Heads Up – Out of a Hat Challenge

The theme for this weeks Out of a Hat challenge is to use something from our craft stash that we have had for a long time.  For full details of the challenge, to see the other Hatters – Chrissie’s, Janet’s and Sandra’s projects and to join in the fun click on the OHC  link above or the logo button on the sidebar.

This is my entry for this weeks challenge.  I have wanted to have a go at one of these for ages.   I have used some pieces of board (photo at end of post) that were part of some packaging around an exercise machine.

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These boards were kept especially for this kind of project.  I used tiny pieces of paper from the scrap box for the collage backing.   Really enjoyed making this and got carried away slightly in my usual fashion and made a few.

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One tip:  Coat the collage papers with 4 or 5 coats of modge podge.  If, for any reason you make a mistake whilst painting, the paint can be easily removed with a damp cloth without spoiling the collage.

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Americana Deco Art craft paint was used for the little people.  Funny how all the faces look slightly stern! lol! I also splodge some paint here and there to distress the backing.  Ranger inks were used for the shading of the faces.

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An embossing tool and a piece of dowel, dipped into some paint, were used to make the dots and buttons etc.  Ends of pencils or paint brushes work just as well.  A Letraset 0.1 pen was used for the facial detail.

Ok, just one more.  This is Granny Molly.

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You wouldn’t want to meet her down a dark alley would you! lol!

All of the little plaques have had a couple of coats of spray varnish just to fix the inks on the faces.

Inspiration for all of these projects above came from the book Taking Flight by Kelly Rae Roberts – Published by North Light Books.

These were the boards I used…. I like freebies!!

If you are interest in the “head people” check out Kathryn’s wonderful blog Strangely Creative .  She is an incredibly talented lady.

We hope you can join us in the challenge this week. Looking forward to seeing all of your wonderful creations.   It doesn’t have to be inky.  You can make anything  in your own style of crafting as long as it follows the theme.

Thank you to Neet and Suze for joining us last week.

Best Wishes Florence x

52 comments

  1. Hey there Florence! You never do anything half way do you??? LOL!!! These are fantastic as always! I don’t have a problem meeting the lady with the mole in a dark alley…she looks like she might be up to something interesting! The shading on her hair really caught my eye! Fantastic job as always!!! *hugs*
    Lisa 🙂

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    • Hey Lisa. Hope all is well with you and yours. Knitting maybe!!! 🙂 Always great to hear from you sweetie. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Have a lovely day.
      Regards Florence xx

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  2. Cathryn, Thank you for your lovely e.mail. Sorry you were unable to leave a comment. It is alway a pleasure to share other peoples blogs especially when they are as fabulous as yours.
    Regards Florence xx

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  3. Love your “Heads” – must have a look at this book. Am a keen follower of “Strangely Creative” and I have the honour of knowing Cathryn personally – she is lovely.
    I see your art is taking you in yet another direction and I love it.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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    • Hello my lovely friend. Hope all is well. I met Cathryn through JFF and have been following her blog ever since. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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  4. Hi Florence,love your ladies,they are fabulous, great recycling of the boards (not to sure about the exercise machine) LOL.my favourite is Granny Molly.
    Janet x

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    • Hi Janet. Hope all is well. Great to hear from you. Thank you for popping in and for your lovely comments. Hope you shopping trip is successful!
      Regards Florence xxx

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  5. These are absolutely fabulous Florence, I love all of them all. They’ll look great hanging together on a wall. Have a lovely Easter.
    xxx Hazel.

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    • Hi Sweetie. Hope you are ok and enjoying the Easter festivities. Thank you for popping in and for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx
      P.S. Hazel, I am still having minor problems leaving a comment on your blog. It does seem to be intermitent and effects the most recent posts. I will keep trying but may need a new return key on my keyboard 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Hi Anne. LOL! She does look a little scary to me! 🙂 Hope all is well. Always great to hear from you. Thank you for popping in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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  6. Hi Florence,

    As always your work never ceases to amaze me. I love these ladies so much I just had to share with Miles. He is in total agreement. I wish I had just a small amount of your talent. I especially love the lady in the red dress, I am just wondering what she is expecting! Love your work!!

    Happy Easter my friend!
    * hugs* Joann

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    • Hi Sweetie. Well what can I say, I am so pleased Miles likes them! 🙂 Hope you both are both well and enjoying the Easter weekend. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards to you both,
      Florence xxx

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  7. These are gorgeous Florence, so poppy and modern, you are really good! i mean really good! Wow,, a very good choice! I hope you will like the cards as much!! c

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    • Hi Cecilia. Hope all is well on the farm. I am so pleased you like them and my choice! 🙂 Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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  8. Stunning works of art Florence 🙂 and what a brill tip re the modge podge I’ll have to remember that if I ever get brave enough to paint a picture
    Von x♥x

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    • Hi Von. Hope all is well. Always great to hear from you. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Have a go, they realy are good fun to do.
      Regards Florence xxx

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  9. Wow Florence, these are absolutely fab-u-lous! I love every one – I so wish I could paint like this! xx

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    • Hi Suze. Great to hear from you. Hope you are ok. Thank you for popping in and for your lovely comments. Hope you can join in again this week.
      Regards Florence xx

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  10. Hi Florence, was sure I left a message earlier, what am I like, these are absolutely beautiful, so expertly painted and I love their expressions, they are going to look wonderful on your wall for all to admire. xx

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    • Hi Paula. Great to hear from you. Hope you are ok. I often wonder, when we paint faces whether on canvas or on dolls, whether their expressions are a reflection of ourselves……… 🙂 Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx
      p.s. I knew you would not be able to resist those stamp! 😉

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    • Hi Annette. Hope you are ok. I really like Kelly Rae Roberts’s work but I did want to put my own twist on it so your comment and feedback are really appreciated. Thank you for calling in. Have a lovely Easter.
      Regards Florence xx

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  11. Florence, these boards are great. I especially like the one with the red dress and white beads. She looks like she is anxiously waiting for her date to arrive.
    Hope you have a great day.

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    • Hi Betty. Great to hear from you. Hope all is well. She does look like she is anxiously waiting for something 🙂 Maybe she is waiting for the quarterback with his candy and nuts! 😉 Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Take care,
      Florence xx

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    • Hi Tanya. I will have you know I have been on the machine this morning and burnt off 600 calories. Impressed or what!! The water bottle holder is a great place to put the TV remotes 😉 Yep, did 40 minutes, then had to have two cups of tea and 3 rollies to get my breath back!!! 🙂
      Always great to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comments.
      Take care,
      Florence xx

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  12. Florence, these are gorgeous! They each look like they have a story to tell. I hope you have a place to hang these lovely ladies. It would be a shame not to show them off.

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    • Hi Tracy. Lovely to hear from you. Hope all is well. I was thinking of drilling some holes in them and making them into a book. We will see 🙂 Thank you for popping over and for your kind words.
      Regards Florence xx

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    • Hi Sandra. Hope all is well. Really enjoyed this one. It was a lot of fun. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xxx

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  13. Hello Florence
    I do have to ask the question -did you purchase the exercise machine so you could obtain the boards?!!!
    The faces are wonderful, the slightly stern appearances are so appealing and I am particularly drawn to the last one, I love the colours there. What these pieces are making me do is lean in close to study the details – I love when that happens with art.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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    • Hi Lynne. Definately for the boards!!! 😉 If you look closely you can see the pencil marks here and there. When I realised I had left them on, I rubbed them out, took some more photos and then posted the original photos!!! 🙂 Life is to short to worry about it 🙂 Always great to hear from you. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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  14. What a fantastic collection Florence! Your collages & ladies are all lovely! I have Kelly’s book too! No surprise there, Amazon do very well out of me! Lol! xx

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    • Hi Alison. Great to hear from you. I bought the book because of the cover!! 🙂 I thought there would be more techniques in it than there is. It is a nice read though and plenty of eye candy. 😉 Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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  15. Beautiful little women, well done on producing such a variety! Great to have had all those little boards, too; who doesn’t love freebies! Have a good day, stay warm, Valerie

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    • Hi Valerie. Hope you are ok. I always think there is something satsifying about making projects out of materials which would otherwise go in the bin. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Rug up warm and take care,
      Florence xx

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  16. Florence !!!!!!!!! I love them did you paint the faces too !!!!! They are amazing such fabulous characters . Love granny Molly and definetley wouldn’t want to meet her down a back alley not even in a sunlit room !!!!! My jaw just dropped open when I saw them. You really must open an Etsy shop you are depriving the world well me at least of your fabulous art. Hope all your emails are coming through today !!!

    Take care

    Marie

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    • Hi Marie. Hope all is well. The hair and bodies are painted but the faces are coloured in using inks. The emails seem to be working ok today. Subscription notifications are still a bit dubious!!! 😉 Thank you for calling in and for your kind words. Always lovely to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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    • Hi there. Great to hear from you. Hope all is well. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Hope you can join in the challenge this week.
      Regards Florence xx

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  17. Dear Florence, your works fascinated me…. These are so beautiful. What a nice idea… Thank you for sharing with us and also Thank you for all these names, you introduced me with them too… Blessing and Happiness, with my love, nia

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    • Hi Chrissie. Great to hear from you. It hasn’t made much of a dent in the stash mountain though. I really must have a sort out 🙂 Thank you for popping over and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xxx

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