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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / advise on what paint to use on an aisle runner on: June 08, 2014 05:57:52 AM
hi everyone,

i'm sure i'm not the only one this happens to . . . i'm not too shabby at painting things and so i keep getting requests for things i've never done before.  such is my current situation.

i've been asked to paint an aisle runner for a wedding.  it will be a large painted peony with monogram over it, in rather specific colors.  totally fine, right?

i'm not sure what paint i should use!  i'm most comfortable with acrylics, but i'm worried that painting a large flower on the fabric will cause problems.  when the paint dries will it shrink up the fabric?  will it cause ripples?  is there another paint i can use?  she said she's used martha stewert paints for other portions, so i know they come in hwe colors - would those be beter to use?  fyi - her mother is making the aisle runner and she wants in in the middle - so failing is out of the question.

i'm just really nervous about it, and i've got so many other commissions that i don't have the spare time to test a bunch of paints or mess this one up.  any and all advise welcome.
2  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / recommend a paint pen for painting canvas shoes on: January 15, 2014 05:56:41 AM
i've been painting shoes with acrylics for some time, and i'm happy with my process, however . . .

i've been commissioned (by a very sure-minded teenage girl) to paint a pair of black toms.  she has specific requests that will require a fine or extra fine tip white paint pen.  i know from experience that there are several pens that do not work (bleeding, soak into the fabric, oil paints leave oil spots, etc) and i'd like to not spend $30 trying a multitude of pens to find the one that works.

so, please, if anyone has some suggestions, i'd love to hear them.

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / book club swap? on: July 12, 2013 11:21:18 AM
hi everyone!  my name is Jo and I am a whore for books.
(everyone: "hi, Jo!")

 OK also love to craft.  and now I'm trying to think of a swap that might bring the 2 together.  perhaps there are like minded individuals out there?

I see a few different ways to accomplish this . . .

1 - a book is assigned and participants are given a month to read and craft (thinking a 3 point swap where at least a small is related to the book)

2 - which I like better - swap partners are assigned by interests and each person sends one of their favorite books and a related craft.  so, for instance, I might send a copy of the hunger games and a mockingjay shirt.

3 - maybe it is just a book club type read-along and everyone swaps related bookmarks or atc's or inches (for those ebookers).  if we make it a monthly affair we could acquire a nice collection of literary artwork?

please tell me there are other readers out there?

4  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / i paint shoes on: April 23, 2013 03:00:40 PM
i'm in a bit of a shoe painting frenzy these days.  it's really becoming popular around here.  anyways, thought i'd show off some stuff i've done.

i call myself a 'short-order artist'.  people give me tiny little snippets of what they want, or little ideas, and i just go with it.  it's a lot of fun, most of the time.

"taylor - bees and sunflowers"
you can't see the little bees all around the shoes, but they're there.  these are the tiniest little toms you've ever seen - too cute.

"i like space"
so you get the whole solar system.

this is my 9-year-old daughter, who has no idea what graffiti is, or that typically graffiti says something.  telling somebody to paint graffiti without direction is tricky.  so this is what she gets - her initials. 

"fox, w"
you get what you ask for.

"something about birds"
really?!?  that's all?  yup - birds.  what would you do if somebody told you to paint them something "birds" on a pair of $50 canvasses?  well, this is what i did for her.  it's not what i would do for me, but i think i guessed her right.

"rylee likes princess stuff"
these shoes actually saw another artist first, but the customer wasn't thrilled, so this is my cover-up.  nothing left of the original.

"grace, cupcakes"
gotcha.  fyi - red is a horrible color to paint on.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / clothespin doll cake topper - rainbowlicious on: March 21, 2012 04:54:40 PM
hi all!

i hope this is where i should be posting this - it's a doll, so i think i'm right?

anyhow, i made this lovely in a personal swap with rlynn for her little girl's 4th birthday, and i'm tickled with how it came out!  aria's birthday was set to be a rainbow extravaganza, so she needed a fitting cake topper, right?

it is based off a pinterest image, but i went rogue adding a bejeweled crown and her name bunting.

c/c welcome!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / decoupage family name plaque on: March 01, 2012 12:49:28 PM
i just finished this plaque and i wanted to share!  a friend commissioned it for a wedding gift, because i made one for her years ago and the bride always compliments her on it.  anywho . . .

it's just a simple decoupage project.  i cut out the circles, run the edges along a black ink pad (barely does anything, but totally necessary!), then 'draw' the letters on with a fine tip permanent marker.  i use these pens called 'precise', because they bleed less and the black color is closer to black ink.  then just paste it all on your black painted plaque!

i use a variety of scrapbooking papers along the border, just tear and paste!

hope you like it.

7  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / i made a felt rock rug! on: February 06, 2012 05:48:02 AM
we've all seen the inspirations . . . there was a commercial made felt rock rug, then etsy became swarmed with them, and a couple on here have tried it.  it popped up on the wist of a swapmate, so i decided to give it a try.

she stated to like earthtones, especially shades of blue and green, so i wanted my rocks to lean that way.

the rocks are all wet felted, most over wool yarn balls.  it took me for.ev.er.  perhaps why the finished product was a bit small.  i'm thinking bath mat.

killer project.  never again.


8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / fabric hunting - help! on: January 05, 2012 10:56:16 AM
hi!  not sure if this is where this should go, but i need help.  i am on the hunt for alexander henry's farmdale apples in pink and i cannot find yardage anywhere!

i would love to have several yards, but i will settle for whatever i can get.  i intend to use it for my kitchen curtains or as an accent to them.


9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / kitchen curtain confusion! on: November 22, 2011 09:34:32 PM

my name is jo and i cannot figure out my kitchen curtains.

i have 3 windows in my kitchen.  one large one where our kitchen table is

(please note these are images from before we moved in, so anything on the wall or the table/chairs are not in there.  our table is a natural stain and has more straight lines)
one small one above the sink

and we have a door leaving the kitchen going into a breezeway that is 75% window.

all three are currently covered in the previous owner's delightful seafoam green curtains that are a bit 'old lady' in style (my opinion).  i'm looking to change that.

i have the fabric picked out and purchased:

one i tear off all the wallpaper i intend to paint the walls an aqua that's a few shades lighter than the one in the fabric.

i need help.  i want the house to have a fun/modern/casual vibe to it, so what style of curtains should i do?  we do not have a formal dining room, so this is the whole deal.

a couple contenders:

oh, and last note . . . the directions these windows face gets the evening sun (dinner time), so there does need to be significant coverage.  the blinds have to stay.

thanks for your help,

10  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / my first toms shoes gig! on: November 05, 2011 08:15:31 PM
hi all!

i post a week or so ago about a job i got hired to do - painting toms shoes!  and i wanted to show off some of my work from today.  i used acrylic paints on all . . .

it was a blast and i hope they invite me to future events.

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