Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A Spring Tussie Mussie for You...

When 2013 commenced, I dusted off two bins full of all the illustrations that I have created over the last ten years. JP reminded me that it was a shame to keep all of those pretties locked up in a box, and that perhaps I should rediscover long-lost works. I enjoyed the process, reminiscing over this and that and marveling over some compositions that never even left my studio. Eventually, I came across a spring cone that I illustrated one decade ago. Excited by the imagery I dreamt up for this sweet design, I was inspired to scan it and remaster it, so to speak. After several hours of touching up my old line art, I pressed print, and Voila! The results are below, and since tomorrow is the first day fo Spring, I am going to share it with you!

We hope this project inspires, excites you for Spring and "eggs-you-on" to CREATE!  Get out your scissors and glue and go digging in your drawers. DOWNLOAD and print this sweet tussie mussie, decorate and fill it with delights! Make one for yourself and one for a friend. In fact, wouldn't it be delightfully fun to hang a treat-filled cone on a neighbor's doorknob or wall-hook, ring the bell and run? And if that sounds too fanciful, I'm sure your kids will play along! Make it fun, and enjoy the process of creating something with your hands amongst family and friends.

Now, promise that you'll send me photos!.... It's all about sharing, so I'm giving you this file. In return, you share your finished photos or perhaps images of you, the crafters creating and/or decorating your cones. Please EMAIL ME your photos for the purpose of sharing or post them on my Facebook page.

Happy Creating!

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* Since we did not have any Easter candies on hand, I looked around the house for vintage finds that I could add to my cone. Above, a trio of porcelain roses peer out of a bed of paper grass, serving as a sweet topper for this adorable cone.


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* And here's our Gift to You:
Download & ENJOY our Free Printable PDF file to create your very own Spring Cone!

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* After I glued my cone, I decided to accent it with two white pipe cleaners and a piece of vintage white lace. I altered their white color by adding a few squirts of pale green and soft brown paint to about 2 tablespoons of water in an old cup. Blending those ingredients with a brush made for a nice wash which I applied to my accessories.

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* And the result was a lovely aged chartreuse hue ~ lovely matching textures to adorn my spring cone! Of course, this is just one idea from a myriad to choose from. Get creative and dig through your drawers to see what may surface..... twine, ribbon, string, tinsel, old buttons, felt, pom-poms, rick-rack, fabric scraps and the list goes on!... Have fun!

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* Here are just a few ideas for gifts and /or decorative spring displays in your home! I am thinking that  a chocolate bunny would certainly look cute in one of these cones..... What else? Please share.....

We look forward to seeing what you create...

Happy Spring!
~ Johanna


11 comments:

Gexton said...

Striking painting, I love it. Her expression is so well captured.
This is beautiful. Really enjoyed catching up with your blog. What a great painting. There were so many amazing views - I could have painted many more too
it's very nice blog, keep wondorfull and sharing your blog.
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Anonymous said...

Wonderful! How Sweet & thank you for sharing this with us!!!

Pamela

Sarah said...

Thank you! I just saved this and hope to make some as treats for a group of girlfriends who are meeting for dinner next week. The tradition of the Tussie Mussie is a sweet one. ~ Sarah

Ms Kitty said...

Flicker Flicker Flicker!! Hee hee... I love to see your flicker feathers creeping into your artwork every so often :). Your work is SO refreshing, thank you for sharing :).

Sally Annie Magundy said...

I love this Johanna, so darling! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Putting a link on my blog to this post.

Happy Easter!

E said...

Love your art ! Thx for sharing the freebie so springy :) E

Johanna Parker said...

You are welcome! I hope you have fun with this project, and it brings you many smiles :)

Enjoy,
~ Johanna

Melissa Kojima said...

Oh, how fun! Happy Spring and Easter to you and all your blog readers! Thanks for the printable. It's so fun and pretty!

Birgit said...

Dear Johanna,

Happy Easter to you and your family -- may the Easter bunny be good to you! :)

Greetings from Bavaria,
Birgit

Biller said...

Cool ! I like it.

Valencia said...

This is cool!