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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: June 20, 2017 09:06:12 AM
Oops I forgot these, they go under the ideas and are yet another medium (dry pastel):

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2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: June 20, 2017 09:02:34 AM
~ Completed Newt ~

Newt subject: Alchemy

My alchemy newt was to explore the elements of alchemy earth, air, water, and Fire by making an art series and by exploring lots of different art techniques.
I started this as an owl a few years ago and then suspended it and picked it up as a newt. I never thought that studying alchemy would have made my learn so many things about myself! When working on this newt I came up with lots of ideas and sketches and ultimately executed a few of those ideas into several small complete works. Here are some of my ideas:

Elemental sprites:

Elemental icons:

Sketches for some 3d ceramic work:

Here are the finished pieces I ended up with and some process pics:


Gelatin Printing with added drawing:

Mixed media watercolor:

Textile art:

As I studied the elements and processes of alchemy I realized that the "gold" you are really looking for is self awareness and awakening so the little triptych of the girl waking up is the transmutation part. If you learn to work with the elements of your life and create a life's work or magnum opus that is the true transmutation. I can't wait to continue this series and grow into larger works and flesh out some of my other ideas like the element sprites and making the rest of the ceramic vessels for each element.

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3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: June 15, 2017 07:54:36 PM
Whoops I forgot to mention in my above transfiguration homework that it fits the class because I used a button for the center of the flower.

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4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: June 15, 2017 07:53:24 PM
Completed Owl:

Owl subject: transfiguration
House: Slytherin
Project: crocheted afghan

I proposed that I would transfigured lots of yarn into a warm throw sized blanket. I have completed this task and I even think it's a little bigger than I anticipated.

I chose the "one giant granny square" method.

Class: transfiguration
House: Slytherin
Project: my first kanzashi flower

I have been wanting to learn to make kanzashi flowers for a long time and then I saw a plastic thingy that they sold at my work to help you make them so I had to try it. The kanzashi maker thing was super fun and easy to use! My first flower didn't turn out as tight as I would like but I'm still happy with it. I'll wear it as a pin or an anywhere clip.

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5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: June 15, 2017 07:47:01 PM
Wow! The first couple of weeks of this term are bursting with such awesome creativity!

Jenleahlynn - I love your Tim Burton Pets painting!

Moonflame - adorable pocket medic!

Noodlebug - that fruit salad looks totally refreshing, and those glitter shoes are beautiful!

Abeeroad - I absolutely adore your prayer flags. I have been getting into some textile art type stuff myself and I found your work very inspiring for that.

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6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: June 10, 2017 09:04:32 AM
Thank you so much everyone for having us in your thoughts concerning our fur baby that passed on. The support from people like you all does really cushion the blow.

Whistlefish: such a cute scrapbook page!

Plaidpineapple: that weighted blanket looks super comfy I've been meaning to make one for myself.

Challenge: 5th anniversary: 2016 Mirror of Erised
House: Slytherin
Project: style in an instant maxi dress

I have been eye balling this fabric at work for weeks and I finally broke down and bought it. I'm so glad too because I'm really happy with how it turned out. It's so light and airy. It's not my usual style so it gave me something new to expand my fashion horizons. It was super easy as it was that kind of fabric that comes with the smocked top so all I had to do was sew it up the side and hem it so it wasn't under my feet.

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7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Convertible maxi dress ( which way is your favorite ?) on: June 07, 2017 12:46:08 AM
So adorable! I love all of the different configurations!

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8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: June 06, 2017 09:05:01 PM
Erinaquaheart and I's sweet kitty, Felix, passed away a couple of nights ago. He was 16 and we knew it was coming sooner or later but we obviously we're hoping for later and wish it didn't have to be such a surprise. We're glad it was sudden though. That way he didn't suffer long and we were able to be there with him in the end.

RIP sweet baby kitty.

Challenge: Floo: the moon
House: Slytherin
Project: memorial shrine picture frame

Our kitty Felix had so much light. He had a vibrant personality and was the most empathetic, loving cat I have ever known. So to reflect his light I made a memorial shrine picture frame to keep him in our hearts.

Class: defense against the dark arts
House: Slytherin
Project: baseball pillow
This project was yet another example I had to make for work. It's honestly one of the cutest and well thought out no sew projects I've seen. It fits the class because pillows are comforting and fleece is nice and soft.

I might try a variation of this pillow to keep for myself.

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9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: June 05, 2017 09:10:51 AM
Challenge: Floo: Kyoto
House: Slytherin
Project: Seigaiha inspired doodle

The Japanese culture has some unique and beautiful textile and design motifs that symbolize different things. In my doodle I took inspiration from the Seigaiha or wave motif that is seen a lot in Japanese textiles and folk art.

This pattern symbolizes surges of good luck, power, and resilience. You can see that I used this pattern to inspire the ocean in my drawing below:

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10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: June 05, 2017 08:32:09 AM
Ooh I'm excited about the 5th anniversary challenge!

Class: Apparition
House: Slytherin
Project: pirate cookies
I decorated these cookies as a demonstration in the middle of a busy store so they were crafted in public.

Class: history of magic
House: Slytherin
Project: faux cakes
These cupcakes are actually styrofoam so that they can sit on display for a long period of time BUT the icing is real and I can't lie and say that I didn't take a taste of it from time to time while decorating these. The icing was sweet and buttery reminding me of butter beer.

Challenge: house unity
House: Slytherin
Project: Mendhi cookies
When I teach a class I always like to use it as an excuse to make cookies of my own Smiley what better way to unify friends from different houses than to share a batch of colorful homemade cookies....and don't worry I did not infuse them with a sleeping draft like one particular Gryffindor is known for doing. :p

(This assignment is for the actual decorating not the baking of the cookies. Erinaquaheart was actually kind enough to bake these. She shared her sugar cookie recipe a few terms back but if needed I can post the recipe again)

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