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21  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by rockmygypsysoul on: February 27, 2014 12:00:15 PM
I've been promising a huge project dump - here it is!  Cheesy

Class: Arithmancy
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name:  Shallow Seas
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431791.0#axzz2uYJmJd9i
Project Description:  When it comes to magical numbers, I still tend to come down to two; it must be the romantic in me!  I'm not sure what this original quote is from but it struck me very strongly as representative of my love for my husband, especially after a close friend of mine came on to me a few months ago.  The stamped clay pieces say "for shallow seas i won't betray my ocean"

Class: Care of Magical Creatures
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name:  'Reach' prayer flag
Project Description:  Unicorns are so lovely, the only thing I can think of that might be prettier is a star!  Our depictions of stars reflect much of what's beautiful in unicorns silver, sparkle, and awe.

Class: Charms
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name:  Wings of White
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431791.0#axzz2uYJmJd9i
Project Description: For those of us in East Texas, we get snow so rarely we sometimes forget what it looks like!  I decided something else white and sparkly might help fend off the embarrassment of my forgetfulness.

Class: Defense Against the Dark Arts
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name:  Miracles and Happiness
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431791.0#axzz2uYJmJd9i
Project Description:  Need something to liven up a boring wall?  Mixed media is always fun!  I went overboard on using different stuff to make lots of very different flowers in this 11x14 piece.

Class: Divination
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Web of Love
Project Description:  I freely admit to being terrified by anything with eight legs (or more) and spiders are the worst.  I can however enjoy a beautiful web as long as I know it has been vacated by its creator.  In honor of lovely webs, I did this string heart piece for a swap in the OGS.

Class: Flying
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Add some Silver and Shine and Everything's Fine
Project Description: Floo Network is quite a wonderful way to travel, especially since I can't seem to get my puppies to balance on my broom well.  In celebration of this exceptional piece of magic, I was sure to go way overboard with glitter and silver in this fun little frame I decorated to go with my watercolor statement.

Class: Herbology
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Poppies!
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431798.0#axzz2uYJmJd9i
Project Description: While holly is made with green and red, here in Texas we are sadly lacking holly (along with winter in general) so I decided to celebrate another green and red sight poppies in a field!

Class: Potions
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Off With Her Head!
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431844.0#axzz2uYJmJd9i
Project Description:  Back in December I undertook the monumental task of doing an 8x10 lino cut based on Tenniel's illustration of a scene from Alice in Wonderland for my swap partner.  I sent her a print along with the lino cut itself so she could use it and do what she wanted with it.  The watchful eye and steady hand necessary to brew this craft was used considerably and for quite some time letting the cut itself go to another was quite difficult but hopefully she is enjoying it.

Class: Transfiguration
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Hope for the Caterpillars
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431791.0#axzz2uYJmJd9i
Project Description:  While a human turning into an animal is quite impressive (no wonder the Muggles have turned it into something they think must be fantasy) but I think what's even more impressive is an animal that turns into a whole other animal without any foolish wand-waving or magical incantations whatsoever!

Challenge: Lessons with Harry
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor!
Impediment Jinx Lana (Point in Time)
I used my advanced Impediment Jinx skills to freeze a moment of time.  After a painting I did for OWS, I was requested to do another one this one for the fabulous underthemountain's daughter Lana!  Hopefully she can keep this around for a long time to capture this frozen moment and memory.

Reductor Curse - April
For this spell, I actually broke down several items to create my 4x6 art swap piece.  Oil on strong board, Gelli-made printed papers broken down, more oil on board, and some acrylic.  Overall, I used three different pieces all of which could be considered complete art pieces on their own and reduced them down into the abstract piece I called April

Stunning Spell Smart, Shiny, Stunning!
I think we've all been stunned by the wisdom shown by Dumbledore throughout his life.  This wall art I made for a swap not only offers an impressive quote from Dumbledore stunning the mind but also is high on shine to dazzle the eye as well!  If you can't see the sheen, I promise it is there in all of it's amazing glory!

Shield Charm Daffodils of Early Spring
Daffodils!  These were made for OWS and are a much-needed interjection of spring into this challenging winter season.  One is soft pastels with watercolor and acylic as well; the other is more abstract with oil pastels.  Hopefully these will help ward off Seasonal Affective Disorder and other winter blues for those not in East Texas where the daffodils are already in full bloom!

Protean Charm -  Hidden in Zen
I made this set of 6 Zentangles for ActsofCraftiness for people in her life.  Some are simply shapes and whatnot but some of them contain a hidden meaning.  All together, you might not notice how one is geared towards an aquatic theme, one has lots of fun transportation symbols (from rockets to a school bus), and one has lots of flowers and butterflies for her new little girl!!

Room of Requirement Love Lives
Sometimes I have a hard time with seeing and making things for other people who are pregnant or have newborns I'm thrilled for them but since my miscarriage, it's just tough.  It's been four years this month so finally I did pieces one for a boy and one for a girl that I would have made for our baby (we did not yet know if it was a boy or girl).  I definitely had great need to make these and now I've done it and can share a little bit of the love with other babies!
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431791.0#axzz2uYJmJd9i

Alright then!  GO GRYFFINDORS!!

Though I should mention that while I did my NEWT this term, I did NOT finish my OWL, but soon in next semester, I promise!
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22  Tenniel's Alice in Wonderland Lino Cut and Print in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by rockmygypsysoul on: February 27, 2014 11:36:07 AM
Okay so I did this a couple of months ago for a swap and realized I never posted it! Roll Eyes  This was (I think) 8x10" slightly simplified version of a scene from Alice in Wonderland with Tenniel's illustration (since that was my swap partner's preference).  I sent the cut along with a print (holy crap, SO hard to do) but hopefully onyxnox is enjoying it in her crafting!

In case you're wondering, yes, it took FOREVER

Forgive the mistakes, I'm terrible at printing but I'm working on it!!

The cut itself...
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23  Fun Art Tiles/Coasters in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by rockmygypsysoul on: February 25, 2014 09:13:59 PM
Whatever you want to call them (or use them for) I love making these - I think I just love the porcelain paint against the white tile!
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24  Mixed Media Nonsense in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by rockmygypsysoul on: February 25, 2014 04:31:13 PM
So I have worked up some mixed media pieces for a local fair next month that my mother and I have a booth at.  Some of them turned out much like I wanted and some...not so much  Roll Eyes  But this is a craft fair and not an exhibition for fine art and here in East Texas straightforward tends to be popular so some of this is less abstract than I'd like but them's the breaks if you want to pay for crafting  Cheesy

My favorite and the one I may want to keep since it was done very much with my husband and I in mind...  

The polyclay stamped words read "for shallow seas i won't betray my ocean".  It's on canvas with an acrylic base with satin material, wire-wrapped glass beads, polyclay stamped words, flat coin beads, oil on board, and acrylic on paper.

This is a fairly standard little inspirational piece on a wood block I bought secondhand with an acrylic base.  It has sequins, a delicate butterfly (I don't even know what it's made of), a big butterfly glass pendant, acrylic on paper, and lace.

I really loved how this worked out except that I wish I had done the clay words again for this.  It's also on canvas with an acrylic base, acrylic on paper, rick rack, poly clay, pearls, and glitter.

Obviously, I do a lot with words and while this is almost too stereotypical in pink, I liked how the rest of it came together and love the song.  Canvas with an oil base, acrylic on paper, shaped confetti, a resin pendant, some other flower thing that used to be an earring, heart beads and pendants, and a jeweled little ladybug.

A pretty piece with oil on canvas, a fake flower, acrylic on paper, old jewelry bits and pieces, cabochons, lace, mirrors, oil on board, polymer clay, and a butterfly pin.

Yahweh - "I am who am".  On wood block with an acrylic base, acrylic on paper, 3D see-through glitter stuff, oil pastels, soft pastels, and pearls.

Biblical reference - wood block with an acrylic base, feathers, polyclay, fine glitter, rhinestone ribbon, and oil on board.

That's it.  Thought I would share.  These are among my first mixed media pieces in years and the best I can do given that I don't actually have any ephemera (I know, right?!) and am working with a pretty typical audience.  On the upside, that lack of appreciation for abstract or metaphorical means my favorite piece might actually be a bit too out there which means I won't have to feel guilty for keeping it  Grin
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25  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by rockmygypsysoul on: February 21, 2014 04:16:33 PM
Fly-by posting!

Warning:  This is a super-cheesy but totally genuine post.  Read at your own risk.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes
SPEW: n/a
House:  Gryffindor!
Project Name: Wunjo = Alexis and Greyson
Project Page Link (if available):  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431724.0#axzz2u0FpL2hU
Brief Description: Wunjo is for hope and harmony and joy.  My sister's first marriage ended badly but she got two amazing kids out of the deal.  Now, years and years later, she remarried and she and her new husband decided to produce one last kiddo.  She was an overtired and stressed single mom for so long but she has now found her new joy and Greyson cemented their whole family unit and brought hope, harmony, and joy.  Moreover, my sister and I had some major issues during the in-between but now Greyson (and the joy he brings) has helped us smooth over the rough spots since my nieces and nephews are my pride and joy.  This painting is for Lexie's birthday because even a 14 yr old picky/impossible-to-craft-for kid can only love a reminder of such Wunjo and I made it in pure happiness.
Project Picture:
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26  Cheat Shaded Art *pic heavy* *cuteness overload* in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by rockmygypsysoul on: February 21, 2014 03:53:29 PM
Okay so after I did a couple of these for the OWS, I received lots of praise which I totally didn't deserve cause this is a total cheat.  So anyway I promised a tutorial and decided it would also be a good first project for my little website, too!  Smiley

So here it is:
Cheat Shaded Art

Craft acrylic paint one base color per subject (so for this, I had two); also white acrylic paint and one color for the background.  
Glue/Mod Podge
Paint brushes at least one wide for spreading the glue and one fine for detail work
Printer and paper
A palette, palette paper, or piece of cardboard you can throw away

Choose and alter your photograph into black and white.  I use fotoflexer.com where for free you can upload your picture, then click on the Effects heading and switch it to greyscale.  If it all seems really difficult to tell sections of gray apart, add a little contrast if needed.  Then print the thing according to the size of canvas you are working with (810 is usually ideal since you can do it at home).  Print it on regular paper not photo paper.

My picture I started with and then after I adjusted it:

THIS IS THE ONLY SEMI-TRICKY STEP.  Bust out your pencil and break apart your subject(s) into shades of gray.  Ignore the fact that you love these people and are callously penciling all over their faces and breaking them down into shapes and areas instead of looking at them as a person.  I promise, whatever damage you do the soul will be repaired when painting.
Warning: Use pencil.  Do not use pen.  Never.  Ever.  No matter what.  No matter how lazy you feel.  Painting over pen is an exercise in futility.  Trust me on this.

Now, the easiest way is to draw over the picture, simply blocking off sections when you get to an area that is noticeably lighter or darker.  Dont worry about not being 100% sure.  Just block it off.
Now, divide up your blocked-off areas into 5 shades.  At least, I use five shades of gray.  Im sure anything 3+ should be fine but I think 5 gives a lot of detail without being ridiculous (more than five might make you want to kill someone).

Start with your darkest and lightest areas they will give you a base to work from.  I usually use 5 for my lightest areas, 1 for my darkest, and so forth.  Once you have labelled your lightest and darkest areas, you can much more easily identify the middle shade (your #3) and then your remaining areas.  There will be some areas that dont fit squarely into your five shades its okay.  I promise.  Just try your best.

Tip: Evaluate each individual subject on their own.  In this picture, for example, Greyson would be way lighter than Alexis.  So do your five shades of gray for each person, animal, whatever on their own for a more balanced look overall.

Warning:  Those areas in the mouth?  Like the spots in between teeth?  DO NOT use your #1 shade even though they are the among the darkest spots.  Trust me on this.  You can use your darkest for general mouth stuff (like Greysons) but when youre dealing with in between teeth, use your #3 or #4 shade so theres not as much glaring contrast between the white teeth and the spots in between.

Tip:  When it comes to hair, dont get too wrapped up in it.  Number the areas that are on the outside and any large chunks but just leave the rest of it alone.  When youre painting, youll just naturally color in some areas with various shades and it will all look fine.

Other Tip:  Dont mess with background.  I include clothing and accessories but not background or furniture (unless the person looks weird, like if theyre leaning on a table and then they look float-y).  Sorry, underthemountain  Roll Eyes

Other Other Tip:  Just like the hair and clothes arent that important, the eyes are far and away the most important.  Make sure you keep those flecks of light in their eyes.

Huzzah!  You are ready to roll!  Your areas are blocked off and numbered (the more you do of these the less you have to actually block and number everything).  So now you are going to take your picture and glue it on top of your canvas.

I am so not even kidding.  Mod Podge is always ideal but even Elmers will work if you are careful to keep it light, spread it evenly, and carefully apply it to make sure there arent any bubbles.

Create your five shades.  Its pretty basic start with your base color (which will be your #1) and add an increasing amount of white paint to your next four shades.  You should end up with something akin to these five discernible shades:

Paint already!  This isn't rocket surgery.

Youll note that in this picture, the paper gets wrinkly as youre painting.  Its okay.  As long as your initial adhesion to the canvas was smooth, this wrinkliness (that should be a work) will be completely flat once dry.


Paint your background.  FYI, depending on your chosen background color, you may have to do more layers.
THEN YOURE DONE!!  It takes a little while but put on a movie or two and youll be done in no time.  You do want to do each subject in one sitting to make sure you have well-balanced shades.

Hope that clears up why I keep telling you guys that the final product on these has absolutely nothing to do with any talent or skill  Cheesy

P.S. Remember when I told you the painting would restore the damage done to your psyche by breaking someone you love up into shades of gray?  Seriously, every time I do one of these, even for people I've never met, I fall in love with some part of them.  The roundness of cheeks, the purse of lips, the spark of eyes - even how much eye makeup my niece wears - you totally discover it all over again.
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27  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by rockmygypsysoul on: February 17, 2014 02:55:06 PM
Fly-by project!  I have a HUGE project dump to do but am waiting a couple more days for some swap packages to be delivered, so for now I only submit my Bertie Botts project!!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Botts Bean
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Ridiculously Easy Mother's Day Cards
Brief Description: I'm not into paper crafts so I rarely give homemade cards. But I am pretty squarely into oil pastels so I decided to use them to make some cards for a few people I love!  I put together these super easy cards one for my mom, one for my sister, and one for my mother-in-law.
Project Picture:
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28  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 100 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: February 10, 2014 12:09:38 PM
Ladies, please fortify yourselves prior to witnessing the spoilage I have received from EmilyXOrange.  I am concerned for all our safety if you do not prepare thoroughly for your jealousy.

So I had included metal stamps on my list, figuring anyone who had done some stamping and had a pretty set they were ready to part with might be able to do so (here in East Texas we are a couple of years behind so I'm usually the only person at some fairs who does stamping onsite).

I was not prepared for a BRAND NEW set of GORGEOUS 4mm lowercase spiral letters!!

AND THEN she also sent me some brand new block printing ink in metallics!!!!!  I've never printed with any metallics and I am so super excited to get started!

(please ignore my power flash on this shot plus that I can't get it upright even though the picture was)

It includes gold, copper, pewter, and silver.  SO excited; I've even been working on developing some new prints of song lyrics including 14 Karat Gold by Gordon Lightfoot - how perfect will that be with gold ink?!

AND THEN she STILL included the most super cute cookie cutter and little recipe book!!  It even says it's specifically for my Guster and Bening (clearly a sign of a swapper that understands my irrational but completely engrossing love of my pups!)  Cheesy  The husband is already excited about testing some of the recipes out!!

So yeah.  Told you.   Wink  Thanks *so* much Emily!!  Kiss Kiss Kiss
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29  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 33 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: February 10, 2014 11:59:33 AM
I have received two of my wonderful goodies!!  YAY!!!

From Watsonc7 a first aid roll-up:

LOVE that fabric and you included so many things!  This is particularly perfect right now since we moved and are absolutely unable to locate like half of our belongings, so at least we have some emergency stuff where we know where it is!!  Roll Eyes  Cheesy

From kbrison the washcloth, soap bag, and two soaps:

I've never had a handmade washcloth and while this whole set was supposed to be a gift, I'm not entirely sure I can part with it!!  Even my husband, who has Asperger's and thus some sensory issues, was loving the material you used on the cloth - it's so soft!

Thank you ladies so very much!
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30  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2014 in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: February 10, 2014 11:52:11 AM
Avesthel the Amazing was kind and charitable enough to do a private swap with me (the mirror I made for her has already been posted).

So she made me my very first art journal!!  She included drawing papers, watercolor pages, card stock pages, and a junk journal section - so perfect for me and my continuous inability to commit to one type of craft   Roll Eyes

It's so lovely!!

And look at that binding - I've never tried book binding and I'm really glad since I am definitely not cut out for anything this perfect looking  Cheesy

I'm not including any pics of the different pages that are blank, but the junk journal/altered art section is going to be so much fun!

Thanks so, so much!!  Excited to fill it up and need another  Grin
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