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« on: June 20, 2011 03:09:28 PM »

I've recently been involved in the Beginners inchies swaps and a couple of other inchie swaps. I have to admit to being very unartistic when it comes to paper crafts and I usually take most, if not all, of my inspiration from the computer/internet.

Here is how I work. I choose a theme for my partner, spend ages thinking about how it could be best represented, then I usually spend quite some time looking for the right (royalty free) image on the internet, then send it into photoshop, cut, copy and resize it then eventually print it onto watercolour paper. Once the images are off the printer, I then use sharpies, watercolour pencils, ink etc. By the time I'm finished they often look as if they have been hand drawn or at least they have some personal touch to them.

I view the internet as my huge book of images to be used. I also use many of these images in other projects such as embroidery. I don't have a huge supply of other paper crafting material as I am new to this area.

So my question is....In your opinion is using the computer to produce inchies (&ATC's) not in the spirit of papercrafting? Is it 'Cheating'?

« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2011 04:23:09 PM »

From a personal viewpoint, if all you did was print 'em, cut 'em out and stick 'em on, that would be "cheating" in my book (other people may use other books Wink), but you're not, you're upgrading them in all sorts of ways, which to me is fine.

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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2011 01:06:38 AM »

No, I don't think it's cheating at all. I do digital work. Today's digital work are art pieces. To me it's not any different than cutting up magazines or books. You are just getting the images from your printer. Smiley If that makes any sense.

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« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2011 07:03:47 AM »

Could you share a couple free sites for the images, nilmerg?

« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2011 03:43:26 AM »

I have one. I love http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/. She always has the most beautiful elegant images.

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« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2011 07:09:52 PM »

A decade ago, paper artists would have been buying clipart books and cutting out or photocopying the images.  (Not saying no one just that now; just that before the computer wasn't an option.)  I don't really see a difference. 'Though as someone else said, I think that using them as an element of the work (even if it's the primary element!) is the key.  If you just print it out and stick it on straight, you're not adding anything of yourself to it.  But that's not what I hear you saying. Wink

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