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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Newsprint-covered-bead necklace OR Wow! check out that girl's necklace! on: August 11, 2013 01:28:39 AM
Hi!

When thinking about this challenge, I realised that Craftster has really helped me look closely at things around me and to think laterally about them. On Saturday at the art gallery I noticed one of the volunteers had an awesome necklace on. It was a simple strand of knotted beads, but every second bead was covered with comic strips. I immediately started think how I could make one for myself (this is not the first time this has happened at the art gallery, last time it was a baby's headband, at least this time it belonged to an adult!). When I got home I found some old white plastic beads I'd been hoarding and some newsprint tissue paper and set to work!



So from Crafters I have learned:look everywhere for inspiration, improvise with found materials, if you like something, make one for yourself and Modpodge Rocks!


boring white beads + tissue paper + modpodge =


awesome newsprint beads!


Necklace on its own.

-Ralph
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Kandinsky Teacup on: August 11, 2013 01:13:51 AM
Hi all!

Craftster has taught me: try new crafts, use those supplies you've been too scared to use, challenges are a great motivator and if you like something, make your own.

Hence: The Kandinsky Teacup!



A few years ago, at my local art gallery, I saw a teacup that had been designed by the artist Wassily Kandinsky and fell totally in love with it. A year or so later, I found a set of ceramic paints on sale at a craft store, wanted to give them a try, and remembered the Kandinsky teacup. Time moved on, I found the perfect teacup at the dollar store. Then, all of these things sat in my craft room until I saw this challenge and started to think about what craftster does mean to me, and I thought again of the Kandinsky teacup.







So this is my first attempt at ceramic painting, but I'm really happy with the result and feel I've really paid homage to the original,

-Ralph
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Found Object Printing-crafty tools dress on: August 11, 2013 01:01:46 AM
Craftster to me means: innovation, viewing everything as a potential craftable item and giving everything a second chance!
 

A few years ago I posted a t-shirt that I printed using cassette tapes and have contemplated giving this technique a second try, but it always fell to the wayside, until now.

I have always loved the look of scissors and craft tools, especially in silhouette and I wanted a go at printing something more challenging than a t-shirt, . so this dress was born:




The design wraps completely around the skirt and this was the first time I'd attempted something like this!



Detail of the top


And the tools! I used al of them with the exception of the hammer and the smaller pair of pliers. With all of the objects I applied fabric paint directly to them with a brush, then stamped them onto the fabric. I placed a towel under the dress to give a bit of cushion and allow the fabric to pick up a lot of the detail as most of them are not completely flat.


The small 'fiddly' items like the pencil, safety pin and buttons I stuck to acrylic stamping blocks with double sided tape to make the easier to handle and keep the print clean.

Overall I'm really proud of this, I wore it out yesterday and got some nice compliments,

-Ralph


 
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Hoopla tree wall mural. on: July 18, 2013 01:06:18 AM
Hi!

This project has been in the works for awhile but now its finished. I've been wanting a wall mural since I bought my own home over a year ago, and somewhere to display my hooplas in my craft room, so this seemed the perfect match.

The finished wall:


I used ordinary-left-over brown wall paint mixed with a darker brown acrylic for the tree and clear 'decorating hooks for my hoops.


The plain tree with no hooplas and a clean craft room.


Close-up of hoops (from top) Cola Girl by ZidishaLuxe in Local Attraction Swap, map by bubblegumphoenix  in Embroidery round 9 swap, Wizard by my mum.


(from left) buttons by Bec99 in the I love buttons round 3 swap, butterfly by me, bunny by my mum.


(from left) Indiana Jones hoop, brooch and skull cross-stiches by me, 'live your dreams' embroidery by, roses by my Grandma.


Airship hoop be Averia in the Steampunk Christmas Ornament Swap, Vowel A hoop by me.

Hope you enjoy! I look forward to filling it!

-Ralph
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Black & White, a Classic Horror inspired star book on: June 22, 2012 08:28:28 PM
Hi all,

It's been a while since I've posted and I am supremely proud of this project. I've had a recent return to starbooks and decided to challenge myself by working in black & white. Being a horror movie freak the natural subject for this was of course black and white horror films! I chose 5 classic scenes from black and white horror film to replicate in paper cut form. For most pages I started with a still from the film and then adjusted as necessary for each layer and to give the overall effect. Each page is made of 3 layers, white, grey and black and the films were arranged in chronological order. This piece was originally created for a competition.



page 1. The creation scene from 'Metropolis'


page 2. Dracula in his lair from 'Dracula'(1930)


page 3. Frankenstein's monster comes to life from 'Frankenstein' (1930)


page 4. The shower scene from 'Psycho'


page 5. The living dead approach from 'Night of the Living Dead'


'top view' - This picture was taken on display at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, The competition the book was entered in.


cover

I'm really proud of this and already planning more!

Thanks
-Ralph
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Steampunk Butterfly Specimens on: January 10, 2012 10:56:44 PM
Hi All!

In November of 2011 I attended a scientific Illustration workshop at a Sydney museum and fell in love with scientific drawing but also the look and feel of museums and scientific specimens. This fits so well into the whole victorian steampunk vibe and I decided to combine my two current obsessions to create some steampunk butterfly specimens from paper:


Both together. The frames measure roughly 2.5 x 3.5 inches.



Butterfly 1 sans frame. The wings were drawn onto a rough watercolour paper, painted and cut out seperately before being reassembled with the body. The body was made from paperclay which was painted when dry. The background is scarbooking paper mounted to chipboard and aged with brown ink. The label was cut from a clothing tag, hand lettered and aged with more brown ink and adhered with double sided tape. The butterfly was glued into place with glue dots and mounting tape.



With frame. The frame was a standard mini-picture frame with a deep back. To make it into a shadow box frame I glued the glass into place and discarded the original backingand clips. I cut chipboard the same size as the frame and assembled the butterfly in place. The frame was then glued into place over the butterfly.



Butterfly 2 sans frame. This butterfly was made the same as the first. To create the pattern I used watercolours to lay down a base colouring then used two different colours of stamping ink, black and silver, to stencil through a piece of lace. The effect was subtler here, but I still like it. The frame was assembled in the same manner as butterfly 1.



Hope you like them, I'm happy to answer any questions.

-Ralph
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Hand-sewn reversible cloche on: January 10, 2012 10:36:59 PM
Hi all,

This is my first completed clothing post, but I'm really proud of it and wanted to share. I love hats and wanted to have a go at making my own. The pattern for this cloche was from the book 'Staurday Night Hat' by Eugenia Kim. It was simple to follow and easy to customise the fit. It is handsewn using my growing stash of fat quarters which give it a casual, squishy feel. Now the pics:


action pic, side one: brown with teal polka dots


action pic, side two: green trees. It looks like I don't like this side, but I do.


Not as flattering pics of it not on a person.

As I said, I like this pattern, it has a subtle shape and short brim and is reversible. My hat is floppy because of the fabric but I'd like to try it is a stiffer fabric, like a wool felt to see if that gives it a different shape and feel. This is my first handsewn hat so I'd love any comments or criticism.

Thanks,
-Ralph
8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Steampunk accessories: Top-hat, goggles, cuff and watch-hider. on: September 28, 2011 02:23:51 AM
I figure these go here as they are made to wear with my steampunk costume (which I did NOT make, I can't sew). But I love my steampunk accessories!

First: the top hat!







Made with this tutorial. http://overthecrescentmoon.blogspot.com/2011/08/mini-top-hat-tutorial.html I used plain cardboard moulded around my party cup as the one I had had strange ridges on it that wouldn't have worked as a hat. I used black crat felt and left over ribbons. It is sewn to ribbon to tie into my hair when I want to wear it.

The goggles:




Made with an old pair of swimming goggles and leather off-cuts. All pieces are joined with scrapbooking brads, There is white elastic at the back but as I mostly wear them on my head the elastic is hidden behind my hair.

The cuff:







Made with an old belt cut to size and new holes punched. It looks really chunky and industrial.

The 'watch-hider':



A result of being dressed in my steampunk costume and then going "what do I do with my watch?" I obsessively need to wear a watch at all times, but my watch happens to be a blue plastic super-man watch. This cuff is made with lace and felt with two slits that the watch band slides through. Then I can simply do the watch up as normal and snap the cuff closed around it, hiding the watch and making it blend-ish into my costume.







It also works without the watch.

C+C welcome!

-Ralph
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Felted cat toys on: September 28, 2011 01:56:50 AM
A simple craft but it seems effective. After a crash course in wet felting I went home and tried some simple cat toys for my furbabies. The large blue ball is the result of my felting class, the smaller three are my own solo-act of felt making. The three smaller balls have bells inside that rattle more than jingle, but still attract cat-attention.






Nike clearly not getting the point of the photo session.

I can hear rattling behind me, so they seem to be working!

-Ralph
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Shadow box frames from store-bought canvases on: September 28, 2011 01:51:00 AM
I was looking at some store-bought stretched canvases the other day and decided they would make great shadow box frames. I combined them with some paper and some things I was looking for fames for and ended up with some art for a blank space on my wall.

The three together:



1. Robot clown:



The artwork is an ATC ade by Wulf for the Steampunk Circus Swap. I was inspired by the colours in the piece and used matching scrapbooking papers to cover the frame then aged the piece with a graphite paint and PVA mix. The papers looked too new and the graphite picked out the tears in the paper.

2. Repo Inchies



The artwork here is a set of Repo! The Genetic Opera Inchies made by DeadbathDuckie in the Three Tiny Movie Things Swap. The frame is covered in red and black craft paper I stamped with a text stamp, black ink for the red paper and white ink for the black paper. The backing paper is a red and silver scrapbooking paper and an offcut of the black stamped paper.

3. Federal Department of Odds and Ends



This is an embroidery I did and loved based on the picture book The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan. I was inspired by the book itself which has a background of old, torn book pages. I used old dictionary pages which I aged further with brown acrylic paint.

The procedure was the same for all frames. First I removed the staples and canvas. Then I sanded the frames. The frames are quite rough and have holes and imperfections. If you plan on painting them I would suggest wood fller as there are large holes at the joins. These didn't worry me as I has already planned to cover them. After sanding I applied torn pieces of paper to the frames using PVA glue. I used big pieces first then smaller ones to fill in gaps and ad interest. You may need to cut the pieces slightly so they fit around corners. After the paper had dried I aged the frames with watered down paint. The final step was a coat of spray sealer. To mount the works I cut a piece of thin ceareal-box-weight card board the same size as the frame and stuck the work down with glue stick. The inchies and ATC were attached with glue dots so I could remove them without damage if I wanted to display them differently at a later date. I then used hot-glue to attach the artworks to the frames.

C+C welcome!

-Ralph
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