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21  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Lino Blocks: Robots, Cats, and Zombies - Now with even more pictures on: April 17, 2007 09:04:00 PM
I recently took up lino cutting (for those of you that read Crafty but Stupid up the site a bit, I do have a scar from where I managed to cut myself with the tool while putting it in the box, yet when I stabbed myself with a very thick bit the cut healed fine) and just did three more blocks in the past two days.

The first is a sassy little robot, who will find a comfortable home as the back of a set of small playing cards:

The second is where I tried to play a bit more with an artistic looking block, where the block itself is as nice, if not nicer, to look at then the printing.  A cat on a cemetery plot, sort of:

The final, and my best work to date, is a zombie I sketched out in a notepad, scanned into the computer, digitally edited to create more droopy flesh and dangly hair, transferred to the lino block, and cut, with background texture, for printing:

I don't have any nice paper (or proper ink) to pull a print that I'd be proud to post on here yet, but the tests for the robot and zombie were wonderful.  The cat's face is a bit off, but nothing a paintbrush can't fix afterwards.
Prints added.

Oh, what the heck.  One more.  Who likes The Handmaid's Tale?  Cause I'm watching you...

22  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / New Craft Room...Sort Of (Lots of pretty pictures) on: April 16, 2007 09:29:57 AM
Ok, so technically its part of my closet of a bedroom (as in, my bedroom was designed to actually be a storage closet leading to the attic, but my parents decided "what the heck? a crib fits just right, why not a twin size bed?"), but I'm proud of how it turned out.  It's a new crafty work bench/organizational unit in progress (needs more shelves/storage space and some cool customizing bits I'm still working on) but it's beyond what I ever expected to build right now.

To clarify a few things: The two Panels as I call them, are separate.  As in, I can move them wherever I want them without moving the other table.  They are about forty inches high and together about five feet wide.  I built the new work surface myself (as in, outside with wood I purchased, sawing and screwing and sanding and gluing and routing and everything else) and the only thing pre-fab is the Ikea bookshelf, the only leftover piece from my previous system.

Panel 1: Sewing

Panel 2: Art/Cutting/Design/Crafting/Other

Custom Shelf

Ikea Bookshelf

Serger, Sewing, and a Long View

Room for One More Machine

Under Panel 1

Under Panel 2

Now I just need to organize the rest of the room...

Full size images and better descriptions are available at my Flickr Account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/trentsketch/.

The design is going to have more overhead and under desk storage and removable attachments for safety purposes for lino-cutting and other more dangerous crafts that a total clutz should never even try.
23  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Gremlins: An Adventure in First Time Block Printing (Yes, there are pics) on: March 01, 2007 11:03:04 PM
I was bored today, so I decided to take on a brand new craft: Block Printing.  Normally, this would end in disaster with me probably bleeding and definitely crying in a puddle of my own failed craftyness.

I picked up the Speedball Block Printing starter kit and decided that I would make my first block an homage to a horror film I just watched for the first time: Gremlins.

So I trace the cute little picture of Gizmo on the DVD cover a few times and then draw it onto the block.  Apparently, my free hand drawing made gizmo a sassy and angry creature, and I'm ok with that.  I load up my #1 tip into the handle, make my first cut and SNAP!  #1 breaks in half.  So I dig out the outline of Gizmo with just the sharp pointy end and manage not to cut myself (though I do have a blister on my thumb now.

I figure, let's give the tool another try: #2 tip in to pull out some bigger sections and no breaks.  Well, except for the new long skinny cut on my left index finger from when I was putting the tool down (I wasn't even cutting at the time, people - that's talent).  I freehand some text "Just Add Water" and a  drop of water flying at Gizmo's head.  Only the text actually came out "Lust Add Water", so I had to fix that before moving on.

So then I say, "Trent, what do you want to print on?  I know!  My favorite messenger bag!"  It was at this point that I realized that I actually carved little Gizmo wrong and his impression was a negative of the actual way I wanted it cut (lesson learned? probably not).  No worries, though.

From here, outside of my blue screen printing fabric ink not filling properly, I'd say it went pretty well.

The promised pics:

The block:

Inside top of bag:

Bottom of bag:

Unintentionally wavy close up:

Action shots: What's in the bag?

Gremlins, of course!
24  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Haunted Fairgrounds: 2006 House Project on: January 07, 2007 09:15:30 PM
So, pretty much what happened here was that the Internet sucked the life out of my photos for my totally awesome house haunt.  This means that the incredible video footage I had of the fog effects was eaten by the gods of the world wide webiverse (sad, because I planned on recycling the footage for an upcoming video project and will have to wait till next Halloween for similar footage) as well as the photos that disappeared on the initial posting.

So I have now set up a Flickr Album of the haunt.  Give it a look over - some of the stuff is still pretty damn impressive for a total of six days of work (I could only work weekends as I currently live in NYC and was decorating my family home in NJ, hence what should have been two months of work crammed into under six days).

25  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Digital Camera Technicolor Techno-Cozy on: January 02, 2007 11:53:29 AM
Just finished my first project from Stitch 'n Bitch.  It's the Technicolor Techno-Cozy for my digital camera.  This was adjusted as best as I could to work on a knitting loom (just can't get the needles to click in my mind).

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