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1  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!
2  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!

3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Skin and Bones and Cito Lindo on: November 01, 2009 07:13:55 PM
My brother brought me back a skeleton demon puppet from Mexico and I knew right away that I had to be a Dia De Los Muertos skeleton for Halloween. My boyfriend liked the idea so much he suggested we do a couple's costume.



We each made our own masks and costumes. I'm actually totally proud of him because not only did her pick up the mask making just from watching me at work; but he learned to sew using my machine after only a 10 minute tutorial!

There are a lot of details. I screen printed the border on my skirt and hand drew little skulls among the rose print of my petticoat. He painted and embroidered his sombrero and even made a cito lindo out of an old tennis racket and some cardboard. He's actually been bugging me to post this for days. I think a new craftster may have just been born.

some details.
skirt pin/ camera hanger
skirt details
gloves and makeup
cito lindo (guitar)

Anyway, Enjoy!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / First time chair makeover...tropical paradise on: October 30, 2009 02:57:46 PM
I found these four chairs out by the dumpster covered in what was either paint or bird poop...I prefer to believe paint but I gave them a good long scrubbing anyway. Then I covered them with tropical print spandex that I had lying around and put them in their new kitchy home. My astro-turfed balcony!


In Their Happy New Home!

This whole project was way easier than I thought it would be. Now I've got my eye out for other fun stuff to recover.
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Dreadlocked Pirate wig and big funky toe. on: October 30, 2009 02:37:14 PM
I recently finished designing the costumes for the children's musical "How I Became a Pirate." It's a cute play with only 6 characters so there was lots of opportunity for fun crafty details. These are my two "showpieces"
Milt Skeeter

The first is a wig that I dreaded with synthetic hair and yarn.
I started with this wig...and turned it into this one

(modeled by my boyfriend)


Next, was the oversized toe of Jacque "La Toe." I molded my own toe out of paper mache' then painted and attached it to his distressed shoe. I filled the toe with great stuff foam insulation to keep it from being destroyed during musical numbers. It's held up  to 20 performances pretty well with only a few paint touch ups needed.

The photos are from first dress, so some changes were made to the final versions; but I'm actually very pleased with how everything turned out and can't wait to try dreadlocking again.
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Of what a tangled web we weave... on: May 23, 2009 02:33:25 PM
I created this multi-media piece for a swap that I did recently and was really pleased with the results. It was basically inspired by my partners own tastes as well as a play that I was hired to design the costumes for around the same time. I call it "Rivals" and it represents the ludicrous and tangled places that we go when we fall into the trap of social competition. It's been a long time since I created something that wasn't for work and I really enjoyed stepping outside of my comfort zone to create something meaningful. Here it is.

The image is a bit blurry and the colors are dark; but it's a pretty accurate photo of the work. Anyway, what do you think?
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Use Your Noodle: Beauty School Dropout on: May 06, 2009 07:19:40 PM
Give me a Fun Noodle and some glue and I'll show you how to change the world! Or, you know, Drop Out of Beauty School.

Another show on a budget (Grease), another trip to the dollar store, another dozen fun noodles.
I could probably write the book on fun noodles at this point. I honestly tried to use another medium for this project; but I mean, COME ON! What better medium to make giant pink foam rollers than Giant Pink Foam? It was kind of obvious.


Pink Fun Noodle cut into six inch sections with an exacto blade (not pictured), $1 Leopard print headband, 2 spools of iridescent curling ribbon (should last me through all 10 head dresses), hot glue gun and glue. Entire project cost: less than $3.


The whole project took me just under an hour for the prototype. I'm sure once I get to making these assembly line style the average time will go down dramatically. I can give detailed instructions if anyone needs them; but it's really pretty darn self explanatory. It is, however, important to use a low temp glue gun lest you melt the foam.
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / I get pretty serious about my salads. on: April 30, 2009 07:04:24 PM
The following is a work in progress; but I thought I'd post the recipe anyway because it has a lot of potential.
It's partially based off of the Kenny Shopsin philosophy of food and partially just inspired by what happened to be in my fridge.

Spicy Asian Ginger Chicken Salad

2 chicken breasts, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, cut into matchsticks
1 ginger root (about the size of a baby's fist), peeled and cut into matchsticks
2 cloves garlic, minced (I keep a jar of minced garlic around the house...this is about 1 tbs.)
soy sauce
vegetable oil
sesame oil
sesame seeds
1 tbs. spicy mustard
1 tbs. white wine vinegar (or equivalent)
salad vegetables of your choice (I used mixed field greens)
1/4 cup your favorite vinaigrette (I make my own 1 cup red wine vinegar, 1 cup good olive oil, 1 packet Italian dressing mix)
1 tsp. green curry paste
1/4 cup coconut shreds (sweetened or non)
1 packet duck sauce (from you local Chinese take out)

Start by heating about 1 tbs. of sesame oil in a large pan or skillet. Add the ginger and garlic and let simmer for a while on medium heat.

I a bowl large enough to hold you chicken mix about 1/4 cup soy sauce with the spicy mustard and the white wine vinegar. Add about a handful of sesame seeds and then the chicken. Make sure it gets coated well.

Add another tbs. of vegetable oil to the skillet then add the chicken and  the peppers. Stir fry until done.

To make the salad dressing:
mix 1/4 cup vinaigrette in a bowl with 2 tbs. soy sauce, 1 tsp. sesame oil, 1 tsp. green curry paste (more if you like your food really spicy), 1 packet duck sauce. Wisk together and toss in with your salad greens, adding the coconut shreds last and tossing well.

Plate the salad and dish the chicken and peppers on top, making sure you get plenty of ginger in there.

Makes 2 meal sized salads.
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Rock Me Amadeus on: April 15, 2009 11:14:45 AM
Can i just say I've had that song stuck in my head for three months now?

I recently designed a production of Amadeus for which I made some very fun little Commedia masks. Photo call was monday so I have my own shots; but am still waiting for the professional ones to come through.
I will post better pics when i get them.
The Venticelli as the Zanni (aka "The Tattle Twins")

Mozart and Constannze as Arlechino and Columbina

c&c welcome!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / fushia kimono top on: March 10, 2009 12:27:33 PM
I made this top for the Couture swap and had to share.


Made from cotton jersey and embellished with leather flowers that I dyed and cut myself.
It was made to fit my partner and so is a bit loose on me; but it pretty much drapes well on anybody. I can't wait for jersey to go on sale again so I can make this for myself.
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