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1  Christmas Present Paintings in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by gurlzcanrock2 on: December 05, 2005 10:41:38 PM
My dad's been wanting a portrait of me for awhile, so I decided to paint him one for christmas being the broke art student that I am!

It's a modified version of my avatar done in acrylic on three mini canvases. The larger one is 4"x4" and the others are I think 3"x3".

And I must have something going on for broken up artwork, because I did a painting for my grandfather on 6 floor tiles.

He likes a lot of colorful stuff, like every room in his house is a different color, so I thought that he might like that.

I normally don't do much painting, but I think I might continue it, b/c painting's pretty fun!
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2  Mini Guitar Tote Bag! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by gurlzcanrock2 on: December 04, 2005 08:57:51 PM
I was starting my etsy shop the other day, and I was busy making things to put in it, and I decided to make a tote bag in the shape of a guitar. I had made one of these before for my swap partner in the Band T-Shirt/Tote bag swap a couple of months ago, but for that one I just used canvas, and I decided to try a different fabric this time. Here's what I came up with:

The front:

The Back:

And an action shot:

Sorry the pictures are so huge! Any comments would be greatly appreciated! I listed this for $15, but I think I might've priced it too high...any suggestions?
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3  Re: Favorite Song/Band T-shirt or tote swap in The Swap Gallery by gurlzcanrock2 on: September 18, 2005 04:40:12 PM
I'm so excited! I received my Jimi Hendrix tote bag today from Gemjams! I wore it out and got an insane amount of compliments on it! I absolutely adore it! And it's big enough to hold my school stuff so I can take it to classes!

Here's some pictures:

The front:

The back:

And a closeup:

This was my first swap, so I'm so psyched to do more now!
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4  My attempt at Graphic Design in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by gurlzcanrock2 on: August 23, 2005 04:18:22 PM
I found some iron-on transfer crayons at the store today, and I was really itching to use them, so I got on my computer and started designing. I came up with this:

You would not believe how long it took me to try to make those notes look like a tree. But it was worth it. I'm pretty proud of my little musical tree. Now I've got to find something to put it on! Yay for not having a job and being bored!
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5  Yay for finding uses for leftover slides! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by gurlzcanrock2 on: August 17, 2005 05:58:16 PM
I took AP studio art this past year, and as a result, I had about a million slides leftover at the end of the course and awhile ago, I read in readymade magazine they had a tutorial on how to make lampshades out of slides. So I decided to give it a go, and here's what I came up with: a cute little reading lamp for my nightstand. I'm definitely taking this to my dorm room!

Here's with the lamp turned off:

Here's one with it on:

And here's just a closeup of the slides with the lamp on:

This was a pretty easy project. I just rescued a lamp base from my local salvation army store, then got a lampshade and tore off the paper covering to leave only the circle and the part that goes around the bulb. Then I figured out how many slides I would need, and how long I wanted my columns to be, then drilled holes in each slide with a "1/16 drill bit (this was the most tedious part) and attached them all with jump rings.
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6  Fun with totebags! (Aka: When boredom strikes) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by gurlzcanrock2 on: August 17, 2005 02:30:52 PM
I was really mega bored one night and decided to try and be crafty and make myself a goofy tote bag, since I didn't feel like buying one. So I went up to Wal-mart ($1 fabrics and remnants rock my socks!) and came home with a yard of canvas-esqe material and a lot of cool remnants (butterflies, dinosaurs, magician costumes...)  and some iron-on glitter letters. So I sort of created a super-simple pattern after a tote bag I had seen in a store. This project was so incredibly easy, and it only took like 2 hours max! You just make a lining (optional, I just wanted one so I could have an inside pocket to hold my money) and then you just sew pretty much one big long piece of fabric and then stick some straps on it and go to town decorating!

Here's the front, after my buttons and glitter letters had taken over:

And here's the kinda plain back of the bag:

There used to be aliens and a spaceship on the back, but I guess they flew away.
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7  Re: My version of the Mod Record Purse *Tutorial* in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by gurlzcanrock2 on: August 17, 2005 02:17:22 PM
Last night I was fighting insomnia and trying to find something to do, which eventually led me here. And as soon as I saw this, I decided I wanted to make one too! So I started at like 10 o'clock this morning, and worked on it off and on during the day, and I just got finished. I had some troubles when I was cutting the records, but I found it was easier to heat them up in the oven (preheat to 300 degrees, slap it on a cookie tray and let it sit in there for like 2 minutes) to soften them up and make them easier to cut. So here's my homage to bowlordie's awesome idea and tutorial (excuse the crap on the mirror):

Bowlordie, you're a genius! Grin
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