Hey! That macro challenge really has me taking more pics now. I took these of flowers, but from underneath. It was interesting, since I couldn't really see what I was aiming at or if it was in focus until I took the shots.
Those are just my favorites, I have a few more in my photobucket album, just didn't want to swamp the thread.
Oh my god, y'all, I'm so excited to post this. Been thinking about it for weeks, couldn't decide what material to make the robot, finally tried shrinky dinks and I love it!!!
For the chain, the large circles are from Michaels, and the little things that look like gears (to me anyway) are toothed locking washers from the hardware store.
I don't care if I'm 32 and all the other grown-ups at work will laugh at me, I'm wearing it tomorrow anyway, so
Edit: Since I've been asked, and others might miss the answer, I thought I'd add that for the circuit looking designs on the robot I traced sections of the plastic thingy from inside an old keyboard. That idea was inspired by the following lamps in the Light Me Up challenge, and if you click the links you can see what the plastic sheet thingies from the keyboard look like:
More playing with shrinky dinks. This time I used a Pigma Micron pen instead of a Sharpie for the outlines (thanks varuna for the suggestion!) and I did the scribble/wipe with the Sharpies on the back again. Originally, the wings were going to each have a hole at the bottom too, to hang more beads, but they broke off. It's ok, they're already kind of big anyway.
Ok, I finally did it. I've been wanting to make something with shrink plastic for like, a year now, and the recent spate of beautiful projects got me inspired. So, after making a few things I don't really like, here's something I do:
I designed it in Adobe Illustrator, starting with a set of free brushes from http://createsk8.com/ and manipulating them until I got what I wanted. I printed it on regular paper and traced it with a black sharpie on the frosted shrinky dink plastic. I'm not thrilled that the sharpie kind of bled into the texture of the plastic and made the design fuzzy, but oh well, I'll use something else next time. I also had to sand it a bit to get it more round because it warped when it shrank, so part of my design got sanded off on the edge. Again, oh well.
When I baked it, instead of a paper grocery bag I placed it on waxed paper, so the back ended up with this cool texture. I sort of scribbled on the back with sharpies and wiped it off with a napkin as I went, (scribble, wipe, scribble, wipe) to try to bring out the wax paper texture more, and it worked!
Howdy. I cut a couple of squares of scrap cardboard (not corrugated, the other kind) and painted the edges gold, cut some paper scraps I had, and Mod Podged them onto the cardboard, and made earrings! I think I will be making more jewelry with paper, since I have so many scraps from scrapbooking and card making. I probably won't always use the cardboard though, because I can only cut squares and rectangles cleanly.
Whew! Finally finished! (my mom died when I was 13, I'm in my 30s now, it's ok, no sympathy needed, so I just make cards for the important women in my life who are mothers, yadda yadda, ) So here are the cards I made for my grandmothers:
(the second one is inspired by inchies, though I haven't actually made any inchies, and I don't plan on it, I just like the way they look graphically when people take pictures of them all together)
And, a card for my sister, who is also a mom, and is goth and loves black:
The first two use Basic Grey papers and my sister's card uses papers from Target and some ribbon. I know they're pretty simple, just cutting and gluing with a bit of computer printing, but that's how I roll.
I teach an after school class of 1st and 2nd graders, and we made this bean mosaic of our program's logo. First I printed a black and white outline of the logo (I actually designed our logo a couple of years ago) in two parts using the school's poster printer. I used spray adhesive to attach it to particle board, then the kids and I all filled in the outlines with the different beans, rice, popcorn, etc. sticking them down with regular white glue. I coated the whole thing in Mod Podge when it was done.
but hers are way cooler since mine all use the same shape and I didn't do the folding to get the 3-d effect, so mine are kind of lame. What can I say, it's my first try with this kind of paper flower. I should have looked at the post first to remind myself how they're supposed to look! Oh well. I still have tons of paper scraps, so I'll do better next time.
Since my table already had acrylic paint on it that wouldn't come off, I got inspired to paint the table. And scuttlebutt777 gave me the idea to use my extra box lids for shadow boxes, so ta-da!
Close-up of shadow boxes: (they're not really that warped, that's just my camera)
Close up of part of the table:
I painted it dark purple and then stamped on the thingies with foam stamps in pink, but then I didn't like that so I started experimenting by sponging, ragging, and rolling the dark purple on top until I got this mottled effect that I think looks pretty. I was going to put clear contact paper over the top to protect it, but it doesn't come in a wide enough roll, so I'm just leaving it and I'll put down newspaper if I need to.
I cut a square of tissue paper. I fold it in half diagonally, half again, half again. Then I cut a petal shape so it's coming out from the center, and unfold. I usually just freehand it, but you can sketch it lightly with a pencil first. I'll do several of these and then layer them, then either crinkle the paper (for crinkly flowers) or curl it by wrapping it around a pencil. You can do your layers all the same size, or smaller ones on top. This will give you a six-petaled flower, but you can make more petals or less depending on how many times you fold it. I just find this easier than cutting and attaching individual petals. As far as templates, I just make them up, or you could look at some flowers and see what shapes the petals are. I'm not a good drawer by any means, but sketching one basic petal shape isn't that hard.
Here's a basic tute I just made, steps are from left to right: