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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / CowParade Boston -- Questions with polyurethane on: February 01, 2006 03:07:51 PM
First, some background--
What is CowParade?
-->It's a charity which is raising money for the Jimmy Fund. What happens is that a number of artists are chosen to paint fiberglass cows (a business choses their submitted idea and commissions them $1,000) measuring 5' high and 8' long, 120 lbs.
-->What happens to the cows?
The cows are displayed all over the city, and then sold at auction for ridiculous sums of money. That money is then given to charity.  In this case the cows will be displayed all over Boston, MA this summer, and then auctioned off. CowParade has been all over the world. Many cities have similar types of things-- I know a few years ago I was in Washington, DC and they had donkeys and elephants all over the city and my town did bears this summer-- but all are the same idea.

Now to my question:
My art teacher has been chosen to paint a cow. Her idea is "Wally the Green Moonster" Any fellow New Englanders/Sox fans out there will realize how awesome this idea is. For everyone who doesnt know-- Wally the Green Monster is the Red Sox mascot and looks like this:

So she has the cow and is building the head out so that it's wide like Wally's.  The problem she's run into is this-- the cow is going to be displayed outside for the entire summer, so the head has to be made of something durable that will be able to withstand the elements and crazy Sox fans who might deface it before it can go to auction.  She started by using all sorts of things-- paper, duct tape, bubble wrap, etc to make the form.  I believe she said she was going to use plaster and then possibly fiberglass. But anyways here's the million dollar question--

What do you guys think is the best way to go about this? We both have tried brainstorming different ideas, but she's still not sure exactly how to go about it...So if anyone has any ideas or suggestions, it would be great to hear them!
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Pear and Bottle on: January 19, 2006 02:38:13 PM
A Christmas present I made for an exceptionally awesome teacher of mine. Comments welcome and appreciated!

<<<edited to correct broken image>>>


In the preview of this post, the image appears fine.  Try copying & pasting her image's URL in a new browser window & you should be able to see it (I can!).  --Sweets4ever
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Karma Happens on: January 19, 2006 02:36:47 PM
Originally, this was a picture I made for a friend for Christmas. Currently, it is entered in the Scholastic Art Awards. Unfortunately for my friend, he has been a big ay double snakes to me lately, so he won't be getting it back once the showing is over. Comments welcome and appreciated!

4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Chuck Close style self-portrait on: January 19, 2006 02:32:03 PM
So this was a project I completed in AP Art last quarter. Its done in the style of painter Chuck Close and I think it came out pretty awesome. Comments welcome and appreciated.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Stenciled Beater on: December 07, 2005 02:23:11 PM
Let's see....I cut up an old Live Strong bracelet and made a bird stamp out of it and nailed the cut out pieces to a wood block...same with the rectangular stamps.  Drew and cut out a birdie stencil and then just plopped it down on the beater and proceded to attack it with some red fabric paint.  Thennn to top it all off I took a nice long piece of red ribbon and made a bow, slightly cinching the left strap.

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Some ideas for family/friend presents on: November 27, 2005 11:50:09 AM
So it's past Thansgiving now and we have snow up here in New England, so I figure it's time to start crafting for the holidays.  I thought I'd share a few ideas I've had so far for family and friends.

sister:  I think Im going with a Green Day theme for her, as she's a big American Idiot fan.  I was thinking of getting some black fleece and doing a no-sew kind of scarf, but with lyircs to either Holiday or American Idiot embroidered on it.  Also, maybe a GD mix CD or some homemade buttons or something.

Mom: Recycled windchimes. Im thinking of hitting up the new Dollar Tree/Goodwill to find some cheap/old silverware and fishing line...etc.

Dad: My dad is a big fan of classic rock, so I'll probably stencil him an ACDC or Deep Purple tshirt

Jess: Activist in a Box with PETA stickers, political buttons, possibly a tshirt with a Voltaire quote on it, some random antiBush stuff. Either that or a Nirvana duct tape/magazine handbag

Paul: Gangster in a Box with a Pimp cup, fake bling, a mix CD with some old school gangster rap, and some other stuff...I need ideas

Trevor: Either a bleach-stenciled Rent shirt or something like that. Hes a drama enthusiast...if anyone has ideas for something like that Id love to hear them

Tanya: Im thinking something totally random like a giant stuffed muffin or something. Shes totally crazy and girly and I have no idea what to get her unless I can find something fabulous to buy, but Id rather make her something. I was thinking a sort of Loop NYC inspired bag, but Im not a great sewer...

Eric: ugh, I have no idea. Maybe a really nice duct tape tie (He goes to a Prep school with a dresscode, so he has to wear a tie everyday) in all sorts of colors.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Gangster in a Box ideas on: November 27, 2005 10:49:23 AM
So I've started in on my Holiday Crafting Extravaganza of Doom and so far so good.  But I do have one problem.  I want to make something for my friend but I have no idea what to do.  He's a big fan of indie rock...he works at Staples lol, and he thinks he's a gangster.  I was kind of thinking something like "Gangster in a Box" but Im not sure what to put in it.  Im not a gangster myself, so I was wondering if there were any crunk craftsters out there who could help me out.   Cheesy  Also he always says Im his therapist because he always calls me and tells me about his problems haha.  If anyone has any ideas for either Gangster in a Box or anything else, it would be VERY much appreciated.  Thanks!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Louis XIV, Van's Shoes, & Underoath handbags on: November 18, 2005 01:11:56 PM
I started making these not too long ago, and I am having a field day going through magazines and finding concert/CD ads to use to make more handbags. So pretty.

Van's Ad

Louis XIV

Underoath Totally Radical Tour

I'd love to hear what you think of them!  Grin
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Yet Another Duct Tape/Magazine Purse on: November 10, 2005 04:44:53 PM
This bag stemmed from my love of Weezer and duct tape purses, little did I know that my idea was not exactly original...oh well I tried. haha  Anyways, this is....The Weezer Tote!



Images are from Alternative Press magazine back in March or April I think.

Also here's a handbag made from a Plain White T's CD ad


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