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1801  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: WWP Mabon Swap Round 22 Gallery on: September 12, 2010 07:12:21 AM
I used airbrush ink, because it's transparent and waterproof. I wanted the grain of the rawhide to show through, but didn't want to risk smearing if it got wet. (Because nobody ever forgets to take their drum inside after a night of drumming around the fire.) Wink  Liquid acrylic would have been a more logical choice, but I didn't have the right colour. I'm guessing that leather dye would have been okay too but I'd want to do a little test to make sure it didn't run when wet. The great thing is that the rawhide is transparent enough (even though this is quite thick) that you can put a pattern underneath it and trace onto the surface.

1802  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Head Start Art Journal (Signups Closed ; MAIL BY 10/01/10) on: September 11, 2010 05:20:52 PM
anyhow, i think i am going backwards. i am decorating my pages and then going to bind! i hope i don't run into a big ol' mess!!!!!

No, that's a perfectly good way to do it, and I'm doing a lot of my pages while they're still loose. It's a nice clean way to do paint washes and other messy treatments without having to worry so much about mucking up other pages. Just remember that the pages now have a right side up, and you have to get them all lined up the correct way.

1803  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: WWP Mabon Swap Round 22 Gallery on: September 11, 2010 05:17:54 PM
Monnie, if I was able to make a miserable day a little brighter, I have done my job! I hope you weren't actually driving while taking those photos Cheesy I know I totally abandoned the idea of "three smalls", but you did want a drum... I liked the way yours came out so much I have to make one for myself now.

And the wolf puppet is very odd-looking, but I thought Mason might be just the right age to overlook its loopyness. I hope he likes it.


1804  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Gypsy Swap Round 2 Gallery Sendouts 7/31 on: September 11, 2010 05:11:25 PM
Great embroidery on the bag! That's the second time this week I've seen something embroidered with bullion roses and thought "I have so got to learn to do that!"

1805  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered fashions swap GALLERY! on: September 10, 2010 04:17:18 PM
I think "and then I moved to New Zealand to be an au pair" wins for best all-around excuse. For anything!

A great vest, though, and I'm glad you finally got a chance to model it for us.

1806  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Mabon Swap Round 22 (Signups 8-8-10 to 8-14-10, SO 9-13-10) on: September 10, 2010 04:11:15 PM
Wulf, my parcel has arrived, I have had a trying week so I will try to get it picked up, (I just get a notice and have to go to post office) and get some pictures taken, just wanted to let you know it was here.
That was so SLOW! I thought it should have arrived on Tuesday! Glad to know it made it, though.

1807  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: WWP Mabon Swap Round 22 Gallery on: September 07, 2010 04:52:51 PM
how do I manage, every single round, to miss out on the  gallery until it is at least 4 pages...sheesh..

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who does that. You're thinking "Things sure are off to a slow start in the swap gallery" and then realize you haven't been looking at the gallery!

Bookmarks need to somehow be made automatic, so when you bookmark to a thread you automatically get additional bookmarks to any related threads that open from it. Are you listening, nameless corporate administrators?

1808  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Head Start Art Journal (Signups Closed ; MAIL BY 10/01/10) on: September 06, 2010 10:23:33 AM
Clear gesso is a new one for me too. As gesso, by definition, has filler in it, clear gesso is kind of a misnomer. I'm guessing it's a thick glaze. When I have it on hand I sometimes use a theatrical paint product called Rosco CrystalGel . It's about the thickness of peanut butter. You can apply it with a palette knife for texture or just use it as a sealant. Because it's styrene-based rather than vinyl-based like white glue or most acrylics, it's not rubbery when dry and you can sand it. I wonder if clear gesso might be the same thing packaged for a different market. That being said, I've never found an acrylic gesso that I like. They're all essentially just white acrylic paint and are too rubbery to sand smooth.

Zoma, I love your partner-matching chart. Drawing one should be one of the requirements for swap co-ordinators!


1809  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Metallica tank... just add lace! on: September 06, 2010 09:59:50 AM
Brilliant! Your version works much better than the original t-shirt. The image seems a little too small on the t-shirt and looks a bit forlorn, but cut down to make the tank, it fills the space better and looks like it should always have been like that. The lace, of course, is the finishing touch!

1810  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Restored and colorized pic of Mom on: September 05, 2010 05:34:14 AM
Your colouring looks totally authentic. And I don't think it's too strong at all.
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