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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Diptych- Public and Private on: April 18, 2009 12:37:16 PM
Great job - I love the Wonder bread picture with the colors and the edginess to it.   Brilliant job - you should be super proud!  It's awesome!  It really has the look of something you could touch.

I think nataluna has a point with the colors though - giving his shirt more texture to the color would have helped balance the picture in terms of color and where your eye focuses as well.  Your eyes actually first go to the shirt and they should have followed the hands to the bread.  Hmmm - maybe not the color but the intensity of the color - it's darkness holds the eye a bit.

Brilliant job though!  Clearly you worked hard and I agree - it was worth a better grade!
2  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Jesus in/out of the tomb snacks on: April 12, 2009 11:23:58 AM
OMG!  I remember these from Girl Scouts when I was little!!  Thanks for reminding me of this - I'm going to have to share it with my son!!!
3  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Just another easter nest? on: April 12, 2009 07:51:32 AM
Those chocolate shaped bunnies are AWESOME!  I don't think I've ever seen the like!  Great job.  They definitely look good enough to eat!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Train Case Rehab on: April 10, 2009 05:59:23 PM
I really like the look of this - especially the fringe along the mirror!  That is a great touch.
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / How does a second grade teacher best spend Spring Break?! on: April 10, 2009 05:44:43 PM
Painting!

This could be considered interior decorating, but I'm going to put it under here because it was mostly an art project despite that it is considered a major piece of decoration in my son's room!


I decided to spend this spring break creating a mural for my son's bedroom.  I let him pick the topic and he choose Pokemon as that has been his obsession for more than a year at this point in time.  So he won and I decided that it at least the topic would be easy to paint.

To start out, he created a list of his favorite Pokemon and I found online pictures through google and used Photoshop to generate a single 8 by 10 image.  I printed that out and made an overhead of it.  Borrowing an overhead from school, I projected it on the wall and traced it.  I used a pencil and I definitely need a better medium to trace with next time.  The mural was then painted with craft acrylics.  It was a medium I felt comfortable with in terms of mixing and changing.  I'd like to try something a bit more of a challenge next time.  When I finished, I traced outlines with a black sharpie to make it all stand out.  The best part of doing it this was though was that it cost me nothing!  Next time I will go for a different medium and seal it as well, but as I live in an apartment, I will have to paint over it eventually.

Here it is!  Needless to say, I'm pretty pleased with the results and so is my son.  Questions and comments appreciated.



If you want to see more of the process or close ups - check out my Flickr account - http://www.flickr.com/photos/creativelinemn/sets/72157616487753066/

Thank you for looking!
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Mural for In-laws... Finally Done! on: April 08, 2009 07:47:12 AM
That is awesome!  I am in awe of your talent.  I am currently working on a mural and I don't think that mine is close to your ability level.  How did you create the look of the grass?  It looks like dabs of paint, but I'm sure it's not that easy.


Beautiful job.  I love the glistening web!  Thanks for sharing and inspiring me to work harder!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: need help making this shawl on: April 07, 2009 09:17:30 PM
If you knit or crochet, you can find a lot of patterns on Raverly or the Lion Brand yarn website.  That would be how I would make it - rather than fabric - because it would give you a lacier effect.  Of course, it really depends on the style of her gown almost.  If her gown is like you drew, most anything would work in terms of fabric or crochet. 

If you do fabric, a triangle with longer sides than the point.  I can imagine what I am thinking but not sure how to describe it with words.  But the best way I can say it is that the long side of the triangle, the top edge, should be double the circumference of the arms and shoulders.  I'd measure that out first in a straight line and then put the point halfway along that line as far down as you'd like.  Then draw a line from the point to the end point of the long line.

Good luck!  I'd love to see some finished pictures.

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Painting a Wall Mural - Paint choice? on: March 29, 2009 05:54:28 PM
Thanks very much!

That's really helpful and will make things a lot easier.  Nice to know I can rely on others to help out with my missing knowledge. Cheesy
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Painting a Wall Mural - Paint choice? on: March 28, 2009 07:33:04 PM
Hello!

I am looking for some advice on paint choice.  I am going to paint a mural on a wall in my son's bedroom.  I know how to lay out the mural and the like, but I am wondering about the kind of paint I should use.  I'm really excited about doing this, but am hoping to do it right.

Do I need to use a typical latex wall paint?  Can I use acrylic paints - like the kind you can buy in arts and craft stores?  It is in an area of his room that often gets 'hands on' so I want it to last.  I've used acrylic paints on the wall before, but in locations that weren't touched at all frequently.  If I do use acrylic paints - would you recommend sealing it with something?  I'm renting and will have to paint over it later on, so I don't want it to last forever.  Besides the fact that, six year olds eventually out grow pokemon!

Thank you for all your advice and suggestions.  Hopefully it turns out well!  I'll be sure to post pictures if it does!

 Grin

Rhina
10  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Catching some sun... on: January 31, 2009 03:31:13 PM
That is beautiful.  I love the different colors of the glass.  Does it chime in the breeze?  It looks really organic the way that it is... like water cascading.

I know what you mean about MN and making anything to make you think summer might somehow be coming! 
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