Monday, September 26, 2011

Under The Sea

Here is the first of my mini paintings. This is an underwater scene with a fish and some different plant life. It was painted on a 3''x3'' canvas with acrylic paints.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mini Basketball Court Model (Court) Part 6

This is the 6th and final part of the mini basketball court model. This part will be the the making of the court and attaching the baskets.

clear gel glue
different colored sharpies (based on the team court you want to make. You can also use paint if you like.)
11 inch by 6 inch piece of 1/8 inch thick balsa wood
clear coat gloss finish (painted on the court when finished coloring)
finished stands from part 5
3/16 inch NBA logo printed on paper (optional)

Estimated time: 20-25 minutes (not counting the time it takes for the glue, marker and paint to dry)

1. Get your piece of balsa wood cut to the right size.
2. Draw all the lines on the court lightly in pencil. (follow the NBA lines on above image. You can make it bigger if need be by clicking the image and following the link to the source.)
3. Outline all the lines, in sharpies, the color they need to be based on the team you like.
4. Fill in all spaces with appropriate colors with sharpies.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Mini Basketball Court Model (Shot Clock) Part 5

This is the 5th part of the mini basketball court model. This part will be the the making of the shot clocks that will go on top of the stands.

x-acto knife (with flat blade not angled)
black ultra fine point sharpie
red ultra fine point sharpie
clear gel glue
one yellow plastic lid (mine was from a can of nuts)
1 clear plastic Starbucks cup
three square plastic bag clips (AKA bread tags, bread tabs, bread ties, bread crimps, or bread-bag clips. See above picture. Color doesn't matter, they will be colored with a sharpie)
the finished stand/backboard from part 4

Estimated time: 60-90 minutes (not counting the time it takes for the glue and marker to dry)

1. Cut the ends off of the bag clips, making them into rectangles with smooth sides.
2. Then cut the rectangles in half making squares.
3. Next use the flat blade to cut smaller squares out of the bigger ones making a square frame.
4. Color all the frames with the black sharpie.
5. Then cut out squares from the yellow plastic lid to fit inside the frames. (you can use the squares you cut out of the frames to make sure the sizes are right.)
6. Next insert the plastic squares into the frames. They should stay in place without glue if they are the right size, but if not u can glue them in.
7. Using the black sharpie making numbers for the time and shot clock. Make sure the numbers themselves are yellow and just the area around them is black.
8. Use the red sharpie to color in the bottom shot clock number. The Top number for the time stays yellow.
9. Cut the Starbucks cup or whatever clear plastic you are using into squares using the square cutouts from step 3 to make the right sizes.
10. Glue the clear plastic squares on top of the yellow squares that have been colored.
11. Then glue three of the six shot clock pieces together making a triangle. Set aside.
12. Next cut four triangles out of the yellow plastic.
13. After, glue a yellow triangle to the bottom of the triangle shot clock. If the base is too big you can cut it to make it the same size.
14. Then glue another triangle to the top, and once it is dry color the top and bottom with the black sharpie so you no longer see yellow except for the numbers.
15. Finally, glue the finished shot clock to the top of the stand/backboard.

 Here are the links for the other parts:

step 1
step 2
step 3
step 4
step 6

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Mini Basketball Court Model (Stand) Part 4

This is part 4 of the mini basketball court project. This part will be the end of construction on the stand that will hold up the backboard.
one 1/8 inch square dowel stick cut in half (or a 1/8 inch rectangle dowel)
x-acto knife
duck tape (color of your choice)
clear gel glue
2 inch square piece of Styrofoam
1 inch square piece of 1/4 inch thick balsa wood
silver sharpie
backboards from steps 1 & 2
top of stand from step 3
two 3/16 inch NBA logos printed on paper (optional)

Estimated time: 10-15 minutes (not counting the time it takes for everything to fully dry)

1. cut two 3/8 inch squares and two 1inch by 3/8 inch rectangles out of the foam. Then take the squares and make them a U shape by cutting out the middle. Next take the rectangles and hollow them out from top to bottom on the backside.
2. Glue the U shapes to the back of the rectangles lining up the hollowed out sections. Then shape the rectangles as shown in the picture below. (they should look somewhat like a really elongated hexagon)

3. Cut two 1 1/8 pieces off the dowel and two 7/16 inch pieces. Then color them with the silver sharpie.
4. Once the foam pieces have dried cover them on all sides with duck tape. Then place the colored dowel pieces into the back of the foam with the longer pieces going in first lengthwise and the smaller pieces in the base laying down.
5. Next cut the 1 inch square piece of balsa wood in half.
6. Glue the balsa wood to the base of each piece.
7. Glue the top of the stand from step 3 to  the top of the foam base.