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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / "The Burrow" Teacup Pincushion on: July 30, 2016 12:04:53 PM

My partner in the I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap requested a new pincushion in her questionnaire. She also has oodles of teacup pincushions with little houses on top pinned in Pinterest... so in a (self proclaimed) stroke of genius, I thought hey!! There's no reason I couldn't make a miniature Burrow and put it on top of a pincushion, right? Right??

As per usual, this proved much more difficult than I anticipated... lol..

Firstly, I used this great teacup pincushion tutorial to create my base.

I then created a miniature Burrow using Sculpey Clay, acrylic paint, and polymer clay glaze. The sculpting was the difficult part; I probably attempted a dozen mini Burrows before I made one that was acceptable.

After my Burrow was complete, I hot glued it to the pincushion along with dried moss and mini mushrooms from Micheal's. I used Jacquard Textile Colour to paint the cobble paths.

Now for the exciting part, pictures!!!
Full Front

Full Side

Closeup Front

Closeup Sides

(if you look closely I've even painted a door for the small magical creatures who inhabit the Burrow knowingly and unknowingly) ;P

Closeup Back


Sadly, the teacup broke in transit, but that can be easily replaced! Overall, I was super excited for how this turned out and for my partner to receive! As I said with my Marauder's Map Mug Rug I may have to make one for myself in the future! Eventually...

C&C Welcome Cheesy
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Marauder's Map Mug Rug on: July 30, 2016 11:34:03 AM

I recently participated in the I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap and one of my partner's requests was for a mug rug. She also listed one of her favorite quotes as "I solemnly swear..." and once I read that my brain gears started turning...

So, I went down to the local fabric store and almost peed my pants when I found this fabric!!

It was a done deal.. And the cherry on top was the bolt was in the super reduced sale cabinet sooo naturally I bought the rest Tongue

I decided to do a simple quilt pattern (which proved to be quite difficult for me due to the fact that I have limited experience quilting) with quilt batting in the middle. The fabric configuration is reversed on the back.
Front

Back


I then used Jacquard Textile Colour to paint my Marauder's designs on the front and back. The designs are adapted from images I found through Google and hand painted on the fabric. My process was quite convoluted because I like to do things the hard way Tongue I drew the designs on paper, then traced/hand drew them on fabric with pencil, then painted overtop with textile colour.
Front

Closeup of front design

Back

Closeup of back design


I also included this mug with an Albus Dumbledore quote to make it a bit of a HP set:

The quote was drawn on using one of those fancy ceramic pens from Micheal's Tongue

I thoroughly hope my partner, fatewineroses, enjoys her mug and mug rug for many years to come! I was pretty happy with how it turned out so I might have to make one for myself! Eventually...

C&C Welcome Cheesy
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Calypso bulbosa on: April 06, 2016 12:09:42 PM
'Calypso bulbosa'
Acrylic on canvas

People give flowers as presents because flowers contain the true meaning of love. Anyone tries to possess a flower will have to watch its beauty fading. But if you simply look at a flower on a field, you will keep it forever, because the flower is part of the evening and the sunset and the smell of damp earth and the clouds on the horizon. - Paulo Coelho, Brida

 
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This piece was inspired by a drawing I did recently during a live model class, and also the coming of spring. My style of artwork is usually fantasy mixed with realism and lots of detail! One thing I loved about the live model class is the limited time frame to draw a figure so my sketches became much more expressive. I wanted to try the same thing out in a painting, and instead of focusing on small details create something more emotional and expressive. I'm pretty happy with how she turned out!

You can view my piece larger here: http://rjannelle.deviantart.com/art/Calypso-bulbosa-601395759

Critiques are much appreciated Smiley
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / From Secondhand Sweater to Fabulous Fox Stuffie on: March 28, 2016 02:27:28 PM
I made this little guy for P_E_S_T in the Woodland Creature Swap. I used secondhand sweaters from the local thrift shop as my fabric. It was a challenge (the fabric was uncooperative to say the least!) but I'm really happy with how it turned out in the end! It has definitely opened my eyes to the joys and benefits of re-purposed clothing!





Let me know what you all think Cheesy
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Upcycled Sweater Mittens on: March 09, 2016 08:55:25 AM
These mittens have been on my crafting to-do list for a couple weeks now! I need to refine the pattern I used a little bit (the mittens are a tiny bit too tight for my big mannish hands haha) but overall I'm really happy with how they turned out! These are very simple, quick, and inexpensive to make. Since it was my first pair (and I had to rip out A LOT of stitching Angry ) They took me about 2 hours. I anticipate I can get that time down to an hour or less. You can't beat the price though... they only cost me a dollar or two to make!





Here's the link for the tutorial: www.forestquilting.com/images_home_page/mitten_directions_2012_Nov.pdf

Thanks for looking!
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Baby Monster Mini!! on: May 12, 2014 05:02:49 PM
Mini 3x3 inch oil painting on canvas.
C&C appreciated Smiley enjoy!


7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Colder Weather - Watercolour Painting on: February 05, 2014 09:50:37 PM
"You got a gypsy soul to blame and you were born for leavin."

This painting is a recreation of a photo I took of a good friend of mine that I absolutely LOVE! It's my third attempt at using watercolours and is just on paper.

I wanted to challenge my artistic abilities with this piece so I gave myself a limited timeline. I hoped that by doing this I wouldn't pay so much attention to minor details and concentrate more on capturing the emotion of the photograph. It ended up taking me about 3 and a half hours to finish. All in all, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!

C&C appreciated Smiley

8  CANADA / Alberta / Anyone from Drayton Valley? on: October 21, 2013 11:57:57 AM
I just moved to Drayton and am wondering if any of my fellow crafsters are also from the area!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wooden Eagle Feather on: October 08, 2013 05:43:56 PM
I had the privalege of attending the Cabela's "Ladies Day Out" event this past weekend and made this at the wood carving demonstration Cheesy


The folks running the demonstration said they were very impressed with my feather. It was the first time I've done any sort of wood carving Smiley Thanks for looking!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Fantastic Beasts - Newt Scamander's secret notebook!! (From OTHPT Swap) on: July 18, 2013 05:46:19 PM
I recently made this for my partner in the One Tiny Harry Potter Theme Swap. It's an "early notebook" or manuscript if you will of Newt Scamander's "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them". It was quite the experience... I've never made a book or hand bound anything before!






Hope you all like it Cheesy
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