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1  steampunk netbook (img heavy) in Completed Projects by sagaciousblonde on: November 05, 2009 08:58:30 PM
I got a cute little Lenovo ideapad a year ago with the intent to redecorate it like the baddest-ass steampunk netbook you ever did saw.

After a couple aborted efforts with veneer and some gold leafing, I switched to wood-grained vinyl, a sweet gear-patterned decal that I found on etsy, and added some silver-leafed gears and dichroic glass cabs. It didn't turn out quite as I'd hoped, but I learned a lot while I did this and have some great ideas for what I'm going to do for the next iteration...and, oh, there will be more steampunkish netbooks coming out of my studio!  But I'll admit, my little Magpie is quite cute and inspiring to work on.

Completed book - lid:

Completed book - inside!

The "Before" photo - with a Diet Coke can so you can get a sense of scale, here.

The keys, when I was making them.  I used some nice double-sided sticky graphic paper and metal leaf, and drew all of the lettering, etc. by hand.  They're not perfect, but I like it that way.

Profile-view of the finished book:

Thanks for looking!  I'm hoping my friends will like this little guy so much that they'll let me practice and trick out their laptops, too. Wink
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2  painted messenger bags in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by sagaciousblonde on: November 05, 2009 10:03:24 AM
I love enormous messenger bags and how useful they are. I love wearing them.  I love how so many people I know use them to make a statement.  I like personalizing my own. 

This is the one I'm carrying around right now.  It's not stenciled and was unplanned - I was just procrastinating at the beginning of NaNoWriMo.

Before that one, I carried this one:

This one was mixed media and incorporated paper into the design - which unfortunately wasn't as waterproof and could not go through the washing machine.  I ditched it out of necessity.  Happily, the phoenix bag is machine washable - I was careful to use paint that would stay fast.

(ps: apologies if this isn't the correct forum for this - I've previously tried my hand at making my own messenger bags and I'm not so good at sewing...these are some sweet, enormous, durable messenger bags that I found on amazon.)
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3  Lloyd Dobler Spare Tire Cover in Completed Projects by sagaciousblonde on: November 05, 2009 06:09:55 AM
Say Anything is pretty high up there on my movie list, and even more so, I quite love John Cusack.  I also drive a jeep wrangler.  I bought myself a spare tire cover sometime last year with the intent of painting something interesting on it, and finally decided on this:

It's completely freehand - I desaturated and manipulated an image to the point of looking like this, and then used a pretty stiff brush to recreate it on a bigger scale. Afterwards, I touched it up with a black permanent marker to get some of the smaller details just right.  (The hearts idea came from a shirt I once saw on Shanalogic, I believe).  

Here it is on Dog Texastown (the name of my wrangler):

Amusingly enough, the most attention I got for it was on the first day I had it on - some dude in another wrangler pulled up beside me on the highway and started blowing kisses at me.  But I've periodically also seen people stopping to take pictures of it when I've got it parked in a lot, or flashes of light behind me when I'm driving, from camera flashes.  Sometimes it feels a little too conspicuous, but he's fun.  
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4  Cutethulhu! RAWR!!! in Halloween Costumes by sagaciousblonde on: November 01, 2008 12:35:56 PM
It all started with a dream...and an adorable green miniskirt.  I've been taking mask-making classes from a local artist and wanted a challenge, and once I saw that miniskirt at H&M, I knew what I had to do!

The mask was papier-mached on top of a clay base that I sculpted (that can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/luminea/2956240251/ if you're *really* curious).  I painted it and made the tentacles out of a lightweight air-dry clay.  Oh!  And the eyes are lenses from a cheap pair of drugstore sunglasses. Wink

The wings were a retconned pair of floofy fairy wings that I basically tore and cut apart and reassembled with duct tape, wire, and more clay.  If anyone's read Dan Reeder's "Make Something Ugly For A Change!", I used his technique of soaking fabric in a combination of water and glue and folding it over the frame, which I also papier-mached on top of before painting.

Annnnd this is the result!  I had the rest - boots, armwarmers, camisole, and miniskirt - lying around, and assembled it for an unholy synergy of cute and evil: Cutethulhu!
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5  squares overload! mixed-media painting in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by sagaciousblonde on: October 06, 2008 07:21:22 AM
There's just something very zen for me about working on these.  These are mixed media pieces - a lot of paper, acrylic, watercolor, and puff paint.   I love experimenting with bright colors and making things (fabric, paper) look like other materials (glass, tile). 

Detail from the painting "Summer".

"Summer" - 2' x 3' mixed media!  It's hanging on what was previously a painfully bare wall in my apartment.

Detail from the painting "Woodsy".

"Woodsy" - 16" x 20" mixed media!  For a dear friend who nags me for artwork, mostly to encourage me to keep working. Wink

 thanks for taking a look!
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6  art nouveau style dragon painting in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by sagaciousblonde on: December 29, 2007 07:35:22 AM
I have an obsession with tall canvases and making a stained-glass effect.  This was for one of my good friends...

It's one of my favorite paintings.  Now, what to do next?  Wink 

Thanks for looking!
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7  phoenix picture and mural (in my odd stained-glass sort of style) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by sagaciousblonde on: December 21, 2007 05:18:54 PM
I lived in a fairly old dorm in school that allowed us to do whatever we wanted to, like paint the walls.  I'd done the following image below, and then decided to transfer it into a (fairly large!) mural on my floor.  It was actually pretty relaxing to do (and man, I needed relaxing!), and I used to turn around and find my hallmates sitting down behind me, watching me paint, because apparently it was relaxing for them, too.  Wink

The original image.

Our halls weren't all that wide (about 5 ft?) so I couldn't get a good head-on shot of the whole thing...the line down the middle is where the wall was actually split and warped.

And a head-on shot of what I could get.

I love the detailing that comes with art nouveau, which strangely got me painting in this sort of stained-glass style.   

For the mural, by the way - I painted the black lines first, then laid down a lot of torn masking tape on top of them, painted the rest of the mural, and then my wonderfully neurotic friends had a jolly good time slowly pulling off *all* of the tape.  And there was a *lot* of tape. Wink
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8  deadly blue-ringed octopus! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by sagaciousblonde on: December 18, 2007 06:11:10 PM
I love to paint, but I recently branched off into collaging layers of handmade- and tissue-paper onto canvas and then painting shadows and highlights on top of them for more depth.  Talk of blue-ringed octopi came up randomly at work one day, and so I went home and put this guy together in a crazy 7 hour marathon.  Behold!  His name is Cthulhu.   Wink

(I know the image is skewed, but it looked significantly better at that angle than this one - http://www.flickr.com/photos/luminea/828738407/)

Detail from one of his tentacles...and apologies for the flash.  I suck at camera.

My favorite parts about this: each of the little suckers on his tentacles were tiny cutouts that I layered up and then painted, and the blue rings are iridescent blue-green nail polish that I had laying around. 
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9  steampunk pendants (with moving watch parts!) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by sagaciousblonde on: December 18, 2007 05:57:40 PM
Man oh man, it's been a long long time since I've been on craftster, but ever since I moved back to the place I call home, all I can keep doing is prowling the boards and looking at all of the amazing projects people are working on or have finished; it's got me 8 kinds of inspired to work on all of these crafty projects I've been putting off. 

In any case, I'm a long-time blacksmith and silversmith, and these are a pair of steampunk-themed pendants I made up recently for some friends:

This one was a heart-shaped pendant that was sort of inspired by the Girl Genius comics - a friend wanted something steampunky and I wanted something appropriately girly to set the ruby in.  Oh, and the gears actually turn!  You can't tell because of the darn flash, but the piece is silver and the gears are brass (there's a second photo w/out flash here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/luminea/495738231/in/set-72157600208893365/). 

This was my first steampunk pendant - just a simple sawn silver piece with a copper underlay, and a brushed finish.  The stone is a lapis lazuli.  I love the simplicity of this one.  (I've worn the same simple lost-wax cast gear pendant for years now - I love the elegance and simplicity of a piece of machinery, if that makes sense?)

And that's what I've finished so far (two more in progress)!  I've got a whole bag of gears to work through (hooray eBay!)...which I am doing...slowly. 
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