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:

17 thoughts on “For the love of penguins”

  1. 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!

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