Wednesday, August 20, 2008


I had a really good time playing in the studio yesterday and started putting the masquerade figure together that you saw earlier unpainted. He had started out as my EHAG carnival challenge piece and when I realized he wouldn't be dry in time to paint, assemble and meet the deadline I put him aside. As I worked on the piece yesterday he came off of the original box I constructed him on and was moved to the base shown below.

When I put the mask on the hand and angled it toward the forehead I thought he looked like he was playing that is his name, "Peek-a-Boo!!" I also did something new for me in this piece. The sleeves and cuffs aren't clay, but are made of ribbon. It allowed me to give a softer look to the clay piece and I think I like it in combination with the feathers and pearls on the mask.

Okay, maybe I got a tad carried away with the mask ornamentation, but hey, if I owned a carnival mask I would want pearls, feathers and jewels on it too!! I had some antique pearls from a broken necklace in a box and they became the "bling" on the mask along with some small facet cut beads. I still have to permanently attach him to the base but I think he is done.

Peek-a-Boo!! Hope you like him!!

Have a great day and happy creating!



Anonymous said...

He is incredible! Love the ribbon, mask, hands...everything!!

Designs by CK said...

TOO FUN Laurie! Too bad he could not make it to the EHAG Carnival. Your pieces always delight! :)

Love his little masquerade mask!

PS: Love your painted challenge piece too!


Laurie Hardin said...

I think he is going to lead me in a new direction. Thanks Chris and Sheila for stopping by and commenting. It always encourages me!!

Melissa said...

It's never too late to post a Challenge piece. FABULOUS my dear!!!!

Jackie said...

Stunning...I don't know if that's the right word....but he is fabtaBOO-lous!! I love the softeness of the ribbon and the bling is great! Well done!! Take care, Jackie

Chicken Lips said...

Sensational! I really like the mixed media approach. Great work Laurie!

~Tonya said...

Love Peek-A-Boo!!! The expression on his face is so perfect for him.

You did a wonderful job on him!

You could still get him into the challenge, I bet ;)

Have FUN Creating. Can't wait to see what you come up with next.


Kim Hardt Originals said...

Well of course I love him! Peek-A-Boo for sure!!!!!

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The Smiling Goat said...

Definetly INCREDIBLE!!


vintagepaletteart said...

He is so stinking cute Laurie! Your work just always blows me away!

Keep up the fantastic work! YOU are going places my dear!