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221  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Wow don't I wish I weren't so Dumb Tees on: July 05, 2005 09:46:58 PM
Thanks for the explanation, happycrayon, that was all I needed to know. I just didn't know you could use wax paper as a stencil! I usually paint straight on my clothes with the silkscreen paint but I've been wanting to try some simple stencils.

It's so refreshing to see well-designed shirts that have funny sayings on them that are not sexually-charged, as opposed to what I see at the mall. Around here most of the shirts have some variation of "I'm a Hottie" or "Look at my chest." I know that can be funny for some people but for me, I don't have the confidence to walk around with "Sexy" on my shirt, that's not an assertion I want to make. However, I think I am going to have to make my own version of the ringtone shirt, that's something I can stand behind! Hope you don't mind, allerby.
222  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Wow don't I wish I weren't so Dumb Tees on: July 05, 2005 09:15:20 PM
Nice job! Not dumb at all. I like the different fonts, they 're really well-suited for the phrase on each shirt. I particularily like the ringtone shirt!! So often I feel the same way... especially when classical songs get murdered. Or any song I like, actually... I don't think any good music should be slaughtered that way.

I don't know the freezer paper method. Would you happen to be able to point to a tutorial?
223  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: henna'ed on: July 04, 2005 09:57:28 PM
go read all about henna at http://www.hennapage.com
Very, very extensive resource. EVERYTHING you need to know is there. Just stay away from so-called "black henna."

I started doing henna about 2 months ago and I always have my left hand done from fingertips to near-elbow. One thing you should know is it stains lighter and fades away quicker the closer you get to the trunk of your body. (look up the sections on how henna stains and where it stains best on the hennapage.) So, my palm design might linger 4-6 weeks but farther up my arm is pretty faded in a week or two. I usually trace over my designs every week or so to keep them looking good.

So, why do you want sleeves done if you don't wear short sleeves? No one will get to see it!
224  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: papier mache squirrel (w/ pics!) on: July 04, 2005 09:34:39 PM
I vote for fun-looking too...definitely go for creative colouring. You won't be able to make him look realistic anyway, so why not make a crazy cartoony squirrel? I don't know where you live (but I noticed your canadian spelling), but if you happen to live in Ottawa where they have mutant black squirrels maybe you should paint him really bright like a "scare-squirrel" and put him in your yard, keep those black squirrels away! Man, they're bold, and they can be vicious. Anyway, looking forward to seeing the results!

Nice work on the form. Just curious-- which came first, the idea to make a squirrel out of something or the idea to make something out of your lemonade bottle?
225  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: cat and bag on: July 01, 2005 01:45:17 PM
I love both of them too! They're very unique!
226  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dino tote. on: July 01, 2005 01:43:40 PM
Lucky for you you're safe on the internet...or else I would steal that bag!

It's great! Like the strap too. The dinosaur even looks kind of puffy, is it?
227  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Starburst purse on: June 25, 2005 08:31:36 AM
It's so pretty. The fabric and ribbon you chose work really well too. Nice work!

I am SO impressed with all the people here who make such lovely things out of GARBAGE!
228  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Robot TShirts by Fish McGill on: June 22, 2005 08:33:58 PM
Beat me to the punch! (I'm working on robot tees too.) Your robots have a lot of personality! Great designs too. It'd be nice if you posted a close-up too so we can see the linework better.
229  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: >>2 Simple Skirts and a duck tape skirt on: June 22, 2005 08:30:22 PM
I like the blue skirt especially, nice trim. But I have to ask, how comfortable is the duct tape skirt? Just curious...
230  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Painted shirts: Crane and Cobra/Lobster on: June 22, 2005 08:28:14 PM
(Now that's an easy way to keep track of your posts... just noticed that "Show new replies to your posts" function. Heh heh... silly newbie that I am. I've been so excited about looking at people's projects that I haven't noticed the other text around the page! anyway...)

Thanks everyone for your kind words! To answer a few questions, yes, it's just painted with fabric/silkscreen paint (usually drawn first in pencil though.) It's worth the effort--you can't gouge this stuff off with a knife, it does NOT flake off. It can be be a bit time-consuming because the paint doesn't spread really well, you can only apply a little at a time (but stencils can take just as long! and I find cutting more tedious than painting). It takes me anywhere from 2-5 hours to do a shirt; these two took probably close to 4-5 because of the detail (the white outline around the cobra/lobster took an hour alone). For that reason, I can't really sell them because I couldn't charge a fair price without ripping off either myself or the buyer. However, I am hoping to participate in some swapping fun in the future -- I was worried at first that no one would want to swap with me 'cause I'm a crappy seamstress/knitress, and a mediocre jewellery maker... but since you people have given me such a positive response I feel more confident now that some people would like hand-painted things just as well as hand-made. So, I'm gonna keep honing my skills and keep my eye on the swap board!

Thanks again for your comments and thanks everyone for taking the time to look!
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