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41  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The Elusive Sasquatch (picture overload)... ***Now with pattern*** on: August 29, 2009 03:04:08 PM
So I have been having a mental debate with myself for about a week... What might I be debating you may ask? I am debating whether or not I would like to participate in the "We Believe: Cryptozoology Swap". I love cryptozoology so much, and unfortunently my university does not offer programs/ classes in it, so I have resorted to anthropology, may not seem similiar whatsoever, but both have the "fantastical" quality to me.

Because the idea of cryptozoology has been on my mind so much lately, the other day I decided to do something about it, more specifically I decided to make myself a sasquatch using some fun fur that I have been meaning to use, but never seem to get around to doing. I am really proud of this little guy, he may be my most favourite stuffie ever. I made the pattern all by myself (yay- me!) and if anyone is interested in it, I can post the pattern. I also made him poseable by placing pipecleaners throughout him (prolly around 20?). I used a lot of techniques that I learned in poppet making (would you believe it?) including needle-sculpting on his nose, and using safety eyes and such. I made his head a million times using all different created patterns, I never liked any of them until I threw this one together this morning. He is a combination of hand and machine sewing. Like mentioned, he is made of fun fur, but also faux suede. He is about a foot tall and 3/4 foot wide.

Anyways, on to my creation. PS. his ears aren't funny looking, I just never flattened them for the pictures... I also put pipecleaners in his ears to make them poseable...

My favourite close-up, here you can see some minor needle sculpting and his bright baby blues:

His face full:

His entire body:

And him showing off his bum area:

His poseable hands and feet (oh and his cute little belly button):

So please bear with me, this was the first patern that I actually drawn out. I do not have an actual pattern of the front of the face/ the projecting part of the face, as I kinda made those up as I went along, though I did use the drawn pattern piece back of the head. The front of the head piece, ehhhhh... might want to be redrawn as a tad bit taller and a bit wider. But like I said for the porjecting part, I just looked at lots of pictures of chimps and such to get the basic look of their faces.

Without further ado,

I actually cut out the centre part of the tummy from the fun fur and then sewed the faux suede on the inside of the hole, I then went around the fun fur hole and tightened up thestitches on the outside, it would have been much esier to just cut a circle of faux suede and sewn it on the front of the fun fur... there is me making things difficult Wink

And like mentioned, don't use the pattern piece for the front of the head, widen/ heighten it...

Thanks for looking!
42  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Avatar Oil Painting on: August 23, 2009 11:01:58 AM
Because I finished my oil painting of Aly and Nawat last night, I had nothing to do this morning, so I decided to grab a canvas and paint something inspired by the poster of the new movie "Avatar" (seen here: http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1342146816/tt0499549). This canvas is smaller (16 inches by 20 or something). It look me about an hour to complete:

And a close-up:

43  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / A Plethora of Potter Plushes on: August 23, 2009 10:58:45 AM
I was inspired by this post: Mini Frida, Screen Print Dolls https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=313307.0. I didn't know whether to put these little guys under toys or image reproduction, but here they are  Grin...

I have had a silk screening kit laying around the house for ages, begging to be worked with, so when I saw the little Frida characters, I figured that I could do something similar (and plus "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" was just released). As I had Harry Potter on the mind, I decided to silk screen Potterpuff characters- found here: http://potterpuffs.livejournal.com/ (now I have a whole gang of them kicking around the house). I definently have to majorly thank my mom because hse was there for me whenever I needed her to hold the screen down tight and no one can clean that screen quite as good as she can (well more like I pretend I can't so she will... shhhh... Wink ).

Here is a silk screened Harry (I had about 8 at a time drying around the house). I think I am going to make some of them in a doodle-bear fashion, so you can colour them with washable markers and whenever you get bored with that, throw 'em in the washer and start all over:

I also decided to paint a couple of the silk screened characters, so here they are (one is silk screened in black, the other in silver):

And one by itself. I really love the green-ness of Harry's eyes:

And for size reference (they are over a foot tall each- excuse my pjs :p ):

And here is the Snape I am working on (I am going to make Ron, Hermonie, and Dumbledore also). The characters aren't wonky looking, the fabric was just billowing about/ wrinkly  Wink :

So yep, stay in tuned for the next characters!

Hope you enjoy

44  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Trickster's Choice/ Queen- Aly and Nawat- Oil Painting on: August 23, 2009 10:49:49 AM
So I love to read, it pretty much consumes all of my life, well- except when I paint. Over the last half a year I have discovered that I love to oil paint, though a few years ago, I hated painting anything whatsoever. I never learned how to oil paint in high school art, nor did I learn how to during this past university art class, so I pretty much have taught myself and learned as I go along.

This oil painting is based on one of my favourite books "Trickster's Queen" by Tamora Pierce. The painting is of the main characters, Aly and Nawat. Aly is a teenage spymaster and Nawat is a crow which turned himself into a man in order to help Aly (it is not stupid whatsoever, my description just kinda sucks Tongue)- therefore there is a crow in the bottom left hand corner.

I don't know how many people are familiar with the book series, but if there are any people, I know that I changed this up a bit, ALy is supposed to have shaved/ growing short reddish hair, Nawat is supposed to have a scar on his cheek and so forth, but I am a-okay with changing it up a bit.

This is my largest painting ever, it is prolly 2 and a half feet by 3 and a half feet (it comes to my waist- then again I am short) and it is also tied as my favourite painting. I didn't try to make the characters all that realistic looking (then again how realistic is the story being fiction Wink )...

Close-up of Aly (my favourite part of the painting)

Close-up of Nawat

Close up of the crow (the least favourite part of the painting-oh well Wink )...

Anyways, hope you enjoy
45  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / The Poppet Mini Swap- one angel FOUND on: August 14, 2009 03:27:36 PM
koalascout has offered to angel- thanks a bunch!

It seems that some international packages went astray, therefore I am in need of one angel for The Poppet Mini Swap for Riechan. She is located in Belgium, so please be aware of that when thinking of angeling.

Riechan is just in need of one clothed (if applicable)/ finished poppet, as this is a mini swap Smiley.

Here is some background info. on what type of poppet Riechan would like:
What type of poppet would you most like to receive from your partner? I would love an anime doll or a gothiclolita doll or a Victorian doll. ^^ Dont like the animal type fabric dolls, Id like a skin toned doll ^^, with the hair you can do anything you want.

Please also be aware that as this swap process has been quite long/ Riechan has gone so long without a poppet, I would like an angel to complete their duties in 2 weeks time.

If you are interested in angeling, please PM me.

Here is the swap's discussion thread:https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=307049.0

And gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=310633.0

Thanks a bunch!
46  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Anyone familiar with European mailing? on: July 29, 2009 03:39:24 PM
Hey there...

I was just wondering if there was any European Craftsters out there who could shed some light on shipping times for me, as being Canadian, I am slightly ill-equipped with this knowledge Wink.

I am organizing a swap and really want to wrap it all up, everyone has sent and everyone but 2 have received (partners- both European). The first sent out on July 17th from Belgium to the UK, her partner sent out July 19th from the UK to Belgium. Does anyone know how long the shipping usually takes (I understand that there is most likely different shipping times depending on how much you pay- but is there a basic time allowance, ie. basic rate takes 2 weeks)? I don't want to assume that anything was lost in the mail, but unfortunently that is always an option to be considered, especially if I have to call upon angels and do all that jazz...

47  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Another fairy poppet... But this time for a swap! on: July 08, 2009 09:38:47 AM
I made this poppet for blue_lalita for "The Poppet Mini Swap", who blue_lalita has bubbed Zoe. She said that she wanted something fantasy and I figured that I love making fairies and such, that we would be a good partnership (plus she made me a gorgeous dryad). Her favourite colours are jewel tones, blues, greens, purples and reds.

Here she is in her little "signature" fairy dress, with tye-dyed felt consisting of greens and blues:

And here is a close-up of her dress (you can see some of the different textured felt I used in the dress, some of the felt has an stamped design in the petals- thanks HobbyLobby for cool felts Wink ):

Here is a close-up of her face:

And here is a little purple party dress I made her. This is the first poppet dress I have actually ever sewn, so that was quite an experience. I found this material which incorporated green, blue, purple, and pink (which isn't red- but close enough I figured Wink ), so I thought it covered all of the bases. I used a few layers of tool in the skirt to make it more puffy and around the chest of the dress for funsies. The heart button is actually a button I recently found in my mom's old craft supplies for the 80's.

The top of her head wher you can see her little headband and a part of her purple party dress. I loved her hair... it was something I was hiding in my stash to make a Neanderthal poppet, but when she saw the hair, she just had to have it, I like it because I think it looks like dreads:

And of course here is the link to the poppet along: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=205341.0
48  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / The Poppet Mini Swap Gallery on: June 25, 2009 03:17:58 PM
Sent packages! Don't forget send-outs are July 11th!!!

Original discussion thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=307049.msg3515991#msg3515991

Sending Late with communication
LATE (contact organizers ASAP)
Feedback given

Silverwing <--> amigurl55
averyg <--> blue_lalita
ClonedBravo <--> elwynceltic
sewhappysue <--> craftewoman
littlezo <--> Reichan koalascout is angeling for Riehan and ghilie for littlezo
rasita <--> Silvren
twistedbeader (removed from swap)<--> KimD- FLAKED
PirateColey <--> panda
GlassSpider <--> Seraphina_de_Sangre
wildfyre <--> CartoonJunkie
kmichele_craftyfae <--> hotgluegert
aquasnow <--> lovesclutter
lovesclutter <--> ghilie (*as you can see, lovesclutter has graciously offered to take on 2 partners in order to even  things up in the swap- thanks!)

Please, please, please post pictures of the poppet in which you receive from your partner/ if you do not have access to a camera, contact your partner and see if they can take pictures before they send out to you!!!

PS. Please do not post any comments on here until the first package has been received.
49  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My first oil painting in a bit... on: June 22, 2009 06:04:53 PM
Do you ever have those days when you wake up and you think to yourself that you have to be creative in some way for that day, to accomplish something or your day will just not be complete? Yeah, I have those days quite a bit... Yesterday though, not so much of one of those days... BUT amazingly... I still did accomplish something somewhat creative, this oil painting that I finished in a couple of hours and with one paint brush (mainly because I was too lazy to get up and wash the paint brush off Cheesy) and I never used any black paint whatsoever (which I always got in heck from my uni. art professor this year when using acrylics).

This isn't my favourite oil painting ever, but it isn't my least favourite... She is kinda creepy looking and her mouth is wonky looking, but whatevs... I never learned how to oil paint in school, so I just have kinda just fiddled around with it, though the last time I oil painted was around Xmas.

Anyways, here is the gal (this picture is a bit more grey than in real life):

The skin tone is more warm coloured (you can kinda tell it is more brown/ reddish here):

The nose is by far my favourite part:


50  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My little sister's procrastination room... on: June 11, 2009 06:52:04 PM
So last year my parents redid my little sisters room for her.... Right after her walls were all nicely painted, she told me that she wanted me to paint a large mural on one of her walls. I was really nervous, as I pretty much was in hate with paint for the longest time and I didn't want to wreck all of my parents hard work... So I waited until my parents were gone to work, before I went to work on nervously painting her walls.

I free hand sketched the design onto her walls, and then I painted the lighter green (looks white in this picture), and then I free hand painted the black (with her help)... It took me quite a bit of time to complete (darn procrastination!), because I started it right in the middle of exams. I like how it turned out, some of the lines are shaky, but I am pretty happy that I didn't use tape or anything of the sort. The colours are kinda washed out in these pictures, the walls are a light green with an even light green accent.

The whole thing:

And again (don't mind the clutter, she is re-organizing her room... again):

A Close-up:

This is the shirt that my sister gave me as inspiration:


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