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11  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Winged Coptic Book on: April 01, 2011 03:01:00 PM
Hello! I made this large and impractical coptic-stitch book this week:







I've already done some bird-related drawings in the middle there  Cheesy The wings are paper mache and gallons of Mod Podge; the paper inside is a combination of drawing paper and old graph paper/tax forms/some kid's Italian workbook. Now I just need to find a place to keep this thing...
12  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ziegfeld Altered Book on: March 10, 2011 07:44:09 PM
Hello everyone! I just finished this altered book. I was originally a book about the performer Ziegfeld, but I thought Ziegfeld was a more appropriate name for some kind of space messiah. He ends up coming to earth to try to become a god, but things don't turn out that well. Here's the cover; I'll write the text that I saved under the images:













"Ziegfeld's father was the cause of everything that his dazzling son became."



"Almost at the outset he was to become aware not only of rich comforts but also of the threat of death and destruction that was to haunt and obsess him in later years."



"In his early teens Ziegfeld was lanky, already saturnine in features, and maddened by his father's austerities. Yet..."



"He was intensely loyal to his father. We may well imagine Ziegfeld's thunderous fury when he learned of this disgrace to the family name."



"The most powerful man on earth"



"After Ziegfeld's masterstroke of showmanship, he had everything he wanted in the world."

Here's another view of the inside part, where the biggest chunk of text has been carved out and a polymer clay figure is inside:



Hope you like it!

P.S. Looks like Craftster is resizing these to be pretty small; if you want to see larger versions (that you can click to make even larger!) feel free to visit my blog, linked in my sig.
13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Cast Jewelry Everywhere! Rhino, Obelisk, and Military Medals! on: August 04, 2010 07:12:07 AM
Here is the first jewelry casting I've ever done (in addition to the Sebastian ring I posted earlier today...I thought I'd split up the posts due to massive amounts of pictures  Tongue) The rings are shibuichi (a mixture of copper and silver) and the medals are bronze. This first guy was loosely inspired by Albrecht Durer's print of a rhino; I thought I needed a rhino head on my finger:









Here's an obelisk with what is (loosely) my initials in Egyptian hieroglyphs:







And here are two military medals from some imagined nautical mission I was on  Tongue





Yay for casting!
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Saint Sebastian Double Ring/Brass Knuckles on: August 04, 2010 03:18:01 AM
OK, so I've been in Italy this summer and have become obsessed with Catholic imagery and symbolism, especially the saints. My favorite is Saint Sebastian, who is always depicted shot full of arrows, so I decided to cast this massive Saint Sebastian double-ring. I carved the whole thing out of wax and cast it in shibuichi, a mixture of copper and silver. I guess now if I walk through a dark parking lot, Sebastian will be literally protecting me  Roll Eyes













Kickin' ass Catholic style! Forgive my grody hand...I had been working on jewelry all day  Tongue
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My first time working with metal: Cerberus! on: July 02, 2010 05:24:52 PM
Yep, it's my first go at sawing, finishing, and riveting metal! Right now, it's just a pendant kind of thing, but I'm guessing I'll eventually turn it into a necklace. It's about the height of a quarter and a dime next to each other, and it's made of copper and brass. Constructive crit is welcome, as this is my first go at anything like this and I'm sure I could use improvement!



And here's the back:



Yay for mythology!
16  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Subvultures Boxes! on: May 06, 2010 07:32:12 PM
I just finished making these two boxes and installing them! I designed two separate little rooms, filled them with stuff, and then added people who are trying to escape from their box into the box next door. I designed everything in here by drawing it first, scanning it, then digitally coloring and printing it out. Designing 3D bits like the pink bear was the most fun, and I must admit that I got some sick satisfaction out of designing such insipidly happy characters for the pink room  Tongue. The Japanese text on the left says something along the lines of "The most beautiful butterfly of all is found in the cocoon of your heart," and the Latin on the right says "Oh, human cares! Oh, how much futility in the world!"







I hope you like it and that you can see enough details in the photos...I never have been the best art photographer in the world  Undecided If you'd like to see it slightly larger, you can find it at my blog in my signature though  Cheesy

PS. Crit is more than welcome!
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Screenprint and Foamcore Animal Headdress on: February 24, 2010 06:52:28 PM
Yep, I made the foundation for this guy out of foamcore and then screenprinted all the designs onto paper and adhered them to the form! It's completely wearable (woohoo!) and, since it's made of paper, very light  Cheesy











So my question to you all is this: I have enough of the back scales to have the cape-y part flow all the way to the floor and beyond, but I'm thinking it doesn't need it. What do you think? Other than that, I hope you like it!
18  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Monkey King Tunnel Book on: December 10, 2009 04:08:49 PM
So here's a papery project I've been working on: a tunnel book! These books are flat until you open them up, spreading out the pages and giving the image depth. This one's about some sort of Monkey King that lives above the clouds. Here it is when it's flat:



And here it is when it's extended (sorry for the weird green sheet in the background.)









Aaaaand here's the back:

19  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers Zine Box Set! on: December 09, 2009 06:08:02 PM
OK, so this is a project for my screenprinting class. The assignment was to make a zine, in an edition of ten, and here are my ten!



So here's the story: these are made to look like corporate-manufactured packages from a fictional company called Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers. I screenprinted everything in this package: all the box logos, coupons, letters, and the zine itself. Here's what the package looks like when it's being opened:





From the top left, there's a white chocolate box, two coupons that read "One free truffle redeemable at any Ghost Mantis location," a black chocolate box, and a sealed letter with the actual zine itself underneath. The letter is abaca paper that I made myself, and I sealed it with red wax and a "G" seal; here it is unopened:



The letter reads: "Dear Loyal Customer, as a member of the ATHENS-CLARKE COUNTY community, either you or someone you know has most likely been affected by the tragic events that occurred over the Thanksgiving holiday. Some have pointed to Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers as the source of this disaster, but we would like to stress that test results with the potential to substantiate this claim have not been released. As such, we must all remember that we do not yet know the cause of the accident. That said, although Ghost Mantis does not yet take responsibility, any disturbance to the ATHENS-CLARKE COUNTY community affects us, too. That's why we have prepared these complimentary chocolates, coupons, and Collector's Edition Ghost Mantis Company History Pamphlets as a reminder of our concern for the community and as a sign of our goodwill. We sincerely hope these packages find you well. Happy Holidays, Mortimer Windle, CEO Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers."

That's right, these packages are sort of apologies for some sort of unexplained tragedy that was, in all likelyhood, caused by this company. Here are the chocolates that come in the package (white and dark chocolate, with painted chocolate G's on them.) I made these by painting G's backwards into a chocolate mold, then pouring the opposite kind of melted chocolate on top. For the boxes, I bought truffle boxes, then used them as a base to design my own to be the right size and printed the logo on them:



And finally, here is the zine itself, the company history pamphlet:





Text: "Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers
A history of painstakingly observed tradition"



Text: "In 1884, Gregor Mantodea, a wealthy Englishman and the future founder of Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers, moved to Warwick, Rhode Island, to make his fortune and to escape a father who had difficulties accepting his many eccentricities. One of these eccentricities was his fascination with the ghost mantis, a small African species of praying mantis. In these glossy, black specimens, he saw not only himself, but the decadent allure and polished aesthetics of chocolate."



Text: "Mantodea adopted the ghost mantis as his mascot when he founded Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers and began selling chocolates out of a small cart in 1886. The American public were willing to ignore his rather offputting mascot in order to get their hands on the delicious chocolate that he was making in his own home. By 1891, the Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers company boasted its own factory, situated in the heart of Swansea, Rhode Island. His fortune made, Mantodea retired early in 1893, leaving Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers to a series of individuals hand-picked to run the company."





Text: "Since Mantodea's time, Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers has altered neither its chocolate recipes nor its machinery, despite all modern advances in the field. We believe that this respect for tradition is the key to our success. Aesthetically, however, our company continues to improve. In 1902, company CEO Humphrey Carasik created the iconic "G" that now appears on all Ghost Mantis Chocolates when he discovered his daughter Isabelle painting in her room. He wasted no time in putting her to work hand-painting each chocolate. To this day, every "G" is painted by hand."



Text: "CEO Artemis Gadebush, too, developed our company's look when he introduced the black and white motif, based on the aesthetics of the mantis itself, that still graces all Ghost Mantis buildings and packaging. Today, Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers has nine factories and hundreds of specialty stores around the globe. We look forward to overcoming any obstacle that we meet and providing our customers with unparalleled service and quality."



So, at some point I'm thinking I'll don a Ghost Mantis representative uniform, take a few of these babies to the streets, and hand them out to the unsuspecting public. Delicious!
20  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Gang's All Here Mini Book! (Image heavy!) on: September 23, 2009 03:25:11 PM
This is an accordion book that I put together and illustrated: The Gang's All Here! Here's the front:



And opened up:



Each page has a face on it, and each face flips up to show the skull underneath:

























Ta da! I would highly recommend making these little accordion books...they're really easy and all you need is book board, canvassy book cloth, glue, and paper (I used paper for the long strip, and cardstock for the individual pages and faces.) All the color is paint, sharpie, and colored pencil. Hope you like it!
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