best practices for the savvy crafter
Here are articles on various craft techniques that we hope will inform
to decoupage: Seven steps to success. Anything in French
sounds suave, doesn't it? Decouper means
cut out." Decoupage is the art of decorating an object by
cut pieces of decorative paper to the surface, and coating it with
to create a smooth finish. In 17th century Europe it
called Japanning, because it was meant to imitate the
intricate Asian inlays and painting. The traditional craft
required dozens of coats of varnish, until the surface was glassy.
to make paper machè: Two methods to your madness. Machè
(probably 18th century French for "mess") is the basis
for many of our
crafts. It is one of the most versatile and liberating
because it hides many sins and disguises recycled items. You
glue together a stack of bottles, cups and plates, cover them
paper machè, and with some decorative painting you have an exquisite
hand-crafted candle stick. We've discovered the secret to simple
paper machè success, and its name is liquid starch. Not near
messy as the traditional flour and water, either.
to transfer images to fabric: Three techniques to create your own
fabric designs. The earliest surviving examples of
from around 220 A.D. in China. For the next 1,000 years or
printed textiles tended to be used for decorative purposes rather than
garments. They were probably tired of finding pink socks and underwear
in the dryer. You can create your own printed fabric designs, right on
jet printer. Here we describe three methods that will do the
to transfer images to solid surfaces: Four ways to move those pictures.
Since early man began sketching bison on his cave walls around 32,000
years ago, we have been struggling with the same issues of how to get
an image onto a surface. Sure, drawing is one way, but what
you already have the image on a piece of paper? Enter the
century: There are now many methods for transferring vintage
images to surfaces. Here are some of the best for the crafter.
tinting: Four ways to achieve the vintage look.
Photo tinting can lend a nostalgic, antique effect to your scrapbook or
craft project. Just as the ancient Romans painted their white marble
statues in vivid, life-like colors, early photographers tried to add
realism to black and white photos with hand painting or
tinting. Here are four methods to get you started tinting
your photos, from hand coloring to computer graphics.
flowers: Two methods for creating natural embellishments.
Dried flowers have been used decoratively since prehistoric times.
Early Japanese art used pressed flowers and leaves. Pressing
flowers flat while drying them, however, seems to have become popular
in Western culture during the Renaissance (14th-17th
This was a time of rebirth for the arts and the
botany, the study of plants, became a popular hobby. Plant
classifications were developed and soon even amateurs were
pressing and cataloging the herbs and flowers in their gardens. The
Victorians, of course, raised it to an artform.
How to Make a Yarn
Pom Pom. Here are illustrated instructions on how to
construct the secret "pom-pom-making" tool that makes pom poms