Saturday, April 24, 2010
I have a new goal, and that is to do a head painting a day. Just a sketch because I'll stress myself out if its a full rendered out painting.
Also because I feel like a super lazy artist lately. Half because I'm between commisions. I need to finish a mailer or something.
I have moved my TINACS to a different location. There were just so many of them and it made my blog look all confused to be a tutorial blog and a finished art work blog for my illustrations. So from here on out I'll post the finished product, but the tutorials will be on my blog thisisnotacraft.blogspot.com drop by and see the one post so far of my TINAC list, my wire medallions.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
My internet was out for a real long time today, which was a downer, but at the same time kinda good for me, because if I get hooked to posting, then I become one of those Blogger Boobs with constant 8 posts a day and I don't want to be that person.
But I do want to post something for Sidetrack Saturday, and my TINAC this week is a little something unexpected, it's called Wire Wrapping a Stone :
no, I didn't make this, or take this picture, and I forget exactly who was the dude that did.
this is what I put together. Took forever, my thumbs hurt. I had a lot of problems because A.) I didn't set it up right and B.) I didn't use enough wires to make an edge and C.) I didn't straighten my wire and it shows. I have to post what other people made to make up for my semi-disaster, so on with other people's mesmerizing creations before I tell you how to do it.
So OK, the cooler part of this is that it doesn't take a lot of material to do. It only takes some of your round-nose pliers (and whatever random sized pliers you happen to have around) and about 20-40 inches of wire. A Rock is also necessary, but in my case I used one of those weird little bobbles I've been making for the intent to sell (if I ever feel like my products are good enough)
Another cool part of this, is that a 10 dollar rock and about 1 dollar of wire turns into a 50-70 dollar pendant. Woo-hoo. Takes practice, though, this was a very difficult TINAC. I had a headache.
The only decent tutorial I found for this, also, was at a site called Tumble Weed Glass
all the other tutorials either a.) cost money or b.) have some pretty awful video on you tube or c.) some bland tutorial with not enough details.
It's kind of sad, because if you do a Google Search on Wire Wrapped Pendants, you'll see that there is a very fine line between something that is cool looking and something that is tacky. Very Tacky. That, and wire is a little bit unforgiving.
However, there's something about using a bare rock and just a wire that makes it an experience for me that surpasses the confines of typical 'craft'. There's nothing I hate more than having to buy lots of little accesories to make just one project, and I feel like projects like those tend to be money-making schemes by some co-op somewhere pushing Cri-cuts down everyone's throat. One of the reason's I abhor scrapbooking and I try to, at all costs avoid Micheals and Roberts and try to buy all of my art supplies from Home Depot or Dickblick.com .
So go pick up that shiny rock that's been sitting in the back of your closet, some old jewelry wire you were going to use for something way-back-when, and try it out, because it's a nice Saturday Project and its hella better than this chunky-munky knitting craze.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
This looks a looot like this guy I used to know in High School. But he'll never see this. I think like 10 people total look at my blog. Actually, this looks like 3 guys I used to know. Hm. 3 different guys that all act a lot of the same so whatever.
In other news, I do my best work when I am frustrated/drawn out. (no I am not talking about above picture. Maybe I'll post my other stuff...)
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Pies Baked in Tiny Jars.
I love Pies. I love tiny things. I love tiny things in Jars that you can give to other people. I also happen to love portion control. Why did it take so long for someone to figure this out?
Anyways, here's a picture of it after it's cooked and un-jarred.
The picture and idea are thanks to NotMartha.org and her wonderful camera skills. And here is the link to the Tiny Pies in the Tiny Jars. (http://www.notmartha.org/tomake/piesbakedintinyjars/)
I want to try this out, but my whole family is on a serious diet and my Mother is seriously doubtful about these because she is a pie purist. But it worked for NotMartha, it should work for everyone else. I also have to find a Mason Jar with the right lip, and my Mom is also a canning purist, so all of our lips don't work for this. One day. One day I'll have my tiny pie in my tiny jar.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
The other day I found the coolest tutorial for using wood inlay technique to put a monogram on your stuff. It reminds me of Victorian knick-knacks so I love it, and I'm trying it out with my brother's scouting wood carving kit from about 15 years ago. We'll see how it goes, I guess. At least see how much I can get done before I need to go back to doing real work.