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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / not the only gaga, but the BEST gaga. on: October 31, 2010 07:09:33 PM
i haven't posted here in years, but i am so proud of this thing and need to show it off as much as possible.

i thought lady gaga would be one of the most popular costumes this year, so i decided if i was going to be gaga, it would have to be perfect. i chose my favourite of her looks: from the "telephone" video, an outfit i like to call "new look pirate gaga".

every piece of the costume is homemade or altered. the hat i made from scratch, with fabric on a wire base (the white wasn't added yet in the photo). the wig was a straight blonde wig i curled and painted. the sunglasses were painted. the jacket was an altered blazer i cut into shape and added wire so the sides stick out, which you can't see in the photo. i constructed the top over a bustier bra thing and took in the skirt to be tighter, altered the boots, and made the gloves from scratch.

i ended up winning the costume contest at the party i attended, in the "best homemade" category, and i was also the only gaga in attendance Smiley
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / suggestions for art/craft workshops? on: June 05, 2009 06:39:43 PM
i'm posting this mere in "miscellaneous" because, though it might kind of belong in the "more art less craft" board, i'm looking for craft-related ideas here. but feel free to move it if you have to, mods.

this summer, im working at my towns artist co-op gallery. its not really a full gallery space, but rather one side of a historical building, while the other side is a tea room/caf. part of my job is to try to get more visitors into the gallery, because most of the people who come in a regulars who have been going to the tea room for lunch for years. on saturdays, the caf is closed, but im going to be in keeping the gallery open, so in order to get some people in to see what were all about, im going to be doing free (or close to it) workshops. ill also be luring people in with cookies Smiley

ive started a list of things that could be done, but id like to hear some ideas from other people.

ideally, they would be projects that dont use much complicated equipment or supplies, as were on a pretty tight budget and there arent any art supply stores in town. theyre going to be on a drop-in-at-any-time time frame, so ideally projects would not take too long to complete.

the type of things ive considered are:
-dying with household acid dyes (kool aid, food colouring, etc.) or maybe natural dyes.
-making recycled paper
-clothing alteration
-pinhole photography

so, if anyone has any ideas or suggestions, id love to hear them Smiley

(cross-posting to the art students group because these art groups are pretty slow)
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / step one, get a camera. step two, ? on: December 22, 2007 02:22:47 PM
so i've wanted to get inot photography a lot recently and i'm pretty sure that i'm getting a digital SLR for christmas, probably an olympus e-410 with 14-42mm and 40-150mm lenses. so basically, i have never used an slr, just your standard point-and-shoot, and i don't really have any idea how to use it. classes aren't really an option because i live in a small town and we don't really have much around in that area. so does anyone have any tips on how to get started or know of any websites i can cheack out, or books that would be easy to find?
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / drawings and sketchings and such on: November 26, 2007 04:33:01 PM
i'm currently doing an AP art portfolio as an independant study because my school doesn't have any AP courses. i've been really busy and i haven't had time to start on any of my big pieces so up until now i've just been hanging out in the art room with a grade 11 class for basically a free period while getting a few quick sketches and small drawings done. right now i'm about to start on my more substantial works so i'm posting here to get some feedback. critique is welcome, i'd love to know what i should work on improving or do more of, especially if anyone has done an AP art course.

these are in more or less chronological order

trying some watercolour techniques. not very good, and on horrible paper. i might redo it sometime.

very quick sketch-the cover of moulin rouge. i have the tendency to press wayy too hard when using harder pencils and wrinkle the paper, as you can se on christian's sleeve

first drawing with my new prismacolors. the scanner pretty much killed the highlights in the yellow fabric and the bright orange colour of the phone.

white pencil on black paper from a photo by karsh. i made her look too mean and the quality of the materials sucked (crayola on construction paper!) but i do like some of the drapery.

watercolor from a magazine photo. the shadows pretty much disappeared when i scanned it. not the greatest but i like it. i wish i took more time on the hair though.

one of my favourites. the colour was added as an afterthought. if this girl happens to go to this site she'll think i'm an absolute creep.

i drew a really bad flower and then felt bad for wasting the paper. so i drew this girl with it. i didnt use any kind of reference for the face at all, but it's not too bad considering.

don't trust the scan. another case of drawing something bad and attempting to fix it by adding something. i drew this girl and it was bad. hen today in biology class i felt like colouring. so we get this girl. i was focusing on getting a skin tone with contrasting colours in the shadows/highlights. no reference for the colouring. it's funny how these afterthoughts to things i hate turn out to be some of my favourites.

5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / stuff from art camp. (lots!) on: June 29, 2007 06:34:05 PM
i just got back from an art camp at a university that has what i hear is one of the best fine arts programs in canada. it was for students going into grade 12 who were all chosen by their art teachers (so everyones work was amazing) and we lived in residence for four days and it was pretty much the funnest thing ever Smiley

we mostly focused on printmaking and photography, both of which were new things for me. here is what i did over three days:

this was the first thing we did, it was sort of a warm-up to photography. we used some sort of light-sensitive paper and put things on it and took it into the sun , so everything not covered up turned black. one has l;ace from my shirt, the label from my waterbottle, and a little thread bow, and the other has little scissors, elastics and bobby pins, and my hair.

these are my two favourites out of the photographs we took. we developed them ourselves, which i wasn't very good at, but it's definitely something i woud love to get more into. the contrast and brightness aren't great, but i kind of like the tree one being darker than it should. also, the camera i used kind of darkened slightly around the edges, which was actually because it was a really bad camera, but i like the effect.

this was a print that i did with styrofoam in the same way a lino block print would be done. it was done in the last hour or so we had to work so it could be better. also, how long does ink usually take to dry? i did this well over 24 hours ago and it's still really smudgy.

this is definietly my favourite of all the stuff we did. it's a drypoint print, and this was the third or fourth printing i did, the first ones were way too dark.

and just a verrrry quick self portrait i did in my room late at night. i was lying on the floor looking in the mirror on the door wearing my fuzzy headphones, when my roommate came in and i almost got smacked in the face with the door. almost actually looks like me, which i can never seem to get right. the shading practically dissapeared when i scanned it.

and that's the end of it. criticism is more than welcome!
6  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / shoes...with toes. on: June 21, 2007 01:38:58 PM
for our final project in art class this year, we had to do a reinterpretation of a masterpiece work of art. i based these shoes on "la modele rouge" by rene magritte. it's a painting of boots and they transform into real feet at the end (you can see a tiny bit of it at the top corner).  so i did this:

the fabric that they're sitting on was a dress i made for the project too, using "the son of man" (which you can kind of see too, the guy in the bowler hat and suit with an apple in front of his face). the project all together was somewhat of a female version of a few magritte paintings stuck together.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / i didn't just make my prom dress... on: June 20, 2007 07:38:38 PM
i made my date's suit too.

in 3 days.

he's way too cool for a normal tux.

this one shows my 4 inch pointy zebra heels.

and the back view shows my buttons, not zipper, and large pink bow. and the gloves i was wearing for like 5 minutes.

the suit was pretty much improvised. it was made with a hideous and unflattering old prom dress from the thrift store. it was very rushed, so it could have been much better if i had time. my dress was made with a vogue pattern (it was based on a vintage pattern circa 1957...the number was 2962 i believe?) and it turned out really good except for the fact that it was 2 or 3 sizes too big. my measurements were in between sizes and i picked the smaller one...so there doesn't really seem to be a reason for it...anyone else have this problem with vogue patterns? this one specifically? patterns in general?

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / another how-do-i-resize-my-jeans question... on: February 04, 2007 12:08:08 PM
so i have a few pairs of jeans from last year or so when i was going through a baggy, poorly fitted, boy-cut jeans phase. now i have some perfectly good jeans that fit, but they fit wrong. so if they look like this at the waist...

higher rise, longer zipper-crotch area, but wider and baggier than these...

and i want them to look more like this...

lower rise, except skinnier but i can figure that part out on my own.

so i have an idea on how i might be able to do it, but i'd like a second opinion because i often overlook very important details that should be very obvious. i'm going to try to make sense here...

the pants fit in the waist where i would like them to sit, so would i be able to unpick the crotch area, cut it so it sits higher, get a shorter zipper and redo the topstitching and stuff?  and here's my awesome diagram i put togther to help me explain. haha.

the only problem i can think of would be there not being quite enough fabric in the crotch-zipper area buit the pants are wider than the ones in that picture so i think that should be okay.

so does anyone want to tell me if this is a reasonable plan or if i'm stupid or crazy? i realize it might be a hard project but i'm trying to improve my sewing skills andi feel bad for wasting money on jeans i only wore for 3 months.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / striped shirt with shoes. on: January 07, 2007 11:53:10 AM
once upon a time i bought some striped blue and white striped knit fabric. i'm terrible at estimating things so i figured for a hoodie i'd need about 2 meters. turns out the fabric was folded in half so i had twice as much as i thought, plus it stretched to almost twice that size. and so i was left with a ton of it. i made a hoodie and a t-shirt and then dedcided i couldn't handle anything else made with the same fabric.
then i realised that since the stripes were printed on the fabric, i could use it inside out and have lighter, more subtle stribes and it won't look like all my clothes are the same thing.
and then i wanted to stencil something and i found a shoe stencil and it remended me of this shirt http://store.delias.com/item.do?categoryID=533&itemID=46415&sizeFilter=&colorFilter=&brandFilter= that i liked. so it turned into this:

i haven't finished the edges yet, but i'm not sure if i want to...comments? suggestions??
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / fifth pair of socks started, first ones finished. on: January 06, 2007 09:56:05 AM
for about a year i had been trying to produce a sock that worked. they always turned out too small, too big, too bulky, or just not right. then i saw this pattern https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=86092.0 and i knew they were going to be my first real socks.



hearts AND polka dots!
i used a bigger yarn and had to modify the pattern a bit, so my hearts turned out a bit oddly.  so on the second sock i reversed the colours and did polka dots instead.

these were incerdibly hard to photograph. they actually looks like hearts in real life, not...whatever those look like.
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