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21  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Prisma Markers on: April 18, 2008 11:30:20 PM
i've heard from friends that you can keep prismacolors in the fridge so they won't dry out, but mine have lasted about three years just sitting in my desk, so that could be one of those personal preference kind of things...
also, they have colorless blending pens that you can layer over the ink to kind of smudge two colors together, although the colors will usually bleed into one another anyway if you get enough ink down on the paper.
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: tops tops tops, and some more tops on: April 16, 2008 10:46:33 PM
those are all great! i love the colors in the first one
23  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: crazy wall hanging on: April 14, 2008 01:34:28 PM
This is gorgeous. It really looks like an embroidery project from the thumbnail. I'm amazed at how detailed and beautiful it is.

I'm not a painter so I don't know anything about priming canvas, but I'm assuming from some of the comments that you didn't prime it *because* it was black and would somehow mess up the color. If that's true, have you thought about priming the back of the canvas? It won't help as much as if you primed the front, but it might reduce the number of layers of paint you need to put on. (Forgive me if this is an utterly stupid suggestion, please...)

you're probably right...mostly i didn't prime it because i hate stretching canvas and i liked being able to roll it up and carry it around, but i was actually thinking about trying that with a smaller piece of canvas to see whether it would wrinkle or not.  a few people have told me to try it because i guess it also helps it last longer or something...
i think they also make black gesso, so i'm still messing around to find something that works
24  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: crazy wall hanging on: April 13, 2008 01:43:07 PM
This is beautiful!  Why did you use that tiny brush for the whole thing though?  It looks like there are plenty of areas where a bigger brush would have worked just as well and taken less time to fill...

i wasn't actually planning to use such a neurotically small brush, but the unstretched and unprimed canvas had a lot of texture and it was really absorbant. i basically had to scrub the paint into the weave of the fabric so it would be a solid color and wouldn't wrinkle up when it dried.  most of the painting is also two or three coats, because like i said the fabric absorbed most of the color on the first layer or two..
so once i got started doing it that way, i just kind of went with it so the whole thing would match.  i've started working on a new one now with some more of the same canvas, and i'm trying to figure out how to work the paint the same way (for the larger areas at least) without killing my bigger brushes.

also, it was kind of meditative...when it was unrolled it took up like 90% of my living room floor so i got really into lying there and just zoning out and being totally focused on one little area at a time.
25  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: crazy wall hanging on: April 13, 2008 12:20:35 PM
thanks you guys!
26  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: watercolor paper pulp? on: April 13, 2008 12:04:43 PM
thank you!  that helps a lot
27  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / crazy wall hanging on: April 13, 2008 11:04:40 AM
i painted this with acrylic paint on black unprimed canvas...it's a little under 6 feet tall, not including the the black border...

here's the whole thing

and some close ups (sorry for the big pics)

i couldn't hold the camera straight so the pictures are a little warped, but you get the general idea.
and just for reference and because it took me FOREVER (partially because the unprimed canvas soaked up the first layer or two of paint) here's the brush i used:

i'd love any feedback/comments...i've never worked on black before and i liked the process, but like i said it took a ridiculously long time.  is this something worth trying again or improving on??
thanks for looking!
28  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: School of Amis Fish! on: April 13, 2008 10:43:51 AM
those are so cool!
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pencil case on: April 13, 2008 10:21:57 AM
gorgeous!! i love the colors and the pattern...i think that's probably the coolest pencil case i've ever seen
30  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / watercolor paper pulp? on: April 12, 2008 08:07:52 PM
so i have a ton of old watercolor paper that's just gotten too dirty or wrinkled or whatever to use for painting anymore...

i was wondering, has anyone ever tried making paper out of watercolor paper pulp?  i don't know enough about watercolor paper to really predict what would happen, and i don't want to make a huge mess...so if anyone has guesses or has worked with any thick or sized paper before, i'd love any type of advice!

thanks so much!
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