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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / advise on what paint to use on an aisle runner on: June 08, 2014 05:57:52 AM
hi everyone,

i'm sure i'm not the only one this happens to . . . i'm not too shabby at painting things and so i keep getting requests for things i've never done before.  such is my current situation.

i've been asked to paint an aisle runner for a wedding.  it will be a large painted peony with monogram over it, in rather specific colors.  totally fine, right?

i'm not sure what paint i should use!  i'm most comfortable with acrylics, but i'm worried that painting a large flower on the fabric will cause problems.  when the paint dries will it shrink up the fabric?  will it cause ripples?  is there another paint i can use?  she said she's used martha stewert paints for other portions, so i know they come in hwe colors - would those be beter to use?  fyi - her mother is making the aisle runner and she wants in in the middle - so failing is out of the question.

i'm just really nervous about it, and i've got so many other commissions that i don't have the spare time to test a bunch of paints or mess this one up.  any and all advise welcome.
2  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / recommend a paint pen for painting canvas shoes on: January 15, 2014 05:56:41 AM
i've been painting shoes with acrylics for some time, and i'm happy with my process, however . . .

i've been commissioned (by a very sure-minded teenage girl) to paint a pair of black toms.  she has specific requests that will require a fine or extra fine tip white paint pen.  i know from experience that there are several pens that do not work (bleeding, soak into the fabric, oil paints leave oil spots, etc) and i'd like to not spend $30 trying a multitude of pens to find the one that works.

so, please, if anyone has some suggestions, i'd love to hear them.

thanks,
jo
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / book club swap? on: July 12, 2013 11:21:18 AM
hi everyone!  my name is Jo and I am a whore for books.
(everyone: "hi, Jo!")

 OK also love to craft.  and now I'm trying to think of a swap that might bring the 2 together.  perhaps there are like minded individuals out there?

I see a few different ways to accomplish this . . .

1 - a book is assigned and participants are given a month to read and craft (thinking a 3 point swap where at least a small is related to the book)

2 - which I like better - swap partners are assigned by interests and each person sends one of their favorite books and a related craft.  so, for instance, I might send a copy of the hunger games and a mockingjay shirt.

3 - maybe it is just a book club type read-along and everyone swaps related bookmarks or atc's or inches (for those ebookers).  if we make it a monthly affair we could acquire a nice collection of literary artwork?

please tell me there are other readers out there?

jo
4  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / i paint shoes on: April 23, 2013 03:00:40 PM
i'm in a bit of a shoe painting frenzy these days.  it's really becoming popular around here.  anyways, thought i'd show off some stuff i've done.

i call myself a 'short-order artist'.  people give me tiny little snippets of what they want, or little ideas, and i just go with it.  it's a lot of fun, most of the time.


"taylor - bees and sunflowers"
you can't see the little bees all around the shoes, but they're there.  these are the tiniest little toms you've ever seen - too cute.


"i like space"
so you get the whole solar system.


"graffiti"
this is my 9-year-old daughter, who has no idea what graffiti is, or that typically graffiti says something.  telling somebody to paint graffiti without direction is tricky.  so this is what she gets - her initials. 


"fox, w"
you get what you ask for.


"something about birds"
really?!?  that's all?  yup - birds.  what would you do if somebody told you to paint them something "birds" on a pair of $50 canvasses?  well, this is what i did for her.  it's not what i would do for me, but i think i guessed her right.


"rylee likes princess stuff"
these shoes actually saw another artist first, but the customer wasn't thrilled, so this is my cover-up.  nothing left of the original.


"grace, cupcakes"
gotcha.  fyi - red is a horrible color to paint on.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / clothespin doll cake topper - rainbowlicious on: March 21, 2012 04:54:40 PM
hi all!

i hope this is where i should be posting this - it's a doll, so i think i'm right?

anyhow, i made this lovely in a personal swap with rlynn for her little girl's 4th birthday, and i'm tickled with how it came out!  aria's birthday was set to be a rainbow extravaganza, so she needed a fitting cake topper, right?

it is based off a pinterest image, but i went rogue adding a bejeweled crown and her name bunting.

c/c welcome!
jo
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / decoupage family name plaque on: March 01, 2012 12:49:28 PM
i just finished this plaque and i wanted to share!  a friend commissioned it for a wedding gift, because i made one for her years ago and the bride always compliments her on it.  anywho . . .

it's just a simple decoupage project.  i cut out the circles, run the edges along a black ink pad (barely does anything, but totally necessary!), then 'draw' the letters on with a fine tip permanent marker.  i use these pens called 'precise', because they bleed less and the black color is closer to black ink.  then just paste it all on your black painted plaque!

i use a variety of scrapbooking papers along the border, just tear and paste!

hope you like it.



jo
7  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / i made a felt rock rug! on: February 06, 2012 05:48:02 AM
we've all seen the inspirations . . . there was a commercial made felt rock rug, then etsy became swarmed with them, and a couple on here have tried it.  it popped up on the wist of a swapmate, so i decided to give it a try.

she stated to like earthtones, especially shades of blue and green, so i wanted my rocks to lean that way.


the rocks are all wet felted, most over wool yarn balls.  it took me for.ev.er.  perhaps why the finished product was a bit small.  i'm thinking bath mat.


killer project.  never again.

jo


8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / fabric hunting - help! on: January 05, 2012 10:56:16 AM
hi!  not sure if this is where this should go, but i need help.  i am on the hunt for alexander henry's farmdale apples in pink and i cannot find yardage anywhere!

i would love to have several yards, but i will settle for whatever i can get.  i intend to use it for my kitchen curtains or as an accent to them.

thanks!

jo
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / kitchen curtain confusion! on: November 22, 2011 09:34:32 PM
hi!

my name is jo and i cannot figure out my kitchen curtains.

i have 3 windows in my kitchen.  one large one where our kitchen table is

(please note these are images from before we moved in, so anything on the wall or the table/chairs are not in there.  our table is a natural stain and has more straight lines)
one small one above the sink

and we have a door leaving the kitchen going into a breezeway that is 75% window.


all three are currently covered in the previous owner's delightful seafoam green curtains that are a bit 'old lady' in style (my opinion).  i'm looking to change that.

i have the fabric picked out and purchased:

one i tear off all the wallpaper i intend to paint the walls an aqua that's a few shades lighter than the one in the fabric.

i need help.  i want the house to have a fun/modern/casual vibe to it, so what style of curtains should i do?  we do not have a formal dining room, so this is the whole deal.

a couple contenders:
http://pinterest.com/pin/130393351680833773/
http://pinterest.com/pin/130393351680833793/

oh, and last note . . . the directions these windows face gets the evening sun (dinner time), so there does need to be significant coverage.  the blinds have to stay.

thanks for your help,

jo
10  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / my first toms shoes gig! on: November 05, 2011 08:15:31 PM
hi all!

i post a week or so ago about a job i got hired to do - painting toms shoes!  and i wanted to show off some of my work from today.  i used acrylic paints on all . . .













it was a blast and i hope they invite me to future events.

jo
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