Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Farewell to Yudu, Hello Citra Solv!

I've had my Yudu for a year?  I think that's right....and I have had very few successful projects.  Certainly not enough to keep the thing hanging around, taking up space and frustrating the bejujuice out of me every time I have a "brilliant" idea.

Thanks to a lovely reader, Missy from Chateau Chic Boutique, who left a comment on my tea towel entry, I learned about Citra Solv.  It's an all-natural degreaser that has the magical powers of transferring toner ink onto surfaces.  I will eventually try out every kind of toner and printer to see what exactly works and what doesn't, but in a few short minutes, I had major success.  Certainly more success than I could ever DREAM of having with that bloody screen printer.

Here's the how to.  Order some Citra Solv....apparently it is available at most Whole Foods, but we don't have Whole Foods.  I ordered mine from the Lucky Vitamin due to the fact it ships from Pennsylvania and I would have it in just a few days.  They also had a great price on 32oz....MUCH cheaper than ink, emulsion, screens, etc.  The supply list for this project is beyond simple:

-Citra Solv
-Laser Jet Printed Image
-Cotton Pads
-Something to Print On
-Smooth Work Surface (I'll explain more about the "smooth" part in a bit)
-A well ventilated area!!

I printed out a couple of test images on different printers.  The printer that worked was a HP LaserJet.  I'm not quite sure why that one worked and others didn't, but I plan to head back to Kinkos with a little bit of Citra Solv so I can test out the different machines.  Don't forget to reverse your image when printing as this transfer method works when the ink is pressed to the fabric.

This is TEST fabric.  Don't go wasting your preferred surface on practicing and you will need to practice.  Alright, flip the images so the ink is face down on the fabric and tape into place.  You're going to be pressing the image and rubbing it, so you want to make sure it won't shift.  Shifty paper = blurry image.

One source told me to put some of the Citra Solv into a smaller cup and then dip in your cotton pad....I feel this used way too much solution.  And since I can't just run out and get more, I want to conserve.  Instead, I just placed the cotton pad over the top of the bottle and gently tipped so the cotton pad was wet, but not dripping.  Then just rub the Citra Solv over the image....it's kind of the coolest thing ever and leaves your paper transparent so you can see what parts you've hit and what parts you haven't.

Alright, so that's not enough to make the ink go onto the fabric.  This is where your spoon comes in.  Using the backside, rub rub rub all over the image and do not miss a spot.  I found that doing the outline first was a good method, then you can go back over the "inners".  Just make sure you get the whole thing....what ever you don't rub, won't transfer.  The first few times you do this, carefully peek without shifting the image to ensure that you've got every bit.  With a more detailed image, this will be harder.  I recommend practicing with something less detailed just to get down your technique.

This, is why you need a SMOOTH surface, although experimenting with different textures underneath the image is totally cool.  Here, I used a pizza box....and then quickly tried again just on the table.  The coolest thing is that there's very little mess.  And the Citra Solv is a cleaner, so no biggie if it gets everywhere.  Just don't get it in your eyes.  Or your mouth.  I think if the Citra Solv leaks through the paper onto your surface, you're using too much...and I would imagine it would make the image run.  Ahhh...that's better.

So. Cool.  For extra measure, I ironed the image to "seal" it.  Oh, my little brain is racing with the possibilities.  But for now, I'm focused on making BamaHandmAIDE totes....100% of the proceeds from these guys are going directly to the United Way of West Alabama to help with their tornado relief efforts.  So hooray!  I just love the way it turned out.  If you want one, visit the etsy shop!

My Yudu is currently listed on Craig's List.  I will not be fooled by ProvoCraft again!

Friday, May 13, 2011

My Heart is in Bama....

So where have I been??  For the first time, it's not away being lazy.  Instead, it's doing something more worthwhile than I think I've ever done.

For those of you who don't know, my sweet husband Chad is from Alabama.  He graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 2001 and has many strong ties to the area.  So a few weeks ago when the deadly and destructive tornados ripped through his alma mater, I sat in our living room watching the devastation on his face.  He looked so sad and helpless, like there was nothing in the world he could do but sit and watch his memories ripped away from him.

We were very lucky.  No one he knew was seriously injured but everyone he loves and the places he loves were affected.  And hundreds of miles away....what were we to do?

Not one to sit, I brought up the idea of a charity etsy shop.  You know, get other Etsians/family and friends who make things to donate items and then sell those items with 100% of the profits going to charity.  We were very lucky to have the United Way of West Alabama offer to take any money we raised and it started there.

So dear readers, Chad and I give you BamaHandmAIDE.  We're still taking donations and hoping to offer shoppers a WIDE range of items throughout the summer.  You can donate or you can shop...either way, what you offer will go 100% toward helping tornado relief to our southern neighbors.  I assure you, there is no such thing as better people.

We have a facebook page which will keep you up to date with new things in the shop and donation tallies:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bama-HandmAIDE/153317928067876
If nothing else, "like" it and tell your friends.

If you want to donate an item (handmade, craft supply or vintage) check out our blog for the specific directions:  www.bamahandmaide.blogspot.com

Emily Post said, "if you find yourself sitting in the hedgerow with nothing but weeds, there is no reason for shutting your eyes and seeing nothing, instead of finding what beauty you may in the weeds. To put it cynically, life is too short to waste it in drawing blanks. Therefore, it is up to you to find as many pictures to put on your blank pages as possible."
so be it.

Here's one of the fun things we have for sale.  Enjoy!

House Divided Alabama vs. Auburn Checkers Set

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Movie Monday Treasury: Pirate Radio

I'm still a bit obsessed with all things British so I thought a British Movie this week it shall be.  And not just any, but my FAVORITE British movie (and possibly just favorite movie):  Pirate Radio.  If you haven't seen it, I have to ask, what are you doing with your life?

So while it would be easy to just fill my little Etsy treasury completely with fab, vintage 60s clothing, I decided to resist and instead try to find a collection of interesting things that capture the spirit of this hilarious and fun movie.

'Pirate Radio' by SweetMarch

Movie Monday Treasury!www.anothercraftydayblogspot.com

North Sea (silver silk ...

Custom Recycled Vinyl L...

Vintage MENS Art DECO s...

Vintage Clock Radio and...

vtg 60s Boho Wedding Mi...

Radio House SIGN old br...

headphones 8x10

Radio Tower "Thank...

vintage military 60s ma...

1966- Zipper Pouch Penc...

FLEECE CAPE- Black/Houn...

Fishing Boats, 23.6&quo...

Foosball Game Buttons

LSL For Him - Men's...

Kate and Wills Tote

Brunette Potty Mouth Gi...

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

An if you need further persuasion to watch this movie, check out the link below.