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1  Re: Can you recommend an artist? in More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions by Javalita on: April 27, 2009 07:47:52 PM
Roy de Forest - San Francisco Bay Area artist in the California Funk movement, nationally known. 


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2  Mixed media collage 3D Love Shack in Completed Projects by Javalita on: March 24, 2009 09:16:22 PM
I made this little Love Shack for a pug rescue group - 75% of proceeds will go towards a surgery needed on one of their pugs.  I like the way it turned out.  Wasn't sure where to post...

It is about 8.5" tall and 4" square. 

Here is the front.  The main pug is on a little spring and stands away from the canvas board:

Side 1:

Side 2:


Close up of assembly:

Close up of roof (my favorite part!)
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3  Re: Bunch o'stuff - pendants, dog tags, resin in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Javalita on: October 28, 2008 07:26:16 AM
This is a Boston Terrier and it is from an original art piece that I created:

Resin - thanks Photochickskds - I saw your pieces with text and it gave me the idea.  Hope you don't mind...

Ruby in resin - some image bleeding...annoying!  Can't figure out if it is best to use photo paper or regular paper with my ink jet printer.  I used Modge Podge too and it still bled. 

Wooden tile pendant with old (copywrite free) images of pugs:

Tile pendants With my original artwork:

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4  Bunch o'stuff - pendants, dog tags, resin in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Javalita on: October 28, 2008 07:17:35 AM
I made my second batch of resin stuff plus a bunch of other pendants for sale at a recent pug event.  It was a great success!  I sold all the pug pieces and donated 50% of my sales to PUG RESCUE!  I had lots of fun and will be making more for the next pug event (Pugtacular in N.California) in December. 

Let me know your thoughts or if you see things I could do differently or try.  Thanks!

Pug pendants - my dog Ruby (with the red heart) & our baby Java (who passed away 2 years ago...we miss her)

Dog Tags for People:

Skulls in Hex Nuts (I ended up making Suncatchers out of them)

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5  Re: First time resin user - lots of images in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Javalita on: October 26, 2008 09:06:11 PM
Funny I should get another post on this.  I did do something simple with them because I wanted to have them out at a craft show I was doing.  I made simple sun catchers.  I still want to make an ambient light.  Drawer pulls are a great idea!  If I lighten up the dye a bit they could be good.  Actually the next round I am going to make clear and add drops of red instead to see how that turns out.

Here is a pic of the sun catchers.

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6  First time resin user - lots of images in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Javalita on: October 09, 2008 08:51:40 PM
I finally overcame my fear and tried out resin.  Not fully, because I chickened out and bought the EasyCast right at the last minute.  Having never worked with resin, the whole fume thing and losing brain cells sorta made me nervous.   Wink

Here they are.  I definitely have the bubbles, but I was mixing like a maniac.  I'll calm it down next time.

Your standard glitter trial pieces plus a metal swirl:

Cute glitter flowers

Skulls in large nuts.  I am envisioning something like a collage of these (and other items) as a wall hanging.  Weird?

Ruby the pug with glitter.  I used photo paper with 2 coats of Modge Podge...still some bleeding.  Should I use regular paper or what do you use?  Suggestions for next time?


The ugly!!! Trying out PearlEx pigment, pug picture (cut too small plus bleeding and bubbles) and beads (yuck!)

The stuck! any ideas?  I put extra resin in this mini ice cube tray.  The tray is not that flexible.  I knew I should have used release, but was too lazy.  They are in the freezer now but it isn't helping.....

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7  Virgin de Guadalupe Tortilla Art in CHALLENGE 31 ENTRIES by Javalita on: October 02, 2008 07:27:53 AM
sacrilege      /ˈskrəlɪdʒ/ [sak-ruh-lij]  noun

1. the violation or profanation of anything sacred or held sacred. 
2. an instance of this. 
3. the stealing of anything consecrated to the service of God. 

I think I captured this, although I did not see the "functional" requirement of the challenge until later.  Unfortunately, I don't make things that are functional...

Now the info - spent $14.15
-Cake pan
-Virgin de Guadalupe candle
-princess toy set
-lifesavers and tissue paper (didn't use)

Added my own:
-thread for straws
-picture hanging wire (to create hook for hanging)

Here is the backup:

I dried the tortilla, steamed image off candle image and glued to tortilla.  Painted the cake pan and glued tortilla on.  Embellished by breaking up the princess set (top is the lobster claw clip with ring in center and bottom is broken up crown) and adding straw garland. 

I had a blast and made this very fast.  I was totally inspired and plan to make more.

I was also convinced that I created a new art form - I named it tortilla art.  Searched Google and well, not so original.  There are a few people out there doing it!!!  I'm definitely going to make some more, but need to work on protecting the tortilla with a varnish or something. 

Here it is hanging in my office where I keep all of my religious icons!

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8  Once baked - possible to make small changes (add grooves)? in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by Javalita on: September 27, 2008 05:02:04 PM
I have never worked with polymer clay before and made something small out of Fimo.  I will eventually be using it to create a soap mold.  After I finished and baked it, I realized that I should have added deeper grooves between the ears and head so that the soap colors don't run.  If the groove is deeper, I think that it will contain the colors better in the mold. I've never made a mold either...but hey, that's for another thread!

Also, maybe I need to smooth the piece a bit because you can see some bumps and other marks.  I'm guessing that I can't smooth it or change it....

Am I stuck?  Do I need to make it again?  Is there a way to use a dremel or something to make the grooves more pronounced?  Sand out the bumps?  Honestly, having never worked with clay it is close to a miracle that it even turned out semi-decent!  Ignore the quality please - I wasn't too careful with it (obviously) because in addition to the above colors mixed a bit.

Thanks for your advise!  Pic below for reference:

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9  Newbie with photos to share in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Javalita on: September 24, 2008 09:30:51 AM
I've enjoyed lurking around Craftster and seeing all the things going on around here.  It has been fun. 

I've been working with mixed media collage for only about 9 months.  I am trying not to focus on getting it perfect/right - just trying things out and seeing what happens.  I have found that ATCs are a great way for me to experiment...minimal cost, minimal pressure and a great way to use extra paint if I am working on something bigger.

Here are the ATCs that I have done so far.  Let me know your thoughts.  Right now I don't add much text because some of those "touchy feelie" type phrases sorta bug me.  But I am going to experiment more with it - right now I only add words if they strike me at the time.

My first one - I would do more scratching on this to hide the paper.  Or image transfer would be even better, but I am just getting into that now:

My experiment with wings.  Not my style, but figured I'd try it out with a pic of my mom.

Classic use of extra paint as I am working on something bigger:

Made this one to copy onto scrabble tile pendant:

A friends dog:

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