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1  Re: The Sketchbook Project 2012. Discount coupon code in first post! in Craftalongs by _Flo_ on: January 18, 2012 08:17:59 AM
Love the tree QNM - was there any rhyme or reason behind the particular dictionary page you chose?  I tend to look for special words when I use book pages as backgrounds (and then forget, and paint over them Smiley )

How's everyone else getting on?  The thread has gone ominously quiet as we approach the deadline - is that because we're all feverishly working on our books, or have you all given up??

I've done three more sets of pages since I last posted

I have 2 more double page spreads to do after these, and the cover and rebinding - and then I'm done! hooray!   Am hoping to get it in the post by next Monday, wish me luck Smiley

Here's the page that brings my "life story" bang up to date to now:

and these are the first two of my future life story pages - I'm going to discover Atlantis when I'm 50 and become Dr Who's new companion when I'm 65 Smiley

(I couldn't resist adding a second heartbeat to the Dr Who page Wink  )

I'm proud as punch of the background of that last page - I found this you tube video that shows you how to make space paintings with spray paint - that was my first attempt and I loved how it turned out!

Back soon, hopefully, with my last few pages!

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2  Re: The Sketchbook Project 2012. Discount coupon code in first post! in Craftalongs by _Flo_ on: January 05, 2012 06:31:08 AM
CraftADDchick - I really like the sound of your idea to draw trees using various different techniques.  I look forward to seeing how that turns out.

I sympathise with those of you who are wondering if or how you are going to get this darned project finished in time I was totally feeling the same way and did consider throwing the towel in a few weeks ago but I feel like I have finally broken the back of it now, and in fact having invested so much time in it now already I am DETERMINED to finish it in time!  Plus I am permanently short of cash and would never forgive myself for having wasted all that money!

Of course it is easier for me to finish at this point than some of you guys as I already have over half of it completed.

I finally sat down and worked on the most difficult two pages in my book over the Christmas break one deals with the period of my marriage, and another with my subsequent breakdown.  I realised having finished these two spreads, when it felt like a weight lifted off me, that these pages were why I had been procrastinating so with my book.  I didnt really want to deal with the memories, I guess.  So I am glad they are done.  The rest of the book (I still have I think 6 double page spreads to do plus the covers and binding) will be plain sailing as they are all about happy things woohoo!  Im a slow worker though so I reckon Im still going to be sailing perilously close to the deadline..

Pages 14 & 15 - a difficult subject matter (the violent marriage) but from a purely visual point of view I like how this page turned out.  I cut a stencil of a fist and sprayed it with all different colours of spray paint.  And then drew the old me kind of all huddled up in the corner - and I can't draw for toffee so I thought that turned out well.

Pages 16 & 17 - pity the scan hasn't picked up the background properly on this one, it's got this lovely holographic glitter all over the black bits, looks fab in real life.  Ah well.  This shows me kind of falling into a big rainbow spiral which is what my little break with reality kind of felt like.  I always thought a nervous breakdown would be all awful all the time, but I was pretty happy during most of mine.  Mad as a box of frogs, but happy Smiley  I almost miss it.....   The rainbow was drawn with watercolour crayons.

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3  Re: The Sketchbook Project 2012. Discount coupon code in first post! in Craftalongs by _Flo_ on: December 20, 2011 02:46:03 AM
Here's a few more pages from my sketchbook (theme Along The Line)

I still have so much to do and I am such a slow worker - eek!  wish me luck Smiley

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4  Re: The Sketchbook Project 2012 in Craftalongs by _Flo_ on: August 19, 2011 04:18:29 AM
(Picture heavy post, apologies!  I've put them in as clickable thumbnails so hopefully that will reduce the load a little)

Hi all

After a lot of planning and faffing about Ive managed to complete the first 10 pages of my sketchbook well, in fact its actually the first 5 and last 5 pages in the book.

My theme is Along The Line and Im doing a kind of autobiography along the life line all the way from birth to death (and as Im only about half way there at the moment, hopefully, Im doing it as a factual account to date and then completely made up for the future)

I hope it doesnt come across as Im stuck up my own behind, its not that I think my life story is particularly fascinating, but I think I want to get out of my head and onto paper some of the less pleasant experiences Ive had and then sending the book away once its done will feel like closure, I think.  Well, thats the grand plan, anyway! 

Ive played with the line theme in a few ways Ive got my heartbeat running along the bottom of all the pages, you see it starting up as Im born (or rather, beamed down Star Trek stylee on a trail of holographic embossing powder Smiley), and ending as I beam back up at the end and in between itll kind of speed up when scary things are happening to me and stuff.

And then the actual narrative of the story will be in a continuous line of text too, weaving around the pictures and the cutouts in the pages.

Here are the pages so far, theyre not all going to be navy blue by the way Smiley  itll get a bit more colourful going forward.  Its just I know I was born at night, and I'm planning to die peacefully in my sleep at the age of 99 or so, so that will hopefully be at night too Smiley

Pages 1-5:


Pages 28-32:  (not sure why these look lots brighter, I photographed them in different light I think, they do match pages 1-5 in real life)


Sorry for the super long post.  I hope you like how my book's started out.... will be back with progress updates along the way....

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5  Not sure if these belong in here or quilting....( added a new one) in Needlework: Completed Projects by _Flo_ on: April 23, 2009 04:40:56 PM
but I've been taking part in a fabric round robin which basically requires each of 12 of us to make a small (6"x6" usually) "art quilt" for each other member of the group

here are mine so far (7 down, 5 to go):

I hope you like them, this whole working with fabric / embroidery thing is all very new to me, but I'm, enjoying it very much!

*edited 27th April to add the latest one - needle felting and embroidery on felt*

only 4 more left to do now, I'll miss this project when it's done!

*edited 8th May - here's #9 - foundation pieced mini quilt with beaded accent*

*edited 6th July - here's #10, way overdue, life's been getting in the way - reverse applique'd shrooms  *

2 to go
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6  Fused shrink plastic necklace - honest opinions gratefully received in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by _Flo_ on: July 21, 2008 08:32:11 AM

hi guys

I am so not sure about this one

I made the pendant and drop beads using the fused shrinky method

then I strung them with some carnelian chips and silver beads and finished it off with some black suede thong which I don't think you can see in the (not great, sorry, and apologies for my big fat neck lol) photo.

I genuinely don't know if I like this or not.  I can't help but think that the beads/pendant look like mutant fried eggs Smiley

what do you reckon?  feel free to be frank, I'm a big girl, I can take it Smiley

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7  Go Canucks Go!! Next season anyhow. My first stencilled t-shirt in Stenciling: Completed Projects by _Flo_ on: May 06, 2008 04:02:32 PM
Well, this was nervewracking!!

How do you guys stand the suspense of waiting for the paint to dry so you can peel the stencil back and see how it came out???

I was CONVINCED the paint had bled under the stencil - so I literally whooped with joy when I saw the end result Smiley

I cut this stencil in mylar from a photo I took during the anthem before a Canucks/Flames hockey game in Calgary a couple of months ago (original photo below)

I was worried about being able to hold it still, so I used temp adhesive to stick it down firm.....you can still see the residue of the adhesive on the photos (the shiny bits), but I have since rubbed it off, and it came off easily.

I used lumiere fabric paint, and it didn't bleed even a tiny bit.

I'm chuffed to bits with the result Smiley

(and yes, it's supposed to be off centre like that....)

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8  Re: Cityscape shrink plastic bracelet - Edmonton, AB - inspired by nom_de_plume in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by _Flo_ on: April 26, 2008 08:53:39 AM
Wow! I'm so flattered! Hahaha. I really never thought anyone would imitate anything I've ever made (I'm not very creative *blushes*). I really like your version! :-)

yours was fab! that's why Smiley

I just made a matching gift box for mine - now it can go in the mail across the sea to Canada - bye bye Smiley

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9  BMX badge made from shrink plastic in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by _Flo_ on: April 25, 2008 05:15:09 AM
I made this a while ago, but I thought it might be of interest, as I haven't seen anything similar in the forums....

My son wanted a badge for his BMX, but they were expensive, and the choice of designs was limited. 

So I made one for him with the logo of one of his (and mine Smiley he raided my record collection to find out about them in the first place Cheesy) favourite bands, the Misfits.

I rubber stamped the skull logo onto white shrink plastic using black permanent ink (although I expect you could use the inkjet printable stuff instead if you don't have a suitable stamp) - and then as I shrank it (using a heat gun not an oven) I wrapped it around a rolling pin to get the right curvature.

I stuck it onto his bike with a hot glue gun.  all in all it took about 10 minutes.

That was 2 years ago now and it's still on there Smiley

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10  Cityscape shrink plastic bracelet - Edmonton, AB - inspired by nom_de_plume in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by _Flo_ on: April 24, 2008 05:39:51 PM
This bracelet is a TOTAL rip off of nom_de_plume's original, here, so thank you NDP for the inspiration

I needed to make a gift for a lady who lives in Edmonton in Canada, and is a big fan of the Oilers hockey team (well, she has no choice, her husband works for them Smiley)

When I visited Canada last month, she was able to get AMAZING tickets for me and my son (and our two friends) to see a game - for free! - so I really wanted to make her something as a thank you gift

So why not a cityscape bracelet featuring the Edmonton skyline, in the Oilers team colours of dark blue and copper?

I do hope she likes it Smiley

Here are some pics:

There are more photos, and a step by step tutorial on my blog here

I'm going to make me a Vancouver one next Smiley

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