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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / 78 Inchies, 6 Rinchies, 3 Twichies from 2011 Swaps- Pic Heavy! on: April 13, 2012 09:32:01 PM




Wow, never got around to posting these! Maybe because I was supposed to do a tutorial and never got around to it - oops! Will probably to it this weekend, now that I remembered. Cheesy

Anyway, here we go~!



Some close ups of my favorites~








































That was a journey! Comments welcome!  Cheesy
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Gypsy Wagon Button Hoarder Altoid Tin Diorama on: March 28, 2012 08:54:25 PM



Thought it might be time to post this, since I had the afternoon off. This tin was made for the Wicked Vices Altered Tin Swap for Miss Knickertwist. Her vices her packrat hoarding , swearing, boozing, procrastination and uh. Something else that I completely forgot about but should know. Oops.  Cheesy



Went peeking through Knicker's pinterest and found pictures of gorgeous gypsy wagons, and so the journey started!
I cut out a window with my dremel (one of the hardest things EVER!) and constructed a roof, wagon wheel and some wee stairs out of thick scrapbook paper and cereal boxes.
All the major components were covered with a homemade paper clay to give it a cohesive look.





BUTTONS FOR EVERYONE! I attached a matchbox that was stuffed with buttons. Made a small button window garden, and stack some on the roof. I focused the most on the pat rack vice and just overstuffed the tin with buttons. B




As always, some hidden bits that you would only find if you went looking.  Cheesy

And finally a close up if the insides of the tin. I made the little table out of half of a matchbox - the legs are matches that I burned down to the right length. Little wine bottles made out of beds and bits are on the table - along with a tiny curse word.



Comments, critiques and questions are welcome!  Grin

3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Cat Series, 2011 on: January 29, 2012 08:44:00 PM






These drawings were made for my final project in a Drawing II class. Found some beautiful images from Fuck Yeah Hairless Cats tumblr blog and then added some extra elements to them with Photoshop. I used watercolor pencils first, then watercolors to dissolve the pencil and finally regular colored pencils on top of everything.

We were supposed to develop a theme within a series of images. I decided to go with the idea of protection of the weird inside of us all. That it's a beautiful fragile strangeness that needs caring to thrive.

SOYES. Questions/comments/mudslinging, all are welcome!  Cheesy
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Altered Altoid Tin [Pic Heavy] :3 on: December 21, 2011 10:00:50 PM
Okey dokey. I had some extra time before Christmas and popped out an altered altoid tin diorama for my boyfriend. He's been really awesome to me this year, so it was time to just make something special for him.

It's tiny, but full. For size reference, there's a soda pop tab right next to the monster's thigh.

The monster is carrying a spork, which is a utensil he loves - and he uses the name in most of his online personas. The sign in the background is of Magic the Gathering - a huge hobby and personal love that he's had for years. The metal bit holding it up is from a special dinner we had together with his mom. It was stuck in the steak he was eating to tell him out it was cooked (medium rare). Apparently, my memory is horrible and it was holding the bacon wrapped around the steak medallion in place. I'm totally weird, and stole it for art uses later.

The necklace on the monster represents a silver pendant that he gave me six years ago this New Year's. It was a necklace his father gave him when he was younger. I wear the necklace everyday, and it's for him to be with me every time we're apart. Which is most of the time, because we've been in a cross country long distance relationship the entire time we've known each other.

http://www.tumblr.com/photo/1280/14759610480/12/tumblr_lwjlhyWgFf1r19nf7
You can barely tell is an altoid tin! It's supposed to be shaped like a turtle shell. Later in the post, there's some pictures showing the backside.

Mixed media frenzy ahead! I attached the base to the tin and some preshaped aluminum foil to the back of the tin with a hot glue gun. Then, a layer of paper clay was added to covered all the crevices from the foil. After, I covered the entire thing with strips of paper dipped in a glue mixture so it would be all the same texture. And finally, it was painted with acrylic paint.



Here's a detailed image of the wee books I made from cardboard and scrapbook paper. Their titles left to right:  I. Montoya, Code 4 Apes, #000000, Killer Dice. All of them are references to shirts from his thinkgeek wishlist. They are: Code Monkey, The Dice Are Trying to Kill Me, #000000 (in black on a black shirt) and Hello My Name is Inigo Montoya - in one of those hello my name is stickers. I couldn't buy them for him, so I used them as inspiration.



The back of the tin! Not a lot going on here, just a tag and a some extra decorative buttons. The shell is smooth, I couldn't figure out a good way to add the hexagon shell patterned. One day, turtle! Your secrets will be mine to use for aaaarts.



Here's a the altered tin next to some sketches. Though it would be cute to have them side by side. The completed object always looks so cool hanging out near the initial 2D idea. You can also see some design ideas that didn't make it in the final cut - like the spork tiki crown. It turned into a normal crown in the end. Maybe an idea for the future!

He loves turtles and I love frogs passionately, and they represent the two of us. The turtle was a wee silver pendant and the frog a plastic whimsy I received in a swap.

And this one holds a semi good picture of the dice the monster is holding. He's a RPGer and there were super appropriate to include in the tin. The heart on top is just me being silly sweet.



A small detailed shot of the base - it was too plain, so beads and things were attached to make the piece more interesting.
http://www.tumblr.com/photo/1280/14759610480/6/tumblr_lwjlhyWgFf1r19nf7

A close up of the tag. Instead of signing like an art piece, I decided to make it more personalized for him.

http://s3.amazonaws.com/data.tumblr.com/tumblr_lwjlhyWgFf1r19nf7o6_1280.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAJ6IHWSU3BX3X7X3Q&Expires=1325821192&Signature=URZXn3nms%2BFTJ2ZYL2jm%2BigVeR4%3D

These last two images are some WIPs. This one includes some more brainstorm sketches and the wire/foil armature for the monster.


http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lvmjplKKem1r19nf7o1_500.jpg

This last picture is a WIP of the monster hanging out on my keyboard. These were taken for my tumblr, but I thought they would be a good addition here.

http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lvmui2oe091r19nf7o1_500.jpg


Hope that wasn't too much reading! And I appreciate it if you made it through everything. I can't wait until Christmas now! Questions/comments/mudslinging, all are welcome!   Cheesy
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Tiny Book - Lots themes/lots of pictures! on: October 04, 2011 05:11:41 AM
Quick post about a tiny book! It was made for the one tiny book swap (which has an amazing gallery!) Everything was inspired by my partner's wist. This was my first time mixing bits of scrapbooking stuff together with some of my drawings - I think it turned out pretty good!


























The pictures aren't as awesome as I would like, but it was late and crafty sleep deprived mind didn't want to pull out the mini photo studio. Miss Audio posted some clearer pictures in OTB gallery thread if you're like to see a truer color and a bit more detail.  Cheesy
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=390637.msg4640210#msg4640210

Questions/comments/mudslinging, all are welcome
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Polymer Kitty and Owl :3 on: September 03, 2011 04:42:13 AM




Made for a personal swap! The owl looks like it has lint on it, but it doesn't, I swear! There was some wee bits of glitter in the powder stain, and they photograph weird in my faux photo studio.  Cheesy

Questions/comments/mudslinging, all are welcome.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Altoids Tin Monster House [Img Heavy] on: August 18, 2011 04:47:00 PM


Hello again, Craftster! Posting a new miniature diorama that was made with with an altoid tin. This was made for a personal swap with noooitaremybirthday and since she has received the tin, it's time to share with everyone else!  Cheesy

Front and back.
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-p9MuruG9xgg/TktaXxwX2sI/AAAAAAAAAZ8/sXfKQI3DqiE/s512/IMG_0567.JPG
And some close ups of the shelf and the secret hidden starts glued to the inside of the roof.
I hope nooo found them!


https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-D9pcc7xsfiU/TktabiBp7WI/AAAAAAAAAZ8/4imfgIRq9fk/s640/IMG_0577.JPG

Inspiration sketch and size reference.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-68FsBO5OKkU/Ti3mHpYGenI/AAAAAAAAAWg/So7_ec3Iy9U/s640/IMG_0517.JPG

Questions/comments/mudslinging, all are welcome!  Cheesy
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8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Book Bites on: July 15, 2011 09:20:39 PM
Decided to make some inchies (in a book, totally inspired by Noooo) for myself, however it needed a cover! So I made one - of polymer teeth. Teeth are my favorite thing to sculpt ever~  Cheesy








9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Oh my, 60 Inchies! [Super Duper Image Heavy] on: June 13, 2011 08:15:37 PM


Five of my partners have posted their pictures, and I'm pretty sure my sixth partner received her inchies - so! now is the time to share!

These were made for the beginner inchie swap that is just finishing up. All doodles are hand drawn, cut out and glued to 1" punched paper and then hand stamped with wee alphabet letters. They were all so fun to make! My personal favorites are the vitarka, squid, gnome, beer stein, kitty belly and CAAAAAAKE! inchies.  Cheesy


Sweet Tooth



Buddhist



Woodland Critters



Beer!



Underwater Creatures



Cats!




All together now!





Comment/questions/mudslinging, welcome!
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Bronze Gallbladder! on: May 15, 2011 02:24:18 AM
Just completed this sculpture last week in my foundry class! Started working on the project in January, so that's about five months from brainstorm sketch to finished piece!  Shocked

Anyway, it was supposed to be a commemorative sculpture. I used it to commemorate my surgery back in October - and the gallstones the hospital refused to give me.

Questions/Comments are welcome! Cheesy



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