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91  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Welcome to Canada! on: November 15, 2007 01:45:40 PM
My boyfriend's work colleague got her Canadian citizenship today so they held a little celebration at work for her. I was asked to make a card and here is what i came up with. i only had about 2 hours to make it so its on the sloppy side. also got some new stamps which i was playing with (excessively). but anyway, its a card, and she liked it ^_^


the bf scanned it and, as usual, none of the sparkle and glitter shows up. Undecided


92  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / more scratchboards (animal subjects) on: November 07, 2007 01:55:30 PM
Hello again ^_^

I'm just getting myself motivated to do some new scratchboards (the giftgiving season is upon us, after all) so i was going through scans of my old boards for ideas, to see what i can do better, etc. I just thought i'd share a few more with everyone. i have some of human subjects as well, but i'll start with animal boards, since they're my favorites!

Wiggum - this was my first commission piece, and probably my third board. this was before i had the fiberglass tool that i love to do fur with, so i find his fur is on the long side. he's cute none the less though (and the client was very pleased).

Pearl. she's a bull mastiff/boxer cross.

Robbie. the last of my dog boards (also a commission).

Deer with Haida Moon. mom loves deer (this was her xmas gift last year)

Deer and Rabbit. mom also loves bunnies! this was my second most recent board, for her birthday in april.

the resolution is a bit crappy on these so the details are kinda lost. i hope you enjoy though!


93  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Silent Hill, RHPS and a touch of Martha Stewart... on: November 05, 2007 02:03:07 PM
Hi all Smiley
I apologize, this will be long-winded and picture obese!
I've been holding off to post halloween pics since we had some professional shots done of some of our outfits/makeup, but it doesn't look like i'll be seeing them for another week or so. so, before everyone forgets about halloween, here are a bunch of pics ^_^
we dressed up four times this year: for the zombie walk (which i already posted pics from); for a drag queen burlesque show/fundraiser; for general saturday-night-before-Halloween shenanigans; and for the Halloween late night showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show. My friends and I worked hard on our costumes, though none of us sew, so we had to do a lot of tracking down suitable pieces of clothing and altering/distressing them. anyway, here we go!

me and my boyfriend. same costumes we wore to the zombie walk, though i'm not wearing the mask so you can see my face in this shot, and upgraded with funky contacts! crafty credits: i did the makeup on both of us, i made the nurse hat from scratch, altered a tshirt dress by distressing the hell out of it with coffee, tea, food colouring and at least 3 different times of stage blood (also homemade!). i added the red cross logo and the hospital name from silent hill with iron-on transfers. used medical bandage tubing for arm warmers, and made a pair of tights to match the dress.

our favorite saturday night activity: slaughtering sexy nurses. crafty credits: here you can also see my bigass knife, which is a cheapy costume store prop, distressed with sandpaper, charcoal, several shades of ink and a mixture of white glue and food colouring to make the "wet blood".

a shitty picture, but i'm wearing the mask in this one. mask was made with the stuff they make casts from (gauze impregnated with plaster of paris... i think) and gauze, distressed with coffee, tea, food colouring and fake blood.

Brookhaven Hospital must have had some lab workers... so here we go. i did the makeup.

Mary Queen of Scots has lost her head... almost. She assembled her costume from bits an pieces found at Value Village, and i cut her throat ^_^

Our Columbia (also Silent Hill nurse). We made her hat with a FULL bottle of fabric glue and who knows how many meters of gold sequin trim. she also glued all the ribbons on her shorts and sequined her shoes.

Our Rocky (aka Silent Hill lab tech). gold shorts were from a coworker's daughter's ballet recital. we removed about 10lbs of gold tassel trim from them, then glued on the rhinestone "R". He also spray painted a pair of converse gold.

This shot was taken at the drag queen show... we wore our rocky costumes but they weren't quite complete at this point. i show this because its the best shot of the Frank's shoes, which took a long time to make. i painted the heels a high gloss white and painstakingly added white rhinestones to the heel, then my boyfriend used silver glitter on the rest of the shoe. i also made the pearl necklace, and assembled the costume from my lingerie drawer. i'm hoping to learn to sew this year so i can make him the proper Sweet T corset.

Frank (my boyfriend) and me as Magenta. Columbia (tattoo artist by day) did the Boss tattoo and I did all other makeup.

omg am i proud of this. I sewed that apron, first time sewing EVER!! i also killed the sewing machine i borrowed from mom doing it... i sewed and added the cuffs and collar to the dress (or shirt, depending on how you look at it). i would have killed for another 6" or so on the dress, but as i said, i killed the machine and all hopes of adding on some extra fabric.

the back... i'm proud of that apron, damn it! i also tracked down a fairly screen accurate feather duster in china town ^_^

Magenta's maid cap, made for me by Izzy55!

and the back... i also cut and styled the wig.

and this is a terrible photo of my Martha Stewart inspired werewolf (wererat, dragon, whatever... people see what they want) curtain that i made for the house. Martha's were of cool birds but i figured everyone would recognize them right away, so instead i did the monster design and used a red light source. its made from light weight cotton with black weed barrier fabric glued on. it took hours to make because, unlike martha, i had no chalk (nor a team of professional decorators), so i had to draw the design on big sheets of paper taped together, cut that out, pin it to the black stuff, cut that out then glue it on. it would have been so much simpler to draw on the black stuff with the damn chalk. the curtain was 74" long!

ok, there is more but i think i've wasted enough of all your time! hope you enjoy!
em









94  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / any scratchboarders here? on: October 19, 2007 10:48:32 AM
Hi all Smiley

I've been scratchboarding for a couple of years now, though usually only in december and april (i do the boards as gifts [april is mom's birthday]). I just wanted to share one or two of them and ask if anyone else here scratchboards? it's fun and the product makes for nice gifts, but its becoming near impossible to get the boards anymore, other than online. a year ago, i could only order from the company (and minimum $500 order) but i see that they've become more available online recently.

here we go:

Snoopy



Pearl



Geisha



95  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / more gooey zombies! (warning: image heavy and gross factor HIGH) on: October 19, 2007 08:58:11 AM
I saw Izzy55 posted a photo from the ottawa zombie walk, so i thought i'd post a few more of the rest of the people i did makeup for!
i'm fairly new at posting on craftster and i haven't found a way to put the photos behind a cut, so i apologize if i've caught anyone unawares with the images.

onward to zombies!
my sweetie:


and a closeup:


Izzy55's (the jogger) closeup:


Our other Silent Hill nurse (she did her own makeup), myself, Izzy55 and our eyeless zombie M...


Eyeless zombie


our school girl zombie


All done with Woochie prosthetics (Bear Maul for both Izzy55 and the school girl (one worn inverted), See No Evil on our eyeless guy (only half of the prosthetic used), and Skin and Bones on my guy) and liquid latex, scarring liquid, graftobian creme makeup in geisha white and blithe spirit, injury stack, blood gel and blood FX, tooth decay paint (in "tobacco" and "nicotine") and some homemade fake blood. took about 3.5 hours to get everyone ready. we ordered costume contacts but they didn't arrive till the day after the walk ~pout~

i now have a considerable arsenal of fx makeup supplies!
96  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / last year's pumpkins on: October 10, 2007 10:31:14 AM
I havent' carved up this year's pumpkins yet but here are the ones that me and the bf did last year ^_^

this was my headwound pumkin - rigged a small terrarium pump to gush blood (red water) from the hatchet wound.

this one was my boyfriend's demon pumpkin.

and this one is my pumpkin eater, that i did for a contest at work.

^_^
97  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / All Hallows' Eve Mischief on: October 05, 2007 09:43:17 AM
Unfortunately i can't post the picture of my entry to this contest because this is my first time posting on craftster (how did i not know about this place?!)

Anyway, this is my first ATC. I found the size challenging but it was really fun to do. Now if i could just learn how to scan glittery things...
Hopefully the lovely and talented people of this community will click to check it out ^_^

Thanks!





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