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Dark's Pencil Wrap - handmade art-wrap by Dark-Lioncourt Dark's Pencil Wrap - handmade art-wrap by Dark-Lioncourt
... also knows as 'The Pencil Wrap of Madness" :D It's gave me a hard time and I had moments thinking I have to be insane doing that :P

- FULL VIEW, PLEASE! - :la:

The idea has came from :iconprojecteducate:'s contest featuring artisan crafts done from recycled materials, here's the link: fav.me/d6h0q2n
:faint: :faint: :faint: OH, AND IT HAS WON! THANK YOU! :heart:!

I had about a hundred of ideas for that but for reason unknown to me so far, I've chosen the hardest and most complicated to execute. And using techniques that are neither very familiar nor mastered by me. Well, it's great that Group's contest is so inspiring. Bad, I'm stubborn and insane and decided to finish that no matter what. :D

Ok, so for those of you thinking what the hell is this and what I need it for: I cannot find a good pencil case or wrap for over a year now. I don't like the ones I've seen. They're just not what I want. And I really need to stop taking my art supplies within a vanity case, right over mascara and shower gel :D So, well, why not DIY, right?

ABOUT THE RECYCLED MATERIALS:
Lately when I was sorting my leather stash I've found a piece of leather that supposed to be a part of an armchair. For some reason it didn't. Left in a half of the way, quite a sad view it was. Here you have it the way I've found it: sta.sh/0d3bdr8f6ow
It has nice coldish brown colour with a hint of mauve ovetone and looks differently in various light conditions [I have to look for more leather like this, it's awesome!]. No, I'm not mad, it's a bit violet, really :D And hard to photograph :/
First I wanted to make a notebook cover with it. But then again - I've made a notebook for a contest once already and decided to chellenge myself this time a little more.
The inner side is made form pale pink-blue cotton fabric that was a part of my favourite bed sheet. I've used it for long time until it's fell apart ;) And insted of throw it away or use for cleaning floor I've washed and stashed it waiting for some nice idea to use it. It has waited over 5 years ;) And I still have most of it left to use. I'm not a fan of pink but I can stand it here knowing it was part of something I liked so much ;)
And another recycled thing is the elastic band that holds pencils in place. I was about to buy some since :iconmaytel: told me it's ok to buy some thiny piece for the project. But later that day my mom called asking if I still need an elastic band I was asking her about earlier, cause she has just found one. "Just... it's kinda old and worn" she said. "Yaay, that's the point" my madness replied :D
It looked awful :P But I've picked up the gauntlet, spent a whole evenieng and part of nigth over it and ended up with quite nice blue band I needed :) Here's the WIP photo of that: sta.sh/01g9nnpysz61 I've also used a 10-years-old leftover watercolour pencil for making a blue dye for that. So it's recycling everyway you look :D
Oh, and the shell casing. It's kinda recycled as well. My beloved is a soldier and he's gave it to me after I've asked him to bring me some from work [no, not from killing poeple, from practicing ;)]. Problem was the army has all their live bullets covered in that dark-khaki paint and the nice brass blanks have ruined tips [cause the explosion without a bullet]. After cutting a little bit of my finger trying to get off the shreaded tip of a brass one, I've given up and used the khaki one. Now I'm thinking it looks even better. What cannot be said about my finger :P


So I've burned [not every part of the design is burned, you can see the shiny, deeper parts on colse-ups - these're burned parts, mosty lineouts], inked with black and white ink, the outside leather part. All the designs are made free hand, without any patters and references [that's why the wolf is not one of my finest wolves ever ;)]. I've sewed the blue ribbons to it and went to the inner part. That one was hand-sewed all the way around after what I've started to hand-sewing the strap. It ended up as a disaster and I've had to unravel it apart and sew again. I was close to setting fire over the whole project at that point :D But I've learned from my mistakes and the second run was a success. After sewing black ribbons [used black to balance the pink ;)] I've glued leather and cotton together, sew the edges [bloody hell, sewing leather is a damn pain!] and finally glued the edges as well.

It works and I love it now :) Does the job and has gave me a little boost of confidence that I can do things I was sure I'm not comfortable with. Yea, even if I won't win anything I'll end up having a great pencil-wrap at last :D

Has been featured [here] and here fav.me/d747shd and here fav.me/d7fr0t9

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:la: You can place a commission for a customize art-wrap on my [Etsy]! :la:

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MORE PHOTOS:
Leather outside: Untitled by Dark-Lioncourt | Untitled by Dark-Lioncourt | sta.sh/0212l1tt7jm0 |
The inside: Untitled by Dark-Lioncourt | sta.sh/01s1c9mv0u13 |
In use: Untitled by Dark-Lioncourt | Untitled by Dark-Lioncourt | Untitled by Dark-Lioncourt | sta.sh/020r91c359yw | sta.sh/07ziurtcs56 |
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:iconsplashinginhappyness:
SplashinginHappyness Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My... I'm jealous... I keep my drawing supplies in a Tupperware container.

You did a wonderful job on this. I love the designs on the side and the wolf head on the pointy part. It's a wonderful use of recycled materials! :)
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:icondark-lioncourt:
Dark-Lioncourt Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional
Thank you so much :)
I'm not that happy with the wolf, I'd could do better with that ;P
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LoupyVarg Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
...just brilliant... I love it
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:icondark-lioncourt:
Dark-Lioncourt Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Professional
Thank you :heart:
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:iconloupyvarg:
LoupyVarg Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem; I mean it, it is wonderful
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:icondark-lioncourt:
Dark-Lioncourt Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Professional
:heart:
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:iconllachar:
Llachar Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Student General Artist
This is so amazing.... It's absolutely beautiful, I don't think I'd be able to use this if it was mine, I'd be too worried about damaging it! I love it so much, especially the wolf head.... 
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:icondark-lioncourt:
Dark-Lioncourt Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional
Thank you :heart:
The wolf head is my personal beloved logo ;)
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:iconllachar:
Llachar Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Student General Artist
:D Awesome. I love wolves, wish I could draw them like you.
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:icondark-lioncourt:
Dark-Lioncourt Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional
:hug:
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:iconbayunicornofmirkwood:
Lovely
Did you use a awl for your sewing?
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:icondark-lioncourt:
Dark-Lioncourt Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional
Thank you :)
Nope, I'm lazy so I've pre-made the holes in the leather using a power-tool ;) works the same, but your hand doesn't hurt :D
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GrimDreamArt Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutnie genialne! I jakie praktyczne :D
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:icondark-lioncourt:
Dark-Lioncourt Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Professional
Dziękować :D jestem w trakcie mozolnego udoskonalania skubańców, ten był dzikim prototypem :D
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Lisa-music Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Have you glued the edges of the fabric or is it split from were the blue sem is?
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Giiana Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I wonder if you still keep doing these! Awesome work <3
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:icondark-lioncourt:
Dark-Lioncourt Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional
Thank you :)
Yes I do them, currently I'm working on 5 of them but they are seriously time-consuming.
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:icongiiana:
Giiana Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
PFFF I cannot even imagine, but as I can see the details, I can imagine how much effort you put on it :heart: It's such an amazing work! :la:

Gonna watch you to see how you keep developing your skills with these amazing stuff C:
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:icondark-lioncourt:
Dark-Lioncourt Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional
Thank you soooo much for your kind words :hug:
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:icongiiana:
Giiana Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No prob! You clearly deserve them ;u;
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:iconeliz-baxter:
Eliz-baxter Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
this is such a good idea and and your choice of colour is nice too :D 
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:icondark-lioncourt:
Dark-Lioncourt Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Professional
thank you :)
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:iconnecromanticminstrel:
NecromanticMinstrel Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Artist
I keep coming back to this, and contemplating the complexity of it, then contemplating suicide because I know my own hand-made works, few they have been, will never measure up to this magnificence. I am kidding about the suicide part, but you get the idea.
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:icondark-lioncourt:
Dark-Lioncourt Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional
whoa, that's one hell of a compliment :) thank you
I'm proud of this one - it's not perfect, but it's totally my idea and turned out much better than I've expected. So it's great to hear someone likes it as well.
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:iconnecromanticminstrel:
NecromanticMinstrel Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Artist
I don't really understand this 'comission' business. Does that mean I can purchase something like this? It would be an unimaginably cherished gift idea!
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:icondark-lioncourt:
Dark-Lioncourt Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional
Pretty much - yea! Not that particular one - it's mine and it has its flaws, but I can do something like that for you. You can choose colours of the leather and inside, ribbons and elstic bands and, what's most important - the design on the suede. It don't have to be a wolf, I'm making two dragon ones at the moment, whatever you want :)
Drop me a note if you'd like one. Or you can aslo use the lint to Etsy :)
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:iconnecromanticminstrel:
NecromanticMinstrel Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Artist
I will get an order request to you before December 5. This, I assure you. The person in my life who is most important to me loves dolphins. I has an idea for ya! I will get back to you before December 5. I promise you that!
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:icondark-lioncourt:
Dark-Lioncourt Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional
I'll be happy to do it! Love doing special gifts, it's such a great satisfaction :) Dolphin with some green/blue inside and ribbons - would look great :) Anyway - whenever you need ;)
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blue2K Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To jest genialne! :clap: Bardziej mi się podoba niż 'koński pencil wrap' (:   (szkoda, że te tylne nogi tak wyszły, ale kto by się tym przejmował patrząc na całość tej super pracy).  Ornament jest niesamowity, no cudowny! :aww: Podoba mi się bardzo logo i użycie akurat niebieskiej wstążki (: 
Przepiękna praca, świetna robota!
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:icondark-lioncourt:
Dark-Lioncourt Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional
Zawsze ten robiony z serduchem wychodzi ładniejszy :D Ale na fiolecik z konisiem też jest spory target klientów, a staram się z wrapami dotrzeć do możliwie dużej ilości osób ;)
No łapki niestety, zagapiłam się i poszło - nie szkicuję na skórze, więc jest to trochę ruletka, zwłaszcza biorąc pod uwagę, że mój palnik ma koszmarnie mało precyzyjną końcówkę. Ale jak się kilka sprzeda sprawię sobie porządny pyrograf :)
Logo wycackane i wychuchane, bo moje osobiste, do 10ciu lat funkcjonujące ;)

Dziękuję ślicznie! :heart:
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:iconblue2k:
blue2K Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oj tak - jak się dodaje serce do pracy to od razu inaczej to wygląda, ma duszę :)
Ja jakoś nie mam pomysłu na swoje logo, za dużo rzeczy mi chodzi po głowie (:
To w takim razie życzę dużo zamówień, żeby można było zakupić pyrograf, aby prace były jeszcze lepsze (w sumie to już jest cudowne :D).
Jak sama będę mieć parę groszy, to chętnie coś zamówię, bo prace masz bardzo oryginalne i przepiękne :aww:
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:icondark-lioncourt:
Dark-Lioncourt Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional
:heart: dzięki i zapraszam :)
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:iconmgee-ad:
MGee-AD Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
LOVE it..! :D
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:icondark-lioncourt:
Dark-Lioncourt Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional
it's mineee :D
dear, thank you again :heart:
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:iconwhiskeygal:
WhiskeyGal Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Oh wow that is beautiful! 
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:icondark-lioncourt:
Dark-Lioncourt Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Professional
thank you :)
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:iconmhinos1992:
mhinos1992 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I WANT ONE XD
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:icondark-lioncourt:
Dark-Lioncourt Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Professional
:D
I do take commission, so please note me if you really want one ;)
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:iconmhinos1992:
mhinos1992 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW GREATH XD THANKS YOU!!!
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:icondark-lioncourt:
Dark-Lioncourt Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Professional
;)
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:iconmhinos1992:
mhinos1992 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
XD
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MortuusDiabolus Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is quality work, hats off to you! ;) I love the celtic elements you put into your design. :)
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:icondark-lioncourt:
Dark-Lioncourt Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Professional
thank you so much :heart: :)
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MortuusDiabolus Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are welcome. :)
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SolaceRose Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Student Filmographer
You are an amazing artist. :)
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:icondark-lioncourt:
Dark-Lioncourt Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional
awww, thank so much dear :heart:
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:iconsolacerose:
SolaceRose Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Filmographer
:) you are very welcome
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groverismypuppy Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Student General Artist
looks great, one thing though, i wouldnt bend the back legs like that.
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:icondark-lioncourt:
Dark-Lioncourt Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional
yea, I know, I've poited it's not one of my best wolves ;)
thanks anyway :)
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