A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: Join us for fun, contests and discussions on Craftster's Facebook page!
Total Members: 300,853
Currently Running With Scissors:
683 Guests and 24 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop


Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 18
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: Barack BEAN-bama (High in IMG fiber)  (Read 36822 times)
Tags for this thread: barack_obama , featured_project , bean_art , craftster_best_of_2008 , vote  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
1+
 
boogaloo
Offline Offline

Posts: 70
Joined: 18-Sep-2008

mine is an evil meow


View Profile
« on: October 02, 2008 12:21:26 PM »

This is my first challenge entry, I hope you all approve!  Undecided

Back story: I'm kind of a political junkie and completely obsessed with this election. I decided my craft would be a bean mosaic in support of Barack Obama. If you don't like Senator Obama, please look past that and just appreciate / comment on the craft. Thanks!

Inspiration: I wanted to make a bean representation of the oh-so cool poster by Shepard Fairey. I'm sure you've seen it around. If not, here is the artist's official website: http://obeygiant.com/post/obama

According to my 1966 Better Homes and Gardens guide to Stitchery and Crafts: Seeds, glue, and imagination are all you need to do seed mosaics. They forgot to mention patience and a ridiculous amount of time.

Store Supplies:
about 2 pounds Black Beans
about 2 pounds Red Beans
about 2 pounds Pink Beans (too bad there were no baby blue beans)
about 1 pound Lentils
about 1 pound Navy Beans, Navy Beans, NAVY BEANS


Total: I spent a little less than $11 at WinCo (If you don't know WinCo, they sell low cost groceries and the bulk bins are crazy cheap)

Home Supplies:
Cheap old frame missing glass (I knew there was a reason I couldn't throw it away)
Bottle of Elmer's Multi-Purpose Glue
Krylon Crystal Clear Coat

Day One: Slow Going
I was so excited to start, but after 5 hours of laying out my design and gluing beans, I've only gone this far:

I'm ready to cry/quit

Days Two and Three: It's coming together
Watched some old movies and glued beans like a mad woman.

I'm very pleased with the tie.

Days Four - Huh?: Taking an artistic break
I was concerned about filling in the facial details... so I put it off as long as possible. At this point I kind of took a break, occasionally gluing a bean here and there.


Day Yesterday: Craftster now accepting submissions!
I had to finish this thing! But I still put off the eyes because they were going to be hard


Day Today: It is finished!

Just in time for the VP Debate!

Details:

Picture measures 16x20

Function: To get out the vote, inspire discussion, and act as my Obama poster since they were a limited edition run and I couldn't get one.

I ended up buying way too many beans, and actually only needed about a half pound of each type. I think I'll make bean soup out of the extra 6 pounds of beans. It's going to be a long winter.

While the mosaic is far from perfect, I'm very pleased with how it came out. If I had to do it again I would not use the lentils, as I had the hardest time keeping them propped up. The other beans were much easier to use.

Thanks for looking. I hope you all enjoy and don't forget to vote! (for this challenge and on election day!)
THIS ROCKS   Logged
batgirl
Global Moderator
Occasions and Holidays Moderator

Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Part Librarian, Part Superhero
Offline Offline

Posts: 19391
Joined: 23-Sep-2005

Stop Pinning, Start Making.


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2008 12:24:48 PM »

This is great! I saw an amazing exhibition by an artist called Vik Muniz a few years ago. He makes art (and reproduces old masters' work) using dust, spices, food, even hershey's syrup. this reminds me of his work. I really like it, great job!
« Last Edit: October 02, 2008 12:36:20 PM by batgirl » THIS ROCKS   Logged

Just added lots of new items! Use coupon code "craftster" for 10% off! http://www.LilyLovesBernie.etsy.com
 50 Things
theEEKinGEEK
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2008 12:25:46 PM »

Holy crap that is awesome! I once did a project like this, but I used colored rice and it took FOREVER! But this is totally awesome! Nice work!
THIS ROCKS   Logged
sweets4ever
Administrator
Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Online Online

Posts: 40534
Joined: 18-Jan-2005


View Profile
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2008 12:27:35 PM »

Wowwww... you are one talented bean mosaic artist!  I love that you posted progression photos and commentary.  Awesome entry!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Happier than a unicorn eating cake on a rainbow.
Betty B. Cake
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2008 12:29:13 PM »


Amazing  Shocked.......you did an excellent job! I am seriously impressed!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

When life gives you Lemons...Squirt them in the eyes of your emenies!
LiveLongandCraft
Formerly williarl13
Offline Offline

Posts: 1647
Joined: 30-Jun-2008

Boldly going where others have probably been.


View Profile available for personal swaps
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2008 12:39:32 PM »

OMG! This is amazing. You have the patience of a saint and you are super talented.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

"Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains" - Jean Jacques Rousseau

"This book doesn't have any answers!" - The Simpsons Movie

http://www.wists.com/LiveLongandCraft
around
mama
Offline Offline

Posts: 474
Joined: 13-Jul-2005

where are we going? why are we in this handbasket?


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2008 12:42:22 PM »

awesome awesome awesome
awesome subject
awesome delivery
awesome product

THIS ROCKS   Logged

the centuries are sprinkled with rare magic and divine creatures who help us get past the common and extraordinary ills that beset us

Favorite Craftster quote --
"Normal" is for chumps, suckers and saps. -TheMistressT
animegirlie
crafty nerdy girl
Offline Offline

Posts: 1846
Joined: 26-Aug-2003

just make stuff!!!


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2008 12:44:51 PM »

seriously cool!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

New Craft Blog - best way to contact me right now is via the bloggie Smiley

Wists are a wonderful thing!

Want a sticker?
kaymadben
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2008 12:47:16 PM »

Even though I'm not fond of Obama I had to reply. It looks just like him. You did an amazing job! Seriously, you got skills girl!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Can make dresses for your princess!

Wists: http://www.wists.com/skb
hippiejo74
Life, liberty and the pursuit of craftiness.
Offline Offline

Posts: 3250
Joined: 16-Sep-2007

Gotta go - kids chewed thru their straps...


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2008 12:47:26 PM »

 Shocked Wow. Love the finished product!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Come check out my etsy shop - vintage, eco-friendly and all kinds of crafty goodness Smiley
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5029774

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud."
1 Cor. 13:4
Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 18 Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
 
Jump to:  



only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



your ad could be here!

How-To Videos
How to Make a Fondant Crab
How to Make a Fondant Seagull
How to Make a Fondant Shoe
How to Make Fondant Daisies
How to Make a Fondant Christmas Tree
Latest Blog Articles
Mr X Stitch Presents: The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge - Jose Romussi
Tute Tuesday: Imprinting on Concrete
Mmm, Bacon!

Comparison Shopping




Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

Follow Craftster...






Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2014, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.