Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A bit under the weather....

I woke up this morning feeling AWFUL. So, instead of posting the cute little art that I made the other day (which I couldn't do anyway since I haven't gotten those pictures ready yet), I figured I'd draw up something instead and post it, to go along with my not feeling very well. Hope everyone else is doing well.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Scrapbooking lollapalooza!

Hey everyone! I've gotten back into my 'scrapbooking', which you can see that I've already started doing some of that here and here and here, and have purchased several new sheet templates (whole booklet worths actually) as well as some new tags and chipboard pieces and buttons and...well, anything I can find that I think I can make something neat out of. :) So, what have I made so far? Glad you asked! Below you'll see some of the new things I made from last night. I should have been sleeping, but once I start creating something, I just can't seem to stop!

Here's a cupcake I made. The tag says "Bliss". I wanted to put the letters for YUM on it, but I figured this would do better for now. (Oh, and I didn't make the cherries. That's just a little something I bought a few days ago that I was using to hold the picture up while I took the picture.)

This is a little tweety bird that I made. The feet and eyes are buttons. :) He has a little hook I made on his back, so that he can hang anywhere. I seem to like making birds lately. Maybe it's because it's spring and you can hear them more...?

Monday, April 21, 2008

Colorful Illustrations 93°C - Beware of this book...

This is very disturbing. Dani Jones' website brought up this information and I found it too important not to share with everyone else. Here is the link to the actual article where you can read the entire story. Apparently the so called 'author' of this book (and/or the publisher) have taken people's illustrations and interviews right off the internet and made them into this book, which comes with a cd in the back that basically lets you use their copyrighted work as clip art. This is an outrage! How can someone get by with doing this??? The sad thing is, the art in the book is beautiful, which means people will want to buy it, even though the artist will not get the credit for their work. It almost makes you want to not share any of your art or ideas with anyone...

Thursday, April 17, 2008

New header

I've had the old header up for awhile, so I thought I would switch it to this one for a bit. It needs more...stuff I think, but for now I guess it looks okay. Hope you enjoy it. :)

Some new Art

I noticed that I have posted alot of words lately and not a lot of art. So, here's some new art for you to enjoy. :) I drew this one with my tablet.

Friday, April 11, 2008

A lamp shade?

In a few weeks, Craftster is having a contest on making your own lamp/light or lamp/light accessory. So for fun, I decided to go ahead and make something for this one, though I doubt I will enter it into the contest. What do you guys think?

To make this, I took some styrofoam squares that had come from some packaging and painted them in the colors that coordinated with my room. I was in a rush, so I didn't let the paint dry, even though I should have. Anyway, to hold it together, I took several toothpicks and painted them in another matching color, in this case orange (in case you can't tell), and let those dry. Once they were ready, I arranged the styrofoam the way I thought it would look best and started sticking the toothpicks in. Because I was rushing, I accidentally let one go through the styrofoam and had to glue the piece that fell off back on, but if you take your time and make sure everything is dry, this would be a fun project to do. For now I have it sitting over my Glade light show light (which I love by the way), but it doesn't look as good there as I had hoped it would. I'd like to make it into a real lamp shade, but I'm not certain how to go about doing that right now, so I'll probably have to look around and figure out how I can do that with this project. Still, this was fun to make and if you wanted, you can decorate it anyway you like and have a very reasonably priced lampshade that you can constantly change to go with your decor.

Oh, and if you need some inspiration to make some awesome projects on the low budget side, check out these awesome Craftster creators. They have some incredible stuff that they spend $10 and under on!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

More Green art...

As I promised, here's the spaceship I created for my nephew. I actually painted this light bulb with my acrylics before I began making anything out of it. For this one, I glued on the plastic spoons first with my glue gun (after I had painted it and let it dry), then I glued on the pom poms in matching colors, then it took me awhile to figure out how to make it stand up, but I finally figured out that bottle tops worked fairly well for that, once I had covered the insides with tons of glue from my hot glue gun. Then I added the button door/window and Voila! A nice, cute little spaceship. :) Again, it looks alot better in person. Now I just need something for my other nephew...

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Am I going green?

It seems all you hear about anymore is 'going green', as in people recycling and doing things to help the planet. Rather unintentionally, it seems I've sort of started doing that myself. I've started to take things that you normally would throw away once they're broken (such as light bulbs and batteries) and started making art out of them. I haven't actually made anything out of the batteries yet, but I'm still working on it. However, I have made several things out of the old light bulbs I had. Here's one thing I made out of them this past weekend.

It's light bulb bling! :D
(It looks much better in person. Pictures don't exactly do it justice.)

Basically I just took an old, burned out light bulb, hot glued an empty scotch tape holder to the bottom (Just the part in the middle of the tape) and hot glued some old beads and buttons and other decorations on to it. My neice absolutely loved it, so I'll probably end up giving it to her to set up in her room once I make sure it's somewhere so that her or her brothers can't get to it and break it. :) And obviously I couldn't leave my nephews out, so I made one of them a spaceship out of an old lightbulb, but I'm afraid you'll have to wait until tomorrow to see it. ;) I still have to make something else for my other nephew, so be sure to keep checking back to find out what his gift will be. :)

Friday, April 4, 2008

Thrifty spenders make the best art?

This week, the craftster website has been doing a challenge to see what people can come up with by spending only $10 at their local dollar store. Let me say, the results are astounding. I don't know how people come up with these ideas out of nowhere. If you'd like to see the entries, you can view them here. It's ends tomorrow, so you can still join if you like. I might try this on my own, just to see if I can come up with anything at all. :)

Sorry I haven't posted any new art this week. Hopefully I'll have more next week. I've been busy lately and just haven't had much time to create anything much. Mostly just scribbles, and not very good ones at that. :S