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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Firefly/serenity & Buffy illustrations - Whedonverse art! on: June 27, 2012 09:02:55 PM
I was asked to be part of a nerd-themed show at an art gallery (the gallery is on the second floor of this amazing comic book shop of course), and I immediately knew that I had to come up with some awesome Whedonverse stuff.

Firefly is my favorite series so that was a no brainer. If you can't read it, one of the flags says "Big Damn Heroes".

I also wanted to do a Buffy drawing that I did for my partner, Spikefan, in the last Wedonverse swap. She graciously scanned it for me so I could submit it to the gallery  Wink It has a lot of hidden detail from the series.

If any of you happen to be in the Ft. Lauderdale-Miami area you should check out the show! It opens this Friday at the Bear and Bird Gallery. They've done a couple Star Wars themed shows and the crafts that people turned in were seriously amazing. I also have some prints of the Firefly drawing made and thinking it might make for a cool t shirt design  Grin
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Another Hunger Games arena embroidery, this time with a quote on: March 21, 2012 03:50:34 PM
My partner for the OTT hunger games swap (we opted to do bigger than tiny things) received so I can post this thing! Apparently I'm insane, because I started this so soon after finishing the first one, but I couldn't resist since I knew she liked that one. Here's the link to it if you missed it: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=404643.0

This took a little less time to finish, probably around 10 hours total, because I had already gotten used to all the new stitches I was using. For this I used 3 different variations of the fishbone stitch (pretty sure I invented them out of sheer naivety), back stitch, split, french knots, colonial knots, satin stitch, lazy daisy, and some weird satin with partially raised stitches that I made up on accident. I had actually wanted to make the forest even denser but I ran out of time. I also planned to add more things from the arena like in the last one too. This one only has the streams, cave, and career tent.

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hunger Games arena embroidery - possible spoiler warning! on: February 27, 2012 04:39:38 PM
My Hunger Games swap partner received today so I can finally post this!

 I'm pretty proud of it because it's by far the most detailed embroidery hoop I've ever tried. I call him Roger, we spent a lot of time together over the last month and became close friends. The fucker stabbed me a lot but it's ok, I forgave him after he patiently listened to all my late-night rants about how I'm just so exasperated with the political climate in this country. And then I found out his sister (a green plastic hoop) died last week and I felt like such a jerk for going on and on about nonsense.

Aaanyway, I used to only ever use maybe 5 types of basic stitches. For this one I used French knots, colonial knots, stem stitch, whipped backstitch, split stitch, rope stitch, Lazy Daisy, Oyster stitch, Raised Cup stitch, lots of Fishbone stitch manipulations, aaand Satin. The biggest challenge was figuring out a bunch of different ways to do the trees so that the forest would look interesting.

Now for the arena itself. I took some artistic license with the geography to make it fit pretty in the hoop, so it's not quite canon but everything that happened in the book is represented inside. Here is a list of all those little things - (don't read this if you want to avoid spoilers of the book!) the cornucopia with tribute platforms, career tent, a tracker jacker near the spring, Thresh's grainy domain, a few little brown bunnies, Nightlock berries, Katniss' arrow, parachute gift, the cave, and of course a mockingjay.

This is the picture my partner took. The lighting in my pics is bad so this shows the texture better.

Also, for anyone who missed the big Hunger Games swap, there's still time left to sign up for the OTT one!

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Wooden owl shaped painted...owls. Yeah! on: December 21, 2011 06:12:03 PM
I'm not sure where to put these. They were made to hang on a wall but they're not your average housewares because they could also be pins or gigantic necklace charms. There's no woodworking section so I just put it here. Craftster should really just have an OWL section!

Anyway, I've been doing miniature paintings on little log cuttings for a while. When I saw the shape of these cuts, I knew they MUST be made into owls. They were about 4" x 2" and the wood was naturally shaped like this. I painted on them using acrylic. I kept it relatively minimal so that the wood grain would still be nice and visible. They turned out to be so freaking cute!

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My snarky holiday cards! Some slightly NSFW on: December 21, 2011 05:43:07 PM
I decided to do more fun cards this year. I can't stand the forced sentimentality of your average Xmas card, especially the religious aspects. Personally, I view it as a time of year to just have fun with and spend more time with friends and family.

Here's the New Year's Owl. He was done in ink and watercolor.

Ugly christmas sweater! Colored pencil.

And for my fellow secular types -

Edit: forgot to add the actual printed shots!
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Naughty Gent Silhouette Illustration - foul language warning NSFW! on: September 14, 2011 04:21:06 PM
Oh Craftster, how I've neglected you these past 2 years. I'm very sorry, and I've been meaning to post this for ages, because I know how much you all love those NSFW tagged posts.
I originally got the idea for this illustration in my early teens. A friend of mine's mom made him get a silhouette done, it was cheesy beyond all belief and had him in a suit holding the family's tiny dog. She had extra copies made so she could put one in his room, much to his embarrassment. So being the great friend I am, I took a white-out pen and made it a little more sincere to the nature of a teenage boy.

Fast-forward and here is the newer illustration of it done in ink and digitally colored. The man isn't based on anyone in particular. I wanted him to have relatively generic features, but with some fancy old garb. I love the idea that the men in those traditional silhouette portraits from the 19th century weren't any more "gentlemanly" than men are today. People have always had sex on the brain, especially in the Victorian era.
I put "fracking" in the preview photo, hopefully that's good enough censoring that it won't need the usual NSFW graphic. Enjoy!

7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / I need vertical display ideas for framed art and embroidery! on: May 05, 2011 08:57:33 AM
I'm doing first outdoor show in a couple weeks... kinda nervous because it's in Miami and the sun might just melt me. Anyway, I sell mostly fine art and prints, and hooped embroidery. At my normal craft shows, I can just lean stuff against a wall so I don't need to worry about the weight of frames making stuff topple. Here's a pic of my last show where we used shutters to hold light stuff - http://www.flickr.com/photos/30497844@N06/5256552352/in/photostream

Now for this one it's a stand-alone table with absolutely no room to put anything on the ground, so no space for a stand-up peg board or anything like that. The shutters I used in the pic above can't hold anything heavy without toppling. I just need some way to get vertical the frames vertical, and I don't have tools or much extra money. I'm going to use crates to stand stuff on like last time, but with too many of those it won't leave much space on the table. Does anyone have tips or links to similar spaces? I know, it's a tough situation haha  Cheesy
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / A few original watercolor illustrations on: February 09, 2011 03:27:19 AM
It's been so long since I posted a new project on Craftster, I feel guilty as though I've been avoiding an old and dear friend. Then I realized I've never really posted on the art boards much, which is odd since I'm a painter above everything else. So, here are few paintings I did recently. C & C welome and appreciated!

This one is the watercolor version of a freehand embroidery I did a couple years ago. (You can see the embroidery here http://jennadeleo.com/gallery/stitch/webpinup.jpg

My take on the famed Wolpertinger of Germanic lore (this one is colored pencil). I put a print of this in a pink spray-painted frame and it looks utterly adorable, I'll have to get a pic of it and post it sometime.

And a bookshelf with some ecological growth. It was originally a black and white line drawing that I did for a publishing house, but I added the full color because I thought it needed it. I like it much better this way.

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Tending to feathers that are used in crafts? on: May 13, 2010 09:12:08 PM
I had no idea where to post this, if there is some secret feather board, feel free to move it (and lemme know cause that would be sweet!)

So I've been making and selling hair combs/fascinators with all kinds of feathers for over a year now, but I notice they just loose their plumpness and perk after a couple wears. Usually I can just sort of run them through your fingers lightly to make them fluffy again but they're never quite the same.

Does anyone know of other ways to care for them so they last longer? Like some sort of cleaning concoction or do's and dont's while wearing them? I want to print up little guides on caring for the hairpieces when I sell them but so far all I have is "gently swoosh fingers through feathers and hope they look pretty"  Undecided
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A big hobo bag with doily and a small pleated purse - Pic portly on: April 29, 2010 04:50:22 PM
I have a small obsession with using suiting fabrics for bags, I think they make for some of the best textures. I made this big hobo bag last night. The weave is really varied, almost like a wool, with creams mixed in with the light blue. So I played up the creamy colors with a doily and flowers. Then the buttons add a military feel which is always nice and ironic for girly bags  Cheesy
Also, this was my first time successfully putting a zipper into a bag yaaay!

And here is a smaller purse. I made this a few months ago and never posted it but its main body is also done in suiting.

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