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61  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Annabel Lee on: May 30, 2009 02:20:00 PM
My guy was awesome enough to buy me a huge canvas (its about 4 by 3.75 feet, and about 2.5 inches deep; stapled at the back, gallery-style) at my favorite thrift shop on one of their 50% off daysonly problem was that it was already painted.  Someone had painted a road on it.  It was sort of blocky and geometric, and it was monochromatic in the worst way.  It just wasnt that aesthetically appealing (to me).  Fortunately, I was able to save the giant canvas and make it more my style! 

I covered up the old painting with plain white gesso, then painted this:

Please excuse the awful flash spot.  Its too big to transport all the way downstairs just to take it outside to photograph.  Plus, it's cloudy today!  Another picture, with less flash:

I call it Annabel Lee (hooray for literary nerdiness!).  The waves have lots of depth that is not really captured in the photographs.  I painted them in subdued, moody colors:  violet, oranges, darker yellows, greens, browns, and blues; then, I applied a blue/medium gel mixture over the waves with palette knives.

Lastly, heres the texture I painted on the cliff. 

Like almost all of my paintings, I edged the canvas in black acrylic.  Its all in acrylics and medium gloss gel.  I love that I was able to rescue something that no one wanted and give it new life, as well as save a TON of money on a large canvas.  Let me know what you thinkI like constructive criticism!
62  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: My Family, complete on: May 30, 2009 12:30:44 PM
I like the arrangement of your paintings.  Did you freehand these?  You did a great job of achieving realism  Smiley
63  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Toilet roll holder on: May 30, 2009 12:28:09 PM
That is such a great idea!  About how much fabric did it take?
64  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Watercolor Stencil Portrait + TUTORIAL on: May 26, 2009 04:33:00 PM
gimp works really well, too.  (It's free and works on a bunch of operating systems.)
65  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: I am addicted....3 new hats *Img heavy* with pattern on: May 25, 2009 11:25:36 PM
Thanks for the pattern!  It'll definitely take me longer than 4 hours to make one (I'm terrible at following crochet patterns), but I'm excited.  I like the rosette.  Did you use a small, medium, or large one on the hats that you posted?
66  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dandelion Paperweight on: May 25, 2009 11:19:00 PM
I like this so much more than scary bugs encased in resin!  How do you do it so that the dandelion puff doesn't get smashed?
67  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Dog collars and leashes (how-to) on: May 23, 2009 02:55:23 PM
I wish I had seen this about two weeks ago...I dropped over ten dollars on a new leash for one of my puppies.  Thanks for the link to the tutorial!  Your finished products look great!
68  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Bleach stain on fave shirt, now recon'd into pink sugary goodness!! (NEW TUTE!!) on: May 18, 2009 06:58:31 PM
I love the striped fabric, and the little toothbrush is too cute!
69  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Sesame Street Sugar Cookie Extravaganza! (lots of pics) on: May 18, 2009 01:49:16 AM
I would have done anything for one of those cookie monster cookies...but all of them are so great!  I love the alphabet cookies, too.
70  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Wall decals and a painted mirror on: May 17, 2009 09:21:09 AM
I love the mirror!  Did it take a lot of paint?  I know that some glass paints are pretty expensive, since they come in tiny bottles.
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