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21  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LetterGhost on: November 01, 2005 11:41:03 AM
I got my lovely tote bag from crazy_bc_jen!
I gave her tons of suggestions based on things I like, and she went with a nature theme (always good with me):

Neat fabric huh? I like the colours, and I think the fabric is sort of retro-looking, which I like because (like most of your Craftsters) I'm a big secondhand-shopper.

And, it's reversible!!!

which is SO GREAT because, during the cold months when I usually wear a black coat, I can use the bag print side out! And in the spring and summer, when I'm more brightly dressed, I can wear it black side out and still have my customary touch of black.

Close-up of pocket:

And, it's the perfect size for everything I need to take to and from work, or the library, or wherever. So, THANK YOU JEN! I love it, I'll be using it every day, and I'm really pleased at what I've received in my first swap!

(Now I'll just be biting my nails 'til the package I sent gets to Singapore!)
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22  Re: Nothing Works On Black!!! Any Ideas? in Stenciling: Discussion and Questions by LetterGhost on: October 15, 2005 05:30:50 PM
I've used fabric paint on black/dark shirts. It works great! As long as it's OPAQUE paint, not transparent.

I use Pebeo Setacolor Opaque, purchased from my local art supply store.
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23  Re: Show off your hair! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by LetterGhost on: July 08, 2005 09:54:59 PM
Ubermensch, if my hair was as naturally pretty as yours, I wouldn't have starting dyeing. Such a rich brown colour and I love your curls.

In January I cut 14 inches of hair off and decided that, since it's short, I might as well grow out the black which I've had about 4 years. So I started dyeing my roots red in March. This is what it looks like now:

Much more fun than the brown roots/black hair look. Most people can't figure out how I've done it. It's just that the dye doesn't take on the black part.
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24  Re: Beatle Projects in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by LetterGhost on: June 18, 2005 01:32:10 PM
Wow...you and your son are SO cool. Those drawings are wonderful, they even look kind of psychedelic! How did you make the Yellow Submarine figures? They're so cute.
Smart of you to get your son into the Beatles. My parents had me listening to the Beatles when I was pretty small and I think they were grateful not to have to listen to the Smurfs and the Chipmunks records anymore....
I don't have any Beatles crafts...but here's a picture of John Lennon drawn when I was learning how to use a Wacom tablet.
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25  Painted shirts: Crane and Cobra/Lobster in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by LetterGhost on: June 18, 2005 01:18:29 PM
Some of the swaps going on look like fun, so I have to accumulate more posts (and prove that I'm swap-worthy)!... here's a couple more painted T-shirts.

Crane shirt:

and the back (these are not stencils, though they would probably make good stencils):

Cobra vs. Lobster (I'm can't recall why I thought this would be a good idea, but I like it a lot):

Back of shirt (don't like this lettering, I shouldn't have freehanded it):

All painted using fabric/silkscreen paints. I find transparent iron-on transfers to be really crackly and haven't found any opaque transfer sheets around here to try... and silkscreening is too much hassle. Yay for paint!
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26  Re: Hand-painted animal shirts in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by LetterGhost on: June 17, 2005 11:50:01 PM
Close-up of one squid (he does have some green shading on him, but the it's hard to see as the colour of the paint closely matches the shirt):

It's funny, I thought that a squid would be just a weird, quirky thing to have on a shirt. But apparently I'm not the only one that thinks that someone in Marketing screwed up when they left out the squid. Enough kitties and monkeys and bears on shirts, bring on the strange submarine creatures!
I paint my tees using Setacolor Opaque fabric paint, made by Pebeo (found in the Craft section of my local art store.) They're actually silkscreen paints. They come in transparent, opaque, metallic, fluorescent and even silk paints. Pebeo also makes Setaskrib fabric markers, which are transparent inks. Both are iron fixable. I didn't use an embroidery hoop or anything...just laid the shirt out on my drafting table, had a pencil drawing ready to copy, drew a basic chalk shape , and painted it on. It is probably more time-consuming and requires stronger drawing skills than other methods, but here's why I like fabric paint-- primarily because it washes GREAT (as long as it's heat-set you can't pick this stuff off no matter how hard you try), second, you can get more detail than with a stencil, third, less equipment than silk screening, and fourth, if you can paint, you can blend colours and shade really nicely (but I didn't do that here.) It's just more flexible. A good way to try T-shirt painting is to get opaque white paint and a black paint/black marker and make a white design on a black shirt--you can black out your mistakes and they're hardly noticeable.
And thanks for the positive feedback! This is such a great site, I've learned so much from people here already!
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27  Hand-painted animal shirts in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by LetterGhost on: June 17, 2005 03:47:50 PM
Not sure where exactly to post these...they're just painted. The first one may look like a stencil, but it's not. I like handpainting much better than stencilling or transfers though--stencils are limited, and the transfers crack and peel. These paints wash wonderfully.

The bird skeleton has no special meaning. I just like to draw skeletons. And am bird-boned myself.

And giant squids. Why not?
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28  Pixies T-shirt in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by LetterGhost on: June 17, 2005 02:06:26 PM
I feel silly posting something so simple, but I want to make myself eligible to do swaps in the future, so I post away! To start, here is a t-shirt with a logo for the band The Pixies. A great band and, I've always thought, a terrifically designed logo (off the cover of the album "Trompe Le Monde") which I scanned and traced in Illustrator. I don't like it so much in pink though. I was just so excited to have found inkjet transfer paper that I ironed on the only blank tee I had around. But I don't feel the pink is really appropriate...

Mostly I paint clothing...can anyone tell me where would be an appropriate place to post painted clothing (not stencilled or silkscreened)?
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