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21  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Watercolors on Canvas Panels?? [pics!] on: February 19, 2008 04:51:26 PM
Alright, so I'm currently working on a picture drawn from a reference of my boyfriend and I, and I am drawing it on one of those 5 inch by 7 inch canvas panels you can find in pretty much every art store. When I'm done, I'd like to color it with a watercolor set that I bought, but now that I think about it, the grain of the canvas might act as a channel, and let the colors bleed.

So I'm asking y'all--have you ever painted with watercolors on those canvas panels, and how did it turn out? Smiley

Anyway, so this isn't all text, here is the drawing:

(And the reference is: http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b122/corro-con-scissors/kissyface.jpg. )
22  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: John Lennon/The Beatles Stencils? on: December 21, 2007 08:46:19 AM
Heeey, that's cute. Maybe I'll do that one. ^_^
23  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / John Lennon/The Beatles Stencils? on: December 17, 2007 07:15:14 PM
Hey, so my friend wants me to make a shirt for her dad, who is a big John Lennon/The Beatles fan (of course). I was wondering if any of you fantastic crafters happened to have any stencils of this man? I'm more looking for his face: I've seen the "War is Over (if you want it)" stencil, and that's great, but my friend's looking for...his face. ^_^

I've looked in Stencilry, and I've tried making some using images from google, but I've yet to find one that I really really like, so I was wondering if any of you had one?
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Felt Hair Barrettes on: December 14, 2007 03:53:55 PM

Last summer I bought a packet of felt sheets, mostly because they were so cute: there were patterned ones as well as a few solid-colored ones. Later last summer, I bought a pack of about 15 of those hair clips. Tonight I got bored, found both in my pile of junk, and decided to go at it.

Here's my first pair:

As per usual, the colors are brighter and nicer in person.

Here's a shot of one of the backs:

Second Pair:

Third Pair:

25  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Pirates, My Chemical Romance, Photography, Bananas! (Xmas gifts) PHOTO OBESE on: December 14, 2007 03:50:23 PM
Aw, thank you so much. Smiley
If you really do want to make a shirt like the Beatles one, I have the stencil saved on my computer. Cheesy
26  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Pirates, My Chemical Romance, Photography, Bananas! (Xmas gifts) PHOTO CHUBBY... on: December 14, 2007 02:46:19 PM
So, given that I'm a poor college student (who isn't?), I decided to only give gifts to close friends and my family: and even then, I've decided to make most of them. After all, I'm rather proud of my mad stencilling skillz (haha), and my family's pretty appreciative of such skills as well.

First off, for my father. He's always the hardest to figure out. So I just scrolled through the stencils at Stencilry until I found one that he might appreciate:


Stencil Detail:

(FYI: He's actually gay, so the rainbow "happy" under the pocket can be taken both ways: as a reference to the "Is that a banana in your pocket..." and to the alternate meaning of 'gay,' I suppose.

My *other* father used to work for Lifetouch Photography, and every morning, I'd tell him to "shoot" lots of kids. ('Shoot' here meaning...with his camera! I don't condone violence! T_T)

Stencil Detail:

I'm not super happy with this one: it was the messiest shirt I think I've done since my very first attempt with cardboard and spray paint, but I don't exactly hate it. And, yes, that's a paint smudge.

Next up is my little brother. He loved Pirates of the Carribean, of course, so I figured a pirate-esque shirt was required. I made him a shirt last year, with one of his favorite sayings on it, and he still wears it, so I'm fairly sure this one will get at least a bit of wear. I might go back and try to freehand a bandana across the skull, but then again, I might not. What do you think?

Whole Shirt:

My little sister found a scarf on eBay last year, and asked if I could make it for her. Iended up not being able to--couldn't find the material or anything, and by then we'd both forgotten about it. So this year, I tried to make something similar. I actually like this one better. She loves My Chemical Romance, obviously. I freehanded the words, and I'm actually pretty proud, as they look at least a little like the font used on the actual logo, I think. It looks grungy because it's supposed to. Also, because it's really hard to stencil well on a felt scarf. The red stripes go all the way up the scarf.

Stencil Detail:

Finally, my roommate! She loves the color pink and The Beatles/John Lennon, so what else could this shirt have become? I found the strawberries on stencilry, and while playing with a layout for the text, I decided that it actually worked better (and would be easier to cut out) if I didn't put the word "strawberry" in. I'm really proud of this one.

Whole Shirt:

Stencil Details:

(It's actually a brighter pink in real life.)
27  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Hogwarts Houses Swap Gallery on: April 09, 2007 07:11:15 AM
Haha, yay! He has a name! *grin*

Ralph looks quite happy.
28  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Hogwarts Houses Swap Gallery on: April 05, 2007 06:31:02 PM
Ugh, I'm so sorry I took so long in posting these pictures, but I did tell my partner that I received, so maybe I will be less hated?


Anyway, I got some seriously amazing stuff, most of which I'm using right now. Well, not this very instant, but you know what I mean, right?

First off: a handmade shirt, that says "Property of Ravenclaw Quidditch on the front and my last name and favorite number (13) on the back. It's a little too small for me to comfortably wear right now, but I think of it as an incentive to lose some weight. ^_^

Next up, some blue nail polish, a Quidditch sticker (bumper sticker?) and a flashing LED light thing. It's amazing: thank you so much! ^_^

I also got a gorgeous photo album, with "Class of 07 Ravenclaw" on it. How did you know I have a million loose photos floating around my room?

A bookmark, a notebook, and some amazing stationery. I have no words. I love it all!

Ah! I got a tote bag with the Ravenclaw crest on it! I love this so much!

The back (got a photo, but it's too blurry to make anything out) says:
"A warning: if you rip, shred, bend, fold, deface, disfigure, smear, smudge, throw, drop, or in any other manner damage, mistreat, or show any lack of respect towards this book, the consequences will be as awful as it is within my power to make them. -Hogwarts Librarian"

I also got a few pins (which were immediately affixed onto the bag, where they belong ^_^) and the sweetest knitted hat ever. I have no photos of it because I wore it around the house that night, and to school the next day, and promptly left it in my locker. D'oh.

All in all, an amazing first package. Thank you so, so much for being my partner in this swap!
29  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Hogwarts Houses Swap (Sign-ups closed; Send-out: 2/28/07) on: February 12, 2007 07:12:24 PM
I just had this moment of fear: "wtf I haven't heard anything about the swap WHEN WAS THE SENDOUT DATE have i flaked omg I am ruined."

Erm...no, I actually think in proper English and usually use punctuation, but the above format just sort of...illustrates how freaked out I was. *grin*

I haven't done much recently, since I started crafting back when this was just an idea, but I'm thinking I have a few more things up my sleeve before my swap package is ready. I'm really excited about this swap. ^_^
30  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / First Screenprinting Attempt Ever! on: January 20, 2007 07:14:49 PM
So I went to Michael's today, to load up on blank shirts ($2 each, man: I have about ten, I think), and I wound up in the clearance aisle. I found screen filler *and* screenprinting ink, which reminded me that Id finally understood how to do the whole cheapie-screenprinting thing last night. So I bought the filler (originally $11: I got it for 5), and the ink (originally $6, I got it for 3) and went to get a couple of embroidery hoops. The only thing they didn't have was proper material, but I got it all anyway.

I lugged it all home, and looked around. Found this curtain-esque material in my ragbag. It works really well, but it's kinda tough to trace things onto: it's leopard-print. So I freehanded something, trying to see if it'd work right.

It did!
The only problem is that the ink I got, is the acrylic ink. Drat. I'll have to do some testing, but I've acrylic-painted shirts before, so it's not really a big deal.

(It's so cool to be able to make multiple images, without having to cut out a ton of copies of the same stencil!)
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