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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / painting a desklamp? on: August 05, 2007 10:48:53 PM
I want to spraypaint a desk lamp red, it has a plastic shade and base, but I am unsure if using that spraypaint for plastics would be ok because of the heat, I use a low wattage bulb in it, but it still gets hot.  Any suggestions???
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / black & white bedroom! need some advice!!! on: July 15, 2007 05:01:15 PM
So I have this bedding set that I absolutely love, but I got a new beautiful wrought iron headboard & footboard set and they don't match my very geometric comforter & sheets...(don't mind the big hole in the wall, used to be my little bro's room)

I'm moving into my own apartment in about a month and I want to do my bedroom in black and white, but I have two ideas: I'm either going to get a solid black comforter with some pretty black and white sheets with flowers or something similar to my headboard, or I want to get something like this and pair it with a black sheet set: http://www3.jcpenney.com/jcp/ProductsHOM.aspx?catnum=FC728-2801D&action=Edit&ItemSeq=0&EditRefPage=http%3a%2f%2fwww3.jcpenney.com%2fjcp%2fbag.aspx&cmBagLookup=True&CmCatId=Bag

the rest of my bedroom furniture is black, and I was thinking if I went with the blue (or another bright color) comforter, I would get some accent decorative pieces to match...

What should I do???
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Oriental record clock and matching wall hangings on: April 04, 2005 06:26:57 PM
I made these this past weekend and I think they turned out great!  I just can't figure out where to hang them in my room  Huh

Let me know what you think of them!

^That one means "happiness"

^That one means "prosperity"

AAAAnd...here's the clock:
^The last one means "love"

I just used acrylic paint on them, and used contact paper for the stencil of the characters.

I made them to match this string of lights that I just picked up from a flea market over the summer:

As you can see, I'm redecorating my room in an Oriental theme.
A new Oriental store just opened at the mall nearby...I can't wait until I get paid, I already know what I'm buying from there Smiley  Everything is SO CHEAP!

Anyway...thank you for looking!  Tell me what you think!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Two year anniversary altered book ideas on: February 21, 2005 04:15:41 PM
So my boyfriend and I have been together for a little less than two years, and I wanted to make him something special for our two year anniversary.  So I did some thinking and I decided I want to try out making an altered book...sort of like a scrapbook of us.  I've never made one before.  I've found TONS of links for hints on how to make them.  The only thing I'm lacking is what exactly to put in it.  Yeah, pictures, movie tickets yada yada yada, but I need some different ideas, I want this to be REALLY GOOD.  I haven't done anything really special for him in awhile, so I want this to show him how much I love him.

Any help will be GREATLY appreciated. Smiley
5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / bulliten board ideas? on: November 24, 2004 01:15:48 PM
I have a huge bulliten board in my room that used to be covered with pictures.  I want to do something different with it.  Any different ideas?  Huh

6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / amazing...my first time using freezer paper and I love it! [TUTORIAL ADDED!!!] on: October 15, 2004 11:16:19 AM
I absolutly love how well freezer paper works over contact paper!  
I honestly don't know where these stencils came from so if I'm ripping anyone off, please let me know!

This shirt was made for my boyfriend's little sister who is infatuated with Good Charolette, so she loves it!

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Yeah the paint was still a little wet, so it's a bit shiny.

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And I made this one for myself, there's a little bit of bleeding, but I'm still satisfied with the way it turned out.  Ignore the boob shot...

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Sorry it took me so long to get this tutorial made...I've been quite busy...I hope I explain it well, I tried to make it as newbie-friendly as I could, because I don't know how experienced everyone here is.

First, you're going to need these materials:
your stencil, freezer paper, whatever you're going to be stenciling on, whatever kind of paint you will be using, exacto knife, a piece of cardboard, tape, iron,

1. Print your stencil out on regular computer paper.

2. Tape your stencil to a piece of freezer paper WITH THE PAPER SIDE UP AND THE SHINY SIDE DOWN!!!!!!  Then before you begin to cut the stencil out, be sure to put it over a piece of cardboard.

3. Begin cutting out the black parts of the stencil and peeling back the parts you cut out.

4. Once you cut out the whole stencil, take the paper off the freezer paper and, if needed, clean up any spots that aren't cut very well.

5. Take your shirt, bag, or whatever you're stenciling on, and iron it to make sure it's not wrinkled when you stencil it, it can cause complications.  Once you've ironed your fabric, place your stencil on top of the fabric where you want it to show up and iron the stencil on SHINY SIDE DOWN.  Make sure your iron is set on a DRY setting!  Go over it once, and if you think it's necessary, wait for it to cool, and iron over it again.  If you have bridges on your stencil, sometimes it's easier if you just VERY carefully cut them out once you've ironed the stencil on, rather than filling them in after you peel the stencil off, it's much cleaner.

7. I use acrylic paint with fabric medium mixed together, but it doesn't really matter what kind of paint you want to use.
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8. Put cardboard underneath your fabric to prevent seeping, and begin to dab the paint on with a sponge.  Make sure to dab and not brush to prevent bleeding.  Make sure to make your first coat THIN!
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9. Once you paint your first layer on, if you think it needs another, either wait for it to dry ALL the way, or use a blow dryer to speed up the process, then continue painting on THIN layers until you have enough.  

10.  After you're done painting, peel the stencil off, and it would be best to heat set it.  Make sure it's completely dry by blowdrying it.  Then either iron it INSIDE OUT or put it on low in the dryer.

I hope that all made sense, if you have any questions, just ask!  Smiley

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7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / stenciled Tool shirt! on: August 31, 2004 09:52:43 PM
This shirt took me forever to make because I used one of those big stencils that have the whole alphabet on it...but whatever, I think it turned out pretty good.  The shirt was an extra large, I resized it before I stenciled so it would fit me well.
That's the front of the shirt.
And that's the back.

This was the first stencil I did on a purse that I made.

I haven't done any stencils since then, I'm just having a hard time trying to think of what to do.  I have stencilers block.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / New ideas for old jean scraps? on: June 02, 2004 08:57:44 AM
I have so many pairs of old jeans and tons of scraps of jeans, I'm sick of making jean skirts and purses.
Does anybody have any other ideas of what I can do with them?
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Fabric paint? on: June 01, 2004 07:17:42 AM
So I got this cute denim purse from my grandma for my birthday and I like it but it's just too plain.  I want to try stenciling something on it but I've never stenciled before.  I've looked up tutorials and found out how to do it but none of them say what kind of paint I should use.
Should I use regular fabric paint or is acrilyc with a fabric medium better?  Huh

Thank you!
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