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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Functional Art Aka DIY TV Antenna on: August 17, 2014 03:45:29 PM

 I have been unemployed for a couple of years now so money is ridiculously tight, as such I have had
to down-size or eliminate Luxury items, Cable service being one of those items- I purchased $10 rabbit ear antenna That
got me 2 whole channels, three on a good day- so I hit the web and discovered this tutorial for an antenna  http://www.squidoo.com/make-this-powerful-hdtv-antenna-out-of-cardboard
 I now get 29 channels and it didn't cost me a thing - made completely from things around the house

  This is actually the second one I have made, I modified the design slightly- I changed the feet so it's more stable and
the arms that hold the "bow ties" to make it sturdier and finally place a hole at the bottom to allow the cable to
be run between the "bow ties" instead of off to the side of them.

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Art tool organizer on: May 18, 2014 09:56:46 AM
Like many crafters my tools and art supplies sometimes get unruly and try to take over my work areas. I needed to come up with a workable solution and came up with this

It started out as this.

I purchased this exact one thinking it would help me organize my bills better, but it never quite worked out and then paperless bills came and it became an unruly collector of anything paper. I had contemplated tossing it out but I still love they way it looked, just not they way it worked- so I removed the dividers, which require me to remove some of the molding, I left  a few of the dividers  and then sanded the entire thing and gave it a couple coats of paint

It still wasn't as functional as I wanted it so I made removable inserts to help out using, what else, cardboard from food boxes

I finished the inserts they same way as I finished the art pen case
masking tape and all
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / art pen case tutorial on: May 18, 2014 09:37:38 AM
it has been quite a while since I have posted even though I have been crafting all along - At the beginning of the year I joined the Documented life project- a combination planner journal and art journal with weekly prompts-

one of the ongoing discussions has been about the proper storage of art pens (micron ink pens, prismacolor ink pens, etc.) for longer life-this has been of great interest to me, I Live in Florida and I find pens, in particular, seem to dry out quickly.
 The Manufacturers recommend these pens be stored horizontally, Like most people I had been storing my ink pens in a cup or pencil holder. After reading this info I started brainstorming for alternative storage solution- while breaking down cardboard food boxes this solution came to me:

Using the bottom part of the box as is I measured my desired height- the second measurement is the width of the box and the third is the desired lip of the cover

I then cut out my pen case

I forgot to measure the flap bits but included them as I cut it out, you can omit them if you desire but I find they strengthen the box

here you can see the flap bits folded in- in addition to strengthening the box they provide a nice finished edge

I then cover the entire box with masking tape. Why? I found, quite accidentally, that masking tape makes an excellent primer for printed cardboard- it took one coat of paint to completely cover the above pen box (lighter colors may require more than one coat)  if you have ever tried to paint over printed cardboard you know how frustrating it can be - Masking tape is quick, no drying time and provides extra stability.

I finished the box by free handing the flowers with a white gel pen, did dots with a dotting tool and acrylic paint, then painted the inside the same color as the dots- finally I used velcro dots on the inside of the flap and front of box for closures
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Cat Painted with coffee on: April 18, 2014 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

5  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
6  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
7  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.
8  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
9  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

10  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

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