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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / First "faux" silk-screens - TONS of pics on: June 13, 2006 08:40:45 AM
Hi there! I needed to make some presents, and I loved this tutorial:


I had everything at the house already, so I gave it a go. I think it turned out really well, and was really happy that I didn't have to try to turn a kind of complex pattern into a stencil. Because I suck at that. Seriously, this was way easier, although it kind of took a while doing all the painting.

I'm including some pics of the process too.

This is the logo of a band my brother loves, Amadan - they do Celtic rock and are from Portland, Oregon, our hometown. I thought he definitely needed a t-shirt, and I emailed the band and they were SO nice, and sent me a clean image of the logo.

So I did the tracing thing - this hurt my wrist, and annoyed me that I had to trace the pattern twice. But I found an easier way - see below.

Now this may not be news, but as I was painting on the Mod-Podge, I accidentally got some on a glass frame that was in the way. I of course noticed it after it had dried, but it just peeled right off! So... I've made a couple others (below) using a big picture frame. After I attached my fabric to the frame, instead of tracing the picture onto the fabric, I put the image I wanted to trace under the glass from the frame, put the frame with the fabric on top of the glass, and then painted the Mod-Podge directly onto the fabric, hence onto the glass. Let it dry, and then peeled the entire thing off the glass. Tada! No tracing! It may be an imperfect method, but it made it SO much easier for me.

Ok, more pics..

Finished design (yes, I had to touch up a couple areas, since I was really afraid of over-saturating the design and didn't want it to smoodge all over the place)

And finished t-shirt!

OK, here are some other shirts I made for him too.

This is an ad for the same band, that I found online somewhere. Thought it was pretty bad-ass.

Close-up. It came out all blurry, but I think it looks cool that way. I also had to fill in a couple spots afterward. But the only real problem was that the white has since turned kind of grey-ish. It still looks ok, but I need to work on how to get a true white. (using acrylic/fabric medium. I'm afraid of screen inks. Photo-emulsion sounds scary-complicated!)

And this is a combo stencil / faux-silkscreen. This was actually the first one I did onto an actual shirt, as a test, but I placed the image way too low, so I added the words/title in up top. Didn't do a great job of matching the greys, but maybe it will look intentional.... Right?  Wink

What do you think? This is in the right folder, right? I'm still fairly new, and really really new to the stencil/silk-screen thang.

Thanks for looking!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Collage-y / decoupage-y mini-journals - & Mod-Podge question on: June 12, 2006 10:59:24 PM
Hi! My brother is graduating from college in philosophy in a week, and I made him a bunch of presents. He uses these little notebooks all the time, like a "to-do" list thing, and so I added some pics and philosophy quotes. I think they turned out really cute, even though they're nothing like some of the fabulous altered journals, etc. I've seen on here.

But I have a question for you wonderful paper-craft wizards and wizardesses: I have trouble with Mod-Podge kind of sticking together when the finished products are stacked. I can't let a mod-podge coated surface touch anything paper or else it gloms together and tears when I separate them. Is there some kind of sealant I should be using? I've heard about that, but never used it, and wouldn't know what to buy.

Thanks in advance!

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / First t-shirt to purse from Tease book on: May 30, 2006 04:33:00 AM
Hi there!

This is my very first purse ever, and the first project I did from the book Tease. I am in love with it. I added lining, which is different from the book. Likey?

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Scarf-neck blouse - pattern? help? on: May 24, 2006 12:02:18 PM
Hi there! I've been dreaming about a luxurious emerald green dress blouse with a scarf type neck to wear with suits, and since I can't find one anywhere, I want to try to make one. Has anyone ever heard of this? I've seen some sales people I work with wear something similar, with their hair pulled up in a twist, and a big bow at the back of the neck. (but they're always black satin, and I want green!!!

Does anyone know of a pattern/tute? Should I just wing it? Maybe take a regular blouse pattern and instead of the collar, just attach a big long glorious scarf? It is actually important to me that the scarf actually be atttached, otherwise I'll either choke myself or lose the scarf. Not to mention it's part of the dream...

I'm going to practice on some cheap-o lining fabric (since it's slide-y) that I already have before I start the quest for the perfect green silk. (totally impossible to find. arg.)

These are sort of what I'm looking for, in case you've never heard of these before. I just want mine to be more fabulous, and a little more modern looking. It a tricky business - avoiding looking like grandma, but I'm determined.  Wink (also, I am not as skinny as this lovely ebay mannequin - darts always flatter me more than poofs and gathers...)

Thank you!

5  California / California: Central / SF Bay to Breakers on: May 22, 2006 02:57:39 PM
San Francisco Craftsters!
Happy Monday!

I want to see what everybody did for the Bay to Breakers yesterday. I was Princess Leia. I made a big white cloak from a wizard pattern, cute, but nothing very wild. I am always blown away by how creative people are. I did a search, and I CANNOT BELIEVE there are no Craftster postings yet for B2B. Am I just not doing the search right?

Here's my costume. I want to see yours!!!

(If this is the wrong area to post this, please tell me where I should have put it and how to move it please! Thanks!)
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Reupholstering a chair - question on removing pegs on: May 22, 2006 11:10:52 AM
Hi there - I bought some chairs that I want to re-cover, but there are these funny wooden peg things covering the ends of the screws that I need to remove in order to take the chair apart. It's oak, and the pegs make it look sleek, covering up the screw-heads, and making it all flush and looking the same.

So the question in this: how do I get them out without damaging them? They are really wedged in there. My boyfriend said to pry them out with a really skinny screwdriver, but I've never seen a screw driver that skinny, and they are round, so it would have to be curved too?

Do you think I should just pry them out however I can, and try to repair the damage I inflict later? (or just replace the pegs) Or should I try to cover the chair without removing the pegs? (this could be possible, but would be much nicer looking if I could take it apart...) Or is there some special tool/trick you know of? I may go to the hardware store too and see if they know of anything there....

I'll try to post pics tonight. I'm at work, and this has just been weighing on my mind, especially as it has been holding me up from putting on my new fabulous fabric!!!

Thank you Craftsters! Any suggestions would be fabulous!

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