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81  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Bassoon bell, watercolor on paper on: July 30, 2011 12:50:16 PM
Like I said in an earlier post, I play bassoon. I've been trying to come up with a piece of art that would look neat on a business card, that is bassoon-y. This is the bell of a bassoon, using liquid latex relief and mottled watercolor. I need to make it something that would look good shrunk down to about 1" square, otherwise I'd paint one of my whole bassoon, with all 2 million of the little keys. Smiley This is 8"x10", watercolor on paper. Anyone with business card design experience care to contribute some ideas for a unique business card for a professional musician? I'm definitely looking for ideas!

82  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Titania and Oberon, watercolor on paper on: July 30, 2011 12:46:03 PM
This one was inspired by another Craftster-er, who posted something similar months ago (I loved the technique, and practiced by doing a similar painting- if this violates any Craftster rules, I'll happily remove this post. I was just so pleased by the effect that I made a set and wanted to share. I'll see if I can find the post so she can get credit for my inspiration). I used liquid latex to mask off the white areas, and did a mottled effect over the rest, and pulled off the latex once it was dry. I call this one Titania and Oberon, after the queen and king of fairies in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Watercolor on paper, about 16" square.

ETA: It was Fiffi who was my muse! Thanks for the inspiration!

I've got them all framed up now, so I'll post a better pic soon. This was right after I completed them (ETA: Done! See below- odd angle, I know, but I was trying to show a pic of them on the wall with as little window glare as possible). Smiley

ETA2: I posted this at the end of the thread, but I thought I'd better just tack it on here, too. I have thrilling news- a local art and gift shop owner saw a photo of these paintings on my Facebook, and asked me to create a collection to show at her monthly gallery exhibit and sale! I could just wet myself!!! I'll be showing at the end of October, and I'll be sure to post my creations along the way. Thanks for all the encouragement, I'm just over the moon that someone might actually want to buy my art!! (flails)  Grin Grin Grin

83  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Musical Exuberance, acrylic on canvas on: July 30, 2011 12:40:38 PM
This special one was for my dad for Christmas- we're both musicians, and it's a really special thing we share. He plays, guitar (the one in the painting is his- a Gibson 335 Semi-hollow sunburst, same as B.B. King's Lucille or Brian Setzer's Gibson), sax, and piano. I also play sax and piano, as well as ukulele, but my main instrument is bassoon, on which I fancy myself a professional (hey, I have a piece of paper that tells me this is true!) Smiley This is 12"x12", acrylic on canvas.


84  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Yellow Irises, acrylic on canvas on: July 30, 2011 12:34:31 PM
Yep, I had a lot of fun painting these irises! This was for my MIL for Christmas, again, in her favorite colors. Acrylic on canvas, about 12"x16".

Some detail...

85  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Purple Irises, acrylic on canvas on: July 30, 2011 12:30:29 PM
I did this painting for my Aunt for Christmas, in her favorite colors. It's acrylic on canvas, about 12"x16". I love purple irises, especially their little yellow hearts!

And a little detail...

86  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / White Irisis, acrylic on canvas on: July 30, 2011 12:27:08 PM
I did this on for my mom for Christmas, in her favorite colors. I tried to use a lot of different colors to give it some depth, I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out! This is acrylic on canvas, about 16"x20".

Here's a little closeup of the detail:

87  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Native American Surrealism, Watercolor on: July 30, 2011 12:16:37 PM
This is a recent watercolor I did, inspired by the style of Blackbear Bosin. I don't know much else to say about it than that, but I had a lot of fun painting it, and learned just how steady of a hand I have! Smiley

88  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: PROJECT RUNWAY: Season 9 - Season Premiere -Official Craftster Discussion Thread on: July 29, 2011 05:29:15 PM
I watch it on my mylifetime.com, but was really disappointed to see that they list the names of the winning and losing designers right there next to the play button! I hate that I got spoiled right from the get-go. Sad

Anyway, I wonder if Danielle will be this seasons Wretchin Gretchen. She just seemed a little too smug to me, and when she was in the green room after being told that her score was good enough to make it to the next round, she got all petulant and pouty, and said "WTF am I doing here?! This is just wrong!" or something to that effect. Someone said, "but you were good enough to make it to the next round!" and she replied with a snotty "well, that's just not good enough." Oh, give it up, whiner. No one likes a martyr.

I just love Anya and Bert, I can't wait to see what they come up with!
89  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Has anyone every made a home made bra for a DD?? on: July 13, 2011 05:04:38 PM
Yes! Yes, yes, yes! Once you wear a handmade bra, you'll never want to go back, especially to those horrific, saggy, smelly, sweaty, molded foam cups that are all you can find in plus size stores anymore (unless you want a sports bra or an ugly geriatric boulder holder).

I wear a 42J (yes, J), and I've been making mine about a year now. I took a class at a local sewing shop, which is owned by the sweetest, most kind and helpful person ever, Anne St. Clair. She taught the one-day class, and I couldn't believe how my bra was so light and thin, but held the troublemakers up where they belonged, with no digging in. He store is called Needle Nook Fabrics in Wichita, KS, at this site: http://ndlnookfab.blogspot.com/. She also published a book called "Intimately Yours, a Guide to Bra-Making."

Anyway, I know this probably isn't anywhere near you, BUT you can order all kits, supplies and the book from her online, and her prices are super cheap (look on the sidebar menu for bra making supplies). You can also call her and get help over the phone, she's very good and painting a visual with her explanations. If you have any sewing shops in your area (probably not places like Joann's, I haven't noticed that they do stuff like this. I would try specialty shops), pop in and see if they offer classes, and try on their model bras if you can. What a difference!

Anyway, I can crank out a bra in about 1-3 hours now (less time than I spend shopping for one), and they average about $4 each in supplies. I made a supportive underwire swimsuit, some sport bras, fancy and plain bras, lingerie, strapless, wireless, and bustier, and they all fit absolutely perfectly. I wash and dry mine like regular clothes, with no problems. I've only had one stretch out, because I had a failed experiment with a different fabric. All you have to do is pick out the seam where the hooks are sewn in to shorten the band, and it's fine now.

I went into Lane Bryant the other day and tried one one for the heck of it, and I just can't believe how uncomfortable and unsupportive it was. I mean, I'm only in my 20's, just because I have big boobs doesn't mean they should hang around my waist or be contained in an ugly straight jacket, right? Well, right?
90  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Custom Kitchenaid Mixer: Hawaii 5-0 Edition (lots o' pics!) on: June 28, 2011 03:34:43 PM
Is that high-gloss, acrylic diamond-finish sealant that you used the same kind that is used in stamping projects, or is that a regular artist's acrylic product?

No, it was Krylon appliance paint from the hardware store, in the spray paint section. It's diamond-finish, food-grade, clear, heat-resistant, acrylic high-gloss spray, about $5 for a can. I just sprayed and sprayed and sprayed until there was none left, so the entire can of finish is on my mixer. Smiley It comes in white, almond, black, and clear, so you can use it on your stove, fridge, etc. The finish was a little rubbery feeling the first week, but slowly hardened up to the point that it won't even scratch if I drag a knife across it. I have no doubts that this finish can take a beating (and for the last 6 months, it has! It looks just as good as the week I finished it!).
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