Sunday, 10 October 2010

More paintbrush fish!

Hello my lovelies and a warm welcome to any new followers! I hope that many of you have been blessed, like us here in Cornwall, with warm sunny weather this weekend - such a bonus this time of year! It was definitely t-shirt weather here this afternoon - Herbie even asked if we could get the paddling pool out!
We had a very fruitful trip to the beach earlier - collected lots of little pieces of driftwood for cards and a huge amount of old paintbrush handles! Unfortunately they were plastic rather than wood, but they come in a nice assortment of colours, so I decided to put my plastic snobbery aside and get creating!
So this is the first piece showing a driftwood fishing boat and its 'haul'...

I've called it ' A Fine Catch'

I think the 'buoy' might be part of a fishing rod or float, but I'm not sure!
We also found this bit of plywood on the beach yesterday. It's got some old green paint on it, so I chose some co-ordinating fish from my large pile to make a unique and unusual wallhanging...

It's currently hanging in our hallway, but I think it would add a nice decorative touch to someone's shed... the rope would rot eventually, but the wood and 'fish' are obviously weather-resistant!
Both are available in my Folksy shop.

So what do you think? Can plastic be pretty? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

23 comments:

  1. Well yes, in your hands it clearly can Kirsty. I love it! And the weather today has been gorgeous. We have just got back from the beach...fab x

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  2. i just absolutely love your paintbrush fish. I'm amazed I haven't seen the resemblance before!

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  3. Hello!
    You had a good beachcombing spree!! I like your new pieces lots and lots (actually just been admiring yours and Pipanys stuff in the Not on the High Street gift guide) and I think the paintbrush handle fish are genius! As for plastic...hmmmm, well, you know its a good inventive solution for things that take 6 billion years to biodegrade (or however long), and I think they will be texturally (is that a word?) beneficial to your gorgeous creations! So that's a 'Yes' then :)
    Glad you had a nice weekend!

    Much love
    Julia x x x

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  4. Like KindredSpirit I've never seen the resemblance before, since reading your lovely blog I have look at things differently.
    Julie xxxxxxx

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  5. oh yes, certainly faded plastic like you've used can be lovely. Just think how delightful the vintage tupperware looks :-)
    I love the ship with its fishing haul - great idea, you are ingenious!
    Have a great week and I hope you're blessed with more sunshine - our promised sunshine finally appeared this afternoon and was lovely,
    Denise x

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  6. Hellooo.

    Genius, Missus. You always make me want to go down to the sea (only 50 odd miles away...) when I visit you.

    Luv 'em well done. Ax

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  7. I think that it is a really important thing to start valuing plastic - I want plastic to be available into the future and not just wasted as rubbish now - so I would say it isnot only beautiful as a fish, but responsible too! Thanks for your comments over on the blog - they made me laugh! Love Kate xxooxx.

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  8. I think it's a great and pretty way to recycle , good on you , it's a brilliant idea . Love the new header too

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  9. These are lovely. Plastic like this, you can see that it has history. I think anything with a history is pretty fine. Anyway you have saved the ocean of having more plastic swilling around it's shores, and that is just ace! lou x

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  10. Well if people are going to discard these otherwise ugly things, what better place for them to land. You have turned them into something quite beautiful.

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  11. Yes, yes, yes, plastic can be pretty, your art work and creations are proof or that. It's the ultimate in recycling. Making something beautiful from something nobody needs anymore. I love the fish in the net under the boat. Your imagination delights and amazes me. Thank you for sharing.
    Anne xx

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  12. Hello Kirsty, it is beautiful! Lovely pale red fish, and the net - you have made it fantastic! 'A fine catch' is wonderful!
    I love your creations so much because you have always so great imagination! Thank you for a lovely moment with my morning coffee!!!
    Best wishes Teje

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  13. It all looks beautiful, and I also have to say i do love your blog banner, there's nothing like St Ives x

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  14. I love the plastic paint brush handle fish! they're a great contrast to the wood, love your work and designs, you're so talented and inventive!

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  15. Love the plastic fish. The faded colours remind me so much of beach combing.

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  16. These are magnificent! I'm loving the 'A Fine Catch'. The boat is so adorable. Kellie xx

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  17. Love your new header - banner! (the old one was a tad depressing on an overcast day!)

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  18. Well plastic can certainly be pretty when you get hold of it!

    Lovely :)

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  19. I love your fish and I love the way you have fished them from the sea/beach and made them into something beautiful.

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  20. I love the little net. So cute.

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  21. oh, i am so pleased i found your gorgeous nautical space...we loved cornwall and i often think about that gorgeous part of the world. we also just adore all things nautical, those little fish are very sweet.

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  22. You just have the sweetest treasures on your blog. I love how you find an artist use for everything.

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  23. Hi Kirsty, I just love what you make - I have a passion for driftwood and have posted a pic of some of your paintbrush fish on my blog. Thanks heaps.

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