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11  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / What to do with painted CDs? (img heavy sorta) on: July 01, 2008 08:55:41 PM
I am doing a whole bunch of paintings on CDs. I like the shineyness behind it, it gives me practice painting (which I haven't done since I was a freshman in hs) and it gives me an excuse to get rid of all these old CDs.

I don't have a wall really where I can mount them, so I can't figure out what to do with them all... any ideas?

Links to the images (crappy photos, I'm sorry, and my technique has gotten SO bad... but it sort of shows the pretty shine behind the paintings. In some places the shine doesn't go through cuz the paint's thicker, and the first painting is... what happens when I've had a bahama mama and am up painting at three am. >.< I added more photos to it to show the shine & the textureyness. I'm experimenting with glaze, the last one isn't glazed yet cuz I'm afraid to screw it up, as it's a quarterway decent.



12  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Making a stain into a silk screen? (Talk of bodily fluids! Just a warning!) on: March 29, 2008 03:01:04 PM
Okay, so being as detail-less as possible, there is an absolutely hilarious stain on my sheets that is rather defined in a fantastic shape. I would LOVE to take this and make a silkscreen of it on a t-shirt for my boyfriend, but all the photos I've taken are horribly blurry (I think my camera is confused because I'm trying to take photos of a sheet, it can't pick what to focus on) and I'm not sure if it'd be worth it to try to SCAN a SHEET.

Can anyone think of a clever way to get the image to make a silkscreen? Thanks, I appreciate it. And if I was wrong posting this, I'm sorry, I'll delete it, but this has been driving me crazy, and I really wanna do this.
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pink Fluffy Loincloth on: February 26, 2008 11:13:21 PM
For his birthday (March 1st) my boy is getting several crafty items, one of which I have already completed... the pink fluffy loincloth!

It's an inside joke, before we started dating I told him I wanted a manservant to cook and clean for me and I'd make him wear a pink loincloth... well, I happened to have pink fleece left over from a project I did two christmases ago, and I LOVE making things out of leftovers. It is completely no-sew, and the straps have stretched a little bit, but I LOVE it.

14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Fabulously Metrosexual Kitty Monster (w/ Placebo wings) on: February 26, 2008 10:35:43 PM
Sorry about the image having a conglomerate of stuff, this is the only image I have of these things and I put them all together to post on my LJ.

the Metrosexual Kitty Monster was made for my friend Rae, who loves all things metrosexual (especially her husband) and is wearing the latest fashion... a Placebo "tattoo" and a boa!

The wings are a symbol on one of the CDs of her FAVORITE band, Placebo. She once told me she wanted them tattooed on her. And I wanted to make something about this very ugly kitty monster pretty. The stencil with all those little peices was HARD WORK to cut out in a plastic sheet, so I actually used a peice of notebook paper to make the stencil, and colored it with gold fabric paint pen.

His eyes and face are rather ugly and twisted because I wanted him to match his body. While I intended for him to be a monster, I didn't intend for him to be such a weird shaped monster, but I decided to go with it.

His hair is made out of that furry yarn, and his body and face are entirely made out of scrap fabrics.

He was her Christmas present, which I FINALLY got to her. Like everything I make, I decided once I was finished that he wasn't cutishly ugly but just ugly, but I'm still proud of the stencil, the hair, and his cute crooked eye.

15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Geeky gamer boyfriend birthday gift on: February 24, 2008 11:13:25 PM
Hi. I'm searching for simple things to make for the BF for his birthday (Mar 1st)... I have some ideas but I'm kind of floundering with them all.

He's gonna be 25, he's a big gamer (computer games, D&D, Shadowrun, etc, he loves his wii.) For christmas I gave him a set of my favorite dice (I own tons and he DMed with ONE set) and a sexy game to play with the percentiles, as well as fun props to use with said game. He's also heavy into sci-fi books and stuff, and he loves white chocolate (or is pretending to because -I- love it... I'm not sure which)

One of my problems is when I craft something for someone else I am convinced by the time I'm done that it sucks or the idea is lame.

Some of the ideas I've had so far:

*A t-shirt with an iron-on stencil photo of my face and "F&!$ me dungeon master!" on it, or a t-shirt with stenciled "Bakemono" and an arrow pointing down. (Inside jokes)
*Perler coasters of his favorite Nintendo games (Zelda, Final fantasy, and secret of mana)
*A trash can for his computer area (he lives very much the bachelor life, and I am always picking up after him) with a paint design of some sort on it (??)
*A pillow case & pillow, if I can find nifty fabric. Going to look for some tomorrow @ the DAV. This helps me out too cuz his pillows are so flat and he doesn't have but two so I hate staying over cuz I need fluffy pillows!
*A wii remote birthday cake

I thought about making him a necklace with both our birthstones on it, but while I know he OWNS jewelry, I've never seen him WEAR any.

It's pretty easy for me to sneakily find out his likes and dislikes and whether he would use something or not, cuz I have a habit of whenever he gets quiet bringing him out of his shell by asking him random questions... I can't remember his favorite color, but I know his favorite muppet, who he took to prom, and the first time he drove.

Right now I can SORTA sew, but my sewing machine keeps eating projects if they take too long. I need it repaired. I can't knit or crochet to save my life.
16  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Mania equals art at 5 am on: January 28, 2008 08:03:35 PM
I'm bipolar, and it seems that when I get manic, I start doing doodles really late into the evening, and a lot of them turn into watercolors. The first one of these was intended to be a Ronald Weasley (Post series) but it looks more like the Boyfriend...



And the second is my D&D character, a Felid (cat-like elf) that I ended up water coloring at like 5:30am like 2 weeks ago.



Any C&C is appreciated, but I do these for fun. And because I have no choice when I get the urge!  Grin

(ETA: Sorry about the crappy photos, my scanner is broken)
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fleece Loincloth construction issues? on: December 22, 2007 09:05:22 PM
I realize this may be an odd question, but I'm trying to figure out how to make a loincloth out of a rather large pink fleece remnant.

I want it to be very much the cliche loincloth, a triangle of fabric cut raggedly and probably tied around the waist. I don't have exact waist measurements for the recipient (not that I think he'll actually wear it, but ya know) and I can't very well ask him his waist size so I can make it for him, as I want it to be a surprise and he might guess what I'm doing.

My question is, how would you go about attaching the waist "strings" (which I'd like to make out of braided bits of the fleece) as my leftover fabric isn't quite long enough I think to have it all be one piece.

Just in case you're wondering, it's a christmas gag gift for my beau. We haven't been dating all that long, so I was at a loss of what to give him, and when we first started talking I joked about needing a manservant to do all my cutting and pinning for me, and that I'd have my manservant walk around in a pink loincloth.

(I'm also going to clean his kitchen for him. His roommate leaves it a mess and I thought it'd be nice if he didn't have to clean up after him for once)

18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Gifts for my two best friends, help! on: November 27, 2007 03:45:16 PM
These two are my best friends, and they have helped me through a lot and I wanted to give them something meaningful for christmas, but I've got little money this year most of which I'm putting towards my daughter's gifts, so I thought I'd craft them something out of the giant pile o' random fabrics and stuff.

They're in their 30s, married (to eachother). Not making any his/hers stuff because they'd smile and nod and be inwardly grossed out. Lovey dovey is not their style.

They both love Rocky Horror (that's how we know eachother, we're in the cast which they run) glam rock, velvet goldmine, and are both scifi geeks- they love Dr. Who, Smallville, etc.

Her FAVORITE band is Placebo. They both like Bollywood, which I know little about, and are hindu.

I made them a crapton of soap for their anniversary, really don't want to attempt that again.

She's a fantastic costume seamstress, better than I could ever be.

I can sew, I can knit but don't have time to knit anything because I'm slow and poor at it. Any ideas would be appreciated.
19  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / New gal! on: November 22, 2007 03:48:39 AM
Hi, I'm a 23 y/o single mom from Kansas. I'm just learning to knit (poorly, I might add. >.<) and I've been sewing costumes for... about two years now, for our local Rocky Horror Picture Show cast (the first thing I ever sewed was a gauntlet of foildot fabric- not the easiest fabric by hand, and not an easy project without a pattern, however I did try to use a pattern once that came with a flapper dress and they just don't fit as snug as the patterns I make... I've had to make 4 of these now)

I got my first sewing machine last year, and my grandma gave me an old serger but my mother stored it in a closet and the doo-dad that connects the metal arms that hold the thread broke off. I haven't had heart to take it to the sewing machine place to see if they MAY be able to fix it.

I have an obsession with collecting buttons and have since I was small, but I still can't sew a button hole to save my life.

The most difficult thing I've ever sewn was a two peice formal dress with lightweight boning that I for some crazy reason decided to make out of satin (I think satin is the devil... it tries to run away!) that the skirt ended up being about a foot too long (I'm short-legged and not too tall, 5'5, and oddly proportioned) but the skirt fit me better around the ribs than lower down, so I hemmed an inch instead of a foot and hiked the skirt up underneath the top. Not very classy, and it fit oddly in the back as the area that was sposta be my rear ended up about 5 inches above, but for an hour it was stunning. I wore it all day at a horror convention and I had two seams pop and the stupid boning wanted to roll up on me.

If you can't tell I'm an insomniac and when sleep deprived I talk for hours. Cheesy
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