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Archive for March 2011

So I’ve been working away on a couple of projects but haven’t been able to upload any pictures.  And no pictures tonight because I’ll be at a meeting for most of the evening.  The two things I’ve been working on are transforming a regular year planner into a journal and then 10 postcards for a swap.

I have 5 (maybe) of the postcards done or at least started.  Probably only 2, I can truly say are complete.  The other are in various stages.  For the first time, I decided to try doing an image transfer using gel medium.  Yeah, that so didn’t work.  Of course, I was going by the directions in one book on the technique and those directions were completely different than those in another book.  I think I trust the directions in the other book more and we’ll give those a shot tonight.

I also had the opportunity over the weekend to attend a demo at Daniel Smith Art Supplies by Barbara De Pirro, which was all about Golden Products.  It was fantastic and a total information overload.  We even got samples!  Last night I played with the three acrylic paints we were given.  I can really see how much fun acrylics are going to be to use.  I’m also signed up for an acrylics class at Daniel Smith in May (thank you Groupon!).

Pictures and more projects to come soon….

One of the swaps I’m participating in this month is a bookmark swap – 2 for 2.  You send off two and receive two in return.  I actually sent three and each one was done with different materials and styles.

Left side – This was actually cut from a full-size piece of watercolor paper.  Another time when I had been messing around with my watercolors, I didn’t want to waste the paint left on the palette.  So I took a wedge make-up applicator and stamped the leftover paint all over this piece of paper.  I like the color combination and the abstractness of it.

Middle – I love to zentangle, so of course one of the bookmarks to incorporate it.  This was done just with a pencil (for making the ‘string’ and shading) and a Sakura Pigma Micron 01.

Right – I have a book called Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists: 52 Exercises to Make Drawing Fun by Carla Sonheim.  One of the exercises is for drawing faces.  So I took the basics of the lesson and drew this gal with her stack of books at the bottom.  I thought of doing something where it was covered in books with just her face peeking out from behind, but I didn’t have any ephemera of books that I could use.

I hope whoever gets these bookmarks enjoys them and I look forward to receiving some in return.

A couple entries back, I posted a pic of two amigurumi figures that I was working on but didn’t reveal what they were for.  Now I can.  I am a huge fan of Felicia Day and her webseries The Guild (you also might know her as Penny from Dr. Horrible Sing-a-Long Blog or Vi on Buffy).  I had seen on  a couple of blogs where people had made amigurumi for certain fandoms (Star Wars and Star Trek mainly).  I set out to make them for The Guild characters.  I also knew that Felicia would be appearing this past weekend at Emerald City ComicCon and I would have the chance to meet her and give them to her.

Here are the six completed figures.  I’m mostly happy with how they turned out though the hair was really difficult to do.  Each figure took 3-4 hours to complete including making the clothes, hair, and accessories.

Last Friday rolled around and we headed off to ECCC.  I jumped into Felicia’s line and my bag of amigurumi.  I can not even tell you how nervous I was to give them to her.  I was afraid she’d think I was some really crazy wacky person (heck, maybe she did).

Here is Felicia and Amy Okuda (Tink in The Guild) with the figures.  Both ladies were really sweet and Felicia said that she would give the corresponding figure to each of the cast members.



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  • Nichole: thank you so much for the card! I got the Margaret Atwood one....which i love because she was one of my favorite authors i read in college!
  • Kimber: Great postcards! Love the variety of styles!
  • Carlin: I am the recipient of the non-pictured card! Using all different techniques is a great idea. I don't know that I could have managed it. I love how all