Ask a Crafter 37! Kathy’s Back!

Howdy friends, time again for another Ask a Crafter. Luckily Kathy is feeling better and she is back on the show but Lorainne is sick with a sore throat. I just can’t seem to get us all together, oh well, maybe next week I’ll be sick and they could do the show and I could sit back and watch, now that would be a kick, I tell you! We have a diverse bunch of great questions this week. From using old thread, to the difference between India Inks and liquid watercolors and craft vs artist watercolors and we will even discuss what animal products are in some of the art supplies we use. All that and more in this weeks AAC:

I had a great comment by hovawart16 on the YouTube watch page about animal products in art supplies that I neglected to mention:

“Did you mention silk? Silk thread, cochineal color, and shellac are all harvested cruelly. I admit that I enjoy using them, but lately I’ve been thinking about all these tiny creatures, so patiently creating beauty, and then, especially the silk worm, being boiled alive because we are in such a hurry to grab it all for ourselves.”

And this other great point from joannesminis:

“As someone that has lived on a farm all my life and has raised sheep in the past I do want to clear up something. If we did not shear the sheep for the wool they would literally die of heat stroke. It is simply a hair cut, the sheep are not really hurt in the process. I have personally sheared many a sheep in my day and believe me when I say I was in worse shape at the end of the day than any of them were,.”

But what I really appreciated was the acceptance and respect my viewers have for each others opinions. You folks are the best! If you have a question for next weeks show leave a comment. If you have a comment about the show or something to add to another’s question go ahead. I think some of the best advise comes from you guys answering each other’s questions. Sharing is caring people! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

15 Responses

  1. Hi Lindsay!

    I have a hairline tear around the heal of a rubber shoe. It’s a Croc but not the hard plastic, bulky shoe. These are flats made of more supple rubber. What would you use to repair them? If a glue, what type?

    Many thanks,

    Mary Ann


  2. great aac this week Lindsay and glad to see Kathy back but sorry Lorainne is sick😦 thanks again for my shout out…you made my day, and my grandson was so happy for me too🙂 ! thrilled😀


  3. Hi Lindsay!
    I recently purchased some “Yes” paste since I have heard you mention it and I am always looking for new products to try out in my artwork. I have read several comments online that it deteriorates and is not actually archival. What is your thought on this and have you experienced anything such?


  4. I think I heard in one of the äsk a Crafter videos how to store stamp pads (up or down). Now I cant find it, can you help me pleassssssssssssse. Thanks so much


  5. Hi Lindsay, A question about using your techniques. I have an opportunity to teach crafts at a senior center – they supply the materials if I will teach classes. You always have such excellent ideas, what is your policy on my taking a technique and teaching it to others? Of course, I teach for free, and I would definitely credit you with the idea. Thanks for your wonderful channel. It rocks!


    • It does not matter to me a bit whether you teach for free or get paid, you are more than welcome to teach any project or technique I have shown, what is the point of hoarding skills? Go onward and teach my friend! Thanks for asking though! My only restriction on any of my projects is don’t copy them exactly and submit them to magazines as your own because I publish many projects to art and craft magazines, that is all, you can teach and copy and have a ball without worry;)


  6. I have a question, I keep hearing you say if you markers are dry use denatured alcohol. I was wondering where you would find it or can I use rubbing alcohol?

    Thank you for taking time out of your day to answer all these questions from everyone.


  7. Based on your reply to the India ink vs. liquid watercolor question could I use my inks to make your homemade spray paint for backgrounds and stencil work?

    Many thanks!


    • the india inks contain a shellac so they may clog a sprayer, I would use watercolor or reinker for that.


  8. Hi Lindsay! I have a supply question for you. Is there anything I can mix with Pebeo Vitrea 160 paint to make it react like alcohol inks? I’m using it on glass and love the fact that it is dishwasher safe and will actually stay on glass while the alcohol inks are not and can come off easily; however they are not giving the effects that I want even when mixed heavily with the 160 thinner. Also can I use the paints and alcohol inks together or will they react badly to each other?Any help is appreciated!! Thanks!!


  9. Hi Lindsay,

    I subscribe to your blog and watch your Ask A Crafter videos every week and truly enjoy the show.

    I have a question for you. I’d like to paint on various types of scrap leather to make bracelets, and I am concerned about the paint coming off from the bending of the leather when the bracelet is put on or removed and while the bracelet is worn.

    I already have an assortment of paint and inks that I was wondering if any might work. Such as: Daler Rowney Artist Acrylic Ink, Daler Rowney Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic, Dr. PH Martin’s Hydrus Watercolor, Dr. PH Martin’s Bombay India Ink, Ranger Distress Ink, Adirondack Alcohol Ink and Jacquard Piñata, Golden Acrylics and Heavy Body Golden Acrylics.

    Also do you think embossing powder or pretty shimmering mica powder might work?

    Do you have any suggestions for preparation of the leather before application as well as any recommendations for a sealer when finishing.

    Thanks for all you do!!!


    • I would use acrylic paint and a textile medium it will add flexibility and durability to the paint and help it bond. Also make sure he leather is clean before you begin so the paint will bond, just wipe it wiith rubbing alcohol before you start and let dry;)


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