conceived of for my hairdresser; however, I decided to offer it to someone I thought would enjoy and appreciate it more, who I'll reveal once I start it.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my latest Art Project! I plan to wear this as a shopping purse or when I'm in a social mood, so that I can show it off.