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11  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Playing card style Hamlet on: April 02, 2013 12:38:58 PM
Not at all.  I'm a craftster newbie, so I'm still finding my footing.
12  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Playing card style Hamlet on: March 28, 2013 06:03:26 PM
I'm currently in a community theatre production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard- it's basically like an alternate story based off of Shakespeare's Hamlet, where two small characters tell their backstory. (that's one helluva run-on sentence, ain't it?)

Anywhos, the play toys around with the theme of polarized opposites, which got me to thinking about the style of playing cards.  So I drew up what Hamlet would look like as a playing card, as he cradles the skull of his former servant Yorrick and contemplates life and death (he's so emo, right?). A little while later while having fun with the old light box, I crafted a decent and symmetrical Hamlet.  I used a felt tip marker and watercolor paper.

It was interesting, I thought, that the eyes of the playing cards (at least the ones I have) are tired and dilated, which kind of makes the people look like coffee fiends.

Back to the drawlering- I drew on a "R" for Rosencrantz and a "G" for Guildenstern, making sure to put little serifs on the letters (the little "feet").  In lieu of using hearts, diamonds, spades or clubs, I opted to include a coin in the heads position and another in the tails position (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern hate making their own decisions, and usually flip a coin instead of giving an opinion).  I used water soluble graphite for the grays and colored pencil for the reds, blues and yellows.

In the play, Rosencrantz and Guildemsterm happen across a "professional actor" who basically says that audiences only want to see violence onstage ("...the blood is compulsory, you see.").  I have a small vial of red ink that I bought (for another play, where I wanted to learn how to use a feather quill).  I popped that bad boy open, painted my hand red and pressed it against the paper; a little went a long way.

Finally, I cut out some magazine letters and glued them across the picture, to give it a ransom note-like feel.

13  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP--MARCH 2013 on: March 24, 2013 10:11:09 AM
I claim llisaredd for fine arts/crafts inspired ABCs (the letter Z)
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Hi, I'm Phil, I live in a desolate desert in California with two dogs and my gal pal.  I'm into completely inappropriate humor and puns of all walks of life.  Feel free to include gore, religion or politics- bonuses if you can include all three at the same time.  Oh, and this is my first swap.

Here's my themes:
-Reindeer with blinged out horns (I don't know why, but the thought of a antlered animal with Mister T's necklace collection splayed out on their antlers seems funny.)
-Inappropriate stick figures
-8 bit (I love retro video games, so anything 8 bit and pixelated would be appreciated!)
-Stuffed animals in the wild
-Cute, but incredibly gross
-Horror movie victims (just before their imminent death)
-Pop culture references
-Doctor Faustus (the German tale of a doctor who sold his soul to the devil for all worldly knowledge)
-Super hero phone booths (ok, you know how superman had to change in phone booths? Well, what if there were a specially created phone booth only for him?  Like a blue phone booth with a red cape for instance?)
-Internet memes
-KCCO (keep calm and _______ on)
-Artist choice
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Jackalope/Deer Antlers *TUTORIAL* on: March 21, 2013 08:23:04 PM
Definitely keeping this one for the craft queue.  I'm with a theatre group (Antelope Valley Thespians) and I've been craving something fun, easy and sharp to use as fundraising ideas.  I can't say enough how awesome these little guys are!  Thank you so much!
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: "Let the Butterfly cry, let it cry for you" headphones on: March 21, 2013 08:15:06 PM
Very nice symmetry between the two speakers.  I like the blue with black. 
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: button-clock... now with glue! on: March 21, 2013 08:10:00 PM
Love the color scheme of this!
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Roctopus - Hand Painted Guitar Strap on: March 21, 2013 06:17:01 PM
I really love the general feel of this project- that shade of teal is one of my fav colors and the roctopus is a great choice for the strap.
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bottle Cap Side Table (process pics abound!) on: March 21, 2013 06:08:39 PM
Wow.  That is absolutely amazing.  I want to go out and snag some similar end tables!
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Step Stool with a little mouse for my little girl on: March 21, 2013 06:01:51 PM
My first thought when I saw this was from that children's book "if you give a mouse a cookie"...  The mouse portrait is beautiful.
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: painted rainbow chandelier on: March 21, 2013 05:58:32 PM
Great idea.  I think I'd like to make a go at my chandelier after seeing what you were able to do with a little creativity.  It really livened up the room with that color.
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