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41  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2016 in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: February 27, 2016 08:36:14 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
SPEW:
House: Slytherin
Project Name: "Dasher" Reindeer Mixed Media Painting.

I have always wanted to visit the Scandinavian countries, and when I see reindeer I am reminded of that region of the world.




Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
SPEW:
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Original Art Greeting Card

Something that I decided at the new year would help me divine a positive future was to stay in better touch with my friends. SO I have been make greeting cards with my art on them and send them on out!




Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
SPEW:
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Spiky Dinosaur Valentine Card

This dinosaur definitely has spikes! But he's still lovable Smiley

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42  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Transfiguration in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: February 27, 2016 07:23:03 PM


Starting over can be a very beautiful thing as modeled to us by the creator of this universe that we find so lovely to imagine.

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43  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Study Of Ancient Runes (SoAR) in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: February 27, 2016 07:21:59 PM
Welcome to the Spring 2016 term of Study of Ancient Runes! As you have read in your class prompt this semester we are exploring the applications of the concepts behind runes as they have evolved in modern times. We will be focusing on the fascinating topic of Sigils and Hyper Sigils. Sigils can be a little complicated to understand if you have never heard of them so here is some information on further reading, and other multi-media inspiration as you go on your personal journey to find your project based on sigils:

One of the most prominent people to explore the use of sigilism in self expression is Grant Morrison. He wrote the comic Invisibles which is a Hypersigil or a large work that includes many smaller symbols or sigils that work together to make a greater statement about the maker and their desired impact on the universe. People that incorporate the use of sigils in their art are trying to effect change on the world and reach a desired outcome with their piece.





Understandably, you may not have the time or desire to read a giant omnibus, (although, I would advise you to give it a try as it is amazing), So Here is another example of a hypersigil that has lots of different media and smaller parts to try, however I also recommend that you experience the entire thing. This one is the Killjoys universe created by the band My Chemical Romance and Gerard Way, Shaun Simon, and Becky Cloonan. There are several pieces to this universe: The My Chemical Romance album Danger Days, Two music videos from that album that tell the story in a cinematic way Na Na Na and Sing, and there is a comic called The True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys. This universe communicates a philosophy of creative freedom and individuality. It encourages the reader to actualize their lives, not just artists, but anyone of any calling in life. It inspires you to think that you can rise above decay and despair. That you don't always have to do what society says is easy. You can see that in these graphics from the album:

 

To build these large philosophies, there are smaller symbols or sigils used to identify different parts and characters of the story like these: Each of these is the personal sigil that the four main killjoys in the music videos have chosen for themselves. Not only do they serve as names and identifying marks but they say something non-verbal about the power and energy of each character.



There are even symbols to identify and communicate the intentions of organizations and villains like this one for BLI (Better Living Industries) the governing corporation in the Killjoys universe:



So, given all of this inspiration and examples of the use of sigils to communicate not only an identity but a spirit and energy about you, ask yourself these questions: What does your spiritual energy look like? What symbols would identify you, not just your name but what you stand for? What do you stand for? The answers to these questions can be very introspective and complicated, or as light and simple as you choose, but in these answers you may find some great projects!

Oh and one more point of inspiration, Grant Morrison was one of Gerard Way's great artistic heroes when he was a kid and into his early adult life as a struggling artist, but through their like mindedness and appreciation for each other's work they became friends and Grant Morrison is actually in those music videos that I mentioned as seen in this pic:



We are all connected, even people that we have on pedestals, or admire from afar. Things like art can be like a family tree where the things that we express are like the DNA that unite us all as family. Using sigilism in your art is like deciding what you want to be in that genetic code that connects you to your "family"

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44  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2016 in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: February 22, 2016 09:42:42 PM
Challenge: bean--toast
House: Slytherin
Project name: bowling pin Valentine
Project description: another Valentine I made with a bowling pin. You can't get much sweeter than a sweet hand made Valentine, can you?


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45  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2016 in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: February 22, 2016 09:40:13 PM
Challenge: bean--- sprouts
House: Slytherin
Project name: dinosaur Valentine
Project description: one of the valentines that I made features a cute dinosaur! But don't think that he doesn't stink!  Cause, phew! Those large beast sure stink!


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46  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: January 26, 2016 07:54:46 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
SPEW:
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Peanut Butter Balls

These Required a stage of turn the liquid butter and peanut butter back into a solid, as well as dipping the candy into liquid chocolate which then was left to cool and become solid again.

Here's the recipe (It's super easy)
1 Cup peanut butter
1/2 cup butter
1tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Chocolate for dip and drizzle

Melt Butter and Peanut butter in bowl together in microwave (about a minute) add vanilla and begin adding powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until it is easily handled and rolled into balls. Melt chocolate, dip balls and place on wax paper until set. Drizzle tops with remaining chocolate.






Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
SPEW:
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Super Bright Greeting Card

This hand drawn card is very bright with all of it's colors








Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against The Dark Arts
SPEW:
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Tiger Gram Hand Drawn greeting card

This greeting card is taking care of someone in need because it is to send inspiration and strength to a friend of mine who is in a fledgling punk band. If you pay attention at all to the music industry you know how hard it is to make a music project go at all let a lone actually make a living. So many people give up now days. This card has a tiger as a symbol of strength and tenacity as well as some inspiring words on the inside.








Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic
SPEW:
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Cupcake New Year's Greeting Card

Nothing better than a Madame Puddifoot's cupcake so this card reminded me of Hosmeade





Class/Challenge/House Pride: December Detention
SPEW:
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Valentine's Day Penguin

This Valentine's Day penguin was fun to paint and is very wintery!





Class/Challenge/House Pride: January Detention
SPEW:
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Egyptian Necklace

I had a beaded section of this done but it wasn't usable so I made it into a bib necklace.






Class/Challenge/House Pride: Coconut Bean
SPEW:
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Skin Cell Abstraction Painting #2

I turned one of these in earlier and it looked really similar to this one but they ARE different if you look at the other pic you can easily tell the difference. It fits the bean because the coral and aqua colors are very tropical feeling.












Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge: Always
SPEW:
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Framed Scrapbook Page Wedding Gift

What brings people together more than a wedding! This particular gift is also a craft preserving memories of a wedding shower and Memories and wedding showers also bring people together.




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47  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: January 12, 2016 07:14:43 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Pride
SPEW:
House: Sytherin
Project Name: Hand Drawn Christmas Card

This hand drawn card fits house pride because it is Green and would be a great greeting for a fellow Slytherin!






Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Unity
SPEW:
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Puzzle Piece Group Art Piece

What better way to encourage unity among the houses than a group art project to display in the great hall for he holidays? Each person painted some puzzle pieces without being able to look at everone else's work until they were ready to assemble. The result is beautiful and eclectic just like the houses of Hogwarts! First I'll post the picture then I will identify the ones that I painted.

 


Stocking: Upper corner with yellow background, Star: lower corner aqua background, Ornament: Upper corner with striped pink background and lower corner with orange background.


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
SPEW:
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Hand Drawn Christmas Card

    Muggles may receive things through the post office and wizards by owls but both groups are always happy to open up delightful surprises and greetings sent to them by someone far away.





Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
SPEW:
House:Slytherin
Project Name: Hand Drawn Christmas Card

     In drawing all of those lines, patterns, and tiny little circles I had to turn this card around and around and around to get the right angle.





Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes
SPEW:
House:Slytherin
Project Name:Peacock Drawing

      This drawing is in preparation for a large piece of art that I am planning to do for my cousin for his wedding gift. This sets something right in my life because in my family I have kind of been "the weird cousin" and I have been shy and distant so lately I have made an effort to be more open and share more of who I am with them. Making my cousin who has expressed a love of art a painting definitely sets something right in my life. The painting itself will be a huge NEWT level project but the drawings that I make during the decision making process are part of the setting things right journey and they are pieces of art on their own.


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48  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: January 12, 2016 06:44:10 PM
Hey there everyone! It's been a while since I have actually been around the castle. I have been looking over ErinAquaheart's shoulder most of the time and helping her out here and there. I have spent the past several terms trying to focus my energy on a music project that I have been trying yo realize for many years, but I am ready to jump back in! I am also the Transfiguration and Study of Ancient Runes professor. Before I address my classes, I will make some project posts, I have been a very busy Slytherin!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care Of Magical Creatures
SPEW:
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Starry Backed Stoat Water Color Painting

Lately I have been doing a lot of research for my studies in Scandinavia, I have been very interested in the magic infused in fabrics unique to various cultures through patterns and prints. I have also been interested in different climates that host various cultures and wildlife. I have decided to do a series of paintings based on the magical menagerie of the frozen north that not only illustrates the wonderful creatures that exist in this beautiful and endangered tundra but also incorporates the folk patterns of the people that live there. Stoats are very much like ferrets, but suited to the arctic weather. They are very common in colder climates. The one I found however is not very common at all, maybe the vast number of his nonmagical bretheren is the reason why he has yet gone undetected by the wizarding community. What makes this one magical is his special star markings. If you are able to show him kindness and care he will be your companion and use his unique magical qualities to aid in your navigation so that you may never be lost. The stars on his back illuminate showing you the way in the dark and pointing to constellations that will allow you to orient yourself. They are not dangerous, but if you are to hasty in trying to make friends they can bite. They need special protection status as they are quite small and very rare.







Class/Challenge/House Pride:Flying
SPEW:
House:Slytherin
Project Name: Skin Cells Abstract Painting

Sometimes I need to let go and embrace my abstract side. The idea hit me that when you look at biological tissues under a microscope they have amazing patterns and visual rhythms. They form a unique landscape of the living thing they make up. So, to explore this idea I decided to use the inspiration of a microscopic view of skin cells as a departure point to express my own visual rhythm and personal landscape. One of the first results of this experiment is this painting. It definitely took me in an unexpected direction!






Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge Free The House Elves (1)
SPEW:
House:Slytherin
Project Name: Christmas Cookie Decorating

Something I look forward to every year is making Christmas treats with ErinAquaheart. Her Gingerbread cookies are amazing! We made some for my mom's students, Erin baked them and I decorated them. 36 total.





Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge Free The House Elves (2)
SPEW:
House:Slytherin
Project Name: Hand Drawn Christmas Cards

These Christmas cards were very fun to make they ended up being more labor intensive than I thought they would be, but they are hand painted and drawn. I used this opportunity to experiment with abstraction, I loved seeing how many variations of the idea that I could come up with. Here's one variation:





Class/Challenge/House Pride:Headmistress Challenge Free The House Elves (3)
SPEW:
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Hand Drawn Christmas Cards

Here are two more of the cards I made and another variation of the design elements.







Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge Free The House Elves (4)
SPEW:
House: Slytherin
Project Name: More Hand Made Christmas Cards!

Here are two more hand drawn Christmas cards. It was really fun sending these to some of you and to my friends! Also yet another variation of the design ideas.





Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge Free The House Elves (5)
SPEW:
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Even Another Hand Drawn Christmas Card

   Now, I am going to post a few more of these but from here on out they are going to be single cards as a project because these particular ones were more labor intensive and time consuming than the ones I posted as pairs. Even those took plenty of time and labor to individually qualify for a class but I didn't want to take up to many classes with them.


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49  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: August 21, 2014 07:48:02 PM

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch, Chaser
SPEW: N/A
House: Slytherin
Project Name: DIY friend

I recently got a smashbook to try and this was one of the pages in it. It works like a Flat Stanley.








Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch, Keeper
SPEW: N/A
House: Slytherin
Project Name:Damask Flower Doodle

When I doodle I try and practice things that I am going to use in my other art and I have been meaning to hash out some damask pattern for future work with fabrics and back grounds and stuff. This fits the class because of the repeating damask pattern.





Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch, Seeker
SPEW: N/A
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Patterned Panda Doodle

I love zen doodles in general because of all of their detail a truly masterful piece of zen doodle will reveal something new every time you look at it. In this one I hid some details on the Panda.



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch, Bumphing
SPEW: N/A
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Peanut Butter Cookies To make the game more enjoyable



Recipe here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/peanut-butter-cookies-recipe.html



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch, Cobbing
SPEW: N/A
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Excessively fudgey chocolate cookies






recipe here:

http://www.mccormick.com/Gourmet/Recipes/Dessert/Chocolate-Crackled-Cookies

ours turned out a little different than the picture. We don't know why, but they were still awesome.



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch, SnitchNip
SPEW: N/A
House: Slytherin
Project Name Public Self Portrait Drawing

We went to the Dallas Museum Of Art where there was an activity that challenged you to draw a self portrait while only looking at the mirror they provided. Mine isn't up to the quality of drawing I am usually capable of but I was pretty pleased with myself for coming up with what I did. The reason why this was outside of my comfort zone was because I don't like to look at myself, like ever. So doing a self portrait was a big deal for me and then add that it was in public and it makes it particularly daring of me on a personal level. Not to mention that I don't always like revealing the sloppy or sketchy aspects of my process to the world, so the fact that the nature of this exercise required me to look at a "sloppy" drawing in a different way, is a whole other comfort zone to be out of Smiley



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50  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: July 12, 2014 05:43:38 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: BEAN: Dog Food
SPEW:n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Cookies

I have always wanted to make some home baked treats for my puppy, so I took this bean as the perfect opportunity. It was well worth the effort as my puppy loved them lots, I could tell that she liked them tons better than store bought biscuits. Pic then recipe:





Recipe:

1 cup of water
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 Tablespoons of honey
1 cup of peanut butter
2.5 cups of flour

Mix ingredients in a large mixing bowl until they form a stiff non sticky dough. Roll onto a floured surface and cut with desired cookie cutters. Bake on a cookie sheet for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. No need to chill the dough before rolling, and please allow cookies to cool before feeding them to your dog.


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch: Portkey Challenge
SPEW: YES: This project was left at a cancer treatment center for someone to take home
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Random act of art for the cancer center

This is an 8x10 painting/collage on canvas that says "Where love and joy are planted they bloom." Placing a portkey at the cancer center made sense to us because we are there most of our time lately, we would hate to be late to the world cup because we had a doctors appointment and then had to find a portkey somewhere else.


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