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1  4 of mine in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by WitchCatXeen on: March 10, 2008 04:00:32 AM
I've visited this thread a ton, but never posted my own stuff.  So here I go, finally!

You're not allowed to point out the typo >.<

I used to do a lot of photography.  When I had a nice camera.  But it died.  I hate you, HP Photosmart.  You can suck my-

ANYWAY!

Macros were my favorite.  Another favorite was just found objects... I would not allow myself to arrange anything on purpose.

Another favorite was to do myself when I was feeling down.

I also did a whole shizload of photography for charitable events.

Here's just a few shots of some random favs I grabbed.

Yes, three of my favs are my own body   We're allowed to be proud.  *snifflewhine*  Those were my favorite pants! Alas, the zipper wore out and I lost weight and the zipper just wasn't worth it anymore! Sad













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2  Meet Hurk the kitty. He made a mess. Bad Hurk. Bad. in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by WitchCatXeen on: March 08, 2008 07:49:11 PM


for a biggerish version at my blog: http://www.funkycatstudio.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/hrk.jpg.



.... it was an experiment.
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3  pr0n for beaders (and question on cords) in Beads: Discussion and Questions by WitchCatXeen on: March 01, 2008 12:01:09 AM
Guess who loves me and sent me a buncha SUPER USEFUL stuff?

MY MOMMY! YAY! (she lives 100something miles away... almost 200 maybe? too far away)

So I have a question first... can I use crimp beads this waxed cord stuff? Or do you think it might cut it? I'm a bit afraid that it might cut it.  It seems pretty thick.  And what about elastic cording stuff? I did a quick search first but didn't see anything pop up with "crimp waxed cording".

If nobody knows, I'l try it and report back here about it.  I just have this stingy part of me afraid of wasting supplies.



But only so I can make her some stuff... then I keep the rest Smiley

and I blogged about it here http://www.funkycatstudio.com/archives/77 which you don't need to read unless you need more details and want to hear my rant about the crimp bead tools and want a bigger pic :-p




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4  Restless. Make me a bird. in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by WitchCatXeen on: February 22, 2008 11:36:21 PM

for me

and


for a friend

http://www.funkycatstudio.com/archives/68 for details.

thanks for looking.  you're all so inspirational.
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5  Re: Xeen's Gallery in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by WitchCatXeen on: February 16, 2008 02:37:08 AM
I have 1 finished and 2 WIPs... haven't been able to finish them but they've both got the same type of watercolor/plastic wrap background and transparencies.  Yes, I FINALLY got to try those 2 techniques! IIEE!

I don't know if I could ever part with this card.



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6  Re: The Great Knit Cloth-along of 2008 in Knitalongs by WitchCatXeen on: February 16, 2008 01:20:31 AM
Okay peoples, I made the dropstitch cloth http://www.resirem.com/knitcloths08/?attachment_id=24
.

It works pretty good with variegated!

I really need to follow my own rule and go outside my skill level (or in my case, attention span... I HAVE the skill! lol)... need to pick something that will push me a bit.  I tried the Garterlac last year but... dangitall it was confusing.... I want something right BEFORE that level of difficulty Smiley

Ideas, anyone?

I've done Chinese Waves and this drop stitch one so far this year (and the round pinwheel one).  I thought there was one other one but I can't think of it right now.

And yes, I need to go pattern hunting again ;-)

Oh yeah, was thinking of linking to For Sale patterns, but only on my KAL blog.

More pictures. Here is my chinese waves, and the heart cloth I made.

I lust your Chinese Waves! Why does everyone's variegated come out so NEAT? LOL... it MIGHT be my guage? Or maybe I'm too critical.  Yeah, that has to be it :-/

Your heart looks lovely too.  I haven't attempted any imprint designs like that because it seems like they don't show up well, but your heart looks really good. 

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7  how to: metallic tissue glitter paper in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by WitchCatXeen on: February 16, 2008 12:19:54 AM



Ive only made this one so far, but I hope to make many more. Imagine what you could do with this! Cut it up and use in ATCs, inchies, put them in your altered book, wrap it around and glue it to a bottle. slap it onto some canvas and put images over it, gluebook/collage style theres SO MANY OPTIONS! I personally can't wait to decide on what to do with this.

I KNOW this cant possibly be anything new, but I discovered it by my lonesome. Im writing this how-to as a thanks to the many how-tos out there in Cyber land. I wouldnt have gotten anywhere without them. Thank you, all!

Ingredients Needed:

Cutting device (I used a rotary blade)

Cutting template (used thick 8.5″x11″ cardstock)

Gluestick (I used Uhustick)

Modge Podge (gel medium will prolly work)

Metallic wrapping paper stuff (I used mauve)

Patterned tissue paper that matches your metallic paper (I used pink floral) or go with contrasts!

Plain white tissue paper (orrr try a plain colored one!)

Handy: Something like a scrap piece of metallic paper or wax paper something stuff wont stick to easily.

Optional: Glitter or something similar (I used Mainstays glitter, its chunky like salt).

Optional: Appropriate inkpad to rub/dab on top I havent tried it but Im sure it could end up neato.

Process:

Step 1: The metallic wrapping paper comes on a roll. You know, like wrapping paper. Use the template and cutting device to cut out a 8.5″x11″ or whatever size piece.

Step 2: Rip up a bunch of your patterned tissue paper into various chunks. I have maybe 12 to 15, mostly big pieces.

Step 3: Start using your gluestick all over the metallic paper (colored side). Dont worry about placing the glue just right.

Step 4: Plop down those chunks of tissue paper you just ripped up. Dont worry about some overlap, but make sure you have some of the metallic paper stuff showing through.

Step 5: Spread Modge Podge all over the whole damn thing.

Step 6: Place some of the white tissue paper over the whole thing (I had to do two big separate strips because thats just how it tore off, not a biggie, I just tried not to overlap them).

Step 7: Modge Podge one last time! I didnt make an even coat it was a little thick in some places, a little thin in others.

Step 8: Sprinkle your glitter on to taste! I covered the whole thing pretty decently because I expected a bunch to fall off right away after drying, but so far it seems pretty well stuck.

Step 9: Figure out a place to put it so it wont dry onto your workspace or maybe I was a bit paranoid.

Step 10: Go eat cheesecake while watching Rattatouille because its going to take awhile to dry. Better yet, just go to bed. Itll be ready in the morning.

 

Like magic, some of the areas will be transparent because of the Modge Podge, some not. Its a multi-layered wonderland!

I hope everyone gets to try this and lets me see their outcome and then what you do with it. I just KNOW its going to yield a ton of different, exciting results.
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8  Re: Share your Mess...Then let's clean it up! in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by WitchCatXeen on: February 09, 2008 10:14:24 PM
Welcome to my unholy mess.  Blogged about here http://www.funkycatstudio.com/?p=19.

I share a room with my very beloved (male) roomie.  Its a large room, used to be double car garage, so not much of a problem there... except that we LIVE in here.  So my space is pretty much thin corner.  I do end up with knitting projects laying around here and there.  I have more than some but less than most I think.

My main means of storage is plastic drawers.  I'm realizing that this may not be a very good idea.  I was buying one every month or so as I was able to pinch my pennies and now I have a whole bunch which isn't quite enough yet.  I have one stack that is leaning a bit but I think that's because the pile is sitting on top of one huge one.  So I need to re stack a bit or something.

I've also learned that its kind of fun to store things on the wall.  There's a bit more hanging above the drawers in that little nook to the left. 

It basically got like this because a. I've just been REALLY down/extra low on energy.  b. I went looking for my RP dice.  Still haven't found them.  c. Started spring cleaning because that helps me feel better and whenever you clean it always gets worse before it gets better.

I was thinking of moving my printer down below the desk where there's a little shelf thing piled with crap and moving my crafty books to where my printer is.  The books were sitting on one of the plastic drawers but my roomie moved them to where they are now >.<  I don't care if the weight of the books was causing the drawer below it to not be able to close.  MOST of the drawers can't close for various reasons! lol

So yeah, I basically have to tiptoe and balance my way to my chair and collapse in it, that's how bad it is!



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9  4 new art thingies - biggish pics in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by WitchCatXeen on: January 29, 2008 10:03:44 PM
A special thanks goes out to Craftster for being so talented and inspirational.

These are all on cheap canvas board from Wal*mart.


Electric Disco Aura 8x10
Its finished except I'm going to take my black sharpie and fill in that lined space around her shape there.  That grayish stuff is silvely metallic paint.  Looks better IRL :-p


Fish Need Love ... too lazy to look at size :-p
I like this, but I liked it a TON better before I added the squiggly.  I need to make the heart look more like its on a fishing hook, but I've been too chicken to try because I don't think I can make it look right.  That line is because I had to scan it and piece in together.  The background was done with watercolor and plastic wrap...


Freedom Between the Lies 16x20
This turned into a politicalish piece.  I was going to write some words between the torn paper (something to do with reading between the lines before its too late) but before I could do it I spilled dirty paint water with Modge Podge in it... got all over my desk.  It was a few minutes before I realized it got on this and when I wiped it off it took up a bit of the paint and.... it kinda blah'd me.  I REALLY like it just like this, so I might not add the wording.  Again, the lines are due to scanning...


Glitter Jungle 8x10
Used black watercolor on stamps on an acrylic painted background and white highlights with watercolor straight out of the tube.  The wording is mine... not quite happy with how it looks.  Was tempting to go over it with a black sharpie but I wasn't sure if I'd like it.  Purple was also tempting but I didn't want it to look Red Hat Ladyish :-p My (male) roomie read it and didn't like it.  I think he just doesn't get it :-p



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10  Re: The Great Knit Cloth-along of 2008 in Knitalongs by WitchCatXeen on: January 20, 2008 05:29:22 PM

There's the pinwheels I've made so far! I was thinking of coming up with my own name for them, since I haven't seen anybody else make them.  *shrug*  These are highly addicting to make, as you can see.  I've been on a mission to make one from every color of yarn I have.  I have a white one that's been serving as a cozy for my Waterpik.  I haven't tried it on dishes or in the shower yet.  There's prolly countless ways to tweak that pattern to make it your own.



A somewhat close-up.  It somehow came unraveled in my purse O.o But check out the cool swirl pattern.

BTW, I started to make the Grrr cloth.  Sheesh!  The loops drove me crazy.  I frogged it and if I don't find another way to make the loops, it may never get done.

I had a bit of trouble doing that too.  I looked up a video on how to do the loops on knittinghelp.com but instead of using my thumb (is that what she does? can't remember) I used my index or middle finger... can't remember which....
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