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231  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: >>2 Simple Skirts and a duck tape skirt on: June 22, 2005 08:30:22 PM
I like the blue skirt especially, nice trim. But I have to ask, how comfortable is the duct tape skirt? Just curious...
232  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Painted shirts: Crane and Cobra/Lobster on: June 22, 2005 08:28:14 PM
(Now that's an easy way to keep track of your posts... just noticed that "Show new replies to your posts" function. Heh heh... silly newbie that I am. I've been so excited about looking at people's projects that I haven't noticed the other text around the page! anyway...)

Thanks everyone for your kind words! To answer a few questions, yes, it's just painted with fabric/silkscreen paint (usually drawn first in pencil though.) It's worth the effort--you can't gouge this stuff off with a knife, it does NOT flake off. It can be be a bit time-consuming because the paint doesn't spread really well, you can only apply a little at a time (but stencils can take just as long! and I find cutting more tedious than painting). It takes me anywhere from 2-5 hours to do a shirt; these two took probably close to 4-5 because of the detail (the white outline around the cobra/lobster took an hour alone). For that reason, I can't really sell them because I couldn't charge a fair price without ripping off either myself or the buyer. However, I am hoping to participate in some swapping fun in the future -- I was worried at first that no one would want to swap with me 'cause I'm a crappy seamstress/knitress, and a mediocre jewellery maker... but since you people have given me such a positive response I feel more confident now that some people would like hand-painted things just as well as hand-made. So, I'm gonna keep honing my skills and keep my eye on the swap board!

Thanks again for your comments and thanks everyone for taking the time to look!
233  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Felted Cat Bed on: June 19, 2005 04:14:15 PM
That cat bed is beautiful! I had no idea Kool-Aid could yield such nice colours. Unlike our crappy department store cat bed, yours actually looks like a pretty home decoration. How long did it take? If you get a picture of your fatter cat sleeping in it, please post it! I love how Dewy is kind of oozing out of it...so cute.
234  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My first duct tape... on: June 19, 2005 02:36:53 PM
WOW, that's impressive...is it as sturdy as a regular purse? It looks great! I guess it must be pretty waterproof...

235  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Beatle Projects on: June 18, 2005 02:33:11 PM
This is off-topic, but if you spend a lot of time on a computer, especially drawing on one...the Wacom tablet pretty much cured my Carpal Tunnel. I highly recommend.

More Beatles projects please! (too bad I botched the Revolver shirt I tried to make...or I'd have more to post myself)
236  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: cat bed with a twist... on: June 18, 2005 01:56:17 PM
I love it! So clever! And I admire you tremendously for spoiling your poor blind kitty so well...
(HATE people who give away pets when they become inconvenient...too many people do that)
You're the ultimate cat mom!
237  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: yay! first embroidery, and for fathers day too! on: June 18, 2005 01:48:56 PM
Great job! I particularily like the treble clef. What a nice daughter you are...
238  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Beatle Projects on: June 18, 2005 01:32:10 PM
Wow...you and your son are SO cool. Those drawings are wonderful, they even look kind of psychedelic! How did you make the Yellow Submarine figures? They're so cute.
Smart of you to get your son into the Beatles. My parents had me listening to the Beatles when I was pretty small and I think they were grateful not to have to listen to the Smurfs and the Chipmunks records anymore....
I don't have any Beatles crafts...but here's a picture of John Lennon drawn when I was learning how to use a Wacom tablet.
239  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Painted shirts: Crane and Cobra/Lobster on: June 18, 2005 01:18:29 PM
Some of the swaps going on look like fun, so I have to accumulate more posts (and prove that I'm swap-worthy)!... here's a couple more painted T-shirts.

Crane shirt:

and the back (these are not stencils, though they would probably make good stencils):


Cobra vs. Lobster (I'm can't recall why I thought this would be a good idea, but I like it a lot):


Back of shirt (don't like this lettering, I shouldn't have freehanded it):

All painted using fabric/silkscreen paints. I find transparent iron-on transfers to be really crackly and haven't found any opaque transfer sheets around here to try... and silkscreening is too much hassle. Yay for paint!
240  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hand-painted animal shirts on: June 17, 2005 11:50:01 PM
Close-up of one squid (he does have some green shading on him, but the it's hard to see as the colour of the paint closely matches the shirt):


It's funny, I thought that a squid would be just a weird, quirky thing to have on a shirt. But apparently I'm not the only one that thinks that someone in Marketing screwed up when they left out the squid. Enough kitties and monkeys and bears on shirts, bring on the strange submarine creatures!
I paint my tees using Setacolor Opaque fabric paint, made by Pebeo (found in the Craft section of my local art store.) They're actually silkscreen paints. They come in transparent, opaque, metallic, fluorescent and even silk paints. Pebeo also makes Setaskrib fabric markers, which are transparent inks. Both are iron fixable. I didn't use an embroidery hoop or anything...just laid the shirt out on my drafting table, had a pencil drawing ready to copy, drew a basic chalk shape , and painted it on. It is probably more time-consuming and requires stronger drawing skills than other methods, but here's why I like fabric paint-- primarily because it washes GREAT (as long as it's heat-set you can't pick this stuff off no matter how hard you try), second, you can get more detail than with a stencil, third, less equipment than silk screening, and fourth, if you can paint, you can blend colours and shade really nicely (but I didn't do that here.) It's just more flexible. A good way to try T-shirt painting is to get opaque white paint and a black paint/black marker and make a white design on a black shirt--you can black out your mistakes and they're hardly noticeable.
And thanks for the positive feedback! This is such a great site, I've learned so much from people here already!
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