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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Custom toys and Plush on: November 05, 2009 09:04:19 PM
Oh my, I <3 your celestially-painted ones!  They look so striking!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / steampunk netbook (img heavy) on: November 05, 2009 08:58:30 PM
I got a cute little Lenovo ideapad a year ago with the intent to redecorate it like the baddest-ass steampunk netbook you ever did saw.

After a couple aborted efforts with veneer and some gold leafing, I switched to wood-grained vinyl, a sweet gear-patterned decal that I found on etsy, and added some silver-leafed gears and dichroic glass cabs. It didn't turn out quite as I'd hoped, but I learned a lot while I did this and have some great ideas for what I'm going to do for the next iteration...and, oh, there will be more steampunkish netbooks coming out of my studio!  But I'll admit, my little Magpie is quite cute and inspiring to work on.

Completed book - lid:


Completed book - inside!


The "Before" photo - with a Diet Coke can so you can get a sense of scale, here.


The keys, when I was making them.  I used some nice double-sided sticky graphic paper and metal leaf, and drew all of the lettering, etc. by hand.  They're not perfect, but I like it that way.


Profile-view of the finished book:


Thanks for looking!  I'm hoping my friends will like this little guy so much that they'll let me practice and trick out their laptops, too. Wink
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / painted messenger bags on: November 05, 2009 10:03:24 AM
I love enormous messenger bags and how useful they are. I love wearing them.  I love how so many people I know use them to make a statement.  I like personalizing my own. 

This is the one I'm carrying around right now.  It's not stenciled and was unplanned - I was just procrastinating at the beginning of NaNoWriMo.



Before that one, I carried this one:


This one was mixed media and incorporated paper into the design - which unfortunately wasn't as waterproof and could not go through the washing machine.  I ditched it out of necessity.  Happily, the phoenix bag is machine washable - I was careful to use paint that would stay fast.

(ps: apologies if this isn't the correct forum for this - I've previously tried my hand at making my own messenger bags and I'm not so good at sewing...these are some sweet, enormous, durable messenger bags that I found on amazon.)
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Lloyd Dobler Spare Tire Cover on: November 05, 2009 08:52:31 AM
Right on. Is it weather proof? Wouldn't want it coming off in the rain or something. That would suck.

So far, it's held up in the fair Boston weather for 10 months much better than I expected.  I just used regular acrylic paint, and check it out every so often - no cracks, no peeling.  It just shows road dust, but that's nothing that a quick wipe doesn't fix.  Wink
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Lloyd Dobler Spare Tire Cover on: November 05, 2009 06:09:55 AM
Say Anything is pretty high up there on my movie list, and even more so, I quite love John Cusack.  I also drive a jeep wrangler.  I bought myself a spare tire cover sometime last year with the intent of painting something interesting on it, and finally decided on this:



It's completely freehand - I desaturated and manipulated an image to the point of looking like this, and then used a pretty stiff brush to recreate it on a bigger scale. Afterwards, I touched it up with a black permanent marker to get some of the smaller details just right.  (The hearts idea came from a shirt I once saw on Shanalogic, I believe).  

Here it is on Dog Texastown (the name of my wrangler):



Amusingly enough, the most attention I got for it was on the first day I had it on - some dude in another wrangler pulled up beside me on the highway and started blowing kisses at me.  But I've periodically also seen people stopping to take pictures of it when I've got it parked in a lot, or flashes of light behind me when I'm driving, from camera flashes.  Sometimes it feels a little too conspicuous, but he's fun.  
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: The White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland on: November 03, 2008 06:40:45 AM
Wow, this is superb!  I love the attention to detail.  It's really, really cute as well!
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Where the Wild Things Are (and Max!) on: November 03, 2008 06:31:28 AM
Holy Crap, these are AWESOME!
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Rainbow Brite! :D on: November 02, 2008 02:30:09 PM
i love it!
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Peacock Costume! on: November 02, 2008 02:28:26 PM
This is so cool!  I love the colors!  And you really rock the peacock look. Wink
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: guy riding a skateboarding ostrich (image obese) on: November 02, 2008 02:26:48 PM
This one makes me laugh!  That is hilariously awesome!
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