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Muse of Fire Upcycled Art Set by magpie-poet Muse of Fire Upcycled Art Set by magpie-poet
My first piece for the Earth Day Trash to Treasure Contest.

Muse of fire themed art travel/plein air set. It was the Shakespeare line that started the fire theme, but since it was upcycling the phoenix-fire also seemed appropriate :)

The roll itself is the leg of a beyond-any-further-patching pair of charcoal colored jeans. The edges are straight and zig zag stitched so it should get a soft controlled fray along the very edge over time without unraveling. It's 13.5" square unrolled. It fits the paint box and the water pen, plus has slots for two more brushes/pencils, and an area for a pad up to 6- 6.5" wide depending on how thick it is.

The paint box is an old velamints tin repainted and decorated with polymer clay and two broken marbles. The removable paint pan inside is from a pack of gum. (8 colors of paint added: burnt umber, cadmium deep red hue, raw sienna, cadmium yellow pale hue, Hooker's green deep hue, Prussian blue, ultramarine blue, and Payne's Gray. I left one empty so you can add whichever favorite color is missing!)

The waterbrush is a kid's no mess type paint brush that I opened and cleaned out so it's just water ready for watercolors now. I found this tutorial online which helped me figure out how to pull it apart nicely [link]

This is also known as one more reason why watching Shakespeare while crafting is a poor idea for me. I was working on a totally different clay project and had started to watch Henry V. The "Oh, for a muse of fire that would ascend/The brightest heaven of invention!" caught me while I was working with warm colored clays and had just been oggling :iconmandarinmoon: handiwork days earlier.

This is for sale, since I also made a less ornate one for myself. It is on [link] or note me if you're interested.

Sorry, I'll try to get better photos later. I ran out to get the little bit of sun that sneaked out before sunset today and I don't have my old collage program any more so this collage is a little haphazard.

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Submitted on
April 20, 2011
Image Size
4.6 MB


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Shutter Speed
10/600 second
Focal Length
6 mm
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Date Taken
Apr 20, 2011, 5:59:37 PM
Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0 Windows