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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Fantasy Quilt: The Anti-Qulitin' Bee on: June 20, 2011 11:35:06 PM

What about all that fun ladies used to have at quilting bees? I was wondering if quilting bees were as charming and folksy as they look in the movies. Were they real palsy kind of places, or was everybody looking to see if your stitches were small enough? Did people feel obliged to go even if they didn't want to, like Tupperware Parties, or were they heaps of fun? I 'spose it depended on where you were and who you hung with.

I designed this fantasy quilt to celebrate my memory of the closest experience I have, to participating in an anti-quiltin' bee

The summer of 1977. I had just finished up my junior year at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and was living and working with my sister in Yuma Arizona. She had gotten me a junior programmer gig for the summer.

Trisha had gotten roped into going to a Tupperware Party. Her best friend, with whom she volunteered at the League of Women Voters, was putting it on, so of course we were going whether we wanted to or not. Coming from one of the more alternative U.C.s in California, I saw it as quite a cultural experience.

The nice-lady who ran it showed us a fine new product. A hot-dog bun keeper for the freezer.
Because, girls, you know the problem you have keeping hot dog buns in the freezer. You KNOW how those darn buns stick together!

Trisha and I stared at each other in amazement. We were both thinking the same thing. Don't they have a big knife to whack them apart with?

We drank our carcinogenic diet sodas and after 30 minutes, figured we could slip on out while the others were playing some kind of game with clothespins and a laundry bag that we never did understand.

The nice-ladys skinny backside was firmly anchored against the door.

Girls! (toothy grin). Where are your order slips?

We managed to mumble that we were not buying anything.

She gave us a look of amazement, tinged with horror. But what about the hot-dog-bun keeper? (I'm not making that product up.)

The nice-lady swiveled her head slowly back towards the rest of the group, who were now frantically scribbling on their forms amidst a welter of clothespins.

Trisha swung one foot around the screen door. I slithered through, and we lit out like two banditas into the badlands.

(This story also published in my art-journal)
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Cliff Rose Dreaming: Fantasy Digital Quilt OK? on: June 20, 2011 12:14:21 AM
I tried to REMOVE my previous post, once I realize that I had done it wrong. But crafster says 'nay' I'm not allowed. I'm sorry to leave this for a moderator to have to do. I promise to use PREVIEW now. Oh look, it WORKS this time. :-)

Does a quilt need to be a real quilt in the virtual world to get posted here? Periodically, I make digital, fantasy quilts and post them in my art journal. I get the same sort of urge that I used to get when I made analog quilts, except that these get done a LOT quicker, costs less and no scraps to recycle. Here is an example.

Hope I did this right. I'm not sure if there is some kind of ATTACH. It's been a while since I had a crafster id and I can't remember how I did this......

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Altered Book: Own artwork print method? Best way to glue? Paint type? Wallpaper? on: June 18, 2011 10:36:11 AM
This is my first time out to try out making an altered book.

Yea! The 'Friends of the Library' put out a freebies cart before the used book sale this weekend. It was hard not taking a whole bunch. I kept reminding myself it's not the first time I've seen this cart. I've got two, but one is glossy and I see from reading another reply that wasn't a good choice. Nice to find a new home for books nobody will even pay 4 bits for, an old atlas is my starting point.

I want to print some of my favorite artwork from my online art journal to use in this. I like the idea of using only my OWN creations. So I will be printing all of it and also doing stamping with a potato stamp I create myself. I know there are elegant stamps on the market, but I like that made-by-me feeling.

1) PRINTING MY ARTWORK? So... what is the best way to print my own art work so it will hold up for some time? Not the most expensive, last forever wedding-dress-preservaton deal, but just the best bet for a relatively good while. Home printer ok? I have regular paper, postcard stock and the stationary store has various high-rag content papers that I occasionally buy a few pieces of. Do I just print on my regular printer?/or I could print as glossy photos (that doesn't sound ideal) at Walgreens. Or also Walgreens will do photos with a matte surface that I can get mailed back and that sounds like not a huge deal. I just don't know what relatively-easily/accessible print method works best for including my work. Or is there something else i'm not thinking of.

2) Paint? (and Gesso) I found references to using GESSO to prime pages in an altered book, that you want to entirely art-over, and also I know that people who alter books also sometimes make use of the printed matter in the book and/or remove sections of pages. The atlas could be a nice frame around some stuff. I could gesso over the whole thing, leave a border, or leave the whole map.

 I know that people also paint colors on the pages, though what kind of paint to score for this, I don't know. Can I get something from Michaels? (I'm hoping they will have the gesso).
a) Acrylic paint? Tempra? Something else that I don't know about. 
b) Is one shape of brush going to work better than another?

3) GLUE and SEALER? I have modge podge. Is that a good way to glue down the artwork on top of the sheets? Do I use the modge podge to seal the whole sheet in after maybe I've layered say a piece of artwork with a dried flower, feather, fabric scrap on top of it?  Are there special glues/sealers that do arty things on top that I might look for later on if the modge podge works for the initial project?

4) WALLPAPER ENDS OK? Is there any problem using wallpaper odds and ends? I have freebie samples from the local FabMo giveway (they recycle interior decorator sample bits - Mountain View California is anyone is interested). I use them to make cards but they would be pretty in an altered book - if not to heavy. Maybe for the cover? Maybe not at all? (The wallpaper would take away from the only-my-own-artwork angle, but I don't need to be RELIGIOUS about that)

Thanks for you ideas and helping me to get started.

4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Altered Book - Best Way to Print my own Artwork for it? on: June 17, 2011 07:41:50 PM
Well this is not ABSOLUTELY recycled, but I didn't see another forum that seemed right. Hopefully I don't affront anybody by posting this question here. I'm sure you will redirect me instead :-)

So, I really want to try to make altered books out of old hardbacks that they dump from our library used book sale. These are the books nobody will even pay 4 bits for, old atlases and out of date textbooks. I found references to using GESSO to prime pages that you want to entirely art-over, and also I know that people who alter books also sometimes make use of the printed matter in the book and/or remove sections of pages. I know that they also paint colors on the pages, though what kind of paint to score for this, I don't know.

My question is, if I want to print my own beautiful digital artwork from my online art journal (see this is the non-recycled part) to put into an altered book, what is the best way to do that so it will hold up relatively well. Do I just print on my regular old printer? I could print on postcard stock, which I have in addition to regular printer paper. Or is there some better way to do this that doesn't cost a fortune. Especially since I'm going to be fooling around for awhile figuring out how to do this.

Thanks for you ideas and any pointers as to another place to ask this question.

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