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21  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: paint question on: May 10, 2008 10:03:24 AM
I have used both acrylic-with-medium and fabric paint. I have found that acrylic-with-medium can be more transparent than fabric paint. This is only really a problem if you are painting white or a light color on black and you want it to be really solid. Acrylic without a medium will flake off over time, I would recommend using the fabric medium. I personally prefer fabric paint because it is very easy to work with. I use the Jacquard brand. They make transparent(ish) and opaque paints and they have a great line of metallics which look AMAZING. I have found them at local art stores, I haven't seen any at Joann's or Michael's but I haven't really looked for them there. They run about $3 US a 2.5 oz bottle (a little more for the metallics), which will go a LONG way.
22  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Jello Brain and Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes on: May 06, 2008 09:28:38 PM
That brain is awesome!
I just made one for a student zombie film but it didn't look near as good as yours.
Would you mind sharing where you got the mold?
It kinda does look tasty...
I've never seen cupcakes in ice cream cones. What a cool idea.
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Yo-Saff-Bridge Shawl with Pattern on: May 06, 2008 09:20:58 PM
I just watched Our Mrs. Reynolds (again) and when I saw your thumbnail I knew exactly what it was.
It looks fantastic!
I really like the lipstick picture, very in character.
24  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: The owls are not what they seem on: May 06, 2008 04:37:55 PM
I love that show!
A friend of mine screen printed a bunch of shirts based on that a few years ago, I still have one. Yours look great, I should make a new one soon.
25  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Freezer Paper First Timer -- pic generous on: May 06, 2008 04:25:24 PM
YAY! You did my iZombie!
Looks great! You make me happy.
26  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: Freezer paper wont come off! on: May 05, 2008 07:57:47 AM
You might try ironing it again to loosen up the wax. Excess wax can be removed by putting some cotton scrap over the wax and ironing it.
27  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: The Great Geek Swap (sign-ups 4/28-5/9 Send Outs June 20) on: May 02, 2008 06:42:05 PM
I almost signed up for another swap (my first one) but this one caught my eye just in time! Awesome.
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to properly add trimmings and flowers to hats(derby style) on: May 02, 2008 04:32:45 PM
If at all possible I would avoid using adhesive. If you want to change the style or move things later adhesive would leave marks. That said, if you are attaching fabric to fabric hot glue is my favorite to use, as long as the piece you're attaching is not load bearing it sticks easily and quickly. Attaching slippery, non-porous things such as beads and buttons I would use super glue, E6000, or barge cement.
I would recommend sewing everything to the hat.
Have fun!
29  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making a stencil from a photo on: May 02, 2008 09:39:11 AM
I use Gimp to make my stencils.
It takes a while of playing with it to get it perfect, but it usually looks pretty darn good.
I mostly use the filter tools (in the tool bar) I have had lots of luck with the artistic filters called "cartoon" and "photo copy"
I use "cartoon" to get the lines thick enough to be able to cut out for a stensil, and "Photo copy" removes all color and gradation.
If there are some lines that are too light to show up under cartoon I use the dodge/burn tool from the tool palate. Zoom in on the part you want to darken and click the "Burn" Type and "Shadows" Mode then drag the cursor over the area you want darkened.
Don't worry about a little bit of overlap, it'll be fixed by the cartoon filter.
If you have any questions that I might be able to answer PM me.
30  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: irritating comments on: May 01, 2008 11:21:56 PM
My mom used to call me an old lady when I crocheted. I asked what that made her. She stopped.
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