Wednesday, September 23, 2009

wrapping stones

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howdy all! i'm so perky this morning i can hardly stand myself. thought i'd share a creative explosion inspired by esti and her marvelous illustrated stones from the shores of spain. she sent me one earlier this year (which is sitting happily in our kitchen) and it put the bee in my bonnet to do something creative with stones, but i wasn't sure exactly what at the time. since stones like hers don't run aplenty on the kansas prairie, i scouted out every landscape place in town and came up with nothing but pea gravel and concrete pavers. then i remembered having seen a few hanging out at funkytown. so i swapped a few pieces of my kids' junk for the stones, stared at them for a while with an empty brain and then realized i could use the old sari yarn from this accident to wrap them. after a few test stones i found a silky bamboo yarn that gave them a much smoother, wavy look. it was a very meditative process, a nice break from my normal manic painting and scribbling.

p.s. yesterday i caught my three year old swiping an oreo from the pantry. i confiscated it and then i ate it.

50 comments:

painted fish studio said...

sweet! i love the explosion of color. it's dizzying. kind of
like the sugar rush from an oreo...

vanessa/NessieNoodle said...

These are really beautiful, and I can see your style in them- it's like you took your doodling and put it into the yarn.

love.

(Did you use glue or just wrap them really tightly?)

aimee said...

i hadn't thought about it like doodling with yarn - neato! thanks for that! i used elmer's glue - worked like a charm.

Sarah said...

I can just imagine the lovely soothing feeling of wrapping those stones and I agree with Vanessa about the doodling aspect. As for Funky Town-what a great idea! Is it manned? Or childed or womaned? It reminds me of freecycle. Do you have that? I love it-the giving part as much as the getting(I know everyone says that!)
Did you eat the cookie secretly? It was already out of the packet I suppose so it was the best thing to do.

heather smith jones said...

Now I want an oreo. That little, she's a smartie. She's feeling better I guess? :)

Joyce said...

I wouldn't mind getting hit in the head with one of these beauties! Very sweet. xoxo

Esti said...

they are great aimee!!!! I love the colors!!!!
(it's a meditative process for me too, and I truly enjoy it)
Thanks for mentioning my name :)

May said...

She inspired me too! I've been drawing on rocks for months thanks to her :)

Jeannette said...

hahaha Joyce! But hey....why not....throw them at me too. They are really gorgeous!
And way to go with the Oreo. ;)
♥ Jeannette

L'Atelier said...

i love the idea of doodle with yarn! they are really cool- love stones :) all kinds, from the pebbles to the precious kind
today i went to the westcoast and there are bolders like giant pebbles- which i could have taken on of those home - no space in the car *sigh* ;)

ps: about the oreo:
well we all know where she got it fro dont we?!

Krissy said...

these are fantastic!
... oreos...mmmm....

S.E.Minegar said...

Very cool. These remind me of the felted acorns I've been seeing all over the internet...and the pet rocks I tried to sell in my driveway as a kid.

http://www.lushlee.com/2008/11/felted-acorns-heart-ornaments/

lori vliegen said...

only you could make stones look so gorgeous (and those stones that esti drew on....took my breath away!)! it must have taken you a while to wrap that yarn around each stone.....do you eat oreo's in the same meticulous fashion?! :))

Pat said...

These are beyond beautiful and the photograph is absolutely stunning. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me.

cindy said...

i love your stones. does that sound bad ;)?

aimee said...

ha - you are all so nice and funny about my stones. i hadn't thought about throwing them. but what a crafty way to do it.

and CRAP! i totally forgot about corner view this week. sorry jane and fellow corner viewers. i guarantee the only thing i see out of the car window is my mug in the rearview mirror making grouchy faces at other drivers.

oreo girl is beyond better and back to sneaking even more oreos. they are now hidden in the spice cabinet. do NOT tell.

joanne said...

i love these (and i agree, esti's are amazing too... i've beeing oo'ing over them ever since you first linked her awhile back)...

isn't it great when you have those kinds of explosions where you just can't stand yourself?... it must have been the Oreo... i think i'll stop at the store for some... if the creativity doesn't explode for me, at least i'll be full of sugar and chocolate goodness :)

Katrina said...

so pretty! yes, i love esti's stones...

jessica gonacha swift said...

what a fantastic idea! unsurprising, coming from you. :) they look great!

**WE BLOG ARTISTS** said...

LOVE them!
That's too funny about your 3 year old.
I have our cookie jar way up high...if not I know she would be into them!
Char

Inner Toddler said...

First, that cookie was always yours. She was just getting it for you. And second, oh my this post is so chock full of treasures I don't really even know where to start. Hello? Funkytown? Coolest thing ever. And the sari yarn experiment? Amazing. And the rocks? You turned rocks into masterpieces! There is no end to your magic!

Veja cecilia said...

wow, your stoens look great. what a good idea!

hanna-happenings said...

Beautiful! So mysterious, hidden and safe.

Alexandra Hedberg said...

they look like eggs ... fairytale eggs. Can they be housing tiny dragons?

Christy said...

Whoa. Like, like, like!

Anairam said...

Wow - they are kind of psychedelic! I can imagine staring at them and dreaming up all kinds of lovely plots for stories and stuff. Do you glue them down?

Anairam said...

Ooops - you have already answered the glue question - that will teach me to read the comments FIRST before diving in ...

Desiree said...

That is the correct way of coloring stones. And of confiscating, of course. :D

Lynne Chapman said...

These are simply beautiful. Such colours!

PS love the Oreo admission - bad Mum!

AmandaMay said...

Beautiful! What will you do with them now?

Liz said...

totally cool! love these. {and love the oreo story ; ) }

oneartistjournal said...

Okay this a party Steph..the setting you created with the scarf...Why do I always feel like diving into your perky doodles and concoctions and wanting to live there for a while..ajust a little bit...I promise to be quiet. And I can also see you getting a little bit less regimented and doodle with the yarn allover it with aimee type of lines. Do you see that?

Bella Sinclair said...

Are you KIDDING MEEEEEE?!!! You are GENIUS! Between you and Esti, you've elevated stones to a whole new level of artistry. They've come a looooong way since the days of Pet Rocks and people who glue googly eyes on them and stick them on wooden blocks (yes, guilty, I bought one way back when....). These are absolutely gorgeous!

And oh my goodness, I practically spit out my confiscated Ho Ho. I can totally relate to pilfering my kids' stuff! Hahaha

Jodi said...

these are great. so much movement and good colors. so well done. thanks for posting!

A Cuban In London said...

They are so colourful that at first I thought they were little, fluffy, woolly balls. Fantastic photo. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

jane said...

only you could come up with this from a stone and a piece of yarn... and the oreo incident...been there, done that... (are you a dunker?)

Nicky Linzey said...

Oh my, these are gorgeous, especially the bottom oddly shaped one. I'd like to have a go but I know I don't have the patience and I'd get glue all over the thread!

●• Thereza said...

the lines make such a nice pattern!
about the sneaky oreo... well, i'd have done the same hehehe

Christine said...

Great stones! :-) smiled at the confiscating :)

wild child said...

oh my gosh...... I did that to my entire phone when I was in junior high. it was so cool. wish I had a picture of it....... ended up having to peel it off because back then in the stone ages you didn't really "own" your phones - the phone co. did - so you had to switch them out if/when you moved.

gosh, maybe I'm still traumatized over that :/

LOL - meg xoxo

Megan Coyle said...

What a creative thing to do with stones--you've done a marvelous job at wrapping them. They remind me of Easter eggs and I'm loving the bright colors you used.

Lynn Fisher said...

Wow, what a beautiful addition to any fun little basket you have around the house....color, color, color...I have to try it!
...and you're my kind of Mom!!!(eating confiscated oreos...they should teach that in Mom school)

trinsch said...

i love them! they are absolutely awesome. feel free to share with me how exactly you do this? with glue? or some sort of super power technique i have yet to hear about?

hope you're having a happy weekend!

trinsch said...

ahh, see, now i saw that you already answered that in the comments. glue it is. must try.

Melody Sage said...

Very colorful and madcap! What a great idea.

steve said...

These look awesome! What a fine idea. Now I'm hungry for Oreos too!

aimee said...

you all amaze me! who the hell knew that a bunch of easter eggy rocks would generate such discussion? my older daughter is treating them like pet rocks, and i'm grateful that it hasn't yet occurred to my younger one to throw them.

the oreos are all gone. someone found them and it was not me.

Fruenswerk said...

Haha...you like oreo´s? Super cool stones :)

ambika said...

Wow, absolutely love this!

BT said...

Wow, they are so pretty and tactile too I should think. When Jim and I married, I used pebbles from the beach as place names. I wrote the names in gold and varnished over them. Lots of our friends still have them to this day and we have ours too.