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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making old newspaperkind pictures! on: April 22, 2010 11:34:21 AM
From what I understand your shirts are coming out block black and white where you want some shading like the naners shirt right? I'm not sure but it looks like she used a "filter" of graph like lines overtop of her image because you can see graph like lines which  emphasize cross-hatch like shading. She also printed it in grayscale not pure black and white. Try reducing your exposure time so you don't overexpose. I'm not sure if that helps but i'd try a few things on scraps beforehand. Goodluck!
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Emulsion Question on: April 22, 2010 11:26:06 AM
Say you want an apple design on your paper, then you print out a picture of a black apple and put it on the screen. When you burn the screen with the light the emulsion will dry everywhere except the apple. So you will have to invert the colours if you have a white image. Hope that helps.
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: Brown Paper Bag, Acrylic Craft Paint on: February 01, 2010 09:49:13 AM
Some brown paper bags have some sort of coating on them so I can see why the ink just sits on the surface. Have you tried just buying that uncoated brown paper (usually comes on big rolls) its also very cheap and might work better than the bags. Now i'm not sure about the lasting power of the acrylic paint because I have never printed with it and would be a little weary. You can skip out on the retarder all it does is speed up drying time so if you have a place to let it dry for a day or so you will be fine.

I hope that helps I bit. I rarely use water soluble inks so I can't recommend any good ones. Good luck!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: New Knitter, yarn prices and snooty local yarn shops on: January 25, 2010 01:57:48 PM
High quality yarn is expensive but I'm an artist myself and am a sucker for anything hand spun and dyed so yes it's going to cost a lot due to the time commitment. On the other hand some yarns are just over priced. I also refuse to buy anything acrylic or thats not a natural fibre but it can be an expensive hobby. Yarn.com is the best site i've found (I'm from Canada)(and live in the boonies lol).

I've gotten the snooty looks more than once, no one expects a 20 year old inquiring about yarn but that's just too bad because I have found some excellent, tiny shops with wonderful staff and just wont return to the others.

Hopefully its not too discouraging because there are good shops out there, if not stick to the internet or michaels/joanns if you're not too picky.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Shawl, half-gloves and scarf- someone got a bit caught up in lace knitting.... on: September 12, 2009 09:59:11 AM
Those gloves are so beautiful I would definately wear those. Thats a very pretty lace pattern I think I'm gonna have to try lace knitting soon... just so intimidating. Anyways super awesome gloves!!!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: A lil' endtable re-do. Furniture upcycle! on: September 02, 2009 12:56:45 PM
Adorable! I love it. It's so cute and colourful. You said you coated it with mod podge after.. does that make the top waterproof in case you spill on it? I've never used mod podge before. Is it also like a glue?
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: The best thrift store find EVER! on: September 02, 2009 12:52:58 PM
I absolutely love that dresser it is beautiful. I wish we had thrift stores where I live. I love the colours, and the style of the legs is really neat. Awesome job!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Kitchen table and benches on: August 31, 2009 10:15:23 AM
This is so awesome. I am also moving into my first place and have no furniture. This is such a great idea I will have to go thrift store hunting now. Thanks
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Photo Emulsion Questions on: August 26, 2009 10:48:55 AM
Definately buy photo emulsion remover. The ink will wash out of the screen with a water hose but the emulsion is difficult to remove and if you don't remove it within a day or so it will permanently set in your screen. I found that putting the remover onto the screen and then scrubbing the screen with a soft toothbrush removed it quite quickly and used less water. Hope that helps.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: glue? can't find one that works!! on: June 05, 2009 11:27:33 AM
I've used Gorilla glue on lots of surfaces and it always works. Just be careful its one of those glues you don't wanna be too messy with or you might have some joined fingers by the end of the project. However it comes in a pen or tiny squeeze bottle.
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