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11  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / mixed paper sketchbook on: January 16, 2008 03:37:39 PM

I finished putting together a new sketchbook for myself yesterday! The cover is linen primed with gesso and then drawn on with paint sharpies and the inside is filled with watercolour, bond, bristol, canvas and ledger papers that was stitched together by hand with waxed thread (okay it's actually mint flavoured dental floss, but it does the job and smells delicious!) and then pva glue was used to cover the spine of the paper block with kraft paper and Super 77 spray glue was used to attach the end papers and the cover together. And the back cover is also drawn on in the same patterns. And it's 40 pages and is 7.5 in x 8 in!
12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Free Elf Gift Tag on: December 11, 2007 10:56:39 AM

I made this little elf tag to use on my Christmas gifts to my family.
And then I decided to make it a free download from my site to say thanks to everyone
who visits my website and checks up on my blog and stuff!
So go on and get yourself one! http://www.rosemarytravale.ca/elftag.jpg

And hey, I'd love to see pictures of them in use if anyone does print them out! 
13  CANADA / Ontario / Toronto, Ontario: Sheridan Illustration grad exhibit, April 26-28 on: April 11, 2007 10:51:09 PM

WHAT: HEADlines, a witty and provocative exploration of contemporary news through the medium of illustration

WHO: The 2007 class of Sheridan College's renowned Bachelor of Applied Arts program in illustration

WHERE: Steam Whistle
Brewing Gallery and Hall
255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto

WHEN: Gala opening April 26 from 7pm To 1am, continuing April 27 (5pm To 11pm) and April 28 (11am To 6pm)

WHY: To have a great time, sip a craft-brewed ale, and revel in the work of Canada's top young illustrators!

It's free to attend and you can check out the website for a preview of some of the awesome art and get more information about this exhibit! http://sheridanheadlines.ca/
14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / nintendo controller ds lite case w/ mini tutorial on: October 18, 2006 10:37:01 PM

I got myself a nintendo ds lite last month and I decided that it needed a sweet case to keep it in. I've never done any cross stitching needle point before and my aunt recently gave me these plastic grid cross stitch canvas sheets, so I thought this would be the perfect project to learn on!

I think it turned out really great, but I am swearing to never cross stitch needle point a project this large again. It takes forever!

Here's what I did to make it. The instructions aren't perfect since I did make some of it up as I went along, but good luck to anyone who wants to give it a shot!

Things you need:
plastic canvas sheets (size 8 grid)
lots of grey yarn
slightly darker grey yarn
black yarn
red yarn
glue gun
grey felt to line the inside with
some velcro to make a closure with

1.So first I measured my ds and figured out what to cut the pieces of the plastic grid stuff to.

You need:
(units of measurement are in squares of the size 8 plastic canvas)

two pieces of 25 by 44 (for the top and bottom)
two pieces of 8 by 44 (for the long sides)
two pieces of 8 by 25 (for the short sides)
one pice of 7 by 44 (for the overflap) -> I cut this down so it was 44 on the top and 40 on the bottom of this piece so the flap would have rouded edges

(I also cut out a spot for the charger cord in the back, but I'm not including this, since it was one of the things I just did on the fly as I went along)

2. Then I made a pattern using adobe illustrator of where to stitch to make the top look like an NES controller. And here it is!

3. Then I just needlepointed like mad for a few days until all the pieces were done (but not around the edges of the plastic). Then I put the pieces together so it would lay flat like a box.

4. From here I did an optional thing where I cut pieces of felt to approx. the right size to line the case with. The bottom part is one piece sewn together to just fit in nicely, and the top is a separate piece. The felt is glued in with a hot glue gun, but not to the edges, since you still need room to stitch around the edge of the plastic to give it a finished look.

5. Then I stitched together all the joining parts of the case, going through the felt where necessary. So the case is case shaped now, and some of the sides of the felt are covered up by stitches of yarn where I was finishing the edges of the plastic pieces.

I also put some velcro on the overhang flap and the front of the case to keep it closed better. I just used a hot glue gun to attach that bit on as a last step!

And that's basically it! It was challenging to figure it all out, so if anyone attempts to make theirself a case from this tutorial and has any questions, please comment with them and I'll do my best to answer them!

There are some more pictures in my flickr account. I made a set for the photos of this ds nes style case that you can check out here -->http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosered/sets/72157594335228317/

Thanks for having a look!

EDIT:The fantastic Natalie Zee Drieu, the associate editor of CRAFT magazine, has posted up a modified version of this Nintendo DS case with instructions! You can check out her version at the CRAFT blog over here!
15  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / record sleeve sketchbook on: September 18, 2006 04:18:27 PM
This is a sketchbook I recently made for myself to go back to art school with.

The covers are made from old record sleeves glued together (four pieces all together with spray glue to reinforce the cover), the binding is coptic stitch with black embroidery floss (I used a hand crank drill to put holes in the cover, and puched holes through the paper with a pushpin), and the papers are a variety, including maps, lined, watercolour, kraft, and photospreads from old national geographics. I've been saving these record sleeves for a while now, waiting for something fun to use them for!

16  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Canvas mixed paper book on: April 12, 2006 08:38:37 PM

A canvas sketchbook I made recently for a friend. It's full of mixed papers and the patch on the front is ironed on. Yay!
17  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / We all scream for ice cream! on: February 01, 2006 06:40:01 PM
Check out the full size here

some of the fun rough work for it

So this is an 8x10 Illustrator piece for this sort of receipe assignment I've got in my interpretive illustration class. My style is really influenced by retro children's art, so I tried to really maximize that with this piece.
18  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / 12 cahier style books and slipcase on: January 01, 2006 01:34:16 PM
I made these 12 cahier books for the Embodiment project. The idea is to make a journal entry every day for a year. These 12 books are sewn together with 16 pages each, leaving myself with one side of a page for every day of the month. I also made a little slip case to house them all.
19  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / The end of print gocco on: December 06, 2005 08:48:35 AM
Taken from this post over at supernaturale:

"i just got a letter from Print Gocco saying that they are no long making the Print Gocco machines. they figure they have about 3 years (not guarenteed) worth of bulbs, screens, and ink. that's based on past sales but i'm thinking the big companies will start hoarding the stuff.

i've always felt like Print Gocco should've been a household name by now, it's been in the US for 16 years! they never advertise and the head honcho at the US division is so mean. my first time trying to carry the line at my store, she basically tried to talk me out of it by asking why i even wanted to carry the stuff since Pearl (big art supply store) was just down the street. at every turn since then she has been so unpleasant but there was never any way around her. since the closing of my store, i've been carrying it on my site but only because i love the product and wanted to have the account open. when i moved to a new apartment, she was right there breathing down my back that she couldn't ship the order out until i had a new businss liecense with the new address.

alright-too much drama but i think we should start writing to the Japanese owners. not through the website cuz that horrible lady will write back. i complained about her in the beginning and she wrote back with "like i said on the phone the other day...." ack.
it's called Riso inc, i'll look for their address.

long live Print Gocco!"

This is really sad news! I just got my gocco recently and I love it! It's so fantastic to use. Anyways, I thought it woul be important to pass this info on to the craftsters.
20  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Gocco holiday cards on: November 15, 2005 09:55:54 AM

This is my first time using my gocco machine.
 I made a bunch of holiday cards using two screens, one being the blue outline, and the other being the pink fill.
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