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21  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Paddling swan, acrylic and pen on board on: January 01, 2012 03:52:37 AM
Since I'm on a roll tonight posting all my projects I figured i should add this one to the mix ;P

This was my gift to my Mum for Christmas, I was still putting on the final touches Christmas day before she arrived for lunch! It was completed a little hastily but I am happy with the result nonetheless.

She is acrylic and pen on wood board, approximately 60cm x 150cm.

I had to add a rather sturdy wire to the back of this one, the wood is quite weighty. Next time I will hunt down some of the little saw-edge hangers rather than relying on a wire. The swan herself is not painted at all, but left in relief so the wood grain shows through. The grain of the wood gives her the appearance of sun-dappled light across her back and wings.
22  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / The swan princess on: January 01, 2012 03:47:35 AM
This is one of my older works that i never got around to posting.

She is a mix of hand drawn and digital art, my first digital coloured piece in fact. I've come a long way since this was made but looking at it now I am still really proud of it and impressed with the finish.

When I think of the swan princess I imagine her held motionless in a ballet pose while her swan is reflected in the water, dancing alongside her. Even in human-form her swan is with her, lending her grace and elegance.

She was originally a commissioned piece for a greeting card but I think she deserves some wall space somewhere ;P The customer and the recipient were both very happy at the result.
23  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Pegasus the winged horse, in gouache, pen and ink on: January 01, 2012 03:42:35 AM
Pegasus has always been one of my favourite mythical beasts. The thought of a powerful, lightning-quick horse mounting the sky on soft feathered wings just fills be with joy.

So, in keeping with my foray into relief painting, I created this homage to my dear mythical friend.

I submitted him as a part of a TAFE assignment which earned me a good mark but I have hoarded him away for now, afraid to put him up without a frame.

C & C always welcome Smiley
24  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Quick and Easy Placecards/Ornaments on: December 21, 2011 07:13:43 PM
What a lovely and memorable gift! Thanks for the idea Cheesy
25  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: My first ever completed photo morph piece on: December 09, 2011 08:12:41 PM
Thanks all!

chapstickninja, the background would have been different but since this was an assessment piece we had to include an Illustrator icon on a background texture. Originally I did have it darker but the icon was very hard to see so I had to change it Sad Thanks for your suggestion!

Thank you smallhold, I'd love to make more but it would take a mighty big photoshoot to film all the elements!

I agree Artmomto5! Steampunk rocks Smiley
26  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: My first ever completed photo morph piece on: December 02, 2011 07:17:25 AM
Thanks so much, I'm really super proud of it. I'll do another one but you're right, they do take ages!
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Handmade dinosaur garden tutorial - easy to customise for any kid! on: December 02, 2011 07:15:27 AM
Thank you Cheesy

Actually, I'm making him a custom dinosaur dig for Christmas where he gets to unearth big plastic dinosaurs (but not bones, he likes 'real' dinos, lmao). He's had the little cheap ones before and loved them but I'll be making one with layers of dirt, sand, rock etc with plaster of paris to make it 'real'. Cheesy

I'll post it on here when it's done.
28  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Recycled plant pots, for my garden and for gifts :) on: December 02, 2011 07:09:14 AM
Thanks! I have had trouble growing strawberries before but they just love these pots. I also have some zinnias and cosmos seedlings growing well and awaiting potting, they'll be gifts for my Nan, MIL and Mum.
29  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My first ever completed photo morph piece on: December 02, 2011 06:58:23 AM
After completing my first semester at TAFE I finally have my photo morph completed. This began with various images of clockwork and mechanics, a naked art model, fabric and my own Illustrator icon for the background. All together, with many many hours of editing, masking, airbrushing, adjusting and painting it became 'My Clockwork Heart'.

The idea was to make an android, but steampunk is far more interesting to me than Terminators Cheesy

And just so you know, cutting off her leg and adding a peg leg really quite creeped me out, lol.

Comments and critique are always welcome, thanks for looking.
30  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Recycled plant pots, for my garden and for gifts :) on: December 02, 2011 06:52:29 AM
I'm doing the whole Handmade Christmas this year. Of course I have a couple of those people on my list that have everything they need and don't collect anything. So what to make them? How about a little spot of colour to brighten their home for a few months?

Something inexpensive, from the heart and appropriate to my loved ones. Seriously, if you grow these suckers from seed you'll spend about $2.00 for as many gifts as you like. Also, they don't collect dust, need batteries, make noise or need maintenance (apart from a little water now and then Grin)

Mine are filled with delicious strawberries Smiley I can move the pots to the best position, they drain well and the fruits will tumble down the side without rotting


    * Clean, empty tins or plastic drink bottles (mine are baby formula containers and 3L juice bottles)
    * Garden wire
    * Spray primer
    * Paint (I used sample pots of wall paint)
    * Paintbrush
    * Drill
    * Craft knife
    * Sandpaper
    * Potting mix/garden soil/compost
    * Seedlings

   1. Turn your containers upside down and drill some drainage holes in the bottoms
   2. Bottle planters - cut out a hole for the plant to go into (towards the top of the bottle), it needs to be just big enough to
       squish in the root ball of the plant. If needed, sand the holes to remove sharp bits
   3. Can planters - drill two holes at the top of the can opposite each other to thread a hanging wire through. Sand the
       holes lightly to keep sharp bits at bay
   4. Roughly sand your containers to give the paint something to stick to. It's important to note that the shiny paint finish on
       formula containers will repel the paint if not sanded. It doesn't have to be perfect, just rough up the paint or plastic a bit
   5. Prime your containers with the spray primer. Allow to dry (it won't take long!)
   6. Paint your containers and decorate as you wish. You will need a couple of coats for good coverage. Allow to dry well
   7. Snip and attach a length of garden wire to use as a hanging loop. The length will depend on whether you wish to hang
       your pots from a fence, tree branch or ceiling hook)
   8. Bottle planters - lay your bottle down and fill with soil through the cutout. Scoop out just enough soil to fit the root ball
      of your seedling and carefully but firmly pack the plant in. You can keep the bottle laying down for a couple of weeks
      until the plant is established but I carefully propped mine up immediately
   9. Can planters - fill with soil, leaving enough space to put your plant. Carefully pack in the roots of the plant and top up
      with a little more soil
  10. Give them a drink and put them in a suitable spot to get established until it's time to give them away!


    * Raise your own seedlings from seed and this project may well only cost you a couple of dollars
    * To give as gifts, choose a pretty annual flower. That way, at the end of the growing season your recipient can either
      re-plant or recycle their pot. No waste and no clutter! Perfect for the person who has everything
    * If you want a no-hassle gift plant your pots with succulents
    * For a kitchen goddess (or god ;P) plant your pots with herbs
    * For kids, plant a yummy treat like strawberries. My strawberries adore these pots since they like good drainage and if
      you add a hanging wire the strawberries will tumble down without rotting!

I have heaps more pics and progress shots on my blog, there's far too many to copy over here!

Thanks for looking and I hope you can brighten your own home with some little recycled lovelies Cheesy
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