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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber paintings - they're just so much fun. on: February 13, 2016 09:32:56 AM
The proud mole rat is my favorite thing I've seen in a long, long time.   Grin
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2016 Gallery! on: February 12, 2016 05:19:15 PM
I apologize for the delay in posting -- I finally got home to find this killer ATC from spikefan, on my "relatively obscure Doctor Who" theme!

Yay!! I immediately thought, "Ooooo, it's Queen Liz!" But then I realized there were also women in red capes in at least one other episode. My money is on Liz, though. Smiley Thanks so much, I love it!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2016 Gallery! on: January 30, 2016 11:15:38 PM
And I have a card to share from artsycandice!
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This was from my theme of altered playing cards with female nudity created by women...She nailed it, and this woman is beautiful! Thank you so much!

ETA: I failed to mention that she also included a print of the great painting she completed in the past, shown in others' previous posts. I was really hoping I'd get one too, so I'm very excited to have it!  Kiss
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2016 Gallery! on: January 25, 2016 05:34:04 PM
Holy crap that's awesome! The sparkles are a great touch.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: 2016 Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion Thread on: January 25, 2016 10:03:23 AM
Yes, the Craftster community is, hands-down, the best out there!  Kiss
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: 2016 Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion Thread on: January 25, 2016 08:27:59 AM
Another good resource is atcsforall.com -- I don't want to take business away from this swap,  Cheesy but it is worth a look at the vast gallery and many varieties of swaps and trades. It's a different format from Craftster, but they are friendly too, always welcoming of new members and every level of experience. I flutter back and forth between this swap and activities on their site, depending on what inspires me.  Smiley Members organize "art-athons", concentrated periods of art-making (3-7 days) that focus on developing certain techniques or making cards on a certain basic theme, and there is constant chit-chat, helpful guidance, and abundant one-on-one card trading. There are Q&A forums on various ATC topics too. Keep doing this swap, but also peruse what goes on over there!

This artist has a big collection of techniques and tutorials for mixed media: https://techniqueszone.wordpress.com/
But as a word of warning before diving into other sites' tutorials, you really don't need to raid the craft store for a bunch of special products. Start by using what you have!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2016 Gallery! on: January 25, 2016 08:03:38 AM
Hooray, I can finally show you Oath Keeper's card! The theme she took on was one of the four elements depicted as a living entity, and this is water:

So sweet! I don't think this scan picks up all the shading sufficiently; it's all soft and subtle and feels very appropriate for Water. Thank you!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! on: January 24, 2016 08:41:20 PM
Here is some of what I've been doing this month:

I ended up with a 5-lb bag of sawdust, so I used some of that with old candle wax, dryer lint, empty toilet paper rolls, and egg cartons to made a variety of firestarters for some friends who have a mountain cabin.

Initially I was heating the candle wax in a glass jar in the oven, which was tedious and messy. Then the crock pot became unusable for food due to cracks, so I tossed a bunch of sawdust in with three candles and melted everything together nicely. I used molds for most of the firestarters, but in the end I was just treating it like cookie dough, rolling it into balls and letting it harden. Wear some kind of gloves if you work with lots of sawdust; doing so got me through this project without a single splinter!  Smiley

On more of the design/tech-y side, a colleague and I presented a poster at a conference this past week, designing the poster (and some infographics that didn't make it into the final poster) on Canva.com.

Here are some completed ATCs, using old scrap photos as starting points. I have a half dozen massive scrapbooks that take up a lot of space and are full of a lot of things I simply don't care about anymore. From these I yanked a large amount of photos, patterned paper, and cardstock, and am on a mission to repurpose as much of it as I can.

One watercolor:

And I respun a bulky yarn I'd first spun last year, to thin it out and get more yardage out of it. No photo of that; I'll post one when I finish spinning all the roving I have left over.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: 2016 Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion Thread on: January 13, 2016 09:03:20 PM
I've done that too! And in fact, I was looking at the photo before reading your text, and I didn't notice that it was backward, I was just thinking, "Oops, that nice card was posted to the discussion thread instead of the gallery..."  Cheesy

I received a rubber stamp (the foam variety) of the "ohm" symbol, and it wasn't until I used it on an ATC--and finished the ATC--that I realized it was backwards:
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP -- JANUARY 2016 (Sign-ups open, claiming starts 1/1/16) on: January 12, 2016 11:10:32 AM
I claim rockingbearranch for nude/adult.


I am Heather in Central California. Please no hatefulness, horror/gore, or using others' images without some amount of original application and creative interpretation (beyond just a sticker or scrapbook embellishment). All mediums and techniques are welcome. Bonus points for stretching and experimentation beyond your artistic comfort zone, even if the resulting card isn’t what you were hoping to achieve!

My list of significant length:
  • queer/lgbt-friendly/-affirmative
  • an altered playing card - with number and suit visible on the card - with female nudity created by women--celebrating the female form in all its shapes, colors and sizes, as something more than a commodity for men's viewing pleasure (as nudie playing cards have always been). Explore your own issues re nudity and the body, and bring them into your art as much or as little as you want to.
  • world religions, spirituality...Maybe a mini prayer rug, a goddess, a talisman, or an adorned Hindu cow?
  • opalescent/iridescent/metallic
  • imagined voyages, magical adventures in any realm, or steampunk grandiosity
  • delightful absurdity/nonsense
  • chakras, meditation, yoga postures, herbalism, that kind of thing
  • weather
  • what other grumpy animals would be Grumpy Cat's friends? associates? (Grumpy Cat probably doesn't admit to having "friends") I would also be happy to receive a hand-drawn/painted Grumpy Cat, whether or not it looks like the meme version. Though it doesn't get much grumpier than that...
  • a wonderful quotation in wonderful penmanship
  • aesthetics of India, SE Asia, or Morocco
  • happy dogs riding in cars/trucks, head sticking out the window in the breeze
  • Mayan art, mythology, or cosmology; Mexican kitsch; anything Latin American
  • saucy, succulent wild women of the past, present, or imagination
  • the creative process
  • pit bull or staffordshire terrier (positive portrayal)
  • any kind of flat/wrinkly/squishy-faced dog
  • portrait of the most "imperfect", "ugly" animal to ever win your heart (those of us who love rescue animals know the irrelevance of these terms!  Smiley)
  • just about any animal, fish, bird, or insect, either realistic or well-dressed and dignified.
  • naughty librarian, or other book/librar* fun
  • rear-view of an animal (it’s facing away)
  • Gustav Klimt-inspired
  • something/someone relatively obscure from post-reboot Doctor Who (meaning, I'm not looking for exterior-TARDIS, Daleks, bowties, catch-phrases, or photos of characters)
  • toys, games, theme parks or playgrounds of yesteryear
  • real pressed plants or plant material incorporated into the card
  • tea
  • mental health
  • illustration or ode to your favorite art/craft supply
  • one of the four elements, depicted as a living being/creature/spirit
  • a large entity and a tiny entity (humanoids, animals, or anything else) that love each other

Thanks!  Grin
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