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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Lotus Leaf Painting on: June 06, 2019 10:40:15 AM
Thanks so much everyone!  It really was a really fun experience.

The workshop place was called Himapan, which apparently is originally from... Thailand I think? and there are apparently locations in other countries as well, but I went to Himapan Singapore. If you are going to be in Singapore, loves2experiment, I highly recommend it because the owners there were such great people, and if you do, please tell them Laura from Japan says hi! ;P
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2019 Nerd Battles: January 1 - December 31, 2019 ~*Join Anytime!*~ 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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3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Lotus Leaf Painting 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!
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Dragons on: June 01, 2019 07:22:13 AM
They all have so much personality! Love them. Smiley
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2019 Nerd Battles: January 1 - December 31, 2019 ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: April 20, 2019 03:13:22 AM
Prompt: April - Poliwog/Translucent Tadpoles
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: Timely, Brain Power
Project Name: Mini Tatami
Project Link:
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!
Project Picture:

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Turniphead Hoop on: April 19, 2019 02:56:22 AM
Thanks so much, everyone!  I'm so excited to be a featured project; it's a nice welcome back to the site after a bit of a hiatus! Smiley
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: "Grow" car flag on: April 07, 2019 07:53:20 AM
I love this!  So beautiful!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Dino Love on: April 07, 2019 07:51:09 AM
Aaaahhh too adorable!!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Dinosaur eat man on: April 07, 2019 07:49:34 AM
Love it!!  By the way, how did you do the lettering?  Is it stamped? It looks great!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Turniphead Hoop 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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