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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Wedding invitation scrolls (red/black/silver & blossom theme) on: November 26, 2012 11:22:27 AM
Oh wow! I have never seen these before, they are absolutely amazing! I had used save the date cards from Wedding Paper Divas, which came out wonderful. I do also have them lined up for my invitations which I am very excited about. I would have loved to have gone this route, but they must have taken you forever! Really amazing job though, they are so lovely Smiley I would be ecstatic to get something like that in the mail Smiley
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: 16 yo son wants to be an artist on: October 25, 2012 08:39:25 AM
First and foremost he will need to take some art classes.  These classes will probably be pushing him to draw realistically but even if that is not the "style" he is interested in he should take it seriously because a good foundation will be necessary.  Learning to draw realistically teaches how to match shapes, values and colors so that he can draw his images with more accuracy.

As a college illustration professor (I graduated with my BFA in Illustration with a minor in Painting in May and started Grad school in July.....I've been teaching since last August) the most common thing I see is students who are interested in cartooning who do not take their drawing and/or life drawing classes seriously. They think that because they're interested in drawing in a cartoon style that drawing realistically is of no use to them......WRONG!  Those are the students who wind up not able to cartoon well!  We have a number of students go through our Illustration program who wind up in the tattoo business.....it's the one who take ALL of their classes seriously that wind up doing well.

If your local college doesn't have a really good art program he may want to consider going elsewhere because a poor art program won't get him anywhere.

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.

You took the words right out of my mouth. It is a tough economy, but if your son really has some talent he can make a good living as a Tattoo artist. I would really try to get him to reconsider abandoning baseball if he can get a scholarship, because money is money, but in the same breath I wouldn't push him. If he is really serious about art and you want to support him getting him enrolled in classes is key. I would also but him lots of supplies and make sure he is honing his skills on his own time as well. If he really wants to compete he needs to be working on his craft everyday. It might be worth taking a look at Utrecht to save some money on supplies, especially if you buy in bulk. It's really great that he found something he is passionate about, and its even better that you support him. I think that's one of the most important keys to success. Good luck! I hope it all works out for him.
3   / PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Re: What is an Inchie? *now with Rinchies, Twinchies, Rolo & Moo!* on: July 11, 2012 09:14:47 AM
This is so funny that you mention these... I never knew this was an actual "thing" until recently. I have a side business where I make ceramic pottery and I fell in love with these square business cards from TinyPrints. I had ordered a bunch with the same photo, but now I order small batches with different images of my work, and just my name and email on the back. I leave them in coffee shops and stores that allow it. I was giving one to a lady I met who was interested in my work. She says, "Oh, let's exchange twinchies!" I gave her the strangest look, but then she enlightened me. Now, I see inchies and twinchies everywhere and I am having so much fun with it. I've been cutting my twinchies down to inchies and leaving them as fun finds for random strangers!
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Fresh Apple and Cinnamon Water on: July 11, 2012 08:51:31 AM
Oh my gosh, this sounds delicious! I add fruit to my water all the time, but never thought of this! I have to try this. One of my favorites is Peach Raspberry water with basil, it is unbelievably refreshing! I got the idea from this blog. Let me know if you ever try this one!
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Spiral cut hot dogs on: July 11, 2012 08:41:57 AM
Wow! This is so cool! Great idea and thanks for sharing!
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