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21  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / a tribute on: April 18, 2009 08:34:47 AM
In grade 12 for painting and drawing our final project was completely open- the only restriction we were given was size, and the teacher had to approve the idea first. I turned 18 in April of grade 12, and 4 days before my birthday my cat died of liver failure. it sucked hard. I'd had the cat (Scratchy) since I was a toddler so I'd grown up with him all my life and it was a huge change for me. This was just about 2 months after the fact, so I guess as a kind of therapy I decided to do a tribute to him and paint him for my final project. Cheesy

I'm sorry I just re-read that and it's totally a sob story, lol. point is I loved my cat dearly and painted his picature. grayscale acrylic on canvas, 30x30", and although I have majorly improved since grade 12, it's still one of my favourite paintings ever because it has so much more meaning.  Smiley

full canvas

oddly I just realized it's 3 years to the day that he died. go figure, that's kinda creepy.

anyway, my sister did the same image as a drawing project this year for grade 10 drawing and painting with the same teacher (she also taught my mom in high school Cheesy) so if I can get a hold of her picture I'll try and post it here just cause it would be neat.

thanks for looking and putting up with my sappyness. Cheesy

-Ally Smiley

EDIT: here's my sister's graphite rendition of the same picture. sorry but her photo kind of sucks, and there has since been coffee spilled on the actual piece so no retakes. Sad

22  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / what a strange still life on: April 18, 2009 08:15:34 AM
One of my first assignments for Painting 2P02 was to do a still life. My prof is crazy though, and his restrictions were this: a red apple, a green apple, and an egg on a white plate. painted in grayscale.
(obviously a colour translation exercise) so I decided to be tricky and make a weird arrangement. Tongue got brownie points for it too Cheesy

so here is the finished grayscale image:

and then he had us use tinted glaze to add colour to the painting. I think I liked it better in grayscale, but it looks good both ways. here it is with glaze:

apple-egg detail

fabric detail

so c+c? thanks for looking!

ps: forgot to mention: its acrylic on canvas, 16x20"
23  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Monochrome Trome L'oeil! on: April 18, 2009 08:07:26 AM
For Painting 2P02 last semester one of our assignments was to create a collage/montage out of stuff of one colour- a monochrome.

here's my collage! (the colours are off because i took this picture at night using overhead lighting- I know, I know- I usually take photos using daylight, but the collage has long since been destroyed, so I couldn't retake it. oh wellz)

Then we had to paint it as a trompe l'oeil (trick of the eye) which basically meant make it look as if your canvas is your collage. render as accurately as possible. here is mine:

upper left corner detail- glass fishtank stones, beads, a moosehead bottlecap

bottom left corner detail- fabric remnant, army man, bead

middleish detail- army men, feather, fabric, paper, birthday candles and more glass stones

buttons, pins, stones

ribbon, paper, beads (sorry about the glare, didn't notice it until I put the pic in the post!)

acrylic on canvas, 24x30". and there you have it! thanks for looking and c+c always welcomed

24  COOKING / Dessert / L'il pies- first try!! on: April 18, 2009 07:02:08 AM
While surfing craftster yesterday because I was bored and procrastinating on my exam studying (tsk tsk) I remembered this post from Sinjah with an apple pie recipe. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=299490.0) Now, I have never made either pastry OR a pie from scratch before (or even as a pre-packaged thing....I've just never made pie!)

Decided it was about time I tried it, so I used Sinjah's recipe with minor alterations. In the pie crust, I also added about 2mL of ground cinnamon, and in the filling I used half white and half brown sugar and added a teensy weensy little minute pinch of cayenne pepper. (it's a trick I learned from my Grandma, you can't taste it but it amplifies all the delicious flavour because it's a contrast. I like how that makes sense to me in relation to complementary colours. Cheesy) I also cooked them for only 20 minutes and they were perfectly golden.

Anywho, they turned out alright for a first try, but I didn't have baking apples so the ones I used didn't release as much of the juices as they should have, making it a little dry. If I had had baking apples they probably would have been lovely little pies.

cooling on the windowsill - i felt so domestic lol

close up- I used a little extra dough to frame the pie on the left because I served it to the bf when he got homefrom work with whipped cream as a little "i love you" surprise.

hey wait a sec-----who's the big guy?

this was the one problem I had with the recipe- I halved it, and there were not enough apples to fill the 5 shells that the dough gave me. might have been the type of apple that I used. anyway, I decided to make a peanut butter and banana pie because it was the only other sweet ingredient I had in the house. I mixed peanut butter with some sugar and a teeny bit of egg substitute (similar to the pb cookie recipe on the jar- but less egg so less cookie-y.) and layered that with sliced bananas.

There you can see the banana poking out on the right hand side amidst all the peanut butter meltyness.
Honestly- I do not recommend copying this idea. It was horribly sweet and heavy. I LOVE peanut butter and it was just too much for me. Maybe I could figure out a way to blend the peanut butter with something else to make it less rich and perhaps fluffier, but I truly think I'll just stick to apples and other fruits. Cheesy Live and learn.

thanks for looking!! c+c welcome. and I'd love to hear your ideas on the peanut butter thing. lol.
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The buttercup bag in spring rainbow! on: April 14, 2009 10:22:21 AM
Hey everyone

last post today, I promise. Tongue

Story goes: I have no purse for spring. I have 2 large-ish bookbags I use for school, but I have not a sinlge purse. (how on earth does that happen??) I'm so picky with purses it's ridiculous! I usually just carry around my wallet like a clutch and put my phone in my bra, but the one purse I had last year fell to pieces when I tried to use it at school in september, SO I searched all the tutorials I could find and decided that I liked this one the best: http://madebyrae.blogspot.com/2009/02/free-buttercup-bag-sewing-pattern.html

The only thing I changed was the type of closure and the length of the strap. I got both these fabrics on major sale at fabricland which pleased me very much, and the buttons are actually fabric brads that came in a big package at the dollar store. (how happy do you imagine I was when they magically matched both this bag and the wallet I also made!!?)

Okay okay, on to pictures:

hooray little double pocket inside!

with my sexay new-made wallet inside

for size reference (please don't judge, I would normally NEVER take a lame mirror pic but my tripod is packed away for moving in 10 days and I was too excited to wait for someone to come home)

so there it is, hope you like! c+c always welcome! hooray a purse!!

-Ally Cheesy
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Thrifted Napkins Wallet on: April 14, 2009 10:10:20 AM
Hey everyone,

This is my second attempt at this tutorial: http://www.burdastyle.com/howtos/show/1652

After my angry vinyl attempt, I chose a much easier to work with fabric, and modified the pattern a bit to include a clear pocket for my driver's license/bus pass. Other than that it's just the same organizer wallet, but now with 100% more epic awesomeness from retro napkins!! (they are a decent meduim weight cotton blend, similar to lightweight canvas, and I used a fat quarter for the contrasting fabric)

hooray!!! I'm so pleased with it, I'm showing everyone!! c+c welcomed of course!!

-Ally Cheesy

27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / evil vinyl organizer wallet on: April 14, 2009 10:00:55 AM

like many craftsters, I found this wallet tutorial (http://www.burdastyle.com/howtos/show/1652) and loved it, so decided to try it with some wicked purple vinyl I had gotten on sale at fabricland. This turned out to be a bad idea. I used lubricant and pins and everything and I still wanted to shoot my machine and throw out the wallet by the time i was finished. this wallet tut+vinyl=THICK and stretchy weirdness. That being said, it didn't turn out too bad, but I'm so angry with it that I decided I have to give it away as a birthday gift rather than keep it, haha. Anyway, picture time!

I would say the third pic is the most accurate colour, but I used natural light so they're all pretty good except that vinyl reflects. Sad
so what do you think??

-Ally Cheesy
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Boyfriend's Wallet on: April 14, 2009 09:52:24 AM
Hey everyone!
Here's a short story: my boyfriend's wallet was falling to pieces and fraying to all hell. So i confiscated it while he was at work the other day and made him a new one!! He chose the fabric from my stash, and I re-used the zipper, clear plastic and velcro from his old wallet.

Now, I didn't have any masculine fabric to use for the outside, so my brilliant idea was to dye some canvas that I had left over from the last bunch of canvases that I made for my painting class. it worked out pretty well, but the browns are just a little bit mismatched. oh well, he doesn't care. Cheesy I dyed it with watered down acrylics. works beautifully. hooray!! Picatues now!!

ps: you may or may not be able to see it in all the pictures, but I used a contrasting green thread to make it less of a boring brown blob (at my own discretion - I'm lucky he liked it!)

thanks a lot, hope you like!! c+c welcomed as always!

-Ally  Cheesy
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Casual princess dress and purple tights on: March 15, 2009 09:57:22 AM
Okay, so being in university I get really fed up with schoolwork and have fits of sewing every so often. usually its just altering things so they fit me better, but on one occassion this happened:

I made my own pattern out of a design that came to me in a dream. (totally true- i dreamt i was wearing this, and when I woke up, i sketched it out and decided to make it.) The white is a very soft, semi-stretchy cotton blend, and the black fabric was just simple winter-weight jersey. The whole bodice and the skirt are fully lined due to the white fabric being semi see through, and I made the tights to go with it out of a polyester stretch I had gasmed over and bought when it was on the clearance rack.  Grin  no pattern for those either, they just kind of happened. (it certainly was not warn enough to wear a dress without tights, and -you may have noticed- you can no longer buy opaque tights that include a foot. stupid 80's fashions coming back in style.)

front detail

sleeve detail- hooray for princess sleeves!!

look- FEET on tights! what a novel idea! AND I'm not going to wear them with nothing over top. hooray!!

anywho, C+C welcome. thanks a lot!
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / flowery dress for a wedding on: March 15, 2009 09:44:41 AM
This is another dress that I made last summer. It was for my bf's cousin's wedding. what a great excuse to make a dress! It's based on NewLook 6557 view E, but I changed the skirt so that I could keep the edge pattern in tact. I also had to alter the bust area because New Look assumes everybody is a C cup. yeah...Im not.

 It's a little big...I didn't realize that until i was putting it on to go to the wedding, so I had no time to fix it, and I havent worn it since then. I'll probably fix it before I wear it next. -anyway the point of that was I have it pinned in the back for these pics, so it looks less-than-perfect in the waist area.

(here you can see where it's pinned and lumpy, but I'm sure you understand.  Wink)

so yeah, what do you think?

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