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21  Texas / Texas: Southeast / Re: San Antonio New Braunfels Craftster get together? on: April 12, 2007 02:38:41 PM
Hi there.

I recently moved to Austin from the Chicago area and am a Craftster newb!  I adore living here, and I now live on this board when I am at work during the week.  I find Craftster to be super inspiring, and I would love to meet other Craftsters in the area.

Are you planning on having a get together anytime soon?  I have never been to New Braunfels, but I do enjoy San Marcos (kinda reminds me of going to college  Cheesy).  Sitting around with some other crafty-minded people while I cross stitch like sounds fun!   

Enjoy the day,

kl 
22  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: oils on cardboard? on: April 12, 2007 12:53:01 PM
A note on painting with cardboard:

Anytime I am painting on cardboard or any thinner/flimsy type board such as 1/8" or 1/4" masonite, I always paint a big "X" in gesso on the back before applying my front layer.  This is especially important with cardboard or when applying multiple layers of gesso to a thin board, as this will prevent the board from bowing.

When I speak of gesso, I am talking about acrylic gesso.  You could also use a PVC sizing, which is essentially watered down glue, but from my experience the PVC sizing and rabbit skin glue are only the most successful when applied to canvas.  For any kind of board, I highly recommend acrylic gesso.  That will provide a non-permeable layer between the oil paint and the board.

Hope that helped out somewhat.  Over the past three months I have been working almost exclusively with recycling old boards from Habitat for Humanity to use as bases for paintings, so feel free to ask away if you have any other questions! 


Cheers

kl

She has good tips! I forgot to put and X on the back side of an oil painted on thinner chipboard once and it bowed! And it sucked...

HA!

I also learned the hard way with cardboard, but luckily it was my first year in college when I was making paintings which will never see the light of day anyway.   Grin
23  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Re: Habitat for Humanity ReStore - great source of home-related stuff on: April 12, 2007 12:49:53 PM
The ReStore is *amazing.*  I buy old cabinet shelving, tempered masonite and any other rectangular or square (usually smooth) surface to use as bases for oil paintings.  A couple weeks ago I acquired enough wood to make 10 or more paintings, and it cost me $5. 

What could be wrong about a place where I can buy cheap but totally useable materials, promote sustainability while supporting a fantastic non-profit organization? 

And Austin has two locations, one of which is in my neighborhood.  love it.   Cheesy


-kl

24  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: what's your favourite choice for mixed media? on: April 12, 2007 12:17:05 PM
My all-time favorite choice would have to be Shiva oil stick.  It's essentially oil paint in a giant crayon form, and it's really fun to use.  R&F is also a good brand.


linke:

http://www.dickblick.com/categories/oilsticks
25  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: oils on cardboard? on: April 12, 2007 12:06:28 PM
A note on painting with cardboard:

Anytime I am painting on cardboard or any thinner/flimsy type board such as 1/8" or 1/4" masonite, I always paint a big "X" in gesso on the back before applying my front layer.  This is especially important with cardboard or when applying multiple layers of gesso to a thin board, as this will prevent the board from bowing.

When I speak of gesso, I am talking about acrylic gesso.  You could also use a PVC sizing, which is essentially watered down glue, but from my experience the PVC sizing and rabbit skin glue are only the most successful when applied to canvas.  For any kind of board, I highly recommend acrylic gesso.  That will provide a non-permeable layer between the oil paint and the board.

Hope that helped out somewhat.  Over the past three months I have been working almost exclusively with recycling old boards from Habitat for Humanity to use as bases for paintings, so feel free to ask away if you have any other questions! 


Cheers

kl
26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: End racism on: April 11, 2007 08:42:18 AM
I'm a huge fan of teh blanket stitch.  Nice work!


27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Spring Childrens Drawing Embroidery on: April 10, 2007 02:49:20 PM
That bunny is freakin adorable.   Cheesy


Nice work!   


kl
28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: resources, articles, great deals...... on: April 10, 2007 12:02:20 PM
http://www.123stitch.com/

Just got back into cross stitching after 10 or so years, and I am finding this resource very helpful.  Also has paper crafts supplies, beads and more. 

Enjoy!

kl
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