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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Feathery Goodness! on: July 03, 2011 09:48:40 PM
Haven't posted on Craftster in eons....

I've been having fun playing around with feathers lately.....here are several feather earring sets I made tonight:

I also made some feather + button hair clips:

Another shot of the same, slightly different angle:

C+C welcome! =)
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Silhouettes of Children for Christmas Gift! on: December 23, 2010 05:08:59 PM
So this year I wanted to give my BFF something unique and meaningful for Christmas.....and this is what I came up with:

I made these silhouettes of her 3 kiddos with some pics I lifted from her Facebook and some scrapbooking paper I had on hand. I found these awesome 12x12" frames that were perfect for them, then added black ribbon bows to hang them by. Here are a few close-ups (sorry for the crappy pics):

(the background has a very subtle pattern, but it didn't translate too well in the photo)

(not sure what that green dot is on her face -- must've been on the camera lens)

I'm happy with how they came out and can't wait to give them to her tomorrow! What do you think? C+C welcome.  Cheesy
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Graduation gift ideas for art students??? on: May 14, 2010 08:34:17 AM
I teach high school art and would like to make a little something special for my senior art students....and graduation is 3 weeks away! I need help coming up with ideas -- something unique and memorable, but not too expensive or time-consuming...does it even exist? LOL! Please help!! Any ideas/suggestions would be much appreciated....
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Charcoal Portraits - Johnny Cash & other famous people! (IMG obese) on: January 12, 2008 04:37:39 PM
Just wanted to show off a few charcoal portraits I've done of various famous people I admire...

Johnny Cash

Carson McCullers

Charles Bukowski

Nina Simone

Janis Joplin

Comments always appreciated!
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Photoshopped Tree Sketch! on: January 07, 2008 08:21:10 PM
I am quickly becoming addicted to this board....it sure beats the hell out of doing school work!

Anyhoo, just thought I'd share this sketch I did a while back while laying under an oak tree. I later scanned it onto my computer and added color + effects in Photoshop (I'm so *not* a pro when it comes to this!). Whaddaya think?

Comments are appreciated!  Grin
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Mixed Media Piece - Beeswax/Photo transfer/Found Objects on: January 02, 2008 09:52:29 PM
I did this mixed media piece several months ago, but I'm hoping to enter it in a local art show later on this month....I'm so excited, it's one of my favorite pieces ever! Grin

I started off with a vintage photo of my grandmother from the 40s and an old white cabinet door, circa 1920-1930s. I had this thing forever before it finally "told" me what it wanted to be! Anyhoo, I used Goof-off to make a solvent transfer of an enlarged photocopy of the photo onto the center of the door, then painted melted beeswax over it and sprinkled it with micah dust. I also had this great old key that I stuck into the wax in the lower righthand corner. Since the cabinet door was still hinged to a thin strip of wood, I attached chain to the sides of it to form a shelf of sorts, which I topped off with some pretty rustic-looking candles that I made with the left over beeswax. I call it "Altar" because I suppose it's an altar/homage to my grandmother, who was so important to me while she was living (and still is!).

So, what do you think? Comments appreciated!
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Ugghhh....Ideas Needed for 3D Art Projects for High School! on: January 02, 2008 12:35:00 PM
This is my first year teaching art, and I have three 3D Design classes coming up this semester. Although my degree is in Studio Arts, I mostly work in 2D, so I've been having a bit of difficulty coming up with ideas for my 3D classes....also, the school has very little money in the budget for art (read: NONE!), so I have to be creative. Additionally, the school is very small and in a rural area, so many of the kids I teach have had little exposure to art....

Here are a few project ideas I've come up with so far:

- pop art papier mache food
- soft sculpture using felt or other fabrics
- ceramic boxes (thank God we DO have clay and a kiln!)
- ceramic masks decorated with beads, shells, etc.
- junk/found object sculpture
- wire sculpture
- altered books (kind of a cross between 2d & 3d, but oh well...)
- small-scale box installations (think Joseph Cornell -- but where to get 55 boxes??)

Any other ideas/suggestions/comments would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks!  Smiley
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Tropical Foliage - acrylics on canvas on: January 02, 2008 11:15:15 AM
So I've been lurking here forever Wink .....thought I'd come out of lurkdom to show off the painting I did for my brother for Christmas:

It's acrylic on canvas, 30 x 36" -- giant bamboo stalks, a banana plant and some orchids. We live in sunny old Florida, so I thought this would go nicely in his sunroom. Sorry 'bout the bad flash....

Whaddaya think? Comments/constructive criticism much appreciated!
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