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1  Fall 6x6 Art Swap in New Swap Theme Ideas by LeapFeetFirst on: August 06, 2018 07:02:54 AM

Who wants to do a 6X6 Canvas Art Swap?!!

For this swap you will create a piece of art in any medium you would like. The only constraints on the swap is that the canvas must be 6 inches by 6 inches and be at least 1-2 inches deep. Other than that- you have free reign to create what you want.

To add to the freedom to express yourself in this swap, I think I am going to run it as a secret swap- where you don't get the person's name until a few days before send outs. This way you don't have to worry about catering to someone's preferences and you can create what ever you would like.

If people aren't down with that idea, I am totally cool with running it as a regular swap as well- just let me know what you think!

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2  Re: More Art- Less Craft 6X6 Art Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LeapFeetFirst on: May 04, 2018 06:45:32 AM
Kwality570 made me the sweetest monster! I've loved these for ages and I am so glad to have one of my own  Grin

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3  Re: STS Spring Market 2018 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by LeapFeetFirst on: April 29, 2018 05:16:18 PM
Here is another photo of the fiber I sent to Smeddley  Grin It is full of bamboo, merino, mohair, and other fibery goodness

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4  Re: STS Spring Market 2018 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by LeapFeetFirst on: April 17, 2018 06:21:41 AM
Soon to be making it's way to anna.wahnsinn!!! Thanks for the claim.

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5  Winter Woes Wiped-out by Weaving in CHALLENGE 123 ENTRIES by LeapFeetFirst on: April 09, 2018 11:03:54 AM
After dealing with approximately 20 months of winter in Wisconsin, I decided that our new house needed some added color, fiber, texture, and fun - and this challenge came along at just the right time! Kismet!

Before I go into the fun progress shots, here is the finished art yarn weaving hanging on it's wall, bringing joy every time I enter or leave our house. ***EDIT*** I forgot to mention that this piece is about 10 inches wide by 3 feet long.

Finished Weaving

I knew that I want to incorporate more fiber art into my house, and luckily I had just dyed up some locks this fall. So, I combined those locks with some of my hand-dyed roving and used my new drum carder to make the squishiest batt.

Apparently I love bright colors:

I love my Fancy Kitten drum carder!

Squishy roving strips ready for spinning

I then handspun the roving into thick and thin singles that I then plied toghether to make a super bulky art yarn.


Plied Yarn

And another shot of the yarn becuase I love it so much!

After this, I wasn't sure how I was going to proceed. I had thought about making a loom using a picture frame, but I decided against that. Then after doing some Pinterest browsing, I decided to create a loom using a piece of wood. I wanted a weathered piece of wood and we just happen to have a set of stairs we are demolishing on our property. After breaking off three bits trying to get a board loose, I gave up on that idea and decided to use a piece of plywood leftover from another project.

I then marked out 1/2 inch spacings, hammered in some brass nails, and strung the nails with some handspun yarn.

First run at warping the board

However, this yarn was way too sticky so I decided to switch the warp with a thinner commercial yarn I had in my stash.

So now I was ready to start weaving my wall hanging. I used the hand-spun yarn as well as roving, bamboo fiber and hand dyed locks to create a piece that is full of texture and color. It only took me a couple of hours to weave and I learned so much. I can't wait to make another!!

Here are some close ups of the finished art

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6  Re: STS Spring Market 2018 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by LeapFeetFirst on: April 04, 2018 07:00:46 AM
Thank you for the claim thanate!!

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7  Re: STS (believe the twinkle) 2018 Discussion Thread in New Swap Theme Ideas by LeapFeetFirst on: April 02, 2018 08:31:05 AM
I added some small paintings to my shop!

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8  Re: STS Spring Market 2018 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by LeapFeetFirst on: March 30, 2018 08:54:06 AM
I actually remembered to take photos of the fiber I sent Smeddley- so here is another shot :-) it was so much fun playing with fiber again!

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9  More Art, Less Craft! 6x6 Art Swap 2018 S/U thru noon Apr. 4; S/O May 3 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by LeapFeetFirst on: March 23, 2018 07:20:46 AM
More Art, Less Craft! 6x6 Art Swap 2018


Artwork by the amazing alteredmommy

Swap name: More Art, Less Craft! 6x6 canvas swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  LeapFeetFirst
Sign-up date range: March 23 to April 4th at NOON
Date to send item by: May 3rd

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Additional Age requirement?  18+

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 18 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


Details of swap:
Feeling the need to flex your more art, less craft muscles?  Want some amazing art to inspire you?  Then this is the swap for you!  The only guideline to the swap were that you have to use a 6x6 square surface with deep edges (1-2 inches). Other than that you were free to use any medium you wish- acrylics, pastels, mixed media, assemblage etc. Please make sure the edges are wrapped as you will be required to finish the edges as well for a ready to hang piece.  No extras please!  

We will not be listing themes for this swap in order to give everyone some artistic license  in making their piece of art.  Please be open to wherever the muse takes your partner and give yourself freedom to play and create ART!!

-ONE 6x6 inch (edges can be 1-2) surface (stretched canvas, hardboard etc), NO EXTRAS please! Edges must be finished in whatever medium you are using.
-Any medium that can be used/applied to a surface is eligible-acrylic paints, oil paints, charcoal, oil sticks, pastels, wax pastels, mixed media, collage
-Swappers must send with Delivery Confirmation within the USA, international swappers must keep their receipt from the Post Office (a printed receipt from the cash register that clearly shows the date you sent)
-Please make sure that your piece is wrapped with care for transit, bubble wrap is our friend!!
- All swappers are required to post in the thread after sending in your signup.
-Pms should be labeled "6x6 canvas swap" with the appropriate action-Signup, Send, Receive

If you want to participate, information to send to LeapFeetFirst:

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country (formatted as your post office requires)
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? (YES/NO)
Confirm that are at least 18 years old(YES/NO)
What are your favourite colours?
Any colours/themes/mediums that you absolutely dislike?
What mediums do you think you may be using for your art piece?
Any allergens in your home?
Do you have any allergies?
Anything else you would like to share with your partner?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


LeapFeetFirst <-----> kwality570
geekgirl1000100 <-----> alwaysinmyroom
Onyxnox <-----> loves2experiment
WiccadWitch <-----> mandykaye
blupaisan <-----> JoyfulClover
Abbeeroad <-----> edelC
curiousfae <-----> alteredmommy
sheepBlue <-----> fatewineroses

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10  More Art,Less Craft Swap? in New Swap Theme Ideas by LeapFeetFirst on: March 14, 2018 08:32:53 AM

Many many moons ago, there was a More Art,Less Craft swap where we traded art with each other. The only guideline to the swap were that you had to use a 6x6 canvas. Other than that you were free to use any medium you wished, acrylics, pastels, mixed media, assemblage etc.

Here is a link to the gallery from that swap in 2012! More Art, Less Craft Swap 2012

Would there be any interest in doing another swap like that? I think I need more artwork in my life  Grin
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