Friday, July 25, 2014

Prep for Freezer Paper Demo

Today is my turn to do a short demo for our new group; the Surface Design Artists of South Denver. I chose to show techniques for freezer paper stenciling because we have a lot of ladies who primarily use commercial fabrics, and I want them to discover simple ways to make art happen. So I have a couple of my hand dyes (you can see in the first picture) and a piece of fabric I bought from Jo Ann's. I drew the bird onto the non-shiny side of the freezer paper, cut it out, then ironed it (shiny side down) onto the fabric to make it adhere. Since this fabric has some gold circles, I'll use gold Lumiere paint with a sponge through the stencil. This should be a soft effect which can be emphasized and enhanced with stitching later.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Flower Drawing

I drew a sunflower in my sketchbook using pencil, then a black skinny Sharpie, and colored pencil over lines I liked and wanted to emphasize. After that, I watercolored over it. You can still see the bold, bright lines through the watercolors. Next, I photocopied it onto paper-backed fabric I bought at Jo Ann Fabrics. I'm going to fuse interfacing onto the back of it, then try some thread sketching. This is a new technique for me, so we'll see how it goes . . .

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Dye Over Paint on Fabric

Here's one element of my "Memories of Santa Fe" quilt - the one I'll enter in the Parker Arts Center show. I cut a resist shape out of freezer paper, then brayered paint on my gelli print plate. To get the coral color, I sprayed with thinned dye, and it stayed put everywhere the resist had been.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Art, Wine, and Locovore Food in Paonia

Were we there only two days? We covered a lot of ground on this little getaway, and all of it good! If you go to Paonia, do not miss Azura winery. The view is fabulous, and the architecture is a breath of Tuscany. Lovely!!! Other great places are Fresh and Wyld Inn and Farm, Delicious Orchards, and the Wiseheart B&B. What a sweet little mini-vacation.
This is me; happy to have gotten a sideways tour of this gorgeous region.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Bird Quilt

There are a couple important regional shows coming up, and I'm well underway to create work that's good enough to get juried in - or at least the best work I'm capable of. I'm focusing on very bright colors, lots of texture, and subject matter that's close to my heart. The bird drawing on fabric is outlined with a brush point permanent marker to get the thick and thin lines. I then colored in it with Inktense water soluble colored pencils and heat set the fabric with an iron. The background is pieced with hand dyed and painted fabric from the studio.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Yesterday's Class at the Blue Twig

Everyone bravely got their hands goopy with acrylic paints to stencil on the details first. When the paint was dry, it was time to spray the loose washes of bold color! I loved my ladies' results - the T-shirts turned out as individual as they are. Peggy's had a dream-like feel of the stars in the Southwest: (it reminded me of what the Native Americans call the "trail of souls"in the night sky). It had some lovely shades of cherry red with gold and teal. Carol's turned into a happy flower garden with soft pastels.Here it is in progress below.

Monday, May 5, 2014

New Large Gelli Print Plate

When can you use red and green paint together without making mud? When you layer each color separately and let them dry in between. I ordered the new large (12 X 14) Gelli print plate online, and could hardly stand the wait until it came. I've been obsessively looking at photos of Gelli prints for a while on Pinterest and debating whether I needed one, or whether I should just continue making plates from gelatin. I love the gelatin plates, but they don't last and I can never get all the bubbles out of them. So, I coughed up the $60 and I'm glad I did. The Gelli plate gives you slightly different results since it's a dryer surface, but I'm liking what I'm seeing so far. There's a complexity and a bit of mystery in the layered prints.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Spray Dyed T-Shirt Class at the Blue Twig

Due to some health issues, I had to switch the April class to Saturday May 17th. So, I hope to see you then at the Blue Twig Studio in Colorado Springs at 10am. This technique is so ideal for folks who want something subtle and with exciting results for very little effort. You don't even have to draw!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I Got My Copy!

Hot off the presses and right out of my mailbox, here it is! I'm thrilled witless to see my article, and they gave me five pages to tell my gesso-on-fabric story. Happy dance!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mixed Media Fish

I sprained my knee on Tuesday, but while I'm recovering I can still make good use of time doing small drawings and paintings in my sketchbook. I used craft acrylics and a couple old foam prints to make the moth and flower texture in blue on the right. I drew the letters for "Fly" in pencil and added some auras with water soluble colored pencil. I also lightly painted over the permanent marker drawing underneath the bottom of the fish. The fish itself came next - I copied and cut it out from a drawing in my sketchpad. I'm happy with the colors. I could shrink this down and use it on fabric art. Hmmmm?

One of my new transparent collages

Summer Dance

Summer Dance
One of my collages