Montag, 30. August 2010
Inside a little bit of black nylon for elastic pockets and some grey felt to put the needles there. The opening of the pockets is to the inside so if they will be stuffed with thing the won't fall out if the needle book is closed. Hope it will function this way! You can see some of my batic dyed fabrics and some stamping with my carved tentacle or fish stamps.
There are a place for all kind of needles: Sewing needles, needles for small beads and of course dissection neddles (being a biologist, yes, this kind of needles also belongs in a needle book, just as a matter of principle!).
Samstag, 28. August 2010
She made me some flowers but being not the only one loving her crochet flowers I am runnig out of them. She already tried several times to teach me how to make them but it never stayed in my nerve cells long enough... Therefore I tried to get a little bit bettern known to crochet work and did some flower pattern I found in books. The ones I am showing you here. Mh... not one, you have to belive me in this, is as beautiful as Lachafas! But I hope I am now good enough to get her pattern and to remember her instructions the next time she is trying to teach me ;)
I think crochet flowers make beautiful hairpieces, cool broochs or clips for oneself, ones bags, whatever, are perfect to add to some choker... like I did with this one:
...and I will add some pearls.
Here are all three patterns I tried so far.
Sweetheart, I really have to learn from you!
Donnerstag, 26. August 2010
Another weekstamp challenge was proclaimed! ^^
The topic was: "Samtpfote" (german).
Ok, I'll try to translate; It is a literary / cute / poetical expression for a cat. At a one-to-one translation it would be something like: "velvet pad" or "velvet paw".
And I needed stamps for this. Still being with my fondness of "fishy" things I wanted to combine fish and cat. Also I though that something like "The biggest fish for you!" would be cool for birthday or other present cards.
Mittwoch, 25. August 2010
Just make a first layer of colours of your liking. Don't be to accurate!
I overlay the fish with silver and gold water colours. If you use the metallic water colours the colours beneath will shine through at sooon as the colours are dried.
Cut it out with a sharp paper knife.
I don't like the outlines of the paper so I make more "messy" ones. Just fold the paper a little bit over the edge of your cutting map or table.
Go along the paper line, scratching it a little bit with the paper knife.
All frayed outlines :)
I painted over the outlines again with some water colour. The paper takes the colour extremly well at the frayed outlines. I think it is a little bit like a darker surrounding which gives a nice effect.
Glued on black cardboard (not paper! should be more stable)
I paint the inner cutting lines black so there is nothing white more to see.
Put one a little name tag. You could also use other names, wishes, greetings...
Just painted two little dots as "nails".
The fish also glued on black cardboard for more stability...
...and cut out!
The outlines were also painted black as well as some lines of the fish body.
I use a white laquer pen for the basic of the eye.
And with a black laquer pen the pupil. The laquer pens gives a slightly shiny effect like the eye is in reality a little bit "wet".
For the 3D effect I needed spacer. You can buy spacer in the shop but this glued spacers are mostly white and you could see the white shining through the fish and the background. Therefore I just glued three layers of the cardboard together...
You see, three layers of cardboard is really not too thin! On the contrary!
And the last step: The fish glued on top! I put the glue direct on the spacers and press the fish carefully onto them. Because the fish is also layered with cardboard it is not to fragile :)