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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: consistency on: January 04, 2014 01:30:54 PM
Sorry, I know this is belated, but real life got in the way and then I forgot my username and password.  Tongue

Thank you, both of you. I'll try getting a bigger needle, it might solve the issue. That really helps.
2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / consistency on: May 16, 2013 02:35:15 PM
I tried looking through old threads but I'm sorry if this has been posted before. I'm wondering how squishy everyone's felted animals are. Everything I needle felt ends up really squishy and soft, and doesn't look or feel as compact and other people's work does. I have no idea why this is, because it doesn't have much to do with time, as even pieces I've spent ages working on still feel very loose and shapeless. Help? Thank you!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Art Journalling Starter kit for a young teen--ideas for contents? on: April 15, 2013 02:45:17 PM
I'm not sure if this is super belated, but my suggestions:

A nice blank notebook. You don't have to spend a small fortune on any fancy brands, you can get any random one as long as the pages are thick enough to hold glue, ink, etc.

A small shoebox with random things to use in colleges, like colourful paper, old postcards, buttons, ribbons, etc.

A couple of magazines or catalogues with lots of images that can be cut up

Good glue - at least two types, like stick glue, regular tube glue, glue that can be applied with a paintbrush over collages, fabric glue, etc.

A brand new pair of scissors (you wouldn't believe how much difference it makes to have a pair of scissors you can use comfortable and which cuts well, most people probably have scissors at home but they're likely not the type that can be used for long periods of time and which can be used just for really basic things)

A compilation of links and tutorials, this is probably one of the best things and a good source of inspiration

Links to places where you can get public domain images for collages

As to books, I'm not sure as I've never really used any, but I've heard good things about Wreck This Journal (I think that's the title).
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you use inks? on: April 15, 2013 02:38:24 PM
What type of ink is it? Depending on the ink, you could probably get a nice nib pen and write things with it, or even use a very fine paintbrush and add little details to drawings, etc. I'm sorry if this isn't much help, it's hard to say without knowing what kind of ink it is and what project you're trying to do. For example, I love colourful writing ink and I would use it to add some flair to journal entries and letters. Grin
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: What doodads/whimsies/bits and bobs do do you have in your collection? on: April 15, 2013 02:36:14 PM
I have lots of spare beads, old catalogues, and sometimes I get vintage postcards. I also have loads of interesting-looking labels. Most of these don't work out so well with the look I like on my own journals but they come in handy while making things for other people. I'm trying to expand my collection a bit, though.
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making spine titles for leatherette photo albums. Any ideas? on: April 15, 2013 02:33:09 PM
You could probably print them out yourself using some nice paper (depending on your printer), if your printer can't handle that sort of paper you can probably take it to a professional copy shop. I'm not sure what type of paper to suggest, I guess that depends on the look you're going for -- but I suggest something thicker and more resistant, and probably not off-white but maybe ivory or very light cream. I don't know where you live but sometimes local paper shops have a good selection of paper types, especially for business cards. If you're looking for nice fonts, there's dafont.com and 1001fonts.com Smiley

As to adhesives, you could use some a very light adhesive paper over the label, or use some glue adapted to the material you're using if you don't want it to look glossy.
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