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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Fun With Hearts! on: March 26, 2016 06:41:29 AM
A couple years ago I was working on an apprenticeship at a tattoo shop. Unfortunately, I was not able to continue with it due to transportation issues. However, I was able to do a lot of drawing while I was there. One thing I found myself drawing a lot was hearts, lol!

This one I plan on getting as a tattoo someday. I love to crochet and that is what inspired this piece.

Just trying a different style...

I like this one 'cause it looks like it's popping of the page a little.

I like this one too, it's different and looks like it could be made of enamel.

I started this one but didn't finish. I'd like to turn it into a mixed media painting and give it some texture.

Thanks for looking!! Comments, and critiques are always welcome.
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / From Dream to Canvas on: March 25, 2016 08:55:04 AM
I started reading the Artist's Way a few months ago to help me try and work through my anxiety over making art. I love drawing and painting, but a blank page or canvas can bring on some major anxiety attacks. It's hard for me to let go of my logical brain and let the artistic brain take over. I think it has to do with control issues, and I'm not comfortable leaving my brain and letting my heart/soul do the work it wants to. I painted my first still life for the first time in 25 years that I have been exploring/making art. After that I was at a loss as to what to attempt next. I knew what colors I wanted to use but just could not come up with a subject. My husband finally suggested that I do something abstract, and I thought, well why not. It would be totally out of my comfort zone and could maybe help curb some of the hangups I have. So I slept on it, and when I was in waking dream I had a vision of what I wanted to put on canvas. The colors and shapes you see in the painting below are what I saw before be being woken by my son, lol! (kids, right?!)

I decided to look up the floating symbols and interpret them. And in a nutshell, the painting represents my desire to draw my artistic influence from a more spiritual place rather than from my meticulous/logical mind.

I had fun painting this and it was very therapeutic. I hope to start a new painting as soon as I get a moment to do it!

Thanks for looking! Any comments/critiques are welcome Smiley
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / A Primary Study Still Life on: March 25, 2016 08:39:21 AM
I have drawn in pencil, pen, and graphic marker for most of my artistic endeavors since middle school. I've even "painted" a drawing I did onto a canvas but I only used black paint to make a black and white graphic. I didn't mix any colors, and to me it was like drawing with paint, not really painting, but that's just me. So finally, I actually painted something. I was inspired to use the 3 primary colors to paint with and used some of my art supplies as still life subjects. (I thought why not, eh?)

I didn't mix any paint for this. The secondary colors were formed by the layering of wet paint over dried layers using stippling. I really had a lot of fun with it.


Thanks for looking! Any comments/critiques are welcome  Cheesy
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Jody's Loooong Scarf on: July 27, 2008 11:45:49 AM
Hello Again!

This is a scarf I made for my cousin by his request. He wanted a manly long Dr. Who like scarf, so I made him this...

Here are all the pieces I made. I did this scarf in pieces for two reasons. 1) I wanted to give the scarf this patchwork sewn together look and 2) I didn't want to have to carry this scarf around in all it's bulk!

This how they were sewn together.

And here he is enjoying his scarf in the spring of Texas! Lol!!

Thanks for Looking!
Allie B
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hemp For Your Face! on: July 27, 2008 11:38:19 AM
Hello Everyone!

I just wanted to post this little project. I have some acne issues so I decided to make my own facial scrubber because the ones I found in the store just couldn't cut it. I bought some hemp yarn a while back and since it had a little roughness to it I thought it would be perfect, and it is!

It has the right texture and ex-foliates very well. I made this specific one for my Mom.

Thanks for looking!
6  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Help! Help! Nursing Home Craft Projects. on: December 12, 2007 09:27:49 AM
My boss and I are trying to figure out some craft ideas for senior citizens in a nursing home. We want to volunteer our time to provide some easy craft projects. Some of these men and women are not able to use their hands very well, so the projects would need to be pretty easy to handle. The only two things I can think of are popcicle frames and collages. If anybody has any ideas, I would be eternally gratefull!

Allie B
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My first art projects in years... on: October 26, 2007 06:36:36 PM
So I have not drawn or done any kind of art since college (4-5yrs ago). The girls face is a portrait that I did by request, and the blue jay is a tattoo idea that I had. I used photoshop to get rid of the pencil marks. Here they are...

Portrait of my mothers friends daughter

Blue jay tattoo design

I think I'm going to let a tattoo artist take some freedom with it and make it more sailor style and give it some color.

Thanks for looking. Any comments welcome.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Skull swatch!! (Update w/ Chart!) on: August 05, 2007 08:22:17 PM
So I've been trying to figure out a sweater idea for my husband and was thinking of a cabled sweater or one with a skull and crossbones on the front. Then it hit me...a skully cable-like sweater. So this is what I came up with...

So now my hubby can have his nice looking sweater and his skully too! Any comments welcome! I do know that they are kinda hard to see but that is sort-of the point. I'll post the sweater when I get that done...whenever that may be! Wink


Ok, so here is my skully cable chart. For the swatch I basically did:

k3, p1, k1, *1st row of chart*, k1, p1, k3 Turn
p3, k1, p1, *second row*, p1, k1, p3 Turn

Get it? If not you can message me, but here is the chart(I made the dots purl stitches on the RS):

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Card Dealers Visor....My First Crochet Project (Kinda Image Heavy) on: July 23, 2007 08:23:58 PM
This is my first crochet project and I'm kinda proud. It think it turned out fine. I modified a pattern in a book I borrowed from a friend. It called for a snap closure in the back, but I decided to make it a slip on type visor. Here are the pics:

Here is the front view. Please excuse my no-sun-seeing, pasty white face.

Here is a view of the buttons. My husband and I bought these from a girl who made and sold them on the side at her job.

A good side view...

And the back!

Thanks for looking! Any comments/critiques welcome.

Construction of Visor:

The Band part is 10 hdc's wide and then you measure the circumference of your head and make it that long(ch11, *hdc into second stch from hook, hdc to end, ch1*). Then I took the the two ends, fold and put the RS's together and sc into the top loop of side1(closest to you) and the bottom loop of side2 to close the band off. Then I sc edge in contrasting color (both bottom and top of band before you make the brim). Sorry for the delay on the brim, but I will post that ASAP! Thanks Again...
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Hold Fast Collection on: May 23, 2007 04:08:56 PM
So, I don't have a digital camera at the moment and that is why I'm posting my 2003 College collection I named Hold Fast (due to all the interesting closures I used on most of the outfits). Anyway here are all 5, some better than others:

First one I called "Punk Pink", the top is made out of black jersey material and so are the arm warmers. The top has a sparkle NO sign on the front. The skirt is made from black denim and the godets are pink linen....

Second is "Tied-Up", the top is made of black crepe, blue crepe satin, and black lace. The back is made up of two set of nylon cords that are held together by draw string. Pants are made of same combination of fabrics....

Third is "In Charge", both the top and pants are a pink and black pinstripe. The shoulder straps have overall closures. The tie and collar combo is made of pink satin and white raw silk....

Fourth is "Split Personality", Made of white and black crepe material with crazy front snap/button closure....

Fifth and final is "Strapped-In", black and clear vinyl. The top has nylon adjustable straps with snap buckles....

I hope you guys dig these, I made all the patterns and the outfits in about three months while attending all my other classes and do all the homework for those. I feel they could have been better, but this all I could do with limited monetary resources.

Thanks for looking!
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