I haven't posted anything in forever due to senior year being super busy-- therefore I think it's entirely appropriate that the first new post is a graduation gift! My insanely smart friend is going to MIT next year, and a well-meaning friend's mom gave her an old sweatshirt. Apparently at Catholic schools (which this mom went to), it's cool to have something old and beaten up with the school logo? Anyway, I joking suggested I could make something out of it for her, and she took me up on it.
It's a fully washable pillow case. I covered up the paint splotches with the strategically-place flowers, while the bottom unbuttons so you can remove the pillow. Also, I slipped an old photo of us into the pocket
I've spent this past month at a very neat art program. Actively encouraged by great teachers and passively by years of craftster cruising, I tackled a huge project. Here is the result in its six foot glory:
I was inspired by that feeling when you finally achieve a sort of release. The part you see is entirely paper mache, though it's supported by a wood/cardboard/chicken wire structure.
I achieved the bronze look by applying a base coat of black, then rubbing gold acrylic on to the most prominent parts with my hands, a rag, and the occasional brush for scratch marks.
I used cardboard for the mache, so it was relatively transportable. I seem to be the only one that likes it though, so it's probably going to take up residence in the basement for some time.
Thank you all for your help on my other post, regarding good kits
I was able to direct my dad to the advice posted (in an oh-so-subtle way ) for birthday purposes, and sure enough, I received the Speedball Ultimate Screen-Printing Kit a week ago. I was thrilled to start.
Now I've complete one run with an image I did by hand, using the drawing fluid/screen filler method and acrylic ink. The average result was something like this:
Obviously I need more practice, but I wanted get clear on the best ways to get good coverage and clean detail.
I know I had trouble getting ink over the entire screen in one swipe. How do I know what a good amount of ink is? Is there a good way of knowing consistency? (Like, do you typically find speedball ink to be too dry/just right?) Or is there a trick to using the squeegee? Do I have to have a rubber squeegee? (at the moment, I have the plastic one that came with the kit). Most people posted that its crap, but where is a good place to get a new/better one?
Is the drawing fluid method typically a problem?
Also, the ink on the paper appears a bit... gooey.
I'm completely on my own with learning how to screenprint, so I'm so glad to have you crafters to ask questions!
(I saw there was a related post already, but I decided on posting a new since I had some specific questions and was using a different method)
Up: OMG, there is a package almost bigger than I am, and it's for me!
Up: Omgomgomg I see something shiny!
Down: BROKEN?? DAMN YOU USPS! *shake fist at sky*
Yes, unfortunately, my awesomeness loot took a bit of bashing on the way here.
I cried on the inside. Dancingrabbit stenciled on "video et taceo," on the broken mirror, which I ADORE. (Elizabeth the I, "I see and keep silent") I think I'll get some new glass cut for the gorgeous frame, and maybe place that shard down at the bottom of the frame.
But the rest of the stash was fine, as you can see, and I'm adoring it all. THANK YOU SO MUCH DANCINGRABBIT!
I spotted it at a yard sale and now it's my official debate (yes, I'm a geek ) bag, prompting it's official nickname as the legally blonde bag. As the movie and its sequel are simply awesome, I decided that I simply had to have a blazer to match!;D
The style is mainly based on the second movie, where Elle goes to Washington. I tried to find a good pic of one of the cute suits she wears, and this is the best I could do:
And my version! Action shot:
On the mannequin (sp?):
The fabric is a lovely hot pink and lime green houndstooth; the colors are the most accurate in the first photo. It's fully lined and reeeally comfortable.
I'm seriously considering a matching skirt.
Well anyway, that's my entry. Can't wait to see everyone else's! -V
As my school is sadly deficient when it comes to fashion design courses, I decided to teach myself and asked for a couple of design books for Christmas. I'm starting small by working with the patterns and fabrics that I have, but I'm going through all the motions of a collection.
The idea that I'm working with is Modern Art Nouveau; city clothes with small feminine frills. This is the first piece, and it looks just how I wanted it to!
It's a flutter sleeve shirt that ties in the back, and the chest looks a lot better on a real person with a chest that isn't quite so.. ahem... pointy