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Showing posts with label tutorial. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Unisex Crocheted Hexagon Slippers

I found this pattern for these hex slippers on ravlery last year and love the pattern so much I have now made 3 pairs. They are an extra warm cabin slipper.    These are not for beginners because of the adjustments you have to make when making and attaching the soles, but overall these slippers are fairly easy to stitch up and a great way to stash bust your yarn.
http://priscillascrochet.net/free%20patterns/Wearables/Hexagon%20Boot%20Slippers.pdf



This hexagon slipper has a double thick sole and is made up of 3 motifs per slipper but if you wanted to make them into slipper boots just add 2 more motifs at the top of each slipper attaching in the front and back V and sides.
 I did take into consideration some of the other peoples reviews that have worked up these slippers and rounded off the toes on the last 2 rows by sc2tog at each end. Also the instructions were not that clear on the hook sizes for the different shoe sizes, I used a 5 for these pairs ranging from size 7 female to size 10.5 male. The adjustments in shoe sizes were made through the sole sizing. But if you were to go any bigger than I would suggest going up to a 5.5 or even a 6 with a tight tension. 


Thursday, October 1, 2015

DIY Haunted Halloween prop paper mache pumpkins

People are always asking questions about these wonderfully frighting pumpkins so I thought I would share some trade secrets so that you can construct your own. These pumpkins have been to h*ll and back and have the scars to show for it. I was inspired by the pumpkin ideas from the Stolloween site. If you have never checked this site out, go now! He has the most AMAZING pumpkins and Halloween props around. This site also has recipes for paper mache and paper clay.
This is the recipe I use for my paper mache.
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp rice flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup cool water

1. Mix the dry ingredients.
2. Mix in the cool water with a fork or whisk, adding the water a little at a time to keep it as smooth as possible.
3. Stir the flour mixture into the boiling water.
4. Allow it to boil for two or three minutes.

This can be stored in the fridge for a few days, just stir it up and you are ready to use it again. 
I find this to be the most creamy, non clumping recipe I have ever used.
 
These are the tortured pumpkins I have done over the past few years.




Special features and how they were created:
These hellish pumpkins have been outfitted with an outer dressing of cheesecloth and/or Kleenex over the paper strip layer- for the effect of peeling and wrinkled layers of skin, 
they also have chains binding their - these are formed by cutting lengths of pipe cleaner, forming them into links and attaching them into the paper mache
and I also added embedded drywall screws into their structures - you can use anything, this is just what I had laying around. 
Also if you look really close you will be able to see "foam strip" stitches that have been embedded in one of the skulls of the pumpkin - for these i just cut small strips of fun foam, crossed them and embedded them in the layers of mache. These will not be going anywhere. 
Once you are satisfied with the way your pumpkin looks they are ready for painting. I used a mix of red, light orange and dark orange, then I antiques with black paint.
Wait till dry and seal with outdoor sealer.
To antique an item is to water down the black or brown paint. Apply and rub off. This will settle the dark color into the crevices, highlighting the details.  


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Halloween Headstones DIY

It's that time of year again when we start our Halloween decorations and planning. This year we needed to add some new grave markers and this is what we came up with.

Supplies needed: *plaster of Paris
                            *water, bowl, and stir stick
                             *molds
                             *pink or blue polystyrene insulation sheets. I used 1 inch and 1/2 inch sheets
                             *Exacto knife, box cutter, solder gun
                             *black, white and brown exterior paint and paintbrush
                             *I used scrap lumber for my bases, as it adds a little more weight
                             *a creepy face changing pic from the buck store, Mine had a frame - I just cut the image out to fit into our design.
                             *liquid nails/ construction adhesive
First, we started by making some plaster casting embellishments. These were made from a dollar store doorknocker and ice cube trays. Just mix up your plaster to the consistency of a medium batter and pour into a mold that have been treated with a release agent. I used cooking spray. 
Now for the fun part .. deciding what our stones are going to say and look like. Carve them using whatever implement you prefer.  We used a solder gun - just make sure you carve using this outside or in a well ventilated area - it is Stinky!

We attached these to some 2 * 6 scrap wood using construction adhesive to weigh down the base. 
Then paint your stone in black. Wait for it to dry and add some white and beige dry brushing, to bring out the highlights.  

For the Myra Mains headstone, I used a face morphing plastic sign from the dollar store that I just cut to size and applied with contact adhesive. I added scraps of styrofoam scraps around the picture for dimensional accents.
For the "Not Funny Let Me Out" headstone,  the large skull in the center of this headstone was a cheap plastic door knocker that I dismantled glued on, I added plaster skulls and a separate plaque shaped piece then painted everything to make it all blend together.


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These DIY headstones add interest to your yard by using different shapes and dimensions. 
Hope you enjoy this demo and it inspires you to try to make them. 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

DIY Paper Doll Costume

 
This is my Halloween Paper doll Costume this year. It will be completed with anime doll makeup and a big red buffon wig.  

This is an easy no sew, last minute Halloween costume idea. Here is how mine came together.

Supplies;  2 pieces of poster board. This color choice will all depend on your outfit. I chose white as I knew I would be painting it.
                 pencil 
                 scissors
                 a formfitting outfit you already own
                 sharpie or other permanent marker 
                 paint or decorative tapes to color in designs
                 stapler and staples
                 elastic
                 straight edge

1.  Go searching for outfit inspiration, just don't go too long or too fancy. It is was easier walking in a two piece outfit above the knee than a long dress. This costume does not bend very well. Also you are going to be coloring this in so the pattern should be something your comfortable working with. 

2. Lay out an outfit you already own on the poster board to get your size parameters. Lightly trace around your existing outfit with pencil and remove. Now construct your paper doll outfit within the parameters you just established.

3. Remember to add tabs using your straight edge,

4. Now color or paint in your pattern and design.


5. Go back and outline your dress and tabs in sharpie.
6. Cut out your dress/ outfit.
6. Take your elastic and attach 1 piece around the waist of your skirt. so it can be slipped on and off. Remember to leave a little more wiggle room if it is going to be going over your winter gear. And attach 2 more pieces of elastic from each shoulder to just under the underarms. So it fits like your putting your jacket on backwards,
7.  Try on, add makeup, a wig and a paper accessory and you are done.
Ill make sure I get a picture on Halloween with makeup and do an update. I hope this inspires you to try one out too.
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Halloween Haunt - DIY Rotting Flesh/ Corpsing prop tutorial

Here is one of the techniques I use to attain the rotting flesh look on cheap plastic dollar store Halloween props. 


Supplies you will need:

  • plastic body parts or skeletons
  • cheap plastic wrap - it doesn't matter what brand 
  • heat gun or high-temperature hairdryer
  • wood stain ( I used oak because that is what I had laying around)
  • spray paint ( red and black)
  • craft paint (red, black, dark brown, white, grey and green)  

First, wrap your cheap skulls or bones in a few layers of plastic food wrap. It doesn't matter what brand. Then take your heat gun and melt areas away until you get your desired look. Some hairdryers may not be able to get hot enough to do this.
Hope this inspires you to try a new prop idea for your Halloween Haunt.
 If you like this idea remember "sharing is caring". 











Sunday, October 12, 2014

Halloween Haunt 2014 - How to build a Coffin Prop

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends and family. 
“For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


Only 2 weeks left until Halloween so here are a few more last minute ideas you can use in your Halloween haunt.

Build your own Coffin:
 I built this one using a half sheet of rigid insulation. I didn't really have any measurements to work from. I just took a piece of paper, scaled it to the size of insulation that I had, drew out a quick plan and cut it out. I used duct tape to stick everything together.
Step 2:
I had some leftover red velour fabric from a Freddy Mercury costume from a couple years ago so I cut it to size and used some carpet tape to attach it to the coffin. Carpet tape is a very strong double sided tape that is weather resistant, permanent and won't melt the foam. Then I used a hot solder pen to melt the wood grain patterns into the styrofoam.
I got out the paint in a black, umber, greys and white and just started painting thin washes of color, trying to get the look of aged wood. The skull on top of the coffin is a dollar store foam piece that I thought was perfect for this piece.
I added a few smaller cheap skeletons that I treated with a Kleenex rotting flesh technique. Then I added a few details like a bow tie and cufflinks for the groom and a veil with a beaded tiara for the bride. And we have "till death do us part - coffin project" 



Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Hanging towels DIY

After the holiday I have been lacking any type of motivation. It is like the longest turkey hangover...ever. LOl So to start the year off I decided to give my kitchen and bath a quick update with new towels. By taking a teatowel and a pattern I found here http://www.momtastic.com/diy/172615-diy-hanging-dishtowel I came up with this cute little stove towel.  I did make a minor adjustment by adding a button hole instead of just the velcro closure - just testing to see which one will be added to my Christmas gift list for next year.. ;) Hope you enjoy. :)







Monday, December 17, 2012

Ink and watercolor mini portrait

This painting practically painted its self. I started off by doing a grey scale under painting with black ink and water pens. Then applied a few washes of color to bring her to life. The shading was already taken care of with ink washes.  Hope you enjoy. Merry Christmas everyone.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Burlap and lace table runner Tutorial

I am not a seamstress by any stretch of the imagination but I can thread my machine and sew a straight line, which is exactly what is needed for this project. I already had the material and lace on hand so I didn't have to go out for anything, which was even better. Last year I bought 3 yards of this burlap for only 3.99 and the lace was a grocery bag full of assorted lengths and widths and colors for 2.00.. Trust me I was doing the Happy dance with that deal.  There are still alot of these supplies left over for any other projects that tickle my fancy.
This finished runner measures 13 * 64 inches.  So i cut my fabric 1/2 inch larger than my finished size, folded over 1/4 inch, iron then fold over again 1/4 inch iron. When you come to the corners all I did was clip the corner at a diagonal, to reduce the bulk and iron down and sew down with a simple straight stich.  Next pin your lace onto your fabric and sew down with a straight stich.
There are alot of variations on the web when it comes to trimming your piece. I chose to do a complete wrap but you could just add it to the ends or just to the sides. It is really up to you. :)
And in less than and hour you will have a beautiful addition to your dining room table.




Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Acrylic portrait step by step African child

I haven't been painting alot for a few months now, but i have 4 small open ended paintings that have been ordered and need to finished in time for Christmas. I usually don't take orders this late in the season, but the same client does this to me every year and makes it worth my while .. lol So in order to get back in the swing of things I did this very loose 2hr portrait of a little african boy. This little man was done on an 8 * 10 canvas board and just 5 colors UMB, alizarin crimson, yellow ochre, and black and white. Hope you enjoy.
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Monday, September 24, 2012

Doodled lunch bag idea


My daughter needed a lunch bag for school and so I went shopping, but anything pretty was incredibly overpriced for what you get, and being in kindergarten I know we will be going through at least 3 during the year. So while I was at the dollar store I found this "blank canvas", grabbed my fabric markers and turned it into what looks like a designer bag. My girl is so happy, even though it's not pink. ;) Hope this inspires you to turn something boring into something beautiful.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

In Her Prime Belly Dancer watercolor step by step

It has been a long time since I posted a demo so I will take this opportunity and share with you my latest commission. This is Maia, her wonderful husband asked me to paint this gorgeous picture of his wife as a surprise for her birthday. Awe isn't he just so sweet. I have known this couple for many years and was so honoured when asked, and in all reality who could pass up such a beautiful model. :D
Step 1: This is the third workup of the line drawing hence the 2 pieces of paper taped together, nothing fancy here. So I waited for a nice bright day taped her to the window and transferred her to my watercolor paper. The hard part is over. I think that probably my most challenging aspect of this project was the fact that I knew this lady and wanted to do her justice.
Stage 2: Lets add color. So in this stage I masked out some key highlights, like the glints of lights from the underskirt and earring, and eyes. The other highlights, like the one on her shoulder I could work around because of the size. I don't like making fluid and try and avoid using it whenever possible. So working with just 3 colors, quin gold, perm red and cobalt blue I layed in the basic patterns of her skin. I will be going back and adding more layers as more of the painting is completed but this gives me a bases in which to judge all other values.
Stage 3: Add some darks. I needed to add some darks to give a some sense as to where I was going. Even with just this tiny part of the painting somewhat completed it really made her come alive.
Stage 4: Building layers. Did you notice the oops that was made when adding her skin earlier? I had to drop her tummy back down under the floating scarf because you would see a hint of her tummy through the scarf. This piece is all about layers and really made me stop and think about the process. Her skin and underskirt would show through the sheer scarf in some places and the background would come through in others.

Stage 6: Folds and fabrics. This piece offered many challenges, the main one was the fabric and the sheer scarf. I needed to find a way to delineate the underskirt from the scarf, add texture and tie in the background. Not a small task. For the scarf and dress colors I used a mix of cobalt blue, cobalt turquoise lt. (this color is slightly granulating and was the perfect choice for just a hint of texture in the scarf), and a touch of paynes grey as I knew I would be using it in the background and needed that color to show through the scarf.
Stage 7: Adding the background. Using a wet into wet technique I applied
the first background layer using paynes grey, alizarin crimson and cobalt blue.
Stage 8: Final touches and done. Now it is all about adding detail and making sure your values and tones are accurate.

The finished piece is 9 * 12 on 140lb CP arches paper
Hope you enjoy :)