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121  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / "If I look like that, I may as well slit my throat!" - said my stepmother! on: June 26, 2005 12:03:53 AM
A while ago I did a painting for my mother and my stepfather, they love it, the way I've included all sorts of things from around their home, and they're in it, and their dogs too! This is it here......the photo is small but its a huge painting!

They loved it so much, they actually commissioned me to do another painting for their bedroom. I included the dogs again, and the outside of their new home....

My parents and step parents are very good friends, and every time Dad and his wife went to Mums house to visit they'd stand and stare at the paintings wishing they had one too. With them in it, and their little dog, and the things in their house. So I spent ages painting them a picture. They had to send me heaps of photos of the things in their new house and what it looked like, because it was so new, I hadnt even been to it!
Here's what I came up with..........

I was really happy with it, I'd spent ages on it! But when I sent photos of it to them via email, my stepmother was shocked. She started saying "I dont look like that at all!" "what is she trying to say?" "I'm not paying her for that" "I look like something out of a horror movie!" "get her to change it" "if I look like that I may as well slit my throat!"

And I actually nearly cried at one point, I was so upset, because she was insulting my art, and I really didnt think I made her look ugly!

Anyway, after saying 'I'm not changing it, how dare she get angry at me' I ended up changing it. Here is what it ended up looking like.........

A sad story I know. But at least she was happy with that. And I dont think I'll be doing any artwork for them EVER again!

Does anyone else have any stories like this? Please share!

122  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Multi coloured stencils!! on: June 23, 2005 03:56:06 AM
Thanks kimmykat! I'm pretty naughty, and go spraying stencils around the neighbourhood sometimes. I thought it might be nice to be more productive with it!
123  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: highlt textured weaving by me! on: June 22, 2005 07:09:58 PM
That is very different!!. I really really really really really like it! You have to admire the patience it takes to do stuff like this. Well done. I hope you expand the idea and do some more. And if you do, make sure you show us some more photos!
124  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Plaid Newsboy Hat on: June 21, 2005 11:56:35 PM
Gluey, that hat is so unreal. I absolutely LOVE it! Everything about it. Just excellent!!
125  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: masks on: June 21, 2005 08:06:52 PM
Your masks are really lovely! I love the expressions on their faces! I really like masks.
I had a go at makiing some once. They're made from wire and material and latex. They're sort of tribal looking. I even painted a few real bones at put them thru their noses!

126  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: funky woven boxes - you should be able to view them now! on: June 21, 2005 07:56:23 PM
Love them! How big are they?

They are all different sizes, it's hard to tell in the photos.
The little navy blue one, with the skewers on the little and red beads is about 20cm X 20cm X 15cmH.

The mustard coloured box, the rounder looking one is a fair bit bigger. Its about 40cm X 40cm X 30 cmH.

Its hard to measure them because they're in a shop for sale! I have the apple one at home here, and thats 20cm X 20cm X 10cmH. Excluding the hight of the apple.

You can mess around with the shapes and sizes a fair bit.

127  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: funky woven boxes - you should be able to view them now! on: June 21, 2005 12:25:41 AM
Well, it'd be a hell of a lot of photos to show you in a tutorial so I'll try explaining it in words.

Basically, the first step is getting a frame together, out of wire. I used thick wire from the hardware store and a pair of needle nosed pliers. Its a lot of messing about, twisting the corners so the frame stays sturdy. I just sort of made i up as I went along. Most of them are sort of like a squashed down cube. It might be easier just to make a cube.

Then I wrapped thin wire around and around the 'outside' of the frame, twisting it around the corners a couple of times before moving to the next corner. Do you know what I mean? (It doesnt have to be tight either, once the strips are woven in, it seems to hold toether nicely.)

Once I had all the horizontal wire wrapped around, I wove strips of material up and down through the wire. When the strip finished, I'd either messily knot another strip to it, or just staple another strip to it and keep weaving, adding lenth as I went. Just using an ordinary stapler.

Once it was all woven the fun part was decorating it.

To neaten it up I put strips of material around the top and pva glued it there.

Oh, the bottom, I forgot.

I cut out a piece of material the exact size of the square of the bottom, and hand sewed it on using beading wire (very thin, very bendy) You dont need to use a needle either, the wire itself is sharp enough to pierce the material. And then once it was all sewed on nice and tightly, I pva glued that as well, so the whole thing was nice and stiff when it dried. Make sure you do this AFTER you have done all the weaving!!

The lid is the same as the base. Make a frame out of wire, the same shape as the open top of the basket and sew on a piece of material with beading wire, all around the edges, and pva glue it so its nice and tight. Than all you have to do it decorate it however you want!

I know its really confusing, but it was all trial and error for me pretty much. I'm happy to answer any questions!!
128  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: funky woven boxes - you should be able to view them now! on: June 20, 2005 10:31:10 PM
heres another one I made with a fake apple in the lid as a handle.

129  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: come one! come all! post pics of your tattoos! on: June 20, 2005 03:22:55 AM
I got some tattoos done in Thailand! I just went the whole hog and got lots done at once! Wink

130  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / multi coloured stencils on: June 20, 2005 03:12:48 AM
Here are a few other multi coloured stencils, i printed them onto some ready made canvases. I used the same stencil but with different colours on each canvas. The feathers are a seperate 5 layer stencil repeated all over the canvas, then the body and head of the peacock is another stencil, painted over the top of all the feathers. It was a bit time consuming, but I think the effect is pretty good. I used old xrays to cut out the stencils. They are plastic and hold their shape really well and last forever!

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