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21  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Camel Portrait on: April 26, 2016 12:32:23 PM
I made this for my partner in the Unloved Creature swap. She said her favorite unloved creatures were camels. So, here one is...

22  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Sunfish Sculpture on: April 22, 2016 05:09:22 PM
I made this sunfish for Suereal in the One Tiny Unloved Creature Swap. I have been on a sculpting kick lately and this seemed like a no-brainer. I wish that I had taken progress pictures. I cut out the shape from a piece of cardboard then proceeded to cover that in air-dry clay. I covered it over several days so the layers could dry a little to begin to hold its shape. Once it was all sculpted and dry I painted it with acrylics.

There is a wire loop on the back for easy hanging.

23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Ornate Crow Hoop on: April 08, 2016 05:33:27 PM
I made this for kittykill when she listed wanting something with a crow on it. I thought that for someone who is known for all the fabulous hoops she makes I wondered how many she receives herself. I did not have time to embroider a realistic crow but landed on this solution. I found a nice head shot on line and printed it onto a sheet of iron-on material. I ironed it to some white muslin. I browsed some ornate frames online, chose one I liked, printed it out, then traced it onto the crow fabric. I used a stem-stitch for the circle around the crow then a straight stitch for the rest of the design. It hung on my wall for several days like that before I had an epiphany and added the little key, lock, and star details. I love how it turned out.

24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Strange Doll Swap... on: April 04, 2016 02:49:08 PM
I've had dolls on the mind lately...

One of my favorite strange doll creators is Scott Radke.

Does this inspire anyone else to make a strange art doll?

Then again, it could just be another art doll swap. Doesn't have to be strange at all. Grin
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Have Courage Be Kind hoop on: April 03, 2016 05:40:39 AM
I made this for Kitty_Anne in the OWS 124, inspired by a quote she had pinned.

I hand-drew the text then filled it in. The little bit of lace may be vintage (found it in a second-hand shop) and the fun trim is leftover from a previous swap and fit this project perfectly.
26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Monster Swap?? on: March 28, 2016 08:46:57 PM
It's been two years since this has happened. I was curious if another was in the works for this year at all...

Previous round.
27  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Ammonite Dreams - felted wall hanging on: March 23, 2016 12:23:28 PM
I made this felted wall piece for EdelC in the dodo swap. I saw a photograph in her Pinterest and couldn't get it out of my head. I love when an idea takes hold so completely and so clearly. I decided to felt it. So, off to the fiber store I went. I love a reason to get new roving. Cheesy

Some process pictures:

Checking it during the wet felting process:

When it was dry I pinned some fabric to the back and hand-stitched around the entire edge:

That step took longer than I'd anticipated, but it made the piece stronger. After that I used my sewing machine to create long wavy lines and to go around the ammonite areas. You can see the result of this step the best from the back:

Then I added a touch of beading in select areas:

Thank you for being patient with me Edel. I really enjoyed making this for you. <3

28  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Barn Owl Art Doll on: March 10, 2016 04:51:53 PM
It has been too long since I've made art for myself. So, I'd like to present this doll. She was formerly a Barbie. Cheesy I removed her head then added air dry clay around the doll and sculpted it to make this Barn Owl version. She is painted in acrylics and comes with a string for convenient hanging. I really loved the darker colors of the dark phase that can occur in Barn owls, so I went that route.

For size:

29  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Circus Fabric Art Book on: March 10, 2016 04:43:10 PM
I made this for Rackycoo in the most recent IYP swap. She is a fan of vintage images of children, the circus, and the color combination red and turquoise. I decided to smoosh them all together in this fabric book.

I used a combination of techniques to create this piece. First I purchased a digital file with vintage images of children. I printed them all onto an iron-on material (I made sure to reverse all the images before printing) then ironed them onto some white muslin. I don't measure the pieces I cut so I just started snipping and tearing strips of fabric from the fabric I'd picked up. I quilted the printed photographs into larger squares then started to embellish them. I found a small handful of circus images online that I printed in the same fashion as the pictures of the children and added those to some of the squares. I added a variety of trims, buttons, lace, and other accessories. Two images are even painted. Each page has a layer of batting and is backed in a coordinating fabric. I used a strip of bright turquoise down each open side then stitched the pages together with embroidery floss. This was a really fun project and I hope to create others like it eventually.

30  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Little White Deer Painting on: February 29, 2016 11:26:29 AM
I made this for Joyfulclover in the Woodland Creature swap. She mentioned she'd had a special moment seeing a wild albino fawn. I ran with the inspiration. I struggled with finding a decent albino fawn reference and ended up using a brown fawn for the position and albino references for the color.

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