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1  Custom Giraffe/Joanna Newsom Stencil in Stenciling: Completed Projects by yamapresta on: March 19, 2008 03:23:06 PM
Like promised, here's another music artist stencil. The giraffe has nothing to do with Joanna Newsom, but I was inspired by one of the Threadless.com tees. It took forever to cut out all the spotties, but I'm really happy with how it all turned out. I picked Joanna Newsom because she is AMAZING, and deserves much praise. I put on a bunch of coats of yellow, because it doesn't show up well over a darker color fabric if you just put one or two coats on. The stencil was hand-drawn and cut. It seems like my stencils are becoming exponentially more complex... Thanks for looking!

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2  Re: Original Decemberists Stencil in Stenciling: Completed Projects by yamapresta on: March 18, 2008 02:38:34 PM

Freezer paper's just a food wrap-thingie. You can find it at supermarkets or grocery stores... and maybe convenience stores like Rite Aid or CVS (if those are well-known places...). It's usually in the area where food storage stuff is -- like sandwich and snack bags and trash bags. It's pretty cheap, I think. It's not the only thing you can use, either. It's just good 'cause it's not like regular paper, which gets wet easier.
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3  Original Decemberists Stencil in Stenciling: Completed Projects by yamapresta on: March 18, 2008 02:19:35 PM
Well... the title pretty much explains it... I'm on spring break, so I decided to finally stencil a shirt. I've only done it once before, and not too well. This turned out okay -- with some minor kinks -- and I'm planning on making some more band and so on t-shirts soon. I drew the design on freezer paper then used the x-acto, then acrylic paint with fabric medium. Thanks for looking!

*That dingy gray was definitely not the color of the shirt. It's an H&M tee, and it's brighter than the first pic too. Very pink. And the wavy action in the straight pic of the image is just from wrinkles.  Grin
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4  Blue Ruffle/Pleated/Black Pinstripe Reversible Tote in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by yamapresta on: January 28, 2008 03:56:04 PM
Hey. This is my first real bag. The title was pretty self explanatory, I hope... Some of the construction isn't as good as I hope, but I still like the overall concept. I took some inspiration from two different people. I played with a very girly ruffle, which started by looking at the small ruffle on some of justinexcore's dresses, in particular the red polka dot one. I also thought of Christian from this season of Project Runway -- I like that he pleats, although he does it for pretty much everything. On the inside (outside?) is just sturdy off-white fabric, so I think I'm going to draw/stencil/paint on it. I'm not sure what to put yet. Any comments would be great -- also advice, or inspiration. Thanks!

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5  Re: Small Clutch With Pink and Green Self-Designed Fabric in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by yamapresta on: November 18, 2007 02:50:10 PM
Thanks for all the comments! I really appreciate every one.

I did print and design the fabric myself. I used iron-on transfers, which I was pretty fearful of, but it came out just right, no distortion or changing of the image at all. The fabric I used was just a plain, sort of off-white, slightly thick fabric. I think... broadcloth? It wasn't iridescent until the image went onto it. The transfer did that, and made it stiffer as well. For the jacket I'm making with the same design (but on a smaller scale), I'm using a different kind of iron-on transfers, which specifically doesn't make the fabric stiffer, and also allows you to iron over the image after its done.

The square design started off as a triangle that is one-sixteenth of the final product. In class, we went step by step (in black and white), doing a lot of copying, mirror copying, and negative copying. Oh yeah, and cutting and taping and more copying too. It was surprisingly easy for the images that should have lined up perfectly to uh... not do so.

Here's the lining... it's messy, which is why I purposely avoided showing it in the first post  Grin:

Thanks again for your thoughts!
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6  Newspaper-Ribbed Self-Portrait in Pink and Green in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by yamapresta on: November 18, 2007 07:40:44 AM
This is a self-portrait that started off as contour lines, but I turned into a vast endeavor. Many hours -- and there's still a lot to fix, but I'm too lazy  Tongue . Here it is:

It's on poster board, with foamboard making it a sort of linear, 3-D thing. If that makes sense...  Cheesy I used acrylics, and inked a lot of the stuff. Tissue paper makes up the back of the ribs, and the front ribs are made with individually cut-out and pasted-on letters and words from a (or should I say several) newspapers. It took a while, but I liked my idea and with some tweaking, it'll be pretty good. What do you think?
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7  Pikachu, Arcade Fire, a Paper Dress, and more... (very image heavy) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by yamapresta on: November 18, 2007 07:36:09 AM
This is a collection of some of the stuff I did last year -- it's not great, but I am actually getting a lot better. I hope you all like it!

Pikachu in a graphite sketchbook assignment -- it's actually an alarm clock that I have.

Based on jazz (sort of), it's a house made from foamboard, with watercolor-covered newspaper collaged on the inside and some stuff made with posterboard.

These were sketchbook assignments too, with one of them being my idea of a redesigned cover for "Funeral" by Arcade Fire. The one with the match has lyrics in the background.

We had to make paper clothes, so I made a dress -- it looks pretty strange, but I do like the original concept.

Another sketchbook, with some heels.

This was a white still life setup from in class. They were a bunch of white porcelain cup and bowls and stuff. Pretty easy, right?

This was my idea for the poster for the district art show. I love inking things, so I had a blast.

"Bike in a Blender," it was called. Before that, we had done cut-paper and contour line drawings of the same bike, then we had to take individual parts and jumble them around. This is what I got from it.

Was that way too much stuff? This is only my second topic start. Tell me what you think!
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8  Small Clutch With Pink and Green Self-Designed Fabric in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by yamapresta on: November 18, 2007 07:26:29 AM
This will be the first topic I've started.  Grin So I'm working on a project for a class, where we went through many, agonizing steps to come up with a pattern square in color. I'm actually making a jacket for my end product (each person chooses what they want their design to be on). But I had tested out some iron-on transfers on scrap fabric (since it was my first time), and I decided not to waste those tests.

I based my pattern on the "Classy Iridescent Clutch" from the Bags/Purses tutorial.

It unzips (although I sewed too close to the zipper  Tongue), and there is a snap under the green button. It's lined in green on the inside. Any feedback for a long-time lurking, first time topic-izing newbie?

P.S. Watch out for the jacket, which should be finished before December. It will be in the Clothing category.
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