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« Reply #30 on: April 14, 2007 03:46:04 PM »

I am lucky that we have a laptop each so can trawl Craftster to my hearts content, bf is quietly playing internet poker so a bit of peace for me (apart from shuffling and bleeping noises of course)!!!

Although i should think about going to bed as have a biggish tattoo to do tomorrow at 11am Wink

you just got me imagining how much focus it must take to be a tattoo artist, I know I can be shattered after 2 hours of life drawing class because I have been concentrating so hard for so long and that is way less, well, permanent, lol. Do you work freehand directly with the ink or can you use something to 'pencil in' a guideline?

sorry I am a curious, unpainted lady Cheesy

« Reply #31 on: April 14, 2007 03:56:15 PM »

I always use some sort of guide for the outline...a transfer of sorts or even just sketching on a simple script name with a biro first. The thing is you have to stretch the skin so if there was no guide you would not know where you needed to be if you know what i mean!!!!

The real art in a tattoo comes when you are colouring in as you are on your own then with no guide but the design. You'll see some tattoos that are really flat and childlike for example a rose, where the tattooist just colours the leaves green and the petals red and has no concept of depth, shading and highlights.  That, so says my boyfriend, is the fundamental difference between a bog standard tattooist and a tattoo artist (which my boyfriend kindly tells me I am!!!!!)
« Reply #32 on: April 14, 2007 04:06:38 PM »

That, so says my boyfriend, is the fundamental difference between a bog standard tattooist and a tattoo artist (which my boyfriend kindly tells me I am!!!!!)

makes total sense and bad tattoos are awful, I remember a colleague coming back from a trip to blackpool and proudly showing off her 'chinese character for peace/love/some such meaningless drivel'. I wanted to cry, it looked like someone had done it with a black biro Sad

yay you for being of the artist vein, not that I would expect anything else from a craftster!

« Reply #33 on: April 14, 2007 11:56:36 PM »

Ooh fun! Has anyone tried it out yet? Smiley
« Reply #34 on: April 15, 2007 01:20:20 PM »

I have made up my design, traced it onto net (pencil did not wanna move smoothly across surface of net so that was a bit tricky...my design is not even that intricate so i'd hate to try some of that lettering from the stencils provided...anyone noticed how the "o" is rubbish and looks like an "a" in the word stencils so they say "Waw!" and "Graavy!"), I have painted on my glue using my own paintbrush as no way would I be able to control one of the ones provided and am now waiting for it to dry!!!!

« Reply #35 on: April 22, 2007 04:15:09 AM »

Hey everybody...tried out my kit today and I have a WARNING!!!!!!!

The glue provided is NOT waterproof so the net CANNOT be washed and reused afterwards as I found out to my cost!!!!!

I have the most stunning print on a piece of scrap material using the crappiest colour in the kit as not to waste the good colours...then when i wanted to go onto the REAL THING and tried to gently wash the net to use a different colour...DISASTER...pretty picture disappeared down the sink!!!!!!

I am also thinking the paints are not gonna have the greatest staying power either as it does not require you to heat seal with the iron.

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« Reply #36 on: April 22, 2007 04:32:27 AM »

Right, mental note - use waterproof glue and better fabric paint! Thanks Voodoozoe! I'll remember that when I eventually get round to doing anything on mine *lol*  Wink

« Reply #37 on: April 22, 2007 10:04:12 AM »

I think I've read somewhere to use Mod Podge...poss on the "Budget Embroidery Hoop Screen Printing" thread ( which as you might have guessed I hadn't read before buying my kit!!! ).

Aside from that I enjoyed swishing my handle back and forth and was impressed with the result...guess i'll have to sew my "test" to something!!! I do have my original sketch so I can re-do my stencil but it is annoying Angry
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« Reply #38 on: April 23, 2007 04:32:27 AM »

The glue provided is NOT waterproof
ahh, thanks for the tip!!! I'll get some better glue before starting out. I've got my stencil ideas together but haven't started yet.

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