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One more

needlefelted monster

So I finished the rest of the fluffy wool and made this little guy. 10 inches or thereabouts. Needle felted wool onto cotton. Going to move onto something else tomorrow because I think I have done enough jabbing for now, heh! Times-a-ticking, and there are so many other projects I want to get underway. See, this is why I can never develop a “style” as such, because I am always exploring and experimenting. Which is good, right? Art always changes and reforms into more art……but sometimes I feel like it would be nice to have a recognised *thing* going on. Then the serious moment passes and I’m all about the fun again 😀

 

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That look though…..

doll1This is what happens when you decide to try something adventurous in doll making. You get *that* look. I swear, if this little sweetie could talk, ha! Its the hair….I did bad things to the hair.

Lemme explain…..so I was trying to make a doll, and couldn’t decide what to do for the hair. I looked on YouTube, and tried some of the wool/yarn hair tutorials, and nothing looked right on her. Then I discovered quite by accident, that if you actually took a brush to the wool (yarn), it went all fluffy and wispy. Nice. So next thing I know, I’m sitting in a pool of red wispy fluff, looking like some tragic accident has happened, and I couldn’t find a way of attaching the fluff to the head. Infuriating.

Off on a tangent slightly, but related to this post……during my research, I discovered that people use a special needle to jab into these wispy bits of fluff and they make all sorts of pretty things. I haven’t tried needle felting in my life, so I laid the doll aside and went to buy a “special” needle, thinking, well I may as well try to make something with all this red fluff. A nice heart or something.

red needlefelted thingYeah…..not quite what I had in mind.

So! I used my special barbed needle (yes it has barbs on it, and yes if you poke yourself it hurts a lot!) and I basically jabbed the red fluff onto the dolls head. And it stays on! I doubt this is what they mean by needle felting, and I daresay I have possibly ruined my needle by jabbing into cloth, but….hey I may have discovered a new thing!

doll2That face though…..honestly, she looks a little bit like Amy Winehouse don’t you think? Poor thing getting jabbed in the head, no wonder she looks a bit fed up!

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DIY Fabric printing…..

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So! Having got some ideas of what to do with the scrapbook paper from yesterday, I am now working on cards and a book cover. I got to thinking how pretty the paper would look as a fabric, and wondered how to transfer it over.

I headed over to YouTube and Pinterest for ideas, and spend most of the day being lost in in the pretties (!) Many tutorials involved special glue or gels – none of which I have, but there were a few tut’s on using your printer. I balked at that – my printer is old and probably wouldn’t cope with shoving fabric in it, haha!

So I did it anyway…..

What I did was tape some plain white cotton fabric onto some cardboard for stability, and fed that through as “speciality paper” so the printer would just think it was being used effectively! (one has to keep ones techno gadgets happy otherwise they rebel)

Naturally I didn’t take pics of the process because I was too busy hovering nervously over the darn machine, hoping to goodness it would actually pull through ok, and not detect the fact I was using it improperly!

Here are the results of my first go:

 

Papertofabric

The scrapbook paper is beneath the fabric that I made it into. I uploaded a picture of the scrapbook paper to the laptop, and printed it off just like normal. The print is larger on the fabric because the photo I took was a close up, not the entire square of paper. (I’m thinking I need to do a show and tell at some point!)

Next I tore up some papers to make a faux patchwork look……this is the paper when it was glued down:

Green patchwork paper

I glued it down then made little stitch marks with a marker pen. And here is the fabric as a result:

papertofabricgreen

Pretty darn cool, huh? (The pic at the top of this post is my icon on fabric too!) One word of caution though – it uses up ink like billy-o, seriously, I’m only doing this experiment and that’s it, haha!) I have no ink left. Plus the ink runs and blurs when wet……I found this out when ironing it and a drop of water spilled out from the iron! Oh well. It was fun. 😀 If you would like a full How To, let me know. I promise it won’t be green (she says realising how green this post is!)

 

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Hmmmm….Scrapbook papers

So I was in the poundshop looking at their range of pretty papers when my phone rang. Normally I would never answer it, (nothing interrupts my stationery shopping!) but on this occasion I did answer it – and lo and behold, after the conversation I found myself leaving the checkout, having bought 4 pads of scrapbooking paper! (This is why nothing should be interrupting my stationery shopping!)

pretty papers

Now I am not a scrapbooker. I don’t do cards, or layouts, and don’t have the fancy punches etc required. If I ever need pretty paper for something, I tend to paint my own since its not something I use very often at all. So I’m sitting here wondering what to use them for (btw, is it normally as stiff as cardboard? I tried to make paper beads but its really not that flexible)

I looked at my little characters I was painting and wondered if I could use the paper for that…..so I tried this:

girl suprisewhere I drew items of clothing on the paper and cut them out. Kindof like a paper doll idea. The face, hair, legs, and hands (badly drawn hands, heh!) are just paint and coloured pencil. To pull it all together I scribbled round it with black ink pen. Its alright, but….y’know…..its not really my style.

I tried another one

sleepyheadAgain, wonky perspective with the PJ’s, but hey…its been a while since I played, haha!

So given that the paper is so stiff, I wondered if anyone out there had any ideas on what to use this stuff for?

P.S. My phone is being left at home on the next stationery mission!

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Oh…..

Well it seems that I have been very remiss in my posting here, despite the fact that I got a new laptop! Lemme explain….

I tried to make a video for YouTube, because I thought that chatting on screen would make me oh-so confident (because really I am incredibly shy and introverted), so I made it, and made a thumbnail like this, which I thought was terribly clever!

YT Thumbnail Papercraft

Then I thought it was really cheesy and horrible and nobody would watch someone playing with scrap paper, and so I deleted it. Even that gleeful look on my face makes me cringe, haha!

So! Having decided that I wasn’t going to be a YouTube star after all, I cleared up all my arty crafty stuff and fixed up my room for making a study of sorts (being a student in August an’ all), then I got all dismayed at not being able to do arty stuff, retrieved all my  materials, and proceeded to organise them into boxes *properly*.

So that’s where I’m at right now. Organising and sorting. I’m thinking I can actually combine the crafting stuff with student life, because I can make stationery, folders, planners, and notebooks! So its a win win all round! Go me and my cheesy grin! 🙂

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Egg Head Doll

EggHead Doll2

Hello! I decided to make something different today, rather than paint. I was in the mood for getting messy with fabric but didn’t know what to make – I thought a doll would be safe enough. This doll was made with a styrofoam egg shape, turned upside down and painted. (I think I’m all so very clever for thinking they look like heads!) Pipe cleaners (or chenille sticks, as they are now called) for the body and limbs, wool/thread wrapped all over and some hand dyed fabric for the skirt. I used mohair wool for the hair, and a piece of silky material for the headscarf. As yet she has no face…..I am scared to do a face because I haven’t practised enough on dolls and I don’t want to ruin her! I think she looks fine without one really…..ha!

EggHead Doll3

I love that you can bend the pipe cleaners in any way, so that she can take on different positions. I’m looking at her face now thinking I should have done a second coat of paint. Ah well, the next one – its all about the experimentation. 🙂

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Fun with a gun (Glue gun, that is!)

button-lampshade

So my hot glue gun that I ordered finally arrived, and so I had to try it out. I embarked on a ridiculous project involving sticking buttons onto a boring lampshade. This project is all over the internet and I wanted something quick and easy to practice with.

Lemme tell ya – its called a HOT glue gun for a reason. And reason clearly left me alone as I began sticking those darned buttons all over the shade – the glue seeps up between the tiny holes and burns…oh boy does it burn! So I was kind of stick-press-ouch!, stick, press, ouch! a fair amount of the time, until I got myself a thimble to protect my finger.

So anyway, it got finished and looks nice enough for a craft room. (Please excuse the bad paint job between the ceiling and wall in the background there….cutting in has never been my strong point and I haven’t painted the ceiling yet…..)

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Recycled Brown Paper Notebook

Hello, Happy Monday to you all 🙂 Today I made myself a little notebook, just because……

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I don’t need another notebook, but I couldn’t bear to see the huge amount of brown packing paper that was scrunched up ready to go out to the bin. I mean, it was a huge pile…..so I tore it up into strips (easy as it was already perforated), and ironed it. Yes I do iron sometimes….haha!

ironing-paper

After I ironed it, I folded it up into signatures

signatures

Then sewed along the edges to make the pages secure….one single page wasn’t thick enough, so I doubled them up.

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After that I put a few signatures together and sewed up the middle so that it would fold over nicely

sewing-middle

I glued some tissue paper onto the cover to make it….pretty, and placed contact paper over that so it would lie flat. It kind of detracts from the whole recycling thing, using contact paper, but I want to take this out in public and I’m sure nobody wants bits of tissue paper floating around their head, haha!

notebook-final

So there we are – a hand made little book 31 pages thick, and measuring 7 x 7 inches.

P.S My writing is atrocious, I know.

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Tissue Paper Dyed Fabric

Whoot!! I am so excited to get this post out – the first *proper* one of the year (thank goodness) I had an empty house today so got busybusy!

Ok, so this is fabric dyed with bleeding tissue paper. The fabric is actually a white duvet cover that has been laundered to within an inch of its life (charity shop purchase, £1.00. Loving the recycling and giving it another life, but y’know, I’m a bit OCD with the “launderation” of these things.

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Isn’t this so pretty? Against the orange wall and the light coming in from the window on the left. Oh yes, loving this! (P.S there is nobody under there, I swear)

Here are the steps if you want to try this yourself:

tissue-paper-and-cloth

Get yourself some white fabric and some bleeding tissue paper (I got mine from the poundshop at….well, £1.00, obviously!) Also, we are dealing with water here, so get some waterproof covering for your table, like plastic bags or a large bin bag for refuse. Even if you cover your surface with paper, you can end up with very pretty paper for another project!

wet-flat

You can just keep it one colour or loads of different colours if you want. Remember it bleeds so you don’t want muddy bleugh colours. Wet it down and flatten with a roller

flatten-and-roll

I used a spare roller that I had from painting the wall, but a rolling pin, bottle of water, can of beans works just as well.

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Keep folding and flattening until its like this, and then leave it for a couple of hours so the tissue paper soaks in.

(The next step is going to be a bit messy, so grab some gloves if you don’t want inky fingers!)

Unroll the cloth and dry with a hairdryer. (Or you could leave it overnight to air dry) The hairdryer dries the tissue paper and also seals in the colour. DO NOT TUMBLE DRY. Tumble drying this project will cause fire! I will not be buying you a new tumble dryer or a new house if you do. Sorry for the bossy voice, but three guesses why I don’t have a tumble dryer……

Anyway, moving on……you take your newly coloured and dried cloth and iron it. This again seals the colour – although its not totally waterproof. I mean….the colour won’t run if it gets splashed, but don’t go sewing up a bathing costume or anything. 🙂

Close ups of the colours….

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So there you have it. Unique fabric that you can cut and sew to your little hearts content. 😀

 

 

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Making cakes

getting my ckes in a row

Not baking, making.

I’m getting nitchy to do something else now. *sigh* I wish I could be consistent and turn out one thing all the time, instead of chopping and changing direction. It drives me nuts, but then being creative is a process of learning and exploration I suppose. And I have so many ideas to bring to life, my brain is fizzling. This is why I’m dragging my heels over having a shop – it would be like a Bazaar. An online version of the Doom Room, haha!