Saturday, April 18, 2015

More Soy Wax Batik with Textile Paint

The paint has dried, been heat set, fabrics ironed and washed and here they are.

I added more paint and texture to the one shown in my last week's blog post.

Above and below, I am using a couple of some new tools
 purchased from thrift stores to create patterns in wax, 
both on the white fabric and after a layer of paint has been applied.

On this one, more paint was stenciled and stamped on after it was batiked.

In this picture you can clearly see the difference between the front and back of the fabric.  Because this is paint,  rather than dye, it does not permeate the fabric.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Soy Wax Batik with Paint

I had a chance to play around with soy wax and textile paints yesterday.  Lots of fun.

 First I put imprinted wax onto the white fabric, then painted it with yellow,
 yellow-green, and yellow-orange.

After drying the fabric I did more waxing using a variety of objects dipped into the wax
 and painted on darker colors.  

Above is the dried, ironed fabric.  Most of the wax is removed, but I will do the final very hot washing in a few days after I'm sure the paint is totally cured.  I know the ironing does heat setting too, but don't want to lose any color.  This is one side of the fabric and below is the other.  Although the paint is transparent, the sides are a little different due to using paint as opposed to dye.  I kind of like that, in that it gives you more options in using the fabric.

Below is my sweet dog napping in the sun on the bed in my studio.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Working 3D

I am so enjoying spring break!  Yesterday I stayed home all day except for a trip down the long driveway to the mailbox.  I'm doing a new clay project with my 7th graders this quarter and needed to put together a sample. Before you teach something, it is best to do one yourself.  I started a pot on  Monday,  but was far from thrilled with what I was making.  Yesterday,  I had a clearer vision of what I wanted to make. I like working in a variety of  media, paper, ceramics, metal, beads,even though cloth is clearly my favorite. Ideas and techniques used in one media transfer very well into others and allow you to view materials in a new way. Here's some pictures of my slab pots made yesterday.  They need to dry thoroughly, then get fired, glazed and re-fired.

I used branches to texture this rough looking vase.  I might cut off the bottom and make openings in the cylinder so it can be used as a lantern for a candle.  Still not decided on that.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Hummingbirds on the Patio

We bought a hummingbird feeder about a week or so ago.  At first there were a few hummingbirds coming to feed from it, but now, there are so many that we are having to refill it daily.  It's crazy!  There will be six to eight hovering around, buzzing about and one even came inches away from the glass patio door and looked right at us!  Of course, it made me thing of Hitchcock's movie,  "The Birds."

First there was one,

 Then there were two

Then, three.

Monday, March 30, 2015

van Gogh's Birthday

Happy van Gogh's Birthday!  He was born today in 1843.  I'm enjoying my vacation day, planning on not even leaving the house.  I'm working on a new quilt that is just  coming together very quickly for me.  I'm just going for it, not analyzing every last move. Sometimes it goes like that.  Not quite ready to show a picture of it yet.

 Had some time to sit outside this afternoon on the patio with the cat in front of some plants and my sunflower door. Hope you had time to create and relax.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Painting Canvas

Last week I showed some cards cut from grid painted papers I made using acrylic paint.  This week I tried the same technique on canvas.  I stretched canvas using T pins onto a padded board.  Next I put blobs of paint which I scraped down the length and width of the fabric with hotel keycards and discarded credit cards. I used Dynaflow, which absorbed too quickly into the canvas and Pebeo setacolor which spread further.  Finally I carefully flicked fuschia and yellow.  Not sure if I want to cut it up or keep it whole, or use it for a purse.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Painting with Cardboard

Last Friday morning, before school, I felt a strong urge to play with a technique that had been rolling around in my head for awhile, painting with cardboard. So  I put blobs (that's a technical term)  of different colors across the top of a 12 x18 sheet of paper and spread the paint down using pieces of cardboard.  I did three of these, scraping the paint around in different directions, overlapping, etc.  I really love the transparency of the paint, which created interesting overlays of colors and patterns.  After the paint dried, I mixed black acrylic with a little bit of water in a squeeze bottle and added the circular black line.

Finally, after they were all dried, I cut them out to use for cards.  I'm going to try this next on fabric. I think they would be great with hand embroidery or couched yarn.