Friday, July 25, 2014
Thanks to SuperCon in Miami, I have lots of new artists to share this month! I tried to do better this time by asking artists what wasn't available
online, so I could buy more things for the give-away board that you couldn't
easily get yourselves. Makes my give-away board that much more enticing,
First up, Franciso Perez. His new take on Mario &Yoshi would be perfect in a kid's room:
Melru of Ionitron doesn't have an online store - she only sells at conventions - but check out her super fun MegaMan:
And I liked Melru's Mario print so much I bought one for the give-away board! Who love ya? Huh?
As John and I were walking through artists' alley we were stopped in our tracks by the most stunning painting of Spock:
Amanda Tolleson's art is so photo-realistic she's routinely accused of using actual photos, so she started taking process videos as proof. (She had one playing at her table on an iPad.) Wowza.
Her Sherlock and Supernatural art is equally jaw-dropping:
darker Castiel print for his man cave. Then I picked up that Sherlock up there for the give-away board, since Amanda doesn't have an online store.
Don't fret, though; Amanda will still sell via e-mail, if you're interested! Head over to her DeviantArt gallery to see the rest of her work, and you can contact her through her website for prints. (I don't remember the exact prices, but they were really reasonable - in the $30 range.)
And speaking of Castiel, here's John's favorite art piece of the con:
Love all the castle characters on and around the little side table.
And finally, one more big print you can only buy in person at a convention or win here at Epbot:
Such a great style! (And did you miss the dragon eye?)
Thursday, July 24, 2014
You ever have something in or around your house that is just SO embarrassing that, even after a major makeover, it still looks like someone else's "before" picture?
This is going to be like that.
So... this was my mailbox a few weeks ago:
Aaand after a couple of evenings sweating it out in the blistering sauna of our fair state (it was 98 degrees at 6:30PM today. WHY.) I managed to paint, sand, and stain our sad little lizard condo into relative submission:
The good news is this was a no-cost makeover, since we already had all the spray paints and stains in the garage. I was able to sand all the rust off the numbers before painting & clear-coating them, and the box has at least six layers of copper paint and clear-coat on it now, so take THAT, sun! [shaking fist at sky]
And now I think I'll use my freshly freshened mailbox to send one of you that resin dragonfly necklace! Eh? (How's THAT for a segue?)
So, the randomly selected winner from my last post is... bmuir322! Congrats, bmuir (Can I call you bmuir?), and please e-mail me your mailing address!
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
I couldn't resist making just a few more necklaces with those resin rose petal gems, and this time, I experimented with linking two or more together:
The pink petal is curled at the bottom, but honestly, that imperfection makes me like it even more!
Renee (my amazing friend who made all the resin pieces) happened to send me enough matching pink gems to pull of my most complex design:
I did learn one thing the hard way: if you put your hanging loops on the side of a gem, make sure they're at the top of each side, not the middle. Otherwise your pendant will be top-heavy and flop over while you're wearing it.
Ask me how I know. ;)
The good news is you can peel the E-6000 off your resin even after it dries, so re-setting the loops wasn't a problem. Then again, that could also be BAD news, since obviously you don't want your glue peeling off in the future! Still, it took enough effort that I'm not too worried; you'd have to really yank to risk breaking off a gem.
And finally, the dragonfly necklace!
Mega thanks to all of you who weighed in on the placement; the decision was almost unanimous, so that made it extra easy on me!
UPDATE: The give-away has ended, and the winner is bmuir322! Congrats, bmuir, and please e-mail me your mailing address!
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