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21  I painted a bird - first time with watercolour. Please give me some advice. in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by angeltreats on: December 01, 2008 09:15:52 AM
I'm almost embarrassed to post this here, as this board is so full of talented people!

Further to this thread yesterday, I had a go with my new paints to see what I could come up with.  I did a quick pencil doodle and basically just coloured it in with paints.  This is my 'painting' (it's on a bit of scrap paper I'd been scribbling on to blunt my pencil a bit as I didn't even want to waste good paper on it!)  The smudgey bit under the bird's tail is a dirty fingerprint... oops.



The image I copied is here:

http://static.guim.co.uk/Guardian/environment/gallery/2008/feb/12/wildlife1/GD6225325@Coal-Tit-Jill-Pak-7138.jpg

I like these little birds, they're called coal tits and there are lots of them in my parents' garden Smiley

As I said I have never used watercolour at all before, not since I was about eight anyway, and I don't really even know anything about drawing.  I would love if anyone could give me any advice or tips.  I would really love to be even half-decent at watercolour painting, it just appeals to me so much.
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22  Re: Christmas Ornament Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by angeltreats on: November 30, 2008 10:50:56 AM
I love the Etch a Sketch too!

Here's what Saor sent me.  Sorry it's taken a few days to post, I couldn't find my memory card reader.

A gorgeous wire-wrapped star with crystal beads.  I love it!  The photo does it no justice at all.



And a felt bird with ribbons for a tail, which I also love and which my cat Pokey is obsessed with because she likes ribbons (I've put it well out of her reach though!)



Not pictured is the Christmassy-smelling Yankee candle she sent and a sachet of muscle balm for my bad ankle.

Thanks Saor, and Riario for organising, I've enjoyed this swap hugely  Cheesy
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23  Re: Roaming Gnome Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by angeltreats on: November 30, 2008 10:27:35 AM
On Thursday Paddy came with me to a hospital appointment and got to ride the tube for the first time.  Unfortunately we don't have a photo of that as the weird guard wouldn't let me take any but here he is at our train station:



Here he is being bored on the train (not the tube)



Here's a terrible view of out the window of the train, you can see the Gherkin which is a really famous building in London



And the best Tube photo we could manage



Then today he came to my felting workshop and he was a big hit with everyone, he made some friends!  Here's a lady who thought he was gorgeous



And the teacher Juju who wondered where his face was!



So he had quite a busy day today, his last day here.
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24  Re: Christmas Ornament Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by angeltreats on: November 24, 2008 02:55:52 AM
Here's what I sent Saor: a felt cat ornament and a knitted heart bauble. And some Japanese papers as an extra Smiley

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25  Re: My first beaded thing - spiral stitch bracelet. I'm in love with beading! in Beads: Completed Projects by angeltreats on: November 20, 2008 05:50:15 AM
First time?  You would never guess!  That is very pretty.  How did you make this?  I too have tons of seed beads and would like to try something new.

If you google "spiral stitch" I think there are some instructions on about.com.  I had a leaflet with the instructions that I got from the place I bought the beads, but it seems to have gone missing - once you do the stitch a few times you will remember it though as it's very easy!  I think one bracelet takes me less than an hour, now that I've done a few of them. 

Here are a few more I did.  I can't find my macro lens (I think it's in hubby's camera bag but I have no idea where that is) so I can't capture the large beads I used for closures but they are really pretty and detailed.



And also because it doesn't deserve its own thread, here are my first two bracelets I made on a loom.  The heart one is unfinished because I hate weaving in the ends!



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26  A very happy bee to cheer me up (with a wee bit of knitting too) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by angeltreats on: November 16, 2008 09:36:06 AM
I have been feeling a bit down over the last couple of weeks due to an injury that is keeping me housebound, so to cheer myself up I thought I would crochet something very happy.  Here he is, my happy bee! 



The stuffing doesn't show at all in real life, the camera flash brought it out.  The arms and legs (all six of them) are actually knitted i-cord rather than being crocheted, mainly because I hate crocheting small things with black yarn as it's impossible to see the stitches  Cheesy

Hope you guys like him!
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27  Re: Roaming Gnome Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by angeltreats on: November 16, 2008 09:30:22 AM
Well Willyum will be on his way tomorrow and he's all ready to go.  Here he is waving goodbye to everyone, complete with friendship bracelet in British flag colours (it's also France but don't tell him) and a London bus necklace  Grin



Oh and he had another accident  Roll Eyes this time involving his arm... but we managed to perform emergency surgery again with the bottle of superglue and he's fine now. 
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28  Re: Roaming Gnome Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by angeltreats on: November 16, 2008 07:11:28 AM
Umm... I have no idea what was happening here.  I'm sure it wasn't as bad as it looks.



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29  Re: Christmas Ornament Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by angeltreats on: November 14, 2008 10:01:47 AM
Well here are the gorgeous ornaments SunflowerSmiles received from missmelissa.  Aren't they pretty? 

Glad to be of service  Grin

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30  Re: Everything Sanrio Swap! in The Swap Gallery by angeltreats on: November 14, 2008 02:06:52 AM
I think everyone else has received except me, and my partner hasn't been on Craftster since 3 November and hasn't been responding to PMs so looks like she's MIA  Angry  I sent about four weeks ago and there's no way it takes four weeks for an airmail package to travel from the UK to Australia, so I'm posting what I made since she apparently isn't going to.  She told RazorBladeSmile that she had shipped (also almost a month ago) but I haven't received.

Hello Kitty cotton washcloth



Hello Kitty ami



Keroppi zipper pouch (just noticed it looks very wonky in the photo!  But it isn't.)





I sent along a Hello Kitty pen too but I don't have a photo of that.

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