“After Frida Kahlo died in 1954, her husband Diego Rivera shut her belongings in a bathroom at their Mexico City home, the Blue House – then demanded it be locked until 15 years after his death. In fact, the room wasn’t opened until 2004, when Ishiuchi Miyako photographed its intimate contents.” Check out the whole article and photo gallery HERE.
Due to a happy misunderstanding, I have started creating custom papel picados. I thought I was being commissioned to create my papel picado designs, done digitally and then printed out. But my customer wanted actual cut out, custom picados. I saw it as a challenge and an opportunity to create what I’d always wanted to try, but never actually had the time to do. Yes, it’s hard work, but I enjoy it much more than I thought I would. I’m pretty quick at it as well! Recovery for my hand is the longest part of the process. Here are the first two of a 5 piece series. I’ll be working on 3 tomorrow and hopefully get 4 and 5 done this weekend. Stay tuned! And let me know what you think of these so far!
Want a custom papel picado of your own? Contact me!
Here’s my beautiful neighbor Diana wearing one of our Creamsicle Calavera Flowers! I only have one left so make sure to contact me if you want it! $8.00 + S/H.
This is a commissioned portrait from my customer Cherie. Based off of the reference photo she provided as well as her love for the combination of pink and brown, I was inspired by the feathers (and by watching Boardwalk Empire over and over again) and lights for this delicate and ethereal feel. Portraits are available for $40 at the shop, one person. If you need more than one person in the portrait, let me know!
Stay tuned for more heavenly, cute, and sometimes creepy things at Heavenly Skull!
This weekend’s event in Oxnard was pretty, well…magical! I had a wonderful time. Thanks to Marcia Yoshida from Stampin’ Up for inviting me to participate! It was the most beautiful setting I’ve set up shop at, ever. The historical neighborhood of Oxnard with their over 100 year old Craftsman style homes, on a perfect Southern California day, breeze from the beach, and shade from the large, old trees, was the perfect setting for all my creepy and cute items, especially my newest Calavera dolls! Check out some of them below. You’ll notice they look quite different from the ones I’ve been creating so far:
All of my Calavera dolls are one of a kind. I don’t use a template to sew them and I don’t use any stencils or preconcieved ideas to design them. I just decide on a shape and paint, paint, paint! So what you’re getting when you buy one of my Calavera dolls is the direct transfer from my creativity, to you. 🙂 I also worked on some new hair flowers. These are much more involved than the ones I’ve done in the past. I had a lot of fun creating these:
Need a custom Calavera doll or hair flower? Need bridal gifts or hair flowers for a wedding? Yep, I do that. 🙂 Contact me!
We got to vend at the Camarillo Ink Anniversary Party this weekend. It was also my wedding anniversary. Been married to Carlos (of Beenznrice fame) for 11 years! WOW that went by so fast! Here’s to many, many more!
I also design and write for ART! The Magazine! Issue 4 is available now (I will post a list of locations soon) and I got to see Issue 5 in print as a test copy on Saturday night. SO EXCITED!
Here are a few pics from the event. To see them all, CLICK HERE.