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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Something spooky and a my first mixed media painting -maybe a little image heavy on: June 28, 2012 12:02:06 PM
This is a digital piece that I finished last night.  He was inspired by some legends that speak of a horse that is something else in disguise... something much more sinister.  I'm not assigning a name to him because there are many variations and many names, but just know, that he is not what he seems - but you might have come to that conclusion simply by the eerie ambiance and those creepy eyes.

You can just call him Bob.  Cheesy

(You can right click "new tab" for the larger image)

And then this was my first mixed media piece.  The canvas was painted with oils on top of wax long ago and I just got around to finishing him recently by attaching the digitally painted mechanical bird, a stick from a tree in my front yard,  and hand made fabric flowers.  I want to call it something along the lines of: Why does the mechanical bird sing of... electric sheep... or something... I honestly haven't thought of anything clever.  I really have no idea.

btw I realize that trying to photograph art with a lens with a shallow depth of field is just stupid.  Sorry.  I should have just grabbed the point and shoot for these.

2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: get the balance right on: June 22, 2012 01:38:35 PM
Very well executed, and a wonderful message to boot.  The colors are great and the graphic nature of it is slightly reminiscent of School House Rock, which is just awesome.  Good job!   
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: The Red Wagon -- Vintage inspired on: June 22, 2012 01:35:45 PM
It's very cute.  I love it.
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Untitled...mixed media on 5x5" watercolour paper on: June 22, 2012 01:34:27 PM
Lovely, lovely piece.  The lines are very expressive.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Home is Where You Make It... on: June 07, 2012 05:31:52 PM
I love the colors.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tea Box on: June 07, 2012 05:30:50 PM
Thank you both!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Welcome to the Freak Show on: June 07, 2012 05:29:23 PM
Nifty work!  I love them.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Tea Box on: June 07, 2012 11:18:44 AM
Here's an interesting gift idea for those who love tea:

I started out by sewing drawstring bags out of unbleached cotton, and decided to finally try my hand at free motion sewing while I was at it.  It turned out alright, though I hoped it would have looked neater.  There is definitely a learning curve in using a free motion sewing machine foot.

As a side note, the thread is all cotton as well, and the buttons are metal due to the heat involved in making tea. 

If it isn't obvious, the larger bag is for a whole pitcher of tea, while the smaller bags are meant for individual cups.

Then I made a box for the bags out of a tin of jasmine tea (my personal favorite), by gluing bits and pieces of text and high res images that I found via google.  While I do not advocate stealing other people's images for your work, I was in a rush and didn't have time to come up with some nifty images of my own (shame, shame).  However, this was strictly for personal use of the recipient, and no profit was made, so we're good right?

I really need to get a high heat glue gun.  That messy ribbon job couldn't have been avoided due to the impossible nature of hot glue that can't get hot enough to stay soft for more than a second or two  Angry

9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Recent Stuff on: June 07, 2012 08:15:26 AM
Thank you all for the feedback.  The comments are very much loved and appreciated  Cheesy

@aliis - ctrl-z is what I live by ~_^
I only have Photoshop, and I've only played around in Painter and felt completely like a fish out of water, but I've been using PS for almost ten years so it would make sense that would be what I'd be most comfortable with, wouldn't it?  I find that I can achieve many looks in PS with fiddling around with the layer settings.  To make a more watercolor or marker type of look I change the layer to something like screen or overlay, I honestly forget... I honestly just try out different things all the time to see what I end up with - and that's half the fun.  I'm still learning the program after all this time. 

I hope to go back to physical media in about six months or so (I'm breastfeeding and I worry about health hazards), so until then, lots of having fun with experimentation with the comfort of that ctrl-z sitting right there within reach.

Thanks again, everyone.
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Recent Stuff on: April 04, 2012 11:09:57 AM
Thanks for the comments.

Homerof2 - Digital painting is just using a piece of software that allows you to use tools that somewhat replicate physical media.  It's just a lot less messy  Wink

aliis - I always use one brush and that's just the round brush set at the hardest edge.  It's the brush settings that I change.  Depending on what I'm doing, outlining, coloring or what have you, I only toggle a few settings and they're always set to pen pressure (shape dynamics, other dynamics, and sometimes color dynamics).  I've not had luck with special brushes, but have been wanting to give a real go at them for a while.  Some day I plan to let loose and see what happens.

The b&w one was done in one layer as a exercise, but I admit I usually use more layers than necessary.  I'm unable to work in real media at the moment, so I wanted to get as close to actually painting as I could.
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