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21  I tried to bake some cake, but have a question :) in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Little owl on: December 16, 2011 06:25:49 AM
I am not a very good cook, I do not have a lot of experience. But I decided that I wanted to be able to bake cake, and started trying. I wanted to put the products together myself, instead of bying cake-mix that is already made perfect.
I tried three times now, and there does seem to be some progress. The one on the top-left was the second try and the one below the tirth.

The cake rizes, and the color looks ok, the taste was also fine. But the structure was odd, too.. heavy? Not sure what word to use but it seems like that there is not enough air inside. Its too compact.
I was hoping for some advice on this Smiley it would be lots of fun to be able to make a good cake.

The products that I used are:
-150 grams of sugar
-150 grams of self raising flour (I hope I translate it right)
-75 grams of butter
-75 grams of curd (again I hope the translation is right. I mean a type of yoghurt that is more sturdy then yogurt. It was put in the recipe to give the cake a less drie bite and to make the cake less fatty)
-vanilla extract
-a bit of salt
-3 eggs

55 minutes in the oven on 150 degrees (celcius)

What in all of this is wrong? Is the curd causing the problem, or the oven time/temperature, or something else? Smiley
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22  I started fusing glass, my first pendants in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by Little owl on: December 16, 2011 06:10:50 AM

The title already explains it. I started fusing glass and these two are some of my first pendants that I thought where nice enough to show (also made a lot that did not work out very well).
I do not use dichroic glass on perpose, using normal colors of glass pushes me to find interesting color combinations and shapes, while dichroics would just be nice already, without any effort in combining colors and such. I like that challenge.
I painted the first one by the way. I used porcelain paint, and designed the tree myself (its not a stick-on glas fusing decall). So I hope that it looks ok. I like trees (as some here already know Tongue) so that is why it became one.
The nice thing of the porcelain/glass paint is that it is scratch free and completely water resistant. So it is very sturdy stuff.
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23  Making a simple table top photo studio in Discussion and Questions by Little owl on: December 01, 2011 01:10:11 AM
I found some information on the internet on how to make a simple tabletop photo 'studio' (that can be used to photograph small handmade items and such Smiley)
I am not a good photographer but I`d love to have good pictures, without a background. So I am using super cheap recycled materials that I already have in my house, to make one. Curious about if it will work (would be cool Smiley) I`ll make pictures of it as soon as I can.

But I was wondering about some things and hoped that there would be some people here that know more about photostudios/tabletop ones.  Cheesy

The thing that I wonder about most is the white background and sides (all sides are white, except for one open side). The idea is that the white makes the lighting better, lamps can shine through it instead of directly on the item. But I wondered about what kind of material the background should be. Can this just be plain white paper for example, or should it be a special photo background?
What does a real photo back ground do?

I might have an old slide screen somewhere in my house, I could possibly use that as a background as well.
Any insight on what would be good material would be great Smiley

This is an example of one that is made by someone: (this is not my picture, found it on google images)
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24  Butterfly with copic markers, tutorial (picture heavy) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Little owl on: November 17, 2011 10:19:08 AM
Edit 12-01-2012: I added another (simple) tutorial for this new butterfly:

Hey there!
I made a new drawing with copic markers today. This time not a moth but a butterfly.

I took pictures in between so I thought it would be fun to make a tutorial out of it. Not sure if anyone is interested in that but I have the pictures, so why not.

Since a butterfly is symetrical (almost symetrical) its helpfull to set up a small base of lines that will help to make the wings etc the same size.
The picture is a bit unclear but if you look closely you see a square, made with pencil. Inside (not visible here) there are more squares. The paper is DCP paper by the way, 190 grams.

Using the guide lines, I draw the butterfly and its wing pattern lightly with graphite pen. Lightly because its not good for copic markers to draw over graphite, the graphite can go into the tip, causing darker shades. So draw as lightly as possible.

After checking if all the lines are right, and removing the lines that are not neccicary (the guide lines), the coloring with the copic markers can start.
I use lots of layers. First starting with very light shades, and then adding darker shades, blending them, adding more.. and so on. Until a nice effect happens.
With copics the magic is in blending and layering. The more layers, the more 'even' the colors become. With 'even' I mean that no marker strokes are visible anymore.
All the colors on this picture are already about three layers thick, so they have become a bit even already, but more layers will be added.

Here you can see that the greens have changed a bit. On some places I have added yellow layers and very light blue layers. Also the butterfly body has been colored. With dark copic colors and a pilot choose pen (white), I also use the pilot choose pen for the white lines on its wings.
The colors are now as I wanted them and I start giving the butterfly some shadows with a soft graphite pen. Graphite pen is a bit silvery, so it lights up a bit, sorry for that.

I played around some more with the colors and such to make the butterfly look a bit more... sharp I guess? And I made the contrast between the colors a bit more obvious with the graphite pen. I dont know the right word for it.
But this is the final result:

I hope it is a bit helpful, and if its not.. oh well Smiley I just wanted to show what I have been working on today. I am curious about what you all think of it. Smiley

Materials I used:
-DCP paper (clair fontaine) 190 grams
-Graphite pen (soft)
-Copic Sketch markers (G07, B14, YG13, Y11, YG95, W3, W5, W9, C3, C7, C9, B32, YG03, BG10 and YG91, 0)
-Pilot Choose pen (white)
-Copic liner black, 0.05
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25  Moths in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Little owl on: November 10, 2011 08:04:28 AM
I always feel fascinated by butterflies and moths, so I decided to draw one yesterday and soon after the first one a second one. I like butterflies because of their colors, and their fluttery cute/friendly look. Moths are different, they have a mysterious feel over them that I also like a lot.
There are countless different species all over the world, with such different shaps and colors. I love to look around on the internet and explore this world of moths Smiley

So, here are my two moth drawings. I forgot to take 'in between' pictures.. sorry, I promised to do that but I simply am too chaotic sometimes to remember. Maybe next time Smiley

A close up of its wing

And I somehow want to find this type of frame for it, this one is just photo shopped but I think wood would look nice. I am terrible though at choosing frames..

And the other one (this was the first one actually)

I really loved drawing these so I think that maybe I will try another one soon ^_^
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26  Re: Some new earrings and such ^_^ in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Little owl on: November 06, 2011 03:25:54 AM
I made some new wooden ones (earrings I mean) they are earstuds.. that is what its called right?
So far these are the smallest ones I have been able to make. The smaller they are the more difficult to woodburn it in a subtle way.
I want to make a lot more of these, with different kinds of wings. Maybe also moths or colored wings. Not sure yet Smiley

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27  New symbol tree with copic markers in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Little owl on: November 04, 2011 08:10:54 AM
Hey there again Smiley
I am not sure if I should post this one inside the topic with the other tree drawing/painting, so I hope I do it right.
I have some pictures that show different stages so I thought it would be fun to put those in this topic as well.

First the finished tree. I am really curious about what you all think of it. Its more detailed then the other one and took way longer to make. The story that belongs to it is the same as with the other tree, I`ll post it below the pictures. With this tree I added fossils under the trees roots, I had not planned that at all but just came up with it. If I ever make another one I do want to plan that better so that they become nicer.
The reason why the fossils are there is to underline how old the earth is, and how much history there is inside it.

Anyway Smiley I am quite sure that it all sounds weird, dont worry, its just fantasy and imagination  Grin

Its a bit hard to make good pictures up close, the colors and sharpness is a bit off.. but oh well. Just imagine that the real one has no pixels Tongue

The stages:

First lines with pencil, later with copic multiliners

The first colors

More color, after this I forgot to take more pictures of the process. Hmm, I do like these colors also, maybe more then the colors of the finished tree. But they needed to be darker so that the white lines would show more.
The white lines are made with a pilot choose pen by the way, I love those Smiley

"A tree filled with hidden lines and symbols, that tell stories about the past, present and future. About nature, trees, dewdrops, stars, clouds, the sun, the seas, about the earth and the universe and so on. No one can read them anymore, but they are still there, old and hidden."
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28  Re: Lost Symbols (tree with copics :)) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Little owl on: November 03, 2011 11:41:51 PM
I did make some pictures while making the new drawing yesterday, not of the finished drawing yet but I can post the in between ones.
I did change the colors later on though:


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29  Lost Symbols (tree with copics :)) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Little owl on: November 03, 2011 03:05:49 AM
Hey there!
I`m back again with a new drawing. I suddenly got inspired and was really happy with it because it helped me to make a drawing and be creative for some time.
Here is the result, a tree made with copic markers on paper, I am really curious about what people think of it Smiley

"A tree filled with hidden lines and symbols, that tell stories about the past, present and future. About nature, trees, dewdrops, stars, clouds, the sun, the seas, about the earth and the universe and so on. No one can read them anymore, but they are still there, hidden."
I hope I will be able to make more in this theme, I loved doing it!
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30  Some new earrings and such ^_^ (+picture update) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Little owl on: October 06, 2011 11:58:35 PM
Another woodburing pendant, this time a leaf:

And I made some simple earrings with dutch shells from the beach and another one with wood. Comebined with some Unakite, which is a stone.

These ones have Lapis Lazuli.

These have little bells on them Tongue that actually make a very soft tingling sound. Of course its close to the ear so noticable. Cheesy not sure if its annoying or fun. Lol, it does probably attract fairies  Wink

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