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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Webcomic swap? on: August 04, 2007 07:23:28 PM
Just throwing this out there while my head is filled with the wonderful rice-boy that my awesome friend badgered me into reading (and I read it all in one go, it's wonderful)...a webcomic themed swap? T-shirts, stencilled items, decoupaged notebooks, stuffies, all based on your favourite webcomic(s)...there are quite a few possibilities!

But I'm forbidding Achewood because Achewood sucks  Wink

Thoughts? I'm really just throwing it out there because I don't know when I for one would get around to this, but I'd be interested in seeing if there's any, er, interest. I think it could also be quite a small, low-key swap, if people wanted it that way (but it could be bigger too!).
12  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Art prints on Etsy on: July 29, 2007 06:04:43 PM
I just made this post on the Art discussion board to get some feedback from the arty people, but I thought I should post here too to get some feedback and advice from the business people! (Obviously you're all arty people too, but shh, stop ruining my intro  Wink)
I hope this is okay? Obviously delete if it's not etc but I feel stupid saying that because you don't need my blessing to do so  Tongue

Mostly the same questions: I've done a search and I know there's a topic on prints a little down the board but that's dealing with photography. I'm dealing with art prints and wondering
a) what kind of paper you print on or would be interested in buying
b) how much you charge/would pay for prints
(I'm in Ireland so shipping would probably come into it too - as well as possibly needing to get prints made from a US website and have them shipped here first for an extra $14...  Roll Eyes)
Edit: c) Would you be interested in buying originals? How much would you pay? (obviously it depends on size, but some sort of idea)

Any additional information would be great, you can answer any of the other questions too but I thought I would try and keep the topics board-specific.

Also, if you wanted to tell me what you thought of my art from a business perspective, that would be cool: I have stuff posted here and here although that's just an indication of style, rather than prints. I'd probably want to make things in the style of the HP drawings/ink drawings (probably coloured with watercolours, poooossssibly digitally but I don't think I'm good enough yet, or maybe even just line drawings). While I do want honesty, please do be gentle  Smiley (yes, I know I'm a corporate wimp  Tongue)
Edit: This is a better example of the stuff I'd like to sell.

Thanks for any input! This is my current flight of fancy so I'm just looking into it and doing all the research to see if it's possible.
13  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Questions for people who buy/make/sell prints of art on: July 29, 2007 03:14:55 PM
Okay, I have a bunch of questions, namely:

Those of you who get individual prints of your art made (ie, not in bulk), how do you do it? Do you use a printing site online or in your hometown? (obviously, the cheaper the better) Does a regular scan of the piece with a regular scanner work to make prints from?

Sellers, how much do you charge for your prints?
Buyers, how much would you pay?
(if it depends on the sizes, could you give examples?)

Buyers, what sort of prints do/would you buy? Would you buy prints of simple things like line drawings, or digital stuff, for example? (I guess it depends on your tastes obviously but some people consider line drawings and sketches to be unfinished etc so I thought I'd ask anyway)

Do you print on photo paper or cardstock or something else?
Buyers, which do you buy? Does it matter? (and would it affect the price?)

How do you ship them? (Tube? Envelope?)

Anything else I should be asking or that you want to tell me?

Thanks so, so much for any help and input!  Cheesy
14  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Harry Potter fanart (post yours!) - spoiler-free unless otherwise noted! IMG HVY on: July 25, 2007 05:46:42 AM
It was only a matter of time before it infiltrated EVERY board...  Grin

So I was never one for fanart, but last night (ahem, this morning at about 4am in bed) the mood struck me. It's really difficult after the movies, particularly OotP where a lot of new characters were introduced and in my opinion, really perfectly cast (I was apprehensive at first but I think almost all the new ones are perfect), and most of these don't even look like how I imagine but hey, they're fun! So these are my rough line sketches (I can only draw girls for some reason, and I know they're a bit samey)

Tonks. Her hair is a bit curly rather than spikey but that was on purpose (spoilery).


Ginny - there's something about Ginny that I have a bit of a problem with, I'm not quite sure what. Anyway, I wanted to try and do a really pretty Ginny (although Bonnie Wright is looking quite pretty herself these days). It didn't mention if she had freckles or not on Wiki or the Harry Potter Lexicon, even though she's a Weasley, so, I left them out for now. Hope you like the snitch earrings  Cheesy

And after doing Ginny, I tried to do Ron. And failed.

He's not naked (I wish  Roll Eyes), I just often only draw necks and shoulders.

And this one I really like  Cheesy

I took a stab at colouring one of them in digitally with my atrocious software that came with my scanner - it's no masterpiece and it's completely flat but it gives the idea and was suprisingly fun! (I think I like her more with freckles too)

Oh, and they're all just inky pen on sketchbook paper.

Comments would be exceptionally welcome, as would constructive criticism (they're only sketches but it never hurts!). And please, add your own!  Grin
(but give plenty of warning before the image if it relates to Deathly Hallows or is in any way spoilery though, thanks!)

ETA: I just spent far too long colouring in my Luna. I'm so happy with how she turned out - this was my first time ever doing digital stuff like this (aside from the above Ginny Tongue) and ever using GIMP (I braved it, finally!) so please let me know what you think!  Smiley
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Wisting etiquette? on: July 24, 2007 06:05:27 AM
I find that I often Wist things without mentioning to the Craftster in question that I'm doing so. Is this okay? There's a very clear link to their work at the site and it's not like I'm taking claim for it or anything, just very obviously admiring it. I know it's always nice to know your work is coveted and admired, but sometimes I'm in a rush or I don't want to just be repeating other comments if there are bajillions, and often I love to peruse old posts and galleries and to comment would be to drag them up and displace new ones...

Honestly, I don't see a problem with it, but I was wondering, what do you think the etiquette for Wisting is?
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Crying eagle American Flag cross-stitch on: July 18, 2007 12:25:50 PM
I'm Irish, and my boyfriend is Irish, but he adores America (he's more stereotypically "pro-American" than any of the Americans either of us have ever met  Tongue). So, I decided to make him a patriotic Fourth of July cross-stitch...which was finished very shortly after the 4th of July, but was only given to him yesterday. It's my second cross-stitch ever (I learned so I could make him something), took about one and a half to two days, and is about the size of my hand if my thumb had been horribly amputated.

For anyone who's interested in the back...some of it's actually pretty neat although it doesn't really look it because there are a few loose threads (and obviously a few mistakes):

(It has been blocked although the aida's a little wrinkley so it might not look it.)

Aaaaannd I made my boyfriend take an action shot Grin:

Comments? Constructive criticism? I'd love to hear any feedback  Smiley

PS. Did you know the US has 63 states now? True story.
17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Cross-stitching on to pockets? on: July 14, 2007 01:24:24 PM
I bought a 3 dress-top-thing today, with pockets (like a square of material only sewn up on three sides, those kind). I wanted to cross-stitch a design on them but after starting, I found it was near impossible, and that was only in the middle - trying to stitch neatly and properly right at the end of the pocket would never have worked. Short of taking off the pockets, cross-stitching, and then re-attaching, is there anything else I can do? The fabric is too thin and I can only sew by hand (extremely badly) so I don't them taking them off and then re-attaching them is worth it. And I'm horrible at embroidery.

Thanks in advance for any ideas! I think I might be pretty stuck with this one though.
18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Puckered cross-stitch and waste canvas (two questions for the price of one!) on: July 10, 2007 07:09:48 PM
I recently finished a small enough cross-stitch (about the size of my hand if my thumb was horribly amputated) that I did hoopless, and as a result it's slightly puckered in places. I'm hoping to frame it as a gift and I'm just wondering, is there anything I could do to straighten it out? Would ironing it work, or crushing it flat under War and Peace? (plus that way it'll be so learn-ed  Cheesy)

Secondly, a question about waste canvas: you just tape it in place over the part of t-shirt or whatever you want to cross-stitch on, right? And then you cross-stitch, and then you wet it and it dissolves and you pull it out with tweezers? (Correct me on any bit I've gotten wrong or missed so far!) But what about the back? How sturdy is it? Most of my cross stitching is just sort of tied and tucked in at the back when I finish a thread, but a t-shirt (or whatever) will be getting a lot more wear and tear. Any tips? Will I need fusible interfacing? (I don't really want to use it because I've heard bad things) And if I need fusible interfacing, how will my design last?

Thanks for any help!  Smiley
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Offensive crafts? on: July 10, 2007 08:07:23 AM
I wasn't sure whether to post here or "Crafter Itself" but I figure this seems to be the place for general craft discussion, so here goes.

What do you do if you make something that, whether you intended it to be or not, could be construed as offensive? I've seen people labelling things that wouldn't even cross my mind with a warning (fuzzy crocheted body parts, things with slightly bad words), but what about things with strong political or moral opinions, or things gently making light of serious situations (for instance, the war, or something)? Do you still just label them as offensive, or do you just not post it at all?

So...what do you think?

ETA: Okay this is mostly Devil's Advocate, but I think it's still interesting: What about things that are obviously offensive, or are meant to be offensive? Like if you were to make tshirts with Muhammed on them or something, or something that is definitely offensive to some people but not to you (or whatever)? Could you just post it with a disclaimer and a warning? Because it's still a craft...That's a bit more extreme I know, but still, I'm interested to hear thoughts.

Edited again to take my own particular example out of it. Some bits of the paragraph are quoted later in the post but I think they should still make sense and there shouldn't be a problem.
20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Tips for taut fabrics? on: July 09, 2007 11:43:17 AM
I have a 5 inch(ish) plastic embroidery hoop, and I just can't seem to get my fabric properly taut in it! I don't want to pull the fabric because I know it will only stretch and distort (or even if I try, it just pops out of the hoop) but I don't think it's nicely stretched enough to start embroidering...I'm a total novice (as in, I just got my stitch-it kit today and can't even set up the hoop properly Tongue) so is there something really obvious I'm missing? (and if there is, could you help without laughing at my dorky inability?  Cheesy)

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