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41  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by rockmygypsysoul on: January 14, 2014 01:43:16 PM
NEWT Subject: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: The Four Three Elements Paintings
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430797.0#axzz2qPWqAD9H
Brief Description: Well since my Auguamenti skills are lacking, I stuck with water, earth, air, and more and left the fire out.  So I did my first (four) oil paintings (no reason to start small, right?!) and I learned A LOT.  Overall, I like 3 out of the 4 so that's something, right?!
Project Picture:

Don't mock me.
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42  First oil paintings - eeek! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by rockmygypsysoul on: January 14, 2014 01:20:58 PM
So we moved into a new apartment with totally different lighting and wall color and everything so thus husband wanted me to make some wall art for our new livingroom.  I pinned a bunch of inspiration pictures that incorporated some of our color palette and decided to try oil painting for pretty much the first time ever. 

So I did 2 little in-an-hour times I messed around with oil a couple of months ago and then I decided to just go for it.

I'm an idiot.

But in addition to learning that I'm an idiot, I have also learned A LOT about painting with oils.

Anyway...my cherry blossoms in the mist

This one is actually much prettier in person.  It's also the only one where I did a final thin wash over the whole thing when I was done which was terrifying but worked out really well.

My northern lights

My mountain range

This was infinitely the most fun to paint.  It allowed the most forgiveness which was fun so I felt all artist-y just kind of going with it.

Aaaaand the great white whale.  Well, not white, but definitely my personal metaphorical great white whale

It was horrible to work with (mostly because of my own impatience and unwillingness to really wait as long as I should have between all the layers) and it's my least favorite piece.  It's also my largest so at this point I'm not even sure it's going to make it onto the livingroom wall since it will definitely garner a lot of attention there.

I have learned that anything with strong, clear lines is not for oil painting (or at least not for ME to paint with oil).  Oil painting essentially goes completely against my natural inclinations (line drawing much?!) so I need to remember to keep it with art that completely goes against my natural inclinations.  I've also learned not to choose anything too detailed or close up (I actually had one painting I didn't even bother finishing).

But I've also learned that while oil painting is definitely at odds with what I've done in the past, I've definitely fallen in love with it.  See the water breaks at the top of the whale?  Favorite part of the whole thing - both to paint and to look at.  So it's been really neat to learn that I can expand my horizons and even enjoy it  Wink
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43  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by rockmygypsysoul on: January 09, 2014 03:30:52 PM
I'm in for this year - after SO many projects I never thought to take pictures of this past year, it's time to start tracking properly!   Smiley

1.  Aurora Borealis oil painting

2.  humpback whale oil painting

3.  cherry blossoms oil painting

4.  mountains oil painting

5.  simple flower oil painting
6.  name book - Abby
7.  name book - Kate
8.  name book - MacKenzie
9.  unbox craft room and totally reorganize
10.  fix letter A for Audrey

11.  repaint coffee table for new apartment
12.  paint birdhouse for M&FiL
13.  some practical but pretty methods/items to help keep our home neater deleted
14.  4x6 art for swap!
15.  charts for emotions/mood deleted
16.  frame for Michael done but no pics Sad
17.  wall art for swap
18.  cat art for swap

19.  conversation heart garland for swap
20.  mini string art heart for swap
21.  handstamped necklace for swap
22.  6 Zentangles for swap
23.  Zentangle with religious emphasis for show deleted
24.  4 sets of splatter painted notecards for SSS (I did 4 sets of 4 cards each)
25.  5 watercolor pictures for SSS  (just one of the 5 I did)
26.  hummingbird stamp for Mom
27.  mother's bracelet Michelle
28.  mother's bracelet Mom
29.  mother's bracelet Karen
30.  mother's bracelet Angela
all deleted
31.  personalized cutting boards for Ron
32.  personalized cutting boards for Dad
33.  stamped bracelet Allison
34.  embroider 3 dopp kits
35.  robot pillow for Greyson
36.  personalize leaf press for Jacob
37.  Bartlet for America repro
38.  pillow or hoopla for Mom and Dad's anniversary tree trunk with hearts - decided to go with a linocut!
39.  tree bed topper thing (not truly a quilt)
40.  make 5 felt boards for littles
41.  set of 3 stockings for BiL, SiL, niece
42.  set of 6 stockings for B, SiL, 2 nieces, 2 nephews
43.  set of 3 stockings for bf, husband, hon niece
44.  set of 4 stockings for bf, husband, hon niece, hon nephew
45.  woodburn periodic table cutting board deleted
46.  set of 2 matching fleece football hats for brothers
47.  corresponding fleece football scarf for sister
48.  IT Crowd wood peg people ornaments
49.  #1 pick undies
50.  Pats scarf
51.  Pats ornament
52.  TWW painted tie
53.  us ornament
54.  make/embroider passport covers for Mom and Dad deleted
55.  make/embroider passport cover for BiL deleted
56.  Jack Russell dog art
57.  daffodils art
58.  Deadmau5 art for swap
59.  watercolor heart tree
60.  Dumbledore quote art
61.  surprise for Avesthel
62.  surprise personal swap item for Avesthel
63.  2 prayer flags for swap
64.  handful of painted/stamped pages for journal or mixed media

64 - 8(deleted)= 56

57.  Mother's Day cards

58.  Alexis and Greyson
59.  Lana for swap
60.  Whimsical tree painting for swap
61.  Other prayer flag for swap
62.  8 mixed media pieces

63. 7 painted tiles
64.  6 oil pastel drawings
65.  8 peak oil impasto paintings

66. 5 traditional oil paintings
67. 10 Soft pastel and watercolor drawings/paintings pictures
68.  25 stamped jewelry tags
69.  Custom necklace
70.  10 watercolor truths
71.  Kate portrait
72.  2 leather stamped bracelets (one is not pictured as my chiweenie chewed through it before pictures)

73.  Painted messenger bag for swap
74.  Painted shoes for swap
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44  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 33 (signup by Jan 20, Send by Feb 17) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by rockmygypsysoul on: January 07, 2014 12:47:27 PM
Okay, so I've been playing around in my head a lot for this and would like honest feedback on these potential offerings:

- A 4x6 or 5x7 monochromatic Zentangle (letter or word of your choice)


-A 4x6 or 5x7 monochromatic watercolor based on a picture you send like these:

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45  Re: MINI 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2013 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: December 28, 2013 04:45:45 PM
Okay, I am a terrible, horrible person for being so late with many of my pictures but trust me when I say there has been a pretty ridiculous series of events that have culminated in my crappy posting procedure.

Anyway...(these are from onyxnox, best partner ever)

Day 8 - A pair of fingerless gloves!!  Yay!!  As a full-time freelance writer working from home, I totally have needed some of these forever and am seriously in love with them!

Day 9 - A Gelli plate!  I have never seen one of these before but now I am making lists of all the different ideas I have of using this thing.  My mother also wants to use it but she'll need to wait a long time  Wink

Day 10 - 2 palette knives to go with my new Gelli plate  Cheesy  Awesome!

Day 11 - TWENTY cards!  And these are not crappy little cards like the ones I make myself make (I freaking HATE papercrafts!) so onyxnox made me the most gorgeous card assortment for various events.  Check these beautiful babies out!

Aren't they gorgeous?!

Day 12 - MY BIGGEST BIG WISH EVER FULFILLED.  Seriously.  I don't have pics of it yet but holy crap.  It is this unbelievably soft and comfy cable knit blanket!!  It's awesome and I love it and my daughter has already attempted to claim it as her own which is so not going to happen - I love my pups with all my heart but not with my new blanket  Cheesy  Plus she's already stolen my hub's Pats fleece blanket, she doesn't need my new favorite as well!!

Extras - I don't have pic of the extras right now but they are incredible!!!  A tote bag in the same gorgeous black and white damask print as my apron she made me, a little For Better or Worse comic strip book (so cute!), a super cute paper pad for notes, an awesome cooling neck tie (summers in Texas are pretty dang rough!), and more!!

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46  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by rockmygypsysoul on: December 20, 2013 11:22:15 AM
Class: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor!!
Project Name: The Power of Two
Project Description:  When it comes to a powerful number, I think two is pretty spectacular.  Two halves the work but doubles the happiness.  When it comes to marriage, two becomes one but is still two - it's illogical but still true.  My brother got married this year so for a Christmas gift for him and his new wife, we got them a picnic basket!  They are very outdoorsy people and I thought it would be nice for them to enjoy their time outside.  The basket includes plates, silverware, wine glasses, and napkins.  So I etched the wineglasses (they look better in real life than the picture) and I embroidered the napkins.
Project Pic:
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47  Re: MINI 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2013 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: December 20, 2013 09:57:42 AM
Okay!  I've got my 6th and 7th gifts open and they are AWESOME!!

First - this gorgeous necklace.  I have the hardest time trying to consider myself to be an artist rather than just a crafter.  Between the sentiment and how beautiful this necklace is, I literally teared up when I opened it.

The top plate actually lays on the bottom one but I moved it over so you can see the gorgeous texture and patina.  It is so beautiful and works perfectly with the turquoise!

Then today - awesome placemats!!  They are so bright and fun and perfect for me!  The materials are so fun and I love the silverware panel.  I would have taken a picture of them on my table but it currently is in Christmas mode.  Which I love but now I am super excited for when Christmas is over and these can grace my table!!

Onyxnox rocks.  That is all.   Grin
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48  Re: MINI 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2013 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: December 18, 2013 08:55:14 AM
Okay, so I had to unearth my camera from the massive number of boxes living in my new apartment...

My stuff from Onyxnox is ridiculously phenomenal.  Seriously.

Day 3 - 2 gorgeous headbands and 2 hair clips!  I LOVE headbands and need clips as I am in the process of growing my hair out.  They have these gorgeous beaded flowers which I seriously hope onyxnox purchased and didn't make since that must have taken like a month just to do the beading.  And the fun colors are all so very totally me!

Day 4 - A WONDERFUL craft apron!!  In my favorite - damask print!!  I particularly love black and white and needed a craft apron SO badly since I am constantly on the search for wherever I put my scissors or paint brush or pen when I'm in the middle of a project.  I am super psyched for this!!  Plus she was kind enough to make a SUPER long band since I am a very wide woman  Cheesy

aaaaaand Day 5!  OhmygodgoshIamsoinlovewiththis!!  I have had something like this on my pinterest forever!!  I am learning to embroider but it's a struggle and I didn't want to attempt this until I knew I could rock it (which is likely to be sometime next decade).  I am *so* glad I didn't since it is PERFECT and I could never had made it this beautifully.  Like, never ever.  Ever.

Smalls my big fat butt!  Apparently someone didn't read the guidelines correctly. Roll Eyes
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49  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by rockmygypsysoul on: December 16, 2013 08:13:43 AM
Challenge: House Pride  Grin
House: Gryffindor!!

Onesie by me; hat by our Headmistress Pinkleo who kindly agreed to personal swap with me (and whom I have not sent off my package for so long now I deserve to be shot but I'll plead surprise moving and promise I'll get it shipped off tomorrow!).  Anyway, this is my friend's new baby Willow and they said of everything they got (and she's the first and probably only grandbaby on one side), this is far and away their favorite outfit.

Although they did also enjoy the other one I sent that read (I saw it online, I didn't come up with it):
This is my onesie
It has a haiku on it
My parents are nerds

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50  Re: MINI 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2013 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: December 06, 2013 08:22:56 AM
what if someone else opens it... I couldn't stop them... they did it without my knowledge or consent. ..  the dogs did it?

hey, that's between you and your god.  and apparently your dog as well.   Wink

I opened my Day 1 and Day 2 (as instructed - I promise they said to open early!!!)  Grin

Day 1 - a treat for my pups!!  Actually two treats - a cannoli and a breath bone EACH!! 

Day 2 - a treat for my husband and me!  Seriously, I was going to wait and share with him but after I tried a bite, I couldn't put this stuff down.  It's like chocolate crack.  So, ummm, here's the bag...  Roll Eyes

I couldn't take a picture of the whole shebang since it remains at my parents' house but our wrapping was almost identical except that onyxnox made the most AMAZING tags.  I already know where I want to string a little banner with them on it across the window in our new apartment!  YAY!!!
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