Illustration Friday - I spy



As I sat here working tonight I realized that I needed to take a break and do something different. I went through some of last weeks photos and found a couple that I hadn't posted yet. They reminded me of what it is to 'just play'. That's what inspired me to finally do this little painting/collage.

Ever since I started working with linen I've wanted to do this with the border. I've had it in my head for a long time and it's finally done. I don't know why it is so relieving to me to get ideas out of my head and make them something tangible. I don't think this will go any further but at least I tried it.

Edit - I've submitted this as my IF for this week. I just asked little C what she spies in the tree and the first thing she said was "no leaves"...lol. I asked her a second time and she said "a bird". :)





Speaking of playing here are the photos I mentioned. If this doesn't date me I don't know what will! Raise your hand if you ever played with Fashion Plates. Me, me! After living in several cities and in two continents I have no idea how this toy has survived all this time. I have the full pink and blue sets no less. The outfits scream 70s all the way. Pretty funny - not that Little C cares at all. We love to pull this out every now and then and we have our girly artsy fun! :)

18 comments:

  1. OH.MY.GOODNESS!! i was just an 8 year old again!! i haven't even thought about Fashion Plates in a million years! i LOVED those things!! i cannot believe you still have BOTH sets!!!! this is so wonderful!

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  2. I've never heard of Fashion Plates- but wow! I have toy envy, too.

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  3. Very sweet - I love the texture of the linen :)

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  4. My sister had one of those things and I thought it was annoying that you couldnt make the figures more deformed. She loved it though. Very fun post. Thanks for the memory.

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  5. LOL! My sister had some fashion plates too, I think I was too young to appreciate them though.
    Great illo, I love how the frayed cloth suggests tall grass.

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  6. beautiful illo!! so pretty and warmth!! great posting!!

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  7. i had this too! wish i had kept it, i have so man other things from my childhood. looks fun!

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  8. I wish I had those fasion plates! The next generation is still playing with them because at our church they have a "Barbie" set. :-) So they are still hip.lol

    ~Amelia

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  9. I like this new painting. I agree with a previous person saying that the frayed edge of the linen suggests tall grass. Very nice combination of textures.

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  10. HOLY COW!!! I was JUST telling my husband about my 2nd favorite toy when I was younger (first, being my Spirograph, of course!) - I couldn't remember the name, so THANK YOU!!! :) Awesome - what a terrific lookng set you have. I should see if I have any piece left at my parents house :)

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  11. Amazing how this has been stored in my brain since the seventies and yet I haven't even thought about it since then! Ebay, here I come!

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  12. Oh, I used to LOVE those things!!! Would love to get my hands on some again!

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  13. i wish i got to play with those fashion plates! they look like so much fun! i would love to find a set for myself somewhere!

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  14. Love your creation... and I wish I had this toy when I were a child - looks like lots of fun :)

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  15. I loved those Fashion Plates!!! Your tree and border are beautiful!

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