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1  Simple three color portraits in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Hellsbelle on: June 22, 2009 08:53:43 PM
Here are a few portraits of my handsome son that I painted on 7x9 inch canvases from the Dollar Tree. Each is done with just three colors using acrylics I had on hand (FolkArt, Ceramcoat, etc.) 
I love the way they turned out.  All credit goes to the web site http://obamiconme.pastemagazine.com/
where you can upload a picture and create an OBAMA HOPE poster type image.

The original that I uploaded to http://obamiconme.pastemagazine.com

The image that was created.

Rather than posting it to the site's gallery, which is an option, I did a screen capture using Paint Shop Pro, and saved the image as a gif file.

In Paint Shop Pro, I modified the image to just include just the outlines of the color boundaries so that I could print it.  Here it sort of looks like a paint-by-number picture.

I printed the image to the size of my canvas, in this case 7x9.  To transfer the image to the canvas, I'm strictly old school.  On the back of the printout, I used a pencil to lay on some graphite, taped the printout to the canvas right side up and traced the lines between the color boundaries. This makes sense, doesn't it?

After the image was traced/transferred, the printout was used as a reference to determine what color goes where.

WIP - Two of the three colors painted

Finished purple portrait
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2  Re: Shrinky Charms (This stuff must be made of crack) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Hellsbelle on: February 18, 2009 10:44:47 AM
Thanks for saying such nice things. As a matter of fact, I did use Enid Blyton illustrations I found online.  Im impressed (and flattered) that you recognized them!  I should have given proper credit.  Heres a small section of the original image:

I used Aleenes O-Pake shrink plastic (thrift store!) and sanded both sides till no shiny surface remained.  On top of a page of printed images, I taped down the plastic, used Berol Prismacolor pencils to color, then a Staedtler pigment liner pen to trace the outline.  After the outline ink was dry, I removed the plastic, turned it over and colored/outlined the back side.  The plastic is translucent enough that repeating the image on the other side is fairly easy.  Punch a 1/8th inch hole (enlarge it a little), cut out with manicure scissors, touch-up any outlines, and shrink as usual.
As dinky as this charms are, it surprises me how time consuming they can be from start to finish.  Not that Im whining.  I love this stuff.
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3  Shrinky Charms (This stuff must be made of crack) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Hellsbelle on: February 18, 2009 12:06:34 AM
Boy this stuff is addictive. These are a bunch of charms that I could fit on a bracelet (which I love). I took the last crazy picture in front of a mirror to try to show that each charm was decorated front and back. 

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4  Paper dolls - haute couture in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Hellsbelle on: January 05, 2006 09:39:21 PM
I just wanted to share these paper dolls I made of my twin nieces (way back) in 1997 when they were around 5 years old.  At the time I thought I was getting pretty hot cutting and pasting, retouching etc., on my slow computer using primitive software.  
The original idea was to make fantasy type costumes, or fun stuff like cheerleader outfits.  The final clothes turned out being haute couture originals from runway show images I found online.  Different wigs were also included to change the looks even more.  After the dolls, clothes and wigs were printed, laminated and cut, the results looked really neat.
This is an example of one of the images I modified:
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5  Re: My kitchen walls showing off my favorite cheap frames in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Hellsbelle on: October 17, 2005 01:09:47 AM
Thank you for your really nice comments.  Incidentally, the aluminum tape is really cool because it doesn't oxidize.

I've included a picture of the back to show how it hangs to the wall.  I use those picture hanger tapes that have a metal grommet hole for the nail.  It's really strong, but re-enforce it with some tape, just in case.

Even a trapezoid print was easy.  I did this one a long time ago.

(No I haven't seen Art & Beauty - yet!  I have the HUGEST R. Crumb collection.  I'll look for it, Thanks!)
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6  My kitchen walls showing off my favorite cheap frames in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Hellsbelle on: October 10, 2005 11:30:52 PM
It kills me how expensive framing prints can be, especially when you have lots of them.  Here's my kitchen with some prints that couldn't have been cheaper to frame.  All you need is glass, foam core board and aluminum tape from the hardware store.  Sandwich your print between the glass and the board and evenly tape the sides.  When it's done, attach a picture hanger to the back.  I really dig the way these came out.  Actually, they are so cool because they're R. Crumb prints!  Hope you like them too.

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