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41  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Tell Me What Words You Want to Hear, Encaustic on Wood, Approx 5.5 x 5.5 inches on: July 23, 2009 09:37:31 PM
This piece is gorgeous.  I really admire your skill!  Cheesy
42  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / two new oil pastels on: July 23, 2009 09:34:04 PM
In lieu of being academically productive, Ive made two new oil pastel works:



Theyre both untitled as of now, and unsealed.  Both started as rescued thrift-store art.  The larger one in the gold frame is painted over an ugly Texas Hold Em wall hanging that just happened to be in a beautiful frame; the smaller one is over a picture of some garden trowels.  I just gessoed over the old stuff and painted on my new images.  The one in the gold frame is painted in water-soluble oil pastels with a super-limited color palette (8 colors), while the other one was done using a set that contained 32 pastels.
43  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Newest Cyanotypes! on: July 17, 2009 01:23:37 PM
Wow, those are gorgeous!  Good luck with your portfolio!
44  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Paper Lampshade Tutorial on: July 13, 2009 08:33:47 PM
That's so pretty!!  I want to make one with LED bulbs (maybe on a string?) to cut down on the risk of me forgetting to turn the thing off and having it so close to paper...  but yours is amazing looking, and I definitely think it's better to make something than to buy it from a high-end store.
45  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Zen-thingies on: July 11, 2009 03:25:38 PM
those are so pretty!!  Cheesy
46  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Birthdays Rock on: July 10, 2009 12:04:58 PM
That came out looking really cool, and I bet it was very tasty too!  I like how you used a sewer's wheel to trace it...that's ingenious.
47  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: New bedroom for my daughter's birthday. on: July 04, 2009 07:31:32 PM
I think the stairs/drawers are SO great!  I want to build a loft bed like this one!
48  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Talking Bird on: July 01, 2009 03:58:27 PM
This one is inspired by the Death Cab for Cutie song of the same name.  Its done on a thrift-store canvas that had a little painting of a cowboy and a bear (?) thing on itagain, wasnt my style but was definitely my price.  Plus, it was stretched SO tightly and is gallery-style, with the staples on the back; it would've been silly not to snap it up!  

I used up some booklets from my vintage sheet music stash (a yellowed concerto and a still-white clarinet piece, both from the 1950s), two huge sheets of tracing paper, and acrylics/acrylic gels; I then set to work writing out the lyrics to the song.  

I dont have before pictures, but heres a closeup of the result:

Heres the painting in its entirety.

Here it is, from the side.

And heres a closeup of the sheet music through the tracing paper.

Heres the process, if youre interested:
1.  Cut sheet music into strips and adhere in desired pattern onto painting surface (canvas, board, etc.)  Use ModPodge or acrylic gel medium.
2.  Get enough sheets of tracing paper (I used two huge ones) and use Sharpie markers to write whatever you want on it.
3.  Stick the tracing paper onto the sheet music, again using lots of gel-type glue.
4.  Let this dry.  Itll wrinkle a bit; thats why you did the writing before you stuck it onto the surface!
5.  Paint whatever you want onto the tracing paper.  I used acrylics that were mixed with medium weight gel in order to increase their transparency, but you could use whatever you want.  Repeat layers as many times as you want.
6.  Paint over the entire thing with your clear gel, and seal it!  Done!
49  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Favorite Quote : Pictureframe [IMG HEAVY] on: July 01, 2009 03:30:53 PM
That's beautiful.  I like how you strategically placed it so that you can see it multiple times per day!  And I didn't know that about the dollar store; I'll have to go check one out soon  Cheesy
50  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Making Lavender Bottles on: June 25, 2009 12:05:04 PM
That is such a great idea...how long does the fragrance last?
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