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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / coffee painted cat on: Today at 04:05:32 PM
I did this for the documented life project and while it is a journal page I think it belongs here - Painted with coffee and outlined with india ink on watercolor paper

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My documented life coptic bound journal on: February 19, 2014 06:03:20 PM
My first coptic journal
I have always liked the idea of journaling, but could never quite stick with it for longer than a couple of weeks then I discovered the documented life project and decided it was exactly what I was looking for- this year long project combines a journal with a planner and art journal-with weekly prompts- it sounded very doable to me.
The project suggests using a moleskin planner because of financial constraints I chose to make my own-

I used drawing paper to cover the front and back covers then create the design using ink, colored pencils, watercolors and acrylic paints.

the front cover

The back cover

I created co-ordinating tabs for the months of the year
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Washi Tape Despenser/Storage box on: January 27, 2014 09:56:15 AM
I recently "discovered" washi tape- oh I knew it was out there but I didn't see a reason to purchase some until I happened upon the My documented life project https://www.facebook.com/groups/thedocumentedlifeproject/1402788223305683/?notif_t=group_comment_reply

I really loved the idea of a journal, planner and art journal in one- So I went out and purchased a few rolls- Washi tape apparently is just like chips you can't have just one, lol. So one online shopping excursion later I needed a place to store my tapes- and being the treasure to trash queen of craftster I just had to re-purpose something to suit my needs-

so, one foil box, top remove, I made a lid from the top of a pizza box-to keep the tapes dust free when not in use- using cardboard from food boxes and a metal rod saved from a pendant lamp that was living in my stash for at least 8 years looking for a purpose (you could just as easily use a wooden dowel, a cut, down broom or mop handle) became the spool holder.- I cut up a milk carton to create the plastic tabs for the ends of the tape- I hate struggling with trying to locate tape ends and this makes it incredible easy to use the tape-

*Tip- because the foil box has a metallic foil finish I knew I would not be able to easily paint it-so I dug through the old tool box for a roll of regular masking tape and covered the entire box with the tape- It gave me the perfect paintable surface- I painted it black, used a white gel pen and just doodled away and added a bit more color with some teal dots-I painted the inside of the box teal as well
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / My $1 Autumn Wreath on: November 12, 2013 10:56:25 AM

I used a dollar store pool noodle for the base, I wrapped it with strips of corrugated cardboard- (actually a pizza box from last week's dinner, I tore off the printed side of the box and cut the box into 1/2" strips)   the flowers were made from pistachios shells, then painted with diluted acrylic paint for a translucent effect and finished off with a handful of artificial leaves.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Thanksgiving Totem on: November 07, 2013 02:45:01 PM
There is a tremendous lack of Thanksgiving decorations available in stores- So I have resorted to making a few key pieces for my thanksgiving decorating

Made from Paperclay and acrylic paints- The hat's armature is a 3 oz plastic cup glued to a cardboard circle for the brim the Turkey's armature is a purchased paper mache ornament - and the pumpkin's armature is a styrofoam ball
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / I see the moon and the moon see me on: October 23, 2013 03:43:55 PM
Paperclay and misc bits of recycled items

and his humble beginnings


became this

after clayed but before painting

7  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Vintage Pumpkin and Cat Decorations (with sort of how to) on: October 20, 2013 06:51:57 PM
 Paperclay over a cardboard cube and an old glass Christmas ornamented painted with acrylic paints

The Pumpkin

The cat

and they both started out like this

I then covered them with paperclay and sculpted from there

8  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Vintage halloween cat on: October 20, 2013 06:45:08 PM
I made this for my partner in the October holidays OTT swap. He's 4" high

Paperclay over a Christmas ornament and a cardboard cube
9  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Spooky/ Beware (with a sort of how to) on: October 20, 2013 06:41:14 PM
I saw something similar and really wanted one, and while it wasn't expensive, money is ridiculously tight right now, so I snapped a picture, went home and created this from old pizza boxes. It came out even better than the store bought one, because this one is reversible!

From the pizza box I created blocks of various sizes and a larger one for the base

I handpainted each block individually and then assembled
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / No more boring Storage tubes on: August 10, 2013 06:11:00 PM
Craftster means so many things to me that it was extremely difficult t to come up with just one thing, so I came up with several

Creatively Challenging (swap and challenges ever pushing me to try new things)
Repurposing (like my TP roll crafts)
Awesome Artists (you all inspire me everyday)
Fabulous online Family (so supportive and kind)
Thinking outside the box (swaps and challenges always present some new and unusual twists in my crafting)
Supportive Swappers (ever encouraging no matter what crazy thing I come up with)
Tremendous teachers (I learn so many new things, techniques and crafts here)
Enriching Experiences (swapping and craftalongs
Rewarding (being able to share with all of you)

I think a giant pencil would be perfect for storing any child's special school papers for the year
-instead of putting a number 2 put the school year or grade and your child's name

I discovered that my empty toilet paper rolls were slightly larger than my empty paper towel rolls

resulting in very quick and easy end caps (or covers)

a quick cone for the pencil point

and the final skeleton before covering with DAS clay, painting and sealing

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