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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old Sweatshirt to Graduation Gift on: June 13, 2009 10:06:44 AM
I haven't posted anything in forever due to senior year being super busy-- therefore I think it's entirely appropriate that the first new post is a graduation gift! My insanely smart friend is going to MIT next year, and a well-meaning friend's mom gave her an old sweatshirt. Apparently at Catholic schools (which this mom went to), it's cool to have something old and beaten up with the school logo? Anyway, I joking suggested I could make something out of it for her, and she took me up on it.

The result:

The bottom:

It's a fully washable pillow case. I covered up the paint splotches with the strategically-place flowers, while the bottom unbuttons so you can remove the pillow. Also, I slipped an old photo of us into the pocket Smiley

I hope she likes it!
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Elise, AKA, giant paper mache sculpture on: July 27, 2008 04:58:35 PM
I've spent this past month at a very neat art program. Actively encouraged by great teachers and passively by years of craftster cruising, I tackled a huge project. Here is the result in its six foot glory:



Front closeup:

I was inspired by that feeling when you finally achieve a sort of release. The part you see is entirely paper mache, though it's supported by a wood/cardboard/chicken wire structure.


I achieved the bronze look by applying a base coat of black, then rubbing gold acrylic on to the most prominent parts with my hands, a rag, and the occasional brush for scratch marks.

I used cardboard for the mache, so it was relatively transportable. I seem to be the only one that likes it though, so it's probably going to take up residence in the basement for some time.  Undecided

3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Tips for a clean image? on: November 23, 2007 12:50:58 PM
Thank you all for your help on my other post, regarding good kits Smiley

I was able to direct my dad to the advice posted (in an oh-so-subtle way  Wink ) for birthday purposes, and sure enough, I received the Speedball Ultimate Screen-Printing Kit a week ago. I was thrilled to start.

Now I've complete one run with an image I did by hand, using the drawing fluid/screen filler method and acrylic ink. The average result was something like this:

Obviously I need more practice, but I wanted get clear on the best ways to get good coverage and clean detail.

I know I had trouble getting ink over the entire screen in one swipe. How do I know what a good amount of ink is? Is there a good way of knowing consistency? (Like, do you typically find speedball ink to be too dry/just right?) Or is there a trick to using the squeegee? Do I have to have a rubber squeegee? (at the moment, I have the plastic one that came with the kit). Most people posted that its crap, but where is a good place to get a new/better one?

Is the drawing fluid method typically a problem?

Also, the ink on the paper appears a bit... gooey.


I'm completely on my own with learning how to screenprint, so I'm so glad to have you crafters to ask questions!  Smiley

(I saw there was a related post already, but I decided on posting a new since I had some specific questions and was using a different method)

4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Wanted: Fifties Housewives! on: November 12, 2007 06:17:16 PM
I'm working on an ironic piece for class, and I'd really love a couple of maniacally happy fifties ladies. I know I've seen some great crafts that have used pictures similar to what I'm thinking, but does anyone know a good web resource, or even just a great picture you can post?

It would be highly appreciated!

-V  Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pink, floral, and adorable! on: June 28, 2007 04:41:50 PM
I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. I think it might very well be the first thing I've made that I'll actually wear!

I got the fabric from an skirt, but since I just cut out the waist and used the fabric like I would any other, I figured it didn't count as reconstruction Smiley. I just loved the pink and the silkiness.

It's actually a dress pattern, but since I didn't have enough fabric, I made a top instead.

And the mandatory crappy action shot!


EDIT: It's kind of hard to see in the photos, but I added just the tiniest bit of lace to the bodice. Yeah, it wasn't girly enough. Wink
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / High School Art (pic heavy!) on: June 19, 2007 08:17:20 AM
So I just finished my second year, and I had to go through my portfolio so far. Since I had to take pictures anyway, I thought I might post a couple Smiley

Yar, Tree of doom, devouring boring block drawings

Lots of fun with skulls.

I loved this stamp-- the assingment was to carve one based on a social issue. It says "Life isn't a toy" and has a picture of a beat-up cat doll.

And some painting.

I have no illusions; I know these aren't fantastic, but I've improved a lot from where I began.

And next year, we're not going to get any assingments, so I plan on being extra crafty in my work!  Smiley

7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Speedball kit reviews: What do I want? on: June 17, 2007 03:28:36 PM
Yes, it's a story I'm sure you've hear before: I want to start silk screening and I don't know where to start! Undecided

This is what I know:
-I think a kit would be the way to go since I don't know 'nutin.
-It needs to be affordable (for me Smiley ), meaning no more than $100 dollars initially. I'm fine spending money on resupplying, but I don't want to make a huge initial investment.
-I'd like to be able to print on both t-shirts and paper, but if I have to choose between the two, I'd like to print on paper to make the money to buy the t-shirt supplies Smiley

So I'm looking at getting something from Utrecht Art, and they have quite a few Speedball kits. Specifically,

Speedball Super Value Fabric Screen Printing Kit ($50)
Speedball Ultimate Screen Printing Kit ($100)
Speedball Screen Printing Tool Kit ($37) < no ink
Speedball Super Value Opaque Fabric Sceen Printing Kit ($45)

Eeek! So many choices!  Shocked

Please post any comments/reviews! I could really use advice before I put money down!

Oh, and something else: will I need a darkroom?
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / The stencils are alive!-- cool video on: May 03, 2007 02:58:21 PM
I just found this awesome video-- the music is so-so, but check out the t-shirts!


P.S, I wasn't sure if this would qualify as the right place to post this, so if there is a mod out there, it's your call
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / "I object!" ~Legally Blonde Blazer on: January 25, 2007 12:41:21 PM
It all started with a hot-pink briefcase...  Smiley

I spotted it at a yard sale and now it's my official debate (yes, I'm a geek Tongue) bag, prompting it's official nickname as the legally blonde bag. As the movie and its sequel are simply awesome, I decided that I simply had to have a blazer to match!;D

The style is mainly based on the second movie, where Elle goes to Washington. I tried to find a good pic of one of the cute suits she wears, and this is the best I could do:

And my version!
Action shot:

On the mannequin (sp?):

The fabric is a lovely hot pink and lime green houndstooth; the colors are the most accurate in the first photo. It's fully lined and reeeally comfortable.

I'm seriously considering a matching skirt.  Smiley

Well anyway, that's my entry. Can't wait to see everyone else's!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Designed it, sketched it, and made it~ on: January 17, 2007 04:46:19 PM
As my school is sadly deficient when it comes to fashion design courses, I decided to teach myself and asked for a couple of design books for Christmas. I'm starting small by working with the patterns and fabrics that I have, but I'm going through all the motions of a collection.

The idea that I'm working with is Modern Art Nouveau; city clothes with small feminine frills. This is the first piece, and it looks just how I wanted it to!

It's a flutter sleeve shirt that ties in the back, and the chest looks a lot better on a real person with a chest that isn't quite so.. ahem... pointy Smiley

Questions/Comments/Criticism welcome  Grin
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