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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Six ACT speed watercolors on: February 19, 2009 07:17:58 AM
I did these as warmups last night, even though they were the last things I did before bed.

(I don't know why the scan is so cropped. I'll get a better one later today, but, for now, I kinda like the oddly trimmed version.)

I timed myself and tried to spend just 20 minutes on each of them, but usually did some touching up after that 20 minutes was up. Also, I didn't do any pencil sketches, just went straight to ink and watercolor, trying out new techniques and trying to push my style some.

The pinup chick is the exception to both of those guidelines. I did a little penciling for the basic anatomy, and spent probably 40 minutes on her from start to finish.

What do you think, should I stick with them?  Wink Cheesy
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Magnetic Mario Mosaic on: April 27, 2007 09:04:01 PM
Almost two months ago I was messing with Magnetic Poetry on a friend's fridge, and it got me thinking. Now this is on my fridge. Smiley

At least 12 hours of work, and 1502 little triangles of magnet, and it's finally done.

He's bustin' stuff up (unofficially)

I like this angled shot, too.

But all the work cutting sheets of magnets into little pieces wore the print off my rotary cutter. Sad

I can't decide if I should do Final Fantasy job class sprites or some MC Escher tiled images next. Tongue
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Scraplings Ahoy! (6 pics) on: September 03, 2006 02:19:34 AM
With the dual needs to raise a little money to get my computer back up and running, and also get rid of excess craft supplies I can't afford to take along when I move, I've spent the time I'd usually spend on the computer (and craftster) sewing these little things!

I started out with the "Premier Collection"

The middle one here is Maximus, the first Scrapling to be forged!

And then moved into the "Dead Bunny Collection" (inspired by a friend)

The black ones are really devious. :<

But the white ones aren't to be trifled with either.

Also, I used the project (and the loss of my digital camera) as an excuse to break out my old SLR and do some interesting Photography.

Most are about 3 inches tall, but I'm not using specific patterns. The Premier Collection is stuffed with fabric and yarn scraps, the Dead Bunny Collection is stuffed with polyfill.

Now I'm off to work on the Primary Collection and hammer out a plan to get some of these adopted.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Unusual attitude in knitting... right? on: August 25, 2006 02:41:04 AM
Earlier this evening I met a friend of a friend who is a knitter. While we sat around talking before and after food, she brought out her current scarf to work on, and I followed suit with my odds & ends blanket.

The guys talked about video games (mostly) and us girls talked about school and work and blah and knitting (of course).

Now this gal has been knitting twice as long as I have (3 years vs 18 months) but limits herself to garter stitch scarves and squares. Even purling seemed to be too much of a hassle to do.

I just can't quite understand this. I'm by no means the most aggressive knitter in the world, but I'm always looking for something new to try... a new stitch, a new technique, something that will challange me, or make my work more efficient.

Do you ever run into someone like this? Someone who works at it, but doesn't try to (or care to) develop the skill?

I wanted to teach her something new, even if it's as simple as how to knit in the round, but felt uncomfortable offering, or even talking about my "advanced" accomplishments while she was so happy to do nothing more complex than a knit stitch.

Am I just off my rocker? (or a snob?)
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