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Two questions!

Hi! I've two questions regarding painting and embroidering software.

There's a minky plush I'm making- a character from the game Okami- whose markings I would like to give a hand painted look to as per the aesthetics of said game, but I don't have an airbrush and otherwise only have acrylic paints and Prismacolor markers. It's obvious that the minky fibers can clump up with a glop of paint, but would the aforementioned markers or thinned down acrylics in layers be a better option for a smooth finish?

Also, I've recently acquired a secondhand embroidery machine, however it doesn't include any digitizing software. Does anybody here have any recommendations for (preferrably inexpensive) programs? I found quite a few free programs when I searched, but to avoid a lot of trial and error, I would certainly appreciate recommendations as a general direction to start in.

I'm not sure if any of these constitute as "beginner" questions and I apologize if they do fall under that category, but if not, thanks in advance!

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growly
Jan. 17th, 2013 05:02 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear the inks are working for you! :)
I hear india ink is wicked toxic though, I don't know if it's true or not, but people freak out when someone draws with india inks without using gloves. o_o So I guess to be safe, you shouldn't use it on a plush you plan to snuggle with a lot.
flag
Jan. 17th, 2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
Eek :S The bottle I bought (Dr. Ph Martin's Bombay brand) claims it's non-toxic but I'll do some more research and/or seek out an alternative that I can acquire within a few days just in case. It's a commissioned plush, so I'd rather not take that chance.
growly
Jan. 17th, 2013 05:52 pm (UTC)
I did a little searching and I think maybe the claims are unfounded... check the packaging for a non-toxic symbol thing or warnings. Sorry to alarm you!

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