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11  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Orbital Cavity, and Oliver! program art on: September 21, 2009 09:21:34 PM
I am back with yet more medical drawings!

they just make me so... happy.

not the best photo, but oh well.

it is a coronal section of the orbital cavity, so, it's the inside of the skull looking out. I swear my major isn't as creepy as it seems.

my initial outline, and the original illustration by Wolf-Heidegger.

in-between shading

This was a bit of quick program art for when I worked at the school's ESL department. the TA's (including myself) and the students (most of whom are from China) did a production of Oliver! which was loads of fun. I was trying to get the the look of a Dickens orphan, but I didn't want him to look like the boy in the movie.

based on a photo that was either by or of (or both) Immogen Cunningham. Drawn about two years ago.

And heres a WIP of another medical drawing.

12  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / stenciled lab coat! on: September 08, 2009 10:30:59 PM
Last year I decided to stencil rather than sharpie my name on my labcoat, which didn't turn out amazingly as seen here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=270471.msg3052150#msg3052150 (I seem to have slightly mixed results when using the freezer-paper technique, as my previous posts will attest) but I decided that I wanted to finish decorating my labcoat as I planned last year. I think it was fairly successful Cheesy

Almost like I am flying.

Cutting out of the freezer paper. usually I do this by folding it in half so that there is less cutting and so that I get symmetry.

I think ironing is the part of stenciling this material where I run into some trouble, even though I used a pretty hot iron, the edges don't entirely stick to the fabric surface. Maybe I will try this with contact paper some time *shrug*

A fun thing about that ironing board is that it is probably from the 20's or 30's and is made of wood, it is being loaned to us on a semi-permanent basis, and apparently it first belonged to my husband's great-grandma. How cool is that?

peeling! the most exciting and nerve-wracking part.

you can kind-of see why I say I don't have much success on this material, the borders are jagged and I have lumps on the borders. Fortunately, it looks fine from a distance.

mild-mannered TA from the front....

And from the back it's like.. I'm some kind of... microbiology angel? Yeah that was a stretch ><

But I'm fairly pleased with it.

Thanks for looking Cheesy
13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / recovered school planner- 12 pics on: August 30, 2009 02:52:16 PM

I bought a cheap planer for school, (which starts tomorrow, aaah!) and decided that since I still had about a day before classes, I had plenty of time to make my planer look sort-of cool. So I kind-of invented techniques as I went forth with no real plan.

It's kind of like a tutorial. Only... more pictures than words.

Here's what I started with:

enter my box of tricks and a cup of tea.

I cut two covers out of thin cardboard

Drew my design (based off of a tattoo-like design that I have used in about five crafts now...) on corrugated cardboard which I then cut out

Glued the pieces onto the cardboard cover with gel medium, and used the medium to fill in the little holes in the cardboard sides.

While waiting for that to dry, I cut a piece of fabric from my stash to cover the spiral binding, using electrical tape to secure the fabric, as that is what I had lying around *shrug*

Painted the covers red after putting gesso on them

and I drybrushed black ink on them. I am not completely happy with this part, but would you believe that an ex-art major did not have black paint in her box of tricks? *sigh* I sealed them with some gel medium once this dried.

I glued the covers on, then glued white paper (it was all I had lying around the apartment..) on the insides.

Finally, I secured the edges with electrical tape (um, because I thought it would look cool?) and went to bed!

Thanks for looking!
14  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / How do I get non-blurry results on polyester lab coat? on: August 30, 2009 02:21:28 PM
Edit: It turned out pretty well, here's the finished post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=320467.msg3693464#msg3693464

I have a slight dilemma.

I am going to be a TA in some science courses at my university, and I want my lab coat to be awesome (leftover effect from when I was an art major I suppose), and I would like to try freezer-paper stenciling tribal-esque wings on the back of it (I tried it before on a t-shirt and liked it http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=252225.msg2806728#msg2806728).

The trouble with that is, the polyester fabric is textured, and the last time I tried to stencil my name on the coat, I got blurry results. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=270471.msg3052150#msg3052150

I tried it before on a similar fabric and the blurring was even worse.

So how do I do an image transfer onto my lab coat without the blurring? I don't really want to just freehand it with sharpie. Anyone have advice?
15  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / New Drawings! on: August 29, 2009 10:56:41 PM
... New-ish that is.

I actually drew this one some eight months ago, a lovely model with a dreadhawk, and I don't have the link to the original photo.

I drew this one today, it is a right hip joint from two different views.
16  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / coral-inspired coiled vase on: April 11, 2009 08:41:46 PM
I can't believe I haven't posted this yet, I only made it 6 months ago Tongue

it's hard to get a good profile of this thing, it is very asymmetrical.

*almost* a top view

And today I stuck fake flowers in some of the holes and spouts just to get an idea of what it might look like. I haven't actually used this vase yet, as it has been in a student art show or packed in a box for a while.

thanks for looking!
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jewelry holder out of an 80's bulletin board on: April 11, 2009 08:35:35 PM
I have wanted a jewelry holder for a really long time now, and I finally made myself one! This instead of doing chemistry homework Tongue

I refurbished an old bulletin board, which I posted in housewares (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=300574.msg3431229#msg3431229) and then today I decided it needed to become an earring holder. So I made use of some trim I've owned a while. The nice part about using push-pins to hold up the ribbon is that I can always change or remove the ribbon Smiley Though I think I will switch to thumb-tacks at some point, it would probably look a little nicer.

I'm moving out pretty soon or I might try to hang this up and attach some nails at the bottom for necklaces. Perhaps at my new residence I will.

here's the before just for fun.

oh and a close up Cheesy

I think my favorite part about this project is that it used only materials I happened to have on hand.
thanks for looking!
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / refurbished bulletin board on: April 10, 2009 10:43:23 PM
I have had this bulletin board at least 15 years, and we probably have owned it longer, my family got a lot of things like this from garage sales in the 80's, and it could be really, really old.

Anyways, it is a little small and heavy for me to use as a bulletin board, I like really big ones I can attach all my homework to etc. So today in an entirely random moment, I decided to tear out all the old cork and recork this thing with some cork tiles I had lying around.

I used an x-acto knife to cut out the old cork, and a spoon to pry it out ^^ The cork was nice and thick but very brittle and the surface was damaged. I also found a little dry rot in part of the cork Sad

I hotglued the tiles in. I ran out of hot glue at one point, and luckily found some wood glue, which I probably should have used in the first place.
I sanded some of the crud off of the frame.

Anyways, painted it with metallic paint, and varnished the wood. The white stuff is glue that is still kinda wet. It will be clear.

I think I will perhaps add ribbons and use this as an earring holder, it would be the perfect size for that.
though I think it turned out well for having almost no plan in mind Smiley
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / wedding hair styles? on: March 29, 2009 03:36:40 PM
Well my wedding is in a little over three months and I only just started trying out different hair styles. School has kept me a bit busy, one could say.
Anyways, normally I have straight hair but I want to curl it and put it up for the wedding. I don't plan on wearing a veil for a couple practical reasons, but I would like to have flowers in my hair.

I tried putting it up:


back. (If I did go with this style, I would probably have someone else pinning my hair, thus it wouldn't look so messy)

Side view, making strange faces at the lamp.

My mom suggested that I try my hair half-down, so I did.

I don't have a front picture of this.

I liked the look, but my concern would be that this is an outdoor wedding in July, and I would be worried that maybe loose hair would lose its curl and perhaps get sweaty. Also it seems like flowers would be more difficult to pin in hair that is half down.
I will doubtlessly try more styles, but does anyone have opinions on the up verses half-down? I know I don't want all of my hair to be loose because that will be really warm and might look a bit odd.
Thanks for your opinions Smiley

Edit: tried a couple more, with fake flowers!

back of hair

side view. I will not be wearing my glasses, hopefully the optometrist will have received my contacts in 3 months!

updo version of the same thing. Wouldn't be a hard switch to do this one for the reception.

I am not normally a redhead by the way. The lighting in my bathroom is not the best.
20  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES / The Rime of the Ancient Mariner on: March 04, 2009 05:37:35 PM
Which could also be titled "Stay and listen to the nightmares of the sea..."
I wasn't able to put the time into this project that I wanted, but I had to do something for this challenge, so I present to you my interpretation of the ancient mariner.

This is inspired both by the epic poem, and by Iron Maiden's song. Here's a link to part 1 (it's a very long song) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4C2TDUPejc, here are the lyrics http://www.gugalyrics.com/IRON-MAIDEN-RHYME-OF-THE-ANCIENT-MARINER-LYRICS/344772/ and here's the stock photo I based the mariner off of: http://tigg-stock.deviantart.com/art/Viking-Hoard-stock-33-114234832

Anyways, here is some explanation. I have wanted to do art of this story for a while, and I didn't have the time to a painting, so a drawing works too, right? I think of this as what the character in the song/ poem might look like after he returned home, charged to "tell this tale wherever he goes," living in the memory of that fateful journey. I wanted a slightly haunted look in his eyes, hope it worked :/

He did turn out a little more Norse-looking then perhaps the poem would imply, but I think it fits the story.

Thanks a lot for looking!
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