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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Stationary Set with a Hand-Drawn Pattern on: January 23, 2016 09:58:25 AM
SI keep meaning to ask: is Ann the recipient of this stationery?

2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Stationary Set with a Hand-Drawn Pattern on: January 22, 2016 10:36:33 AM
kwality - This was just fabric specially prepared for printing on an inkjet that I purchased from a craft store a few years ago.  I found it in the area where you'd find printable iron-on transfers.  It is not very washable as it must be dry cleaned.  I do believe there are ways to prepare your own fabric to print on as well..I've seen directions by searching for "ink jet printed fabric".  If you're looking for larger pieces of fabric your best bet would be to  send the design to spoonflower.com and order printed fabric from them

Thank you rackycoo!

Oh and what I really learned from this project was that pills and hearts make great pattern fillers!!  Wink
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Stationary Set with a Hand-Drawn Pattern on: January 14, 2016 09:49:18 AM
My available art time has been SO limited lately.  Working a shift directly opposite that of my husband and working every other weekend means that any of my days off are spent trying to get caught up on home projects instead of fun stuff.  Still, I had a project that HAD to be done and I thought I'd share it.  Unfortunately, I had only a few minutes to photograph everything and so it's not photographed all that well.

I knew I wanted to create a repeating pattern and the pattern was first drawn by hand in ink.  I then scanned it into Photoshop, separated the lines from the background and added color.  There was some adjusting done to the pattern to make sure there weren't any real obvious holes and then the fun began!  These are the two color schemes I started with:

First, I used the pattern to create some postcards.  I was able to print 4 postcards on a single piece of heavy cardstock.  With careful printing I was able to print front and back lined up so all I would have to do is cut them out with a straight-edge and use a fillet punch to round the corners.  Before cutting them out I put a layer of single-sided adhesive laminate over the patterned side.  This made the pattern side shiny and helped to strengthen the cards even more.

The, I pulled sections of the pattern out and printed them separately so that I made a stationary set that included two patterns in two different color schemes (the pattern printed on plain paper and cut into strips made pretty bands to keep each card type together):

I also printed the pattern on fabric to make a pouch to hold stickers (sadly I didn't get time to photograph those) and paper to cover a box to keep everything together that could also be used for other things later):

And everything together.  Unfortunately, I also forgot to photograph the notebook I covered with fabric, but that's shown here behind the pouch.  All together there were 24 post cards, 24 note cards, a fabric pouch, a covered notebook, 24 stickers, 8 magnets and a covered box.  It took a long time to organize everything and get it all printed, but I had all of the materials left over from other projects so I didn't need to buy anything.

For those interested, here's my initial layout sketch to create the repeating pattern.

I then traced those onto two sheets in the correct layout (it was too large to put on one sheet) so that there were no seams through the drawings and then I inked the images.  These were the drawings that were then scanned in for the final pattern.
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Betrayal of Home on: October 14, 2015 05:35:16 PM
Thanks everyone!  I picked up the painting from the show on Monday and as soon as I can get another painting completed I'll get working on the changes so I can share them here.

Kit Williams? Never heard of him.  I'll have to look him up.
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Betrayal of Home on: October 03, 2015 02:49:12 PM
It all started with an old photo I found of a little girl standing in the snow in front of a farm house.  She looked happy, but it made me think about hidden lives..or rather the secrets we sometimes carry and eventually that morphed into an idea for a painting about betrayal.

The final painting is about from within the childhood home.  This betrayal could be from family or by anyone trusted with the care of a child.  Traumatic childhood events caused by the betrayal of security, innocence or trust can crush a child beyond repair, and yet so many recover and thrive.  This painting is actually a celebration of those who have been able to grow from or move past traumas suffered in childhood as well as a reminder that not all are so fortunate to put such events behind them. 

A heavy subject, sure..but as a survivor, it is one that is close to my heart.

The painting isn't REALLY done, but this was "done enough by the deadline to show".  I'll post updates when I get it back and make the final adjustments.  To start I need to solidify the snow, put in some shadows, change the color (and lighten) the building in the foreground so the owl doesn't get so lost, brighten some areas, push back the farthest building, and repaint the owl's face (it looks a little cartoonish) etc.

It's oil and is 36" wide by 48" tall.  The halo is metal leaf and has a bit of relief to it (I wanted more relief, but didn't have the time for it).

and a detail:

some of the symbology:
*Swallow - Nest on human dwellings and the death of this bird represents home

*Owl - Wisdom and in some cultures "danger" a predator who feeds on unwary prey

*Burning House - Fire represents cleansing in some cultures (think of a risen phoenix).  Not all of the house burns because it only sometimes takes a small event to affect a child

*Octagonal Nimbus - used in religious painting and thought to represent a living saint or innocent.

*Bound Feet - The difficulty a child might encounter in leaving a threatening situation.

*Floating - Transcendence beyond restricting circumstances.moving beyond abuse

*Murky water - Hidden secrets (you can't see beyond the surface).

*Queen Anne's Lace - Safety, security
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Spring Fever - Painting from vintage photos on: May 14, 2015 10:02:02 AM
Thanks everyone!  I've been swamped with prep for a fundraiser (I'll be creating a painting live at the event for silent auction) and trying to get a few other items finished up for upcoming shows.  I'm so far behind!! I'll post the work as I finish it if I can.

Thanks kittykill for the notice!
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Spring Fever - Painting from vintage photos on: May 06, 2015 08:12:46 AM
FINALLY! Some time for painting!  We're moved into the new house.  Although I don't really have an area that's appropriate for painting and there are TONS of things that need to get done around here (the house is "done", but not DONE) I still figured out a way to get some painting done.  I should have some more projects to post soon as well.

The idea for this one came from some of the vintage vacation photographs I collect.  I was SO ready for spring and liked the idea of some vintage ladies in big winter coats on a late winter day and their "bikini-clad" friend who is ready for warmer weather.

The painting is 8" x 10" and is oil on cradled hardbord.

I call it:  "Spring Fever"

and detail:
8  COOKING / Dessert / Lemon Blueberry Cake w/Buttercream Frosting - my first cake! on: March 22, 2015 09:24:55 AM
This will be my first post in this area of the forum because I am truly a hopeless cooking failure.  I've been "banned" from cooking for many years.  HOWEVER, I have always wanted to make pretty cakes and have discovered that baking might go alright for me since there is a little less "artistry" in the combining of ingredients.  If I follow the directions exactly as written it usually seems to work out alright.

I saw a recipe that looked absolutely fantastic and so I decided to attempt to bake and decorate a cake for the first time in my 45 years on this planet.  It was surprisingly good!  The frosting was a bit thin to really do any sort of decorating, but I attempted it anyway.it just meant that what I could do was limited.  The cake itself was so moist! I thought that I might have over mixed it because it wasn't quite as fluffy as some cakes, but it sounds like that may be typical for this recipe.  It wasn't extremely dense, but a little denser than expected.  I made a second one to be sure the density wasn't from my mistake and that one turned out right about the same.

My husband HATES cake, but he ate more than his share of this one!  The second cake went with him to work and they loved it.

The first attempt using the full recipe produced a 9" 3-layer cake:

I didn't know you should use a serrated knife to cut a cake so the slice looks a little "gnawed", but this is the only slice photo I have:

My second attempt I cut the recipe in half and made a 6" 3-layer cake:

The recipe can be found here.  I'd make this recipe again in a second!!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: "Bugs" on: November 17, 2014 01:47:56 PM
Oh my!  The spider is..stunning!  What a fantastic swap!

Of course, as soon as I saw the thumbnail I just knew it was going to be yours.
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Yokai costume on: October 23, 2014 01:37:56 PM
Holy amazingness!!
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