For the love of penguins

Or for the love of someone who loves penguins. This week’s Sizzix blog hop project didn’t start out with any theme at all. I had a pre-cut set of pieces and parts for Karen Burniston’s new 3-D Twist Cube. I knew I wanted to doodle something of my own. As always I had penguins on the brain along with the thought that Nov. 11 is Veteran’s Day and hmmmmm, what should I do?

And this is what came out of my indecisiveness, a little doodling, a little feel of history and a little penguin love. All wrapped up in a handy package that can fit in your pocket (I’m a fan of pocket fitting treasures you know).

Karen Burniston twist cube embellished by Jen Goode

Karen Burniston twist cube embellished by Jen Goode

I really enjoy projects the most when they kind of dictate themselves what they will become. I realize penguins have nothing to do with honoring our service men and women.. but the love and care absolutely does. I wanted this to feel like something that was just discovered… a piece of the past that was important enough to remember and bring out today.

Love, of what, it could be anything.

Big Thank you thoughts
to all the Veterans!

I decided to paint since I don’t take the opportunity away from the computer as much as I should. So, this design was created using various paints and a brown Prismacolor marker. I started with a white paint marker by MARVY on the black paper that was originally given to me. The paper had a distinct texture which allowed me to leave some black showing through. Then I sketched out the rough design with a cream colored paint pen. I came back through over the design with a gold paint pen and then the brown marker.

Karen Burniston twist cube decorated by Jen Goode

Karen Burniston twist cube decorated by Jen Goode

After the detail lines dried thoroughly, I added a light wash of a golden brown craft acrylic. Then I layered details of color to add the accents and aging look. Using a rather dry brush helps to create this kind of look. Finally I added highlights with a fine tipped brush and a cream shade paint.

Karen Burniston 3-D twist cube hand painted by  by Jen Goode

Karen Burniston 3-D twist cube hand painted by by Jen Goode

The whole piece twists down into a cute little package that can be tied with a simple raffia ribbon and given as a special gift in a greeting card to a favorite penguin pal.

Sizzix 3-D twist cube hand painted by  by Jen Goode

Sizzix 3-D twist cube hand painted by by Jen Goode

I’m amazed at how cool this Sizzix 3-D Twist Cube is. It’s fun to make and can be decorated a gazillion different ways. Check out all the other fun ideas created with this piece in this week’s Sizzix Blog Hop:

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Karen B. November 11, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Are you trying to hurt me? You’re trying to hurt me, aren’t you? (tm Elaine from Seinfeld) This. Is. INCREDIBLE!!!! Jen, you have knocked my socks off. I can’t believe you turned black cardstock into this work of art. Wow!


Brenda Pinnick November 11, 2010 at 9:23 am

WOW! I love the vintage approach to penguins! Now that’s what creativity is all about! You rock the penguin and crafting world, Jen!


Carla Schauer November 11, 2010 at 10:25 am

Absolutely stunning. I love that you can just sit and play and paint and doodle and turn black cardstock into art.


Cheryl November 11, 2010 at 10:28 am

Beautiful work! That penguin is so cute!


Phyllis Dobbs November 11, 2010 at 12:31 pm

This is so cute and adorable with your penguin!


gscrapbooks November 11, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Gorgeous! Love what you did and the penguin is adorable!


niki meiners November 11, 2010 at 1:57 pm



Cindy Rippe November 11, 2010 at 3:19 pm

I really like the texture you created on the background with paint and of course your adorable penguin!


Madeline Arendt November 11, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Love the look you got with the paint, super!


denise November 11, 2010 at 5:34 pm

penguin adventures, for sure! what is his/her name?? I love the doodling with paint! gotta try that!


Mod Podge Amy November 11, 2010 at 5:58 pm

This is so awesome. I love him!


Cyndi Ureta November 12, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Totally awesome. TFS


Julie - justwritedesigns November 13, 2010 at 10:30 am

So cute! Love the penguins.


Eileen Hull November 15, 2010 at 7:27 am

I had no idea that painting was another one of your talents! You amaze me!


Melony Bradley November 18, 2010 at 5:19 am

Loved what you did here Jen! I really like how you have some of the black cube peeking through the paint!


HawaiianLibrarian November 20, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Your penguin is darling! Mahalo for sharing your idea.


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