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That Awkward Feeling When…

Hi Everyone,

 

Lately I’ve been very much into fine arts again. When I say lately you have to understand, as a child my first love was reading, my second was art.

But for many years I focused more on other crafts and projects, but now I find myself starting to collect supplies and wanting to draw and paint.

 

 

For the past few years I’ve slowly collected everything I need to do airbrushing and although I’ve tried a few color backgrounds I haven’t actually done anything that could be called “painting” with the airbrush.

My new project which is an underwater scene with a dolphin needed me to create a new background.

One of the last things I got was my duel action airbrush and a 50L air compressor.

It’s not one of those little cute art ones, because they are seriously overpriced, but rather the type of compressor that you’d find in a workshop. A work horse– something that costs half what an art compressor will cost (just because its targeted at artists) and last five times as long. That means its LOUD.

 

I have admit, I’m a chicken when it comes to anything “under pressure” I won’t even use the pressure cooker, (they scare me) and when my compressor switches on and off it scares the living crap out of me.

One time during today’s painting session I was filling my airbrush with paint as it switched on…

My face is covered in blue paint. *raises an eyebrow* Yes I’m jumpy with the thing.

My tattered nerves aside, it really works well.

 

But now we get to that awkward feeling. Yes. That awkward feeling when you are trying to work in a new medium and you realize you SUCK at it!

Its times like these when having learned patience comes in handy.

Because I know I suck at airbrushing

But I also know I won’t continue to suck at airbrushing. As I practice using the medium I will get better. I know I can’t get worse.

These are the first layers of the painting

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(ps: The Dolphin and bottom part are covered in frisket so it will be solid white once I peel the frisket off. )

And though I was originally going to do the dolphin and the coral in pencil colors I think I’m going to try and airbrush them as well. (the more I practice…)

I’m okay with making mistakes, I’ll learn from them and I’m determined to learn how to do this.

But tonight I plan on attacking my youtube app on my tablet and finding videos on.

-how to unclog your airbrush

-how to clean your airbrush

-Airbrushing 101.

 

Wish me luck!

 

 

 

 

Tips and Tricks Wednesday: Clean as you work

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I’ve heard many crafters complain that their studio is a mess. That they can’t find anything or they are embarrassed by the chaos.

There is a simple solution to this, one I use every time I craft. It boils down to one saying

“Everything has a home”

or like my dad used to teach me “Elke ding het sy plek.” Its an Afrikaans saying that boils down to the same thing.

When you are done using something, put it back where it belongs. Throw little bits of paper and junk in the bin as you work. Don’t leave it on your work space.

As you finish one part of your project, put away the tools you used for that part.

You’ll find when you are finished you have very little to clean up and your work space and craft room will stay organized.

Tips and Tricks Wednesday: Brushes

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Finding tiny brushes for sculpting can start working out expensive. For painting your clay creations and for working the clay.

I discovered that I could go buy a whole set of “Nail art” brushes and my local Planet Nails for the price of two or three artist brushes. Not only are they tiny for detail work but they are pretty good quality too.

First baby outfit for Reborn Babies

 

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Yay, its done, and in my searching for what I wanted to knit I found a LOT of pattern.

I’ve added links at the bottom to the patterns I used, in case you would like to knit them too. The flowers are small ones I bought at Herannies (a massive craft shop here in Centurion)  a while ago and I used tacky glue to make sure they stay. I only used glue because this is for a reborn doll. Had I been making it for a real baby I would have stitched them in place.

But there was one blog in particular that was wonderful for patterns.

Marianna’s Lazy Daisy Days 

She is a prolific knitter and pattern designer and several of her patterns are now in my reborn knitting book.

I have a hard cover book where I’ve pasted all the patterns I’ve printed that  I want to knit for the babies I’m going to be making. It lives in my knitting bag and it makes my life a lot easier.

You will notice that in the picture there is a hat but there is no link to the pattern.

*looks sheepish* That’s because bright spark here (points at self) printed the pattern and forgot to book mark the page, and now I can’t find it no matter how hard I search.

Cardigan

Booties

Reborning: Rooting Pillow How to.

When adding the hair to a reborn doll it help to have something you can put the dolls head on to stabilize your work area. This is what I came up with to do the job.

What you need:

Some fabric: I used a pretty Hello Kitty patterned flannel.

Sewing Supplies

Sewing machine (Optional you could hand sew this.

A large bowl: I used a cake dish that we get our cakes in. The cover works brilliantly for size

Rice

Batting

 

How to:

  1.  Fold your fabric in half (right side in) and use your bowl as a template to draw a circle shape on your fabric.
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  3. Before cutting put a generous amount of pins in the folded fabric so it wont shift when you cut.
  4. Cut out your circle (sorry about the blurry image)
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  6. Now take a tape measure and measure the circumference and the depth of the bowl and you have your middle part
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  8. Cut out
  9. Pin (with right sides together) the straight edge to the curved edge
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  11. Sew slowly and carefully. Make sure you keep the edges aligned.
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  13. I wanted the pillow to be slightly smaller than the bowl so I didn’t add a seam allowance. I kept the seam to about 1cm all around the edge. On your second seam make sure to leave a little space for stuffing
  14. Sew down the middle of the band so you only have the stuffing hole open
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  16. When you have sewn both sides, clip the seams without clipping the stitching.
  17. Now turn it the right way around
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  19. Start by filling the pillow about half way with rice.
  20. Make sure the rice stays at the bottom then fill  the rest of the pillow with batting. (it will give a more solid surface than the fiber fill and work better as a cushion. The batting part is the bottom of the pillow.
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  22. Be careful not to over stuff the pillow. Sew the opening hole closed well and turn the pillow over
  23. Now you can manipulate the rice stuffing to position your doll head how you need to for easier rooting.

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Enjoy

Genevieve

 

 

Polymer Clay Tools – Make your own.

Happy Sunday, Crafties

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Today I’m going to explain how I modified a pair of 10mm knitting into some nifty polymer clay tools. 

I saw this pair of knitting needles at a local store and they were pretty reasonably priced at R30 for the pair.

What caught my eye was the swirl pattern. It matches the patterns in my dotting tools

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And I thought having more tools with the lovely swirl in them would be fun. Plus any clayer knows that knitting needles make fantastic polymer clay tools.

So I bought a pair in the biggest size.

I used my pipe cutter to cut the back and tip off of one needle, before I remembered I’d gotten a gorgeous Dremel rotary tool for Christmas and I was making it harder on my self to try and cut through the perspex of the needle with the pipe tool.

Now you have to know, I’m still nervous when using the Dremel, its out of my comfort zone but I’m determined to learn how to use it.

So I put in the little cutting disk and melted through the acrylic like butter.

Sharp — flying butter. A shard hit my eye and I’m lucky it didn’t do any real damage.

(I get the Darwin award of the day)

Moral of the story WEAR SAFETY GOGGLES WHEN DOING THIS!

Other than that little mishap the rest worked like a charm.

I made my own little rolling pin:

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and with the other needle I made a shorter rolling pin and a blending tool. The tip of a KN will blend and roll beautifully in clay. So getting these needles in a few different sizes and modifying the will be on my to-do list.

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Oh and investing in safety goggles.

I used the Dremel to sand down the edges and a buffing tool to make it all nice and polished.

All of this can be done with a hacksaw – sanding paper and a soft cloth. No Dremel necessary.