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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / scarlet&ochre - handmade valentines! on: February 12, 2008 06:35:12 PM
little mixed media collaged valentines from watercolor paper, leftover scrap fabric, copper brads, ribbon, and felt. they're about 3"x4".

and the backs.

i washed over the back of them with diluted acrylic paint for a little added color before i write messages on them. valentiney!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / for my valentine, for nights that i'm not with him. on: February 12, 2008 06:24:40 PM
my boy lives closeby, but with conflicting schedules and other circumstances i'm only able to stay with him a couple nights a week, if i'm lucky.

so, for valentine's day, i got him a new pillow and used iron-on transfers on a pillowcase to cuddle on nights i'm not there. kept it fairly simple. all of the images are from use of the transfers, even the handwriting, which is from digital pictures of my own handwriting.

the top left corner is for him. he's ex-navy (my sailor <3) - the banner along the side says "domain of neptunus rex," which is a naval induction of sailors when their vessel crosses the equator.

the bottom right corner is for me, with the claddagh and the two magpies.

front, opened.

front, folded up.

anchor detail - i love how it looks like a woodcut!

magpie detail.

back, opened.

back, folded.

and, because i love him (and love us together)...

me and my valentine Smiley

hope everyone has a warm & loving valentine's  Cheesy
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / sentimental memory boxes - with pictures. on: January 17, 2008 09:02:05 PM
i'm incredibly sentimental and love memory boxes / shrines / or whatever you'd like to call them. during the past few months of my relationship with my darling boyfriend, i've kept things from my birthday and the holidays, and have collaged them into small 9x9" square shadowbox display frames.

dried rose he gave me shortly after we started dating;
tealight candles he used during a surprise for me on my 25th birthday.

bits of wine cork from a fantastic dinner & quiet night at home;
champagne foil & label from new year's eve;
fuschia carnations that dried to a deep wine color he gave me;
beeswax candle & wax from a moravian candlelight service at my church during christmas.

the second box didn't photograph as well - i struggle with lighting trying to photograph something under glass anyhow.

but i love having these things collected and secure, permanent place. just sentimental reminders of the man i love.
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / found picture & beloved painting transfers. on: February 11, 2007 07:29:15 PM
i've been searching for and collecting images i love to transfer onto fabric. i started with the goya prints i've previously posted on here, and tonight continued on with other images i've come across.

not pictured is an iron-on i made of an antique map of europe, circa late 1800s, i think. it didn't photograph well because the colors are so light, so i left it out.

like the goya prints, all of them are on cotton muslin, and i still have a ton leftover.

old postcard photograph of the strand, london -

old found photograph of bow lane, the city, london -

the nightmare, fuseli -
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / goya prints on muslin - with pictures. on: January 21, 2007 06:13:18 PM
i love art history and had the absolute most brilliant art history professor in college. during my 17th & 18th century european art history class, he introduced me to the different print series francisco goya did, including the disasters of war and los caprichos.

i've been interested in trying iron-on transfers after browsing the boards here, and these were my first attempts at the technique. and i love how they turned out!

iron-on transfers were avery brand, ironed onto 100% cotton muslin purchased for $4.45/yard. (i have a TON left over.) i just wanted to turn them into fabric squares, maybe eventually mount them and frame them. after they were ironed on, i measured and marked them on the back to keep the front clean from pencil lines, and cut them out with my late grandmother's sewing scissors.

pictures, each with one with dimensions and one detail:

the sleep of reason produces monsters, los caprichos series.
dimensions - 6 x 8.75"

detail -


the disasters of war
dimensions - 8 x 6"

detail -


and it cannot be changed, the disasters of war series.
dimensions - 7.75 x 6.25"

detail -


a way to fly
dimensions - 9.75 x 6.5"

detail -
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / vascular (modest little project with pictures) on: January 15, 2007 05:18:17 PM
stitched onto scrap fabric i had left over from a dress i had altered this summer, with pictures of the process to show how i added the lines and colors.

nothing special, but my first attempt at "embroidery", if this qualifies.
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Swooning Sailor - first stencil! on: March 13, 2005 02:11:53 PM
i've been wanting to do some stenciling for a while, and this weekend i finally got around to it after putting school-related projects aside.

i used the classic picture taken of the sailor kissing the nurse in times square at the end of WWII, but the picture i used (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/caughtxfire/sailor3.jpg) needed some serious editing and tweeking when i reduced it to bi-level colors. i ended up just playing with the contrast a lot, then opening it in ms paint and fixing parts of it myself. took a long time, but i think it turned out pretty good. (especially for my first one, especially with such small cut-outs around the heads/faces.)

anyway! onto the final product!

the tshirt itself:

close-up of the image:

not too bad, i think! i hope!
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