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21  One-of- a-kind Art t-shirts in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by KrazyKitty on: July 11, 2009 08:37:27 PM
I've been inspired as of late, so in order to take advantage of it, I've started working on a few projects. One of them is making t-shirts for my nephews. A while back I picked up a bunch of plain white t's for a dollar each and although I didn't know what I would do with them, I stocked up!  Huh
I made these a while back using spray paint, acrylic paint with fabric medium, and some homemade stencils(The Mona Lisa and Darth Vader I got on-line, but I can't remember where!). He absolutely loved them and my sister tells me they're his favorites to wear because his "tia" (aunt) made them special for him

And here's the latest one. I basically cut out the monsters freehand out of felt and used embroidery thread to applique them on to the shirt.I have a few other ideas rolling around in my head for the next ones.

Thanks for looking!
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22  Re: Van Gogh drawing exercise:New pic in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by KrazyKitty on: June 26, 2009 11:20:12 AM
I finally got around to finishing "Landscape with couple walking and crescent moon". I'm not as happy with this one mostly because I didn't have all the right shades of permanent markers. I ended up having to use colored pencils to get some of the shades.I did have fun working on it, though.Thanks for looking!

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23  Van Gogh drawing exercise in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by KrazyKitty on: June 18, 2009 11:24:51 PM
I recently rediscovered a huge coffee table book of Van Gogh's complete works that I got as a gift. I was inspired and started trying to redraw some of his work using permanent markers. I mostly did it as a drawing exercise to study the way he uses color and texture, but now I'm hooked. Here's my first attempt: The Artist's Bedroom. I also added another work in progress. I'll post the finished product as soon as I'm done. I would love to get some feedback.Thanks for checking it out!

I like it, but of course,all I see are the things I would do differently.

I'm so impatient. I want it done now!
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24  Recycled Faux Leather Magazine/Book Holder w/lots of pics in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by KrazyKitty on: May 10, 2009 12:41:48 AM
Hi everyone! This is my first project post, so bear with me... Smiley

I have 2 cats and the litter I use comes in a cardboard box.  They started piling up (quickly!), but I felt bad throwing them away, so I kept them thinking about what to do with them  Huh. Finally, it came to me! I've seen how-to's on re-purposing cereal boxes into magazine holders, but they always seemed flimsy to me.The boxes I had turned out to work perfectly for this because they're so sturdy.

Here's the result. Thanks for looking! Smiley

1.empty cardboard box
2.brown paper
4.x-acto knife
6.gel medium(or white glue, thinned a little with water)
7.wood stain
9.acrylic paint(burnt umber,yellow oxide)
10.paper towels or old rags

After cutting the box diagonally,I cumpled the brown paper(you can use paper bags) and then cut a piece large enough to fit the the cardboard. Leave enough to wrap over the edges. Glue the paper down using the gel medium(or glue).The more wrinkles the better.

After I wrapped the outside I cut pieces to line the inside with. You can skip this part, which I did on my first sample, but having it unlined drove me crazy...my OCD acting up  I coated the surfaces with a couple of layers of gel medium, letting it dry between coats.

Take the acrylic paint and dab it all over with the brush, letting the colors blend on the surface of the paper. Wipe off any excess paint as you go along.You'll end up with dark and light spots in the wrinkles of the paper.

Then I took the stain and wiped it all over the box. I did this a couple of times.The stain gives it a little bit of a shine and adds depth to the different shades of brown.( You really can't tell the difference yet, but you'll see the effect in the final pictures)

Here it is after the extra coats of stain. I also added a couple of coats of gel medium for extra shine and protection. BTW, the height of the front of the holder is 4".

I really like the seam in the back for some reason.

I love all the texture.

I love how it turned out.I ended up making 5 of them in an assembly line and it went pretty quickly. I also made the leftover scraps I cut off the box into small holders to store cards or cds. I have yet more boxes, but I'm thinking about using a turquoise(y)milk paint and white acrylic for an antiqued look.

I would love any feedback you might have!

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25  FREE art vent! West Hollywood May 16 in California: South by KrazyKitty on: April 24, 2009 01:04:16 PM
Hello everyone! Here's some info about an event I'm helping put together. We're happy to be able to offer this event to the community, especially in these cash-strapped times.Hope you can join us!

The City of West Hollywood celebrates its 2nd annual Chalk Art in the Park Saturday, May 16th, 2009 from 11a.m.-4p.m.  Chalk Art in the Park is an exciting FREE event designed to celebrate the creativity of our community and promote the importance of public art, as well as providing a safe place for families to gather.  We will provide pastels and a goody bag, generously donated by Whole Foods in support of Chalk Art in the Park, to the first 100 participants; all you need to bring is your imagination! There will also be raffles throughout the day. The Chalk Art Contest is open to all ages and abilities. Be sure to reserve your spot beginning April 11th at the Plummer Park office.   Plummer Park is located at 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. Sign up early because space is limited! For more information please call: (323) 848-6530.

Send me a convo if you would like me to add you with: Your name, phone number, age, and whether you would like to participate in the Chalk Art Contest.If you need more than one square, let me know and I'll see what we can do.


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