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PAINTED COOLER

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This cooler was once solid black, with a Harley Davidson logo on the front. Could you possibly imagine me carrying that to a party? So off came the logo, on went the paint, a damnit all if I didn’t have to replace the zipper! Luckily I had a big pink one handy. The cooler was free, the paint and zipper were in my stash.

painted cooler, made by JulianneClearly we are always ready for a party with this thing! A corkscrew / bottle opener lives in the front pocket. We fill it with ice packs and it does a pretty good job with temperature control.

painted cooler, made by JulianneThe original purpose of this cooler was for Burning Man, to carry on my bike or on our art car, the Sensatron. Since 2013, it’s also come on numerous trips around, and was perfect for bike riding at the beach for Independence Day.

painted cooler, made by Julianne

painted cooler, made by Julianne It’s a little worn after accompanying us on so many adventures, but still looks good.

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EARWINGS

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I love these gorgeous faux-gauge wooden earrings from Sanskrit Dream, but since the natural wood color was close to my hair, they tended to blend it. So I painted them.

Before:

feather earrings, made by Julianne

After:

feather earrings, made by Julianne

The idea is “psychedelic rainbow peacock” so they fit in real nice with my wardrobe. I like that although they look like wings, they are vegan–no feathers, or bones (which is often used for this style earring). I wear them backwards by the way, inserting the post from behind.

I painted them with acrylics, with no primer or sealant. They really stand out now, and I absolutely love them!

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ROYAL CUSTOM SEAT COVER

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I’m stash-busting my drafted posts, so even those this project is from 2010 it’s still new to you! And also, I still really like this design.

I really enjoyed doing this seat cover for a client of Villy Customs. Ms. Regan Carlile was so specific as to what she wanted that I knew if I could deliver she’d be pleased as pie. My favorite part was that she requested “cognac” colored siding… Cognac colored lycra?! What’s not to love?

custom bike seat cover, made by Julianne

Royal seat cover Royal seat cover

I even got some gold and brown elastic for the underside of the cover.

Fleetwood did a great job making another beautiful cruiser, and I’m glad to be a part of this project.

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RAINBOW CHANDELIER

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rainbow painted chandelier before

So we had this big, black, ornate light hanging in our dining area. It was extremely obnoxious. And hung so low that my husband would hit his head on it!

I painted it between working on other projects over about one month. I used the same acrylic paints as for my bike seat covers, although I didn’t bother to put a clear coat on the finished piece.

rainbow painted chandelier, made by Julianne

rainbow painted chandelier, made by Julianne

I also bent out the decorative arms, to give the chandelier more openness. The chain was ugly, so after shortening it I bound it together with a piece of trim, then covered the whole thing with a strip of fabric that my mom used as gift wrapping. Stash busting!

rainbow painted chandelier, made by Julianne

These gorgeous rocketships were a wedding gift from our friends Shing and Bender, awesome scientific burners who love beer just like us! I love having them flying above our breakfasts.

rainbow painted chandelier, made by Julianne

I’ve also been hanging up bright glass bottles and giant lightbulbs in one of our windows. I worry that it might look junky, but it casts rainbow shadows all over our apartment!

rainbow glass window, made by Julianne

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NOLA RIDES AGAIN

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I originally released this print in 2007 after Hurricane Katrina. During my recent trip to New Orleans I came across my stock of these posters, and thought it would be great to (a) get them out of my house and into yours and (b) once again invoke the Creole goddess Nola to help areas effected by hurricanes.

Between now and the end of 2012, 50% of all proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross to help with Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. Signed prints can be ordered in my Etsy shop now!

Rebirth of Nola

The print is of an original painting I created with watercolors and ink. It’s a twist on Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, updated for the Louisiana Renaissance. The Creole goddess rides down the Mississippi river on a fleur de lis with New Orleans in the background.

Rebirth of Nola

The posters were printed in Louisiana using paper from a local mill! Buying local means making local, and putting your money where your mouth is.

Rebirth of Nola Rebirth of Nola

Please consider ordering a print for yourself, and help spread the love!

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REGENERATING DOORS

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Finally, the wedding celebrations are complete! So now I can focus on other goals, like seeing David Bowie and riding that elephant. No time to elaborate.

I was away in New Orleans for three wonderful weeks, and in the week since I returned to not-so-sunny California I’ve been turning out bike seats like crazy! I could post each one, but a bike seat is a bike seat (even if I am proud of all the different paintings) and I have made so many other little things. Same idea for the zipper masks. I make these constantly, but there are only so many new ways I can blog about them!

And yet:

pumpkin mask

The reception/vacation really messed up my timing for Halloween orders. Seriously. But I did manage to get a few masks done in time for costuming.

While I was in New Orleans I re-vamped the screen doors at a friend’s house in Abita Springs. Her house is a gorgeous woodsy paradise, filled with art and healing and lots of fun times. She had these doors custom made from an artist in New Mexico, but a few hurricanes left them looking a little drab.

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painted doors before

After:

painted doors

I somehow neglected to get a front shot after the doors were finished. D’oh!

Instead of repainting and obliterating the original design, I decided to enhance what was already there and give it my own rainbow spin. I won’t get into it, but the color concept was inspired by Carl Sagan, cause he’s awesome and so am I.

painted doors

The left handle had been broken off in a hurricane and found years later in the garden!

painted doors

I didn’t see it when I was actually there, but now the big orange flower looks like boobs with red spiral nipples. Which is still awesome.

painted doors

First time signing a painting with my new name!

painted doors painted doors

painted doors

I’m very proud of how they turned out, and I love the opportunity to contribute my art to such a beautiful space.

This project reminded me of how much I love painting! I’ve been focusing on textiles so much over the past few years, and the paintings that I have done have been graciously commissioned, but I hadn’t just sat down and painted what I felt in a long time. I’ve got big plans for our big coffee table now; maybe next time Jason is out of town I will fill our living room with paint!

And also, I’ve gotten a ton of requests for a boot tutorial. I will do this someday, but first I must discover the right fabric, and then have the urge to make another pair of boots. I’m not going to rush it, because then I’ll be stuck with another time-consuming project that I’m not really passionate about. I’m so excited about all the great responses the shoes, and even more excited to share all the wedding projects soon.

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