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51  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Music themed sketchbook with an old record on it on: August 19, 2008 10:00:02 PM
I just saw Goofball's post with her expertly made album/scrapbook with an old record as its cover and it reminded me about a book I made with a record too. Mine is not nearly as nice as hers (I had an unfortunate experience with Gorilla Glue Cheesy ) but I thought I would share.

I made it back in January for my boyfriend's birthday. He used to draw all the time and had been depressed about how he had lost his motivation a few years ago because some jerk told him he was a bad artist. He'd wanted to get back into drawing because I inspired him to start again (I'm an artist) but all his old sketchbooks were buried away in storage.
So I knew I wanted to make a book for him. He also collects records and the bookshop where I work actually also sells old records. I found a really battered Neil Young record, he LOVES Neil, and I thought it'd be perfect to put to good use on the book. I used Davey Board for the covers and some strong waxed upholstery thread to bind the pages. I wanted to do a lot more with the musical note swirly designs but I sort of ruined the surface when I put too much gorilla glue on and it all foamed out from under the record. If you ever use that glue and don't already know - be careful with the amounts or you'll end up with an enormous foamy mess!

Sorry for the shoddy pictures, I took them with my macbook and haven't had the chance to take real pics because he has it down in Miami with him.
52  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Two self portraits plus one of a friend (colored pencil and graphite) on: July 10, 2008 10:14:51 PM
I recently joined Craftster (I was a lurker for a while) because I'm pretty clueless as to how to sew, knit, etc and these forums are incredibly inspiring AND very helpful. But I'm still a fine artist first so I want to make myself acquainted with this section of the forums too  Wink

Unfortunately my scanner is a piece of junk and it basically ignores all of the mid-tones with graphite. My camera didn't pick them up any better either. Just imagine them with less contrast-y white.
These two self portraits were made about 6 months apart. They were done in pencil and some ink and I completed them relatively quickly, around 1.5 hours each. I did the first based on a really bad quality picture I took with my camera phone. I liked the odd shadows that were on my face in the picture so I recreated it.
The second was drawn mostly from my mind, but I had to look in a mirror to get the shadows from my lens frames right.





And this one is of my friend Auna, done in colored pencil. It took a lot longer than the ones done in pencil. I love working with colored pencil but I get seriously obsessive about blending. For some reason it just really bothers me if I can see the slightest bit of paper tooth through the strokes, hahaha. Needless to say, my colored pencil techniques have caused me to form an early case of carpal tunnel  Cheesy




53  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / I've recreated The Misfits skull on Plastic Canvas(surely Danzig would be proud) on: July 09, 2008 03:46:32 PM
I had always wanted to try needlepoint or cross-stitching. I knew I would need to do something simple to get used to the craft, but this was NOT a simple choice hahaha. I'm not sure what we call needle work done on plastic canvas, does it have a separate term other than just cross stitching?

Anyhow, the story behind this is that one of my dearest friends has been stationed in Iraq for over 1 year and I wanted to make him something special to send out there. He and I met through our love for the bands The Misfits and Samhain so I thought a good nerdy tribute to that would be an unexpected Misfits logo.
I didn't use a pattern, just drew the Misfits skull right on the canvas with a sharpie. The left side of the skull is a bit deformed because I got way too carried away with the cheekbone but I think the rest is as good a resemblance as I could get considering the medium, hehe.
My next plastic canvas project - a portrait of Morrissey!



54  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Another ironic paint project- 70's owl lamp (a tad image portly) on: July 09, 2008 03:26:10 PM
This one is the pride and joy of my random knick-knacks of owls. A good friend of mine found her in her attic and painted her some of my favorite colors. I did it in acrylic paint with tons of varnish to keep it set. I'm not too thrilled with the purple and navy-ish of the branch so I think I might repaint it to be brown.
I took one with just the lamp's own light on and the other lights in the room on to show the colors better.
Le sigh, gotta love the 70's and its glorious interior decor!



55  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Old frames and giant keys painted fun colors! on: July 09, 2008 02:28:02 PM
Hello everyone =) This is my very first project post on Craftster so I thought I would introduce myself with the simplest of my ongoing obsessions. I love going out to goodwill/salvation army/garage sales to find somewhat ugly things to alter, and most of you are kindred in that way of course. My favorite finds are  old (and many times made of cheap plastic) tracery and filigree decorations. They almost always have imitation gilding so I started altering them to match my taste better.
I found these two giant wall keys at Goodwill. They used to be a hideous gold so naturally, I made them magenta. I used a darker shade in the crevices to accentuate the details of the molding.
Then the frame below is part of a set of three of the same size. I'm only posting this one for now because I haven't put anything inside of the other two yet. I painted the picture inside based on an old damaged postcard from the '40s. Enjoy!


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