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21  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Bermuda Blue on: September 15, 2009 08:58:41 AM
Thanks for your comments!  I'm glad you guys like this one  Smiley

your thrift store has canvases? i'm jealous! lol. beautiful colors and use of mixing media.
i LOVE that you used newspaper for the sail. also, great title. i always have a hard time with titles.

Yeah, most of the ones around here do.  Yours might too!  Look up.  There's sometimes art on a high shelf in a lot of stores, or it may be hidden in some corner.  If I can't find a blank canvas, I'll use an old painting (preferably one in sad condition...just not moldy) and paint over it.  As for the title, I usually come up with my own; often, though, something literary, musical, or lyrical is just more appropriate.  For this painting, listen to "Baptized by Fire" by Spinnerette and you'll see what I mean.    

I also have a large canvas that has a lot of texture, if I wanted to repaint, how would I get all of that stuff off? There is one small rip repaired from the back, but otherwise it is in good shape. About 3' by 4'.

It kind of depends what's on it to begin with.  What I did with this one was to scrape off some old modeling paste (a plaster kind of stuff) with an old spoon (high-tech, I know).  It took a couple of hours to do this, but was really worth it because it re-exposed the actual surface of the canvas and toned down the harsh textures the previous artist had built up.  I think that this worked for me only because the plaster had actually started to come off in spots before I even touched it.  

For most other works, I try to only repaint over acrylic.  I always use white gesso to cover the previous work and give me a blank start, and then just start painting.  I use a lot of textures/mixed media in my pieces, so any texture that the previous artist left on the canvas isn't too much of a problem for me.  Just remember that if there's Sharpie (or any other permanent marker) on the canvas, it will likely bleed through any acrylic that you put on top of it.  I usually solve that by layering paper or ribbon on top of the marker lines.  

I hope that all helps you!  
22  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: The 40 Forks on: September 14, 2009 12:27:21 PM
That's beautiful!
23  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Bermuda Blue on: September 14, 2009 12:12:36 PM

My newest painting, Bermuda Blue.  Its 5 ft x 4 ft, acrylic and newspaper, on a thrift-store canvas.  I used bubble wrap and super-heavy gel to give the sky some texture.

Heres an attempt to show you some of the texture.  It stands out maybe a quarter of an inch

Lastly, I turned off the flash to get a better representation of the true colors:

24  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Pumpkin Bread with Cream Cheese Filling on: September 02, 2009 06:13:05 PM
That sounds SO good.
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Magazine Clutch on: August 22, 2009 10:27:45 PM
This is cool...I especially like how the edges are straight and not zig-zag, like other bags/clutches made out of magazines.  It's also neat how your clutch will hold more, since it has sides.   Smiley
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: how to make a piano shoulder bag on: August 22, 2009 10:14:17 PM
I really like the look of the finished bag  Smiley
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Door Hanger Organizer on: August 22, 2009 10:08:36 PM
I remember seeing these at the Container Store, and simultaneously wanting one badly/deciding that the price was far too high.  I love what you've done with the idea, and I like how the bottom pocket on yours is bigger...that seems like it would make it more useful  Smiley
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: I like making stuff from old pants. on: August 22, 2009 10:06:12 PM
I really love the concept/execution of this bag...it definitely looks versatile  Grin
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: License plate mailbox on: August 20, 2009 01:06:39 PM
That's a great idea...I wish I had some license plates!  Smiley
30  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: The Monsties! W/Link To Free Pattern! on: August 19, 2009 03:56:33 PM
You did SUCH a great job on those!  Too cute!   Grin
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