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1721  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do I sew a sphere? on: December 06, 2006 05:36:40 PM
I second the yarn pom pom idea.  It would be super easy.  Just glue on the eyes and you're done!
1722  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / new cards made from old ones on: December 06, 2006 04:58:56 PM
So I'm a bit of a masochist and I spent a million hours over the summer cutting snowflakes out of old Christmas cards.  I love the snowflakes and I'm excited about how the new cards are turning out, but I just wonder, do you think they're too plain?  Any ideas of how I can embellish them and make them a bit more snazzy?  I don't really have the budget to purchase anything else for them, but I have a bunch of supplies already - lots of paint, some christmas stamps, colored pens, and most of the usual art and craft supplies (ribbons, beads, etc).

* additional pics on my blog *



1723  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Photos. Would love opinions!! on: December 06, 2006 12:01:18 AM
They're beautiful.  Did you make the prints yourself?
1724  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Hand reaching out for Peace & Love. Art by Deana. on: December 05, 2006 11:59:51 PM
Don't throw sketches away, even if you hate them.

While I do think that it's really important to keep a record of your progress, I also think that it's important to feel in control of your work.  It's easy (for me anyway, but I'm sure other people feel the same way) to be intimidated by a blank canvas or sheet of paper.  I feel like this new canvas has the potential to be a masterpiece and it's my responsibility to make it so.  By allowing myself to make mistakes and knowing that I can do with it what I please, I give myself greater confidence. 

I also think it's important not to let your work become overly sacred.  If it helps you to gain confidence and control over your work then I say go ahead and throw it away, tear it up and burn it - or better yet add to it, cover parts, gesso over it and change it - give it a new life. 

ps.  Sorry if this comes off as defensive, wallaby.... I think you just inadvertently hit my art philosophy button Roll Eyes
1725  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: It's Deana again with another portrait try with hands on: December 05, 2006 09:46:18 PM
Cinnamon, I did another with just a hand facing up. Well, I added some lame symbolism behind it. I drew a bird, too. A dove. It's the reaching for love one in a different discussion thread. I think it's a tad better?  Embarrassed No one has responded, but I know it's pretty lame. It's OK.. Smiley

Sorry, I haven't been on this board for a while so I didn't see it.  (I've been busy making christmas presents.)  I posted on it just now.

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Cinnamon, I visited your new website. I like how you used your daily sketches as icons for your different pages. It puts the 'personal' in a personal site!  Smiley Wink

Thanks!  I'm glad that you like it. Cheesy

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Are you keeping up with your regimen? I've been bad and not practicing or even doodling.  Embarrassed

I got out of the habit over Thanksgiving, cuz I was out of town, but I've been at it again since I got back.  There are some up on my blog now.  It's been tough to keep the habit and I have been getting a bit lazy, but you just got to think of it in baby steps.  I once read about people who bike across the US.  They say that a lot of it is in your thinking - you have to concentrate on today because if you worry about making it over the Rockies you'll never get there.
1726  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Hand reaching out for Peace & Love. Art by Deana. on: December 05, 2006 09:37:32 PM
I think you're getting better!  This hand seems to have more substance than your others.  I like your dove, too. 

The drawings that you've been posting seem like finished works to me.  I think that some of the best practice is by making things that aren't "precious" so you don't feel bad if you mess up.  Have you been doing sketches that you haven't posted?  Like just drawing your hand a whole bunch of times on scratch paper? 

That helps me.  If they stink you can just throw them away and you don't have to show anyone.  It's the process that matters because it will help you learn.
1727  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: My (Finally Clean) Crafting Room on: December 03, 2006 11:44:45 PM
just.....so.....jea lous...

seriously, this looks really, friggin' fantastic.  I would so love to have that much space and storage.
1728  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Any indie designers on your wish list? on: December 03, 2006 11:29:57 PM
www.ecstar.net - clothing...a tad pricy; i like to watch the sale page Wink

Wow!  They have some great sales!!  I just bought myself a $5 skirt Grin (I couldn't resist)
1729  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Any indie designers on your wish list? on: December 03, 2006 09:24:03 PM
I'm a really big fan of etsy. This should be a link to my favorite shops there:
http://www.etsy.com/favorite_sellers_public.php?user_id=4648


I also think etsy is super rad, but ever since the upgrade I have been having issues with them.  I don't feel comfortable sending my family that route until it's all fixed.  I'm so sad about it, but what can you do?
1730  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Any indie designers on your wish list? on: December 03, 2006 09:12:41 PM
Wow!! That's a lot to look through.  Thanks for posting all those links.  I like glarkware.com a lot.  (specially those boy chones on the homepage... "may contain nuts" tee-hee! Cheesy)
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