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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Cut paper Ketubah on: July 03, 2013 04:28:37 PM
This is a Featured Project! Congrats!  Smiley

WOOOOO does it make me sound super pathetic that I have dreamed of making it to the featured projects since I joined Craftster? ;-)
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Cut paper Ketubah on: June 25, 2013 04:28:14 PM
Thanks for the kind words!

85%confusion, I used a standard Xacto knife, changing the blade every time it started to dull. I went through a lot of blades!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Cut paper Ketubah on: June 24, 2013 03:40:20 PM

Hi all! I'm excited to post pictures of my most ambitious craft project to date. My good friend was getting married, and she asked me if I would be willing to do a papercutting for her ketubah (a Jewish wedding contract). Of course I said yes!

We tossed around ideas for a long time, and she ultimately decided she liked the idea of a four-seasons-themed design. We settled on 24"x24" (a.k.a. HUGE) for the final size, with a 12" circle cut out of the center to accommodate the text. I got to work designing the ketubah on the computer, sending versions back and forth with my friend until it was perfect. Then I transferred the design to a giant piece of paper and I got cutting! After many, many hours, I finished cutting out the design (click on the pictures to see larger versions):


Then I needed to figure out what kind of backing to put behind the cutting, to make it stand out against the print of the text that would be behind it. My friend had been admiring some designs that had watercolor backgrounds, so I decided to take out my chalk pastels and make a watercolor-ish lining in cool colors.


Testing out how the cutting looked on top of the background:


Trimmed the background and popped in a hastily-printed-out sample of the text to make sure everything fit together:


Then I carefully rolled everything up, put it in a shipping tube, and mailed it to my friend! It was a very stressful few days, waiting for it to arrive safely. :-)

Finally, here's a picture my friend took of the ketubah in a frame with the final printing of the text!


I'm not sure how long it took me, since I cut it in bits and spurts between bouts of finishing my dissertation(!). I'm really happy with how it turned out, and my friend and her husband love it. Another good friend has already asked me to make the ketubah for her wedding next year!
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Feminist Rambo on: November 06, 2012 10:55:42 AM
(This isn't nearly as impressive as any of the other costumes posted here, but I figured I'd share it anyway!)

For Halloween this year, I wanted to parody the way that things for girls/women are always just the things for boys/men but in pink and "sexier." I decided to take the epitome of manliness and transform him into a feminist icon. Behold: Feminist Rambo!


I sewed a bandolier and headband out of pink camouflage fabric. But wait, what are those bullets in the bandolier?


They're OB tampons!


To accessorize my costume, I bought a toy M16 and painted it Pepto-Bismol pink, adding a black female icon to the stock. This is therefore not a great costume to wear in public (unless you want to be shot by a cop), but it was a big hit at the grad student parties I went to.

Here's a picture of all the components of the costume:


And here are a few more action shots:



Thanks for looking -- hope you found it amusing!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Two new papercuttings: Mothers and Winnie the Pooh on: May 18, 2012 10:35:35 PM
I have done german papercutting for 25 plus years. I love your tree cutting. Do you share/sell patterns?

Sorry it took me several months to see this -- I'd be happy to share a PDF of the tree pattern for free. Since I don't hold the copyright for the image it certainly isn't my place to sell it. :-) Send me a message if you're still interested!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" papercuttings on: May 18, 2012 12:57:26 PM

For my father's birthday I decided to make him a set of six small papercuttings inspired by my favorite poem, Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." I chose six lines from the poem and tried to capture them in illustrations cut into cardstock. Each one is the size of an ATC (2.5" x 3.5"). Here's the full set:


And here are close-ups of each individual one:

The first line of the poem: "Let us go then, you and I." I think this is, composition-wise, probably the dud of the set, but I'm too lazy to redo it. :-)

"Do I dare disturb the universe?" Technically that's a galaxy rather than the entire universe, but I only had 9 square inches to work with. ;-)

(Whoops, just realized I put them in the wrong order in the picture of all six! This comes before the next one instead of after.) This comes from my favorite part of the poem: "I should have been a pair of ragged claws / scuttling across the floors of silent seas." You may be able to tell it was the first one I made, because it's the most detailed. :-)

"I grow old... / I grow old..." I like this one because it alludes to a few different lines from the poem: the bottom of his trousers are rolled, he's walking on the beach, and note the half-eaten peach on the ground.

"I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each." This is another one of my favorites.

This one's a little hard to read, but if you're familiar with the poem you can probably figure out that it's the last line: "[Till] human voices wake us and we drown."

Normally when I make papercuttings, I design them on the computer; this was the first time I've sketched them out by hand and sort of improvised my way through them. I'm really pleased with how they turned out (some more than others), and I think I'm going to teach myself how to screen print so that I can make a print of them to keep for myself!
7  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: "Ferns" etched glass bowl on: May 25, 2011 07:49:54 AM
Thanks everyone!

Re: the Sharpie, it works surprisingly well as a resist, but because it's hard to apply thickly and consistently enough, it winds up a little streaky and not fully resisted like areas covered with contact paper. It's good for adding some texture to a larger design, but I probably wouldn't use it for an entire design.

I used a black Sharpie but some people have said that red Sharpies work better -- I don't know if there's any truth to that!
8  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Sea Flower on: May 24, 2011 04:55:47 PM
That is amazing looking! I love the silver accent you added in the middle. Did you chop the original torn bowl up into pieces to make this? What a great texture.
9  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / "Ferns" etched glass bowl on: May 24, 2011 04:37:42 PM
I made this bowl as a birthday gift for a friend. It was my first major etching project (I had previously used etching cream for some small dichroic glass pieces, but never for large designs and never on clear glass). I used contact paper as a stencil and cut the general outline of the fern out with an Xacto knife, then drew in some details with a fine-tip Sharpie (which acts as a resist for the etching cream, surprisingly!).

This is actually the second attempt, since I messed up the first bowl by following the etching cream's instructions to leave it on for one minute. The resulting design was so faint it was barely visible. After some trial and error I settled on 5 minutes as a good length of time for the etching cream to sit on the glass.

Click on the photos to see larger versions!






(I'm still trying to figure out how to successfully photograph transparent objects, as you can tell...)
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / "A Man and His Cat" on: May 24, 2011 04:19:01 PM
My parents adopted a cat a few years ago and named him Leo (after Leopold Bloom). Because my dad spent the days working from home, he quickly became Leo's primary caregiver and Favorite Person in the World. Leo will sit at my father's feet and meow until my dad makes eye contact with him, whereupon he will jump up into my father's arms and lie down across his shoulders, purring contentedly.

For my father's birthday, I made this drawing from a photo that I took of Leo wrapped around my father's shoulders while my father prepares a beef tenderloin. I love the juxtaposition of the massive amount of raw meat and the cat who couldn't be less interested and just wants to snuggle. Click the photo to see a larger version:


Done in pencil and charcoal. (I had never really used charcoal before, so this was a learning experience!) It turns out raw steaks are really hard to draw!
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