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21  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 33 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: March 21, 2014 10:21:06 AM
Okay, sorry for the delay (it's been quite a week!) but this is my FABULOUS ami from Mama!!

That's right, an awesome, awesome, awesome t-rex!  Like I said, it was supposed to be a gift for the hubs but nope - I want it here at home and not in his classroom  Cheesy

Thanks SO much Mama!!
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22  Re: Huge, Giant, Enormous Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: March 07, 2014 04:50:52 PM
OH MY GOD.  I received from PhoenixFireDesigns and boy did she deliver!

Seriously, I cannot believe I now own this.



It's STUNNING (and should be submitted for the monthly challenge!) and it's PERFECT for my livingroom - the peridot (all FIFTEEN feet of it) and the petrified wood base are so totally matched to my new livingroom colors (it's sitting on my couch in this shot) and feel (earth, water, air).  It's just truly, truly gorgeous.  I'm going to get it its own little floating shelf - my living room is decorated with only paintings thus far and please believe this will be properly shown off  Cheesy

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
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23  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by rockmygypsysoul on: March 05, 2014 12:56:10 PM
Class: History of Magic
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Poppies
Project Page: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432019.0#axzz2v7i6M2cD (this has the poppies as well as a Dalmatian I painted separately)
Brief Description: Poppies, such a distinct but simple flower, are one of my favorite symbols and have a rich history.  They can symbolize death but also may mean sleep or, more wonderfully, pain relief.  Poppy seeds produce opium which in turn is used in certain pain relief drugs like morphine.  While I have never used any opioids and fully respect the power of those drugs, I likewise know that the development of certain, safer prescription drugs have evolved from how opium works.  As a person with multiple chronic pain conditions and related insomnia, I completely appreciate the symbolism of sleep and pain relief.

Plus poppies are just so freaking adorable.



This is oil on canvas using a pointillism/impasto/tube painting technique for which I'm confident there's a real term but I don't have the first clue what it is, I just started playing around one day and really loved the effect.  That said, since there's no dilution, you go through the paint SO fast plus now, between this and another one I did, my hand hurts  Cheesy
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24  Seriously Oily Poppies and a Dalmatian in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by rockmygypsysoul on: March 05, 2014 12:54:09 PM
What a massive waste use of oil paint.

I love, love, LOVE the rich pigment of paint, especially oils and even oil pastels.  So I was playing around and started doing this thing that basically is tube painting but only with dots that (ideally) form peaks so it's kind of like pointillism and it also created an impasto texture which I like since I do so love texture.

Anyway, did a basic field of poppies and a dalmatian portrait on yellow.  I have lots more planned but my hand hurts and I am working through these .41 fl oz tubes like crazy (but I can't use bigger ones and get the same effect  Roll Eyes)




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25  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 100 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: March 04, 2014 12:16:13 PM
I have had a seriously messed up couple of weeks around here and am woefully out of date with posting pics!  And now, again, I'm not sure where my awesome coasters from alwaysinmyroom are, nor my gorgeous beaded cuff from phoenixfiredesign.  I've been sick so much that now my husband has taken to actually putting things away only I have no idea where he's putting them.  I wish I were lying but it's unbelievably too.  Plus then he doesn't remember where he put them, either.

Seriously.  My phone's been lost since Friday and I'm a freelance writer.  Please don't take anything as an indication of how much I love, love, LOVE everything I've been getting!!

But now that I have located both my camera and my memory card (in two different places) and my gorgeous bracelet from underthemountain (though not the necklace nor cards she sent), I thought I could at least post that.   Roll Eyes Embarrassed

So...my wonderful bracelet


And the flash is all weird here but it's the closest to the actual color - they have this really soft almost-peach luster which is difficult to show since it's actually pretty much my skin color  Cheesy


It is so much prettier in person than I could capture.  In point of fact, we have a craft fair later this month and I am applying for a juried fine arts show that will take place next month and intend to wear this for both!  Underthemountain, if you decide to sell these in your shop, shoot me some business cards since I'm pretty sure people will ask about it!!  Grin
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26  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
WARNING - MANY, MANY PHOTOS

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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27  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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28  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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29  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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30  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.
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