Sunday, December 21, 2014

Ethnic Ceramic Masks

How exciting to find out my blog has received over 10,000 views!! It's been challenging to keep it going week to week, even with posting weekly.  At the same time it keeps me creating and is my journal in many ways.  Thank you to all of you who have visited.  I hope you will continue to keep checking it out.  I'll try to keep it interesting.

Been busy with all things Christmas this last week, so today am going to show you some of the great ethnic ceramic masks my students have created over the last month.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Over Dyeing Ice Dyed Fabrics and Scarf

I had some time earlier in the week to add a little black to two pieces of ice dyed fabric and one scarf.  Here is fabric number 1 prior to dyeing.

Next I accordion folded the fabric, rolled it up, put it in a container and drizzled dye on top of the folded edges.

Below is the finished fabric.

I couldn't find a picture of this fabric prior to last week's overdyeing, but it was similar to the one above.  Below is a picture of how I swirled and crunched up the fabric into a plastic box. Then I drizzled dye on top and very strategically.

Here is the finished piece.

And last, but not least, a silk scarf that needed a little more black.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sunday Sunrise Snapshot

School and life in general has been keeping me way too busy lately.  Haven't had a chance to work on my art fabric very much.  Been crocheting gift scarves, shopping, baking, grading papers, blah, blah, blah.  This last week we've had such beautiful views of the sunrise from our home.  The colors change so quickly, that I need to grab my camera and run out in my jammies to capture the beauty.  So this week I'll leave you with a picture of one to enjoy.

Thursday, November 27, 2014


On andthenwesetitonfire blog here ,Beth has been showing a monoprinting technique based on a video by Laura Kemshall.  I gave it a try and here's a couple of mine. It was a lot of fun.  I got too much 'noise' on mine, especially on the first one, which I did on one of those white acrylic cutting boards but I still like how they turned out.  I did both of them on multi colored fabrics.

This one has the tracing paper on top which shows the design I used for the one below.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Beginning New Quilt with Ice Dyed Fabrics

Over the last couple of weeks I've been contemplating a new art quilt.  It's so hard for me to cut up  some of my hand dyed fabrics because they are abstract paintings just left alone, but I just got over that idea and cut the two below into rectangles.


I rearranged them, sewed them back together and got this. The textures resemble rock surfaces to me.  I like the play of light and dark in this arrangement.

I have a couple ideas I'm playing around with for the next step in this quilt's evolution.  Some skinny line insertions perhaps or reverse applique. Still cogitating on this one.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Ocean Themed Quilt

Finally finished and shipped off the quilt to my nephew and his wife, both named Lauren.  It was a belated wedding present. Thanks to Virginia Roos who did a great job of quilting it.  It measures 91 by 87.  It was hard to get a good picture of  it due to its size.

I used the fabrics that didn't work for the front for the back.  

Monday, November 10, 2014

Beautiful Sunrise and Fiber Art Bowls

Here is a picture of the sunrise  from my back window a few days ago.  We are very lucky to have such inspirational sunrises and sunsets from our home.

At our Cutting Edge meeting Saturday, one of our members shared the beautiful fiber bowl she made in a class taught by Hilde Morin of Portland, Oregon.  You can view more of Hilde Morin's work here and below.

Below is a closeup.  It is made on canvas with fused pieces of fabric to create the design.

Some years ago, I played around with making small fiber bowls as Christmas gifts.  Mine aren't as beautiful and artistic as Ms. Morin's, but I enjoyed making them and am looking forward to having some time to play around with making more.

Below is the bottom of the bowl.  I used Timtex inside and fused fabric to it.

Last Thursday another teacher and I took an additional 50 sixth graders to Hearst Castle for an art lesson taught by Anne Laddon of Studios on the Park.  What a great opportunity for our students at such an incredible place.