Monday, February 27, 2012

The house now has something that I've been calling a Gentleman Velociraptor, though my mother suggested the title Philosiraptor, which I very much like.  Here he is, before he became a gentleman, trying to eat my brother.
Bad velociraptor.  Bad.

Here he is, all dolled up.  I made his monocle with a chain and a circle clasp, plus clear nail polish for the glass.  In retrospect, using a small circle of clear tape and then clear nail polish would have maybe looked better!

Here he is from the front!  I made his vest with real leather, bought from the thrift store.  I learned that using white glue on leather actually works remarkably.  His buttons are little silver thingies that my sister took off of a shirt and gave me ages ago.
I love this little guy!  Happy arting!

Friday, February 24, 2012

I'm a basket case!

So, basically, this was super duper easy.  I modified a tutorial from over here, and basically just watercolored the paper, cut it with scissors (with much fit-throwing on the way when I accidentally cut entirely through the mold), and drank too much coffee as I wove.  All I really needed was very thick paper, watercolors, and scissors.  I look forward to playing with this!

They look cooler in person.  Happy arting!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I did some babysitting yesterday, and they had sewing stuff out.  I spent some time making a nerf gun holster for one of the little boys, and the other little boy wanted to learn how to sew!

The dress is entirely his design!  Great, isn't it?

 I love it so much.  We decided that it was Slytherin colors, even though Poe would definitely be a Ravenclaw.  (Get it?  I swear, the whole post was not just so that I could make that joke.)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Here we go!  Art at last, art at last.
I made a container of Bertie Bott's Every Flavored Beans!  I just shrunk and printed out a printable of the container (easily googled).  I used tape to make the plastic 'windows' by facing the sticky sides together.  The tape I used was kind of cloudy, but I would love to try this with really shiny tape, and little oblong balls of tissue paper to look like the candy!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

I haven't forgotten you!  I've been working on a painting commission and my writing.

But I have an idea, fresh from Valentine's Day.

Empty boxes of chocolate work great for compartmented, stackable mini storage.  And if you have a rectangular one, you could do some fiddling and end up with shelves.

Real art coming soon, I promise you!

Monday, February 13, 2012

I built a centaur out of foil, paper, and pipecleaners, and a cheap dollar store horse.  He was hollow, so I snipped his head off easily, and the white hair peeled off of the head (I'll use that later).  The napkin paper I used was too thin and it made him look lumpy, so I covered him up with regular paper, glued all to heck.  I filled him with pennies so that he'd stand up, but I found out that dollar store horses don't stand up anyway.

Here's Andy Warhorse! 

He needs clothes and tweaking, but... anyhow.  Anyone up for Cambell's Soup?

Friday, February 10, 2012

I finally have new material!  Rejoice!  Applaud!  Howl it from the rooftops, but don't get in trouble with your HOA!

Believe it or else, this is all made from paper!  I got the idea from this lovely tutorial!  I've never tried quilling before, so basically, I just rolled the paper by hand without any sort of tool.  And it's not exactly quilling paper, either; just regular paper cut into thin strips, glued into flat disks and pushed into bowl shapes, and then I spread glue all over it to make it keep its shape. 

I sanded them with a nail file when they were dry, painted them, and glossed them.

The teapot was deceptively easy to make.  I just made two simple bowl shapes from the paper, attached them end to end, and rolled a spout and a handle.  The vases are pretty simple, too.  One bowl shape, one tube shape, attached in the middle!  Happy arting!

Monday, February 6, 2012

 I'm sorry for the massive amount of radio silence.  I've been brainblocked so hard, because I want to finish the floors and the walls before I bury myself behind an avalanche of tiny thingies, but... doing walls and floors is tough.  I'm maybe the worst at it, possibly.

Here's a mirror that my sister was getting rid of that is going to turn into a table.

 I added lace with white glue, and then added a bead of hot glue along the bottom to keep it in place.  After that, I did two coats of white acrylic paint, and once the siding is all the same color it kind of imitates the look of intricately carved wood.  It even kind of hardens. 

I glued it onto a cork, put my skull vase on top for decoration, and the end!  Happy arting!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

This is an idea that I've been (pardon the pun) sitting on for quite some time. 

To make toilet paper, take the cheapest, thinnest napkin you can find (or tissue) and cut it into strips that are wider than you want your roll to be, and wrap them around a thin straw.  Then trim the ends with a pair of sharp scissors.  I made this with the napkin and straw inside the cutlery packet for school lunches!

Happy arting!