Thursday, August 28, 2008

Pieces of flair

I've been decorating my house and myself with little bits of eye candy, some that I have made myself, and some purchased from stores on Etsy. For example, above is my Blythe doll all punked out in her new skull dress and barettes from Sugar Blocks.

From Berkeley Illustration I picked up this lovely print of a domesticated mantis. Her name is Stella, according to the artist.

A couple of t-shirts with insects on them (yes, I'm predictable). The one of the left is from Amorphia Apparel, the one on the right from the Essential Monsters store on Etsy.

Finally, something I made myself. The skull is from a nuthatch that I found by the highschool next door- I'm guessing it hit the window. Some patina, string, glue, solder, paint and sculpey, and now i have this creepy little necklace. I like it.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I *heart* Etsy

I'm in the process of decorating my house and myself with little bits and pieces that I find on Etsy, my new favorite website for little handmade things that I just *have* to have. Above is my Blythe doll rocking her kickass new pair of purple Doc Martins (as well as a pretty hideous scarf that I crocheted and beaded; hey I'm out of practice).

Also got this cool print that nicely synthesizes my research on the insect nervous system.

Finally, a cool-looking cuff with a porpoise skeleton on it. More goodies to come!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Bosch coffee table

So I got a crappy old trunk at Goodwill the other day, and decided to make it my new coffee table. I fixed some holes with wood filler and then decoupaged a print of Hieronymus Bosch's "Garden of Earthly Delights" on top following instructions on this website, which I found on the Craft magazine website. Basically you just glue the whole thing down with spray adhesive, protect it with a paper sealer like Mod Podge, and then seal the whole thing with several coats of Future Floor Finish.

The only trouble I had was that several wrinkles bubbled up when I put on the Mod Podge. I tried to smooth them out the best I could, but there are still creases. Still, I think it looks OK, kind of an antique-y wood grain texture. I also lost a little bit of the print when it stuck to the paint brush as the Mod Podge was getting tacky, so I put a beetle sticker over it- it fits right into the craziness of the whole print :).

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Animated GIFs


I've wanted to learn how to make these for awhile, because they have always struck me as being pretty funny. So today I downloaded GifBuilder, took a little movie on my camera and edited it in iMovie and Photoshop, and made my first animated GIF. It's silly, but I'm entertained.
(By the way, the whole point of the movie was to show off my new REJECTED lighter that I ordered from Don Hertzfeld's website; see below for what it actually looks like).

Friday, August 8, 2008

Cabinet Cards etc.

Well, I'm back in WV, doing a lot of housecleaning and getting my head in the game for the upcoming semester. Still time for some artsy-fartsy, though; I made this cabinet card from a picture of myself from this past spring.

Cabinet cards were popular in the late 1800s and typically featured a sepia-toned photo surrounded by a border advertising the name and location of the photographer. I made this image using a cabinet card that I bought at an antique store (the original is above), and sepia-toning and increasing the contrast on the photo of myself. It still needs to be softened up a bit to mimic the look of the real thing, so I need to play with some Photoshop settings to figure out how to achieve that effect.