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21  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Have you altered books with shiny pages? on: September 16, 2008 04:40:12 PM
er, first of all, just a plea from someone who's a bit of a hoarder ~ please don't shred the art books! unless they're truly horrific! either save them, or pass them on to some art kids you know, they're really expensive to buy new Undecided and someone else might really appreciate them just as they are Smiley

otherwise, if you've found something you're truly happy to destroy, I'd say you could prepare glossy surfaces like magazine paper, etc, by sanding them down like you said (e.g. just some sand paper, fine or heavy depending on what sort of surface you want to work on) or using gesso? someone on the "what do YOU journal about?" thread has been using it on glossy pages in an old book about paris, so that they can write or paint over the top.

acrylic paints also cover shiny surfaces quite well, but don't use a lot of water with them if you want the whole thing to be masked with colour. I tend to use acrylics straight from the tube Wink

errr anyway, I hope that helps you both, I'm intrigued about the calendars! Smiley let me know how it all works out!

speak to you soon,
22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: 2 Button bracelets on: September 07, 2008 09:16:43 AM
hey these are awesome Smiley I love the eclectic mix of buttons you've used. shame I can't bring myself to break up my own button collections! bet you'll get a lot of comments on them.

23  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: vintage photograph on: September 06, 2008 12:19:28 PM
that is an incredible photo, looks like it's been hand-tinted but someone's done a great job with it, sometimes that kind of thing can get messy.

some printing places ought to be able to blow it up poster-size or larger, which could be pretty amazing. my only concern is that you say it's been reconstructed from the original - if you blow it up too large, imperfections will get enlarged too, but that's really your call.

you could make a shrine out of it, I guess - take a look at the "altered ancestors" bit on the swap gallery board here... you can probably search for it, they've done a lot with making some beautiful things out of reprinted photos.

or... yes, I have a lot of ideas for you, hah. I think the nicest one I thought of was to get it printed onto some sort of fabric (a very fine canvas?) and cover a journal or notebook with it. you could use it as a journal for yourself, or to collect things, like a scrapbook of images you like. if it was me I'd keep a book of things I'd found in the street, like old notes and interesting bits of wrapping... but it might also be nice as a record of family things, for keeping photos together, or notes of stories that your relatives tell you Smiley

feel free to either embrace or be repulsed by any of these ideas,
I seem to have written you the longest comment in the history of the internet

hope that helped, anyway!
speak to you soon.
24  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: vintage sewing machine case to sketchbook: COMPLETE!!! (**VERY IMAGE HEAVY * on: September 03, 2008 04:59:13 PM
I saw this a few days ago and haven't been able to post due to spybot fighting with my browser.  But man, I keep on thinkin' about it!

Really neat project, I would love to sit down and play with it and see what kind of goodies you've put inside.  It's like treasure in book-shape.

woah, thankyou Smiley sadly the "treasures" are all over the place in other sketchbooks at the moment... I collect things wherever I am, old postcards, people's thrown-away shopping lists etc., it's a bit obsessive. I should photograph them, eh? Wink I'm hoping to get back to this one in a big way soon. I'm so scatty though...

glad you liked it, anyway. hope it's an inspiration, & again, thanks everyone!
25  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: vintage sewing machine case to sketchbook: COMPLETE!!! (**VERY IMAGE HEAVY * on: August 27, 2008 07:00:15 AM

very cool, I love the industrial look and feel to it!

Wow it turned out really nice! You put alot of effort into it and it looks great.

thanks folks! I love the industrial thing as well, can't beat a bit of rusty metal eh?

I can feel another bookmaking episode coming on... but I need to track down some threads first, hmm.

26  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: another notebook, raggedy ann and andy on: August 27, 2008 04:49:51 AM
what to do with the pages from is an interesting question - i have seen some journals that incorporate a page or so into each signature, but the only way to do that with the exposed spine is to reglue the pages together...

ahhh, sorry I didn't include this before...

I've fixed in old pages before by seperating individual pages so you have, say, two A5-ish sheets side by side, and using masking tape to hold them together so they can be folded together down the middle.

as long as you're gentle with the masking tape "spine" & do double layers if necessary, that seems to work okay Smiley I guess you could use clear tape but masking tape generally has a similar texture to rough paper, and might bend more easily/blend in with the worn style of the notebooks you're making.

27  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: another notebook, raggedy ann and andy on: August 26, 2008 05:41:09 PM
hello. Smiley I love this. definitely the roughed up edges... I've been wanting to do something similar with some of my stash of interesting covers, maybe this will inspire me... I will certainly stick it in my bookmarks! well done, anyway, especially for such neat stitching, and I'll look out for more of your works.

keep it up Wink
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: help on sewing leather? also, one cream singlet dress! on: August 10, 2008 04:30:53 PM
Smiley just to say, you're gorgeous

& so is that dress, I bet it's really comfy. I'm pretty sure I can't help with the fake leather jacket, other than to wish you good luck, jackets baffle me right now  Huh even though I bought the most incredible curtain fabric that I was speculating turning into a sweet winter coat (from an old pattern I have, no yardages... bah).

have fun gallivanting about in yer dress, & the belt looks good too.
speak to you soon!
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: HOODS AND PLAID... really really RAD! on: July 15, 2008 03:00:21 AM
hah, you're like on fire at the moment, it seems to take me a week to get around to making one thing these days! (case in point: I have almost all the pieces cut out for a pair of shorts but they're just sitting in a carrier bag downstairs, sulking)

these things are pretty sweet, it has to be said. I love the hoodie, and the red and yellow is also amazing. I also approve of self-made patterns, I'll get around to doing some more eventually... hah... you might have just inspired me to get back to the sewing machine!

keep up the good work Smiley

ouch, edited to add: your spectacles are supreme. x
30  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: New Collage on: July 15, 2008 02:43:55 AM
just thought I'd say -wicked message there Wink stick it up on yer wall! everyone needs a bit of a reminder at times just to be themselves... especially when things are a bit tough.

keep up the good work!
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