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21  Chunky mini book - an Ode to Spring... in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: May 10, 2014 08:03:01 PM
This came to me in a dream a few weeks ago - you know, those vivid dreams that kind of stick in your mind even when you wake up.  These are why I keep a pencil and pad on the nightstand.  Anyways, I had this poem or phrase that kept coming to me in my dream with some vivid images and I woke up thinking I need to make this into an art book of some kind and this was what I came up with. 

I also have vivid dreams like this about bead shopping - those dreams make me so happy - but I always wake up as I am paying and what a humongous let down that is.

Anyways - warning, this is rather pic heavy, even though it is only a few pages long.

It is made with each page being several pieces of chipboard thick because they are several layers of cut pieces over each other to give a dimensional effect, and hand painted with acrylics.

It also became a great way for me to practice lettering.

The book is 4"x4", and probably a bit over an inch wide.  I used washi tape to hide the rougher cut eges.

It was a lot of fussy cutting, and gluing of pieces together, and I had to work a few problems out as I went along, but ultimately, I am happy to have finished it and quite like it.  Besides - it's always nice to make a dream come true now, isn't it  Wink

More details and pictures in my blog post.
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22  Art Abandonment swap - was there ever a round 2? in New Swap Theme Ideas by Onyxnox on: May 06, 2014 02:14:27 AM

Cover image credit http://enpundit.com/uk-street-artist-takes-recycling-to-new-heights/

I was part of round 1 that was organized by jmiller614 and was just looking through it again - and realised that it was almost 2 years ago that we did it.  I'm also stealing her image from that swap too, because it was awesome.

Original thread...

Original gallery...

The basic concept is that participants make several small items to send to their partners, and their partners abandon the art in various public locations with the hopes of sharing a bit of beauty and art with strangers, and hopefully giving them a surprise bit of whimsy to brighten their day.  Some people added creative packaging and notes to draw attention, explain the concept, or give information for maybe someone to respond, but that was purely optional.

I was thinking that now that Spring is finally showing up in some parts and more people are enjoying the outdoors (hopefully), that perhaps this idea can be resurrected.

Would anyone else be interested in having another go at this?
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23  Interchangeable cuffs... a swap idea in New Swap Theme Ideas by Onyxnox on: May 03, 2014 05:19:12 AM
underthemountain suggested this in a the challenge post I made yesterday, for some interchangeable cuffs I made

She came up with the idea of making the decorated central plates as the swap idea, with participants making their own cuff to their own size (the first cuff, being quite open in the middle, could be an easy one to make), and having a standardized plate size - it would be a great way of expanding your accessories without taking as much space, and a great way of getting some cool pieces you may otherwise not think of - stamped metal, etched metal, leather, fabric, etc.

Anyone else interested in trying this out?
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24  The tale of Lana... a mini chunky canvas in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: May 03, 2014 04:56:22 AM
I made this recently for one of the Ongoing Wish Swaps for underthemountain.  She had listed as a wish, an updated piece for her daughter, like this fantastic piece made for her by rackycoo.  At first that kind of intimidated me (I mean, rackycoo made it... kwim?).  Then I thought, my creative goal this year is to try more mixed media, and I would like to try.

This is what I came up with and I am really happy with how it turned out.  The inspiration was that I wanted to mimic a bit racky's piece, and Lana's mischievous smile - angelic, with a hint of devilish glee - look at that glint in her eyes - can you see it too???  Also, utm wanted something that would reflect her love of reading, so a lot of it was done using book pages, on a book theme - my thought was that Lana is a book fairy.

I took a 4x4 chunky canvas and painted it with blue acrylics and added some stenciled punchinella to simulate clouds.  I made a gel medium transfer of Lana, sized to fit, and tinted it with markers to add some subtle colour, then mounted it on a piece of of card stock with a book page glued on, so just a hint of the lettering would show through her image. 

I then die cut her wings out of book pages which I inked and curled, and layered her over the wings.  I added a little embossed crown on a scrap piece of card stock with the glued page on it. 

I added a little statement on a piece of painted book page on the bottom.

I had this vision of it sitting amongst a pile of books - but I had to modify that for the sake of balance, because I was not sure if the piece would hang on the wall or sit on a surface.  I made a "book" using cardboard, tape, a toilet paper roll, and crumpled kraft paper wrap.  I made the shape with the cardboard, paper roll, and tape, and mod podged the wrap over it to give the texture.  I used acrylic paints to give it a bit of colour like an aged hand made leather book (I hoped).  It is angled so that it could lie flat at the back if hung up, but from the front, look like a randomly placed book.   I really like how it turned out, and may have to refine this idea a bit more.

Finally, there is something about a bare open back that annoys the heck out of me, so I had to finish the back of the piece too, so I added a cover with textured card stock that I inked, and added a great Lemony Snicket quote to, and nailed on with brass finishing nails.  I also added a brass hanger in case it was to hang.

I am so happy how it turned out.  I loved loved loved making it - it came together so fast.  In fact, I loved it so much I would like to use the same concept to make a trio of my dogs too for my dog wall.

I posted this on my blog the other day too, with some more pics.
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25  Interchangeable cuffs... in CHALLENGE 98 ENTRIES by Onyxnox on: May 02, 2014 07:12:31 AM

This is a cuff set that I had been thinking about lately.  I was inspired by several cuffs that I have on one of my "I want to make" boards.  Namely these ones...

For the idea of using the lobster clasps to attach the metal plates

Because I love this design

Love the combination of the metal etching and the riveted items

Love this quote, which I found on Psyche's boards when stalking her for a recent swap.

I made two cuff bases and three metal plates that could be used in either cuff.

The first is a stiff, thick black leather cuff with two brown leather panels which hold the jump rings and lobster clasps to hold the panels.  I was experimenting with different ways of attaching things and used wire to "sew" the panels on.

The second cuff is made with red leather, and is open in the center - it is lighter, and more delicate looking.  I am contemplating adding a decorative element to the leather components.

Both attach to the wrists with snap clasps.

The three panels are made with brass cut to the same dimensions.  Two are acid etched, and the last just simply stamped.  All are curved to fit the wrist better, and after being patinaed, finished with Renaissance Wax and buffed to preserve the patina (hopefully).

This first one is based on the Edgar Allen Poe quote.

This one was acid etched with a checkerboard pattern, and hand image overlaid, then with various metal findings riveted on top.

This one is my version of the "bitch" cuff - more of a prototype, I may work out a more elaborate or cleaner version later.  My acid is old and used too - fresh acid will give a cleaner etch.

I quite like the idea of the interchangeable cuff, and will have to work on this idea a bit more, especially with a thinner, finer cuff.  I had made some patterned leather panels for the thicker cuff, in a beautiful teal coloured leather, but made a crucial mistake attaching one of them, so I used the plain brown leather instead.

Here's a bit more on my blog, with many more pics...

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26  Re: One Tiny Surprise Thing Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: May 01, 2014 08:12:23 PM
You're welcome!  I am glad you like it - and your picture of it looks great!

I received today too, from Calabaza.  She made me a little macaron purse - and I think the fabric is hand painted too.  I love the colours and it is adorably teeny tiny!  It will be perfect for carrying bus tokens.  Or my earbuds. 

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27  Re: Paper and Ephemera Swap Round 11 GALLERY - Send out March 7, 2014 in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: April 24, 2014 03:44:27 AM
I received my angel package from fancybutch...

First off though, I have to say that I am very sorry that the packages that coulsenl sent did not arrive.  I am disappointed that either Canada Post service is so poor (this is not the first time that items were mis-delivered or lost - we often get things dropped off at our home that are not addressed even to our street), or something else happened to prevent the packages from arriving.  

But thank you fancybutch for offering to send me some ephemera to add to my crafting stash...

The whole shebang - there is so much that I probably won't even list it all - some cute buttons, crocheted flowers, washi tape, ribbon pieces, doilies, washi paper, an amazing variety of vintage book/catalogue papers (sears catalogue, children's books, asian language papers, etc), vintage pictures, film strip, etc

Some of my favourite pieces...

Vintage black and white pics

Children's book pages - how cute!

Bird litho'd paper - love that pattern

Thank you again - my mind is swimming with ideas on how to use these!
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28  mixed media inspirational piece - crafted with soul and passion... in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Onyxnox on: April 12, 2014 05:28:46 AM
I have had a phrase running through my head for awhile, that I found very inspirational.  I read it in an editorial piece in a ClothPaperScissors issue from earlier in the year.  It is a Thomas Moore quote that really resonated with me and I knew I had to make it into an inspiration piece for my craft room.  I got around to that last month and this is what I came up with.

I used three 5"x7" canvases, and made them in my favourite colours, using inks and acrylics.  I used vintage sheet music, made some glittered embellishments.

I added some texture with some glass bead gel, which I left clear - it really catches the light.

I added the lettering with a sepia brush tip Micron marker, and highlighted it with copper paint.

I added antiqued copper eyelets and chain to attach the pieces and hang it, and some mini alligator clips to the bottom edge, because I am using it to hang some of the art tags I have been making, so it can be a continually changing piece as well.  It hangs just to my side and it helps me to reflect on it as I work.

Oh yes, the phrase is (and it is paraphrased)

Everyone is an artist, when their work is crafted with soul and passion.

Here is a bit more about it on my blog
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29  No unicorn... needlework nonsense in Needlework: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: April 12, 2014 05:07:23 AM
I made this for the recent Complete Nonsense swap, for Helena Puck.  She listed a part of a Shel Silverstein poem as a favourite quote and when I first read it, it seemed awfully familiar.  Then I realized it was a lyric from a favourite Irish Rovers song that my grandfather in law would love to sing around the fire when we used to visit them at their retirement property.  He passed on a couple of years ago and I loved that man dearly, especially since he reminded me so much of my one of my own grandparents, all of whom passed on when I was quite younger.

Anyways, I knew then that I *had* to make something for that quote and I came up with this little guy - he is just so plump and cute, and I swear I was smiling every time I worked on him - for one thing, the song kept running through my head.  Oh yes, the design for the unicorn came from Urban Threads.

I am also proud to say that it was all made from stash materials - a friend gave me a bunch of leftover floss from her mother who loves to cross stitch, and all the colours came from that.

After mounting it on the hoop, and finishing the back, I took the outer hoop and wood burned the quote onto it, then stained it in a light finish.

I posted more pics on my blog, and also the full poem if anyone is interested
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30  Re: Use What You Have Swap (Sign-Ups CLOSED - FULL) Send By 5/17/14 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Onyxnox on: April 12, 2014 04:52:00 AM
OK, I finally took some pictures of the sex bunny fabric last night - I was wrong, it is pink and turquoise, but don't be disappointed, it IS glow in the dark (which is hard to take a picture of).

I posted a few more pics on my blog if you wanted to look at some more... I don't think that the bunnies will come out for this swap - but I am liking the PJ pants idea.  If I was brave enough, it would become a scrub top - but I am pretty sure my manager would NOT approve and the lecture on professionalism and standards of practice would just not be worth it
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