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41  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Screenprint and Foamcore Animal Headdress on: February 24, 2010 06:52:28 PM
Yep, I made the foundation for this guy out of foamcore and then screenprinted all the designs onto paper and adhered them to the form! It's completely wearable (woohoo!) and, since it's made of paper, very light  Cheesy

So my question to you all is this: I have enough of the back scales to have the cape-y part flow all the way to the floor and beyond, but I'm thinking it doesn't need it. What do you think? Other than that, I hope you like it!
42  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers Zine Box Set! on: January 12, 2010 05:07:37 PM
Wow, thank you all so much! OK I'll try to answer some questions:

That is absolutely stunning. All the little details...the polished look of the whole thing...making your own chocolates. Did you hand-letter all of it, too?

OK so my mom deserves major props on this one, as she wrote everything here out by hand. I then took her handwriting, burned it onto a screen, and screenprinted it on everything. So hahaha, in a way, it is handlettered, yes, by my awesome mom  Kiss

And to eirle who asked about my papermaking process:
This paper was abaca that I beat for exactly 3 hours. Other than that, I guess all you need to know is that I pulled the sheets with a normal mold/deckle and dried them in a press. Hmm that sounds so vague but it's all I really know to tell you...do you have any specific questions other than that?

And for those of you wondering what grade I got on this, well, I never found out  Cheesy. Since it was the last project in the class, all I got back was my final grade in the class, which was an A- (sigh.) So there you go!
43  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Monkey King Tunnel Book on: January 12, 2010 05:00:21 PM
Holy cow! Thank you guys so much! I'm floored by all the attention  Cheesy Thanks so much, ceep, for posting a tutorial! Unfortunately I've been neglecting to answer questions though  Embarrassed ok, so I didn't use a computer at all, this is acrylic paint on regular posterboard. I basically drew the tiniest, roughest thumbnails ever of each scene so I could visualize what went where (I'm talking literally less than 5 seconds for each one.) I would recommend doing that as you're putting your book together because it provides a reference without taking any time or locking you into specific parts of the design. The rest was just painting over drawings that I sketched out on the bigger pieces of posterboard.
44  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers Zine Box Set! on: December 10, 2009 09:30:02 PM
Wow, two more Athens people?? Small world indeed!
And you have guessed correctly...go dawgs  Roll Eyes

Thanks so much for everybody's comments...no grades yet, haha!
45  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Monkey King Tunnel Book on: December 10, 2009 09:28:47 PM
Are you, by any chance, a fan of Jamie Hewlett? He was the illustrator for Tank Girl and The Gorillaz. He's one of my favorite artists. Your drawing styles are very similar.

Hello! Yeah, I'm a huge fan, I actually mostly learned how to draw from copying his stuff, which explains why a lot of my drawings look like cheap Hewletty ripoffs  Tongue Lately I think my style has been gravitating away more, but I decided to just indulge on this one and draw spiky-haired monkeys to my heart's content  Cheesy
46  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Monkey King Tunnel Book on: December 10, 2009 04:08:49 PM
So here's a papery project I've been working on: a tunnel book! These books are flat until you open them up, spreading out the pages and giving the image depth. This one's about some sort of Monkey King that lives above the clouds. Here it is when it's flat:

And here it is when it's extended (sorry for the weird green sheet in the background.)

Aaaaand here's the back:

47  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers Zine Box Set! on: December 09, 2009 06:08:02 PM
OK, so this is a project for my screenprinting class. The assignment was to make a zine, in an edition of ten, and here are my ten!

So here's the story: these are made to look like corporate-manufactured packages from a fictional company called Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers. I screenprinted everything in this package: all the box logos, coupons, letters, and the zine itself. Here's what the package looks like when it's being opened:

From the top left, there's a white chocolate box, two coupons that read "One free truffle redeemable at any Ghost Mantis location," a black chocolate box, and a sealed letter with the actual zine itself underneath. The letter is abaca paper that I made myself, and I sealed it with red wax and a "G" seal; here it is unopened:

The letter reads: "Dear Loyal Customer, as a member of the ATHENS-CLARKE COUNTY community, either you or someone you know has most likely been affected by the tragic events that occurred over the Thanksgiving holiday. Some have pointed to Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers as the source of this disaster, but we would like to stress that test results with the potential to substantiate this claim have not been released. As such, we must all remember that we do not yet know the cause of the accident. That said, although Ghost Mantis does not yet take responsibility, any disturbance to the ATHENS-CLARKE COUNTY community affects us, too. That's why we have prepared these complimentary chocolates, coupons, and Collector's Edition Ghost Mantis Company History Pamphlets as a reminder of our concern for the community and as a sign of our goodwill. We sincerely hope these packages find you well. Happy Holidays, Mortimer Windle, CEO Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers."

That's right, these packages are sort of apologies for some sort of unexplained tragedy that was, in all likelyhood, caused by this company. Here are the chocolates that come in the package (white and dark chocolate, with painted chocolate G's on them.) I made these by painting G's backwards into a chocolate mold, then pouring the opposite kind of melted chocolate on top. For the boxes, I bought truffle boxes, then used them as a base to design my own to be the right size and printed the logo on them:

And finally, here is the zine itself, the company history pamphlet:

Text: "Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers
A history of painstakingly observed tradition"

Text: "In 1884, Gregor Mantodea, a wealthy Englishman and the future founder of Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers, moved to Warwick, Rhode Island, to make his fortune and to escape a father who had difficulties accepting his many eccentricities. One of these eccentricities was his fascination with the ghost mantis, a small African species of praying mantis. In these glossy, black specimens, he saw not only himself, but the decadent allure and polished aesthetics of chocolate."

Text: "Mantodea adopted the ghost mantis as his mascot when he founded Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers and began selling chocolates out of a small cart in 1886. The American public were willing to ignore his rather offputting mascot in order to get their hands on the delicious chocolate that he was making in his own home. By 1891, the Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers company boasted its own factory, situated in the heart of Swansea, Rhode Island. His fortune made, Mantodea retired early in 1893, leaving Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers to a series of individuals hand-picked to run the company."

Text: "Since Mantodea's time, Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers has altered neither its chocolate recipes nor its machinery, despite all modern advances in the field. We believe that this respect for tradition is the key to our success. Aesthetically, however, our company continues to improve. In 1902, company CEO Humphrey Carasik created the iconic "G" that now appears on all Ghost Mantis Chocolates when he discovered his daughter Isabelle painting in her room. He wasted no time in putting her to work hand-painting each chocolate. To this day, every "G" is painted by hand."

Text: "CEO Artemis Gadebush, too, developed our company's look when he introduced the black and white motif, based on the aesthetics of the mantis itself, that still graces all Ghost Mantis buildings and packaging. Today, Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers has nine factories and hundreds of specialty stores around the globe. We look forward to overcoming any obstacle that we meet and providing our customers with unparalleled service and quality."

So, at some point I'm thinking I'll don a Ghost Mantis representative uniform, take a few of these babies to the streets, and hand them out to the unsuspecting public. Delicious!
48  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Gang's All Here Mini Book! (Image heavy!) on: September 23, 2009 07:39:35 PM
its amazing, so creative and very well done! but i have two questions if you don't mind... first, what is exactly 'accordion' ? and second, what will you use it for? :x sorry if my question seems impolite, i'm really just curious, i've seen things like this here in the forum but i really dont know... thanks a lot, and congrats!

Thanks everyone  Cheesy! To answer your questions, accordion means that the book opens out into one long page, and then folds back in a zig-zag pattern, like the musical instrument accordion! And second, hahaha I don't really know what I'll use it for; right now it's just kind of hanging out in my dorm! It was just fun to make...I'm sure I'll figure it out eventually  Tongue
49  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Gang's All Here Mini Book! (Image heavy!) on: September 23, 2009 03:25:11 PM
This is an accordion book that I put together and illustrated: The Gang's All Here! Here's the front:

And opened up:

Each page has a face on it, and each face flips up to show the skull underneath:

Ta da! I would highly recommend making these little accordion books...they're really easy and all you need is book board, canvassy book cloth, glue, and paper (I used paper for the long strip, and cardstock for the individual pages and faces.) All the color is paint, sharpie, and colored pencil. Hope you like it!
50  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Electrobug! A little paper beetle that moves on: July 22, 2009 07:38:25 PM
Outstanding! Did you solder the wires or did they come with?

Thank you! The wires were already attached; I just cut them down to size and stripped the ends so they'd touch the battery. I've still got one more toothbrush, 6 motors, and 5 batteries, so we'll see what else I can make with those!
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