[2017]Short Update

Hello there,

With university finally over and the break in between my work, I’ve picked up on embroidery. So far, it seems like I’m just colouring with thread and I thought I’d show you guys some of the pieces I’ve worked on so far.

As usual, I start off any new craft with Totoro.

Totoro

And then I thought I’d craft some Neko Atsume. As you can see, I was experimenting with the textures that different stitches would create.

NekoAtsume Butt

Now something new, a character called Pocha Peng. I discovered this character through a sticker set on a chatting app. This was actually the first thing I made when I started to embroider. You can see my stitches are kind of messy.

Pocha peng dinosaur

And finally, this is my current work in progress. These images are all from the instagram account of the creator. You can see my pencil marks and outline, I think I’ll be finishing this piece sometime today

4PochaPengCat

I’m thinking of buying a smaller embroidery hoop and potentially turning these pieces into patches. So far I kind of just have all these pieces of cloth with a character in the middle and it really seems like I’m wasting 90% of the fabric.

I was also thinking about buying a small fabric button maker/different types of fabric so I can create smaller pieces that are actually wearable – who knows!

On a side note, now that I’m finished being a student I’m admiring those who can actually make a living out of what they create. These days, creating things from clay isn’t the same as what it used to be. I constantly feel like I need to spend my time on honing on my skills so I can find a job in my degree…

I also find that I’m not as inspired as I used be – but I really hope to start making things as a hobby and potentially starting up my etsy again. We will see what happens hehe.

For now, let’s just see if I can post more updates on my blog hahaha

As usual, thanks for reading!

-Cyn

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Totoro + Animals

Hello hello,

This is just something I made for a birthday a couple of months ago and didn’t get around to posting until now. Totoro was requested so … yup.

I had these boxes I bought from Daiso which are for displaying figurines, so I thought I’d make something inside them.

end result

Each animal represented someone, so yep.

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Since I can’t actually bake the plastic, I lined the sides that I would work on with grease proof paper and taped it on with masking tape.

I make that part that Totoro would sleep in on the paper so I can get the form right when I baked it.

prepping box

another angle of beginning clay

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This is what the inside would look like before I baked everything

Pre bake progress

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It took several layers of paint on the sides of the container before it reached an opaque stage.

Adding paint

And then as usual I manage to mess up right before I complete it.
You can see the fingerprints I left on the container in the top image, and I basically did the worst job of trying to clean it off.

I ruined the plastic and had to move the whole scenery into another container (which is the completed image).

ruined plastic

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This container had a lot more height to it.

To be honest, I didn’t want to paint the inside of it because I liked how “roomy” it looked like this.
But because I needed to blend in that green piece of clay, I had to paint a portion of it.
I also had to trim the the clay that sat on the base of the container.

new container

I used masking tape and created a guideline. I decided to go diagonal outwards from the centre.

Painted background

To blend in the edges of the green piece even more, I added texture using the acrylic paint.

At this point, I also started making the little animals. Each one is about 1cm in length and I went for the “realistic” take on the animals instead of the usual cartoon take.

Adding animals

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Here are all the animals.
I did a pretty bad job on the paint, and I probably should have glazed it.

animals

animals

2animals

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Aaand that’s about it.

end result

[Tutorial] Needle Felt – Totoro

So Hi,

As usual, it has been quite a long time since my last post.
I’m on break again, and I’ve actually taken up on needle felting.

I think needle felting is quite interesting because it’s almost like a mixture of the normal felting work I do, and also the clay work I do.

Basically, you take wool fibres (that may have been dyed), and you just stab at it with a barbed needle. What the barbed needle does is that it tangles the individual fibres together so you end up with a kind of solid piece of wool.

How “solid” or “hard” you want the wool to be just depends on how much you stab at it. You’re basically compressing the wool into a shape.

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At the moment, I don’t actually have all the tools that people use for needle felting, I only have one needle and a box of fibres.
I looked online for some needle felting wool and decided it was easier to just order it locally because overseas shipping would have taken wayyyyy too long.

FibreSampleBox

So this is the box of felting wool that I ordered. ($60NZD + $10NZD shipping $70NZD )
Since I’m only just a beginner, I bought a sample box of pre-dyed wool. (From this site here)

This box is the “Lights” collection of the samples. I thought that this colour range will suit my projects best.

FeltingWool

And this is what it looks like in the box.
Each bundle weighs about 40grams each. Even though it doesn’t sound like much, it will last a long time since you don’t need a lot at one time.

CloseupofWool

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So let’s start with the tutorial.
As with most things, I’ll make my favourite character Totoro from Studio Ghibli’s : My Neighbour Totoro.

Materials

Materaisl

CloseUpOfWool

  • Polyester stuffing
  • Dark, light grey wool grey wool
  • White wool
  • Black wool
  • Dark, Light, Green wool (optional for Leaf Umbrella)
  • Wire (optional for Leaf Umbrella)

CreatingBaseShape

  • Just like my clay tutorials, I like to conserve materials so I’m creating a base shape with the polyester fibre. This is up to you, but I’m doing it to save wool.
  • Stab at the wool to create a kind of egg shape

WrappingBaseShape

  • Take the dark grey wool

WrappingBaseShape

  • Take out some wool and cover the base shape fully

CreatingTail

  • Using the same dark grey wool, take a small bunch and start stabbing it to create Totoro’s tail.
  • Leave some loose fibres on the end so you can attach it to the body easier. This is similar to clay where I squish out the clay so it’s easier for blending.

StomachDetails

  • Take the white clay and create a white patch for Totoro’s stomach
  • Then take the light grey wool and start creating those details.
  • It’s not shown here, but essentially I roll up some fibres, place it where I want it to go and stab it to the body piece. If there is excess I just cut it off. (There will be an image showing this later)

AddingEars

  • Again with the Dark grey wool, take out some fibres
  • Stab at one end to create the ear shape
  • Place it on Totoro and attach it onto the body
  • In the last image you can see that I leave those loose fibres for easier blending. I trim off excess once I’ve blended a piece.

AddingEyes

  • Take the white wool and make two circles for the eyes
  • Take the black wool and add his pupil. (Actually this is more of a dark/deep red/brown since I don’t have black)
  • Using the take wool, create his nose

AddingArms

  • To create a the arms, take some dark grey again and kind of roll it up into a ball shape
  • Start stabbing at one end to create his arms, leaving loose fibres on the other for easy blending
  • Attach to the body

ArmsAttached

  • Repeat for both sides

Leaf

  • If you want, take your green and create a leaf life shape so it can go on Totoro’s head

CompletedTotoro

And this is what the end product looks like !

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Next, I thought it would be fun to make a leaf umbrella for him.

LeafMaterials

  • Wire
  • Dark green
  • Light green
  • Middle green
  • Polyester stuffing (optional, depends if you want to save materials)

To be honest, I wanted a more vibrant kind of green for his umbrella, but I didn’t get that in the sample box.

  • LeafUmbrellaSo take the polyester stuffing again, and stab at it enough to create a solid enough sheet
  • Then using scissors cut out a leaf shape, the size and shape is up to you. I think this lily pad shape is quite cute so I went with this.
  • Take the middle green wool and wrap it.
  • It’s not very clear in the image, but I took the wire and put it through the middle of the leaf. I also have two other wires in the sides of the leaf so I could give it more shape.

AddingDetails

  • Take the lighter green and kind of roll up the fibres (this is the technique I used for Totoro’s stomach details)
  • Place it on the leaf and hold the fibre in place and start stabbing at it
  • Cut off excess
  • Do the same for the other side except using dark green wool
  • Cover the wire (which is the stem) with dark green wool also

CompletedUmbrella

  • And this is what it looks like !
  • The shape is slightly strange because I was adjusting the wires to make it more “leafy”

Completed

And here it is all completed !

I’m trying to find a way to make the umbrella stand on it’s own, but for now this is what it all looks like.

All in all, this didn’t make me too long to make. I was absentmindedly stabbing while I was watching some movies hahaha.

I hope you enjoyed this post. I plan to make some more little projects and I’ll post them up as I make them.

Thanks for reading as usual,

-Cyn

[Bottle Art] Update

Hello Readers,

Just a small post updating you on what I’ve made.

Posts are getting much more infrequent, and inspiration / time is at a low right now.

One thing I have been learning towards is making something from scratch that I’ve drawn, so maybe there will be a post for that in the future.

Totoro waiting by the bus stop

Both bottles measuring 4cm in height with the cork, and 2cm in diameter.

Sorry for being so inactive, I imagine that it’ll continue this way for a while.

Thanks for reading as usual ! I’ll try my best !

-Cyn

Adventure Time + Studio Ghibli Cupcakes

 

 

 

Hello,,

Just been working on these today ^^

 

cupcakes

 

All of these are actually keychains / phonestraps that I’m selling on my Etsy. If you want to see, link [ Here ]

Totoro

 

Ponyo

 

LSP

 

Kiki

Jake

Finn

 

Calicifer

 

Bubblegum

 

BMO

Keychain view

Berry

Was going to have it with a berry as well, but decided it was too complicated to make the costs change – – ;;

Chain

Strap

 

 

Hehe, I hope you enjoy what I’ve made so far ^^
If you’re interested in the cost of these, they’re $ 8 USD each.

Thanks for viewing !

-Cyn

Tutorial : Totoro sleeping in a bottle

Hello hello,

Long time no post again..
Just posting to say that I’m actually on holiday in a week. However, it’s also coming up to my end of year exams, so I can’t promise the amount of new posts you’ll be seeing.

Although, after 22 November I’ll be truely free :D ! YEY

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For now, Totoro sleeping in a bottle.

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Materials

Materials

  • Brown clay
  • Dark green clay
  • Light green clay
  • Super sculpey
  • Black acrylic paint
  • White acrylic paint
  • Yellow Acrylic paint
  • Miniature glass bottle w/ cork
  • Deco gel or TLS

Adding Base

  • Mix the dark green and light green clay until you get a shade you want (mix enough of this colour to be able to make the whole background)
  • Add a small drop of TLS or deco gel in the bottom of the glass bottle.
  • Take out a small piece of the green clay and place it in the bottom to make the base
  • Even it out using a tool. As usual I chose my ball tool to add that texture

Adding Back

 

  • For this part, I used two different tweezer tools
  • Take some clay and place it in the bottle. Press it into the side of the glass
  • Take any tool you have (like a paintbrush etc), and use that to spread the clay around onto the sides of the class
  • I used the tweezers to help me to this, plus even out the surface

Complted back

 

  • With the rest of the clay, place it in the bottle. There needs to be enough so that you’ll be able to make the indent for Totoro to sit in.
  • You can see some texture I added by tweezers and needle tools

Adding more

 

  • Using tools, create an indent in which Totoro would be placed in.
  • There isn’t a set method to achieve this, so just play around and use angled tools (in my case, Tweezers) to create texture and the shape

Totoro

 

  • Take a small blob of super sculpey and make it so that one end is slightly narrower than the bottom end
  • Take some smaller blobs, flatten them and place it on the base shape
  • Using a very fine needle tool ( I used a real needle), add the texture which would be Totoro’s fur. I used the same technique as from my original Totoro in a bottle

Adding head

 

  • Bake for about 5-10 minutes
  • Then, take some more smaller blobs and create Totoros’ arm and his snout. You only need one arm because you’ll only be able to see one side of him
  • Bake for about 5-10 minutes

Completed

 

  • Take TINY blobs of clay and create his ears ( I accidently made my ears crooked)
  • Bake for 5 minutes

Testing in bottle

 

  • Place it in the background you made. You may have to adjust the indent slightly to that Tototor fits nice and snug

Paint

 

  • Using black, white and yellow paint mix light grey and light yellow

Painting

 

  • Add Totoro’s base coats,
  • I find that in order to get a really smooth coat, mixing the acrylic with water really helps
  • Once everything is as smooth as you like it to be, add tiny details such as his whiskers, eyes, nose and fur arrow things ^ ahahah

Painted completely

 

  • Here he is completely painted
  • You can really see there how crooked his ears were….

Overall

 

  • Add some TLS in the place where Totoro would sit and place him in
  • It looked a little empty so I made a tree stump with the brown clay
  • Bake whole bottle for about 10 minutes

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Finished

 

Here he is completed !

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Overall, it took me about 5 hours to make him ^^
I hope this tutorial was easy enough to understand !

Thanks for reading ^^

-Cyn