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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Buying Tee's to Print on.. on: July 15, 2009 10:41:10 AM
target's mossimo womens t-shirts are pretty good.  In the past they've had shelves of various t shirts (styles changing with season of course) in a good selection of colors in the store.  Sometimes you can catch them on sale too.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Paper mache.....? on: May 27, 2009 10:41:00 AM
There are many variations on materials and methods of doing paper mache.  I've always seen it revolve around pasting scraps/strips/patches of paper to some sort of support/armature with watered down glues.

support: you can use pretty much anything so long as it is fairly sturdy and can accept wet paper being placed on top of it (generally non absorbent).  I've seen water jugs, wire mesh, balloons, and custom armatures used before.  Judging by the scale of your project you may want to use a wire mesh like chicken wire or something with a finer mesh more tailored to armature making.  Whatever you decide on make sure it can handle the water from the paper mache and also the weight of it, because it can be heavy before it dries.

papers:  Again, you can use just about anything so long as it is flexible and absorbent.  Make sure the paper is not too flimsy when wet (like tissue paper, which is just plain annoying to deal with) and fibrous enough to cling to other papers.  Newspaper is a common choice and really works great.

glues:  Pretty much any water based glue is fine.  In elementary school we used watered down wall paper paste.  I personally use watered down elmers school glue.  A 1:1 ratio works well with that stuff.  just don't water it down too much to where the paper doesn't stick after it's dry, because that would be a problem.

paints: ANYTHING, pretty much.  Acrylics are always good, though tempera works fine too, you just wont be able to get it wet.  Hey you may even want to use spray paint, at least for a base color/coat.  In my experience acrylics and spray paint have a tendency to stick to things and consequently lose some of the paint, especially in hot/humid environments like Florida.  If you use those paints you may want to use some sort of sealer over them.

So basically:
>>build the armature/support
>>paper mache over it.  Dip the paper piece in water/glue and remove excess (usually run it between two fingers) and apply.  Smooth the edges to the other paper its on so it will dry to it.  Try to do only one layer or so at a time and give your layers the appropriate time to dry before going back.  You don't want to end up with a mushy mess.  Usually you want at least three layers.
>>detail work and paint

Get creative to.  You can incorporate practically anything with paper mache and do lots of things with it.

Way back when I made a paper mockingbird and detailed my process, which you may find useful/insightful.

There is also another method which involves making a sort of paper pulp mixed with glues, and that may be what you had in mind, but I'm not familiar with that approach.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: My 2 Cents...now with mini-tute on: May 27, 2009 09:55:19 AM
oh, I always pick up pennies!

and while on the topic of defacing money, you guys may be interested in this:
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: A Major Design Commission: Shell-Encrusted Tables & Sconces For A House on: May 27, 2009 09:39:10 AM
Being a floridian I've seen my share of shell encrusted items and the like, but this is really nice.  The symmetry and patterning is great.  I really like the insides of the table legs with the linear parallel look.  What sort of shell did you use for those parts?  I can't tell from the pictures.
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Silkscreen with fabric ink on paper? on: May 27, 2009 09:22:50 AM
You can use fabric inks on paper as long as they are not too 'wet'. Generally that means a lot of base was added to them to make them transparent. Opaque and medium opaque ones can work but the paper should be at least 80 lb. My recommendation is that you use acrylic ink and wall paper paste. It works perfectly for paper! and the paste is so cheap!

What sort of acrylic ink exactly?  I take it you're not referring to this sort of stuff http://www.dickblick.com/products/fw-acrylic-water-resistant-artists-ink/
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yet Another Embroidery Hoop Modge Podge Question.. on: May 27, 2009 09:15:12 AM
I don't know about that brand of paint but don't see why it wouldn't work.  Basically any acrylic paint should work and using it is easy since you can see what you have and haven't blocked out by holding the screen up to a light.
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help ink won't spread properly on the screen on: May 27, 2009 09:10:32 AM
Are you not using enough ink?  Is the paper simple absorbing it all?  Is your mesh not fine enough?  Are you pressing on the squeegee too hard causing all the ink to be pushed out rather than just leading it to meet the paper?
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: Maternity Fetus Shirt on: May 27, 2009 09:01:15 AM
clever shirt.  I really like the style you went with for the drawing and colors.
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: animals and more animals on: May 27, 2009 08:52:47 AM
Cesar Milan! Wow!  The bag and print look great!  Did you work from a posterized photo or do the color levels yourself?
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Zombie toy on: May 27, 2009 08:28:44 AM

This was for a toy project at school back in the fall.  I knew I wanted to do something with magnets because they're just plain cool, and that eventually led me to the idea of making a zombie that comes apart.  He's got small rare earth magnets in the connecting parts of his torso, appendages, and the bottoms of his feet.

Made with super sculpy (half baked, then carved with flathead screwdrivers, then fully baked), 1/4" diameter rare earth magnet discs, super glue, spray primer, acrylic paint, and a lot of time.
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