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31  Ohio / Ohio: Southwest / Re: Dayton Area Craft/Thrifting on: November 17, 2004 09:13:28 AM
Well, I'm glad I double checked with you before I showed up and the Marcos on South 48!  When I passed the giant Jesus I was wondering why the heck he's half buried... wondered if it was supposed to be some kind of symbolism.  Probably not though... if the people who made it believed in symbolism they probably would have just used a cross like most people:)

On the Salvation Army thread... the one down here by the Dayton Mall is huge and I've found some pretty nifty stuff. 

There is also a Goodwill a few miles East of the Dayton Mall on 725 on the South side of the road (right by Dingleberry's... a very good used music store).  It's a small Goodwill but I have found some excellent stuff there.  I think it has something to do with the upperclass people that probably donate there.  Found a brand new beautiful Lapis dress with the tags still on it.  Just had a busted zipper.  I hope the old owner didn't bust it because it was too tight... been there and that ain't a good feeling Cry
32  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Check out my altered photos on: November 17, 2004 09:00:27 AM
Don't be silly!  They really are easy, you just have to experiment a little.  Everyone has craft paints, water and pictures.  If you don't have sandpaper you can use a bent nail file or even rub the wet pic on the sidwalk outside.  (Thanks about the crown... it's foil)  Cheesy
33  Ohio / Ohio: Southwest / Re: Dayton Area Craft/Thrifting on: November 16, 2004 07:03:39 PM
Solid Rock Church?  Haven't heard of it but it sounds scary!  Well, that's not fair... I always think church is scary:)  What's scary about it?

NynaeveAS, I called Marco Paper and they referred me to their Kettering store... should I just stop in their Centerville location and ask about scrap paper?   Is there a code word or a secret handshake or something Grin ?
34  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Check out my altered photos on: November 16, 2004 06:55:02 PM
Thank you! They're so easy! I found a terrific new magazine at the book store last week called Cloth Paper Scissors... it's their first edition.  They had this great tutorial in there about making altered photos by an artist named Karen Michel.  Google her name and you'll find her website. She also does altered books.

Anywho,  quick explanation...

Take a photograph (haven't tried digitally printed ones yet) and soak it for about 5-10 seconds in water.  Then take sandpaper or steel wool and rub over the image.  You can rub really hard to wipe out background stuff and more lightly just to make a rough surface (I don't usually rub over faces and stuff that I don't want to change at all). 

Then rinse the pic again to get rid of the print emulsion you just sanded off.  Now you can paint it with water colors, watered down acrylics, markers... just about anything while it's wet (sponge off any puddles of water first).  If you want to color it with colored pencils you have to let it dry for a little bit because the wet surface won't take much color from colored pencils.  I used watercolor pencils because after you've colored with them you can add water and they look like watercolors (hence the name right?) 

Lastly you can decopage images and glue beads and ribbon on.  The magazine suggested using decopage glue or white glue over the whole thing when you're done painting so that you won't lose any of your color if it happens to get wet again.

So there's the short version!  You really should check out Karen Michel's website.  She does incredible altered books too.

Hope that helps.  Post some pics if you do it.  I just love my new hobby.  I've been going through tons of old pics that were just piled up.  The best part is that if you hate the way you or someone else looks in a pic you can just rub 'em out!  Hmmm... maybe I need to get out the old bf pics...
35  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: i've overcome my fear of the sewing machine on: November 16, 2004 10:02:17 AM
Wish I could overcome the fear of my sewing machine... it was given to me recently and it looks so complicated (I can use a computer, DVD player, VCR, etc but not a machine that's been around longer than all of the above)!  You've given me hope:)
36  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Check out my altered photos on: November 16, 2004 09:56:43 AM
That's my sister:)  I actually had my pic up for my avatar but I changed some info on my profile and must have accidentally removed the pic...
37  Ohio / Ohio: Southwest / Re: Dayton Area Craft/Thrifting on: November 16, 2004 09:21:08 AM
Thanks for all the great tips.  We nearly went to Waynesville to check out the Sauerkraut Fest but were warned that it's a madhouse.  BTW I saw that hideous statue. Who/what was the brainchild behind that behemoth.  It's like watching surgery on the health channel... you want to stop looking but you just can't pull your eyes away.  People get upset about having too many billboards and McDonalds' polluting our scenic landscapes when the true crimes live on in their evangelical glory!
38  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: I've figured out the best way to stencil EVER. A must read. (tutorial and pics) on: November 16, 2004 06:04:33 AM
Great tutorial... used this method for the first time this weekend and you're right it does appear to be the best way to stencil EVER.
39  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Check out my altered photos on: November 15, 2004 06:05:07 PM

This is my first attempt at posting pics so hope I did it right.  These are some altered photos I've been working on for a journal for my sis.  Would love feedback as I just moved and haven't made real, live friends to show stuff to yet... and my husband thinks I'm just "ruining" perfectly good photos Smiley
40  Ohio / Ohio: Southwest / Re: Dayton Area Craft/Thrifting on: November 15, 2004 05:51:02 PM
Anyone know of any good coffee shops?  I did find an okay flea market between Dayton and Cincinatti on 75 called Turtle Creek... there's another across the highway from Turtle Creek that I haven't been to yet.  Mostly new stuff though... not a ton of good old finds.
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