Friday, August 24, 2012

Minnie Pearl: comedienne 1912-1996

Pearl's comedy was gentle satire of rural Southern culture, often called "hillbilly" culture. Pearl always dressed in styleless "down home" dresses and wore a hat with a price tag hanging from it, displaying the price of $1.98. Her catch phrase was "How-w-w-DEE-E-E-E! I'm jes' so proud to be here!" delivered in a loud holler.
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Embracing my inner Minnie Pearl
yep, that's what I kept thinking about while working on this project. Not that I think it's tacky or gawdy but knowing there are people out there who hate glitter, shine or bling... and those people make me feel guilty for loving the glam! I admit I wouldn't want to wear anything this beaded or glittered, well.....when I was a young girl I had dance recitals and I got to wear those costumes on stage....and OK, there was a short stint as a ballroom dance instructor as an adult where I wore costumes so beaded they weighed more than me....::eyes gazing over, drooling::

OK, enough already!!
 I am a rhinestone version of Minnie Pearl! lol
 I love every gawdy, tacky, beaded, gemstone and glitter element...I could wallow in it and be happy as a pig in slop!

So making this altered paint brush really brought it out in me. At first it was subdued, ladylike even as I decoupaged tissue paper and flowers, added gesso...you can see the beginnings on the handle of the brush...very feminine, very soft....
 
and then BAM,
 the beading and glittering started, first it was the bristles of the brush where I spread stickles on...

attached the lace where I sewed the beads into the open holes, added a layer of medium and then married the beads over it. The butterfly that I triple layered ( with one paper and the other one gemstones ) with a finishing touch accompanied with the gemstone swirl. The word ART is nice and fuzzy to touch and I think it flows nicely with the paint brush theme.

I love a project like this that can be made as bumpy, or dimensional as possible. You can go wildly
overboard!!
entering this in
 
You can go here, to see ( gorgeous )paint brushes that have been altered for Donna's studio :) 
 
goodies that I used:
Daler Rowney gesso
Golden Matte medium
Prima butterfly, gemstone swirl, trim
Really Reasonable Ribbon lace, Hemp Cord
Ranger stickles
beads - misc.
American Craft Thickers - sticker letters
glue - Aleene's Tacky Glue, Glue Gun
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Project Pinterest awaits you!
 

24 comments:

scrappymo! said...

What a great job! Love yours...so fun!

TwinkleToes2day said...

BEAUTIFUL!! Loving all the bling and shiny lovliness. The colours are perfect :0))

Redanne said...

Wow, wow and trice wow!!! I saw some of the others over at Donna's site but your will stand out head and shoulders above the rest, I can see it on the wall at her place now. It will catch the light beautifully. Love, love, love it! You should enter it in Simon Says too, if it has not closed yet. Oh I do like a bit of bling.........crafty hugs, Anne xx

VonnyK said...

I had a bit of a peek at this for WOYWW but now I can see it close up.
This is gorgeous and so much work in it. Any artist would love something like this, which makes it perfect for the word 'art'. I will go and see the other brushes in a minute.
Von

Mary Pat Siehl said...

oh my those colors are just perfect!! just so pretty

Rita said...

That is so fun! I can just imagine this hanging in your art area and every time you see it you can go---How-w-w-DEE-E-E-E! I just loved Minnie Pearl, BTW. ;)

Laura said...

Wow! So pretty!

scrappyjen said...

What an amazing project... Might have to try one of those! Thanks for visiting me! Jenx

BJ said...

I so love it - I want one too!
The colours are so dreamy and it hints of mermaids in the sea... (could have sworn it would have a mermaid 'till I scrolled down). It is absolutely GORGEOUS and this sort of thing would make a great Altered Book COVER - no I haven't forgotten and will pester you 'till you sort your beautiful book out. BJ - still swooning...

Pat N. said...

So cool and creative, Minnie!

Cissy Prestage said...

What a great idea! I must tell you, I was born in Murfreesboro, TN which is about 30 miles from Nashville. I remember going with my grandmother to The Grand Ole Opry. I can't tell you how many times I saw Minnie Pearl! This is perfect! Thanks for joining us at Unique Crafters!

May said...

I saw this on WOYWW... But close up Sandee it's AmAzing I love, love, love it! Bling it on girl...it's Fabulous... Hugs May x x x

Tracey Fletcher King said...

that is utterly fabulous... all that glorious colour and texture... perfect...xx

Jennifer McLean said...

I'm a total glitter lover too but I put it on my fingers!! My nails are never a normal color, so I'm loving your paint brush. It will always remind you to be creative with your art. Great job.
Best,
Jenn

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Oh wow! what a fabulous idea, I love those butterflies. Thank you for joining in with the PanPastel challenge blog
Lindsay xx

Shoshi said...

Sandee, this is just gorgeous! I love a bit of bling too, and Minnie Pearl sounds such a character! Love the idea of the hat with the price tag! Such fun.

Shoshi

Currie Silver said...

BEautimous and such a deLIGHT to read!! I love how good it feels when reading someone lets you HEAR them in your imagination!!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I love all the detailing and the bright colors in your paintbrush. I never got to see Minnie Pearl in person, but I do remember her colorful character well. It was exciting seeing her costume and stepping on the stage at the Ryman when my family was in Nashville, TN. Blessings!

Kalea Wavedancer said...

This just makes me happy :) <- see

Neesie said...

Just perfect sandee and so you. ;D
You certainly let your creative juices flow and had fun by the look of it...love all the embellishments and it's great to get a closer look.
Job well done I'd say :D

Katie said...

I love the bling!

Julia S-W said...

Brilliant fun idea!!
Juliaxx

BJ said...

Bought a set of brushes in IKEA today - LOL - BJ

Gita said...

Wow, this is so beautiful!! Love the colors.