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« on: April 07, 2010 03:00:32 AM »

Phew, well I've finally finished my entry, and it has officially taken days and done my head in!!!



and this is the picture I based it from, me with Shrek ears, which is also my facebook profile picture Grin





Positives:
- using canvas was a stroke of genius as I could stick pins through it to hold the pasta in place until dried

Negatives:
- acrylics don't stick to pva very well, next time paint the block colours on the canvas first (for the gaps between the pasta etc)
- my green paint was totally dried out and I should have just gone and bought more rather than making a hash of trying to wet it!!
- cooked pasta looks perfect when you put it together.... but shrinks hugely when it dries and then leaves massive gaps....



And here are the in-progress piccies, which will make me feel better to post since they show how good it looked before it bloomin dried!!!

Initial sketch, with first bits of pasta applied



Hair and 1 ear done



More pasta applied, and some premature painting done (should have waited for it to dry but was super impatient!!)





The state of play before I went to bed leaving everything to dry fully.  Note the extra [unpainted] pasta I added in an attempt to fill the stupid gaps that appeared after drying  Cry



And following completion!!!!  Pop art styley Shrek self-portrait made from cooked spaghetti, and dry conchiglie, canvas, and lots of swearing Grin



Thanks for looking, hope you like it, I certainly enjoying spending a couple of days being a kid again Grin

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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2010 03:16:53 AM »

i love it!! nothing beats shrek ears.

And as LV buddies.... i'll be voting loops Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2010 03:21:50 AM »

i love it!! nothing beats shrek ears.

And as LV buddies.... i'll be voting loops Smiley

Loops and Mr Toast (who didn't help mind, just watched and laughed at me...) thank you in advance for your vote Wink

I love my Shrek ears so bad, they came with a Shrek dvd I pre-ordered Mr Loops years ago, but I've since stolen them and I even wore them to watch Shrek 3 at the cinema Grin
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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2010 04:59:06 AM »

That is one awesome pasta portrait.

I love everything about it, the pasta, the colours, the photo it's based off of...
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« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2010 05:31:35 AM »

This just made my day.  It's so fun and colorful!  The in-progress photos are fabulous, too.

I wouldn't have thought of the shrinkage issue, either. Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2010 05:42:40 AM »

This just made my day.  It's so fun and colorful!  The in-progress photos are fabulous, too.

I wouldn't have thought of the shrinkage issue, either. Cheesy

I did mean to try the idea first to see if shrinkage happened, and check that paint would stick but as with everything I left it until the last minute!! 

One of the hardest bits was getting the pasta at the right point, after a couple of mins it was still breakable, but fully cooked it was too soft and I kept cutting it with my nails, so I had to do small batches of pasta and work as quickly as possible!!

That is one awesome pasta portrait.

I love everything about it, the pasta, the colours, the photo it's based off of...

T he he, thank you so much, I do love that photo!  If the pasta portrait holds together well enough to hang I plan to hang it in the kitchen, and I might even make a similar one of Mr Loops, he doesn't need Shrek ears to make him look funny Grin
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« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2010 07:10:38 AM »

totally fun and well done!

loved your story on how you managed to overcome numerous challenges with working with a food item!

I love this and think it is a great representation of the original picture!
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« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2010 08:45:42 AM »

Oh I love that you have in progress pics!
The hair is absolutely beautiful, reminds me of the old clay shows like Gumbi. Also I really like the shells on the background, I think I may use shells in regular paintings, looks like it gives great texture to it!
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« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2010 01:26:41 PM »

I love the bright colors!!  Great pictures too!
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« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2010 04:50:05 PM »

Love it!

The hair is so smooth and noodly.  Grin Pasta portraits are fun
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