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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Watercolor Stencil Portrait + TUTORIAL on: April 15, 2009 07:44:38 AM
Bravo! Clear, concise, and exactly what I was hoping for (even with the tricky switch of pics....) I can already think of several photos that might desaturate well.

First thing tomorrow I'll begin my local search for masking fluid...and if that goes as well as expected, I'll return to the computer to find a distributor who will ship masking fluid to central Japan! Thanks for the inspiration!
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Watercolor Stencil Paintings on: April 11, 2009 06:55:45 AM
These are just fantastic...I've been intrigued by this medium for some time, but haven't really been happy with my own lame attempts. Do you use some sort of liquid masking medium? And, would you consider putting together a tutorial?

3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 37 ENTRIES / Re: Cat-Scratch Fever to Cool Bespangled Couch (pic-o-riffic) on: April 03, 2009 05:44:06 AM
Absolutely, positively, fantastic!!! Your tale of feline-human relations was entertaining enough sans pictures, but the expressive face of poor Oreo and the gorgeous end result of your button-wrangling is just priceless.
Thank you so much for sharing...and inspiring!

(There is a massive box of buttons sitting in my studio that may be destined for a similar fate, now.)
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Concrete to brick front steps on: July 08, 2008 06:37:56 AM
first: fantastic job!
second: what they said...what climate do you live in? what primer? what sealer? how do you feel about inspiring a bunch of copycats?
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Combination poppet/nekomimi/original Oni doll (an experiment + pics) on: July 03, 2008 07:10:22 PM
Love this Oni!

He does look a bit too kind in the mouth, but his red eyes are perfectly evil. What about adding some embroidered fangs to emphasize his mouth or flared nostrils? I was just looking at an old frog doll and thinking of converting it to a Kappa!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Imperial Japan Flag Dress on: July 03, 2008 05:27:19 PM
I get that. I suppose it would only be vitriolic in this part of the world, anyway. Everywhere else it is a great graphic and more iconic than anything else.

It differs slightly from the random usage of the British flag in that it was flown by the navy...and that navy's actions were not exactly sanctioned by the Japanese citizens, or even the imperial government of the time...I have Chinese and Korean friends who liken it to the flag of the Third Reich.

(And having typed that, I think of my Scottish and Irish brethren who feel similarly about said Union Jack, so maybe you are making the same statement, after all. Smiley)

At least you have all the info now, in case someone asks, "what are you wearing?" Wink
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Imperial Japan Flag Dress on: July 03, 2008 08:41:39 AM
I really didn't mean for that to come across as a lecture.

(I think maybe my decade+ as an educator has seeped into my ability to communicate Embarrassed) At any rate, SleepyKnitter has a great idea about embellishment!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Imperial Japan Flag Dress on: July 03, 2008 07:57:11 AM
uh...the style of the dress is great, and the fit is nice, but you should probably know a little more about what you are wearing....

you see, it is not actually the flag of Japan, the country. it is the military ensign flag of the Imperial Navy in Japan, and it still possesses a negative connotation to the surrounding countries which were occupied by Japanese forces. that flag was banned for a long time after world war 2 and even now it is only flown here (yup, I've lived in central Japan since '94) by people wanting to make a political statement.

Even when it is used in manga and anime, it is making a statement.

it kind of gave me a shock to see it, honestly, otherwise I would have kept quiet...but then I thought maybe I should let you know so you could at least make a conscious choice about it. This is totally not intended as a criticism, I just know I like to know exactly what I am wearing.
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: My Octopus and Jellyfish on: July 03, 2008 12:29:02 AM
oh, man...those two are the cutest creatures o' the deep I've seen!
Is this your design, or did you find the pattern somewhere?
either way, love them, and your color choices.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Love, Your Geek on: July 02, 2008 08:05:16 AM
Magnificent! She is a lucky, lucky girl.
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