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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Meet Hurk the kitty. He made a mess. Bad Hurk. Bad. 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.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / pr0n for beaders (and question on cords) 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

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / hand sewing a poppet? on: February 24, 2008 08:38:37 PM
I want a Poppet so bad I can taste it.

Was wondering if it was doable to sew by hand.  The closest I've come to (hand) sewing something like a Poppet are damnit-style dolls (about 3 or 4, ages ago).

Anybody have sage advice for this sort of undertaking? Is it easier than my head is making it out to be?

I have plenty of needles and thread, not sure if I have the fabric.  Might have to raid my housemate's material closets :-p

Thanks all!

(I'll admit to not doing a -thorough- search first, but I did look some)
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Restless. Make me a bird. on: February 22, 2008 11:36:21 PM

for me


for a friend

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

thanks for looking.  you're all so inspirational.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / help interpreting something in a pattern on: February 22, 2008 02:58:40 AM
hi all! i'm just dropping a quick "OMFG help me" request before bed.

pattern is Egeblad doily here http://www.yarnover.net/patterns/doilies/kunststrik/egeblad.html

i already started it, on 2 circs instead of DPNs (the One True Way)

i should have asked about this thing first, but here ya go:

->    = knit as many stitches as indicated onto last needle of previous round before starting new round
is in the abbreviations

Row 34: -> 5 *yo, k1, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k1, yo, k4, sl1, k2tog, psso, k4*

as an example from the pattern.

i'm not quite getting what they're talking about.  i can ALMOST wrap my head around it.  can anybody spell it out for me? :-p

thanks :-p

-Angela (who shouldn't be starting things like this)
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / image use policy of Keepsake Transfer Collection from Gerri Sorkin? on: February 21, 2008 08:37:35 PM
Housemate handed me this "big book" of transfer images.  Lots of cool stuff, lots of suck.  Its an old book missing its cover and the first few pages.

Was wondering if anybody knew the image usage policy for this book.  I think it was printed in the 80s.

I don't see myself using anything from the book for commercial purposes anytime SOON, but it would be nice to know I won't get sued if I do ;-)

Thanks all!

-Angela (who is still looking...)
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / how to: metallic tissue glitter paper 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.


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.
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / 4 new art thingies - biggish pics 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

9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Acrylic painting tips & techniques? on: January 24, 2008 05:12:05 PM
*ETA* Okay, I found the link I was talking about! http://trishbee.co.uk/techniqueszone/ */ETA*

Hi all!

I've really been wanting to dig into painting with acrylic.  I've done several canvases using some background technique ideas from a website whose link I can't find now... but she's an altered artist and had tons of background painting techniques.  She's just as addicted to them as I am.  Problem is, I couldn't do much of them because many required materials I just plain don't have (PVA glue, liquid medium, alcohol inks, powder stuff, all sorts of stuff).

I have done some discovering on my own but haven't gotten far.

Problem is, I don't even know what I'm looking for.  Like I'll see a painting I really like and think "man, that looks like something I would paint, IF I knew how!"  A lady posted here who had some very loverly work that I really liked but I couldn't figure out how she did it.  And I don't want to ask that person directly...

I took every art class available to me in high school.  All we were really taught was mixing colors and I recall painting a couple things from photographs.  That didn't teach me panting techniques, unfortunately.  Yay, color blending.  How exciting and informative >.<  (I like working with 'raw' colors straight from the tube/bottle... SO much fun! )

I guess its how to control the brush/paint/etc that I need help with.

I've looked for hours, for days... I've looked at YouTube videos, ravished deviantart.com tutorials.... most tuts I find are for digital painting.  There's some sort of secret you painters are hiding and I want to know what it is.

One secret I think I picked up on from YouTube videos is layering.  Its odd, like someone will paint something really pretty then.... ADD LAYERS.  It boggles.  I don't know...

So this is me, begging.... for painting tips, techniques, secrets... please?
10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / old crappy beads, new crappy beads... on: January 22, 2008 12:29:02 AM
I want to try to put these to use before I give them away.  Because when I give something away, it creates a vacuum and then I really don't have room for what I already have.  *casts evil glare at overfilled corner*  I'm also desperate for money, so before I give them away I want to at LEAST package them up SOMEHOW (not gonna happen easily!) and sell on etsy or whatever.


You know that as soon as somebody finds out that you make jewelry, they'll start heaping tons upon tons of PURE CRAP on you? like old jewelry? especially old PLASTIC jewelry?  Yeah.  I've got a ton of that.  Including a big container of obnoxious bright orange plastic beads.  And these weird... plastic-y... apple slice things? O.o  Also some animal shape beads.

I don't know.  I have a ton of this.  I wanted to arrange some of the older stuff on canvas some some vintage-y altered art type stuff but I haven't been able to come up with anything.  I'll keep trying that, though.

I did poke through this section for bead ideas but couldn't find anything that appealed to me.  Purse handles and beaded curtains... nah.  Besides, its such an eclectic mess, it wouldn't be purty.

Other than the old stuff, I have a bunch of new stuff.  Random left over beads from making earrings and such.  I've taken some of them and made them into little ribbon book mark things and cellphone/zipper pulls, but nobody seems to like them, so I don't want to waste my time making any more.

If you picked up on my bitchcrankyness, its because I -am- cranky.  I... might apologize for it later Smiley

*needs ideas!*
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