Archive for July 30, 2010
It’s been a crazy two weeks – been doing so much new/old stuff it made my head spin! The first week we did a whole lot of surface design. We made stamps and learned lots of different ways to change fabric. I found that I really liked using the thermofax screens – they were a lot of fun. Here’s a couple of samples of what I made from some plain cotton fabric…
I had a roll of some type of mesh and it was only a couple of inches wide, so I taped it down in this grid pattern. Painted the grid and then laid the fabric face down and brayered over it. I did eventually get rid of the big lines of masking tape – didn’t like them. But this was fun.
This piece started out with a background made on the hardware mesh, then I added more paint by sponging through some sequin waste, when that was dry I thermofax screened the dragonflies. I eventually foiled them too but didn’t get a photo of that.
Last sample is a simple piece. I folded the fabric accordian style and ironed it, then painted the edges. When dry I stamped it. The stamps are all hand made – the big one is craft foam and the little one is a carved eraser.
This was basically a technique class – these bits are 8.5″ x 11″ to fit into a binder. I have lots of these 🙂
I got a lovely letter from Romona the other day asking where my blog had gone. I made some excuse about not having time or the inclination to create and she told me to set aside at least one hour a day for my art. So I will try that! I spend entirely too much time playing computer games and just web surfing – I need to cut that out! So yesterday I sat down and finished off the bookmarks I had started for my nieces and nephew. I was surprised that they photographed as well as they did since they are encased in heavy plastic. I use the self laminating pouches from Scotch and the reason I sew around them (besides the fact that I just plain like the way it looks) is that they barely fit two to a pouch and when I cut them out the glue doesn’t hold. These bookmarks are way sturdier than the ones you can buy in the stores, I use some myself! I figured my nephew wouldn’t want a little girl so I collaged one for him. We’ll see how well I manage to stick to the hour for art a day!
Not me .. my muse .. and she’s been on an extended vacation! Hopefully that will change soon .. next week is the summer arts festival and I am taking a class in surface design – all day class for 5 days! I think I’m going to need a rolling suitcase to take all the supplies with me though! Will take photos and try to post them each night – but we’ll see how that goes as I’ll have to do Doll Street work at night too.