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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / A Paint-A-Long of Sorts? on: January 01, 2008 11:00:06 PM
I was thinking about National Novel Writing Month, earlier, when I should've been finishing my homework (Over Christmas break?! I don't think so.). I suppose I went off on a tangent and ended up hoping that maybe there was a National Painting Month, which might stir up the creative juices in me (Mmmm, juice!).

You know what Google says when you type "National Painting Month" into a search? "Did you mean National dining month?" WHAT?! NO, that is NOT what I meant.

There. Is. No. National. Painting. Month. So, I decided to make my own (if, that is, anyone in interested in doing it with me!).

So, would anyone be interested in joining me, perhaps in February? I need to get some painting done, but, ehhh, I just don't feel like it. Nothin' like good 'ole fashion guilt and peer pressure to get ya paintin' again in no time!

I suppose that it would be loosely based on NaNoWriMo -- paint anything in any style (MAYBE in any medium...but you can't paint with, say, CHARCOAL, now can you? =o) and post it up at the end of the month. It'd be a "Paint-a-long" of sorts, I suppose.

2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Political Artwork with Thumbtacks (Need Opinions) on: August 10, 2007 06:33:44 PM
School hasn't started yet, but I've already begun thinking about a community art project which I would like to bring up with my art teacher. I just want to make sure that it sounds plausible before bringing it up with him and sounding insane.

I want to get a giant piece of thick cardboard and a LOT of black and gray thumbtacks (not push pins -- they're much more expensive Grin) and, with that, create a large portrait of President Bush (in thumbtacks!). If the principal would allow it, I'd want to put this piece in the commons, along with strips of paper and red thumbtacks, where people could write political or social commentary, the name of a soldier, their hopes and wishes, or whatever else they would like (within the boundaries of good taste) and tack it up in the white spaces.

Keep in mind that this would be sitting in a High School Cafeteria...

Well, a couple of my concerns with this are:

1) Would people be willing to participate in this? High schoolers can be timid, particularly when it comes to something which they deem "uncool".

2) Would people write things that would be considered "vulgar" and get my piece banished from the school grounds? (Ex: Would people post a bunch of cuss words?).

3) Would people vandalize it?

4) Would the tacks fall out to easily, and, if so, would push pins be a better idea?

5) Is this a bad idea, in general?

Oh, and also, I was thinking about naming it something along the lines of "Bush Voodoo Canvas" -- anything to imply that it had the same capabilities as a voodoo doll (Just in case someone wanted to stick a pin in his eye, or something, though this was certainly not my intention as I was thinking of the piece.).

Am I crazy?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / The Morton Salt Girl on: August 07, 2007 05:48:25 PM
For Halloween, this year, my sister decided that she wanted to be the Morton Salt girl. Since I'm the only one in my family who can sew AT ALL, she decided that I would have to make it for her. I really want it to turn out as best as it possibly can (since it's for my sister and all), so I have a bunch of question.

First of all, here's a picture of the Morton Salt girl, as well as an MS paint drawing of what I think the dress would look like lying flat:http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g221/ixbexaxlawyer/Morton_salt_1.jpg(Do you think that's accurate?)

Now, onto the actual questions...

1) Does anyone know of any patterns that I might be able to find which are similar to this? I was planning on winging it, but I want something to fall back on, just in case.

2) Will I need to put bust darts in the bodice? Are there any alternatives to this?

3) Would it be better for the skirt to be made of two trapezoidal piece of fabric sewn together, or two rectangular pieces gathered at the top? Would the second option end up being too poofy?

4) In order for the skirt to look a bit like it does in the picture, will she need a petticoat? 

Any tips, in general, are welcome, as well! Thank you!
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Retro-style pink table? O_o on: May 03, 2005 05:32:10 AM
(I hope this is the right forum!)

While my mother and I were digging through resale shops, yesterday, we came across an awesome retro-ish pink table. I put it in the middle of my room as a "study-table", but it doesn't quite blend in. I'm trying to find a creative idea of what to do to it...I was thinking of gluing something to the top of it, or just to the "legs" (which, the legs are really only one metal bar that curves around the entire table.) Does anyone have any ideas? I want to put a creative-like collage on top of the table without ruining my studies! (Such as; I wouldn't want to glue bottle tops to the top of it to where the top would be bumpy and hard to work on.)

Any ideas? I could really use a few!!
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