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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Seeking a good surface for multimedia art (pencil, marker, paint, pens, etc.) on: July 12, 2016 06:42:08 PM
I've been moving more into doing mixed media work lately, and have run into a small dilemma with my work surface -

I want something that I can use with paints (acrylic, maybe watercolor?, puff paint), inks, art markers (I have a big set coming to me finally, and I am really jazzed about using them!), gelpens (I am in love with gelpens and have two sets of dimensional ones that are absolutely lovely), maybe colored pencil, and other media like embossing powders, stamping, tape/glue, and so on.

1. Plain paper is not ideal as the wetter mediums make it buckle.
2. Even watercolor paper gets a bit bendier than I like, and more absorbent papers (watercolor, bristol board) will suck up my markers too much.
3. I thought about using thin wooden boards, but I would need to cover them somehow to get a clean background, and it seems that gesso and acrylic paints don't play well with markers, and I am dubious about the ability to use some other media over that as well. I also want a smooth surface to start with, so that I can create my own texture instead of messing with what is already there. Is there anything I could coat a board with to create a nice surface for artwork?
4. I also thought about using foam board, but I wouldn't be able to sketch on it first and I am not sure how it would work with markers and paints (but it's probably worth a go just to see what it will do anyway)
5. Chipboard was my next thought, but according to other folks it sucks up ink a lot and I worry it might buckle and bend as well.

So I am here!

Can you recommend any surfaces that would work well for this sort of thing?
Is there a type or paper that could serve me well?

I really am open to whatever suggestions you might have! Just as long as it won't react very badly to the materials I want to be using, and ideally will be fairly rigid and won't warp if I use paints and inks on it. Something CHEAP is even better, I am finally really a starving artist (it had to happen sometime, I guess!) so I welcome any suggestions that are friendly to the nearly empty wallet Smiley

I feel like Bristol board might be my best bet, but all the bad stuff I have heard about using it with markers has me worried!

Thanks so much for your insight!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stuffing alternatives for very large plushies? on: January 06, 2016 11:35:22 AM
Whatever you use, my suggestion is to cut it up into smaller pieces so when you hug the item, you don't feel one big "smoosh" of something that you used as filler.

What about cotton balls, yarn scraps, sawdust, etc...

Good luck!

Will do! I was also thinking I might stuff all the various non-polyfill things into a smaller ball to keep them all together in the center of the plush so they don't travel around and mix with the stuffing.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Stuffing alternatives for very large plushies? on: January 06, 2016 12:00:11 AM
I'm making a big Moogle for my partner, and I don't really want to have to buy 5-6 bags of polyfill to stuff this thing.
I do have some polyfill and plan to use it for the arms/legs, wings and most of the "outer" layer, but in the middle of its chubby body, I'd prefer to use something a bit less expensive to fill it up.

So far I've thought: old fabric bits/clothes, and grocery bags(??)

just to really fill out the bulky areas.

Have you guys used anything else for projects like this? I do still want it to be soft, but it would be nice to be able to bulk it up with other stuff!

Thanks <3
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help me to find or make a pattern for this dress! (pinup/rockabilly) on: May 22, 2014 10:55:55 AM
aha! I found this tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=119000.0#axzz2ZWfkoUJD which might be just the ticket. But does anyone have any other suggestions?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best methods for saving shirt logos/images on: May 22, 2014 10:55:23 AM
I don't know if this is quite the idea you're looking for, but you could use them (along with many other shirts) to make a quilt? I'm gathering shirts from mine and my boyfriend's collection to do just that. Once the shirts are too worn out, we add em to the pile Smiley

Here's a good tutorial- http://whiletheysnooze.blogspot.com/2011/09/fall-t-shirt-quilt-tutorial.html
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help me to find or make a pattern for this dress! (pinup/rockabilly) on: May 22, 2014 09:03:36 AM
Hi there! I've recently been fawning over this dress and upon closer inspection, it's just way too small for me. But looking at the pictures, it seems that it would be very simple to make my own!


The skirt looks like a simple circle skirt, no worries there, but I've never made a dress with a multi-part bodice like this one has. I absolutely love the look of it and I would love to replicate it.

Do any of you know of patterns, tutorials, how-tos on making a dress like this? Of course, free is always better but if you know of a good pattern I might buy, let me know! It's really just the bodice that intimidates me- I would love to see how all of the pieces actually interact, what is what shape, the angles of them all- and it would be great to get even just some reference. I also don't mind drafting my own patterns at all Smiley
I'd love to make this dress, but I'm fairly inexperienced at sewing garments with multiple parts, especially something as rigid and specific as this!

Thanks so much <3
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: All Things Hayao Miyazaki Swap GALLERY on: July 23, 2010 05:56:00 PM
finally got pics uploaded of what I got from Eira!
Here's everything:

The apron with soot sprites on it!

AND a binder thing full of studio ghibli inspired recipes, with the name of the bakery from kikis delivery service on it. On the back, there's a cake! SO CUTE!

The rest of the stuff. So much awesome!! I LOVE the bow! OMG!

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Skunk Jaw Swirl Necklace on: July 18, 2010 04:32:34 PM
Gorgeous piece! I love the way everything works together.
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: All Things Hayao Miyazaki Swap! Sign Ups CLOSED Send outs 7/02/10 on: July 13, 2010 05:14:00 PM
holy wow! I got my package today Eira =D OMG AWESOME!!! I'm in LOVE and will be posting pics in a day or so =)
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: All Things Hayao Miyazaki Swap! Sign Ups CLOSED Send outs 7/02/10 on: July 08, 2010 09:54:21 PM
OOOOOOKAY! Everything is all packed and ready to go, sending out first thing tomorrow inbetween birthday stuff =D

I got so excited packing I forgot to take pictures, but hopefully my wonderful partner can take pics for me haha! SO excited! Really glad the deadline was extended =)

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