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11  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Fish Block Print on: September 25, 2007 09:15:26 AM

This is a linocut relief print of a menagerie of fish that I printed in black and then colored in with watercolors. I was going to use oil based block printing ink so that when I went over it with water colors the outlines wouldn't smudge.  Of course once I was ready to print it I couldn't find that ink anywhere even though I distinctly remember buying it a few months ago.  I printed it with water based ink instead.  I tried to paint in between the lines and didn't use too much water which kind of prevented the black from smearing. If I print more of these I will definitely buy some oil based ink first. I started painting another one of these with just two colors of fish but I think I like this one better.

Here is just the block print before water coloring it.  I think this was the first one.  It's a little off center because I forgot about registration. 

Here is the block inked and ready to be printed.

I have more about it on my blog.  I might end up carving an extra block to print the backgrounds of all the fish and print a uncarved block for the background.
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ikea Animal Fabric Skirt (too kiddy for a 28 year old?) on: September 24, 2007 09:54:59 AM
I made this skirt from fabric I got at Ikea for really cheep.  I love animal prints so I couldn't pass it up. 

My boyfriend thinks it looks really juvenile but I like the fabric.  I was going to make a dress out of it but thought that might be a little much. What do you guys think?

Here is the yellow zipper that matches.
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fish Scale Dress on: September 11, 2007 10:39:29 AM
This is my second compleated dress.  It was way easier than my first one.  Again I didn't use a pattern but this is pretty much the same design as my last one but with a few added details.  The top was threatening to be too small again so I added extra panels to the sides.  This made it a little less fitted than I would like but much more comfortable.

I got the fish scale fabric on sale for about $2.50 a yard thinking it would be good for a halloween costume or something but I think it doesn't look too weird made into a dress.
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Gnome Wedding Cake Toppers on: September 04, 2007 09:30:58 AM
I made these cake toppers for my friend's wedding.  They were inspired by merwing's nom's http://dreamfollow.com/  They are made from self hardening clay and painted with tempera paint.

Here they are on the actual cake, which was one small cake for cutting and tons and tons of cupcakes.

15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Blowfish Dress on: September 04, 2007 09:02:37 AM
So this is my first actually compleated dress.  Of course I didn't use a pattern or anything so it ended up taking quite a bit of tweaking to get it to sort of fit and it's still quite tight in the bust.  The fish fabric I printed myself on muslin (that's why it doesn't really drape that nicely) but it's great fabric for screen printing.  I printed similar fabric for this bag that I posted earlier https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=193069.0

Here is a close up of the skirt fabric.  They are blowfish and grunions.

And here is the back

16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / blowfish bag on: August 29, 2007 07:54:29 AM

I made this tote bag for my mom's birthday based on the exact size and shape of a trader joe's grocery bag. 

It is made using unbleached muslin that I screen printed with tons and tons of blowfish.  The handels are just twill tape that matched the muslin.  I printed the fabric in a checkerboard pattern so that I wouldn't smudge the wet images.

Then I filled in the spaces with more blowfish printed in darker blue.

I really like this weird angel picture. 

17  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / corn beef and salmon tin cans repurposed into plant pots on: July 27, 2007 09:18:18 AM

I was trying to think of things besides boring terracotta pots to plant my plants in.  I went to this store called http://www.pot-ted.com/ in Atwater Village that had lots of really cute succulents and cacti in really interesting containers that they charge ridiculous amounts of money for. They were using all sorts of old found objects at plant pots: tea cups, bowls, ceramic elephants. The only problem with these things is getting a drainage hole drilled in the bottom without cracking the thing. Too scary for me. The items that seemed most promising as future plant pots were the metal containers. They had all these antique coffee cans, cookie tins and even a metal crayola crayon box. These you could easily just pound a few holes in with a nail for drainage.

Walking around an Asian grocery store I was noticing all the cool looking cans of vegetables, seafood and meat that had the labels just printed directly onto the can instead of a glued on paper label. It took me lot of searching but I finally found a giant can of Australian corned beef that had an interesting label and would be large enough for this cactus that needed a home.  I also got this can of salmon that a succulent now lives in.

Here is a picture of the drainage holes that I hammered into the can. It seems to work pretty well.

I still have a can of crab meat that has a really cool picture of a crab on it in my cupboard.  I've got to think of a good recipe for canned crab before it can become a home to some more succulents.
18  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Blowfish Dish Towels on: July 25, 2007 09:14:13 AM

I printed these dish towels this weekend as kind of an homage to Japanese tenugui towels which are 35 by 90 cm cotton towels usually printed with really cute repetitive patterns http://shisomama.wordpress.com/2006/06/25/tenugui/  I printed the blow fish and grunion one first (grunions are these weird little fish that spawn in mass only one night of the year only on south facing beaches) then decided that I liked the blowfish print so much that I wanted to make one that was all blowfish.  

19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Patchwork Bag with Bird on: July 24, 2007 03:21:31 PM
I've gotten out of the habit of making bags lately but I finally decided it was time to make myself a new bag.  I screen printed the goldfinch design and the embroidered the leaves.  The handle is made from an old belt.

Here is a close up of the bird screen print.
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Patchwork Pillowcases on: July 20, 2007 08:38:04 AM
Here are some pillow cases I made for our outdoor "couch" (really just a outdoor lounge chair with throw pillows pushed up against the side of the house).  

They are made from scrap pieces of fabric, ribbon and really cheep muslin that I screen printed and embroidered.

I like the gnome one, but it doesn't really match the others. I may end up making a different pillow case for that pillow and keep the gnome one as an extra.
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