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21  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Vinyl Art - House of the Rising Sun on: January 28, 2010 08:02:02 AM
Ever since I was a kid I've always loved vinyl records. Some of my earliest memories are of Sunday afternoons in the living room with my Dad whilst listening to his extensive collection.
 But now we're living in the digital age and records are on the way out. So when I was on my travels through the charity shops, I was ecstatic to find an EP of the Animals singing "House of the Rising Sun" from the 1960s. It brought back such strong memories that I vowed to do *something* with it.

 I dug out my oil paints, made a stencil of "todays" New Orleans skyline (that is, from the 2000s) and attempted to make this:

 I'm not great with oil paints but I do like how this turned out and I have it hanging over my computer monitor Smiley

 Any C&C would be muchly appreciated, and thanks for looking!

Youtube linky!
22  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Calligraphy piece (image heavy) on: December 31, 2009 10:25:25 AM
Hey all, I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the right forum but I would like to share some of my calligraphy work with you.
 I'm a big drum 'n' bass fan (I like a lot of different types of music, the d'n'b is just part of it). One day a friend of mine played "Coded Language" by DJ Krust (with spoken word from Saul Williams) and I was instantly mesmerised. As I sat there listening to this track, I made myself promise to do a huge challenge and do a calligraphy piece on the entire spoken words.
 I knew it wouldn't be easy so I didn't set a deadline for myself, nor did I count the amount of hours that I put it into it. With much stopping and starting, it took me 9 months to do it all, given that each session was roughly 2-3 hours long.
 The main reason why it took so long to do was that I kept running out of ink in my pens so I would have to redo each letter two or three times to get all of the lettering even. That and the fact that the pages are A2 sizes, 7 pages in all. I must have gone through at least 6 black pens, 1 entire eraser and several gallons of tea Smiley

 Without further ado, here's my calligraphy piece:

Page 1:

Close up of the title:

I used Irish Sign Language here, as I'm Irish and partially deaf.

Page 2:

Page 3:

The silver lettering isn't very clear here but the last line is supposed to be "Thus, In The Name Of:"

Page 4:

Page 5:

Page 6:

Page 7:

 If you would like to see them in bigger sizes, pics are available on my Flickr set:

 And for any drum 'n' bass fans out there, this video is for you!
DJ Krust & Saul Williams - "Coded Langauge"

 Let me know what you think, I'd be grateful for any C&C!
23  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Rorschach sorta-sock-monkey-ish plushie on: December 28, 2009 12:44:45 PM
Hi all, my first time posting a completed project on Craftster (due to some forum shyness!) so here goes!

 I've been making my boyfriend sock monkeys for a few months now, as part of the "Aido's Monkey Army" so for Christmas I decided to go one better and make him something extra special - his favourite super/anti-hero, Rorschach from Watchmen. We both agree that Rorschach is the most bad ass superhero of the lot. It's true! He never loses sight of what's right and wrong, he doesn't want ANYONE to see his real face, he's a bit crazy and he can fight as well as any superhero. He's the quintessential anti-hero.
 In fact, my boyfriend loves Rorschach so much that he actually bought a Rorschach costume for his character in Little Big Planet and hasn't changed it since Smiley

 So, pretty much based on the sock monkey design, I managed to make him. The only real things to cause me problems were trying to do some guerilla sewing whilst commanding Aido not to look around at what I'm doing (we live together you see!) and the hat (which frustrated me enough to come onto Craftster and ask for help  but nobody apparently could help so I scoured the internet instead and finally found a design).
 He's not the best made plushie out there, but my boyfriend loves him!

And a link to my blog:

 I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas!
24  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Hello from Dublin, Ireland! on: December 26, 2009 02:26:08 PM
Hey all, just wanted to say hi to everyone in hopes of overcoming forum shyness!

 I love to craft with nearly anything I can get my hands on and I'm also a photographer and aspiring digital artist as well.
 I'm also a huge fan of Craftser but I don't post much (due to the online shyness factor and the fact that the things I see here completely blow me away so much that I just kinda sit here in awe and wonder if I could ever make anything as awesome!) however, I do make some of the crafts I see here.

 So, looking forward to contributing a bit more and hopefully I'll end up doing some of the Crafty Swaps Smiley

 Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas!
25  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Help needed! (Making hats for sock monkeys) on: December 17, 2009 09:33:40 AM
Hi all, long time lurker here. (I get a little shy in forums so my apologies for not saying anything sooner.)

 I was wondering if anyone could offer some heavenly crafty advice for me. I've been making an army of sock monkeys for my boyfriend who absolutely loves them so for Christmas I'm making him an uber special sock monkey, Rorschach from Watchmen. (My BF is very much into his comics and let's face it, Rorschach is incredibly cool!)

 I'm doing well so far but the only thing wrecking my head is the hat. I just cannot grasp how to do it. Even if my sewing machine worked I still wouldn't be able to figure it out Sad
 Can anyone please help?

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