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11  Portrait of the artist as a young girl (with a unibrow) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by jesskreck on: August 24, 2008 07:47:45 AM
I've started reading graphic novels in the last year and lately I've been inspired to try my hand at drawing and illustrating (which I really haven't done since I started painting in high school).  I tend to paint in a pretty realistic style, so this was a lot of fun to do:

This is an illustrated portrait of myself as a 2 or 3 year old.  I was especially inspired by Frida Kahlo's portraits of children and by Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel "Persepolis." I found that the illustrated style allowed me to capture the quirkiness and humour that I wanted for this portrait.  I think I'm hooked now!

Thanks so much for looking!
Let me know what you think!

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12  Plastic Bag Princess in Costumes: Completed Projects by jesskreck on: July 12, 2008 05:30:32 AM
....all hail Jessica, Queen of the Eco-Geeks!!!

Hi everyone!

I recently started a job where I share an office with people who do educational environmental programming with kids.  The project that I'll be working on hasn't really started yet so in the meantime I'm helping out everyone else...so I made a princess costume out of plastic bags!! I made the wand and princess hat out of fused plastic, and made the skirt by tying plastic bags onto an old curtain.  Unfortunately this picture only shows the back of the skirt, it's much fuller on the other side!  I also made a bunch of adjustable crowns out of the fused plastic for kids to wear.

This was so much fun to make!!!! Let me know what you think!

....and thanks for looking!
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13  Quilted Super Mario Cushion!! in Quilting: Completed Projects by jesskreck on: July 07, 2008 08:50:59 PM
So my brother turned 30 a few months ago and I decided that I should make him a very special birthday present.  I realized that nothing says "Woo! You're 30!" like a cushion with a quilted video game character!

I found a very helpful pattern on this blog: http://diynamite.wordpress.com/2006/10/31/super-mario-quilt-block/

It actually didn't take too long to do since I didn't have to figure out the pattern myself... if I were to attempt this again, I would definitely spend the extra dollar and get 100% COTTON and not a poly blend, and I would also put a border around it so that you could see the image better.

I'm trying to find a similar image of Princess Peach so I could make a matching one for his girlfriend, but I haven't had much luck finding a Mario 1 or 2 image....

Thanks so much for looking!
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14  4 Realistic Paintings?!?! My oh my! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by jesskreck on: June 15, 2008 03:41:10 PM

Like I mentioned in my last post in this category, I have just entered the new millennium and bought a digital camera (it's nice to be here!) and I can finally take photos of the paintings that I've done in the last few years.  Here are a few of the more realistic ones that I'm proud of:

This is loosely based on a random photo from the '70's that I found in my family's box of photos, and after I showed my mum the painting and the photo, she had completely forgotten when and where the photo was from!

This was a wedding present for my friends Adam & Lee:

This is a self-portrait:

This is from a photo I took at my friend Karen's cottage:

Thanks so much for looking!

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15  4 Abstract Paintings! Oh my! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by jesskreck on: June 14, 2008 02:20:43 PM
I recently entered the new millennium and bought a digital camera, so I thought that I'd post some paintings that I've done in the last few years.

(this last one is still in progress!)

Let me know what you think! Thanks so much for looking!!
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16  A couple of scarves with flowery flair! in Crochet: Completed Projects by jesskreck on: June 08, 2008 06:39:50 PM
I recently got back into crochet and made these scarves.  I added the flowers for some extra flair:

I was thinking that it would be better to make the flowers into pins so that you can adjust them depending on how you are wearing the scarf...I guess I'll have to make a couple more scarves now!

I used this great YouTube video to learn how to make the flowers:

Thanks for looking!!

(Scarves were modelled by my wonderful friend Lee in 30 degrees Celcius weather!)

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17  Six zippered pouches! Oh my! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by jesskreck on: June 07, 2008 04:07:04 PM

I recently bought a lot of second-hand fabrics and made these pouches with them!

(the top green and blue pouch didn't show up very well)

(I have e.r.i.k.a.'s tutorial to thank! https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=22875.0)

Let me know what you think, thanks for looking!
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18  Leftover yarn + Too much time = A scarf! in Knitting: Completed Projects by jesskreck on: April 16, 2008 02:42:24 PM
Over the years my mum and I have accumulated a lot of little balls of yarn that never seem to get used...I noticed that there were a lot of greens and colours that looked nice with greens, so I decided to make a scarf.

The super knitters who see this are probably cringing at all of those yarn ends but I like it enough  to leave them be!

Thanks for looking!!

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19  My first quilt is *FINISHED* in Quilting: Completed Projects by jesskreck on: March 11, 2008 02:37:08 PM
(I'm so excited to post my first project on Craftster!!!)

...So the unfinished quilt heap in my apartment that has been taunting me for the last seven months has now transformed into a FINISHED QUILT!!!

I used the colour scheme and pattern of a quilt in The Idiot's Guide to Quilting, a book which I would definitely recommend.  The Singer book The New Quilting by Machine was also very helpful.

The backing fabric and about half of the patches are from bedsheets that I bought from Goodwill.  They were really cheap and I'm always a fan of reusing instead of buying something new.  Thanks to my friend Jen for taking this awesome photo!

Thanks for looking!!!
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