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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Bullet TheoRy on: August 24, 2005 12:43:47 PM
Just a painting I did a while ago.. Assuming you could call it a painting. Stamp pad ink from the bottle, red acrylic paint, and the pointy end of my paintbrush turned out this:


click for full view.

It's based on a poem that I was writing but have since forgotten. Didn't turn out how I wanted, because I rushed it .. but that's life.
I have my own concept for this piece, but I'd love to hear somebody else's take on it.
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Give me advice guys. Haircut tomorrow! on: July 14, 2005 01:14:31 PM
Had a rummage on Hairfiles and OhDoctorDoctor. A couple of recent-ish pics of me, and the cuts I love.
End of school next week (summer holidays!) so I'll get my friend's sister to do me a dye job, turquoise/pink tips and underneath.

Excuse the bad pics and the fact that I look, generally, quite grotty.

! me now
! and again

- the cuts -





Give me your input, darlings. Oh, and a fun shot for you guys .. How I had my hair cut last. It was really short at the back, and long at the front.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Cute Things Swap - U.K. based? on: July 06, 2005 11:04:06 AM
I'd like to set up a swap for all you awesome people who live in the U.K.
As I've seen so many great swaps that I wish I could have taken part in but couldn't (due to living in England), I thought I'd put forward this idea and see how many people respond before actually starting one.

I came up with the title 'cute things' as a very broad term - cute things could include anything that anybody likes, from pretty much any style. Adapt it to fit your needs, and to what you like - even if you don't consider yourself a fan of cute stuff, you can make something edgy and it can still be adorable, if you add something as simple as a bow or some lace.

Examples of cute stuff:
Japanese style in general - Gothic Lolita, Decora, Wa-Loli, etc.
Anything with lace or bows
Brightly coloured things
...and so forth.

Just keep in mind that idea that this swap could be pretty much anything you want. You could define 'cute' as dolly shoes and stripy socks, or leopard print and skulls. Whatever you think, goes.

If you'd be interested, please post here, as I'd really love to set this up if there's a good response to it.

If the term 'cute things' does bother people, it could always be changed to something that sounds more flexible, like 'Street Fashion' or what have you.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Lolita skirts & tutus by Gobbolino - how would I make these? on: June 29, 2005 09:06:53 AM
My friend owns an alternative shop in Bath, UK, which sells these beautiful lolita skirts by Gobbolino. I would gladly buy one (so my friend would be making the profit, rather than if I bought them directly from the company) but they seem to be ridiculously overpriced at 35 ($63).

Here are some pictures of the style of skirt, they come directly from the website but I've uploaded them to my own space, so I'm not stealing their bandwidth. Wink

Gobbolino also make gorgeous tutus - I would kill for one of these babies.

So the question is, how could I make these? [I'm very interested in making one of the lolita skirts]. I wouldn't call myself a cheapskate, but seriously - if you see one of those skirts in the flesh, you'll notice that there's less than a yard of fabric used in total, and a bit of eyelet lace. Which seriously does not equate to 35 worth of components.

If you'd like to look at clothes on their website, browse the Catalogue section on Gobbolino.co.uk
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Morbid photography! You know you love it really... on: May 03, 2005 01:08:31 PM
A couple of photographs I took the other day when the weather was miserable and I was having some bizarro thoughts on religion. Please note that the red stuff is actually food colouring, not blood. But it sure does make very realistic looking blood, don't you think? Wink

I would upload them somewhere else, but as they're already on my deviantart account, I figured I'd share them on there. (Besides, the full sizes are quite large and I don't want you lovely people to have to wait thirty nine years for the pics to load.)

6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / A tribute to the 1-UP mushroom [Super Mario themed painting] on: July 07, 2004 04:20:28 AM
I'll tell the story of this cute painting right from the beginning.
On Saturday, I went to the nearest big city with my friends, shopping. I had a great time messing around, I got another cartilage piercing in my left ear, etc. etc. I then came across two or three "1 Pound" shops. These are basically the equivalent of the American "Dollar Tree" store, but there are more of them, and not all of them are chains.
I went in there, and lo and behold - I found some oil paints and an 8x10 canvas, both seemingly brand new. I had a safety pin in my bag, so I discreetly took a box of the paints, and pierced one of the tubes. The paint came out fine, not too oily, which I hadn't expected. I thought they'd have been in some stock room for a couple of years and were well past their best. The canvas looked pretty ok too. I paid my 2.00 for these items, and took them home, not really knowing what I was going to do with them.

When I got home, I suddenly had an idea. My brother and I have always had a love for Nintendo and Taito arcade and console games. So I decided to do a pixeled painting, based on one of the Super Mario characters. I was going to do Yoshi (the dinosaur) to start off with, but I thought that he would be a bit difficult, so I chose the lovely green 1-UP mushroom instead.

How I did it
1. First, I opened up all my paints and took the plastic off my canvas. I then calculated how many 1cm squares I would need on my canvas in order to fit on my mushroom. This worked out at 16x16.
2. I drew a grid onto the canvas lightly in pencil. I then shaded in the squares I wanted black, and put crosses (x) in the squares I wanted green. Anything else within those squares that was left blank, was to be painted white.
3. Tentatively, I got painting. I did wet next to wet on the first day, which was risky, but it came out fine. I left it to dry for three days, then painted another coat. I let that dry for another two days, and painted another coat.
Today I filled in the rest of the blue, and on Saturday I will do another coat of blue to cover up that nasty black smudge I accidentally made. As you can see there are some obvious mistakes which need fixing (crooked lines, smudges, minor colour bleeding and so on).

Here's the work in progress:

[with flash] [without]
Sorry about the blurriness... My hands are stupidly unsteady.  Angry

Next up, I'm going to do Bub from the popular arcade game Bubble Bobble. I won't do it in oil paints though, they take way too long to dry!  Roll Eyes
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cute orange spiders & skull shoulder bag! [photos inside <3] on: June 21, 2004 08:43:10 AM
My internet was down on Saturday [tragedy!] so I got out my fat quarter of fabric that I won on eBay. Unfortunately my brother has our sewing machine [he's using it to make plushies] and he lives a long way away from me, so I had to stitch the whole thing by hand.
I lined the bag with black felt, and appliqued the skull onto the front with what looks much like a tacking stitch [only smaller than usual]. The rest of the bag was sewn with a back stitch, exactly like a machine would do. The whole thing took me [and my mum, who helped me with the strap & attaching it] the best part of six hours. It was worth it, though!


Comments and criticism would be lovely. Smiley
[And sorry my hair looks a bit odd in the pic - I'd just had a shower and it was a little funky.  Lips sealed]
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Decorated "newsprint" envelope for a pen-pal <3 on: June 13, 2004 02:04:18 AM
I love writing to my friend Jude, and we tend to send each other decorated envelopes. Up until now I'd just really been drawing little patterns and things on them, but then I realised that I could do something really creative!
This envelope was originally one of those plain white ones from the bank. Please excuse the pictures if they're a little blurry, I don't have a very steady hand..

Comments are always welcome. Smiley
9  COOKING / Dessert / Galaxy Ice Cream Shake on: June 10, 2004 11:34:10 PM
This recipe makes a gorgeous milkshake.. I invented it myself, when I realised that I didn't feel like eating an ice cream [too sickly!] and decided to try something a bit different. Smiley

This recipe makes enough 'shake for one person. Double it for two people, etc.
1 x Galaxy ice cream [either just the vanilla kind, or the new "Dreamy Caramel" ones]
4 x ice cubes
a little full fat milk

1 x food liquidiser
a glass

1. Break your Galaxy ice cream up into smaller pieces, quarters should do. Put them in the liquidiser.
2. Put your ice cubes in the liquidiser with the ice cream.
3. Add a little milk to the mixture.
4. Put the lid on the liquidiser [you'd be surprised at how many people forget to do that!] and whir away until the mixture looks smooth. There may be some very, very small chocolate bits, but those melt in your mouth and add to the delicious flavour.
5. By now it should be a light brown or creamy white, and slightly frothy due to the liquidising. It should be of a slightly thinner consistency than well-made custard.
6. If the mixture is very thick, you can either drink it as is, or add a little more milk and liquidise some more.
7. Pour it into the glass, and enjoy!

Note: I'm sure you can do this recipe with other similar ice creams, too.
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