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251  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 28 ENTRIES / My journal has grown legs! on: June 01, 2008 02:08:07 PM
I found this painted wooden stool out by the bins last week and realised it was perfect for altering. I make visual journals regularly and tend to lean towards papercrafts and artwork so this is branching out for me.

I wanted to enter the challenge and to make something that was a development of my artwork, and this is what developed...my work in 3D...and useful furniture to boot! Cheesy

This is what it looked like before...very yucky!

So, I cleaned it up, sanded it down, removed the seat and started to paint...

Then collage...

And finally, remade the seat. The old seat was horrible so I cut the wood to shape, found new foam, dug out my favourite fabric and attached it all with upholstery tacks.

I attached wire in spirals to one of the lower bars.

And even decorated under the seat Cheesy

I probably need to get a better view of the top but I sewed felt circles in each of the sun/star's centres secured with a french knot and stitched around the designs in various ways.

So that's it, my artwork in functional form! Grin
252  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Ongoing Altered Journal-a-long-CLOSED--see last page for NEW THREAD on: May 28, 2008 03:55:37 PM
Current Theme for Winter - Snowflakes, light and love Smiley

Huge thanks to BethieB for compiling this fantastic list of all the useful threads and shared knowledge from this Journal-a-long!

List of links and tutorials for the Ongoing Altered Journal-a-long!

(there were links on page 9 but they were dead)
Contact paper/packaging tape image transfer tutorial - http://karenswhimsy.com/play/image-transfer.htm

Image Transfer Techniques - http://www.ebsqart.com/Education/Articles/Mixed-Media-and-Collage/9/Live-Studio-Image-Transfer/37/

Label Maker Site - http://www.acme.com/labelmaker/ (If you use glossy photo paper to print and then cut the words out it looks like it was made by a label maker)

How To Prep A Book to Alter - http://www.ebsqart.com/Education/Articles/Mixed-Media-and-Collage/9/Live-Studio-Altered-Books/35/

Helpful Galleries and Other Craftster Threads to check out:
Tip In With A Twist Gallry - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=202622.0 There are over 140 pages here full of pictures, ideas and inspiration...I didn't check it for tutorials, but there it is anyway.  Cheesy

Share A Technique (over 76 pages of techniques for papercrafting) https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=136338.0

Where To Get Images - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=219970.0

How To Develop A Personal Style- https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=251939.0

Some new themes:
Black & white
woodland creatures
Primary Colours
No Collaging

Past Journal projects:
Selected themes to hopefully challenge and expand our creativity.
cactus, cacti
time warp
stained glass
Black and White
Slugs and Snails
Type - Words or Ransom
The art movement - dada
Space - this could be 'Inner', 'Outer', 'white', 'green' etc

Prior blurb...
This was suggested in a thread I'd posted my in-progress journal in. I thought I'd kick it off seeing as there are quite a few of us out there who visual journal, and it would be nice to share our progress Smiley

So, post a picture when you've completed a page, we'd love to see them! You can post daily, monthly, whenever and whatever you like. Add an explaination of your thoughts or process, or just the photo...it's up to you!

Here's a couple of mine to start off...

And the original thread, and a few more pictures here

Anyone want to show some journal pages?
253  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fabric & Bottlecap Brooch on: May 24, 2008 05:52:51 AM
So, I was busy covering bottlecaps with fabric to make this bottlecap coaster and I thought they could look pretty cute on their own with a few embroidery sitiches. Simple, but hopefully effective, and good recycling of bottlecaps and scraps. What do you think?

254  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fabric & Bottlecap Coasters (with tutorial) on: May 23, 2008 04:02:14 PM
I'm so happy with the way this turned out! Grin
It has it all, recycling, using up bits of fabric from other projects, and results in a funky coaster! Grin

Updated photo:

Previous photo:

Action shot:


Yeah it could probably be neater under there, but this was a test one Wink

Those bottlecaps you kept because they must have some use
6cm squares of fabric
needle & thread

Sew a loose circle a few mm from the edges of the fabric.
Lay the cap in the centre & pull the thread to gather round.
Secure the thread to stop it unraveling and stitch the ends down as neat as you like.
Arrange in a pretty pattern & stitch the bottom edges of the caps together where they join.
I guess you could sew fabric/felt on the botton but I like the rustic-ness of them.

What do you think? I think I'm just going to keep drinking and adding to it till it covers my table! Cheesy

Also, I've been playing and they can be embellished like this brooch...

Thanks! You can always ask your local bar for some, they don't normally recycle them, just throw them out.

Okay, some steps...

1. cut your fabric to approx 5/6cm squares. This is 6...

2. stitch a circle around the square. It doesn't have to be especially neat.

3. Pull the thread to gather the fabric together into the centre of the bottlecap.

4. Stitch the loose ends down & attach at the bottom with a few sitches to the next bottlecap.

5. Attach in the same way to the next, securing to the bottom of both bottlecaps.

6. This way there should be no stitches visible from the top.

Hope that's helpful! Smiley
255  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Altered Journal ~ finished! (many pics) on: May 23, 2008 03:47:06 AM
This is a work in progress, I'm working on it throughout this year. Hopefully I'll have it filled by the end of the year. Sometimes I'll work on a few pages at once, sometimes nothing for a week or so.

UPDATE: Well, it took me a little longer, but it's all finished! Grin

Here are some finished photos of the book!

My bloke bought me a packet of pencils with my name on and the barcode at the back was perfect to use!! Just my name & the code.

And a few of my favourite random pages:

I've created books for specific events before, but nothing random like this. I'm finding that it makes a really good place to try out techniques and ideas.

Some selected pages...

Phew, the end! Cheesy Thanks for looking!

ETA: I have worked on this book as part of the Altered Journal craftalong. If anyone is interested in making (or is currently working on) their own altered journal, and would like to join, the craftalong is here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=248633.0
256  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Daddy is a DJ & Yummy vs Yucky on: May 20, 2008 04:06:30 PM
I received some SS patterns from teamwang in the shop the swap on here and I'm finally brave enough to try them. Grin These are my first attempts at embroidery so I'm sure I'll get better, but I love them!

These are a present for my sister so I hope she likes them!

'Daddy is a DJ' - Because sometimes he is, and I love this image. I might try and embroider that saying on the back, if i can get the right lettering.
And Yummy vs Yucky. Because eating is nice and pooing is not! Wink

Yeah, baby has a yucky butt in brown thread, I couldn't resist!


I need to go iron the hoop marks out of them now Cheesy
257  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fabric Fairy Canvas on: May 07, 2008 02:41:38 AM
I'm not sure this strictly belongs here...but it was hard to choose between the decorating section, art or sewing section... Cheesy

This is a stitched canvas I have made for my sister's nursery. She moves house next month and is busy stressing about all sorts of things (house move, pregnancy...) so I thought I'd help her out by creating some artwork and decorations for her new nursery. This is the first thing I've created so far. I found the fabric remnant in a fabric shop in Sevilla and knew it was perfect! I have another 2 panels which I may make up in a similar way if she likes this first one.

I'm visiting her this weekend so I hope she likes it!

Some details...

258  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled Newspaper Necklace on: May 06, 2008 01:39:12 AM
I wasn't quite sure where to put this, but since it's recycling newspapers I thought reconstructed would be best Smiley

I love these beads because they're very light to wear, but still chunky (just how I like them!). Beads are made from old newspapers, pva and paint. They're strung on black suede.


Bead detail...

I love how something so simple can be saved from the recycling box and made into something so organicly funky! What do you think? Cheesy
259  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / A 'Good Things' book for a good friend on: April 07, 2008 07:22:02 AM
This is a pocket-sized book I made for a good friend. It contains the basic things that are important in life.

Front Cover:

Of course I put the most important things at the front Cheesy

Ha ha, actually they're not in any special order



Love ~ life:

the back...

Simple but effective I hope Smiley
260  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / The Human Body (9 photo's & x-ray nudity!) on: March 28, 2008 06:53:55 AM
These are large illustration pieces that I created during my final year at uni. Granted that was a while ago now, but I've just resiscoverd the photo's I had taken of them. I don't think I've ever posted this and it's one of my favourite works.

It was an open project and I decided on a set of illustration for the human body which could work individualy or as a whole piece. I based each piece on whatever was interesting me at the time. For my exhibition all of the boxes were mounted together and back-lit so that the x-rays showed up.

I was so sad to dismantle it, but hey, I have the photo's and I have been able to recycle the parts into other artworks. Which is something else I love to do, like a continuously evolving art piece.

Anyway, on to the photo's!


Sight Touch Taste:


Sex & Marriage:

The Criminal Mind:

The Perfect Body?:

Working process:



Let me know if you'd like any details about any of them!
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