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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Question about Materials for Bookbinding on: January 08, 2011 08:06:47 AM
Hello everyone,
This past week I've had the flu and have been unable to do most everything.
So in all of my free time, I wrote a collection of original fairy tales for my future children. I want to illustrate them and bind them as a book, but I was wondering what would be the best materials to use?
I was thinking water-color paper because I wanted watercolor illustrations, but aside from that, I am clueless as to what I should use and where I would get the supplies for that matter.
Also, would laminating the pages before binding be a good idea?
Thanks!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / It takes two to....Dorodango? on: February 06, 2009 05:55:13 PM
Hi again!

I recently saw a dorodango online and found a couple of tutorials that inspired me to make my own.
 (hopefully tomorrow)
However, I hoped maybe some of you would know some tips out of personal experience?

Thanks for your time and effort Cheesy

(Here are the tutorials I found)
http://www.dorodango.com/create.html
http://www.kyokyo-u.ac.jp/youkyou/4/english4.htm
3  CANADA / Ontario / Map of Ontario? on: November 06, 2008 10:50:11 AM
Does anyone know where I can get a couple of road maps of Ontario?

I've looked in local stores [Florida] and I so far haven't been able to find anything.
I'm asking because my best friend, my boyfriend and I have this running joke where we go find a really pretty, and expensive house in Canada and then say we're going to move there. I have a couple of ideas for Christmas for the two of them, and the maps would really help!


Thank you for your time!
I really appreciate it,
Leslie Graham
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Acrylic paint spills question. on: September 01, 2008 10:59:36 AM
Ok, so I just noticed a black streak of acrylic paint across my wood floor around 4 inches in length and about one inch across. I can only assume that it happened when my sister was painting and sitting on my floor (I always warn her and tell her to sit at the table instead but she's ridiculously stubborn) I have wood floors that my dad put down for me about 6 months ago and the streak really bothers me. Is there away that I can take it off without ruining the finish on the floors? I haven't touched it yet out of fear that I'm going to ruin my floors but I really want it gone.

It just frustrates me because if you wipe up acrylic paint off the floor right after it spills it just wipes clean away and there is no problem.

Hope someone has something that can help.
--Leslie
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Mythology sculptures with polymer clay on: August 29, 2008 06:49:49 PM
I have a project due two weeks from now. It's a group project and my section is to come up with 3D elements based on the theme of greek mythology that we chose and the stories we chose that went a long with that theme. I really, really, really want to be able to make sculptures out of polymer clay of the characters in some of the themes, but i've never used polymer clay before. I realize they won't be perfect my first time, but does anyone have any tips for shaping and curing and the like?

In case you're curious my groups theme is metamorphosis from a human or god to a natural being. (Like when Zeus turned into a bull and raped Europa, or when Daphne was turned into a tree to escape from Apollo)

The worst case scenario is that you all will tell me that this is hopeless and I should give up before I begin (please don't.) And in that case I'll just bake a cake and make costumes (oooh costumes)
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Royal Icing Modified Recipe? on: August 12, 2008 10:30:36 PM
So I found a royal icing recipe on the joyofbaking.com, and I it called for lemon juice. Could I substitute lime juice? I know it would effect the taste, but would it effect other things like the consistency? Has anyone else tried this?

Thank you!

(http://www.joyofbaking.com/RoyalIcing.html) I was going to use the recipe that called for the actual eggs.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Un-birthday on: July 22, 2008 03:27:17 PM
My best friend and I have this long list of things we want to do for this summer, freshman year, etc. One of the things we wanted to do was have an un-birthday. Originally we planned on doing it halfway to our normal birthdays. But, in my case the date had already passed so I came up with the idea that we could just choose a random day during the summer and celebrate then. We chose July 28th 3 weeks ago. If you are unaware, it will be this coming up Monday. We decided to do handmade only because of our love for all things handmade Smiley and I am having a mental breakdown trying to come up with something to give her. I originally was going to make her something big that she could use in her room, but her parents are very big on keeping her room looking like a show room. So that was a 'no'. And truly I don't know what to do... So I am pleading for help from all you super crafty people on craftster and I hope you guys have some pretty cool ideas Smiley
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / altered book help? on: July 16, 2008 03:01:53 PM
So I have made two altered books so far, for school projects. My main problem with them is the glue. When I glue the pages together (I usually use large books with too many pages) the pages tend to get wrinkled and look unappealing. Luckily my teachers were too in awe to really notice but in the future I'd like to be able to make something that looks really good. Is there a certain type of glue I should use? The first time I used a diluted elmer's glue mixture and the second time I used spray on glue. Also when I go to paint the pages will using watercolor paints cause the pages to wrinkle? In my first two projects I used acrylic paints, but I didn't know if that would effect it.
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Strawberry fields.. on: July 10, 2008 12:49:31 AM
Going on what seems to be forever. On the weekends I usually go out to my Grandmother's house (well it feel's like her house, technically it's my mom's and my aunt's) On the way there there is a fruit/vegetable stand. Their foods are very good so every time we pick up a couple of baskets of strawberries. Unfortunately, now I have a plethora of little green fruit baskets sitting in my room (after saving them from the wrath of my mom) and I have no clue as to what to do with them.

Ideas?
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