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81  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Rubber Ducky, you're the one on: February 21, 2008 08:21:36 PM
I made this painting for some friends' birthdays last week. They have a collection of rubber ducks so I thought it would be fun to do a rubber ducky in the same style as the black bones paintings I've been doing. instead of bones, this one has black silhouettes of rubber ducks on the sides Smiley

rubber ducks are surprisingly fun to paint ^_^
82  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Black Bones Series #1 on: January 28, 2008 08:15:57 AM
last post for today, promise!

I made this painting for Izzy55 and her SO for christmas. Its a portrait of their dog, Iggy, part of a series of dog portraits that i've been working on. Unfortunately I scanned this one before it was antiqued, and while i think it looks pretty cool like this, it looks even better aged. Perhaps Izzy55 will post a pic of the finished painting for me when she has a chance.
I'm really enjoying these paintings, they're fun to look at. The brainwashing scene from Zoolander (Obey my dog!) always comes to mind when i look at it. It was sitting on my mantle for like a month and i miss it now Tongue

(the black bones are on the left and right sides of the canvas - 8x6" canvas)

83  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / strangers on: January 28, 2008 07:46:51 AM
Hello again!

Here is another mixed media collage, this time a christmas gift for other best bud. This one is done with beeswax from our hive on a 5x7" canvas, another experiment with some new techniques. again, i tried using butterfly wings, coating them in beeswax, and it looks pretty cool even if i did burn them a bit with the iron. hell, burning them probably improved the look for this type of piece. This piece smells so amazing. lesson from this piece was that certain things don't react well to a hot iron - did a packing tape image transfer (the snake in the upper left), but the tape went a bit squirelly when i passed over it with the iron. i don't mind the effect, but its something i will be careful of in the future. a nice thing about working with wax - if you don't like the placement of something, you can just scrape it off with the iron and try again. a very fun medium, just need a better system to keep the wax warm before i try this again.

more thoughts?
84  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Paradise Lost on: January 28, 2008 07:35:15 AM
Hello everyone,

I made this mixed media collage for best buddy and fellow craftster Nven for christmas (we just did our friend's gift exchange this past weekend -omg, wait till she posts what she made for me!!!). Now that she has it, i can finally show it off Smiley
Its on an 8x6" canvas - i tried a bunch of new things and i'm pretty happy with how it came out. I think the most interesting product of my last couple of experiments is different ways to use insect wings in collage. in this case, i coated the butterfly wing with gel medium, which made it transparent and much less delicate, but the powdery texture was unfortunately lost.

what do you think?

85  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / loon board on: January 08, 2008 09:09:42 AM
This is a scratchboard i made for mom for christmas. Like the snoopy painting, didn't get a proper scan before gifting it and the photo is rather blurry. I really like how the pattern on the loon's back turned out.

8"x10" clayboard scratchboard and ink.
86  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Black Bone Series #2: Snoopy on: January 08, 2008 09:06:22 AM
Hi all Smiley
I made this for my mom's bf for christmas. Unfortunately i didn't get a scan before giving it so all i have is this photo, and i'm missing a shot of the sides of the canvas on which i've painted the black bones i've named this series after. eventually i'll nick it back and get some proper scans. This is Snoopy (you've seen him in scratchboard form). The series is meant to look a like old propaganda posters, though my mom says they remind her of LSD inspired posters from the 60s Tongue

acrylic on 6"x6" canvas.
87  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / christmas card commission on: January 03, 2008 01:15:21 PM
Hey, hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday!

I made these 11 cards on commission for someone who wanted to give personalized holiday greeting cards to each of the people he worked with. please bare in mind that, disorganized as i am, i managed to forget about this until two days before deadline so i had to make them over the course of two evenings (two loooong evenings). the commission asked for the following themes/images: a calm lake, someone with an umbrella with documents falling out of the blue, squash (the sport), a lighthouse, owls, an open window with a breeze blowing through, someone hurdling over documents, a swiss army knife, a cowgirl lassoing a stack of documents, empathy/charity, and a rock. I believe each was supposed to represent a quality he appreciated in the recipients. i used blank watercolour cards, handmade paper, some transparent film-like paper (the name escapes me), silver pen and crystals to make the snowflakes, various images and coloured wax. for the "season's greetings", all the letters were cut out of an old christmas book. i was nervous he wouldn't like them, but he was thrilled, and paid me considerably more money than i had requested (which i immediately spend at a hair salon for a christmas cut and colour treat ^_^ ). he paid for these out of his pocket which i think is an amazing gesture of appreciation for his coworkers.

thanks for looking Smiley

oh and they are actually all the same size... just some magical photo resizing action going on here... ironic that its my two least favorites that are bigger Wink )

88  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Carly's rockstar necklace on: January 03, 2008 12:34:23 PM
Allo Smiley
I made this for my boyfriend's sister for her christmas present. I used four different black/gunmetal chains and a pink chain, Swarovski crystals (clear, fuscia, smoke and black) and skull, spider, bird, lightning bolt and crown charms (and various findings). i get the impression that she's a bit rough on things (being the sawmill-working, dirtbike-riding, party girl that she is) so i tried to make this a little more... solid... than what i usually make. the little keyring like jump rings i used were misery to work with. I really love the Swarovski star - i'm hoping there are still some left when i get to the store again. anyone ever notice how hard it is to photograph necklaces so they don't look like they're hanging crooked? many thanks to nven for taking these for me!

and the back

(excuse the gratuitous tat shot!)

89  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Raven on: December 18, 2007 11:00:13 AM
so christmas is making me crazy.
i've been very crafty but, alas, my friends are crafty too, so i can't post anything here till the new year for fear of being spotted prematurely by the recipients. so here is a raven scratchboard that i made for my bf, NOT as a christmas gift.
the original board is 16x20" but in scanning some of the black got cut off around the image. i like putting the white border around my scratchboard images - its a bit art nouveau-ish. for this board though, the success of the effect is dependant on how far you're standing from the board: if you're close, i think it looks really neat but from a distance, it kind of dominates the image. it could also be all the black space, i dunno. anyway, this is the only board i've made that actual gets to stay in my home! ^_^ i think this one also took me the longest - the feathers were a pain.

hope you enjoy!

detail shot:
90  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / my journey - beeswax mixed media on: November 28, 2007 09:05:27 AM
allo allo!

made this for my dad -mixed media using beeswax from our hive (on 8x6" canvas). it was a fun project and smelled marvelous ^_^
i'm nervous about shipping it... sending it today and hopefully it won't shatter en route... will send it fedex in hopes that a fast journey will reduce exposure to extreme temperatures.

i like the kind of dreamy effect the wax creates. does anyone else work with beeswax here? i'm looking for suggestions on how to seal the wax. personally i like it just the way it is, but the logistics of caring for the artwork over time (dust will stick to it, can't be in the sun, have to avoid temp extremes, etc) ... its perhaps not the most practical thing. Wink

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