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1  Some stencils of my love, Michael Jackson :) in Stenciling: Completed Projects by LovecatLiz on: March 03, 2010 12:26:43 PM
I printed these stencils out from the internet and transfered them onto nice paper using tracing and paint. So I can't take credit for the stencil itself. But I am proud of my steady hand Smiley  Hope you like them as much as I do!

I added some watercolor to this one, the other ones I like just black and white.

I can't wait to frame these and put them up in my room!

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2  Nintendo controller Wristlet in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by LovecatLiz on: September 17, 2009 08:07:54 PM
Felt, a zipper and a hot glue gun are all it took to make this nifty wristlet. I adore it. My friend wants it to put his gameboy and games in....I said no. Grin

The back.

Thanks for looking!!

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3  Lovecat's version of record purses. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by LovecatLiz on: September 17, 2009 05:57:23 PM
I fell in love with these as soon as I made them.
I used my handy dandy hot glue gun to attach the fabric, and let me just say, it works beautifully. The cutting of these sucks. I used a heavy duty razor,  thats why the handles on the second one are uneven. But i figure it adds charm.  Grin

I used blue hemp string to attach the handles.

This one I love more.

Thanks for looking!
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4  Watercolor stencil painting with tute :) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by LovecatLiz on: August 13, 2009 06:26:57 PM

(deep breath) Woo! That was a lot of picture taking. Lol. But here is the tute for the watercolor painting. It's very easy and very fun. I NEVER paint, and I could do it, so have no fear.Ok, heres what you need.

*Black paint
*Assorted size painbrushes (be sure to get a teeny tiny one, you'll be glad you did!)
*Watercolor kit
*Regular paper, fancy painting paper, don't matta!
*Some good background music

I'm going to make a portrait of myself to give to my mom for her birthday.
Heres the picture of yours truely.  Grin

Ok so for the "stencil" you can make it real easy on yourself and use Photoshop and I think they have a magic stencil button. I have never used Photoshop (gasp, I know right) So I just used my computer's picture editor and took away all the saturation, then played around with the brightness, contrast and midtone. Mess around with your picture till you get something that looks like a stencil. I messed around with mine for quite a few minutes. Heres what I got and printed it out.

Now I took a piece of paper, put it on top, then taped both to my window to trace....and please....make sure it's daytime Grin

Your now going to take a pencil and trace around the parts that your going to paint black. And the parts on your picture that need shading, shade lightly with your pencil.

Ok not bad so far right? Your doing good. Now you'll see you have a weird looking version of your picture.

Your now ready to paint. Set up your little station. It helped me a lot to tape the original stencil up so I can glance at it to help me with the shading.

Take your bigger brush and start painting the big pieces. Be careful, don't rush, and pay attention. So you'll have something like this.

Take your medium and tiny brushes and fill in everything. Be neat, don't rush and sing a long to your tunes. Remain calm, it can get kinda frustrating with the tiny brush.

Halfway there...

Finished?.....awesome. Tongue
Now heres the hardest part in my opinion. The shading. Of course you don't have to add shading if you don't want to. The picture looks good either way. I used a small brush and dipped just the tip with paint. I then brushed it on a piece of scratch paper once, then LIGHTLY rubbed it on where I wanted shading. I recommend practicing on a piece of paper before you start, you'll see what I mean. So heres my picture finished and with my shading job. I decided not to paint my heart necklace, because in the stencil, it doesn't look like a heart anymore.

Get your big brushed rinsed well. The watercolor part is fun. Play around with colors. I like to add two to three on mine. My base color I chose blue. Oh remember though, don't get the paper too wet. Easy on the water you add to the watercolor paints.

I then added some green here and there. Hard to see in the picture I know.

Last but not least, I added a splash of yellow in three places to make it pop.

YAY!!!!! YOUR DONE! And be proud of your masterpiece. Let it dry and frame if you wish.

Here it is. I also made one of my sister along the way.Be proud of yourself, and please share if you make one.

Thank you for reading. I hope my directions were ok.  Huh

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5  Watercolor Stencil the Lovecat way :) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by LovecatLiz on: August 12, 2009 11:35:09 PM

My best friend's birthday is tomorrow. I've been seeing so many gorgeous watercolor stencil pantings on here, I wanted to try my hand at one for her. So I made her a portrait of herself. I used my favorite picture of her to make the stencil. I love how it turned out!!  Shocked
I'm going to make one of my sister and I for my mom next. I'll post the steps how I did it too. It's soooooo simple.

This is the original picture. Isn't she pretty? Grin

You know I was thinking of entering this into the "Dollar Store" Challenge, because everything I made this with I got at the Dollar store. What do you think?? Oh! And also I bought a frame there too for this picture, but I didn't take a picture with it because it made a glare.
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6  Plastic Bags+Crochet= Awesome Clutch! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by LovecatLiz on: July 25, 2009 02:56:37 PM
I've seen people crochet plastic bags into reusable grocery bags. I LOVED the idea. So I took a shot at it. Halfway through I thought about it, and I wanted to make it into a clutch purse instead. Check it out! Grin

I lined it with extra fabric I had from a previous bag I made.

It's quite roomy actually.

It was so much fun to make! I'll be making more soon. For crochet-ers, I used a triple crochet stitch and a size 8 hook. The bags are Walmart plastic bags. As far as how many bags it took to make this??? I'm sorry, I didn't count. You take a plastic bag, cut off the bottom and top, and then cut it into one long strip.....I should post a tutorial next time I make one and then I can be more precise huh? Would anyone be interested in a tute?

The possibilities are endless! I want to make a black one out of those big black garbage bags. And as far as the style of purse, you can do other kinds besides a clutch. The wheels are turning in my head.

I would LOVE to hear suggestions as to what else you can do with crochet plastic bags. Lets see, you can make floor mats, car mats, place mats, coasters, produce bags, shelf liners...hmm, what else can we do guys?

Thanks for looking! Tongue
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