Emery cloth sounds like a great idea. Do you know if it should be fine or course? I'm not sure I understand what kind of circular motion you mean. Does it need to be a specific direction, or should you just do it until every spot is smooth?
As you can see, I have yet to do this. I'll be throwing a housewarming party soon, though, so I'll hopefully have a bunch of beer bottles to use. I wish I weren't such a slacker... Thank you everyone for all your help. I hope someone is getting a chance to do this. I'm sure it would be awesome if I ever got around to it.
I've been wondering about rice and sand. If the rice gets moist, will it mold? And how moist would it have to be? I live in St. Louis, which gets very humid in the summer, but I don't know if that's enough moisture to cause a problem. As for the sand, doesn't it leak out of the seams? Is there any way to stop that?
Has anybody screened anything with the gocco that was like a black and white photograph? I haven't had any! experience with silkscreening, so I'm not really sure of the capabilities. All of my friends who have screened stuff, it's always been drawings etc, but I have a rad black and white photograph that I'd like to screen, and I don't really want to waste blubs and screens, etc. Thank you!!!!
I haven't tried this myself, but the Gocco Guide says that you can purchase a "photo screen" which is a clear Mylar sheet covered with tiny white dots (65 lines of dots per inch). The book also suggests getting something like this in the graphic department of an art store. I can't quite tell, but it looks like you could get the same effect by converting your photo to halftone dots. The only way I know how to do that is using a filter in Photoshop, but maybe someone else has some ideas.
I'm curious about getting the screen not to stick to the master when you have a large area of color. I've only Gocco'ed one thing so far, but I had that problem in a fairly small (0.5 x 0.5 inches) area, and I'd like to know how to avoid it in the future.
It looks like some of the links are down, but most of the stuff is still there. I knew there was something like this somewhere, but I couldn't find that either. Now I can relax and figure out how to live on my limited paycheck. Hooray!
And thank you too, patriautism. That site looks like it has just the kind of thing I'm looking for. There are some really good tips for basic living.
I have no idea where this question really belongs, so sorry if this isn't the appropriate area.
Does anyone know what happened to Cheapskates? It was a great Web site that had a ton of ideas for living cheaply by doing things yourself. I remember there were a bunch of things on there for setting up your apartment, and now that I'm moving into my first apartment by myself, it seems that the site is gone. I feel like someone put up a link somewhere to another address for it, but maybe that was just wishful thinking.
I'm so glad someone else posted this. I've been trying to figure out gouache for a while, but I just can't get it. Every time I try to paint with it, it dries to quickly. I'll put down a bit of paint, go back to my palette to pick up some more, and the first bit is already dry. Is this the way it's supposed to be? I'm just not sure how to shade when I can't mix the paints together a bit on the paper. (Oh, yes, I have a fairly inexpensive set, so that may have something to do with it, and I was painting on illustration board.)
Sorry I don't have any advice. I looked all over for a book on gouache, and the only one I found said it was only intended as a student medium since it's so cheap. I see many wonderful pieces done with gouache, so I know that can't be right.
I remember having seen commercials for a type of spray paint that is meant to bind to plastic to paint it effectively. I can't for the life of me remember the name of it, but I'd imagine if you went to a Home Depot or something like that, they could help you out.
In my search, I did find this, though: an "adhesion promoter." It seems like it will help prepare the surface so that it takes paint better, which may work better anyways if what you wanted to do can't be done with spray paint.
Thanks so much for your help. I kind of figured that I'd have to handwash my embroidery, but I thought I'd ask to get people's experience. As for the transfer, I decided to experiment with a little embroidery that I'm using to practice. I'll be sure to post my results here when I figure out what happens.
I was inspired by the awesome work here to go ahead and try an embroidery project. I picked up a couple of Aunt Martha transfers at Walmart tonight, but I have a question about them. I wanted to do a queen bee image, but I don't want the pattern on the queen's robe. It would be tricky to cut it out of the design, so I was wondering if the image can be removed (by washing, etc.), once it is transferred onto the fabric? If so, what's the best method?
Also, my embroidery book says that cotton thread can be washed, but I was wondering if it can be machine washed. The book didn't specify.