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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Nebula Journals in UV-Reactive Paint on: October 04, 2017 09:26:48 AM
I just finished a series of journals/sketchbooks that I've been working on for about a year, on and off.



I used UV-reactive acrylic paint on wood. I suspect that not many people would be doing their writing/sketching by blacklight, but I think it looks cool. Looks really neat with 3-D glasses on, too.











Have to touch up a few stars that had a paint transfer issue and try to fix those rings of paint  Tongue, but it's a relief to have them (mostly) done.

2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Little Orphan Annie on: September 07, 2017 07:47:01 AM
My toddler is absolutely enthralled with the classic version of Annie. The songs, the dancing...he loves it all.

Naturally, I had to make him an Annie of his own to cuddle. He was thrilled!  Cheesy

I used the Free spirit pattern for the doll and improvised the hair and dress. Doll is wool stuffed with wool; dress, bloomers, and hair are cotton. I did a bit of soft sculpting of the face and needle-felted her eyes and mouth.





3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Monster High Draculara Repaint/Reroot on: June 30, 2017 09:48:37 AM
She was originally supposed to end up as the Norse goddess Frigga, but then I ran out of the coffee-dyed yarn and had to switch to green, ran out of that and finished with a multi-colored yarn. Now she looks more like a Mother Earth-type to me. So it goes.

Sorry, she still needs clothes, but who knows when I'll get around to that, lol. She was just an experiment, one of those hey-I-saw-that-on-Pinerest kind of whims. I had almost all the materials on hand from a micro-BJD I did last year, so that helped.

Her face is done in watercolor pencils and pastels, and a bit of acrylic paint. Her hair is handspun wool, some dyed with coffee and some with food coloring.

Here are the tutorials I watched:
Re-paint: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHu5LuI4-c4
Re-root: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxosPxuYQAU

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Cartoon Craziness Quilt on: January 12, 2016 03:32:59 PM
A few months ago, I transitioned my preschooler from his toddler bed to a full size bed. That meant that he needed a new quilt (he's had to make-do with a couple smaller ones while I worked).

I let him pick out the fabrics, and he chose his favorite characters/shows/movies - Paw Patrol, Doc McStuffins, Mickey, Sponge Bob, Staw Wars, Doctor Who, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Minions, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Cars. I chose the glittery stars and the grey sashing. The back of the quilt is fat quarters in mostly geometric or batik prints in blue/grey/black/white. I figured that his quilt would outlast his love of some of those cartoons.

Everything was stitched on my machine, and I'm thrilled that I was able to shove this massive blanket under the arm while quilting. (My son even chose the shooting star motif that I used.) It ended up being queen-sized, though I was going for over-sized full. Oops.

He was so happy to have it done (and so am I).



Back:


Before quilting:


Thanks for looking!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Nebula Jean Jacket on: August 31, 2015 07:51:29 PM
After painting a few t-shirts, I thought it might be fun to paint my old jean jacket. I even took the plunge and used my UV-reactive paints. So, this thing practically sparkles under blacklights. I actually started this project last year, but I ran out of white UV paint and had to re-order.

I gave it the usual treatment. Bleached away the color in a few areas and painted the dark areas with blue and purple. Blue and what was supposed to be turquoise (but ended up looking more green) on the edges of the bleached-out sections. White in the middle and then blown through a straw to make the stars. Any weird splatters get to become the brightest stars.






It's a little flashier than what I normally wear, but I love it.
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Blue Butterfly Elf Doll on: July 07, 2015 10:39:07 AM
This poor doll has been sitting on a shelf in my sewing room for years, waiting for me to finally dress her. It took me long enough, but I stitched her dress on yesterday.

I had this really pretty, blue monarch butterfly print that matched her hair, so I cut out as many individual "wings" as I could. I used a flame to singe the edges and keep them from unraveling, then I pinned the little pieces onto the doll to make the dress. I just hand-stitched the edges down with some variegated thread, trying not to sew the dress to the doll. It went together very quickly, and was probably the easiest method for making a doll's dress that I've managed yet.  Grin







Thanks for looking!
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Big Polar Bear from Sweatshirt on: February 05, 2015 08:47:18 AM
I still have had my cheerleading sweatshirt from high school. It's been slowly disintegrating, from being well-loved and often worn, for about 16 years. It finally got too holey to wear, even in private. But, I still didn't want to throw it away! Tongue That's why it got recycled into a giant teddy bear.

I came up with the pattern based on some I found on google images and one that I purchased. It took me a couple of tries to get the head gusset correct, and he still has a giant head. Undecided The stitching is in red - school colors. He's wearing some of my son's clothes that have been out-grown (size 18 month). His arms and legs are button-jointed, and his eyes are just big, black buttons.



8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Nebulae in UV-Reactive Acrylic Paint on: January 10, 2015 09:34:47 AM
I started painting nebulae on t-shirts, and bought this UV-reactive acrylic paint (wildfirefx.com) to that effect. However, after a fun night at a Wine and Canvas event, I wanted to try this on canvas.

They're both 10"x10".

Here's my first try (that's the original Enterprise):


Under blacklight:


Inspiration:


Here's the second one (still haven't decided if I'm adding a ship to this one):


Under blacklight:


Inspiration:


I just wish I could show you what they look like with 3-D glasses on!

Thanks for looking! Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Smiley
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Jaguar Doll from Teddy Bear Pattern on: August 13, 2014 06:53:35 AM
I picked up an old fashioned teddy bear pattern on Etsy, but the only faux fur I had in my stash was this short pile leopard print. Therefore, I added a tail and made a leopard. He's about 11 inches tall, partially hand-stitched, and has two buttons for his eyes. I stuffed him with wool. His arms and legs are button-jointed and his head is just stitched on. He even stands on his own if you arrange his tail just right.







Thanks for looking!

(here's the pattern.)
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Small Magellanic Cloud-Inspired Painted Tee on: July 22, 2014 12:10:37 PM
I've finally started painting again after a short spell of crafter's block. Yay!

The coloring of this shirt was inspired by this picture (second one) of the Small Magellanic Cloud. I can't help but be inspired when I look at photos like that. There's just so much out there! In the spirit of exploration, I'm so tempted to add a little Enterprise to every one of these painted shirts. Probably will on the next one.  Wink Speaking of the next one, I'm super excited to try some new media.  Grin




Thanks for looking!
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