Thursday, June 19, 2014

some crafty type stuff

This first craft was a trial run. I want to do this on a canvas, but for the trial run, I glued cutouts from magazine pages onto paper. Then, I made letters out of Post-It Note Correction Tape, so it wasn't very sticky; easy to peel off, but the corners got flubbed. It's also not the easiest to make beautiful letters with, but I didn't want to pay twenty dollars for the professional ones they have at the craft store. So, the real version of this is stalled until I figure out what to do about that. Anyway, black acrylic paint on top of glossy magazine pages might need two coats.

I wanted it to say, "Learning is life," but there wasn't enough room on this page. I like how the word 'for' is half red, half green.

I also wanted to experiment with making a collage from book pages. I picked up The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe at a thrift store for 25¢, but I didn't look in it first and discovered there was so much outlining throughout it, that I couldn't use most of the text. So instead I cut out pictures and just a little bit of text.

As I was doing it, I was wishing I had started in landscape rather than portrait orientation.
Oh well, I like it as a good first effort.

For the next craft, this girl loves dresses to wear to church, not skirts, but it's hard to find dresses long enough. So, we made an up-cycled t-shirt dress. I found the red t-shirt at the thrift store, cut off the bottom hem and attached many other pieces of t-shirts also from the thrift store. So, I'm guessing this dress cost around $10. Not bad.  The t-shirts sat in my closet for a couple months I think before I finally got around to getting the sewing machine out. Now, I want to make one for my smallest girl, too.

I would have started the stripes a little higher on her waist, but she wanted as much of the red shirt as possible.

I added the yellow-orange piece of t-shirt at the collar, because she didn't like how low-cut it was, but now she says it's scratchy, so I'll have to do something about that. 

I think it will fit for a while!