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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Fall Semester Sept 1-November 30, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: Today at 03:03:37 PM
Tom (boyfriend) lives on a narrow boat,

so jealous..of the boat, not the rats..
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Please share your affirmations here on: Today at 03:01:28 PM
oh those two projects are beautiful...

you have inspired me..
3  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Mini 12 Days of Christmas 2015 (sign up 7-26-17 to 8-10-15; s/o 11-23-15) on: Today at 02:59:11 PM
can I come to dinner at your house fluffypants?
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Fall Semester Sept 1-November 30, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: Today at 02:33:49 PM
And did you know that you can scrape the burn off toast with a butterknife? Well, depending on how blackened it has become. But just a thin layer of char works grand.

oh i scrape toast a lot!! but i managed to burn it again today...*sheesh*

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: What's your OBSESSION Swap (Sign up 10/1/15-10/16/15; MAIL BY 11/16/15 on: Today at 01:04:25 PM
roler..thanks I am going to work my way through that list

I LOVE your enthusiasm...it is so endearing...
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap Gallery on: Today at 01:00:15 PM

 I'm rather new to working with clay. 

Wow you would never think it, your clay skills are really really good.

I can't stop petting my new journal.  Whether it's simply because I love the feel of the suede or because I've become mesmerized under the spell of an enchanted book, I am unsure.    Wink

well obviously it was both, Wink

It is chamois leather, which is so supple and soft, good enough to eat ...almost...it makes for a slightly lumpier inner cover though Sad

however I used heavyweight paper for the pages so you can use most pens and nothing should bleed through.
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: oil painting number four, things that don't go together, bert, vase and jug on: Today at 12:54:37 PM
Looks like somebody's child came to visit them in the kitchen.  And shouldn't you have four things, so we can sing, "one of these things is not like the other; one of these things just doesn't belong."

that would be so good...and now I have that song stuck in my head...

  I think sometimes we mistakenly think that practice has to equal product.

that is so true..thanks for that.
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Monster Journal, with eyes on: Today at 12:52:42 PM
Shocked Shocked Shocked

I bet she screamed when she opened the package!

ha! I hope she did...
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Fall Semester Sept 1-November 30, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: Today at 10:31:13 AM
Omg, I love the book - how did you shape the eyes?

thanks..It was done like most of the things I do by jumping in and seeing if I can do it.

I glued down the eyes (heartlessly ripped from an old soft toy) down onto a blob of hot glue. Covered the carboard with a good layer of PVA

Cut slits across the leather equal to an arc across the widest part of the eye and a little more. Folded back the leather to give the impression of eyelids and glued them in place. The rest of the leather I just arranged in scrunches and wrinkles on a layer of PVA. I did use a little hot glue here and there to stick it immediately

but chamois leather (car leather washcloths...shammy leather) is really thin so it made quite effective wrinkles.

If I were doing it again I would consider covering the board with paper in a similar colour and not running the chamois over the edges as it made it very bulky over the page. Plus big blobs of glue bled through the leather here and there.

oh and now that I think of it, I darkened the deepest part of some of the wrinkles. with a (I think ) brown pencil or sharpe, to make them more pronounced.
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / oil painting number four, things that don't go together, bert, vase and jug on: Today at 10:26:00 AM
This is another eclectic collection from the charity shop. I was thinking of a HP craftalong challenge, working with things that don't naturally go together. So I paired a soft toy with kitchen stuff. Turns out I may have an obsession with jugs.. (said the bishop to the actress..*groan* sorry I couldn't resist)

this was a tricky composition and I am not sure I got it right (comments??) It is, as all of the previous ones were, oil paint, wet on wet and done from composition to finished picture in about 1 hour 40 mins. It should have been two hours, but the woman who locks up had her coat on and keys in hand 20 minutes before the time was up..and maybe it is a skill to know when to stop.

i am reasonably pleased with it, but interestingly when compared with the others that I have done, I have a definite 'style' I wonder where that comes from, is it how I see, or how that gets translated into paint..
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