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1  UNITED STATES / Michigan / berrien county on: August 04, 2006 09:43:59 PM
anyone? ... anyone? ... Huh?

i heard about a place in New Buffalo http://www.sitnknit.com/

anyone been???
2  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Craft fair-- Concord MI on: October 26, 2004 08:33:36 AM
Saturday, October 30, 2004  9:00 am to 3:00 pm

St Catherine Laboure Church
211 Harmon St.
Concord, MI 49237

Concord is outside of Jackson off M-60. Take a fall leaf drive in the country!
http://stcatherinelaboureconcord.catholicweb.com/index.cfm/map
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Check out this cute project (pillow) on: August 17, 2004 07:02:47 AM
http://www.maryengelbreit.com/ARCHIVE/Workshop/Crafts/Archive/FeltPennyPillow.htm

I love anything with a blanket stitch & felt! I thought you all might too... I'll let you know if I wind up doing this. I don't like the edging, but LOVE the little flowers!
-amy beth
4  UNITED STATES / Indiana / South Bend Area S&B? on: August 17, 2004 06:55:00 AM
Anyone up for a Stitch n' Bitch around South Bend? I live in Niles! The Riverfront Cafe is a nice place up here. Any suggestions?
5  UNITED STATES / Michigan / restaurants, coffee shops & bars that show art on: August 06, 2004 07:56:01 AM
anyone have any leads for places in michigan?
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / How should I... on: June 28, 2004 08:04:34 AM
How do you all think I should break up this page?
http://www.supah.com/shop/shop.htm
I have a big problem with keeping things categorized, even though most of what is on the page is paintings, I can't figure out (without limiting myself) how to break these down besides the obvious links. Frustration.
Part of what is getting me into a tizzy is having this shop buried within this page:
http://www.kittyportraits.com and that page is buried within this page http://www.supah.com. See my dillema?
I hate to have people dig...
Any comments are very much appreciated!
xo
amy beth
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting Machine on: June 23, 2004 02:55:54 PM
anyone here have one? I'm thinking about doing a poncho... I have this one:
http://www.bond-america.com/products/usm.html

every time i try to knit something i tear it all apart because i'll make a mistake and since it's so fast, i just start over.

any advice? tips? suggestions?

I was thinking about trying some fun fur with it, i bet it will be a big-ole disaster, but it's probably worth a shot.
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / 3 painting on: June 22, 2004 04:54:13 PM
Here's the second one (I did this one after I did "Time Out")


this is another crappy ass photo and it's a huge piece.

please share your thoughts?
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Time Out painting on: June 22, 2004 04:50:30 PM


New painting! Feedback appreciated! Will post another new one soon...

I'm really sorry about the crappy photo. I need to hire someone!
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / a transfer technique on: June 22, 2004 07:05:41 AM
I just had someone come to my site asking about how I did my transfers, so I thought I would share the email I just sent to her.




You can get a good look at the final results by going here:
http://www.supah.com/big2/oldfolks.html

Ok! I'll let you in on my technique, it's VERY inexpensive, and easy-though your fingers get a little tired.

What you need is acrylic medium- doesn't matter if it's gloss or matte, just that it's gloppy and thick. I'm currently using some type of liquitex, then some photo copies (I actually used the ones from work for the old folks- i'm sure they wondered why I had made a million copies of old people) anyhow-- you want laser photocopies on regular old office paper.
Then, take the medium and glop it all over your photocopy, if you want to cut out the background- you should do it before you glop the stuff on (obviously)- cover every inch in an even thick layer of the stuff.  Then apply it to the canvas- face down. You then take something flat to get out air bubbles (you'll see what I mean when you try it for the first time) I like to run something like a jar lid down the center and then out  to the sides (you'll have some medium coming out from the edges). Then- you allow it to dry. Once it's dry, take some water (I use a spray bottle that I use to spray my plants) and start scratching away at the paper- I use my fingernails, a little bit of pressure is fine, but if you rub too hard you can destroy the transfer.  Once you get most of the paper off, you might see a haze of paper left over- sometimes i'll get the rest off by rubbing it off, sometimes i'll use some of the medium mixed with a little bit of water and the paper kind of disappears. There you have your transfer! You are basically floating the photocopy in medium.
You can also put layer after layer after layer of medium (allowing to dry inbetween layers) on a photocopy and instead of applying it onto a canvas, just take the paper off to have a translucent transfer.

It's a technique that an instructor at the school of the art institute of chicago taught me, and I've been using it ever since.

The old folks were all found in a church directory from like 1982- they were only like an inch tall to start with, so once you blew them all up they were really really cool. The finished size was way above the paper size, so what i did was tile the photocopies to get the larger size. Everyone i showed them to thought they looked a little worhol-ish.

As you may know, it's never recommended to use acrylics over oils-but the great thing for you is that you can start out with this technique and then oils are fine over acrylics!

I hope my directions are clear. It's really easy, but like i said, your fingers get tired-if you work smaller to start, it might be some help.  All of this works with certain color prints as well, the ones that are not water based should work fine. Also, if you want to do straight out collage- the medium is an excellent adhesive,  you still will need to get out the air bubbles. If the thought of putting a lot of pressure (rubbing the paper off) on a stretched canvas makes you cringe, you can do these transfers onto a wood base like this one was
http://www.supah.com/shop/_op_youarebeautiful.html
, or do this on unstretched canvas and then put it on a stretcher frame.

Let me know if you have any questions!

-amy beth
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