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Issue #686 September 4th 2019
Micro Glaze™ Resist  
Splitcoast Artist in Residence Dina Kowal will show you how to use the waterproof property of Micro Glaze™ for a stenciling technique.
Supplies you'll need for this project
  • Micro Glaze™ (JudiKins or Ranger)
  • Water-based media (craft paints, watercolor, dye inks)
  • Stencil
  • Paintable surface
  • Soft cloth or paper towel
    Our Artist in Residence answers your questions
    Q: Jackie wants to know: "I am moving soon and would like to make my own change of address postcards. Any advice on weight, decorations allowed?"
    A: From the USPS site: "To qualify for mailing at the First-Class Mail postcard price, [your mailpiece] must be rectangular, at least 3-1/2 inches high x 5 inches long x 0.007 inch thick, and no more than 4-1/4 inches high x 6 inches long x 0.016 inches thick....Some mailers want to attach stickers, magnets, or other items to their postcards. However, an attachment may disqualify the mailpiece for mailing at the First-Class Mail postcard price—or even make it nonmailable." I don't know thicknesses, so I found a chart that converted those to gsm for me - .007" is 151 gsm (equivalent to about 56 lb. cover weight or 100 lb. text weight), and .016" is 347 gsm (equivalent to about 128 lb. cover weight or 234 lb. text weight). Avoid any embellishments and just stick to stamped images and inked backgrounds. Best of luck with your move!
    Feedback From Past Tutorials
    wenchie has a tip for the Test Tube Holder tutorial: "I am unable to purchase test tubes where I live, but as an alternative, I did find gobs of those little test-tube-like plastic holders with the rubber top that they put on a single flower with water. You might be able to buy some from a florist; I get mine from a hobby wholesaler."

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