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.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Visit to Santa Barbara

My hubby and I went to Santa Barbara this weekend and caught two great shows at the Santa Barbara Museum, Botticelli, Titian and Beyond and Degas to Chagall.  Here's a couple of favorites from the shows.

There were beautiful Birds of Paradise everywhere and I couldn't resist snapping pics of them.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hand Embroidering the Quilt

I tried machine quilting this art quilt and did not care for the harsh look of that at all, so am starting hand embroidery in the negative areas, mostly using one of my favorite stitches, the seed stitch.

This is just the beginning, but I'm liking it.  Much more to follow.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Discharge Dyeing Once Again

Had a lot of fun yesterday doing some discharge dyeing. I first tried doing ice discharge dyeing, but didn't get good results at all.  I was afraid to leave the Softscrub on too long and removed it too soon, which  resulted in very little dye being removed. By then I was out of ice, but not bleach.

Black shirt,  accordion folded, tied, then I poured 1/2 bleach/half water mix over it.

Triangular folded and dipped.  I like this one a lot.

Previously dyed, swirled and discharged.

Shibori wrapped around pole and immersed into 1/2 bleach/1/2 water mix.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Blooming Iris

Sorry I haven't posted anything in a couple of weeks. I broke my camera a week ago and have just   been  too busy with not a lot to show here.  Yesterday I noticed this lovely iris in full bloom in my garden.  Just before one of my close friends, Jana, passed away in 1999, when we moved into our present home, she gave me a lot of irises from her garden that she was thinning out. Every year for her February birthday and her October death at least one blooms. It never ceases to amaze me.  Jana was an amazing person and artist.  Just like the iris, she was unique and beautiful when you took the time to look inside.

Been working on more fabric manipulation techniques and my ice dyed quilt.  Should have picture updates on those soon.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Manipulated Fabric Samples

Since the free  guild workshop a couple of weekends ago, I've been intrigued with manipulating fabric. I checked out a book from our library entitled The Art of Manipulating Fabric, by Colette Wolff.

 Actually it's the second time I've checked it out.  It is an incredible collection of great techniques to create 3D folds, tucks and more.  I've also been re-reading Fantastic Fabric Folding by Rebecca Wat.

 I love her twisted rose blocks, but found another way to do them, since her way wasn't working for me.   I made them similar to how you make the chop key blocks, but put three folds on each  side rather than just one in the center.  Because of the extra folds, I started with a 5 inch block for the top and a  3 inch block for the muslin under it, to which you secure the folds. Below are some of my new blocks.

Mock pin tucks using a double needle.

Twisted  rose blocks above with a closeup below