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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help Attaching Pictures to Canvas on: January 10, 2007 06:16:19 PM
Heh, I work in a frame shop, so this is something we have to approach "creatively" all the time Tongue

You could create a sort of "photo corner"... if the canvas has an open back (on stretcher bars, not board) you could take a heavy black twine, and stitch over all four corners of the picture. This will hold it in place, and still allow you to remove it later. A little piece of double sided tape will keep it from slipping out in the meantime.

You could try removable double sided tape. I've not used this, so I don't know how well it works, but if you look in the scrapbooking section of your local craft store, or in the tape section of your local Wal-mart, they should have it there.

Also, rubber cement, when used sparingly, is pretty easily removed without creasing or damaging your photo. It also holds really well.

Another option would be to create a paper "frame" for the photos. They sell these pre-made in craft-stores for scrapbooking. It's like a thin paper mat, use a bit of scotch tape to adhere the photo to the "frame", then you can use whatever you like to adhere the frame to the canvas, because who cares if that gets messed up? This would also let you give your photos a more finished look, and you could decorate them to fit your theme.

Hope that all helps!
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: beaded cards? on: January 10, 2007 06:06:13 PM
It would depend on what kind of beads you are using, and how many you would cover the front of the card with. Are you talking about embroidering the entire front of the card with seed beads, or embellishing an image with a few here and there? There's also the option of creating a peyote or brick-stitch image, and attaching it to the front of the card. The more times you plan to perforate the paper, the heavier weight I would suggest using. Glue also gets heavy, so if you're planning to glue the beads, you may want to use a light-weight cardboard.

Since I use seed-beads in most of my projects, I would probably create a peyote pattern, weave it, stitch it down to a piece of stiff cardstock (maybe something a different color than the actual card would be) that measured 1/4 inch smaller than the front of the card on all sides. Once the piece was secure, I'd use a sturdy, but light-weight glue to attach the beads to the front of the card. This eliminates unsightly mess on the back of the card, and also adds stability, since the glue will help stiffen the paper.

I hope that helps!
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Should I allow a return? on: January 10, 2007 05:10:11 PM
Heh, this has gotten you some awesome attention. I agree with the way you handled it, if there had been something lacking in your discription, then you should have refunded her, but as everyone else has pointed out, this was her fault. She's not buying from a mass-market store, and if you don't feel her reason to request a return worthy of giving one, then you're not obligated to do so. Thankfully her attempt to slander you failed miserably Smiley
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: should I close my shop? on: January 10, 2007 04:25:53 PM
I would suggest opening a Live Journal account to help you pimp your wares. Add a bunch of groups that have interests that you think you could market to (but make sure that it's ok that you post adverts in there!) Post one "Hi, check out my shop" type post, then every few days, pop in and "feature" an item... or three. Make sure to post it to all of your groups. You can't sell directly on LJ, but you can pimp and link!
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best Places to get Prints? on: December 15, 2006 05:21:28 AM
This is something I'm looking into also. One good thing about going into a physical store is that if your prints don't turn out right (streaks, spots, wrong colors) you don't have to pay for them. I tried CopyMax, and while colors on digital prints were really rich (almost a little too dark... but not bad) my watercolor prints all came out funky colors.

As far as mounting on matboard, be very careful the type of matboard you use, and the type of adhesive. I've worked in a frame shop for two years now, and some of the things like that that come in are awefully done. Be sure to buy acid free matting, and an acid free spray adhesive. You may also want to see if your local frame shop can drymount your pictures for you, the result is much nicer, and it's completely permanent. They may not be able to depending on the finish of the photopaper, but most types are okay. Drymounting will also keep the print from warping at all over time, which is a big problem with prints mounted with other types of adhesive, and it is also completely acid free, so you won't ever have to worry about nasty yellowing or brittle paper.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Bedroom decorating progression! on: July 19, 2006 08:06:35 PM
Well crafty types, here’s the deal… I’m moving once again, and for the first time in 5 years, I’ll have a spot all to my self! This post is to catalogue my adventure in decorating my bedroom Smiley I may post more as I go through the rest of the apartment.

Step one: Daydreaming
Well, I’ve not chosen an apartment yet, but these are the things I know

1)   I can’t (wont) paint the walls. Repainting is a pain. So, I have to learn to live with white walls, and I have to make them look like they’re white on purpose.
2)   The three main functions of the room will be reading (I have many books…), sleeping (duh), and play time *evil*. It has to be designed well to accommodate all of these comfortably.
3)   I have pieces of furniture that I plan to keep, and I need to incorporate around them. Queen sized bed, one side table, antique giant serpentine dresser that needs to be refinished, lots of beautifully framed fine art prints, all in different (and many in antique) gold frames, suede mats, and fillets. Working in a frame shop has its advantages. 
4)   And last, but certainly not least, the budget. I’m setting myself at $150. That’s way low, so I’ll have to be really innovative. I’ll be using as much stuff that I already own, or can nab off the street, as possible. I prefer decorating like this over buying everything new… older materials seem to add comfort to a space.

So! Watch out for updates on the bedroom decorating development!

~Val
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Goth Lolita on a swing on: February 28, 2006 05:05:40 AM
Thank you! I totally understand what you mean though. I'm taking her and a few more pieces to a con next month, so hopefully I'll sell some prints. I've got anoter in the works that was from the same little sketch session, and I'm excited. Much darker, but still coming along very well. http://www.beyondthemists.com/wip/domwip3.jpg
Let me know what you think!
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Goth Lolita on a swing on: January 23, 2006 08:39:12 AM
This was a little side project of mine last semester, I started and finished her in my entomology lecture hall. I was very happy with the finished product, and even moreso when I had a print made, the colors were amazing. The whole thing started with a pencil sketch, and with lots of time and the help of my wacom tablet, this was the result.

http://www.beyondthemists.com/advertisements/Lolita.jpg
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Camo Army Jacket turned skirt on: November 01, 2005 04:19:38 AM
I did indeed have a good time at the show, Opeth was really great.

Nope, not from Edmonton, from Houston Texas Tongue
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Necktie Corset Belt - Now with tutorial on page 4 on: October 28, 2005 12:32:05 PM
That's great! Could you sketch out a tutorial?
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