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111  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Tapir Art Doll on: March 29, 2014 07:40:30 PM
I made this tapir for my partner, The Raging Sloth, in the art doll swap. She was very well received. My partner had "gothic Victorian" as a theme she liked along with a list of animals that included the tapir. I have always wanted to make something with this animal so this was the perfect opportunity. I sculpted the head from Super Sculpey Firm and made the clothes from shirts I found at a second-hand store. My goal was to utilize as many edges and elements from the shirts that I could to reduce the work on my end. I used a mini-top hat tutorial to make the matching hat. I wanted to keep going with making accessories but realized that I should probably stop and move on. Grin

A close-up of the head join (the head is glued on so the ribbon is purely decorative):

The red velvet outfit that includes a hooded cape, a mini top hat and a stuffed squid all in the same material. I made the little skull pendant:

The purple and black outfit:

You can see the matching purse here:

The tapir with all her accessories:
112  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered ATCs on: March 14, 2014 11:45:43 AM
I am making ATCs for the first time and am teaching myself to embroider so I thought that I should pair the two. I am going to share the ATCs here as they are received. I've finished more than half a dozen to this point but only two have made it to their new homes. I am open to critique and comments as I am learning. Thank you! Check back later for more pieces.

Here they are then:

wildflowers: foxglove

classic Baum Oz book cover

A key with a real mirror in it!

Dinosaur skull

Richard Scarry's Lowly Worm

A spider

Macaroni and Cheese

Art Nouveau Nude Silhouette

Western Tanager with a necktie

Robot Love

Smile for the Birdie

In memory... Sprite
113  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Cthulhu Plaque on: March 06, 2014 04:19:04 PM
I made a plaque of Cthulhu for the Monster Swap. I carved the original in plasticine, then layered little pieces of plaster wrap over that (with Vaseline as a release of course), waited for it to firm up a bit, pried it off, patched it up. Let it dry all the way, painted it, attached it to heavy board, lacquered it and voila! The finished plaque is 12" in diameter and super lightweight. I hung it on my wall on a tack! I think I found a new technique I might have to use again.

Up close and personal:

114  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Stuffed Adipose on: March 03, 2014 09:58:30 PM
I made this for a friend's new baby nursery, appropriately themed in Doctor Who. I followed the step-by-step information here: http://crafty-tardis.livejournal.com/89662.html
Although, I could not get the pattern link to work so I had to draw up my own pattern looking at the photos on this blog. This might be why my adipose seems a little large. Tee hee.

The Adipose:

It's cute little behind:

And with my daughter for a little size reference:
115  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Art book about birds and nest building: Nidificate on: March 03, 2014 09:26:02 PM
This book was inspired by the word "nidificate" which means to build a nest. I painted seven different watercolor images to illustrate a variety of species and nest-building techniques. The book has a hard cover covered in book cloth. There is a small image on the front of a nest with three eggs.

A scanned image of my favorite painting before it was folded and assembled into the book:

The front cover:

The first page:

An interior image:

The final image:

The star structure revealed:

A WIP shot showing a mock-up of the structure along with initial pencil under-drawings:

116  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Artsy-Crafter in Oregon on: November 11, 2012 11:15:19 PM
Newbie here, just introducing myself. A friend turned me onto this site and I'm eager to poke around and get myself out of this creative rut I've been in. Thanks everyone!
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