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1  Give the dog a bone... in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: September 15, 2017 09:51:41 AM

I made a few of these for the various dogs of our association from Jim's old jeans... unfortunately, Troy, our own furbaby, is not a toy-playing type of dog, but he does appreciate something soft that smells like one of us to lay his head on, so I may make a big pillow version of this at some point for him.  Otherwise, the denim-blue does look good against his fur Smiley

I added a couple of squeakers at each end for the fun of those canines that love to play with squeaky things (yeah, Troy is weird that way too - unless it's yummy, or an actual living furry, he really could not care less about toys, balls, sticks, etc).

More on the blog - pics and quick instructions.  Jim is happy that I am finally making something from the pile of jeans I saved.
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2  Re: Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2 (SU 7/26-8/9 SO 9/5) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Onyxnox on: September 15, 2017 06:28:25 AM
I abandoned the other day and wanted to share some pics of street art I found while abandoning.

First... I found this little happy face at one of the street crossing corners.  It looks like it had been there for a bit, but I liked how the leaf makes it look like it is sticking it's tongue out at you - I wonder if someone placed it that way.

Also, that street artist that painted the thank you nurses sign outside of our hospital was back at some point.  I noticed the sparkle was back on "nurses" - he added a gold glitter wash and it was especially shiny, and sparkly in the sun.

But across the street, between another hospital and the kid's hospital are these:

I am kind of in love with the unicorns, especially the first one - and they are quite sparkly too IRL
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3  Re: Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: September 15, 2017 04:15:19 AM
I would so love to find something like that when trudging on the way to work or something - that would put such a smile on my face.

I abandoned some pieces on my way to work yesterday - it was early in the morning, so the lighting is not great.

I abandoned this piece at one of the subway stations, on the telephone.  I chose this station because it is commonly used by students/school groups and is highly decorated as it is outside of one of the big museums.

Some pics here of the station and the sculpted support columns.

This one was left at a fence by a bike rack and walkway at my old university, which is also by the parliament and another subway station.  It stands out nicely on the black metalwork.

This one was hung on a sign at another hospital near mine.  They have lovely garden patches along the front, by the sidewalks.  This one is directly in front of the main building for their cardiac center - so I felt the large heart piece fit there.

At the children's hospital, there is a little sunken parkette and play area, with benches, hidden amongst some trees.  It is a nice, quiet oasis.  I hung this piece just behind and above one of the benches - a child can reach it, and it will definitely be seen by anyone wanting to sit on the bench - also, it is nice and bright amongst the shadow of the branches.

Finally, this piece was also placed on a bench.  There are large islands between North and Southbound traffic on this street - there is a lot of traffic, and these islands  have huge planters with trees, lovely landscaping, and lots of walkway space and benches.  It is amazingly peaceful - I used to go there and just sit and read in the shade - the sound of traffic just becomes white noise.  I left this on one of the benches for someone else enjoying some hidden peace to find.

I also found some other fun street art too and will post those in the original discussion post - so pretty!
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4  Resin butterfly tiles... in Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: September 07, 2017 06:25:59 AM

I made a set of these as coasters, originally for the Bird, Bee, Butterfly swap, and loved how they looked.  So I made another set, with some tweaks for the Art Abandonment swap as well, because they are totally something I love - resin, butterflies, nature, die-cutting, etc.  I felt that for the latter, they could be coasters, paperweights, sun catchers, magnets, whatever.

More about them, including a step by step tutorial of how I made them, on my blog if anyone is interested.
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5  Bee inspired - a mixed media canvas in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: September 07, 2017 06:17:48 AM
I made this recently for the Bird, Bee, Butterfly swap.  It is an 8x10" mixed media canvas inspired by one of SonjaBoo's pins.

The base is textured, painted with various shades of acrylic paint, and some stampings.  The bee is a gel medium transfer, painted, and the sentiment is jute ribbon, with die cuts, and painted.

I really enjoyed making this and am tempted to make one for myself too.  I have another bee transfer (I usually make two because I expect one to tear - and both turned out perfectly), but am all out of texture paste so have to get up the giddy up and go to make another batch.

More about it on my blog if anyone is interested.
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6  Re: Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: September 06, 2017 03:49:06 AM
I have received from calluna and am working on the pics now... will post them a bit later today.  I love the mix of found materials - such an epitome of mixed media!

Here we go!  She stuffed that box FULL.  I have some ideas of where they are going to go already...

I love these spool ornaments, I think they will look good hanging in some trees nearby a local art college.

Some different, flat hanging pieces.  I am thinking some more protected areas for these.

The latter is one of my faves - love the colours, layers, and imagery. 

Thanks calluna!
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7  Lucky Pennies.... in Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: September 02, 2017 07:05:44 PM
I made these earlier in the summer with the intention of doing an art abandonment project to celebrate Canada's 150th.  Mainly because I love art abandonment, mixed media, remaking things, the penny has the maple leaf on it, and Canada, and also because the government did away with the penny a few years ago so you don't find a lucky penny as often as you used to!

Every time I used to see a random penny on the sidewalk I always thought of the little poem,

Find a penny,
pick it up.
All day long,
You'll have good luck.

I thought it would be cool to alter pennies to turn  them into official lucky pennies...

More about them here on my blog if anyone is interested.

These I want to drop where someone could use a bit of luck or fun whimsy - at the university, around some of the hospitals, on a commute...

I also made some that were more overtly in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

A bit more about these pennies here if you are interested!

I plan on dropping these more where there are touristy landmarks.
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8  What's the buzz? in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: September 02, 2017 02:21:37 AM

I made these recently for SonjaBoo as part of the Bird, Bee, and Butterfly swap.  This is a peyote stitch honeycomb pendent I made with Delica beads - based on a Pin.  I added a couple of bead loops to the sides for jump rings, to hang off a neck wire.  More about it on my blog is anyone is interested.

I also made another version with some slightly different colours to make a brooch.  I used blue tinted beads for the wings because I felt that would make them a bit more visible than clear beads.

More about the brooch if anyone is interested...
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9  Re: Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2 (SU 7/26-8/9 SO 9/5) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Onyxnox on: August 24, 2017 07:34:47 AM
It must be paint - they have been there since May and while they are a bit more worn and dull, still very prominent.  He has done so many sidewalk pieces - I have actually seen him painting before - he's pretty recognizable when he is wearing his mirrored jacket.  He did a beautiful tribute to Manchester after the terror attack there too.

I shipped - and added a few of my lucky pennies to the shipment.

Here is an in-progress shot of what I made...

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10  Re: 4x6 Mid-Summer Art 2017 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: August 18, 2017 11:54:09 AM
I received from my two partners and just took the pics...

From dfabbric - a totally cool piece of layered paper cutting, sandwiched between fabric and framed by patterned paper.  Outside the box and awesome!  It is a lovely fairy scene.

and from whatthepuck, a lovely painted kitty silhouette - the only kind of cat I can have is a crafted cat - so I love it Smiley
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