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31  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Bleach Pen Altered Leggings on: June 28, 2014 06:42:28 PM
I wear a lot of leggings, I find them to be a flattering addition to shorter skirts and a great solution to packing light since they take up a lot less room than jeans. I realized the other day that most of my leggings are plain ole black, so I decided to liven things up by trying out a design using a bleach pen process. I am pretty happy with how they turned out. The design ended up red instead of something lighter because I didn't leave the gel on very long. I am actually really happy with the red color, but in the future I would like to experiment with leaving it on long enough to lighten it so I can use a dye afterwards to see what kind of color effects I can get.

32  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: June 28, 2014 06:32:12 PM
Phew I just caught up on the 12 pages I was behind! I am always so proud to be a part of this craftalong! I am always so inspired by everyone's creativity!

I want to say thank you so much to Netchez who sent ErinAquaheart and I a wonderful package. Erin was so happy to have a summer hat to sheild her from the sun, the chemo makes her super sensitive to sunlight, and I cant wait for fall to be able to wear the beautiful scarf you sent me. Your kindness really does help so much to sustain us during this very difficult time.

I have a few projects to turn in:

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Tiger Spirit Animal Drawing.

This project fits the assignment because I dream of tigers all the time and when I have those dreams I am always inspired and strengthened by them, the tiger has become a symbol of strength and ability for me so I consider it a good omen when the tiger shows up in my dreams or elsewhere in my life.

Class/Challenge/House Pride:BEAN Pink Grapefruit
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Refreshed Bleach Pen Process Leggings

I wear a lot of leggings and lately I have realized that not only are most of them getting a little old, but most of them are plain ole black. So I took a shabby pair and refreshed them by making a star design with a bleach pen. I didn't leave the bleach gel on for as long as I should have so the design turned out red, which I consider a happy accident. Smiley

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Thank You Banana Bread

I have some awesome music coaches so I like to bring them treats. This week I brought them some banana bread. We made two loaves one for us and one to split between my two music coaches. The recipe we use can be found here: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/banana-bread/51427396-6764-4b0a-a73a-78c683c703d2  We make it our own by replacing the buttermilk with 1 cup of sour cream and leaving out the nuts. (It's also good with chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, caramel bits, or peanut butter chips)

33  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: June 08, 2014 03:27:06 PM
Yay! I always love the beginning of a new term, I always feel a new drive to create more and work harder on developing my skills! I have three classes to turn in so far!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care Of Magical Creatures
SPEW: YES, These are a part of a group of ATC's that went to a 4th grade class at a public school
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Winged Unicorn ATC's

     These ATC's fit the assignment because we all know that winged unicorns are some of the rarest magical creatures and the absolutely must be respected and protected. These ATC's were made for a set intended for trade with a class of fourth graders for a volunteer art lesson so they qualify as a SPEW project. They were delivered to the class last Friday (June 6th).

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes
SPEW:YES, these were sent to a 4th grade class as part of a volunteer art lesson.
Project Name: Robot Trio of ATCs

This project fits the assignment because the action of me doing a volunteer art lesson for children at public school using ATCs that I made myself to trade with them definitely shows enthusiasm for learning. I feel it is necessary to teach kids not only the few lessons they get about art in their curriculum but also how art is accessible to them, and how they can interact with it and form a creative community with their peers. I feel that A lesson on ATCs is a great way to begin that kind of thinking in students.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Dumbledore's Army: Dept. Of Mysteries
SPEW:YES these are more ATCs for my lesson with the 4th graders.
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Dinosaur ATCs

This project fits the criteria of this assignment because children in public schools in the United States a drastically under served when it comes to exposure to arts and culture. There for it is fulfilling a great need to volunteer one's time and talent to bring the art experiences to the children that they otherwise wouldn't get.

34  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: May 31, 2014 07:33:54 PM
I have a few last minute assignments to turn in!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: BEAN: Strawberry
SPEW: YES, this project is for a volunteer art lesson for a class of 4th graders at a public school
House: Slytherin
Project Name: A Baby Strawberry Dinosaur ATC

This ATC is part of a set of 30 ATCs that I am making to do an art lesson about ATCs for a group of fourth graders. I will teach them about the origin of ATCs and then have them make one and then trade them for one of mine. This lesson is so good for making kids see the accessibility of art and that art can be a part of their lives with the time and materials that they have available to them.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Wire Wrapped Crystal Necklaces With Hand Mined Crystals

This project fits the assignment because the crystals used to make the pendants were actually dug out of the mine by ErinAquaheart and myself. I think crystals that were mined by hand qualify as a material that was difficult to source. It was at least physically difficult Smiley. Our puppy even helped! (See helpful puppy in the first pic)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures
SPEW: YES, part of ATC lesson with 4th graders at a public school
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Visual Illusion OpArt ATCs

This set of three ATCs display how you can use vivid colors and pattern to create visual illusion.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Dumbledore's Army: Master The Patronous Charm
SPEW: YES, this project is part of a volunteer art lesson for a 4th grade public school class
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Kawaii Treats ATC set

This set of three ATCs is part of a larger group that will be traded with a class of fourth graders. I am trying to show them a large range of styles and subjects so that they can see that the art that they can do can have as much variety as they want.

35  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: April 05, 2014 08:59:21 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: BEAN: Envelope Glue
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Mini Sketchbooks/Smashbooks for on the go art making and life documenting

When ErinAquaheart and I were at SXSW we found ourselves in dire need and want of drawing materials and journals to add to our experience and do some in the moment smashbooking, but we had decided before hand that we wouldn't bring any sketchbooks or journals because we basically had to live out of our purses for four days and we didn't need any extra stuff. Well, that situation prompted me to make these little bitty take me everywhere little books. I pasted some envelopes in them and some blank ATCs. I gave some of the pages themes and little decorations and left others blank.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
SPEW: n/a
Project Name: Her Calm Couldn't Hide Her Chaos Drawing

This assignment was all about the phoenix and the process of death and rebirth. This drawing represents the fact that I use art to rise from my own ashes when I suffer from depression. Depression has been a part of my life since I was a small child, but ever since then I have had my creativity to get me through it.

Class/Challenge/House Pride:Apparition
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Little Panda Cross Stitch

I made this little Panda cross stitch to represent asia, I have always wanted to visit many different parts of Asia, maybe someday I will get so good at apparating that I will be able to go.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Paint Yo Shoes!!! A Field Trip Assignment.

For this class I chose to focus on the turn a negative into a positive aspect of the class assignment. ErinAquaheart and I were lucky enough to get to go to the SXSW music festival in Austin at the last minute, but the last minute nature left us with a funding challenge Smiley For my assignment I was able to turn a negative into a positive when we stumbled across a "customize your chucks" work shop where you were supposed to buy some converse and then they let you customize them with free art supplies, well our negative of not having the money to buy new shoes turned into a positive when the man in charge let us paint our own shoes for free instead.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: DADA
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Power Bear, ACTIVATE!! drawing.

This drawing is actually going to be a much larger painting for my new guitar coach, he graciously fixed my guitar for an art trade and so this is the concept drawing that I showed him before digging into a larger painting. HE is someone new in my life so it fits the assignment.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Larger Handmade Smashbook/sketchbook

For this assignment I realized that many many times my crafting/creating environment is actually on the go. So The little sketchbooks that I made were so helpfull I decided to make a larger one with a few more options.

Here's one of the themed pages:

36  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: March 06, 2014 09:06:38 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: DA: Lessons With Harry: Fred and George Fight Back
SPEW: Donated to an art auction to benefit the Arkansas Shakespeare Festival
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Exit Pursued By A Bear: A Winter's Tale Painting

For this project I wanted to do my best not only for the Arkansas Shakespeare Festival, but also so that it would be stunning enough to be the distraction Fred and George were looking for. This painting is watercolor and it took me a total of 46 hours over 5 days to paint. I included several process pics so you can see how I arrived at the finished piece. It is 16x20 on watercolor paper.


Class/Challenge/House Pride:  Muggle Studies
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Cleaning My Art Desk

For my spring cleaning the muggle way project I cleaned off my art desk



37  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: February 28, 2014 08:50:15 PM
*pops in all disheveled with a pile of projects in my arms*

I meant to have a lot more done by the end of this semester! I have just had so much go on with my family and all the medical stuff we have been going through that I didn't have the time to do as much as I normally do, but I do have quite a few assignments to turn in here in the last hour!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: DA Lessons with Harry: Disarming
SPEW: n/a
Project Name: Mind clearing doodle

For this project we were supposed to get rid of something standing in the way of completing a project, and often when I sit down to do some art or a craft I have a lot of little wiggles and random thoughts to get out so sometimes I do a doodle first to clear my mind and help me focus on my more structured task. Here is one of those mind clearing doodles:

Class/Challenge/House Pride: DA: Lessons With Harry: Impediment Jinx
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Soft Lacy Red Scarf

For this project we were supposed to create something that stops something so I created a soft lacy red scarf to stop the cold wind from hitting the wearers face.

Class/Challenge/House Pride:DA: Lessons With Harry: Reductor Curse
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Tiny T-Rex painting

For this project I decided to draw a little sketchy t-rex with a vivid watercolor background. As you know Dinosaurs are very very big so to reduce one down to a 5x7 painting is a seriously effective use of the reductor curse.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: DA: Lessons With Harry: Protean Charm
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Peacock Lady Drawing

Since the new year I have been trying to draw every day and focus more on my fine art. This peacock lady is one of those daily drawings and also fits this assignment because she is in disguise as a peacock.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: January Detention
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name:Lucky Cat Drawing

WIP. I started this drawing a while ago and didn't pick it up until a few days ago and finished it My breakthrough was the addition of the cat. At that point it went from just a doodle to an actual art piece. I'm pretty proud of it.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: February Detention: All Black
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: All Black Doodle

For this project I again called upon my desire to draw something every day even if it is just a doodle. This one turned out rather elaborate and all black so I felt it appropriate for this assignment.


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Arachnomancy, weaving a web of warmth.

For this assignment I studied the intricate weaving of spider webs and decided to weave a web of warmth by making this blue lacy scarf.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Free Pen Drawing

As an artist materials can get pretty expensive, but if you are resourceful you can find less expensive and even free things to make art with. A few years ago I noticed the frequency at which free pens are given out in our society, free pens come from everywhere from doctor's offices to trade conferences and hotels. The free pens you collect in your life can tell a story of where you have been and the kind of daily business you conduct. I have always wanted to do a large art series based on these ideas. So for this assignment I used a free pen that I got at the W hotel in Dallas and made a small drawing to practice and get to know what it feels like to draw with these types of pens for a future larger project. Here is my little free pen drawing:

I seem to draw sugar skulls a lot when I don't know what else to draw, but the cala lilies were a new thing for me so drawing them allowed me to stretch a little.

There are my last minute turn ins. I hope to have a lot more next semester. Including that OWL I promised I was going to finish!
38  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: February 05, 2014 07:48:14 PM
Wow! Thank you so much Pinkleo for pointing out that Erin and I were both in the Craftster best of 2013! What an amazing surprise to log on and find that!

I have a tone of assignments in the works as usual for me at the end of a term but for right now I just have this project:

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Dumbledore's Army: Sign The Parchment
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Hot colors for cold nights scarf

It was hard for me to pick a signature craft because I do so many with equal frequency, but I am usually always crocheting if I have to wait somewhere or when I am watching TV, and I always make stuff for other people. Well, lately I have gotten a new vocal coach and she caught me out while it was below freezing outside without a scarf which is terrible for your voice, so it was time to make myself something with my crochet. So here it is my neon, voice protector scarf. I made it extra wide and extra long so I can wrap it around twice if I have to in order to keep those chords warm and comfy.

Here is a progress pic where the colors are more accurate:

And the finished project modeled by the lovely ErinAquaheart

39  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: January 11, 2014 08:33:15 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
Project Name:Green Lion Drawing

This drawing was really fun. I have been trying to make myself do art everyday even if I dont't know what to draw. So, when I started doodling and this lion emerged I just knew I had to decorate him in green and use him for his alchemical potential. He reminds me of something that would live on the Island of Misfit Toys.

40  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: January 10, 2014 08:39:27 PM
Thank you everyone for all the wonderful comments on my previously posted projects! Someone asked what I used to make the leopard painting: Its a combination of watercolor, pencil, and ink.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Comforting Chicken Rice For a Cold Night
Brief Description: As many of you are aware the Eastern and Southern U.S. was subject to a "Polar Vortex" or in less dramatic terms: It got really freakin cold! So I pulled out my muggle stew pot and made this simple, hearty, and warm recipe for my family to sup on and warm their bellies. It is really simple I used a 16 oz bag of white rice and followed the directions on the package for the amount of liquid to add. I used chicken stock instead of water to give it a richer flavor, First I melted some butter in the bottom of the pan and toasted the rice until some of it was a very light golden brown, then I added the liquid, celery, carrots, and two cans of chicken. I brought it to a boil over medium heat and then covered it and let it simmer on low stirring occasionally until the excess liquid was gone and the rice was fluffy. We seasoned it with a little salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning. The poultry seasoning really makes it go from plain to pow!

Project Picture:

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Unicorn Painting

Brief Description: One of my new years resolutions was to make some art every day in order to build my skill and body of work. I chose a unicorn on this day because I knew that the porportions would be challenging and that I would have to exercise my watercolor layering skills to get it painted and shaded. It isn't perfect, but I think it has a lot of personality.

Project Picture:

Advanced Studies Friday:

I am a 5th year and I am ashamed to report that I have never completed an owl. I have planned man of them and proposed a couple of them, but not finished either of them. Well, this semester that is going to change! Here is the work I did this week on my currently proposed Muggle Studies OWL. I devised a project where I made a set of custom art toys inspired by muggle fairy tales. I took a broad definition of fairy tale and went with any fantastical fiction. So far I have ideas for The Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, James and The Giant Peach, and The Chronicles of Narnia. Here are a few pics of the process that I am using to create the toys:

Above are the vinyl blanks that I am using for some of the toys, I will also be making some cloth dolls with stencils.

Here are some pics of the design work that I have done so far:

A flying monkey from The Wizard of Oz:

Willy Wonka:

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