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21  UNITED STATES / Alabama / Huntsville Meetup - Panoply Edition on: April 17, 2009 07:25:59 AM
Hi all,

Is anyone interested in meeting up at Panoply next weekend?  I was thinking of going on Saturday 4/25, but I'm fairly flexible.  Smiley 
22  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Flying Zebras for Christmas on: December 26, 2008 09:57:49 AM
Hello all,

My sister made us a wonderful quilt for Christmas this year (for our baby who will be born in a few months).  She is not a craftster user, so I want to share it here with everyone. Smiley

The whole quilt.  It measures about 5 feet by 5 feet so it's quite big!

One of the four panels with brightly colored piecework.

Detail of the border fabric with flying multi-colored zebras and the reverse which is black and white zebra pattern (Babies love contrast so this side will be more interesting to him in the first month or two)

She machine sewed all the piecework, but I believe she handquilted it and handstitched the binding. 

This such an awesome quilt, I think my kid will be loving it for years and years! Cheesy
23  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / A woman knitting in BLUE on: July 10, 2008 04:20:18 PM
So for a swap I needed to combine Art and Wool in a painting.  I was inspired by "The Old Guitarist" by Picasso.  However instead of an old man playing a guitar I thought it would be a laugh to make it a woman knitting.  I used acrylics on an 11"x14" canvas.

So here it is including some in progress pics!

Finished!  This is from a good scan of the painting and shows the colors more accurately.  Overall it was fun because I tried a lot of new things and I think it turned out rather cute.

Background setup...just shapes and colors here nothing detailed

Sorry about it being sideways, I uploaded it then realized it was on end...have no energy to fix it yet.
Background is filled out and the main figure is sketched in.

The main figure is nearly done, except for hair, hands and feet.  I love painting/drawing hair, but hands and feet are my weak spot

She's looking more finished, but now she needs something to knit

Thank you for looking!
Comments/Criticism(constructive) gladly welcomed. Smiley
24  COOKING / Dessert / Patriotic Cupcakes: a variation on a well-loved theme! on: July 05, 2008 06:42:59 AM
Inspired by this post, I made cupcakes for my family get-together on the 4th yesterday.  Only I tweaked it to make it patriotic! Smiley

I used Pillsbury white cake mix (I like to keep things simple) and whipped up a simple buttercream icing.  To get the red, white and blue icing effect, I simply smeared a stripe of food coloring gel on each side of my icing bag using a butter knife (one side red and one side blue in this case), then I loaded it with plain icing.


Closeup - layered:)
25  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Cute Lil Mermaid! - With In-Progress photos on: June 14, 2008 09:31:10 AM
Hi all,

This is my first time to post in the More Art Less Craft forum so be gentle Smiley

I made this lovely little mermaid for a swap and now that the lucky dear has her, I can post pics.

Photo of the completed painting, gleaming with varnish about to be pack up to travel abroad!

The canvas measures 11"x14" and is the second biggest painting I've ever done (self-taught, hobby-artist and all that), painted with acrylics.  I took lots of in progress photos so I could go back and watch it develop over and over.  I've only posted a few here though Wink

Here we go:

I made  a sketch while hanging out with feelix one evening and really liked it Smiley

Starting with Water, then adding sunbeams after drying.

Adding Sand and Seaweed

Adding Coral, a Sunken Chest, Mermaid (roughly) and other details

Adding a rough outline of the driftwood framing, lots more detail all around, but what's up with her hair, it's so flat!

Finished except for varnish.  Her hair looks good now, and so does the driftwood frame.

Thanks for looking!

Comments/Criticism gladly welcomed! Cheesy
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Sugar skull zipper pouch...with sequins on: May 22, 2008 08:25:22 AM
For the Zipper Pouch swap, my partner really liked Sugar Skulls and bright colors. 

So after a small disaster with a freezer paper stencil and fabric paint (yep still working on *that* learning curve), I resorted to felt, because it has not let me down yet.  I used some sequins in different shapes and colors because they just made me think of Dia de los Muertos.  I also learned how to make a French Knot (thanks Katxena!).

Here's a closeup of the sugar skull

The pieces before assembly

The Whole Pouch


I tied some beads onto the zipper pull for extra decoration but didn't get photos before mailing.

Also this is the first time I played with piping...I *love* it now and want to use it a lot in the future Smiley

Thanks for looking!  Comments, suggestions always welcomed!  Please tell me what you think of it! Cheesy
27  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Handwritten and illustrated Story Book-14 pics (dial-up users beware!) on: April 02, 2008 07:27:08 PM
Now I know how all those poor monks in the middle ages felt as they copied texts all day.  Talk about a cricked neck!  I worked on this project for a swap and put quite a bit of time into it.  However, it is something I've always wanted to try.  I'm fascinated by the idea of a handmade, handwritten, handillustrated one of a kind book.  So I made one.

The story is Little Red Riding Hood, obviously.

I used some scrap matboard for my covers and followed the tutorial here for binding the book:
The cover piece is a watercolor painting matted with the same paper as the inside cover, framed with ribbon.  The whole thing is lacquered to within an inch of its life and glued to the cover.  The lettering is simply gold acrylic paint.

I used fancy linen-textured paper for the inside covers.  This was the only thing I bought new for this project.

Title Page. The ink is just ordinary calligraphy ink (the kind in a cartridge and pen).  The illustrations are done in watercolor and outlined with black artists' marker (ZIG Millenium...I *love* these markers!).

Dedication page.  Names are blurred out to protect the innocent and guilty. Wink

The Story.

I was inspired by some kawaii Japanese fabric in my partner's wist, so yes, there must be big eyes and a pointy hood on little Red.

I had to learn how to draw a wolf for this project.  I'd never done so.  (other animals, yes, but not a wolf). 

I love how my backgrounds turned out in these illustrations...I'm still working at painting/drawing whole scenes as opposed to isolated people or things.

Little Red's posture here is awesome, I think.  She's looking at "grandma" but her body is turned away.  She knows there's something off, but she's not sure what it is.

Rather than make a gruesome scene, I think a spilled basket and flowers is more tasteful (and easier to draw!)

The End!

I ruled the pages in pencil (I can't *draw* in a straight line, let alone write in one!) and sketched in the layout (where the words go and where the pics go).  I'm a chronic doodler and I'm sure it shows in the flowers and such.  After calligraphy and inking the pics, I erased the pencil.  Watercolors came in last.  I used standard watercolor paper cut in half and folded.  For the first time I broke into the watercolor pastes that someone gave me ages ago (i've used watercolor pencils but never pastes out of tube).  I normally prefer acrylics, but I'm pretty happy with what the watercolors gave me.

Once I made the pages, the rest was fairly easy.  However, binding takes *patience*!  Do a little bit, and let it all dry before you can do more.  Move too soon and you have a big mess.

All in all, I'm pretty happy with the result as long as I don't look too closely (I start seeing all my errors up close, and there are many many errors).  It was fun but is was also very very time-consuming.

All hail Gutenberg...in the future, any books I make will definitely involve a printer! (Naturally, my sister is already asking for her own one of a kind book, so that might be happening soon)

Cheers to all!  I hope you enjoyed looking at my project Smiley

28  COOKING / Dessert / Emergency Easter Cake on: March 23, 2008 01:37:04 PM
Hi all,

I found out at about 10am that DH and I are going to visit the in-laws and oh, by the way, could we bring dinner rolls and dessert?  They are so lucky I keep a reasonably well stocked pantry.  Wink

I whipped together an Easter cake using a yellow cake mix.  I tried to make a lemony custard filling (I'll let you know if it turned out when I've tried it), then went crazy decorating it.  The frosting for the basket has nutmeg and a little bit of cocoa mixed in to help with the color and give it a little kick, the rest is vanilla buttercream (well, I had no milk or cream, so I emptied the last little bit of a can of whipped cream into it). 

I needed a refresher on how to do a basketweave, so I found one here:

Those two caramel eggs on top are the only Easter candy we have in the house and it hurt me to give them up.

It's nowhere near the prettiest cake I've ever decorated, but it'll do, plus the frosting turned out yummy. 

Oh yeah, and I knocked out some rolls too...if they taste good, I'll post the recipe later.  But the dough was great to work with and a nice eggwash sure made them look pretty! Smiley
29  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / watercolor question on: March 21, 2008 12:53:04 PM
Hi all,

Ok, so I'm fairly new to working with watercolors and now that I've actually produced something that I like with them, I want to know if there's anything I can add to preserve and protect the image without destroying it.  Would Kamar varnish be right?  How about Workable fixative(Hairspray) like I use with charcoals?  Ideally, I'd like to make it at least a little bit waterproof (in case a liquid gets splashed on it).

I hope that someone here can help me. 

Thanks! Smiley
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My neighbor rocks! on: March 06, 2008 02:42:50 PM
Hi all,

My wonderful neighbor and fellow craftster has been helping me to learn how to sew properly.  With her help and her pattern, I was able to make this nifty bag.  For once I've made something where the lining fits and where all the parts fit together.  Some of the seams are even almost sort of straight Wink

Neighbor, you're the best! Grin

It's blue twill with brightly colored lining and an outside pocket

I love the crazy inside colors.  I also made a cell phone pocket and a pen pocket out of scraps (these are the 2 things I always have trouble finding in any bag!)

Comments/Criticism gladly received. Smiley
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