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41  Re: colored pencils in More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions by ludicrouslouisa on: June 10, 2008 11:34:27 PM
I haven't used prismas, apparently they have a very waxy texture. I'm not really sure what the deal is with prismas, I suppose it's cause they have that blending pencil? I don't know.

I've always used derwents. They sometimes do have slightly dodgy wood casing but I find that a nice new, non blunt sharpener solves that problem. I have 72, and they serve me well!
Here's an example of the stuff that I've done with them: (this is a combination of artist and studio pencils. I also have some of their inktense pencils which provide lovely strong colours when wet.)

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42  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by ludicrouslouisa on: June 09, 2008 05:40:24 AM
Photography really isn't my main artform. I'm halfway decent, but nothing special. More of a painter!

Here are some of my photos..I went to a poultry show.

The chooks were in cages so it wasn't too easy.

And this is a photo I took on an arts scholarship. One of the better ones!

My friend Em (not on Craftster) is a much better photographer than me. I'm often her model, because we have to have photos taken whenever I make new clothes Cheesy Here are some of the shots she's taken of me.

I hope no one's computer exploded! :O I like my images to be large..maybe a little TOO large :S
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43  Re: best hair dye in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by ludicrouslouisa on: June 09, 2008 12:10:27 AM
Hi Cheesy I'm thinking of dyeing my hair a crazy colour. My hair is really dark chocolate brown naturally. I bleached the ends (well overdyed it with some blonde dye thing, can't remember the brand but it was ice blonde. I left it in for the longest suggested time - 45 minutes, and it only went golden brown. So I'm going to have to absolutely WRECK my hair to get it any sort of dye-able colour.
I've never seen any actual bleach for sale here, like the powder one that you mix that I've heard about.

The light's a little crap in that photo, a bit washed out. My hair is like the colour it is in the mirror. With golden brown ends.

You can see the colour a bit better there. Sorry for superfluous pics :O

I have really really fine hair, and it's often quite greasy. It's wavy too.
I live in Australia, in Canberra. The only crazy dye I've seen here is Manic Panic. We don't have hot topic, and we don't have Kool-aid. Is it possible to use those liquid food dyes, and how would you do it?
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44  Post your fashion illustrations! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by ludicrouslouisa on: June 03, 2008 10:45:17 PM
So, this being Craftster, I'm sure that many people also sew clothing/knit/whatever, and draw pictures beforehand?
Well I do two kinds...the crappy ones in food colouring/pencil that I do just to remember my garments planned, and then the proper sorts of ones.
Over the past few days I did 3 ones on paper bags.
I'm 16, and I've only been drawing people properly for a little under 2 years (before that I used to avoid it like the plague), so I'm nowhere near perfect! I mainly do portraiture so unreferenced full body poses aren't really my forte.

Austere, Victorian Half-Mourning-esque girl's dress. I don't do feet cause I hate them Tongue

Yellow bubble dress. I felt that the background on the other one was lacking, and I felt guilty about leaving so much paper blank so I did all this psychadelic stuff in the background. Probably a bit of overkill.

A girl..wearing a dress...in a wheat field. Difficult pose which is why she's a bit out of proportion. Still, the wheat is cool. The green is a little less alarming in real life Tongue

So..now you! Post YOUR drawings now!
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45  Painting on feathers (image stacked) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by ludicrouslouisa on: June 02, 2008 03:25:38 PM
I'm not much of a sewer, my main schtick is art. However I haven't ventured into this board much because, well.. I have a Deviantart, and I didn't figure that there was much point.
So today I'm coming in here for the first time and posting my feather paintings.


That was the first one I did. I hated the idea that most feather paintings out there are rather twee and folky pictures of animals. Why not at least use the colour of the feather to your advantage?

I ran out of white paint so I chose to paint something with only black.

That one's a lot brighter in real life. Green scans badly. It's a Kaffir/Makrut lime.


This has to be my favourite, it's a branch of a loquat tree

I hate the flowers on this one!


A break from my usual style, just a bit of fun. This is inspired by a kid's book.

Well. I'll answer some questions pre-emptively

Feathers are ick! What do you do to clean them?
Well, if a feather is really dirty, I wash it in hot soapy water. However, this sometimes really wrecks the shape and gets rid of the natural oils. So what I try and do instead is select cleaner feathers and then freeze them.
If you don't freeze them there's a possibility that they might harbour these little mites. They won't hurt you, but they WILL chew holes in your feathers. So you have to be careful when storing these too.

And HOW do you paint these?
Carefully. They have a tendency to separate, so you have to be careful. I use a small brush and acrylic paint. Most of these feathers are about 12 cm/4 inches long. There's a tutorial here: http://novawuff.deviantart.com/art/Feather-Painting-Tutorial-52542510
Not by me. I don't use fixative/gloss spray cause I don't have any!

Any other questions, just ask.
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46  Horses are galloping into my bedroom and there's no more room! TUTORIAL LINK! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ludicrouslouisa on: March 14, 2008 04:47:03 AM

Basically people on Deviantart kept begging me to make a tutorial or post a pattern and after a while I bowed to pressure and made that lovely dun at the front.
The pattern was invented entirely by myself. Because I like to make things difficult for myself I make only proportionate plushies. These horses are about 40 cm tall (a foot and 4 inches..I think)
The tutorial is here!
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47  Help me dress in drag for my formal! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by ludicrouslouisa on: February 29, 2008 10:20:48 PM
OK..this sounds a bit worrying, I know.
Well a little bit of intro. I'm a 16 yr old girl, and at the end of the year, I'll graduate from school. I do not like school very much, and I'm especially cheezed off with MY school. So I decided my way of saying "FECK YOU" to them would be by dressing in drag for my formal. Yes. That's dressing up as a man.

It won't be too hard to hide my shape, I'm only about a or b in the bust, and have really narrow hips (my brother and I have exactly the same waist/hip ratio)
The main problem is, I don't know what a 17 to 18 yr old boy would wear to a high school formal...if possible, I don't want to spend much money Cheesy
I know this is weird, but it'd be great if you could give me some tips, or maybe patterns for menswear?

For reference, this is me in drag Cheesy
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48  Absolutely insane rainbow patchwork 7 metre circle skirt! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ludicrouslouisa on: February 09, 2008 03:13:09 AM

Well this thing nearly killed me. I went completely insane. I saw Vegbee's tutorial (http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2007/05/patchwork-circle-skirt.html) for one of these and then on a whim I decided I wanted one.
Now these things are normally for little girls, and I can see why. You go insane if you try and make one for a full-sized one.

To give you an idea of how headachey this was to make:
- most of the fabric is stash fabric, but a lot of it was plain so I painted and drew on quite a few of the squares. Most of the striped pieces are painted that way
- The tiers go like this:
Red: 14 squares
Yellow: 21 squares
Green: 32 squares
Blue/Turquoise: 48 squares
Indigo: 62 squares
(Total: 177 squares with dimensions of 13cm by 13 cm)

There is no orange tier because getting lots of different shades of orange would be a) expensive and b) impossible. There's no purple tier because I HATE purple after being in a purple house at my school for 5 years and being assaulted with purple.

The bottom hem measures 682 cm! It's a circle...and somehow I think the work was worth it. But I doubt I'll make one of these for a VERY long time. (My friend has requested one too! Oh no!)

The waistband is some rocking fish patterned fabric, with orange buttons.
You can see it best here:

My review of the tute:
Use it, if you have a lot of patience. It looks and feels amazing when you wear it, but prepare to scream and get sore arms from gathering. Making this for a little girl rather than yourself may also be wise. It would be a lot quicker and easier if you a) used a serger and elastic rather than a sewing machine and thread gathering like I did cause I'm cheap/don't have a serger, b) made the squares bigger and c) didn't feel the need to paint/draw on/colour coordinate the squares so much.

Thanks very much Vegbee for your tute!
I'd love to hear comments - too kiddy?
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49  Cock bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ludicrouslouisa on: January 23, 2008 04:08:23 AM
Did that get your attention? I hope so...

Terrible presentation I know (sigh), my white desk for some reason went a blah shade of bleagh brown when photographed. I couldn't erase it without making it look like the bag was sitting in a heavy fog so we'll just have to deal with it Sad

OK, specifications. Bag is made out of denim from a $4 pair of op shop jeans (I used the top to make me a pink skirt with ruffles - yes pink. Bleach and dye was involved)
The lining is an amazing retro cotton voile. Piping round the edges - some hideous plastic cord stuff (I love piping)
It's just a basic bag, pretty deep and fairly big. It can get pretty heavy actually, and around the strap I didn't sew it too well so it's fraying a bit.
Fabric covered buttons to stop the flap flapping open, and a front pocket for my wallet

The rooster I drew myself on photoshop, then painstakingly redrew the design onto a piece of sheet, painted over with acrylic+textile medium, then drew lines REALLY REALLY thin over the top with a paintbrush. Nearly killed me but man he looks cool.

(I originally wanted to submit the rooster as a Threadless design but then someone else's similar design got printed. ( http://www.threadless.com/product/1048/Punk_Rock_Cock ) So if I submit it I'll be hailed as a copycat and never printed, even though my idea was completely unrelated. And to make matters worse, the shirt was printed in beige so I can't wear it Sad )
Well anyway, enough of my whinging! I just needed a bag midsized between a backpack and a little handbag. Enjoy.
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50  I didn't intend to look like Alice (a dress in a day) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ludicrouslouisa on: January 20, 2008 03:09:24 AM
Well. I got all this white fabric with a Lincraft voucher, and "evening blue" rit dye. Trust me, if it's between dylon and rit, go rit. That dylon stuff ALWAYS washes out first wash!
The evening blue looked grey blue on the packet, but when I dip dyed the fabric it turned out to be this glorious sky blue!
So I came up with a random design at about 3:30 PM, and by about 10 PM I was finished!

(I had a photoshoot today with my friend, so many pics)

The front. It was missing something so I have a removable belt...thing.

The front without the belt

And I don't really have a good photo of the back.

Yeah, some bits of it are a bit wrong, like the seams sticking out (might have to go in with some bias binding around the neckline or something), it's unhemmed (the bottom's just selvege), and the zip and waistband don't match up completely. But I don't care.

Any tips on things I should do? And why the hell do I always make stuff that's so impractical to wear? Oh well, at least it's comfy and the colour suits me.

PS, the legwarmers are a reconstruction. I was going to school and I didn't want anyone looking at my leg hair so I got some sleeves off my brother's old skivvy. Then as I was walking, they kept falling down so I whacked some hair elastics around the top. Back at home, I sewed elastic in.

So yeah, pretty much it. What do you think? I probably need an apron, haha.
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