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81  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: March 17, 2013 04:39:15 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride:
Project Name: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean: Bacon
Brief Description: A big part of my work is with mental health and using my creativity to create therapeutic experiences. For one of these experiences I planned a tea party because the people I work with had never experienced something like that. I had a whole fancy menu planned but at the last moment before I had prepared most of the treats it got rescheduled, But what was in the oven when I got the text that we had to cancel was some homemade feta, herb, mini quiches with baby spinach.
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I actually did this on Thursday, but I have been super sick and this is the first time I have had to post anything. Hope it's not too late!
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82  Blue Heart Doodle in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by TechnicolorAquahearts on: March 08, 2013 04:43:17 AM
Lately I have been doing a lot of these because I have been trying to draw every day even if it is just a doodle. I was particularly proud of this one  Grin

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83  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: March 07, 2013 09:54:30 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
Project Name: Pretty Little Color Wheel
Brief Description: ErinAquaheart and I are going through an exciting time where we are getting to transform a room of our house into a new studio just for our art! I always hang up little pieces of inspiration around my desk so I made this little color wheel with watercolors to pin up. It fits Arithmancy because the colors are the parts and I put them together to make this color wheel.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Horcrux: Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem
Project Name: Ravenclaw Heart Abstract Art Piece
Brief Description: The story of Rowena Ravenclaw is that her daughter Helena ran away from her and after stealing her diadem, and she was so distraught at the loss of her daughter that it is believed that her broken heart lead to an earlier death. Despite her being broken hearted she was still very strong, intelligent, and multi-talented. I tried to portray not only the tears of sorrow that were shed at the beginning of the Ravenclaw tradition, but also the strength and diversity of talent that is present in Ravenclaw.
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84  My Very First Weaving Project (since 2nd grade): A Mug Rug in Weaving: Completed Projects by TechnicolorAquahearts on: March 02, 2013 03:56:36 AM
I have been wanting to try weaving for a while, so I decided to crack out some cardboard and make me a mug rug. My morning tea is an important ritual in my life, and I have been wanting some mug rugs to make it a more colorful experience. For a while I have been pouring over all kinds of complicated projects plans for building my own loom and weaving complicated patterns, but like I often do I was putting the cart before the horse, so I decided to start simple. It started of really well, the actual weaving part gave me no trouble at all and went a lot faster than I thought it would. Then came time to take it off the loom and all chaos broke loose. I don't even know how half of the mess ups happened but I felt like it was bleeding to death in my hands Cry BUT in the end I was able to cover up many of the mistakes and ended up with something I will be happy to use. Here are my process pics:

First the finished mug rug. The colors are actually neon blue, neon pink, and white but my camera had a hard time picking them up.

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85  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: March 02, 2013 03:46:12 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
Project Name: A miniature replica of a flying carpet
Brief Description: What better way to understand an object than to make a model of one, so I wove a small replica of a flying carpet, of course it doesn't fly because to charm it would be to break the law banning flying carpets. Also this assignment was much more challenging than I thought it would be and there are many mistakes in it's craftsmanship, which I am sure could cause mishaps while flying. It was a great first attempt though. Even though it isn't as well executed as I would have liked, I will still enjoy using it as a small place mat or mug rug. It started out just fine, I thought I was keeping the tension even and the weaving didn't go too slowly, but after taking it off the loom it was chaos, maybe I need to do some more research on the proper methods of finishing them off.
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86  Floor Painting: Water Lilies As a Part of A Much Larger Koi Pond. in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by TechnicolorAquahearts on: February 25, 2013 12:09:52 PM
My GF ErinAquaheart has been laboring for several weeks now on a koi pond floor painting that she was commissioned to do, and she let me help by painting the water lilies. My lilies evolved over time and because of that some of them had to be removed with acetone so that I could paint them all in the final style. That was kind of sad because it resulted in the removal of one of my favorites, but luckily I got a picture of it!

Here is the one that got removed:

Which I can understand why the owner wanted it removed because it looked more like a dahlia really. Here is the final style that they are all in, this one is blue but there are also pink and yellow ones scattered around the floor:

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87  Sinus Soothing Cold Cucumber Melon Soup With Basil and Mint in Vegetarian / Vegan by TechnicolorAquahearts on: February 25, 2013 12:03:09 PM
This time of year my allergies make me feel terrible so I am always looking for ways to soothe my achy sinuses and sore throat. This cucumber melon soup with fresh mint and basil was even more pain relieving, delicious, and refreshing than I thought it would be! I just put peeled cucumber, cantaloupe, fresh mint leaves, fresh basil leaves, and agave nectar in a blender with some ice and blended it until it was smooth. If you make this yourself don't be shy with the mint and basil they aromatic qualities are very nice and soothing if you are generous with them. Also, the agave nectar is great to add a healing texture to the mix but it also adds a lot of sugar, so I put three to four table spoons plus some splenda packets to make it sweet enough, but if you don't have a problem with sugar you may want to add more agave nectar. This was super tasty and it would be great for a summer brunch or appetizer, or even a refreshing smoothie on the go. I really enjoyed eating it as a soup though, because it is easier to taste all of the flavors and take the time to let it soothe my sinuses eating it one spoonful at a time.

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88  Abstract Badger Drawing in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by TechnicolorAquahearts on: February 25, 2013 11:52:56 AM
Lately I have been on a roll with drawing with a lot of line and pattern. This little badger drawing is something I am proud of. It was fun to do and I really like how it turned out looking earthy and tribal.

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89  Phoenix Feather Illustration in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by TechnicolorAquahearts on: February 25, 2013 11:49:02 AM
Ever since I was a kid I have loved line art and op art like drawing, I was making all kinds of elaborate doodles back before "zentangle" was a term on everyone's lips. So lately I have been experimenting with using the op art style of abstract line design, along with subject matter that is more representational. So I made this illustration of a phoenix feather.

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90  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: February 25, 2013 10:18:16 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against The Dark Arts
Project Name:Cucumber Melon Cold Soup
Brief Description: This is the season where my allergies make me feel like I have been hit in the head with a sledge hammer, so I am constantly looking for things to sooth my sore throat and achy sinuses. Especially things that are comforting without the excessive use of medication. So I came up with this cold soup I put peeled cucumber, cantaloupe, agave nectar, fresh mint leaves, and fresh basil leaves in a blender with some ice and blended it until smooth. If you make this don't be shy with the mint and basil their aromatic qualities are a big part of why it is so soothing, and also If you want to cut back on the sugar content (which I had to do) just put a few table spoons of Agave Nectar and then some splenda packets. That way you still get the soothing texture of the agave nectar but it is lighter in the sugar and calorie department. In the end this cold soup was very delicious, and incredibly soothing. I will definitely be making this again in the summer when it is 100 degrees outside! This fits the Defense Against the Dark Arts class because of it's cucumber content, and the fact that Kappas are dark and dangerous creatures but are great luck if you are able to befriend one and the best way to befriend one is to invite it to dine with you and serve it cucumber dishes, so this cold soup would be the perfect appetizer to a feast of cucumber sushi on a hot summer afternoon.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Horcrux: Marvolo Gaunt's Ring
Project Name: Phoenix Feather In Memory Of Dumbledore
Brief Description: Everyone knows that Dumbledore loved his Phoenix, Fawkes, dearly and that the symbolism of the Phoenix is central to not only Dumbledore's character but Harry Potter's character and the over arching theme of the series in general. The Idea of rising from the ashes and allowing yourself to be reborn after difficult times is one of the things that inspired me most about the Harry Potter series. With that in mind I made an illustration of a Phoenix feather. I drew it in black ink and colored it with prismacolor pencils.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Horcrux: Helga Hufflepuff's Cup
Project Name: Hufflepuff Badger Drawing
Brief Description: When drawing the Phoenix feather I did for the above project I had such a good time and seemed to be on a roll with drawing in that style so I continued by drawing this badger drawing in honor of Hufflepuff. Their mascot is the badger and that house is very much drawn to earthy and natural pursuits like Herbology, so I included lots of plant life in the drawing as well. I made sure to accent the black ink drawing with yellow for Hufflepuff pride!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Horcrux: Harry Potter
Project Name: Water Lily paintings
Brief Description: By now everyone has seen ErinAquaheart's owl where she spent over 90 hours painting a koi pond, well she was kind enough to let me have a small hand in that project by letting me paint the water lilies. The lilies evolved over time and one of the ones I loved actually had to be erased with acetone so that I could paint all of them in the final style, but luckily I got pictures of both styles.
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First the one that had to be erased:

This one is the final style, it's mainly blue but some are pink as well:

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