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21  Re: OWS Gallery and Discussion Rounds 116, 117, 118 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by sheepBlue on: October 03, 2015 03:48:15 PM
I received two fantastic packages from anna.wahnsinn today!

First was for a claim of house shoes. My basement is tiled and freezing! most days so I am so happy to have these. And they fit perfectly in such a cute green shade  Cheesy

And then she spoiled me with bead supplies, specifically so I can hopefully teach myself how to make those fantastic woven necklaces she does so well. The beads are beautiful shades of purples and greens. I'm excited to give it a try! Also there are some lovely mixed glass beads too.

Thank you so much Anne!
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22  Re: STS Winter Market 2015 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by sheepBlue on: October 01, 2015 01:09:29 PM
Loves - That is a brilliant idea about the labels!

MW - I was spying out your ring dishes to see if one might fit for a stocking stuffer recipient to find out all the glass covered ones were snagged up! Great deal on some beautiful ceramic-ware!

And I got another claim to post to MissingWillow! Thank you!

Whimsical Photo art

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23  Re: STS Winter Market 2015 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by sheepBlue on: September 30, 2015 04:55:12 AM
Sold to squidget! Thank you  Kiss

BOO Bunting
Festive and ready to hang. Clothespin details are glued in place so will be secure at all times.

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24  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: September 25, 2015 01:45:00 PM
Thanks for all the nice comments.

The knits and crochets are looking good ladies! I think I'm still in denial about the season changing - I'm trying to savor every warm day we get because winter will get here all together too soon and I hate the cold. Ugh. Though it will mean a lot more time for crafting when I don't have to be out in the yard every other day culling back the weeds.

Anyway, I finished my epic project of printing! A 4 layer lino print for some Christmas cards this year  Grin Its a pretty involved process to get from start to finish of printing all this up, so I'm wondering if I'll have the motivation to print some more up since I only ended up with 12 cards total (and some of them aren't even that great print-wise, I'll admit it). I think if I give myself a break and let it rest for a bit, I'll get up the energy to do another round, but yeah, this is it for now. I'm just happy I actually made Christmas cards this year, and early too! I never do that. I usually get to the point where I have no ideas and no time or desire to even do it so I end up not sending out cards at all. Not this year!  Grin

Here's a long rambly post about my process, and some other block prints I've made in the past that I never actually created a post for.

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25  Lino prints are my bag baby [lots of pictures!] in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by sheepBlue on: September 25, 2015 01:32:35 PM

I went to school for art, and ended up specializing in printmaking. Of all the styles and techniques I learned, I fell the hardest in love with block printing. It can be so graphic and bold which I find compelling. So over the years, since I graduated, I have dabbled with making prints out of my own home. I prefer to work with speedball brand speedy cut which is the pink stuff you've probably seen in the stores from time to time. Personally I think it is the best block type that is super easy to carve but won't crumble on you (there are other varieties of speedball lino blocks that will - beware!).

Anyway, onto the prints! I just finished a brand new one that I was planning on posting here, and then realized I never made a proper post for any of my earlier prints so here we go!

This first one is base of a photo of a cat that I found on the internet somewhere. I'm really happy with the texture I was able to achieve on the fur - texture is always an interesting challenge. Printing is rather simple as it is designed to only be printed in one color.

This next one was a bit of a challenge as I was trying to fit a lot of scene on a little card. It came out a little on the messy side, but I still like it.

Now this one, I decided to use a larger area to print, giving myself more room for detail. I am in love with this print, if I do say so myself. It is probably one of the few things I've made for myself that I have hung up. Who doesn't love an aquatic siren with a fish hat? This one was also a challenge I set for myself, as it was a three layer reductive print, meaning that I carved out the second layer (aqua - technically the white of the page acts as the first layer), printed, and then carved out the second layer (black) for the final detailed print. So now I still have the carved block, but I will never again be able to exactly recreate this print because I carved the aqua layer away.

And now I have finally finished the most recent goal I set for myself...a four layer print! The design I created ended up not being feasible for the reductive method because the colors I planned on using would mix up and get muddied if I layered them on top of each other. Because of this, I had to do....well crap I forget the term for it, but basically each layer of color had to be carved on completely separate blocks from each other. This can be very tricky for registration (good thing I don't mind offset registration too much) so you have to set up a system to make sure each block layers exactly in the same place as the others so the colors line up where they should.

Here's a picture showing my system. I made a simple printing "board" made from a cereal box. I cut two layers of a corner so I have the bottom layer to line up the blocks, and the upper layer to line up my paper so that each time I print, block and paper should be printing in the same spot. Easier said than done, but it helps a lot.

*Oh I must include a caveat - I didn't have enough of the pink speedycut on hand to do this block print with it - I had some leftover blue lino material I had from back in the days when I was in school. It's a bit more of a challenge to carve, and more so a challenge to print with because it can be rather plasticy and not want to flex and print fully onto the paper at times....but I will say, for being kind of a pain in the butt, I'm glad that it printed out fairly well with a little extra attention to applying pressure when printing, and the fact that I used most of that stuff up instead of letting it go to waste.

So with all that said and done, it still wasn't perfect. But hey, if it looked too perfect you'd know I didn't do it  Tongue Smiley And now I'm proud to present my Christmas cards for this year! (I am also proud of the fact that I actually got around to making them - usually I give up due to lack of inspiration, motivation, and/or time - go me!).

And of course progress pictures.

Layer 2 (layer 1 being the white of the card of course):

Layer 3:

And layer 4:

Not perfect by any stretch, but it screams handmade, and is unique and I love it.
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26  Re: 2015 Shop the Swap discussion thread in New Swap Theme Ideas by sheepBlue on: September 25, 2015 12:20:50 PM
Back open again. I just added this super cute photo art that I got off etsy.

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27  Re: STS Winter Market 2015 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by sheepBlue on: September 24, 2015 07:01:41 PM
sold to iota1617 - thank you!!

One set of multicolor lino print cat cards

And Kaffe Fassett Scrappy Tree Ornaments 3 & 4

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28  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: September 24, 2015 06:47:44 PM
I've been on vacation for the last week and have gotten a few things done recently.

I made a day of the dead nicho for kittykill's baby Lola who passed recently. I love the day of the dead style and thought it suited Lola's spirit perfectly.

And then got the urge to do some printing, and made up a bunch of cards for my Shop the Swap shop (the swap is still open for sign ups!!)  Smiley

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29  Remembering Lola, a shrine dedicated to our furry family in Completed Projects by sheepBlue on: September 24, 2015 06:43:49 PM
I made this rather traditional day of the dead style shrine for Lola, kittykill's spirited jack to honor her recent passing. I tried to include as many traditional elements to this nicho: food and drink that the beloved would enjoy, candles burned in her memory, marigolds (known as the flowers of the dead), papel picado, and the cross which is often included symbolism as Catholic elements are often intermixed. I wish I could have included more personalized elements like a tennis ball or dirt since Lola loved to chase ball and dig, but it was getting too crowded as it was. I'm happy I decided to stop when I did.

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30  Re: 2015 Shop the Swap discussion thread in New Swap Theme Ideas by sheepBlue on: September 24, 2015 06:29:45 PM
Great additions to the swaps ladies!

I somehow got jonesing for some printing, so dug out my supplies and printed up a bunch of cards and am now working on Christmas cards for this year! *huzzah! I am the worst about actually starting and completing christmas cards before the holiday season*

Anyway, with this swap in mind, I printed up some extra cards to tuck in my shop. I love this print  Smiley

Also there are some birds and feather prints that I had left over from projects when I was in school that I added to my shop since I've had them in my stash forever and never got around to using them.

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