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11  Re: Show off your hair! And questions about hair styles! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by lisatrix on: July 30, 2006 07:41:26 PM
I bleached and dyed my underlayer today! Bleach wasn't as scary as I thought it would be. I've never had unnaturally-colored hair before, and I love iiiiiiiiit. It's Special Effects Wildflower, which should be purpler than this, but whatever, it's still cool.

I think I want to get eyebrow-length sideswept bangs soon. Whadaya think?
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12  Two-layer, five-hour Lucinda Williams extravaganza! in Stenciling: Completed Projects by lisatrix on: June 28, 2006 02:11:32 PM
This is the most complicated stencil I've done yet. It took about three movies' worth of cutting and one injured finger, but I'm very happy with it. On the final product I guess I'll put some sort of border above and below the image, since it's cut off. (And I won't use metallic silver for the bottom layer.) This is Lucinda Williams, by the way.

Goddamn, that HAIR. It made me want to scream. I had to improvise a shitload of bridges that weren't really there.

(xposted on lj.)
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13  It's a stencil! It's a cake! It's an Escher reproduction! IT'S DELICIOUS! in Dessert by lisatrix on: May 26, 2006 05:14:27 PM
(I didn't know whether to put this under cooking or stencils, and this forum says "Can't figure out where it goes? Put it here!" So, yeah.)

I love stencils. I love cake. But it never occured to me to combine the two until the day I walked into JoAnn's and saw... spray food coloring. Coincidentally, my art class's goodbye party was in less than a week. I immediately had an awesome awesome idea.

ESCHER CAKE! It's covered in fondant (think sugar dough) and decorated with my new best friend, Wilton Color Mist.

I'm really excited.

(crossposted all over Livejournal)
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14  The myth of Apollo and Daphne- IN BARBIE FORM! Tree-licious! in Completed Projects by lisatrix on: March 08, 2006 08:23:37 PM
The god Apollo pursued the virginal Daphne through the forest, and she begged her father the river god to save her, so he changed her into a laurel tree. And then I made a Daphne Barbie.

This project is like two years old, but I still love it. I made a platform of paper wads covered in duct tape on cardboard, covered it with paper mache, and decorated it with my dad's old model railroading supplies. Daphne is covered with more paper mache, plus cheap fake greenery. And it's worth noting that, since this Barbie came with a painted-on bathing suit, I had to scrape the freaking thing off where it was going to show. It took two hours!

This set comes with an Apollo Ken, who goes on the opposite bank, but he sucks majorly. He's covered with massive gold glitter the size of his eyeballs, it's not pretty. I'm going to fix him up, though. Incidentally, is there a better way to make Ken dolls kneel than to tether his calf to his thigh with a complex system of jewelry wire? Because, yeah.
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15  Black and orange choker with lots of dangly bits! in Beads: Completed Projects by lisatrix on: February 25, 2006 05:34:57 PM
This is my latest jewelry-making effort. Seed beads and dyed mother-of-pearl on string.

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16  Collage plus jewelrymaking equals bling! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lisatrix on: February 15, 2006 04:05:42 PM
Mix ad-laden rich-lady magazines, cardstock and severe boredom, and several hours later you get:

A beautiful necklace! I glued the pictures to the cardstock, cut them out with an exacto knife and sharp scissors, poked holes in them, and connected them with links from a chain.

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17  Re: Chalk pastel plus water equals body paint! (Plus: urban ruins!) in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by lisatrix on: January 24, 2006 07:16:56 AM
Very cool.  I have to ask since this isn't my medium, what exactly is a chalk pastel?  I'm trying to make stencils for chalk projects I have coming up and I'd like to find a liquid chalk that works well (the old method is a little... unreliable).  Could I use it on the ground/cement without worrying it will permanently stain?

Chalk pastels look like this:

They're not sold as liquids, they're like hard, heavily pigmented chalks. If crushed and mixed with a little water, they'd probably work as liquid chalk; I just used the sticks on wet skin, so I'm not sure. Maybe you could just wet the cement and use them like that? As for staining, they didn't stain my model (except for the red, just barely), and she had that on for a couple of hours.
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18  Chalk pastel plus water equals body paint! (Plus: urban ruins!) in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by lisatrix on: January 16, 2006 07:47:04 AM
I was assigned to use chalk pastels in an art project, but I hate them, so I did something as far from their intended use as possible. And it turns out, if you use them on wet skin, they work really really well!

These pictures were taken in an abandoned preschool. The chalk was done there, too. We were terrified that someone else would come in, but we got lucky.

ETA: This isn't me, it's a friend. I did the makeup and photos, she did the modeling and hair.
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19  Dramatic green lacey thing! in Beads: Completed Projects by lisatrix on: December 29, 2005 01:46:03 PM
I made this necklace for my art class.

I'm not too sure about the loopy things at the side, but otherwise I like it.
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20  Glueing flowers to your face 2.0: Now with super abstract-shape action! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by lisatrix on: December 18, 2005 05:23:42 PM
I'm not TOTALLY sure this qualifies as a craft, but it uses a fake flower, that's crafty. And I've seen costume stuff here before. But, mods remove this if it's not allowed.

My art teacher gave a different jagged shape to everyone in class and told us to incorporate ours into a project. Here's mine. My lovely friend Christine was kind enough to help me out, and to put up with me glueing stuff to her face.

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