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91  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Acrylic painting tips & techniques? on: January 26, 2008 09:11:06 PM
if there's a museum or gallery that you can get to, you should definitely try to see some paintings in person.  it makes a HUGE difference when you're actually able to see the texture, brushstrokes, thickness of the paint, etc....even seeing how shiny or matte a painting is in person will give you a whole new perspective on how other artists work with paint.  also, you can mix different mediums with the paints to make them do pretty much whatever you want.  If you want your paintings to be shiny, find a jar of gloss medium; if you want to work with translucent layers, make the paint super thick, or give it texture you can find mediums for those too.  when you find something that works with your painting style, you will be freaking AMAZED at how much easier it is to make the paint do what you want it to...there are some brands of paint suppliers (i think golden is one of them) that will send you free samples of their products to try if you're not sure what you want.
hope that helps!
92  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Papermaking question on: January 26, 2008 07:21:09 PM
do you just use towels, or do you have couching paper to blot with?
you can use sheets of couching/blotter paper multiple times, even when they're wet.  i can usually get five sheets of paper with just 3 blotting papers
93  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: journal help on: January 26, 2008 07:16:16 PM
most big art stores sell chip board or acid-free book board that you can cut down to size. i would check out daniel smith-they have a good book arts section on their website where you can also get linen thread, bookcloth, glue, or pretty much whatever else you need.  hope that helps!
94  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: paper making kits? on: January 26, 2008 07:06:01 PM
you can get an inexpensive mould and deckle set at dickblick.com that comes with all the basic supplies you need.   
also, if you have a blender, it's much cheaper and more interesting to make your own pulp out of recycled paper than it is to buy premade pulp, and there is basically no difference in the quality of the paper you'll end up with.
95  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: What kind of glue? on: January 26, 2008 06:56:23 PM
i bought a scotch craft stick in the scrapbooking section of target and it's amazing...it's just a big glue stick but it goes on really smoothly; even really thin paper hasn't wrinkled at all when i've used it.
96  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Chanson En Crochet in pinky orange sherbert SWS on: January 26, 2008 06:44:25 PM
that is absolutely gorgeous!
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