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21  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Gundam Wing shirt on: July 20, 2011 07:36:33 PM
Hey all. Cheesy

So... Instead of working on uni stuff, I finished the shirt. Started on my Gundam Wing shirt! (yes, started) I've been making shirts for various fandoms, but I wanted this one to be special because this was my very first fandom.

I did the stencil from an image from the net. I traced it in Photoshop because I wanted the lines to be really crisp when I finally cut it out. (a bit time-consuming since I used a mouse and a pen tool, but worth it)

Here's a closer look at the Gboys' hair. I love how it came out

Obligatory action shot

I know it's a bit lopsided, but that's one of the problems with using sticker paper. Once you stick it on, you can't move it around.

I made the gundam A5-sized and colored it with fabric pastels.

Here's how the front looks like now:

How it looks worn:

edit 2012-06-23: the color faded after the first wash compared to how it looks here, but it's still really great and it's still one of my favorite shirts.

Here's how it looks almost a year later: (Take note that this is a year of being worn almost every week, regular machine wash with no special care taken)

Some thoughts on the fabric pastels:
- Ironing after a piece was colored was helpful so I didn't smudge finished parts while working on the rest.
- It really loses vibrancy after the first wash, but after that the color that remains stays the same after.
- I outlined this with sharpies before coloring with fabric pastels, and I don't recommend doing that. I think something in the pastels reacted with the sharpie ink because even though I heat set it, there were some parts where the ink bloomed.
22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / a bunch of earcuffs on: July 19, 2011 06:38:38 AM
Hey all. Cheesy

I've gotten addicted to earcuffs. I've been making them for the past few months, but only gotten around to taking pictures of my favorites now. (The designs are based on stuff I've seen online, but I forgot where. I'm better at recreating stuff than actually creating them. T.T)


(1)The wire was just covered in green and was a pain to work with, but I love the colors blue and green together. You can see the nicks on it, though.
(2)Lots of swirls on this one. I ended up wearing this a lot before I made the newer ones
(3)This one makes me think of phoenixes, hence the hanging beads. The loop at the bottom isn't closed, and I made a bunch of the bottom part in different colors, so the beads can be switched out
(4)This one is my current favorite

(Anyone else notice how hard it is to take pictures of your own ears?  Roll Eyes)

23  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / a bunch of stenciled shirts on: July 19, 2011 06:23:58 AM
Hey, all. Cheesy

So, I've made a bunch of stenciled shirts for swaps and bday presents. And I decided to start making some for myself so I wouldn't have to feel too sad once the ones I've made have gone to their new owners. I can't find freezer paper here, so I just used sticker paper (not the easiest thing to remove after painting, by the way).

First I made myself a Doctor Who shirt:

Then a Firefly shirt:

I'd forgotten how complicated cutting out this stencil was until I did it again. Ugh.

And because I love piano (and partly inspired by Nodame's piano bag):

This one I made with lots of masking tape and scotch tape.

I think I may have to make shirts for every one of my fandoms. I'm envisioning Wing Gundam on a shirt for the next one.

(Oh, and I noticed how I ended up putting random smudges on the last two shirts. I'm really an impatient person and it shows, I guess. But they're for me. I'm more patient when it's for other people.  Wink)
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Jewelry holder using cork board, ribbon, and pins on: July 12, 2011 06:23:05 AM
I was sick of having all my bracelets and other stuff dangling from my memo board. I was running out of space, and I wanted to put my jewelry in a more accessible place. (Admittedly, these are just the regular day-to-day stuff, I still have to find a place for the 'heirloom' jewelry that my mom passed to me).

So this is what I came up with:

I used some scrap fabric and covered a 12"x18" cork board that I cut in half and layered over each other because the cork was too thin for my push pins. The final size was a 9"x12" fabric covered cork board. I used leftover ribbon and thumbtacks from the memo board project for earring holders (those with fish hooks). I'll probably be adding another row if I get more earrings. For now, I'm thinking of maybe pinning notes or reminders onto the empty space in the middle. I used push pins for the bottom row for bracelets and necklaces. The three boxes, I made from scrap cardboard and colored paper, are pinned in place using thumbtacks and hold (from left to right) ear cuffs, studs, and hair ties.
25  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Bling for my boots on: July 12, 2011 06:10:22 AM
I wasn't sure if I should put this in the shoe board or the jewelry and trinkets board. Anyhoo... Here is my Doc Martens all blinged-up. I saw some Blythe boots with chains over on zigg13pra's pinterest and I wanted one in my size. Realizing I had a bunch of chains and my Doc Marts, I decided to make my own.

The hardest part was figuring out how to put them on and take them off.  Roll Eyes Since I don't normally put the laces up to the last few holes, I decided to put some links in the top hole and attach the rest of the chains with a clasp. Also, since the chains had to go around the whole boots, I ended up using more clasps. But I like how they came out. And I can take them off anytime if I want to wear my boots plain. (Or if it's raining and I don't want the chains to get wrecked)
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / some bracelets and chokers on: April 27, 2011 09:37:26 PM

So, I've got a bunch of bracelets and chokers to show you all. Smiley

This choker I also made a couple of weeks ago when I was wanting to make a Veronica Mars choker but didn't have any chain for it, just my waxed cord.

I loved this green glass bead I found in my random stash of beads and decided to do a simple braided choker with the bead as the focal point.

Yesterday, I got out my jewelry making supplies and re-did a pair of earrings that had fallen apart. Since I already had my supplies out, I decided to finally make that Veronica Mars choker I've been wanting to make.

I think I want to do this again with a larger chain (this chain was the best match at the store when I bought it), but this one is fun enough for now.

Then, I thought 'why not make a macrame bracelet?' And this one is the result:

I was staring at my supplies when this toggle clasp caught my eye.

I had a bunch of them plus a lot of eye pins in the same brass color leftover from a piece I did as part of a swap package. I decided I wanted to make a bracelet with them. After a lot of fiddling, I came up with this:

I'm not really a fan of chunky bracelets, but I'm in love with this one. It started out as just a single beaded chain done with the brass-y eye pins. But the clasp looked ridiculously bulky with just that one chain. I have a bracelet with three chains from my childhood and I thought maybe adding more chains would make it better. I decided to add the copper colored chain (same as the one used in my VMars choker), then added another beaded chain, but I did wrapped wire links with this one and used more random beads from my stash. I was planning to connect the links directly, but got carried away wrapping wire with the first links and forgot to connect them so it was jump rings to the rescue! Lucky I didn't connect them directly, because I ended up changing the link placements a couple of times and even replaced some of the links because I used beads that I felt were too big for the bracelet.

Final action shots of both bracelets plus a keyboard friendship bracelet I made a while back:
27  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / crocheted bracelets on: April 27, 2011 09:27:38 PM
Hey all. Cheesy

These crochet bracelets I made a couple of weeks ago (pattern can be found here. It's not mine, by the way, I just found it on the net. Credit goes to the site owner. I think I should've emphasized that T.T).

They're really fast to make and fun to wear too. I used cotton thread for most of them, except for the lighter blue one which is some lightweight yarn. I don't have much of a button stash so I used beads from my stash--which is still a fairly small stash, but contains a bunch of random beads that I get for ~$1.50 for a pack--as buttons.

I'm thinking of doing one with more chains and buttons to make a crocheted cuff of sorts.
28  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Miyazaki OTT mini art book *pic heavy* on: April 26, 2011 12:45:18 AM

I have been bitten by the swapping bug. One thing I love about swapping is that I get inspired to try new crafts or pick up crafts I've stopped doing. This isn't exactly a craft, but I felt that this mini art book would have been the best thing I could make with as much detail within the size constraints of an OTT. I haven't done this much painting in so long and it was kind of tiring, but gratifying. I haven't done anime drawings in much longer, but it was what got me into drawing as a kid so it was pretty nostalgic too. (scans are grabbed from my partner because I wasn't able to get decent pictures of it).

I decided to do three double-page spreads of knitpurl's favorite Miyazaki shows (Laputa, Totoro, and Spirited Away). I wanted to feature all of Miyazaki's shows, so I went with doing single page drawings and quotes from almost all of them.

(R: Spirited Away single)

(Totoro double)

(L: Laputa quote, R: Ponyo single)

(L: Mononoke quote, R: Howl single)

(L: Spirited quote, R: Nausicaa single)

(L: Porco single, R: Kiki quote)

(Laputa double)

(L: Totoro single, R: Kiki single)

(L: Mononoke single, R: Porco quote)

(L: Laputa single, R: Howl quote)

(Spirited double)
The double page spreads are my favorites because I got to work on a larger scale and I piled on the details in them.

Here are some progress pics:

(The pages were 4"x4", so a spread was 4"x8". I cut out the sheets with an border of 1/8" all around so I could tape them down to a board while I was working on them)

(The lineart for the characters were pretty detailed, but for the backgrounds I just did some light sketching and worked on it with the watercolor. This is how the Laputa double looked before I started painting)

And a shot with a ruler to show the scale:

I did go a little over 4"x4" because I forgot that I'd have to add a border for the covers when I bound it all together. I think it's final size was 4.25"x4.25"
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / N2N Superboy and the Invisible Girl shirt on: March 17, 2011 10:17:04 PM
teaser: (colors are pretty true to life here)

I took a break from swap crafting last week for this Next to Normal themed shirt. A bunch of friends and I are watching a local production of Next to Normal tomorrow evening. Some of my friends are wearing souvenir shirts from the Broadway show (Christmas presents from a friend of theirs who's in US). I've always been a huge fan of N2N, so I decided to go all crazy fan girl for tomorrow and make my own shirt.

It started life as one of my brother's oversized shirts. I cut and sewed it to fit me (sewing by hand again). It had a design in the middle that I cut out and replaced with fabric from another old shirt. The design is done by hand with acrylic paints.

I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. In real life, the INVISIBLE GIRL in the bottom is fairly readable. I just had to go with using red to emphasize being invisible. Also, I did some embroidery to bring out the words. It's just plain backstitch using 3 strands of embroidery thread folded in half. I played around with the design quite a bit and I feel this has the same feel of the song (which is one of my favorites). Superboy is eye-catching, the different background adds to this. But I had to make invisible girl special in my own way, because for me, that's the real focus of the shirt.

here's a close-up of how the INVISIBLE GIRL letters look:

(The I's crooked because it's the first time I've done embroidery)
30  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Journal with multicolored pages *slightly pic-heavy* on: February 10, 2011 08:52:14 PM
Hey, all.  Smiley

This one's an older notebook, I have no idea why I never posted this before. Anyway, I use this one as my journal. I've kept journals my whole life and I think this is the second journal I made for myself.

(picture of the front and me trying to get a picture of flipped pages to show the multicolored-ness of it all.)

I can't remember how many sheets I used in this one. 50, I think? Folded in half and done in 5 sheet signatures. The cover is a board about the same thickness as a folder, covered in scrapbooking paper and then covered with a thin gauzy something that's used to wrap bouquets or gifts.

(the front and back endpapers, covered in multicolored quotes. My absolute favorites are the Che Guevara quote from the Motorcycle Diaries and the I Believe quote from American Gods by Neil Gaiman)

(a pocket in the back, made from this gorgeous scrapbooking paper I bought at the bookstore. I put stuff I plan to stick into the journal in the pocket, for storage. Right now, though, it's full of random things, I really should clean it out)

I use it as a personal journal, sometimes write stuff inspired by writing prompts, keep track of my life list (of sorts), crafting ideas/plans, etc. Sample page below.

(This page was where I was planning out my Angels Have the Phone Box shirt)

Apologies for the crappy photos. I used my phone cam. I'll re-do the pics when I get the digicam from my brother.
Thanks for looking.  Smiley
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