Since I'm still waiting on a team kit for my new bike team, I made this rad shirt for my last short-track race of the season!
Here's an oldie but goodie from 2010 when I use to work with my favorite wrapper Shasta. One of the many perks of working for a design firm is the awesome samples and swag paper companies send. Neenah Paper, for example, sent their lovely paper samples as a clock making kit. Pretty cool right? 35mm film Shasta and I ended up using the same wood grain clock face, but she added a twist by combining the cuckoo clock pattern with the wood grain.
35mm film Here's Shasta cutting and pasting away.
iPhone And here's my mine.
Here's a mask I made for last night's AIGA SF Fall Gala, Mask Appeal. I've been slightly obsessed with drawing and cutting out petals (if you haven't noticed), so it was only natural that I would do the same for this little project.
Latest diy creations: bracelets! Sam and I had another craft night making these cute bracelets out of strips of lace, twine, and hex nuts. The left hand is yours truly, while the right is modeled by Sam. I love how they turned out, particularly the one made with hex nuts, so I made another for my friend's birthday: this time using amaranth-ish colored hemp cord. The cord brings a nice pop of color and works really well with the brass hex nuts.
To make your own, check out Honest WTF for the tutorial.
Here's a little terrarium I made at Kim's terrarium party recently: Cute right? ;) Since I didn't have time to buy a little clear vase or a glass bowl, I used a little jar I found in my kitchen instead.
One of the guys who came (whose name I don't remember, boo on me) brought a bag full of driftwood he had been collecting, perfect for the evening!
Hillary bought a bunch of cute succulents from a gardening store (left), while I picked some from my stoop garden (right).
Here's Kim working a pair of chopsticks like magic.
Left: One of Kim's terrariums, which reminded us of the Flint Stones, mostly because of the little dino head shaped driftwood. Right: Hillary and the worktable.
Inspired by my buddy Shasta, my friend Sam & I bought a some rolls of Japanese masking tape in Japan Town last week:
Earlier that evening I also bought a new set of mole skin sketch books which I then decorated in minimal fashion with our new tape: Though used sparingly here, I've found a new appreciation for Japanese masking tape and look forward to exploring more ways to use it. I'm also looking forward to getting more ;)
And speaking of sketch books, here are couple of snapshots of me messing around with Sam's awesome Cityscape Stamp Set. I rarely use stamps and often forget how fun and easy they are to work with.
I love the textures of these prints. Seeing these make me miss printmaking and serves as reminder of how I want to get back into it.
Some snapshots from the Etsy Craft Party: I made this squirrel for my dude. It's soooooo cute!
Some scissors from the Go Go Craft table.
I pretty much hung out at the Go Go Craft table all evening making these little guys. Turns out working with felt and making a little stuff animals is easy and fun.
Shasta and I with our tiny creatives.
Sam with a delicious cake ball.
Pies in Jars from the bake sale benefitting Kelly Malone of Workshop. I meant to buy on these but on my way to get cash, I got distracted and started crafting instead. By the time I remembered to go back, they were all gone of course. Ahhhh, next time.
Lastly, here's a photo of Jeremy with his awesome Misfits plushie. It was impressive to watch him sew multiple pieces in a short of time.
Here's a shirt I made for my buddy using fabric markers. He likes wombats, a lot.
The other day my buddy Danielle helped me make over one of my shirts and taught me a thing or two about sewing (she's got a serger sewing machine!) Danielle is über talented and makes pretty rad art. Check out her fine art blog and her Etsy profile for reconstructed shirts that she makes. From oversize and shapeless, to cute & figure flattering. I'm so stoked! We basically flipped the shirt upside down, tightened the back, and Danielle did the hard part of figuring out how to turn sleeves into pockets. To make things a little easy, I used bias tape to create the straps since I didn't have any matching fabric lying around. I'm really excited to do more clothing related projects.
Two years ago, after being inspired by a ReadyMade project, Chris and I decided to make a headboard from an old door. We headed to Building REsources here in SF and scored an old used door in good condition for a mere $15.00. Chris sanded off all the old paint and afterwards we stained it together to bring out it's natural wood finish. (I wish I had a before picture!) Fast forward to 2009: We finally got around to adding a little color to the headboard, check it out:
Fun stuff right? I totally love it and it brings a nice touch of subtle color into the room.
Here's the process: Turn over the headboard and wipe off any dust.
Apply blue painters tape along edges and newspapers.
Let it drip.
Allow it to dry.
Review the piece.
We thought this was pretty cool start, but felt it needed just a little more color.
So we did a little color mixing and applied a light green color over the dark green.
Once it was completely dry, we wiped off any excess dust before applying an antique wax finish. When we did this, thicker parts of the paint chipped off, giving us texture that added to the overall aesthetic.
Next we turned the headboard right side up to apply 3 coats of the antique wax (let wax dry at least an hour between coats)
Here's a trick from ReadyMade: placing a thick rubber band over the opening can help wipe off excess wax/paint/liquid from the foam brush.
Finished product. For under $50.00 (or so), we made this pretty awesome headboard.