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1  Re: The Great UK Round-Robin Journal Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Stephen Weaver on: January 19, 2007 05:40:30 PM
Here we go!  Lucky me, I was the first to get my journal back, and I had designed it to include exactly the same number of spreads as participants, so it is FULL of gorgeousness!  Now I need to design cover art worthy of the contents!

First of all, here is my contribution, the title page, with sign-in envelopes - each person has done a little card with photo and bio, and I won't be putting those on the web, obviously, but you can see the noses peeking out!  I just used the six colours of the rainbow as my theme, hence the name of the journal.

And then the spreads - people were free to pick whichever colour they fancied, although obviously the choices got fewer as the swap progressed - sorry pinkangel! Smiley

RED - by rhicooqui

ORANGE - by Jill-of-all-trades

YELLOW - by phizzychick

GREEN - by uluru

BLUE - by pinkangel79

PURPLE - by bushbaby

This is actually an even more intense purple; I tweaked it slightly lighter so you could see the lovely stitching better.

What a treasure - thank you everyone!
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2  Re: Art journals- a craftalong in Craftalongs by Stephen Weaver on: December 05, 2006 08:43:29 AM
Here we go - I've been keeping a Book Journal, or more specifically a Bookmooch Journal, because I belong to bookmooch.com - which I heartily recommend if you want to swap books with people - and I decided to keep a record of the lovely books people have been sending me.  Some of them are about bookbinding and journaling, so it seemed logical to bind my own, which I did in a "Junk Journal" style, using old envelopes, recycled emails and business letters, painting over unwanted text and sticking in all sorts of things that seemed appropriate - hope you enjoy the pics.

Although I've listed all the books at the back of the journal, I haven't yet found time to do spreads for all of them - will try and finish that over the holidays.

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3  Re: COLOUR CRAFTALONG in Craftalongs by Stephen Weaver on: September 28, 2006 08:28:48 AM
Scraping in under the deadline again - here is a red skirt I put together for a play.  It was incredibly simple, but it's being worn by a very pretty actress, which helps!  The red scarf is separate - pic could be confusing.

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4  Re: paper mache animals? in Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions by Stephen Weaver on: August 09, 2006 04:34:30 PM
Two friends and I made a papier-mach whale some years ago which was almost as big as a car - little kids used to play inside it.  As I recall, we used some really big cardboard boxes inside (the kind small couches come in), then rolls of chicken wire and cardboard to give the basic shape, MASSES of newspaper sheets glued over that, and then a kind of plaster bandage stuff on the outside.  Here's a pic:

It lasted about 10 years (indoors), and then got a Viking funeral!

The advantage of doing a whale of course was that it doesn't have any legs, so it was easy to build!  For quadrupeds, I would suggest an armature (look it up!) in laths and wire, then chicken wire to give the shape, then paper to cover and a final layer of fabric dipped in glue - any old sheets or strips of clothing will do, but avoid stretchy fabrics obviously - you are trying to stiffen the thing up!  I often use fabric as a final layer over papier-mach - nicer finish, easy to paint on and amazingly strong.  Nice inside masks too - softer on the actors' faces.  PM me if this isn't clear.
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5  Early and late! in Craftalongs by Stephen Weaver on: August 08, 2006 03:15:43 PM
Finally got the scans of Mom's July birthday card AND got my own scanner working again today, so this problem won't happen again.  It's yellow and orange, so I'm either the last yellow project from July or the first orange one in August - whatever!  My first go at cardmaking and I had fun - the family joke is that Mom is a tea addict (it's true) so I hid some tea bags behind the lattice window for her.

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6  Re: Hug-Me shrug - back in 1895! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Stephen Weaver on: June 12, 2006 06:46:44 AM
Ichigo, I just discovered how to post pics, so here are two pics of that outfit - see what I mean about the little jacket?

and no, the actress is not amazingly short - it's a very high waistline!  Cheesy
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7  Re: COLOUR CRAFTALONG in Craftalongs by Stephen Weaver on: June 12, 2006 06:17:07 AM
Here we go - my first post with pics!  This is the Ice-Cream-and-Flowers cushion/pillow I made for my friend - it's about 16"/40cm square.  Can you see the cones with the big globs of yummy strawberry ice-cream?

Hope this works!
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