Monday, January 28, 2013

How I did it ... and why.

Linda Teddlie Milton here and  I'm so pleased to contribute my art shoes to this cause.  Although many people think of heart disease as a man's problem, in fact, heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. It is also a leading cause of disability among women.  Let's do something about it!

Mossimo "Pernella" black velvet pumps were my starting point.
First - remove strap; apply a black glitter paint on the heels,
prep bottom edge of shoes with clear gesso,
and add zebra-striped duct tape ... yes, duct tape!
The toes were filled with a mixture of gel medium and
glass beads, for added weight and stability.  (That step
had to dry for weeks!)

Floral foam was added as a base for the moss.

The shoes were taped off with newspaper
to provide protection for the next steps.

"Moss" (model railroad scenery) was added.

"trees" (also model railroad scenery) were added,
and everything was sprayed with a glittery silver paint,
followed by black paint for shadows.

Silk flowers, nubby yarn, crystals, beads, coins,
and trinkets were added to create the "Treasure Hunt"

Here's the Monkey King, perched on top
of one of the shoes.

A scary little skull tops off the other shoe.

A teeny tiny vehicle is on its way towards the treasure.

Jungle-y treasure hunt!

The End.
I'm looking forward to seeing all the other art shoes created for this fundraiser.  Thank you, Sue Bleiweiss and Jamie Fingal, for organizing it.

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