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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Another New Purse! on: June 14, 2008 07:07:13 AM
Gorgeously retro! The simple style really plays up the cool fabric. Well done!  Smiley
12  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: A Book of Hope.... (picture plentiful!!) on: June 09, 2008 11:57:56 AM
Absolutely beautiful. I just participated in our local Relay for Life a week ago, and I was so impressed. I think the book really speaks to the themes of the event in a wonderfully artistic way!  Smiley
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Thrifted & tiedied lace tablecloth = new bell sleeved empire waist dress! W/ on: May 25, 2008 07:51:31 AM
Gorgeous! Who doesn't love pink lace  Cheesy ?
14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: An Army of Flying Love Monsters! on: February 14, 2008 03:26:32 AM
When I opened this post, I squealed so loud the cat ran away!

Absolutely adorable!  Cheesy
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: "Ode to Audrey" Crepe-Backed Satin Dress on: January 21, 2008 06:03:43 AM
I totally agree with you on your more philosophical points... I'm taking a studio art course, and the girl who sits next to me has spent the entire semester sketching waif-like models from magazines. I saw a neat picture and brought it in for her, and she thanked me but then promptly discarded it... the model wasn't blonde or "skinny enough."

On a more cheerful note, I adore the dress. Grey is the new black!  Smiley
16  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Truffles: the perfect easy christmas gift on: December 18, 2007 01:37:15 PM
Finished! This ended up being the perfect gift to give friends at school. This is a sample of the fourteen-gazillion I ended up making...



I made peppermint (white ones,) almond vanilla (swirl ones,) and coffee and orange (cocoa powdered ones.)

Thank you so much for the idea!
17  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Truffles: the perfect easy christmas gift on: December 08, 2007 07:20:11 AM
Oh man, I love your layout. Gorgeous.

I'm going to try making these today, but as an extreme novice in cooking, I wanted to know if there are any implicit instructions or warnings I should know. I'd like to try the peppermint ones, but how much extract did you use? I have no sense of proportion from experience.

Thanks,
-V
18  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tips for a clean image? on: December 08, 2007 06:25:12 AM
Thank you so much for the help, I'll try changing my angle / getting some medium!
19  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Holiday Foodie/Crafty Gift: Meyer Lemon Curd on: December 05, 2007 12:22:29 PM
Oh yum <3  Cheesy
20  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Tips for a clean image? on: November 23, 2007 12:50:58 PM
Thank you all for your help on my other post, regarding good kits Smiley

I was able to direct my dad to the advice posted (in an oh-so-subtle way  Wink ) for birthday purposes, and sure enough, I received the Speedball Ultimate Screen-Printing Kit a week ago. I was thrilled to start.

Now I've complete one run with an image I did by hand, using the drawing fluid/screen filler method and acrylic ink. The average result was something like this:



Obviously I need more practice, but I wanted get clear on the best ways to get good coverage and clean detail.

I know I had trouble getting ink over the entire screen in one swipe. How do I know what a good amount of ink is? Is there a good way of knowing consistency? (Like, do you typically find speedball ink to be too dry/just right?) Or is there a trick to using the squeegee? Do I have to have a rubber squeegee? (at the moment, I have the plastic one that came with the kit). Most people posted that its crap, but where is a good place to get a new/better one?

Is the drawing fluid method typically a problem?

Also, the ink on the paper appears a bit... gooey.

Closeup:


I'm completely on my own with learning how to screenprint, so I'm so glad to have you crafters to ask questions!  Smiley

(I saw there was a related post already, but I decided on posting a new since I had some specific questions and was using a different method)



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