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10941  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: first screen print on paper on: October 22, 2006 07:41:22 PM
you can use regular silkscreen inks. you only have to use different inks for textiles.

What are the different inks for textiles? I thought silkscreen inks were for textiles. But, I'm just learning about the process, so I don't know too much! Wink

Can you recommend a good source for inks?
10942  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: first screen print on paper on: October 22, 2006 02:46:52 PM
Beautiful! Can you use regular silk-screening inks or do you have to do anything special? I'm thinking Christmas cards...
10943  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: My CAT GIVEN YOU THE FINGER !!!!! on: October 22, 2006 02:44:12 PM
KIT-CAT! You must be psychic! I've been searching for a simple, low cost method to do screen printing. Thanks for the link to the tutorial! Now, if I could just get my act together and clear out a space in my house, I could actually get back to crafting!

Love your cat print...it would make a great stamp...hint, hint...
10944  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: HAND CARVED STAMPS!!!!!check them out!!!! on: October 16, 2006 05:16:25 PM
Btw,  I read somewhere else that stamping with bleach is also very cool, fot it gives a lighttoned (is that a correct word?  Huh) print... But I don't know if it damages the stamps?

Bleach is okay for regular rubber stamps as long as you clean them right away (I wouldn't leave them sitting in the bleach). I don't know if it would do any harm to hand-carved stamps...again, I think if you cleaned them quickly, it should be okay. I usually put some bleach on a shallow dish or plate and then put a few folded paper towels in the dish. The paper towels soak up the bleach and make a bleach "stamp pad." Keeps the bleach from splashing, too. Some people recommend a bleach pen- I think it is less messy and you can control the application better- but I haven't tried it yet. Every time I go to the store, I forget to look for one!

And, if you use bleach on papers that have a different color below the surface, you get a cool batik-like look when you stamp.
10945  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: HAND CARVED STAMPS!!!!!check them out!!!! on: October 15, 2006 03:49:59 PM
Oh, and you can also stamp on polymer clay and make pendants and other things- decorative tiles, etc...

It would be neat to use the baby-themed stamps to stamp a "tile" of sculpey/fimo and use some letter/number stamps to stamp in the baby's info (name, date of birth, time of birth, weight, length). You could even frame it and give it as a gift. If you use a translucent (or white) sculpey/fimo, you could put colored inks on the stamps and they would show up nicely. Or, after you've baked the clay, you could dust them with chalks or something like Pearl-ex powder and then spray them with a sealant/fixative.
10946  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: HAND CARVED STAMPS!!!!!check them out!!!! on: October 09, 2006 05:23:13 PM
OHHHHH yaaa you are going to get great results!!! JUST TRACE YOUR DRAWING WITH A PENCIL...now turn your paper over and place it on your linoleum... now hold your paper very still while you scribble over your entire image..your image should now be on your rubber linoleum. NOW CARVE YOUR LITTLE HEART AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KIT-CAT: I just want to echo everyone's sentiments to say WOW- you do have a lot of patience! I have done some stamp carving in the past (using Staedtler Mastercarve Artist Carving Blocks or even their Mars Plastic erasers) but haven't even come close to achieving the level of detail that you have. Impresseive!

I recently learned a technique for transferring your design to the carving block. The stamps that the gal carved were amazing, so I thought I'd share her tip:
Make a photo copy of it (using a copier that uses toner not ink), flip it over (printed side down) onto the carving block, and iron it. The heat from the iron re-melts the toner and transfers the design onto the rubber. Makes it easy to do reverse lettering, too!

Oh...I did melt a bit of one stamp when the iron touched it, but if I covered the rubber/plastic/whatever with a piece of paper, it wasn't a problem. Also, it didn't take very long to transfer the image (about 30 seconds, I think) and it doesn't rub off as you are carving.

Now, KIT-CAT, I feel the urge to dig out my carving tools and have at it! Thanks for the inspiration and keep up all of your AWESOME work!
10947  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My first (real) post! crocheted felted bag (2 big images) on: October 09, 2006 12:53:22 PM
When I first tried, I croheted tighter and the stitches were still visible after felting, so I'd crochet a little looser than usual.

I'd try stitching up the bear and felting before stuffing.

I'd love to see it!


Since I tend to crochet on the tight side, I'll give it a try with a large crochet hook to make the stitches a little looser. Thanks for the tip!

If I'm not too ashamed of my results, I'll be sure to post a picture. Now, I just need to head to the store to buy some wool...
10948  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is crochet harder than knitting? on: October 07, 2006 08:12:49 AM
For me, crocheting is easier. I learned ow to crochet as a kid, but then never kept up with it. I had someone teach me knitting about 5 years ago and it took me 5 years to finish a simple baby blanket (I basically used a dishcloth pattern and just made it bigger). In the meantime, I picked up crochet again. I'm not a very fast crocheter, but I've finished several projects already. I like it better for the following reasons (sorry if they've already been mentioned!):

1. I understand the structure of crochet better- the stitches are much more pronounced, so it is easier to see how it is all coming together.
2. It is much easier to fix a mistake- "reverse crocheting" is much easier than "reverse knitting"- I can unravel with confidence and speed since I know where I need to stop and put the hook back in.
3. Since the stitches are easier to see, it makes it easier for me to keep track of my stitch count and rows.
4. Because I understand the structure of crochet better, I feel confident in making things up as I go along.
5. One hook is definitely easier to deal with, and is much more portable.
6. The explosion of crochet patterns (and stitches) makes crochet an exciting hobby to be learning right now!
7. With the variety of yarns,hook sizes and stitches, it is easier to make clothing that has a more natural drape (similar to a knitted item).

Okay...enough said...time to go and crochet something!
10949  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Sock Monkey Blanket: Modified for Frogs on: October 07, 2006 07:54:07 AM
What a clever modification! And, since you so kindly provided the directions for the frog, I can use the frog on other things besides a blanket  Grin

I think I must make myself a scarf and adorn it with one of your frogs...or maybe even two...

Thanks for sharing!
10950  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Sun and moon painted shoes on: October 07, 2006 07:43:21 AM
These are very nice! I'd like to try a pair, myself...but I can't paint very well, so I'll have to simplify the design.

Could you use fabric paint? I have some glow-in-the-dark fabric paint that would be pretty neat on the moon! Did you seal them with anything?

Thanks for sharing!
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