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311  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help? Painting on Ceramic. on: April 01, 2005 08:04:48 PM
sorry, i guess i should have mentioned that before. 

i paint pretty much anything that's oven-safe.  mostly teapots, cups and saucers, platters and dishes.

i want to do more of it, but this paint (a porcelain paint that can be "baked" onto the object) makes using tape or stencils impossible.

so, i'm looking for innovative paint application techniques.  or, you know, neato stuff.
312  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Help? Painting on Ceramic. on: April 01, 2005 01:51:30 PM
what other materials or techniques can i use to paint on ceramics or percelain that have already been fired?  i've done brushes, sponges, q-tips, markers, etc.

the surface is so slick.  any revolutionary ideas for someone stuck in the Dark Ages?

313  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Would really appreciate someone looking at this with fresh sight. on: April 01, 2005 01:44:39 PM
i was thinking, what about fingers, knuckles, hands? 

i mean, someone had to fahion the grater, somebody stamped the grater out of a larger piece of metal (which is a penetrating.destructive process, too). . .

i USE the grater and know what it does and STILL i manage to grate my fingernails, knuckles, etc. when i'm using it or cleaning it.

the grater without an operator does not grate anything.  that migh tbe a way to work other tangents into the concept.
314  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: iBook / Backpack / Boombox / Rabbit on: April 01, 2005 01:13:30 PM
i heart Tony and his thrift stores.


315  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Moral Ettiquette Question on: March 31, 2005 12:12:03 PM
send them!  while it's true that people might forget a thank you card you gave them, they most DEFINITELY will remember one you DIDN'T send them.  they each spent time and money to honor your wedding, return the courtesy, even if it's late.
316  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Cool paint by numbers kits? on: March 31, 2005 10:17:02 AM
veedeepee. . .i have the This American Life pbn kits!   i bought them for my husband and i to do together since we both LOVE that show.  if you haven't listend to it, definitely check it out.

we also lucked out once at michaels and found a bizarre pbn kit of aliens landing at stonehenge. 

317  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Pebeo Ceramic Paint on: March 30, 2005 12:04:34 PM
anybody else use this stuff?  you paint onto already-glazed ceramics or porcelain (even metal!) and bake at 350 for an hour.  so i buy plates, cups, whatever i can find on sale and paint them up.  makes great gift-giving.

i really like it, but i'm curious to find out what other materials i can use to apply the paint.  so far i've used sponges, brushes and q-tips, and i suppose i could rag it, too.  but i want to be able to paint a pretty, smooth background color onto my pieces.

any suggestions?  tips on painting slick surfaces?

318  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Crafty But Stupid: YOUR CRAFT RELATED INJURIES HERE! on: March 30, 2005 11:48:38 AM
My grandmother was a seamstress for many many years.  Once, she was hemming a chiffon dress (when she tells this story the word "chiffon" is said with such disdain it's hysterical) and totally zoned out.  Not uncommon for someone who hems other people's clothes for ten hours a day.  Anyway, the dress was sliding off the end of the table so what did she do?  She reached for it.  Right under the plunging needle.  She says she sat there calmly looking at her thumb, now tethered to the sewing machine by the needle, right through the middle of her thumbnail.

The other woman who was working along side of her freaked out and started screaming.  My grandmother said all she could think to say was "Take that damn dress off the table before I bleed all over it."

319  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Topiaries exposed on: March 30, 2005 11:38:27 AM
back in high school i made topiaries just like that for a stage production.  but, we used green tissue paper and craft glue.  it took for-freaking-ever.

we cut the various shades of green tissue into one or two inch squares, shaped them over the end of a pencil eraser, dipped them in glue and stuck them on the styrofoam.  the end result has a nice, full, leafy look.  they looked pretty cool from the audience, anyway. 

i also helped make an entire field of red tissue paper "poppies" for the Wizard of Oz.  yeah.  never again.

320  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: When crocheting a sweater for your cat... on: March 30, 2005 11:32:03 AM
oh. . .my . . .god. . . .i haven't laughed so much at work since cat-scan.com

that was HYSTERICAL. . . ."stupid cat". . .oh my!

poor you.  ungrateful feline.

*still laughing*

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