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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Sealing acrylic gel medium? on: November 22, 2010 02:34:42 PM
I love using acrylic gel medium in my art journals, primarily for transfers or to adhere pieces of crumpled thin papers for texture. I've found, though, that the facing pages of the spread tend to stick together. This has ruined one spread.

Once I realized this, I've solved it for my personal art journals: I simply place a piece of paper cut to size between the pages once they're dry. However, I'm participating in the Sketchbook Project, so I'm making a book that will be leaving my hands. Obviously I need to find a better solution.

Does anyone have an archival solution that will really work to seal a page with a lot of acrylic gel medium on it? Is there another medium that will do the trick?

2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Teaching introductory art class to 3rd-5th graders; advice? on: August 01, 2010 02:08:49 PM
I've been offered (and accepted) an interesting opportunity by my church. The music ministry has decided to reach out to more kids and offer a wider range of artist opportunities to the kids in the community by adding electives. I'm going to be teaching a basic exposure-level course in the visual arts.

I'm really excited by this, for a whole range of reasons. For one thing, I think the arts are being ignored. Plus, in these difficult economic times, it's hard for parents to afford art classes. There are also soooo many kids who would love art, but haven't really had the chance to try it. And I think artsy kids get neglected in church programs (and school, but I digress.) I would love to help rectify that!

I've taught once before--book arts, to adults. But my degree is not in art ed (studio arts, concentration in graphic design). I figure that with an awesome community like Craftster, and considering how many artists also teach, someone out there might have some advice or be able to point me to a good resource!

The details:
  • 5 or 6 40 minute classes
  • First round of classes are for 3rd-5th grade
  • Experience level expected to vary widely

I want this to be an actual art class, not simply a glorified craft class. (I love crafts, as it happens, but they do those in school, Sunday school, and lots of other places.) Since it's an exposure-type class, I would like to give them experience with a variety of mediums. I think I want to do a three-dimensional project the last week. Each project must be finished in that one week.

I also want to cover some of the basic concepts of art, including some very basic color theory. But the problem is figuring out what is reasonable in my limited time.

I would appreciate any advice or feedback. Thanks!

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Seeking advice on running a magic yarn ball swap on: April 24, 2007 02:40:50 PM
I'm organizing the swap on a site where I'm an admin, but I've never done one...so I thought I would come here for advice!

It's a magic yarn ball swap, and I was wondering if anyone here has any general advice.

I expect it to be pretty small, but we haven't set a date or anything yet, so I don't know. Smiley

I hope this isn't a terrible violation of the rules...
4  UNITED STATES / Tennessee / Any advice for someone visiting Chattanooga or Mephis? on: April 22, 2007 06:38:18 PM
Hey y'all! I live in Atlanta, and I'll be traveling through both of these. I may or may not have time to visit a shop or two in Memphis and in Chattanooga this July.

Any advice? I visit Chattanooga once or twice a year, but I've never been to Memphis! I love fiber arts, scrapbooking, paper arts, bookmaking. Any must-visits? I would love to know if there are any distinctive shops, the type of places that aren't just like every other!
5  UNITED STATES / Colorado / Must-visits in Denver, Pueblo, or Colorado Springs? on: April 22, 2007 06:30:32 PM
Hey everyone

Okay, I live in Georgia, and I'm going to La Junta to visit some friends for the Fourth this year. We're going to go to Colorado Springs/Manitou Springs and Denver; we'll also go straight through Pueblo. (Santa Fe to La Junta to Colorado Springs to Denver, then heading back through Kansas towards home.)

So, are there any really interesting craft, fiber, quilting, or scrapbook shops in the area? I'll basically have a day each in La Junta and in the Colorado Springs area, and maybe a day and a half in Denver. Obviously, I won't have time to visit many, since I have beautiful scenic places to visit, too, but I want to carve out time for at least a couple of shops! Cheesy (Whoa, us addicts are so bad...)

Anyway, I would appreciate some advice. I know there are a fair number of yarn shops in Denver, at least, but how to choose? Cheesy
6  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Anyone have their book handy? Need yarn quantity... on: April 19, 2007 03:08:57 PM
I left my book in my sister's car (who NEVER answers her cell phone, of course), but need to order the yarn for the Violet Beauregard skirt! Can anyone give me the number of skeins for a size medium and a size large skirt, for the accent colors (I think there are two CCs)? Thanks.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Modifying Knitty's Vegan Fox on: March 10, 2007 04:09:53 PM
Knitty's Vegan Fox

I know there have to be lots of people who have made it. But has anyone ever modified it into something other than a fox? A couple of friends and I are doing a dragon version at Craft Wonderland; I would be interested in any advice...especially advice for someone who has never done a shaped piece! (That would be me...)

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