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21  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Thoughts on: July 27, 2011 10:59:00 PM

I made this drawing yesterday and I was totally un-inspired and unsure before I started, but while drawing the idea`s came and the motivation also came ^_^ I have to remember that, 'just start' and the rest will come.
I wanted to show it and ask people for their opinions, curious about if people like it or not. For me its one of the first drawings that I made with my new favorite medium, which is copic markers. I am totally, utterly and completely happy with them.
At first I did not have a colorless blender, but I found a cheap one yesterday and now its easier to create subtle color changes. Also I found a copic liner this week that is not black but brown, which is very nice for places where you want lines but not as obvious as in other places.
I really have been having a huge artists block for a couple of years, due to life difficulties and feeling to down to care. Losing creativity is like losing your hands and heart, losing half of yourself. I feel so relieved and joyful about the idea that it seems to be returning to me sometimes Smiley I enjoyed making this a lot!
22  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Who has lots of copic colors? I have a question :) on: July 23, 2011 02:23:56 AM

I am looking for copic marker colors that are super bright. I posted this drawing to show what I use it for. In this one I used a color called shock pink (RV04) which is a super bright color, almost neon. It helps me to get the flowers bright, like real flowers are (well.. I hope I get it like that Tongue).
On the picture the super pink pink is not really that visible, but its pretty bright.
And I am looking for more colors like that, like super bright orange, yellow, purple, blue.. etc, all colors that are 'neon'ish.

On the caps of the markers you cannot really see which color has this neon quality to it and which one has not. So I can only find out by asking, maybe others have colors that are super bright.
Who has copic colors that are like neon colors? And if you do, what is the color name and number?
23  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / A new tree 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.

24  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Another one I am working on (sorry :)) 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)
25  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / How to finish this painting 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.
26  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / recycled material for potting plants 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:

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)
27  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / cornstarch, water, oil and glue? on: March 31, 2011 12:11:01 AM
Hey there!
I hope I am asking this question in the right section of the forum, if not please let me know Smiley.
Its about making clay.
I once learned how to make clay from an artist in Lima, she uses this clay to make jewelry and such, but she told me the ingredients in Spanish which was hard for me to understand at the time.
She did show me the ingredients as well, and I saw cornstarch, childrens glue (the white kind) some oil, some water and acrylic paints for color.
But I do not know the quantities of all these ingredients. I already managed to get a clay like substance at home, but when it dries its not as strong as her variation. Her dried up clay was really sturdy. 

The nice thing about this clay was that you can make really small and intricate things, its easy to make pretty flower leaves that are very thin and even a bit transparent. Its more subtle as a clay then polymer is (the polymer I know). And its very handy that no oven is needed, it just dries up.
I want to teach this to some kids, since only save ingredients where used, but of course need to know how to make the perfect mix, does anyone know this kind of clay?
Its also possible to use glue that is made for wood, she also showed that, but I like the children's glue because its save for kids.

I`d love to know how to make it again!
28  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My new project, paper flowers 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

29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Little crooked basket 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
30  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Mask 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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