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Tree Painting

Tree Painting

I made this painting for a friend who’s been asking for a tree painting FOREVER! 🙂 When she was my partner in a swap, I knew I had to paint a tree for her. I’m not a very good painter, but I like mixed media crafts. So I tried my best to paint a tree (acrylic paint on thick, textured scrapbooking paper) and I added embossed leaves and embroidered the trunk to add texture. I decorated the edge of the paper with a zigzag stitch (done with the sewing machine) to tie it all together.

Tree Painting (Trunk)

Tree Painting (Trunk)

Tree Painting (Stitching)

Tree Painting (Stitching)

I also made her an acorn keychain. She loves oaks and I had this cute little acorn lying around. So I just curled a wire around it and added a keychain ring. This craft was  based on a post by nofury on Craftster.

Acorn Keychain

Acorn Keychain

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Last summer, I was part of the wonderful Mythology Swap on Craftster. I had the chance to have the organizer as partner (she later had computer problems and then flaked on me :,( ) who had very similar tastes to mine.  We decided to combine the myth theme with fairy tales and literature also.

I made her a “Snow white, rose red” rose cuff.  I remember from a long time ago that the story of Snow White starts with her mother pricking her finger and the blood falling on the snow next to the window’s black wooden sill. She then said that if she had a girl she would like her to have skin as white as the snow, hair as dark as the ebony wood and lips as red as blood. To combine these elements, I made a cuff with black fabric that I embroidered with a red rose. I made the rose look like a splatter to represent the fallen blood drop. And I added lace for the snow and for added feminity!

Snow White Wrist Cuff

Snow White Wrist Cuff

My favourite item of the package was this Excalibur letter opener. I made the rock out of aluminum paper (around the letter opener, so that it could fit in), covered with polymer clay of different tints of grey. After baking the clay, I painted some vine on it with regular acrylic paint. For the sword, it took several tries to come up with something decent. I bought a regular letter opener and covered the handle with a strip of black leather. I added glass beads glued to sparkly red scrapbooking paper and blue wire for decoration.

Excalibur Letter Opener

Excalibur Letter Opener

Another poly clay project was the Lady of Shalott mirror. We both loved the poem from Lord Tennyson and she loved John William Waterhouse’s “’I Am Half-Sick of Shadows,’” Said the Lady of Shalott” painting). So I tried to illustrate that quote through my craft: I took a simple oval-ish mirror and added poly clay to create a frame and added poly clay roses and vines. After baking (and hoping the mirror wouldn’t melt!!) I wrote in goth-ish script “I’m half-sick of shadows” with craft paint.

Lady of Shallot Mirror

Lady of Shalott Mirror

My partner also liked pirates so I made her a treasure chest. I simply painted a wooden chest that I got at the dollar store with acrylic paint and hot-glued some sea shells on it. To achieve the “old” chest look, I used a make-up sponge with (very!) diluted black paint and “scrubbed” the edges in the direction of the wood grain.

Pirate's Treasure Chest

Pirate's Treasure Chest

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