Posts tagged "my own crafts"
This is a page from a lavishly illustrated copy of Meriadoc Brandybuck’s book Herblore of the Shire that was long held in the library at Brandy Hall. It illustrates the famous Pipe-weed in watercolor, with additional details of the flower, seed, dried leaves, pipe-weed pouch, and pipe in ink.
As I was painting this, I realized that this is the first Tolkien fan art I’ve done in about 20 years! I’ve re-read the books many times, but somehow never felt moved to art about them since my teen-fan years. The inspiration now comes from this Tolkien readalong, and “concerning Pipe-weed” is a prompt for the Prologue to FotR. I looked at some botanical illustrations and photos of Nicotiana Tabacum for reference, since Tolkien says pipe-weed is probably some species of Nicotiana.
(P.S. I’m new to watercolors and to photographing my watercolors, so I have a lot to learn about both!)
Bigger, Brighter Pony Pennants at Pegasus Pins!
I’ve redesigned the pennants in my Etsy shop inspired by the MLP episode “Games Ponies Play.” Both the Crystal Empire pennant and the Cloudsdale pennant are now BIGGER, 5.25 inches by 11 inches (approx. 13 cm x 28 cm), and made of BRIGHTER thicker 100% Wool felt. The larger size makes them even better for cosplay! I’ve included a pic of the pennants next to some of my pony toys so you can see the scale.
You can choose to have your pennant made with TIES or with a SLEEVE. Both styles can be attached to a wooden dowel (not included) for waving around like filly Rainbow Dash. They also look fantastic on your wall or dorm-room door!
See the Pony Pennants in my Etsy shop, Pegasus Pins!
Part N in my ongoing project to make little objects from the game Glitch: tickets! Nostalgic Glitchen will remember using race tickets to play Game of Crowns etc., Gameshow tickets to spin the wheel of fortune, and Diabolical Drink tickets to get that coveted wine of the dead from Hell’s Bartender.
I’ve included the images I made so you can print your own onto colored paper! Use a hole punch on the cross-hairs to make the corner cutouts. For authentic edges, use a perforating rotary cutter or the cutter on a tape dispenser to separate the strip of tickets.
I’ve also started tucking tickets into orders for Glitch Mementos from my Etsy shop.
P.S.- For another part of this project, I’ve been wondering: Did we ever see the BACKS of Upgrade cards? Do you remember, Glitchen?
COOKIE CAT PINS in stock at Pegasus Pins!
I usually make everything to order for my Etsy shop, Pegasus Pins, but my Cookie Cat pins have been so popular that I’ve made some in advance for the Holiday shopping season! While supplies last, Cookie Cats will ship the next business day!
Each Cookie Cat pin comes individually wrapped and ready to give. I can ship it directly to the lucky recipient- just leave a NOTE to SELLER when you order letting me know to include a “gift receipt” without your payment detail. I can also include a short message from you!
READY-TO-SHIP COOKIE CAT PINS at Pegasus Pins
We Are the Crystal Gems
This is my first try at this kind of papercut art- I was just playing around with Amethyst’s silhouette and I decided to do all the Crystal Gems.
I don’t think I’ve ever gotten so many notes so fast before I posted my first Cookie Cat pin! Hooray for Steven Universe fans! (Does this fandom have a name yet?)
I got so much positive feedback I decided to offer a Cookie Cat pin in my Etsy store, Pegasus Pins. I revised the design to be a little more show-accurate than my first attempt.
Here’s a direct link to the Cookie Cat Pin listing!
He’s a frozen treat with a brand new taste
Cuz he came to this planet from outer space!
A refugee from Interstellar war
But now he’s at your local grocery store.
He’s a pet for your tummy!
He’s super duper yummy!
He left his family behind!
Now available at Gergen’s off Route 109!
When I like things, I make them into badges out of felt. So I just HAD to make a felt Cookie cat to show my love for the first episode of Steven Universe!
The big question is, should I make this pin available in my Etsy store?
My Silver Cyberman T-shirt!
When I watched “The Tomb of the Cybermen”, a Doctor Who serial featuring Patrick Troughton (the 2nd Doctor), I was struck by the Cyberman logo that showed up all over the set. It looked like a simple stencil that would be easy to reproduce on a T-shirt. Here’s how I did it:
Materials and Tools:
- A T-shirt - I chose charcoal grey
- Freezer Paper - for making the stencil
- Pencil and ruler - for drawing the stencil
- Scissors and Exacto knife - for cutting the stencil
- An iron - for sticking the stencil to the shirt.
- Silver foil - I ordered “Jones Tones” brand from Dharma Trading Co.
- Foil Glue - Jones Tones glue is supposed to be extra stretchy and good for fabric projects.
- A flat paintbrush - for applying the glue
- A rubbing tool - I used my trusty bone folder, but the back of a spoon works too.
Making the Stencil
- I made a sketch on graph paper at the size that I wanted.
- I traced one half of the sketch onto freezer paper and used a ruler to square up my lines.
- Folding the paper along the center line, I carefully cut along the lines with scissors and exacto knife.
Stenciling the design with foil glue
- I laid my shirt out flat and tucked some cardboard inside.
- I ironed the freezer paper stencil to my shirt, shiny side down. It took some temperature adjustments and patience to make sure all the lines stuck firmly.
- I painted foil glue in the voids of the stencil. I discovered later that a thicker layer glue makes the foil shinier! I pulled up the paper stencil before the glue dried completely.
Applying the foil
- I let the glue dry until clear (it starts out a little cloudy). It still felt tacky to the touch.
- Laying the sheet of foil over the glue design with the shiny, colored side up, I started rubbing with my bone folder. I quickly started to see the silver pull away from the top layer of clear plastic film where it contacted the glue, but it took a lot of rubbing to get the whole design covered.
- I had some stray splotches of glue that made foil stick where I didn’t want it, especially where the stencil lines were thinnest. I carefully scraped the glue and foil away with the exacto knife. I decided to encourage some splotches around the outside edges to remind me of how handmade the stencils in Tomb of the Cybermen looked!
Ta da! I’m ready to ambush some archaeologists on Telos!