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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Custom Giraffe/Joanna Newsom Stencil 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  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Original Decemberists Stencil 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
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Blue Ruffle/Pleated/Black Pinstripe Reversible Tote 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!

4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Newspaper-Ribbed Self-Portrait in Pink and Green 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?
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Pikachu, Arcade Fire, a Paper Dress, and more... (very image heavy) 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!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Small Clutch With Pink and Green Self-Designed Fabric 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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