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231  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Autumn Leaves on: February 01, 2008 08:11:33 AM
I've experimented with wax and inks for these, and a little copper dust for the second one. I love the muted earthy colours and the effect of the wax resist.

Last week I found a few blocks of printing lino that I bought years ago to try it out. So I carved the leaf out of that. This is my second carved stamp. I'm really pleased with the way the leaves have come out and their contrast against the brown of the background.



What do you think?
232  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / (i)Pod Garden Sculpture on: January 29, 2008 02:51:31 PM
Taking inspiration from nature I decided to make an i-pod, though technically it's more of a seed-pod. Cheesy

I created this for the paper challenge which was to create something from sheet music, hence the paper used. The lotus blossom is associated with creation mythology, so I thought itd be fun to show the Lotus seed pod as a creator of music.








So you can see the size of it.



Process:
- made up frame from wire
- covered with layer of papier mache
- covered with layer of brown paper tape for strength
- asked bloke to photocopy music paper at work
- made a cup of tea
- stained music paper with teabags whilst drinking tea (no waste here!)
- darkened the inside crevices with brown watercolour paint

No-one has guessed the song yet (apart from Racky with a clue Cheesy)

Hope you like, it was very fun to make and it looks great nestled between some of the pots in my garden! Grin
233  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / i-pod on: January 18, 2008 03:35:10 AM
Taking inspiration from nature I decided to make an i-pod, though technically it's more of a seed-pod. Cheesy

The lotus blossom is associated with creation mythology, so I thought it’d be fun to show the Lotus seed pod as a creator of music.











Details: wire wrapped frame, papier mache, sticky brown paper tape, music paper, teabags, watercolours.

Process:
- made up frame from wire
- covered with layer of papier mache
- covered with layer of brown paper tape for strength
- asked bloke to photocopy music paper at work
- made a cup of tea
- stained music paper with teabags whilst drinking tea (no waste here!)
- darkened the inside crevices with brown watercolour paint

Anyone guess which song it is?

Hope you like, it was very fun to make and it looks great nestled in my garden! Grin
234  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / inchies, progress & completed pics on: January 02, 2008 04:32:21 AM
These first ones are for the Inchies Exchange swap I'm in. I had to create 50 and it took me a few days to get them done, though I worked on them obsessively Roll Eyes Take a look at the in progress pics. These little guys are so much fun to make!

There are more finished inchies throughout these pages as I'm updating this thread when I create more.

My first set...


Progress shots:

Preparing the backgrounds using watercolours


Adding more watercolour details


Some ink work and stamps added


Collaged


And then the final pencil crayon and ink details added


I was going to use wax crayons also as I like to use them a lot, but they were just too clumsy for the diddy squares.

I hope my swap partners will like these!
235  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / A relaxing holiday tipple! on: December 21, 2007 08:09:49 AM
In the form of tea, the best drink ever! Grin (ahem, besides red wine...and real ale... Roll Eyes) Okay, so best hot drink ever!

I've made these up to put in with friends handmade gift bags for the holidays. The best thing is (besides tasting yummy) that they're organic and fairtrade Grin

I've called them 'traffic light tea' because of the colours of the wrappings and properties of the tea.
Red: to drink before a night out to revitalise
Amber: to drink the next morning to cleanse and detox
Green: to drink after it's all over to cool and relax till next year!



I think they look pretty cute bundled up in their little matchbook pile, and they were pretty easy to make. What do you think?
236  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas Pudding Earrings on: November 27, 2007 05:12:55 AM
I made some pumpkin felted bead earrings for Halloween
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=194757.msg2054820#msg2054820
and my bloke suggested that I tried to make puddings when I was asking around for Christmas themed things I could make with felted balls. So I bought some chocolate and cherry roving off Loves2experiment in the Shop The Swap erm swap, and here they are!

This is what a real Christmas pudding looks like...


And my variation in felt...





They're so light to wear. I think I'm going to have to make these for all my relatives now! Cheesy
237  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Holiday beading on: November 25, 2007 06:04:44 AM
I decided that everyone was getting some jewellery as part of their holiday gift this year, so these are some of the gifts. Photographed in the strange light that we have today.

Actually this eclectic one is for me to wear to parties. I wear a lot of black so I thought this would be a nice change, and I love strange and random bead selections! The inspiration for this came from the smaller strand which I got from laughingLark in one of the STS swaps. It has a small, medium and large bead strand which can be worn so they're separate or twisted together.



And of course not everyone has such a random sense of style so I made the rest tailored to the recipient.

For my Mum: green glass and shell


For friends:

I made a few variations on these for more friends, but they're similar to these just different colours.

And the bags I made that they're going to be given in...


I hope they like them!
238  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Printing on cork? on: November 24, 2007 10:26:32 AM
This is a new (ad)venture for me as I don't normally do much printing. My question is, can you print on cork? I have a pack of cork coasters I bought from IKEA and I want to print some black images onto them using sticky back plastic for the stencil. I have ink for paper and for fabric. Anyone know if this will work? I was thinking that the cork might be too porous so I may need to paint an acrylic paint layer before the stencil, but I'm not sure.

Also any tips for sealing them once they've been printed? I have some acrylic paint varnish but I'm not sure if that's the best thing to use. Undecided

Thanks in advance for any advice you can give! Smiley
239  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Peas on Earth Cards on: November 18, 2007 05:45:08 AM
I have made these for my friends and family for Christmas, though they'd be an appropriate sentiment all year long. Smiley

I was inspired by an old Welsh map I had in my paper stash, and my love of peas! Wink I remember seeing a t-shirt years ago using this idea and decided it'd be the perfect idea for my Christmas cards. This is one I made using the map...



Then I found an old A-Z of the area where I grew up and where many of my family and friends still live so I was inspired to make the earth for each card an area where they live, have lived, or of sentimental note to them. I've made up 12 so far, this is how they came out...

(sadly it's not a good day for nice bright pictures Roll Eyes)

They're on their pea-ish green envelopes Cheesy

I can't decide if I should add hearts to these or not, I think I probably should, though it hides some of the street names. What do you think?

With?


or without?


Sorry the pics are so poor Undecided
240  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / B&W Portraits on: October 12, 2007 08:03:46 AM
These have either been painted for my bloke or for the wonderful peeps in the Shop the Swap. All acrylic on canvas, varying sizes.

Bob Dylan for Mojo


Lana for Atsuko


Mia for Lasandri (there is also a triptych in progress for her too)


For my bloke Jimi Hendrix


And Ginger from The Wildhearts (his fav band, painted for his birthday on Sunday) complete with spine mic stand Cheesy


And not B&W but in the same style, Mr Tom Skeleton (it's a portrait of a skeleton I own)


Phew! It's nice to see them all in one place Smiley
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