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1  Cami, the mischievous little niece in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by alwaysinmyroom on: November 25, 2014 06:25:26 AM
I have a six year old great niece that is just full of energy and gets herself in hot water all the time because she is curious, rebellious, creative and stubborn (hmmm...wonder who she takes after?....)...anyway, when she was was about four, I started doodling little images of her and writing down things she said or asked...her little observations of the world...

In the most recent 4x6 Art Swap, hosted by Smmarrt, I took a chance and did three small drawings inspired by Cami's shenanigans...

This first one is called "Juggling Too Many Things":


The second is called "Reach for the Stars":


Both pieces are paper stock glued onto ancient, previous drawn upon paper canvas.  Slapped on a bit of watercolor or distress inks, added my drawings.

The fun part was using an encaustic technique I found on the internet.  You take a small mini quilting iron, a hunk of beeswax, and just start ironing the wax right on top --kinda scary, but you can add or take away until you are happy with the results.  Then, you buff it and buff it with wax paper (or nylons, per alteredmommy), until it is nice and smooth and shiny! Grin

The third one...well, it is a surprise for little Cami, so after Christmas, I will post it!
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2  Re: 4 x 6 Art Swap - Send out by November 15, 2014 in The Swap Gallery by alwaysinmyroom on: November 24, 2014 03:23:41 PM
My mystery person was pioneer9! She can't post a pic so asked me to.

I experimented with an encaustic technique that required my mini quilting iron and a huge block of natural beeswax.  May I present one of a series, my little Cami (named after my youngest great niece)




The background is watercolor over printed paper. Cami and everything else is drawn separately and then attached using the beeswax.
It is hard to see in a picture, but the entire piece is covered with melted beeswax and then buffed to hell and back with wax paper to make it smooth and shiny! Grin
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3  Re: Mini 12 Days of Christmas - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by alwaysinmyroom on: November 18, 2014 07:05:34 AM
TEASER PIC for my partner, stellato_escuro!  Grin

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4  Re: 4 x 6 Art Swap - Send out by November 15, 2014 in The Swap Gallery by alwaysinmyroom on: November 14, 2014 05:58:17 AM
Love the collage...so many interesting items used!  The background is really lovely.

The dragon is so detailed but I love the lightness of the whole piece...nice work!

I received my two pieces and love them both!

First, here is my piece from sdelnegro514...this is my first time swapping with her, so I am very happy to have a piece of art from another Craftster! What a cute way to send a "Hi" message!



Next, a lovely woodburning piece.  Unfortunately, I have no idea who this is from...it came unsigned with no username...I just love the persepective, and this is my first woodburning piece...I have the perfect place for it...to me, it is very mysterious.

edited to add:  Done by Subee!!!



Thank you so much for my new art!

Mystery person--please take credit for your beautiful piece! Grin  mystery solved!
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5  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: November 11, 2014 11:05:52 AM
Did you see the ones I made from old brush rollers? Grin

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6  Re: Mini 12 Days of Christmas - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by alwaysinmyroom on: November 09, 2014 04:38:18 PM
I'll be posting my goodies here!  This is my tree from last year.  We have to tie it to the wall because of the darn cats.



My lovely partner is stellato_escuro!!

My package arrived 11/24/14!
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7  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: November 08, 2014 10:47:06 AM
I am putting away my Halloween decor, ready for next year!  Here is the last of the projects I did for this Halloween.  I saw it on Pinterest and just had to try it.  Instead of single candleholders, I used an old candleholder that my mother-in-law had left me...painted it black and just followed the tutorial.  I did use plastic balls so instead of smoking the inside, I just used a black ink pad on the outside of the plastic.

I am going to leave this up until after Thanksgiving...



What is really scary is that my friend Missingwillow got almost the exact same thing, made by coocoosnest in the 13 Days of Halloween Swap! Spooky!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435460.msg5238457#msg5238457 ( scroll down a little!)
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8  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: October 28, 2014 07:08:56 PM
Cute monster and the butter bracelet is awesome!

I finished my wreath for Halloween!  Probably one more project for October and then onto Christmas projects!


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9  Snakes on my Door! in Halloween Decor and Parties by alwaysinmyroom on: October 28, 2014 05:38:31 PM
I have had a snake wreath pinned for quite some time...but it was not until I found a boat load of rubber snakes at our new dollar tree that I finally got the kick I needed to make it!

Really simple:  one twig wreath, 8-10 rubber snakes, a can of spray paint, some wire or twine--costs about $20.

I added some glow in the dark snakes but they really only last an hour or so...but I like them anyway...

Just in time for this year's Halloween!



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10  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: October 27, 2014 08:57:24 PM
I made 8 reindeer ornaments for the Sweat Shop Ornament Swap. They are stamped on paper, laminated and then put onto felt and burlap.  I glued the burlap onto cardboard to give it some shape and to stop it from shedding.

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