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11  My first real commisions, woo hoo! One African Grey, two dogs. in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by blupaisan on: April 30, 2016 03:25:34 PM

First pet bird I have ever done. I must admit, it is muuuuch harder to show personality with this one due to the fact that most African Greys look similar.

Dog ones have much more opportunity for expansion.

That is Thor, now over the rainbow and his owner wanted to look at a painting of his face every day....

Last one,

All pen and ink with watercolor.
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12  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- April 2016 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: April 27, 2016 06:48:04 AM
So glad you like the Ireland card. I totally forgot to tell you, the white paper is from my Great Grandmother's autograph book where most of the writing is signed and dated 1889. I thought it would be good to use old paper for an old construction, but it certainly put into perspective what I consider old. I mean, there is no comparison with paper from 1889 and the Dolmen which was built AGES AGO, lol!!

Here are two cards I got yesterday,

from Rockingbearranch, theme of odd pub sign.
This place is real! So far, the pub cards I have gotten are real! Wonderful. Did not really know such odd stuff was out there, thought ya'll would have to turn fictitious.

I love the card, great image, and the tat on his beefy arm is awesome. Thank you, rbr!!!

From audio, theme of my fave color combo of white, turquoise, and schoolbus yellow.

This pic does not do justice to the yellow which is a lot brighter IRL.  I told someone just yesterday, when they asked me just how I had developed the skill of bringing feral cats to their senses, and I said "I worship cats."  So this image is soooo perfect for that belief!!
She is crowned in all her beauty and superiority. I love this card!!
Thank you, audio!!
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13  equal parts art and craft, methinks...paint and collage in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by blupaisan on: April 25, 2016 07:39:32 AM

This is a totally new thing for me, I just took a four-session course in what was called collage. I was thinking something different, but the technique presented to us was fascinating.

Paint first, make your own paper (or not) with random painting and patterns, cut or rip the paper, glue on top of your painting, then put even more paint on top of the whole thing.

I did some of this, winged the rest.

I brought my own papers from home instead of creating them or using what was in the big box at the workshop.  I took several pages from a 1960 childrens book with seriously tender blue images that made me swoon.

I also brought along the antique recipe box my mother owned. In it were over a hundred hand printed recipe cards in her handwriting, my grandmother's handwriting, my aunt's handwriting, and others.  I used the ones whose handwriting I knew well, very distinct. and used one because it had a date on it.

At first it all looked horrible in my opinion, and I am someone who is used to fine details and having it all under control. I abandoned that after the first session, and went with the flow. I just 'did' the art thing, got lost in the process, focused less on the outcome.
I love how it came out, I was soooo surprised. I remember saying out loud "I do not know how this happened!"

loosely based on an image I got from the web, as we were told to do, I was supposed to trace it line for line, but ended up just doing it freehand so the lady turned out quite a bit shorter than original image.

I am happy with what I did with the edging around the canvas.

thanks for looking!!

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14  Re: Shrine Swap Spring 2016 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: April 22, 2016 04:24:48 PM

shrine before it suffered in the mail system

and link to a full disclosure  in the Misc category.
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15  Old alarm clock now hosts alarming items! in Completed Projects by blupaisan on: April 22, 2016 04:21:30 PM

made for the shrine swap, for a curiosity cabinet theme.
Used an old small bell type alarm clock....

I made a scroll telling of all the pieces within this display-

I made tiny shelves where oddities can perch

and put stuff on the sides



I will check back tomorrow to this post and list the weird and wonderful supplies that went into its making.  Just now I have to go to bed!

Ok, I am back and here are some of the odd 'ingredients' I used to build these items....
the beetle was in the china closet of my family home for about 25 years, just drying and being bored out of his little mind. I painted it and stuck nail-polished porcupine quills on his back.
the medusa on the side is one of those old cameo pieces. I used twirled embroidery thread for her hair snakes and the teeniest tiniest bits of red thread for the tongues.
the black widow spider on the other side is a bit of paper, hanging on a black thread and her web began as a piece of a lace napkin, got at a thrift shop. It was pretty near a web already, I just glued more thread on in concentric circles.
the scroll with words is from a 1960 book, paper already nicely faded, rolled up into a drinking straw and covered with wrapping paper.
the feet in the clock were the tips of bones I found by the road side.
I also found a dead turkey vulture or hawk or something and stole a large claw to be the beak of the whateveritis and put a turkey feather behind it. the pink headfeathers of that creature are glued n stiffened bits of geranium off my windowsill.
the merman was created by chopping in half one of those plastic miniature people from a railroad set. I made his fishy tail by gluing cornsilk together, molding it, and painting it.
the conjoined twins at the bottom are just two more tiny people, cut and glued back together. I added fabric scraps for shirts.
The 'Wicklow Fairy' who sits on a bit of bone is also a mini plastic person. She holds a flower of floss stem with another bit of geranium at the top. Her hair is cornsilk, her wings are maple seed wings.
the creepy creature next to her has a cut bone head and floss tongue.
Eyeball is a large bead.
Dragon head on the right was created by manipulating and painting a qtip head. Fangs are porcupine quills. the egg it originally came out of was made by putting glue on the outside of a miniature xmas bulb, allowed to dry, pulled off, and painted.
The cobweb that partially hides things is some white acrylic yarn that pulls apart easily. Dyed grey.
the skull is from a chimpunk, found in back yard by a neighbor and given to me, cuz he knows I am that weird. I attached a porcupine quill on that, turning it into a unicorn type critter.
The pages glued on the outside are supposed to represent a curiosity cabinet's filing system of putting numbers to id the contents. It is acutally a tide chart from a sailors book.

Acadian Driftwood took these amazing photos for me for which I thank her!!
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16  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- April 2016 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: April 22, 2016 04:05:58 AM

Here is the card that audio made for my funny ransom note theme.

She made sure to include my kitty obsession when she crafted.
I love this!  Love the idea, cat expression and the whole nine yards.

thanks so much, audio!!
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17  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- April 2016 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: April 21, 2016 03:54:57 AM

Here is the Embroidery card that LadybugsAndBumblebees made for me.
I can't believe how many stitches I see!  AND not a single one ripped the paper, which amazes me, as I have tried to create this very thing in the past and my paper always suffered so.
I love the double border and the fact that the floss there is multicolor.

thank you QueenBee!  A very very happy and pretty card.
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18  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- April 2016 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: April 15, 2016 01:31:24 PM

My theme was odd pub sign.
curiousfae made this wonderfully creepy one, based on a real sign!
She says
This is a real sign found in a pub in Derbyshire England. Apparently it is named after 'the grim fate suffered by a landlord's wife who was too talkative.'

Oy! She looks so demure with her muff, cannot imagine such a fate for this poor gal.
I love the card and hope it represents the first of many for this theme.
thank you so much, curiousfae!!
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19  Pink Fairy Armidillo sets up shop in a catfood can in Completed Projects by blupaisan on: April 13, 2016 05:13:08 AM
I created this for the Unloved Creatures swap.

The only process pics I thought to take were when I was trying something new (for me) with toilet paper sculpting. I cooked the mush on the stovetop for an hour...

and used it to make the earthy burrow of the critter...

after forming it, then adding borax to make a more 'sandy' feel to it (lives in desert) and painting it,  I dried it in my trusty crockpot base.

I wandered my property looking for a wild cucumber pod from last year, because it looks a lot like a barrel cactus. I found one! (many, actually) and painted it.

the critter is all sculpy. I had originally made the wee scoopy shaped tail, but in the end (no pun intended) it did not fit properly in the hidiehole with the tail on.

the dried grass is just cut paper.
the tiny pebbles and driftwood are from walks.
put a wee pink hanger on the back so it can cling to a wall.

thanks for looking!
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20  I Can Haz Both! in Occasions and Holidays: Challenge Entries by blupaisan on: April 12, 2016 02:51:42 PM

I initially said I would be on Team Egg, then I chose to do chickens  INSIDE of my egg, so I am on both teams, lol

I used an Emu egg so I could put a whole lot in. Here are the 'process pics' followed by the end result...

took an hour to gently saw  open then realized it was dirty inside!

left one clean, right one still needs all its inner papery stuff sandpapered off.

this wee stick will eventually become a bunch of chicks.

and this one will be hens.

soaking green hills in watery glue to add to background

soaking toilet paper in paint, which will become muddy ground.

brand new tractor, gonna get some cut off to look like it has a flat tire, and get painted to look old n rusty.

monopoly houses on their way to becoming a chicken coop

And when it is all put together, with a hinge to open...

guess the hinge is not too visible there....


left side

right side

some closeups, I love my tree, from a hydrangea out back on the compost pile

and a wee bit of grass as corn the farmer neglected to harvest last fall.

blurry hens.

ickle Sculpy rooster!

the hinge

Thanks for looking!  Happy Spring to all.
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