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581  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Early 40's flared dress! on: May 27, 2008 08:33:04 PM
Very nice! The shape on this is simply awesome. I love the whole ensemble too (especially the hair!), very vintage. Looks stunning!
582  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Noel Fielding 3-Layer T-Shirt (Slightly Picture Heavy) on: May 27, 2008 04:57:44 PM
Yeah, it looks kind of small, but when I have it on it actually doesn't look too bad. I actually thought about doing it bigger but I'm glad now that I didn't because the ink is so thick, if it had been much bigger there would have been serious flexibility issues!

Thanks for the feedback guys!
583  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Near Sighted/Cherry on: May 27, 2008 04:12:32 PM
That skull is adorable!! The glasses are such a cute, quirky touch. xD Love love love it!
584  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Noel Fielding 3-Layer T-Shirt (Slightly Picture Heavy) on: May 26, 2008 12:24:23 PM
Well, after a long love affair with photo-emulsion silkscreening, I have realized that if I really and truly want to make t-shirts and make a lot of them, that method just isn't feasible. It may look super professional, but it's extremely time consuming, especially for someone like me who has low motivation for it and usually employs her father to help so when I find time to ask for it, the whole thing ends up taking about a week. Not good. Plus I wait forever between doing screens (again, the process wears me down), so my emulsion gets wasted as it only lasts so long...

But then I come to Craftster and hear about the wonder that is freezer paper! I had a blank t-shirt lying around for a silkscreen I never got around to doing, so as soon as I heard about freezer paper I basically could not wait to try it out, and ran out to get some so I could make my first design.

Now, most people would probably start simple, or at least somewhat simple (say, one color, moderate cutting, no islands) but I was just so impatient that I simply could NOT go that route! For me, 3 layers and many, many islands was all that would do. I know, seeing as this was my first stencil I went a bit crazy. >_< That's just how I roll.

Anyway, here is the result!

As you can see, I made some accidental smudges...oops! I actually think the one at the bottom kind of gives it a nice effect, actually...lol!

I'm essentially obsessed with Noel Fielding from the Mighty Boosh, so I HAD to make a shirt of him. I found this photo from the BBC:

Turned it into this with Paint Shop Pro:

And then separated it into my 3 colors, white, grey, and black, respectively:

Now, something I did differently from most tutorials I've read was instead of cutting out first and then ironing, I figured it would be much easier due to the amount of islands I had to iron first and then cut out. I knew there would be a risk of damaging the fabric, but I made sure I had a really sharp X-acto and pressed down very carefully, and it worked beautifully! The freezer paper still came up at times, but after the first layer of paint the knife made slight cuts in the paint and I was able to use those as a guide to repositioning and I just ironed it again. I really wanted to use my silkscreen to apply the paint for a thin, even coat, but the holes in the fabric I had were too small so the paint didn't come through and I had to paint it by hand. Next time though, I'm buying new fabric so I can silkscreen it! I think it will come out a lot better. This one is much too thick, and I'm afraid it's going to crack big time when I wash it. Oh well!

Anyway, this was super fun and I'm so so proud of the results. Thanks for looking, everyone!
585  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: black damask beach bag on: May 26, 2008 11:56:15 AM
Love it! It looks really good. Damask has to be my favorite print ever. xD The whole thing turned out looking really nice!
There's a tutorial somewhere on here, in the purses/bags section, on how to make little purses out of cassettes!

Ahh, found it.


Hope that helps! :]
587  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: A Bag with a Plan on: May 26, 2008 07:07:28 AM
I'd LOVE to do this! I really need "the perfect purse" that's not too big and bulky but has lots of lovely pockets for things. I like making bags too, so I'd looooove this swap. :]
588  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Flat marble card suit necklace on: May 19, 2008 02:11:59 PM
Aww, very cute. I'd wear it! ^^
589  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Fantasy Rag Quilt w/bleach stencil blocks on: May 19, 2008 01:21:22 PM
That's gorgeous! I love the colors and the images you used (especially the Welsh dragon, hee, that one is my favorite ^^).
590  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Paperbot 3000 on: May 19, 2008 01:18:49 PM
Aww, he is quite cute. Tongue
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