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21  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / and this is what 5:30 AM looks like (self-portraiture) on: July 31, 2006 07:52:34 AM
Me and insomnia are very old friends...

Mix an incredibly sleepy brain, recently rediscovered watercolor pencils, digital photography, and the belief that human skin makes for a decent canvas and I end up with things like this:

Thoughts?  Opinions?

Unique?  Boring?  Interesting?  Stupid?

It's been awhile since I've done any self-portraits.
22  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / ...just playing with some leftovers...I made shiny things! *Seven Pics* on: July 25, 2006 12:07:30 AM
I had some white Sculpey (y'know, the cheap, weak kind that comes in the big box...no fancy stuff around here) hanging around the house from an excursion into tiny sculpture (Ganesh!), and I had some swirly, brightly colored craft marble thingies left over from this time I was making runes...took those two ingredients, added in a bit of rich gold and antique bronze acrylic paints and I ended up with:

I like 'em.  More than I thought I would.  I'm not gonna cry or anything if they break, but I'll definitely be annoyed.

This may mean I have to actually get some good clay  Wink

And even though I'd like pretty pictures of them on an actual human neck, I'm impatient for feedback, so you get slightly blurry photographs of them hanging on a 'neck' that I cut out of computer paper...

...just so you can get an idea of how they are meant to hang (and so you can see the difference between the red and purple 'stones'...they come out looking rather much the same in the first photo).







There.  If I get prettier pics I'll try and replace these rather shoddy ones.

Whaddya think?  Worthy of the shiny new polymer clay board?
23  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / got the top put together...any good design ideas for quilting it? on: June 21, 2006 09:34:24 PM
I design/cut-out quilts, and my Mum constructs/quilts them.

A little over a year ago, we finished a top...I was completely uninspired when it came to how to quilt it, so it got put away.  It's been sitting in a box till now.

I still can't think of how I want it quilted.
My options are a little limited - this will be quilted by a machine that sadly has no free-motion capabilities.
I need to stick to mostly geometric shapes...some gentle curves are okay, but my Mum is doing this cause she loves me (and quilting) and I'd rather not give her some insanely complicated design that results in her wanting to strangle me  Wink

This is the layout (well, as close of a drawing as I've got - it was continually changed as it was constructed):

It's a lopsided log-cabin with each strip constructed of rectangles and squares.
Each strip is 7 in (or about 18 cm) wide.

Using my batik collection, some of my own tie-dye, a single print, and some tiny paintings I did of the four elements, I fussy-cut and she constructed this:

(it's not the world's greatest photo - the quilt is big enough that I have to get the camera far away from it to capture all of it, but getting that far away negates the flash and we have generally crappy lighting...but you get the idea)

The back, when I get around to dyeing it, will be a large tie-dye mandala.

I think part of my reluctance at designing the quilting pattern stems from my obscene love of batiks, as I am loathe to do anything that mars the look of each square, but I think quilting in the ditch would be tedious for Mum and visually boring for me.

So I'm asking for help.

How would you quilt this?
24  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / I think I've got a new obsession...experiments in ATCs (opinions please) on: March 09, 2006 03:00:57 PM
I've known about ATCs for a few years now, but I never got around to making any...till now.  With Craftster comes many new opportunities, including ATC swaps, an event that my social network is sorely lacking.  I figured I'd share a few here, see what people think, cause if there is any place in the world where my art might be appreciated, it'd be Craftster  Smiley

(sorry for the fuzziness, a slight headcold is wreaking havoc on my balance and coordination - makes my hands all shaky)

My favorites, thus far:

Here's a closeup of the center one (my favorite of the three) :

They look good separate, but they're meant to go together...here's what they look like connected:

All of the colors are rather oversaturated - my camera can't handle them  Roll Eyes
They look a lot cleaner and more distinct in real life.

So whaddya think?
Would they be appreciated in a swap?

these 3, plus 11 other cards now posted here
25  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I spent a month making this book into a journal... (pic heavy!) on: March 04, 2006 08:51:50 PM
I feel kinda purposeless now.

It took me a month to change a bargain book (a really bad, cringe-worthy bargain book) into a journal for my best friend's birthday.  Every day involved cutting or gluing or painting...now that it's finished I'm kind of unsure as to what to do with myself...

If you see this book:

Don't read it...unless you feel like laughing at human stupidity.
Thankfully, even a really really bad bargain book can have some redeeming qualities.

It's cheap. It's a good size. It's easy to cut out the pages.

Poor crappy book has undergone quite a transformation...
I cut the cover off so I could re-cover it (twice...the outer fabric was kinda thin and see-through, so I had to cover it in this pale purple broadcloth first...that's it purpled-up in the upper left of the pic below) with fabric I had hand-painted just for this purpose.
(Setacolor is a really kick arse fabric paint...a bit expensive, but worth it.)

Of course, then came the fun of trying to get the fabric attached to the book and have it look pretty.

That meant lots of fabric glue. And clothespins.

I got it all glued down, cut out a window, glued the pages down onto the back, covered the inside fabric edges with cardboard, reattached the cover to the pages using a big sheet of sketchbook paper, then made the edges of the window extra purty with some purple swirls.

As for the pages, I glued them together in groups of about ten, because they had to be thick enough to withstand a lot of moisture from acrylic paint. I ended up with nineteen pages, each painted differently.

Here's a few of my favorites:

(To see clickable thumbnails all of them, in order, please visit my blog post...it's a whole bunch of pictures.)

All of this adds up to be a weird, one-of-a-kind journal.

Well, it'll be a journal once she starts writing in it Wink

I'm hoping for collaborative art...my painting, her words.

Of course, it's not a journal if she can't write in it, so she also received some shiny new markers and a bag to put them in (some of my tie-dye lined with the pale-purple broadcloth).

I like bright colors...is it obvious? Cheesy
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / corporeal knitter's graph paper on: March 03, 2006 08:26:25 PM
I love charting out images by hand...usually complicated-looking photos...they look so neato all knitted up  Smiley

My problem is that I hate having to print out knitter's graph paper, one sheet at a time, off my computer.

I want a notebook of it...a real, tangible, bound notebook of KGP...just like the notebooks of regular graph paper.  (I'm emotionally tied to things like books...printing out a sheet from an intangible file just feels so false and impermanent.) 

Has anyone ever seen a knitter's graph paper notebook?  Is this something I can find at a LYS?  (I've only ever been into a yarn shop once...I'm kinda poor and it's just way too much temptation.)  Am I just a crazy person for preferring a notebook to my computer?

I really want a book of knitter's graph paper. Really, really...

Suggestions, anyone?
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I'm trying to draft a pattern...for a ten yard skirt... on: February 22, 2006 08:35:43 PM
Okay, so I've got my inspiration picture - its at Flying Skirts (a good site for purty bellydancing stuff, though there are many others).  I want a ten yard skirt...badly.  But I'd prefer a homemade one, which pretty much means making my own pattern.

I'm not daunted by the amount of math in my near future (the bottom hem of the skirt needs to be ten yards, the waist line at least fifty-five inches, the finished length thirty-eight inches...and the skirt will be three, possibly four, tiers), I'm just looking for some hints...

Has anybody made something like this?  Know any preexisting patterns (cause I can't find one)?  Any words-of-wisdom from voices-of-experience when it comes to pattern drafting?

Help, please... Smiley

So I looked it up on Google.  If I specifically want a "ten yard skirt", Folkwear has a nice pattern...for twenty bucks.  Poor doesn't begin to describe my utter lack-of-funds.  These days I'm more in the market for stuff that costs...well, NOTHING.  In fact, the fabric for the skirt will be purchased after much saving, hopefully during a really, really good sale, so a twenty dollars (plus shipping) pattern would be wonderful, but sadly unrealistic.

But, I did find a helpful, helpful page for making a pattern for a very-full circle skirt, with the appropriate modifications for adding tiers, so YAY!  Even if I don't exactly follow these directions, they're most definitely a nice starting point.  Thanks muchly  Smiley
28  COOKING / Dessert / if I made myself a castle cake... on: January 29, 2006 10:37:28 PM
....for my 22nd birthday, does that make me a dork? 

Its not incredibly impressive;  my first attempt at 3-D cake decorating....and since I'm too lazy to pull out the cake decorating tips, my main tools were a butter knife, my fingers, and a sandwich bag with the corner cut off.  That having been said:

from the front -

a side angle to show the back turrets -

I built the castle base out of graham crackers, the towers/turrets are ice cream cones, and the whole castle is glued together with tons of melted chocolate.  I remember seeing the ice cream cone idea in one of my sister's goofy "parenting" magazines a couple of years ago.....dumb mag, cute cake pic.

So, your thoughts?

"crappy"... "cute"...
"idiotic"... "edible"...
"oh dear god, why hast thou inflicted this evil upon my eyes?  turn away child, turn away from satan before ye are cast into the eternal hellfires of damnation"...

no, wait, sorry, that's a different kind of forum.... Tongue

as a side note, how badly does sarcasm translate into type?
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / dobby, tychus, and jayne are friends! (three hats - pic heavy) on: January 29, 2006 12:41:36 PM
So, I dyed some cotton yarn purty colors (post found here - its really boring...don't go....its only here for reference!)
I had no clue what I was gonna do with it until I ran across this really cute and simple dobby hat pattern.  I didn't exactly follow it, but it was helpful to not have to work the math bits for myself. Thicker yarn, bigger needles, my own take on decreasing and voila:

I love any hat that gives me the kitty ear look from the front!!

here's the back view with the cute tail.

Since I decided to share Dobby with the world, I decided to share some other hats too.
Enter Knitty's Tychus, found in many, many posts here on Craftster.

my helpful mum modeling tychus (she says the colorway makes her think of stained glass).

tychus' back with the braided tail I added.

I'm an obsessive Browncoat, so a Jayne Cobb hat was a necessary knit, but my brother is a bigger Jayne fan than me, so the most cunning hat in the world goes to him.

I did this one awhile ago, I don't remember what pattern I used.....

So, whaddya think?
30  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / from the past - my old painted wall on: January 26, 2006 09:21:31 PM
a.k.a. If It Sits Still Long Enough, I Shall Paint It

Came across some old pics of the painting I had done on one of my walls.  It has long since been painted over cause I get BORED if I stare at the same thing too long.

Please excuse my rather crappy pics, the room was literally not big enough to photograph the whole thing, and close proximity with cheapo camera tends to lead to oversaturated colors - the red is so bright it kinda blocks out the purple and orange tones.

Looking kinda downward and to the left

Looking upward (the black line at the top is actually the ceiling)

About as dead-on as possible

Certain friends and family kinda freaked when I painted it out....but I enjoy changing the walls (and despise painting the ceiling! ARGH!!! sorry, off topic).

just felt like sharing these pics....


i think i need sleep Tongue

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