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1  Re: Help I'm killing my prismacolors! in More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions by captaincoffeebean on: April 10, 2008 10:57:55 PM

I took an architecture drawing class a few years ago and here is what my teacher suggested:

Always Always Always sharpen with a blade! use a small one so that you can control it a little better, but always use a blade! The reason for this is that although it does take some getting used to, you can control how much of your pencil gets shaved off and therefore waste less! you can also control the tip of your pencil... You want to shave the tip of your pencil with the blade (be careful!) and eventually you will have enough control and technique such that you can get whatever tip you need on your pencil!

Also, I personally would not reccomend using any sort of sanding block because you probably do not need one. Keep a piece of scrap paper in your box for testing and you should also be able to use a little bit of that for sanding if at all needed (its always best to test your pencil before using it on your drawing so that at the very most, you can make sure it is at the right consistency and at the very least you can avoid getting "shavings" on your drawing!

Another handy tip for your colored pencils is to have a box for your shavings! My teacher used a cigar box with a rubber strap on it (for sealing purposes and he shaved his pencils into it. I can imagine that someone might be able to find something to do with your shavings if you can't... but he would keep the cigar box with his pencil box and that way he never had to shave into the garbage or anything and he could shave any time he needed to!

That is the blade I use (the one the teacher uses and reccomended)... this  blade is magical! It is the easiest thing I've ever worked with and it is generally really good! It appears to be an OLFA stainless steel blade and it is about a centimeter wide! I use it to sharpen and cut everything!

I hope this helps!
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2  Wild Bird Bag! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by captaincoffeebean on: April 10, 2008 10:18:30 PM
Hello craftster! This will be the first project I post on this board!

I just got a new job down the street from my house and I needed to make a tote bag to carry my "home clothes" in so I can change at work and go out from there (I got the job close to home just so I could have that option) and I really like the bag! I'm not too proud of the craftsmanship but I am really proud of the cuteness!

I originally was going to make a black canvas tote bag, however the fabric store I went to did not have black canvas (and my dye attempt went downhill), but they DID have black corduroy, so I went with that! I was also going to make a large leopard print pocket in the front, but I decided to go with something more simple...

The leopard print bird on the front was inspired by the fabric I bought for the liner which I HAD TO BUY because it was so cute!

Here is a detail of the liner fabric (I love it so much!):

I love how the bird came out! I wanted the bird to be a little "rough around the edges." Most of the people who have seen the bag say the bird doesn't look like a bird and that it looks like a seahorse... I might have to give him feet!

Thanks craftser!
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