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51  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / It's "just a card" on: December 20, 2015 05:15:32 AM

Dont know if this Christmas card will get to my bro in California on time, but I send it tomorrow.
he got a couple of new kittens last month, Scarlett and Rhett. I took the only pic I had of them to feature in this card. His kids (ages 16 and 13) are nuts about cats as well so they will like it, too.
pen and ink, watercolor.
52  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / second christmas gift pet portrait on: December 20, 2015 05:07:01 AM

This one, planned, I might add, because I remembered to add a background, is of my second biggest clients.Two dogs and a kitty.

German Shephard is Mr. Logan, mixed breed is Heismann, and kitty is Squirt.

It was tough to get Squirt's character in the pic. Black cats can come out in artwork like a lump of coal with eyes!

the angle of Heismann is tough. I would have liked to have chosen a better one, but it was hard to get him to be still.
And Squirt was NEVER still, so I had to pic out details from a very blurry shot.
I was generally successful in having the bodies fade away but what a challenge for the dark black of the kitty to fade!

Medium is pen and ink and watercolor. Frame is a bit much but it is all I had in the attic.
thanks for looking. I give it to the owners today before they leave on a trip (during which time I care for Squirt.)
53  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / dotee... think outside the box, inside the bulb! on: December 15, 2015 05:30:34 PM

I have posted dotees before, in the dolls and playthings section, but I felt this belonged in the miscellaneous category.
The November swap theme was color. Some of my partner's favorite colors are periwinkle, dark pink, neon green, and black.

I bought a clear bulb and opened it all up, getting out all the stuff inside. Then I basically built a creature piece by piece inside, sort of like making a ship in a bottle.

I used a chopstick as my tool. I would temp-glue, with ModPodge, a piece on one end. I then used E6000 to do the final glue inside the bulb. When the E6000  was dry, which did not take too long, I simply gave a twist to the chopstick and the ModPodge let go, leaving the permanent piece on the inner creature.

It took about six days of work to finish this.

Most of the parts of the inner and outer creatures are made from bird bones. My daughter Acadian Driftwood and I were walking near her home last year and came upon a nice set of raptor bones by the road. I set them aside, waiting for the perfect use. I bleached and dried them, painted the pieces, then did the gluing up.

other 'ingredients' include twirly grapevine for tiny creature tail, christmas tree ornaments with tops cut off for large creature's eyes, twine for claws, yarn going around the neck of the bulb, and a milk cap to seal it off. "puddle" of color that inner creature stands on is nail polish.

it was a super challenge, but a lot of fun! I was so grateful it arrived without the bulb or delicate bones being busted.

thanks for looking!

54  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / theme... Me as a magical creature on: December 13, 2015 07:54:10 AM

In this month's swap, gallery not up yet, but partner received. did Me as a Magical Creature. I am Siiiker, the flying cat who finds all lost or abandoned kittens.  here I am finding another under a crumbling stone step.
I looooved this theme. Gonna add it to my own list.

55  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / "The Cats!!" dog portrait on: December 11, 2015 08:36:48 AM

I call these two characters The Cats, because they are Catahoula Hounds. I have been taking care of them as my job for over a year now. They are my best paying clients.

I did the pen and ink, watercolor portrait, then could not figure out how to make it pop. I posed the question to Craftsters and they came thru with flying colors.

The white and yellow is Smudge

The darker (in character too! She bites!) is Mazy.

I will be wrapping it up today and leaving it under their owner's tree.

thanks for looking!!
56  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Need to spruce this up, but HOW??!! on: December 10, 2015 04:12:43 AM

My biggest dogcare client has kept my wallet fatter this year so I did a portrait of his pups that will go to him for Christmas. They look just like Smudge and Mazy but the surrounding area is so blank! I have many ideas of what I could put there (his house, surrounding trees, etc), but the medium is pen and ink and watercolor, so I know I will wreck the whole picture if I put watercolor around them, since it dries so quickly and will leave horrible streaks and lumpy areas due to me not being able to get to every inch of background as it dries.
How can I add CLASSY background to this piece?  Any ideas?

57  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Ridiculouly easy way to display a favorite brooch or other loved jewelry on: December 09, 2015 08:08:45 AM

This is my favorite Avon kids (perfume inside) brooch from my childhood. I will not be wearing it again, but do not want it stuck away in some storage box. I came up with this way to enjoy it in my room.
I chose a lovely but not too distracting fabric background and simply applied it within a hoop. With the brooch in the middle, both fabric and piece are enjoyed muchly by me.

So darn easy!!
58  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Kitty drinking my bark-soak water! on: December 08, 2015 05:09:27 AM

Cats (and all pets, really) can be sooo silly!  I am soaking birch bark in hot water to make it flexible so I can build something cool for Christmas. Along comes The DandiGirl, and drinks my water!
 Plus, last week, I foolishly let my jar lid of black paint sit on the desk while I left the room and when I returned, there was black acrylic paint ALL OVER  the place. In odd little kitty footprint shapes.  Thing was, I was housesitting (thankfully I get to bring my pets with me but the mouse causes no problems cuz mice are angels) so this mess was all over a client's spare bedroom. Oy.
59  COOKING / Dessert / a not-really-pumpkin, not-really-pie dedicated to a cat on: November 17, 2015 03:10:08 PM

Sometimes when I am sad, I get busy. Today I wanted to bake.  A kitty named Zemon who has been a love in my life for over eighteen years died yesterday.  This yummy is made with love and with him in my heart.

I grew a large garden this summer. I planted only one type of squash on my own, all the rest came up as mystery squashes from last year's rotting fruits. They all looked like pumpkins and there were over twenty of them. yet, today when I baked one for homemade pumpkin pie, it turned out to be a spaghetti squash inside! I chose not to use that, but went with a butternut that Acadian Driftwood gave me from her farm (she was Zemon's Mommy for the past seven years.)

So, with that, I made the traditional goopy mix. But added a twist. I crumbled (not too severely) animal crackers on the bottom of a pan, then poured the mixture over it.

Of course, the kitty cracker had the place of honor, and spoke up about his place in the world....

During the last ten minutes of the 40-minute bake, I covered it with foil, as several crackers rose to the top where they coulda been burned.

The thing is delicious, hot from the oven!!  Have to be careful not to eat too much at once and make myself ill.

thanks for reading.
60  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / One Tiny Bird Thing Round Two on: November 12, 2015 03:16:14 PM

Seven months ago I joined an awesome swap. Above is a creation by LaChapa for that swap.
It was great fun and I am putting the idea out there of Round Two. So many folks seem to adore birds. And tiny is always good!!
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