I just realized I am such a Doctor Who geek. Moving on... I made a Journal of Impossible Things journal as part of the Doctor Who round 5 swap. It was the first thing that came to mind that I wanted to make when I joined the swap and, luckily, one of my partner's favorite episodes was Family of Blood so I was able to take the idea and run with it.
It was done with 30 sheets of A4 paper folded in half, aged with coffee (in retrospect, I realize that a much thicker notebook would have been more fun). I couldn't find a place to buy leather here or faux leather here, so I butchered a cover for a notebook and used that as my cover. I hate the look of the back of the faux leather, so I added a piece of fabric to as my 'end paper'.
Then I went with my brilliant idea to copy pages from the JoIT from the show. Although I did it with blue, because I only had blue ink on hand for my fountain pen. I swear the Doctor probably has the worst handwriting in the world to copy. I wrote and rewrote the title page so many times trying to at least get it close to how it looks in the show. And I hadn't tried ink drawing/painting in ages, so that was kind of scary to do. I only did four sketches/pages because I wanted karismaklysm to be able to actually use it as a notebook. The first two are copied directly from images on the net of the toy replicas of the journal. The last two were stuff I made up in the same style based on two more of karismaklysm's other favorite episodes.
I am so freaking proud of this notebook. I just might have to do one for myself one of these days if I can find something leather-y for the cover.
Thanks to AmeliaLune's fantastic earcuff tutorial, I decided to try out making an earcuff. It's my first, so it's kind of messy-looking, but I have fallen in love with it. It balances out the piercings on my left ear without the need for piercings!
Our room in the apartment was just so blah with it's undecorated plain white walls. So, I've been sticking stuff up on it (a poster, my Pandorica Opens pastel) and when I saw some fabric covered bulletin boards on a friend's album on Facebook, I decided to make one for our walls.
Here's the pic: (faces blurred to protect the innocent )
It's an 12"x18" bulletin board I bought for ~$2, with the fabric, ribbon, tacks, the whole thing probably costs around $3-4. I love the idea of not putting holes in my memorabilia by slipping it between ribbons. I also love using an actual cork board because I can use push pins and I can hang stuff from them (the things hanging below are bracelets, a flash drive on a neck cord, and an earring). These are so cheap to make and fun that I might make a bunch more in a variety of fabrics.
Me trying to recreate the Van Gogh painting from the penultimate episode of Doctor Who Season 5 (of course, even the one in the show isn't really a Van Gogh, but it certainly captured the feel of a Van Gogh). Love the original painting on the show, my version does not do it justice, people. (Though, I have to admit, it makes me smile to see it taped on my wall :3) From the first time I saw the Pandorica Opens episode, I knew I wanted one. I also ended up making one each for two other whovian friends. (Oh, and this one was the first try so it's really messy and the sketch lines are all over the place. The ones I gave away were nicer than this one)
Oil pastel on really dark blue felt paper. I mostly did quick, short strokes and moved all over the piece as I worked. One thing I realized while doing this is that trying to recreate something Van Gogh-ish is pretty fun for someone impatient like me.
//edit 02-10-11: I did an acrylic painting for the Doctor Who swap round 5 and karismaklysm has received and will be uploading in the gallery soon, so I can put this up here. (Can you guys tell how obsessed I am with this painting? )
Acrylic done on 12"x18" canvas panel. I love this version so much and I was really tempted to keep it to myself. And I hadn't done any painting with acrylic in literally years, so I'm really happy with how it came out.
I do have a couple of nitpicky issues with it though. 1) I really, really wanted to get the same textures as the original, but I've never done anything like that so I have no idea how to do it. Using thick layers of paint? Ugh, do not have the amount of paint for that. Mixing it with additives? No idea how to use them. 2) I'm a bit disappointed with how the center of the explosion came out. I got too carried away with the white and I just couldn't re-work it. But, again, just nitpicking.
I crafted a bunch of presents for Christmas and decided to upload some of those I've got photos for. There are still some washer necklaces I'm working on (yes, I know they're late, but we're having a late Christmas party in January) that I'm hoping to post too once I finish.
These are a bunch of snowflake boxes I made. For the little kids in our family (nieces and nephews), I filled them up with candies and chocolates. I'm also planning to use this to hold my presents for some of my friends. I got the template at Extreme Cards and Papercrafting, printed them out on colored board and cut them out with my trusty exacto knife (which I have fallen in love with).
One of my friends has a little three-year-old boy, J. I made a shirt and a 'bear' (if you can call him a bear, he looks deformed and all. -_-).
(apologies for the picture, taken using a cellphone cam) The shirt is a plain maroon shirt I bought. I made my own version of the Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock shirt inspired by The Big Bang Theory using fabric pastels and 3D fabric paint.
The 'bear'--I really can't call him a bear, *sigh*--was made from an old pair of pajamas lying around. The image on the left is a before pic. I made him from a pattern I found on Google images. As usual, because I don't have a sewing machine, he's hand-sewn. I added googly eyes, a nose using black permanent marker, and a blue ribbon around his neck. And he's pretty small, around 6", I think.
This last set consists of magic wallets I made. I was going to give them to some friends, but I'm still thinking if it's good enough for Christmas presents for some great girls.
The green/brown one, I kept for myself. That's the one that gave me pricked and bloody fingers, because I decided to hand-sew it. I made these using cereal cartons as my base, fabric scraps I had lying around, ribbons left over from making ribbon laces (elastic for the green/brown one), and lots of glue. As I said, the green one is hand-sewn. By the time I was making the red one, I was feeling too sorry for my hands, so I decided to glue them instead, hopefully, they'll hold. Money goes into the middle, between the ribbons and there's space for a couple of cards in the front pocket.
I also made a duct-tape wallet for you my younger brother, but I haven't gotten around to taking a picture of it yet.
If there's one episode my whovian friends and I love the best of New Who, it would have to be "Blink". It's the first ep we show to anyone we want to hook into Doctor Who and it has to be the one we've all watched and re-watched the most.
I've always wanted to make a Who-themed shirt and I recently bought one of the 7 piece Pentel pastel fabric dye sticks. This is the end result:
(apologies for the bathroom shot, it's the only place with a mirror with decent lighting. I flipped the photo so the writing can be read.)
(the color is closer to how it is in reality here, but the angle's weird because I hung it up from a high nail and took the picture at an upwards slant.)
This is basically a test project for me with the fabric pastels. I didn't want to spend any money buying a new shirt for this so I used one of my brother's old shirts (which survived a flood, hence the weird fading and stains). I had to resize it since it was all baggy on me. And it had a logo print in the front, it can be seen if you stare at the tardis really closely. I had to color over it. I didn't even bother with the logo on the back of the shirt. It's still there. *sigh*
I did the whole thing freehand, sketched it with chalk first before using the pastels. I only used three colors: white, blue, and yellow. I didn't like how the color was muted when I first ironed it, with paper over it like the directions in the box stated. I re-colored it and ironed it again without the paper on top and resulting brightness was much better. I wasn't as careful as I should have been so some of the blue from the tardis ended up on other parts of the shirt because of the color smudging against my hands and from my hands to the shirt. So, yeah. fail!me. But even with the smudges and the barely hidden logo, I am loving this shirt and I can't wait to wear it out. :p
I made a hoodie! (Apologies for the crappy bathroom shots) I followed Mezzi's tutorial. Her tute is just awesome. It took me a bit of time because I hand-sew everything since I don't have a sewing machine. And I also just started sewing about two months ago. That's also why the sewing isn't so great.
Here it is hanging on a hanger:
I used two old shirts my brothers don't use anymore. (Didn't take any before photos. Just a regular t-shirt and one of those collared shirts) Since this my first time at this, I decided that using a stained black shirt wouldn't matter (we got flooded a year ago and the shirt became like that). I didn't do much to this shirt. I realize now that I should have at least adjusted the shoulders a bit and resized the armholes, but oh well. The other shirt is an old holey collared blue shirt. Since I sewed this by hand, I took a couple of shortcuts (that is, the lazy way. I admit to being a bit of a lazy crafter). I used the bottom for the hood (I used the bottom hem for the hood's edge and used the side seam for the middle of the hood) and made sleeves from the rest of the shirt. I resized the original sleeves (yes, the upper part of the sleeves are the original short sleeves. I loved the gray and white.) and added more fabric from other parts of the shirt to make the long sleeves. The pockets are actually made from the collar of the blue shirt, so I wouldn't have to sew the pocket opening. The buttons are also reused from the blue shirt, added when I sewed the middle of the collars down.
I love my gigantic pockets
All in all, it was a fun project for me. It's not that thick, because it doesn't get really cold here in our tropical country, but I think it'll be good for those rainy days or air-conditioned rooms. I might do this again someday, with a non-stained shirt. Someday. My fingers are still aching from putting this together. I'm a bit of a clumsy crafter, I tend to injure myself all the time. So, yeah, pricked my fingers quite a lot during the making of the hoodie. But I do love it.
This is my first post here, so I hope I don't mess this up. Apologies for what may be overly large images. I'm not quite sure what would be a good size for posting.
Anyway, I love sneakers. The two pairs of sneakers are some sneakers I bought and made over. This first one I made about two years ago. It started as a pair of plain white sneakers with black soles, laces, and trim. They were a just a pair of cheap sneakers, $7. Here's how they look now:
This pair gets a lot of use and survived being stuck in a flood for 3 days. So, yeah, kind of scruffy-looking and dirty. I just wrote a couple of my favorite quotes all over the shoe in black sharpie. The green accent is just green acrylic. They faded a bit after the flood fiasco, but I haven't been able to buy acrylic paints again, so haven't been able to retouch them. The soles have gotten really thin, so I decided to make a new pair about a month ago. Although I might recreate the green shoes again one day. But I was at the bookstore and I fell absolutely in love with the new multi-colored sharpie permanent markers. Which led to the new rainbow pair. This one's made with practically the same kind of sneakers, only all in white.
I started just having the lines following the lines of the shoe like the first one, but the rainbow sharpies were just too cute. Also, around the third or fourth time I used them, they got wet in the rain and some of the colors bled. I was kind of frustrated at first, it was supposed to be permanent markers and I never had that problem with the black sharpie. I don't know why the colors of this pair bled a little. But after the initial frustration, I still think the shoes are still pretty cute.
(one of my fave Gaiman quotes from Books of Magic) The multicolored ribbons are laces I made for the shoes. I found the white laces that came with the shoe pretty boring, so I bought a couple of meters of ribbons and made these laces. I may be adding more colors to my collection sometime. If you're ever making ribbon laces, get the laces with hemming on the sides. Trust me, speaking from experience here, those without hemming fall apart. I made aglets using green thread I had in my stash and clear nail polish using the tutorial on Ian's Shoelace Site: http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/agletthread.htm. Here's a close-up of one aglet: