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41  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Yes, I remember how to paint larger than 2.5"x3.5" at a time. (4 watercolors) on: May 30, 2007 10:04:33 PM
I've been on such an ATC kick for so long, that last night I got inspired to create on a bit larger scale.  Not much bigger, but a bit.

Here is the first, it's called 'Facing the Music'.  (duh).

Watercolors and Gesso and India Ink painted on. It's 8x8"
The scan isn't good for it, the colors are nicer IRL.

And next, these 2 are both 6x6". 

Painted with India Ink On Crossword printed paper.
I think these would be striking in LARGE black frames in a modern home...for the word lover too (since they are crosswords)

And Last, "Purpled Picasso Person" is 5x7".

Purple inked first, then watercolored.  I'm going to do a few more of these.

I also have a few more in progress, but they aren't done yet.  I'm trying to spend my extra time doing something more productive than make mass amounts of ATCs.  These will hopefully be the start of that.

(thanks also to Blueskysunburn, for the paper I painted these on!)

Thoughts?  Favorites?
42  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Congrats to several CRAFTSTER ATC artists, featured on ATCquarterly.com on: May 26, 2007 06:39:57 PM
The new selections for the centerfold are up on the website!
IT's the flock of BIRDS!

Congrats!  I recognize at least 5 of the names/cards as being Craftsters!

These Craftsters got picked and are on the website.   Click here to see the spread.

and me!

Here's my card that they chose (I sent images of a few bird cards I had made).  This one was called 'Kooky Birdies' and got swapped about 2 months ago (don't remember who!)

HOORAY for Craftsters!

I'm sure there are more of you, I just don't recognize any more names.  Step forward and claim your cards!  Wink
43  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Fight for Power in the Royal Household on: May 14, 2007 03:59:01 PM
...there are some Marital Issues in the Royal Family; the Queen and King are having a bit of a spat; it's a power issue.

You see, the Queen loves to Rule, but the King thinks he is Number  1.  It has resulted with them taking royal turns on the royal couch.



And, unwillingly a bit grumpy, together (but still holding hands):

These are both done with ultra fine sharpie, and colored with sharpies and cheap-o colored pencils (faces and background).
I drew her one day (after admiring playing cards' outfits) and then decided she wasn't complete, so I drew him also.  They are on matboard, drawn separately.  I trade about 98% of my cards that I make, and only keep a few every now and then.  These are keepers, at least for awhile.

Thanks for checking them out!  Several of you have seen them before, but they fit the theme SO well, I decide they had to be used for the challenge! 
44  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / 'OPEN DOORS' postcard; one background for ATCs re-invented by many ATCers... on: May 03, 2007 08:21:40 PM
My church held an event in January and had lots of extra cardstock postcards leftover.  Since they had a cool Sepia toned photo; I thought they'd make a great background for ATCs.  I didnt' intend to make 50 cards with the same image, so I started mailing them out to other Craftsters in my ATC swaps.  I sent out 3 each to 12 people, who sent some of them on as well.  Now, there should be 30-50 ATCers that have them; so it's time to show off our work!

Here is the original card:

It's 5 1/2" tall, by 4.25" wide, so the image can be used in a variety of ways, whichever way that you crop it.
BTW, the card was designed by my friend and very talented graphic artist, Jon Simpson.  I have been released by him to use it here.

Here are my first 2 cards using the image for a background:

The first, "Aren't Friends Grand?" is made entirely from ephemera sent to me in ATC swaps.  Loot from Teeisme (the tag itself, with the handwriting!), RecycleMicol (gold trim and wax paper at the top right), and 3 others.  Smiley

The second, is 'One-Eyed Walk'.  Zetti head and vellum stamped hat, with a gold star on it.  The rest of this card is handdrawn.

Alrighty, lets see what everyone else did with their card!  POST away!

P.S. If you didnt' get one, I'm SORRY!  I'm out, and wish I'd had enough cards and postage to send them to everyone.  Feel free to make one using the postcard posted above, print it or make a digital!
45  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / A chef's hat, for when an apron just isn't enough... on: April 29, 2007 03:47:28 PM
My daughter kept INSISTING that she needed a chef's hat for some reason.  Today I used a scrap and made her the hat and an apron to match.  Totally adorable! 

I sized the apron from one she already has, and made it bigger, so she has room to grow in it.

The 'spots' on it are actually little gold stars.  It's leftover from a Christmas project.


It has lots of room to grow!  You can also see the lining slightly here.

And, both together.

I realize that would look 100% better if it was ironed....sorry.  I have an aversion to ironing. And pinning, and measuring, and basting.  Smiley
Oh, and the pocket doesn't look crooked IRL.  Okay, fine, I'll iron it.  Wink

46  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / 2 seam toddler knit halter top AKA "Twinkies are totally adorable" on: April 28, 2007 05:36:14 PM
Got this fun striped turquoise knit fabric for less than $3 a yard last month; finally got around to sewing it up.

For less than $4, and an hour or so of time, I got some Quickie shirts for me and the babe. 

Hers is 3 pieces, 2 hems.  Quick and easy!  I knotted the straps at the shoulders, and it ties in the back.  Headband is simple too, one strip of elastic sewn at the back.  She usually won't wear headbands (too tight) but kept this one on with no complaining all day!  Smiley

Mine is one piece of fabric, sewed up the side and shoulders, cut and hemmed a neckline, and sewn a strip of elastic across the front.  Super simple!

We got lots of excitement everywhere we went today, everyone thought it was adorable that we matched.  We both wore white sandals and shorts/capri's too.  Don't mind us looking a bit ragged, we wore them ALL day!  Smiley
Hooray for quick and easy sewing projects!

47  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Murals of kids at play (image heavy) on: April 20, 2007 06:35:11 PM
I've been busy lately.  This is what I painted this week (over the course of 3 days).


The climbing wall became a mountain!

(This wall is straight to the back when you walk in the doors), so the monkey is greeting you, and kids who climb high on the wall can also 'high five' Mymo!

The funky column in the wall is now a tree:

  You can see how I used the column to my advantage, and built it into the mural.

All the friends:
Mymo the Monkey

Diego and James (Diego is modeled after my son, note the Converse!)

This pic was after the 2nd day, before I finished the plants and they got a bit more detail later...

Emily and Scotty Dog:

(The owner's dog is Scotty)  Smiley

Sophia and Benjamin playing peek-a-boo behind the tree (no before shot, I'm sure you can imagine it.) The landscape wraps the column.

2 more kids will get added to the back of this if I have time next week.

Sophia today, after she got her polka dots and the plants got painted.

(The owner LOVES polka dots!)


So, that is almost 24 hours of painting time this week, done on 3 days.  I have one more BIG mural to paint in the back (a 'playhouse'), I'll post it next week when it's done.  Smiley

ETA: Here it is!

I finished it early, so I started ONE More mural at the front!  I'll post it tomorrow when it's done!

Designing the kids was the hardest part, we wanted them to be cute but not too simple.  I had a few hard nights figuring it out!  When I settled on a face style, I had to 'create' each kid; with a distinct ethnicity and personality.  I chose their clothes, etc.  The easiest way was to name them, and most of them are kids we know! 
I wasn't sure about them at first, but once I painted them on the wall I just want to pinch their cheeks and adopt them all!

Doing jobs like this is fun, but keeps me super busy; that's the big reason I'm not online near as much anymore.

Comments, criticisms?   Which kid is your favorite?
48  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / "Where the Wild Things Are"... on: April 09, 2007 10:57:10 AM
This is such a classicly awesome book, I had to try to draw it for you for the challenge!

"Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak, printed in 1963.  I got to draw these using references from my original copy I've had since I was a child (my mom bought it for me when I was 1, in 1977!). 

I drew these on watercolor paper, using Ultra fine tip black sharpie pen.  They are colored with colored pencil (figures and background) and I blurred in the background with a bit of watercolors too.
Both made as one together: (this one was PAINFUL to even think of cutting up!  Smiley

Both together in one photo for the challenge voting thingy dealy:

I used 3 different illustrations and combined them to compose the pic (one Max, one beast, one background) so it isn't identical to any of the pics in the book, but a variation.

Here's a few more images from the book if you arent' familiar with it:
--- http://www.timelineuniverse.net/images/wild_things.jpg
--- http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0060254920/ref=sib_dp_pt/104-6975611-5679907#reader-link
--- http://www.amazon.com/Where-Wild-Things-Maurice-Sendak/dp/0060254920

Hope you like them!  Smiley I had to fight my hubby to get to use the book, he wanted to make cards with it too after I mentioned it. 
49  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / I've turned my 3 year old into a Gypsy Girl! (Tiered, corset-back dress) on: April 02, 2007 07:31:12 AM
Here is my 2nd go at making a dress for my daughter.  Hooray for a new board to post the pics!  Smiley
Here is the 1st dress I made last week, from a pink sheet and curtain fabric.  This time, I decided to use BETTER scraps, for something more fun and funky. 
It's like she's turned into a GYPSY girl!

Mind you, if she looks a bit asleep, she is...she wasn't out of bed 3 minutes when I forced her into the dress to take pics!  I made it last night when she was sleeping...almost wanted to wake her up to take pics.  Almost.  Smiley

Front shot:

This time, instead of trying to do the 'shirring', I just pleated the whole thing as I sewed it.  I like the little pleats all over.  It's much less headache than trying to shirr it when I kept breaking the thread.  I actually used some pins for that part!  Smiley  (usually I dont' measure, pin, baste, iron, etc...all those formal sewing rules are too much work!  I did use the pins to stagger my pleats).

Corset back:

It's not as neat as it could be...I forgot I don't really have the strong enough needle to sew in that black grommet tape....it's a bit wonky, but oh well.  This one will mostly be another 'costume' type thing for her, to prance around the house in, nothing formal.  Smiley

Still, this one only took maybe an hour and a half, start (picking out fabrics) to finish though...and the MAIN part of that time was figuring out the back part.  If I just made the regular dress (no corset) it would be about an hour, I think.  I need to make these in BRIGHT shiny fabrics for 'princess' costumes for my kid's friends for birthday presents, I think!

My little cheeseball:

I hadn't decided if I was going to put straps or a halter on it, but it does need it, it might sag a bit if she gets too active, and we cant' have those nips peaking out!  Tongue
The elastic on this one is about 5 inches long, on the sides of the dress in her 'armpits'.  I thought that would help pull it taut without shirring the front too much.
I'm also going to trim out the bottom of the skirt, I have some deep purple ribbon, and some brown ribbon with turqouise polka-dots.  I may use BOTH, to really priss it out. (No bows though) I think I might make an underskirt/slip too, with black tulle on the bottom...or is that too much?
Oh well, we are having fun with it.  I like using the scraps (paisley is from my bedroom curtains, the big square fabric is from living room pillows!) for experimenting.  I feel like I learn new things and get better with each sewing project.

One more:

(you know, gotta post lots of pics like Vegbee does!)  Tongue

I can't wait for her to wear it out a bit, maybe with her black converse?  Chucks always make things look even more RAD. 

So, thoughts?  Should I make little cap sleeves on the straps?

(P.S. I did actually measure things this time around, so I can share my method to my madness if anyone is interested).  I didn't get action pics of the process though, it's too hard to do that at nighttime with my camera.  I think it's pretty self-explanatory though).
50  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Halter top tiered dress on: March 31, 2007 09:13:30 AM
In response to us getting this kid's clothing board, I thought I'd make something for my daughter!  I'm still pretty much a sewing newb though, so don't expect anything wondrous.  Tongue

I just used scraps from some old curtain and sheets, and based my skirt off of the 'skirt for twirlin' that Angelbum made, here.  I have to admit, I just looked at it for the basics and then did my own thing!  Smiley

Anyway, here it is:

You can see I did the whole 'baste and shirring' part for the top ruffle, but got frustrated after that (I kept breaking the thread) so I just pleated it for the other layers.  I like the way it looks, and it's easier than doing the shirring (for me at least).

And the back, to show the halter tied and the elastic in the back:

Thanks to everyone for being so inspiring!  I'm learning to sew by making random stuff from scrap fabric for my kiddos, and I assume I will get better with each new project.  Smiley  I also didn't really measure or take progress pics, but I could draw up a simple tute if anyone is interested.

I'm planning on making her several new things for her, stay posted!  Smiley
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