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1  Re: 2019 Nerd Battles: January 1 - December 31, 2019 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by roler on: June 01, 2019 07:41:45 AM
Prompt: January - Series
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: Community, Brain Power
Project Name: Lotus Leaf Painting
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=458469.0
Brief Description: This is a diptych (two paintings in a connected series!) of lotus leaf paintings that I made at a gallery in Singapore!  More pics/explanation in the link above.
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2  Lotus Leaf Painting in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by roler on: June 01, 2019 07:35:37 AM
On a recent trip to Singapore (which was AMAZING), I went to a workshop to paint lotus leaves!  It was actually just me and the two coaches, who showed me a few possible techniques and then let me choose any colors and techniques I liked to paint over the wonderful panels they'd prepared for me made of real lotus leaves.  


The paints are acrylic. I used a combination of brushes, sponges, and my finger to get a variety of textures.


I left a couple of the leaves blank, because I love their natural color and patterning as well, and then borrowed a stencil to make two dragonflies, which I then touched up a tiny bit with a little bitty brush.


Here I am with my (mostly) finished paintings! The coaches are going to varnish them (or possibly already have?) and then mail them to my parents in the states, so when I move back stateside at the end of the year I can pick them up and use them to decorate a new apartment!  Eek!



The whole thing took between three and four hours to do, and was SO relaxing and fun.  I hope I have the chance to do it again sometime! 

Honestly the leaves were so pretty on their own I was really afraid I'd ruin them, but I'm actually quite happy with how these turned out! Can't wait to see them on my future wall!
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3  Re: 2019 Nerd Battles: January 1 - December 31, 2019 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by roler on: April 20, 2019 03:13:22 AM
Prompt: April - Poliwog/Translucent Tadpoles
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: Timely, Brain Power
Project Name: Mini Tatami
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Brief Description: I went to a workshop in Nara to learn about tatami making!  First we learned how real tatami are made and how they were handsewn in the past, and then we got to make our own mini tatami!  I plan to use mine as a photo frame, because you can stick pushpins in it and take them back out and they don't leave visible holes, so I can swap out various photos whenever I feel like it.  We got to choose the material for the edges, and I picked the distinctive dragonfly pattern.  Supposedly this pattern was often chosen by samurai because dragonflies can't fly backward, only forward.
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Prompt: February - Atari vs Coleco Vision
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: Brain Power
Project Name: Japanese sweets
Project Link:
Brief Description: I went to another workshop in Kyoto, this time to make Japanese sweets!  We learned how to make several different types. I was especially pleased with how prettily my sakura shaped one turned out!
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4  Turniphead Hoop in Needlework: Completed Projects by roler on: April 07, 2019 07:48:19 AM
My dear friend storerboughtcreations requested a hoop of Turniphead from Howl's Moving Castle, so I was happy (if slow) to oblige! XD

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5  Re: 2019 Nerd Battles: January 1 - December 31, 2019 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by roler on: April 07, 2019 07:42:52 AM
Hi hi! I've had houseguests pretty much non-stop since early March, and another is arriving the day after tomorrow, but I finally have a tiny bit of time to post a thing I made!

Prompt: February - NES vs Sega Genesis (I'd be choosing NES if this had anything to do with either!)
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: Community
Project Name: Turniphead Hoop
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: This is a gift for SBC, who has already told me that she's super excited to receive it! Smiley
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6  Re: 2019 Nerd Battles: January 1 - December 31, 2019 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by roler on: February 17, 2019 02:53:48 AM
SBC, my parents are going to love those trivets! They look great!  And maybe I will steal one when I move apartments... ;P

Prompt: February Battle - Console
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: Timely
Project Name: NES controller
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: This is a magnet I made for my brother.  I actually love both PC and console games, so it was difficult to choose! (And yes, I know this controller does not go with the console it's pictured with; I might make an SNES controller for him later!)  Craft the Alphabet: N and B
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7  Re: 2019 Nerd Battles: January 1 - December 31, 2019 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by roler on: January 21, 2019 07:10:36 AM
Hello, everyone!  Sorry it's been so long, but it's so great to see everyone still posting awesome projects!  I have been super stressed and burned out lately, and really haven't crafted much for the last year at all, but I'm trying to fix that!  Here are a couple of projects to get another member for Team Multimedia on the board! Smiley

Prompt: Drabble
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: Timely
Project Name: Korean Keychain
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: I crafted this at Incheon Airport in Seoul. There's a wonderful culture center there that always has free arts and crafts for anyone with a non-Korean passport, and it's FREE!!  I always stop by and do the crafts whenever I have a long enough layover, and that's definitely one of the reasons this is my favorite airport in the world!  This time I got to make a mother-of-pearl keychain. They provided all the materials including the keychain itself, and I used a toothpick and clear nail polish to apply all the little bitty shell bits.  So fun!
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Prompt: Big Time #1
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Sho Uchiwa
Project Link:
Brief Description: Here's another of my silly light-up uchiwa!  For anyone who hasn't seen my previous posts about these, uchiwa are stiff paper fans, and at many Japanese pop concerts, fans bring fans with the names/faces of their favorite members so the stars know which fans are there for them specifically!  My friends and I have really upped our uchiwa game over the years and now make battery powered ones that actually light up!  This one probably took about eight hours or so; it's a LOT of work.  But I'm pretty sure Sho saw it at the Arashi concert!
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8  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2018: September 1 - November 30, 2018 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by roler on: September 28, 2018 12:15:17 AM
Prompt: September - The Wind Rises
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Baby Mobile
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description:
I actually worked on this together with my friend, the mother of the baby this mobile is for. It took us a couple of sessions of crafting at her house, but we finished it yesterday, and the baby sure seems to like it! He kept laughing and smiling as his dad swayed the mobile over his head!
The Wind Rises is about planes, which I'm sure pass a lot of clouds and stars in the sky!
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9  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2018: September 1 - November 30, 2018 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by roler on: September 11, 2018 12:21:17 AM
Hi everyone!  I haven't made anything that fits any of the prompts yet, but I wanna get on the board at least, so here are a couple of little projects!

Prompt: Free Range #1
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: -0-
Project Name: Owl Magnet
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I haven't been crafting much lately, so I wanted to work on something really simple and familiar to help ease myself back in.  Hence, another owl magnet!  I've made dozens of these guys at this point, but still really love them - so many possible color/pattern/button combinations!
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Prompt: Zap #1
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: -0-
Project Name: Banana Cake with Caramel Sauce
Project Link: https://www.facebook.com/DelishKitchen.tv/videos/539793336461076/
Brief Description: This was the first time I actually tried making one of the recipes from those recipe videos you see on facebook all the time!  This cake was SUPER easy - the only ingredients were pudding (the Japanese kind, so it's more like a flan with a caramel topping), pancake mix, and bananas!  It's super moist and rich and really tasty! 
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(Sorry about the messy dish; this was my second slice!)
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10  Fox Hoop in Needlework: Completed Projects by roler on: August 27, 2018 03:23:13 AM
Here's a little fox hoop I made: felt applique on wool background (fabric from one of my dad's old suit jackets).

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