Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Crafty Characters and Sew On

While I'm in this phase of bringing you up to date with some of the arts, crafts and bits and bobs I have made before creating this blog I thought it'd be a good opportunity to show off these little friends of mine that I have put together, (mostly out of recycled materials);

This is a porcelain doll that I re-vamped for an art project a couple of years ago. My teacher was kind enough to give me an old, raggy doll he was going to throw out. It had no hair, no clothes, and its painted face was mostly chipped away. It only took me two days to make it something of my own by painting it a new face, giving it hair made from and old black feather boa, and making its clothes from old clothes that were going to be thrown away or were ripped beyond repair.

I used the doll in the project as a miniature representation of myself, and tied it to a giant green and purple spider web I made from wire and wool, to show my irrational fear of spiders!

This little fella I made simply because I love bats! A lot of people who have seen this say it's cute, maybe I should make them to sell as they're cheap (the fabric is just left overs or to be thrown away), and quick to make. This was my first attempt, so turned out a little lop sided, but I love the green and purple, (a colour combination I seem to use a lot), giving it that Halloweeny twist that I am so very fond of :)

The last of my crafty characters is Prosper, a weed-fueled net maker who falls in love with a human moth, featuring in a series I'm writing called Treetop Tales. In a very Gag Halfrunt manner I'll just say this; He's just zis guy, you know?

It probably took the longest to make Prosper, as I had to create a skeleton/ frame from wire, cover it in papier mache, which took a while to dry. The skin was actually easier to apply than I'd first expected, I used a skin coloured thin felt; but again the glue took a while to dry. Unfortunately I originally did his face and tattoo with a fine pen, and stupidly took him out into the rain (showing it off to friends), and had to re-paint those areas. The clothes were my favourite parts to make. You can't see on this photo, but his other ear is pierced. I have a keen eye for detail and wanted to make the doll look as similar as possible to the drawings I had done before I'd even thought about making a doll of him. I'd like to get around to making some of the other characters if I can find the time and the resources!

I took a some time to try out a few new photoshop skills I quickly picked up last night to make these photos a little more interesting. Recently I have been shown the 'hipstamatic' app on the i-phone. I'm wholly jelous as I don't have one but instantly fell in love with the nostalgic look the app gives to your pictures, so I googled to find tutorials on how to achieve a similar look with Photoshop Elements and found this brilliant link;


The video gives a really easy to follow tutorial, (and you can easily swap or change ways of achieveing the desired affect if you prefer), plus the man's voice taking you through the tutorial is kinda pleasent and easy to listen to. (So many times I've stopped watching a tutorial because I can't stand the voice over!) As well as that there is a free frame that they have the link to download to help you on your hipstamatic-esque quest. Well worth a look if you are into the retro/ lomography look for your photos.

~ Queenie

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