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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: Transfering a photo onto watercolor paper. Preserving workability? on: September 16, 2012 08:45:34 AM
Thanks for the reply! I am actually working on the project as we speak. I actually ended up borrowing a friend's Wacom tablet and manipulating the images digitally before printing them out; but I do enough weird techniques in my renderings that I am sure I will need to do image transfer in the future. The links are very helpful, thanks.
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Transfering a photo onto watercolor paper. Preserving workability? on: June 25, 2012 12:46:46 PM

I would like to transfer a photo onto watercolor paper and then paint on top of it. I've heard of using turpentine but I am worried about my portfolio smelling like chemicals.

I've heard of using acetone as well but only on black and white images.

Does anybody have a link or some advice on transferring color images to watercolor paper while preserving workability?
Any and all help is appreciated!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Sonic Seam-ripper! on: June 06, 2011 06:09:00 PM
nice hack.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / My first foray in to Shadow puppetry on: June 06, 2011 06:05:38 PM
Wow...been a LONG time since I posted.

I just finished my first year of grad school for Costume design and technology and the department usually ends the year with a week long intensive master class called a Charette. Basically, we are given a theme or a piece of work and then spend a four to five 16 hour days in the studio getting inspired and producing work under the guidance of a celebrity Charette master. This year's master was Willa Kim (I know!) and the theme was Stravinsky and the Ballet Russe. I chose Le Rossignol (The Nightengale) as my focus and got seriously inspired. By the end of the week I had a conceptual story board for an opera/ballet production of Le Rossignol combining modern dance with shadow puppetry and opera. Willa Kim liked my idea and my enthusiasm so much that she inscribed a book to me. It is now the most precious thing I own. I am currently in the process of finding collaborators and funding to make this production a reality, so in the future I may be posting actual costume photos. In the mean time, I also produced some awesome puppets/masks that I am dying to show off!

A standard rod puppet for DEATH. I went through 4 exacto blades for that bad boy.

Shadow mask. My sweater just happened to cast an awesome "old asian man" silhouette
Towards the end of the week I started experimenting with colored gels. I think they have great dramatic potential.
The Shadow mask in full light as modeled by my lovely assistant/movie buddy

The final display

I have more conceptual sketches and costume renderings but this post is fast approaching TLDR territory.
I am just so inspired by this whole process and excited to see where it takes me! Thanks for checking it out and happy crafting!

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dress---McCalls 5094 View D on: June 06, 2011 05:32:25 PM
This looks very well made. Good job!

Pro Tip: if you are fully lining a garment and don't want to take the time/expense of making a muslin you can make the lining first, and transfer alterations to the pattern after fitting. This way the alterations you made to the muslin will be on the inside and not showing and you won't have to fuss with the fashion fabric quite as much. This is especially useful if you end up having to make something bigger.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: finally! The poppy-skirt! on: November 14, 2010 08:11:47 AM
That's really cute. It reminds me of an Anthropoligie skirt I've got in my "inspiration" file.
7  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #56 - DIY Halloween Costumes 2010 - Due Nov 1 - Nov 7 on: October 01, 2010 09:33:46 PM
I have been looking forward to this since last October! You know, each year there are more and more entries and voting for just one gets so hard. Maybe there could be an adult and kids category this year to make voting easier?
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: I Heart Headbands! Swap on: September 20, 2010 10:20:17 AM
MizzKodak has asked me to post pics of her headband since she is sans computadora at the moment.


The whole group.

MizzKodak's headband worn by the regal Shaft Leroy Delacroix. I had actually gathered these shells on the beach with the intention of someday making a headband. When this swap came up and I was paired with a partner who loves the sea I knew it was fate!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: I Heart Headbands! Swap on: September 15, 2010 03:53:23 PM
I just received my beautiful headband from G. Beller it is soooo simple but so cute, it's a ack thin headband with grey seashells and I looooove it so much cos I love anything oceans related. I promise to post pics this weekend cos my Internet is down and my iPhone is not letting me post pictures.

I am glad you like it, although I must confess the shells did not come from the Ocean, I picked them up off the shores of my hometown on the Gulf of Mexico but that's close enough, right?
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: I Heart Headbands! Swap on: September 13, 2010 04:44:40 PM
That's fantastic!
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