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21  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- August 2016 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Mountains and Clouds on: August 27, 2016 12:16:03 PM
I'm posting a little bit late, but I received this beautiful card earlier this week from CuriousFae! (for my tarot theme)




I love this interpretation! Thanks, curiousfae!!


Also, I somehow didn't bookmark the gallery (again); there are so many amazing little pieces in here! I'm inspired and might head off to go make some more claims!!
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22  Re: Craftster Card Swap (SignUps 7/15/16-7/29/16 CLOSED, Sendouts 8/15/16) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Mountains and Clouds on: August 13, 2016 08:57:50 PM
Ok, I finally hunkered down and finished these things.... OY!  I have exactly 28, and will not be making any more of these!!!! (So, hopefully they all travel efficiently through the postal system.)  Addressing envelopes this evening, and I'll have them out as soon as I can!


Also, teaser!

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23  Face wall hangings in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Mountains and Clouds on: August 05, 2016 10:19:06 AM
This spring, I got obsessed (for a little while) with drawing these strange, usually elongated, faces, and when I picked up clay again, I started playing around with some sculptural faces. 

These are just some simple wall-hangings I made (and I will hopefully make more!):







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24  Re: Craftster Card Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mountains and Clouds on: August 04, 2016 07:39:17 PM
Yay! I'll probably cross out the ones I receive !

1. underthemountain
2. gozer
3. craftylittlemonkey
4. PromisedHeartbrk
5. edelC
6. Onyxnox
7. cmarion3
8. Sharalee
9. SonjaBoo
10. Belladune
11. Abbeeroad
12. phoenixfiredesigns
13. kbrison
14. curiousfae
15. BigBangMomma
16. Wulf
17. craftADDchick
18. alwaysinmyroom
19. bunny1kenobi
20. emilywilde
21. alteredmommy
22. Smmarrt
23. audio
24. teag
25. seeuudee
26. LovelyMiss
27. mountains and clouds
28. Mistress Jennie


Okay, it seems like most people have received, so I'm posting some pictures! I think my cards ended up looking pretty simple, considering how many layers there ended up being....

I used watercolor paper bases (cut and rounded), and first coated them with gesso on both sides. Then I painted one side with greens/blues, and one side with oranges/reds.




The face is a lino cut print.  I did half the fronts on green and half the fronts on orange.  First, I had stamped "Mountains and Clouds" on the front.


But the sealer I used ended up smudging it, so (running out of time), I put black gesso over it and hand-wrote my username on the front. 

and then some random factoids on the back:


It was fun, but I'm loving the variety from everyone. There is so much inspiration for next round!

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25  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1 - August 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Mountains and Clouds on: August 03, 2016 10:23:24 PM
Prompt: August: Swimming

Team: Analog

Medal Event: Craftology
 
Bonus Points: Community

Project Name: Patterned Bowl Set

Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449846.new

Brief Description: I was curious to see what color these slip glazes would turn in the high fire, so I threw some bowls, coated them in the slip, and then carved some patterns into them.

Project Picture:

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26  Simple Patterned Bowl Set in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Mountains and Clouds on: August 03, 2016 10:19:44 PM
I don't think I've ever posted on this board, and just recently started playing around with pottery again! (It's been at least 11 or 12 years!)

Anyway, I thought I'd post this little set of bowls, mostly because I wasn't sure what colors the slip glazes would end up...




I used a chunky soldate clay, just because I like playing with it (and its heft, haha!).  Before the second (cone10) firing, the colors looked like this:



I like that they ended up with a black/grey color scheme!






Thank you for looking!
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27  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1 - August 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Mountains and Clouds on: August 03, 2016 10:06:42 PM
Prompt: Throwback #1

Team: Analog

Medal Event: n/a

Bonus Points:

Project Name: DH painting

Project Link:

Brief Description: I forgot about this one I did in April or May. It's just playing around with a photo I had of husby playing with the symphony on 80's night.... (approx. 18" x 24")

Project Picture:




Prompt: Zap #2

Team: Analog

Medal Event: Craftology

Bonus Points:

Project Name: Green/black bowl

Project Link:

Brief Description: Just a simple thrown bowl (mostly for practice). Total active time may have been more than 30 minutes, but meh.

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Prompt: Zap #3

Team: Analog

Medal Event: Craftology

Bonus Points:

Project Name: Green saucer

Project Link:

Brief Description: a simple saucer for practice.

Project Picture:

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28  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1 - August 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Mountains and Clouds on: August 01, 2016 10:24:40 PM
Yay! I got some things back from the kiln just in time for the new prompts, so I have some that I can submit right away!

Prompt: August: Battle Royale: The World

Team: Analog

Medal Event: Craftology

Bonus Points:

Project Name: Chunky Tree Pot

Project Link:

Brief Description: In the large scheme of things, I think I am a speck when compared with the world. Also, the latest episode of Radio Lab is about trees and interconnectedness (I won't spoil it by saying more than that, but you all should listen to it. It's mind-boggling!)
I threw this pot very thick so I could carve the tree silhouettes.

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Prompt: August: Gymnastics

Team: Analog

Medal Event: Craftology

Bonus Points:

Project Name: Hippo Mug

Project Link:

Brief Description: Long story short, I needed to make a mug with a hippo in it for husby. This is a little bit of an experiment, but it's a start toward what I intended.
To make this, I :
1) threw a cup on the wheel
2) pulled a handle
3) hand-built the hippo
(I also slightly altered the outside of the mug and glazed it too)

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Prompt: August: Table Tennis

Team: Analog

Medal Event: Craftology

Bonus Points:

Project Name: junk-holdin' bowl

Project Link:

Brief Description: I made this junk/odds-n-ends/"phone jail" bowl for my husband (kind of an anniversary gift? although we don't really do gifts for specific dates). Back when we got married, we never really settled on a specific color of blue for our theme, so it changes. This bowl incorporates blue, and the notation for an important song in our wedding is also (sneakily) embedded around the outside of the dish.

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29  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Mountains and Clouds on: July 28, 2016 12:50:36 PM
It looks like Ipo and Poundcake have been having a lot of fun! (And I'm glad they're getting to do "everyday" stuff, since our careers are very different!)

We just got back from a week in San Francisco, and we did so much hiking!

We went to Muir Woods and Mt. Tam!




Saw some coastal redwoods!


Climbed mountains!


Went to Pinnacles National Park to go in caves...


and to climb high peaks!


And then we took a ferry into the city to do touristy things!


(Lombard Street!)
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30  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1 - August 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Mountains and Clouds on: July 14, 2016 12:09:34 PM
Oooo cool projects, Bunny! I think I'm starting to like skulls after seeing all of your skully variations.


I have one more I forgot about!
Prompt: July: Niagara Falls

Team: Analog

Medal Event: Paperology

Bonus Points: SWAPtastic

Project Name: 4" x 6" art

Project Link:

Brief Description: I recently participated in the 4" x 6" art swap, and ended up making 6 pieces to choose from. These are all acrylic paintings (which require water, or at least I always use some water).

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