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31  A new tree in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Little owl on: April 13, 2011 01:53:04 AM
A new tree, but same style as last time (for the ones that know about that one)
I made it yesterday, and I am kind of happy with it. Only I do feel the first one was way better, as always its hard to try to make something 'as good' as another time, it is always different. And inspiration is always the strongest the first time.

Anyway, I still like to paint these odd trees on wood a lot, and plan to make some small ones, maybe with a sun or something extra next time.

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32  Another one I am working on (sorry :)) in More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions by Little owl on: March 31, 2011 02:56:50 PM
I suddenly started a new painting today, and am not sure if its finished yet. I think not.
But here is how it is going right now, suggestions are always very very welcome Smiley!
Sorry for the bad quality photo`s, there is no daylight over here right now so its a bit hard, and I did not want to wait  Cheesy




Maybe too much blue? (lol Tongue)
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33  Re: recycled material for potting plants in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Little owl on: March 31, 2011 09:58:36 AM
MarleesMom, Low butget gardening is easy! Seriously! A whole world will open for you ^_^ its very fun to create solutions for things that are usually expensive.

I also made this for example:

Its made of those plastic electricity things that you can bend, they cost like 50 cents or something. Then plastic added to it and you have a little greenhouse. Its very easy.
Its not my own idea by the way, someone else came up with it and I thought it was great.

Just try to make things yourself as much as possible. With everything you need, think about if you can make it yourself or not, find recycling solutions and you often find yourself having everything you need, almost for free.
Only seeds do cost some, but sometimes on gardening forums and such, people share seeds with each other like the people here share their home made things.
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34  How to finish this painting in More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions by Little owl on: March 31, 2011 02:23:02 AM
I`d like some thoughts about how to finish this painting:

I was thinking about making the complete surroundings of the mandala you see here (its a bit bigger now) a prussian blue with stars in it. The smallest flower in the center also contains stars. Its not easy to see because I did not give them their shine yet, the paint there has to drie first (oils)
In a symbolic way it would be about letting your outside be as your inside. Being as you really are.
I firmly believe that people that are the same on the outside as their true inside, are flowering and beautiful. I think every person has great talents inside, and great idea`s and thoughts, but often people are scared to show it. It seems to be though, that when people do show it, with faith in themselves, most other people simply love it since it is so genuine and real.

Anyway Smiley
To make a long story short, I am not sure if finishing the outside with stars, is interesting enough. I am afraid that it might make the painting dull and too.. flat/without motion.. lol maybe not genuine enough.

I also had thoughts about creating a lot of movement in the outer part, by painting less strict and more energetic strokes and such.

I hope it makes sense Smiley
Your thoughts about it are welcome!

Edit: Prussian blue is the blue that you already see a lot on the painting. The dark 'night sky' color.
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35  recycled material for potting plants in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Little owl on: March 31, 2011 12:33:06 AM
Hey there,
I am working on my garden currently, as the season for that is starting again. I sow tomatoes and other vegetables but never liked the look of the plastic little pots people use for it. Also these pots take in a lot of space since the edges are not straight. I have a limited amount of space so I wanted to make straight pots, which also look a bit better.

I came up with the idea to use an old roll-up curtain (sorry if I am using the wrong words here) and an old beach mat, both made from natural materials. I searched for examples on the internet to be able to show what I mean:
http://www.lollyman.nl/images/rolgordijn_copy1.jpg
http://www.budgetland.nl/images/strandmat-riet-707704.jpg

And this is what I made of it:

Here some more together, I made them different in size so that each plant will get enough light:

The above pots are made with the curtain and the ones below with the old beach mat:


I know its not perfect ^_^ but I think its better then the plastic pots.
Its very easy to make, just roll up the curtain or beach mat material (first cut the right size) and put a plastic little bag with good earth in it inside. Give the plastic bag with earth the right shape by forming it with your hands a little bit and then use elastic bands around the whole thing to keep it together. With the curtain material you can also tie the first and the last stick together, it will hold like that as well. But with the beach mat, its not possible since it will fall apart.
(lol, I hope its clear this way, I am not sure how to explain it)

In the end you can punch some holes in the bottom of the pot, which is very important to make sure the roots do not become too wet. They will rot if they do, and you lose your plants. When there is too much fluid inside, it goes through the holes.

Its possible to make several kinds of shapes, to make use of the space you have as good as possible. Here for example I have a very long and thin one:

As long as there is enough earth in there for the plant to grow.

When the plants are ready to go outside, you can easily remove the elastic bands and the material around without damaging the roots, and then place the plants in the soil outside.

So far my plants are doing well in them ^_^ these pics are old already (lol, I have early tomatoes) and here is how its looking at the moment:

Some of the plants are already in a different room since they where getting too big. I was a bit too early with those.


I dont know how it is in other countries, but here they sell these old curtains and beach mats in second hand stores for 50 cents or 1 euro, prices like that. With one curtain I could make loads of pots, also with one mat. I love it ^_^ (I need to do most things very low butget, lol)
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36  Re: My new project, paper flowers in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Little owl on: March 30, 2011 08:28:42 AM
Here you can see the structure of the paper really well, maybe you recognize it?
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37  My new project, paper flowers in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Little owl on: March 30, 2011 01:37:26 AM
I started making flowers with inks and a special kind of paper. And I'd like to show some Smiley





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38  Little crooked basket in Completed Projects by Little owl on: March 03, 2011 10:55:36 PM


Haha, my first basket ever! Yesterday I was inspired by someone on a Dutch forum. She planned to make baskets of willow tree branches, because she has willow trees. I remembered that I still had some little sticks left over, from when I was crafting with an old bamboo like curtain. (not sure how to explain that well)
I drenched the sticks in water, used raffia (is that a word that is also used in english? Its like dried grasses) and some fresh gras from my garden. I took one basket that I have here in my house as example and started trying to copy what I saw.
Here comes the result, but first a question. Does anybody know how to properly finish such a basket? In a way that makes sure that the raffia does not slide of the sticks.
The sticks from the curtain:

From the garden:


Here you can see how it started. 2 groups of 5 sticks, placed in a cross shape.


First I used wet raffia, because it tends to hold the sticks in place better then dry raffia. For the starting point it makes it easier because otherwise the sticks would be falling out and such. Later on dry raffia seems to be easy to use.


I like the green of the grasses from my garden, of course this is temporary Cheesy since they will dry. But for now it looks nice and also smells nice!


I removed the ring in the end and finished the basket as good as I could come up with. Suggestions about how to do this would be very wonderful! I really just experimented with this basket, and plan to make more since I liked working on this a lot! (and I have a weakness for baskets)


I`d like to use only natural materials the next time, no raffia from a store but dried grasses or such things that I found myself. That would be interesting to try Smiley
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39  Re: Dragonfly pendant in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Little owl on: October 05, 2010 02:35:54 AM
Another one! :







Very cool that you want to make your own watch! (babychel) And I saw the owl trailer and its great! I would 'love' to see your results later on!! !
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40  Mask in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Little owl on: October 03, 2010 05:44:53 AM
I made a mask some time ago, not with ceramics though.. but its also not polymer clay (not sure what kind of clay it is). I first used plaster cask (I hope its the right word) on my face to make a realistic mask shape. I made only three layers of that, which later turne out to be a mistake.
After the plaster cask had dried, I started to use the mystery clay Tongue to create the shapes I had in mind. I had a little bag with small gemstones and glass stones, that I bought in England one time, which I used to decorate the mask.
The funny thing is that the whole mask idea came from the little gemstones Tongue
When I was doing all this, the plaster cask became too brittle to hold its shape, the clay was too heavy. So the shape changed a bit, and now I do not fit the mask anymore.
But I think it turned out ok anyway Smiley I am thinking about adding a stick now, so that one could hold it from the side (like with a lot of stick masks) Then it does not need to fit. Or.. I could make it a mask to put on the wall for decoration.. not sure yet.
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