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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 / 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
3  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!

http://www.amazon.com/Ixia-Womens-Polka-Pinup-Dress/dp/B00ED36V58/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top



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
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Crazy cellphone charms, pins, hairclips and Charm bracelets! (very IMG heavy!) on: March 03, 2009 08:57:24 PM
Hey craftster! This is my first time posting something big here, so be gentle!
I'm quickly approaching my time to get my Etsy shop up and running, but I wanted to show these little doodads to you first. What do you all think?

Also, from a consumer standpoint, how much would you pay for some of these items? Thanks in advance and enjoy the pictures!

First, some simple beaded cell charms, they have little hearts on em!





This one reminds me of berries...


These next guys are my pride and joy- cupcakes! Of felt!!

These are pins. lovely, lovely pins.

I like this birthday one quite a bit.

These ones are hairclips. I LOVE hairclips, so I hope you all do too  Smiley

The angry one is my favorite

This little cloud pin is my personal buddy =D maybe I'll make more if it strikes my fancy!

Here are some mixed cell charms...

Chocolate chip polyclay cookies, beads, and a little bell.

And a similar charm


Dolphin and an orca with some dangly bead things.


Polyclay cupcakes! Love making cupcakes!

A little resin piece and some stars.

Now, a couple of charm bracelets!! I really like these, if only I liked to actually wear them! I'll have more pictures of these once I get the rest of them back from the spa that was SUPPOSED to sell them but isn't  Angry
Anyway, enjoy!



So, any ideas on how to improve on these designs, pricing, or other thoughts? Thanks everyone!!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / World of Warcraft party time! (small update!) on: August 29, 2007 04:04:39 PM
Recently, the idea formed in my head to have a World of Warcraft themed birthday party next year.
This is no problem, since I have plenty of people to invite, but the question is...

What favors to have? Food? Decorations? Costumes? Invitations?

Does anyone else here who plays the WoW have any idea what kind of crafty things I can drum up for my party? I have plenty of time since it will be next July, but I wanted to get started early!

Update: I've come up with a few food ideas, and here they are:
"Herb Baked Egg"- deviled eggs with various spices
"Warp Burger"- mini burgers, preferably with purple colored buns (any idea how to accomplish this?)
"Spider Sausage"- Little cocktail hotdogs
"Barbecued Buzzard Wing"- Barbecue wings
"Cactus Apple Surprise"- apple pie
"Conjured Cinnamon Rolls"- Mini cinnamon rolls (I bet they'll disappear within 15 minutes...)
"Healthstone"- Some kind of green sperical candy
Various mana gems- colored rock candy

Drinkies:
Health potions, mana potions, fizzy faire drink "classic", various elixirs: Different colored sodas.


Already decided-
My costume: Tauren Shaman!
Party name: DING! Level 17!
Guests: All those other nerds!


Give me some ideas! WOO!
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