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201  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: i need help with batik on: February 14, 2006 08:02:58 PM
I third the ironing idea.  I've always ironed stuff between newspapers, then dry-cleaned it to get any wax that was left out.
202  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Batik on: February 13, 2006 06:43:35 PM
plan out your project before you start (especially the order in which you are going to dye it different colors).
Have fun!
203  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Man's Hat / Neck warmer thing on: February 12, 2006 07:54:58 PM
Hmm... the thing that immediately jumped to my mind is this balaclava:
 http://www.vam.ac.uk/images/image/13016-popup.html

I have a feeling it's not quite what you were thinking of, though.  Cheesy  Maybe you could leave out the openings for the ears?
204  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Chickadee dee dee! on: February 12, 2006 07:33:53 PM
That is Beautiful! Good job.
205  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Colored Pencil Portraits (picture heavy) on: February 12, 2006 05:02:40 PM
On the baby, I think the eyes are actually in the right place, it's just that you never did the hair, so a large part of the head is missing. 

On the second picture, I agree with what teddybearbones said about the direction of your lines.  I kind of like the way an illusion of three-dimensionality can be created from straight lines, but it might be fun for you to play around with the quality of the line (making it thick or thin, light or bold), and with creating texture.  I like working with colored pencil a lot, and I tend to use a lot of shading, and blend colors into each other, so the lines almost disappear.  In the picture of you and your boyfriend, the lines on your face and on his aren't at the same angle, which kind of changes the continuity of the image.

Also, I think you could develop your use of perspective a little bit more.  In the portrait of you and your boyfriend, it looks like your heads are more upright then in the photo, where you are both lying back (perspective and foreshortening can be really tough, because you have to abandon your preconcieved notions of what something- a nose, for example- looks like).

Whew, that was long!  I like both pictures a lot, and I admire you for trying to use lifelike colors (I always have trouble getting skin tones right, so I wimp out and draw people in yellow and red, or some other unrealistic color).  Good job with the proportions and creating a good likeness of the photo of you and your boyfriend.  Keep up the good work! Smiley
206  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Old hose and wood ash? on: February 11, 2006 05:01:46 PM
I use wood ash when I tan leather (but that's a long process, and not for the squeamish- I don't know if you'd be into taking on a project like that).  Dry wood ash is safe to get on your skin, but when you m ix it with water, it turns into lye, and it can give you chemical burns.  So, you just have to be careful when you work with it, and always wear gloves.

I've never made soap, but I think you should give it a try.  I feel like I know of other uses for wood ash, but I can't think of any off the top of my head- if any ideas come to me, I'll let you know.
207  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Making Bread? on: February 05, 2006 08:40:57 AM
If you start making your own bread, you might start to go through more bread than you do now, bacause it will be so much better Wink  Seriously, homemade bread is totally worth the time, since it tastes better and is better for you (no preservatives or "dough conditioners", and you can use more whole grains).  I love making bread by hand, but it does take a while, so if you're pressed for time a bread machine is a good idea.
208  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: what to do with imitation ground meat????? on: January 20, 2006 09:25:57 AM
millik- There is such a thing.  allrecipes.com has a feature called "ingredient search" or something, where you can put in what you have at hand and it will give you recipes that use those things.
209  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Flaxseed Meal? on: January 18, 2006 12:36:34 PM
I put ground flaxseed in smoothies all the time- as was mentioned above, it loses the omega-3 fatty acids when heated. 
210  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: one-sided paper book ideas? on: December 27, 2005 11:08:28 AM
Thanks mew, I'll have to try that.  It looks like it would work.
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