Archive for August 30, 2010
I’m having entirely too much fun dyeing these little baby onesies. I actually ordered a bunch more dyes so I can do more with pastels. I only have four basic Procion Fiber Reactive dyes and I’ve been mixing my own colors. Decided I don’t like the tie dye design that you make using rubber bands, I much prefer the spiral. The three to the right are tie dyed and the other two are twisted and then vat dyed. There’s quite a few babies due in my circle of friends so I can amuse myself for a while!
I’m also making a couple of plushies – this is from my infected plushie line 🙂 Unfortunately I couldn’t find a nice fuzzy felt in anything other than beige. I tried to dye some but it didn’t take as it’s a synthetic. Didn’t think it would. Oh well. I don’t want to buy any acid dye to try to see if that would work. So Measlie here is pretty pale.
OMG, I am SO excited! I’m leaving for California tonight and I want to take my knitting but my chart holder weighs nearly a pound and it really makes my bag heavy. I decided to make my own version and this came out at half the weight – whoot! Plus mine is a million times prettier than the plain old black commercial one. I am going to make some revisions to it when I get home and then I’m going to release it as a pattern! Yay!
Closed – obviously, lol – this is some of the material I made at the Summer Arts Festival
Open 🙂 – the chart side is magnetic – the other side has a pocket to hold your pattern
Standing up – the strap reverses to keep the holder standing open
I ran out of space in my mesh pencil holder that I’ve been using for my brushes and had grabbed an empty tin from the kitchen to use for the overflow. U G L Y … to say the least! So I finally got around to prettyfying it up and thought I’d share how …
Base coat your can with white gesso and then whatever color you like. I, obviously, used yellow craft paint. I left the paper on too as you can see, if I decide I don’t like this later on maybe I can tear it off and change it! Don’t worry about totally covering up any words that show through – this is only the first layer!
Put a little bit of paint in a spray bottle (got these for $1 each in the travel section) and add a teensy bit of water. Spray and let it drip – doesn’t this look luscious all by itself!
Add some collage elements. I had some leftover strips of paper from when I made the bookmarks so I stuck them on plus a vellum saying I had sitting around. I didn’t have vellum glue so I used my trusty Gel Medium. Didn’t work so well on the vellum, it kind of crinkled but I like the look. See my trusty glue brush? I use cotton swabs for all types of things!
Start adding more layers. I tend to overdo this technique to death … sponge through some sequin waste. I did this in a couple of different colors.
Adirondack Color Wash. I learned about this stuff from Suzi Blu’s class and I’ve been using it on everything! It’s very thin and dye like. I masked off the vellum because I didn’t want the saying to disappear under paint. Painter’s tape (the blue stuff) is low tack so it’s pretty safe to use on projects. Spray a couple of colors on your can. See the sunflowers? Old plastic placemats that I was going to toss until I decided they would make great art mats – a couple of them made a great splash screen!
Just keep adding layers until you are happy. I sponged on more paint and sprayed a bit more. I even added one of the little rhinestone flowers I got from a scrapbook section at WalMart. I sponged some Titan Buff on it to knock it back some. Just play until it looks right to you. I ended up with the messy ‘painterly’ look I was going for and I think my brushes are much happier living in their tomato can now!
Here’s another of the things I made at class .. a soft rock. We made hard rocks and soft rocks. I am making another hard rock right now using a bit different process from what we did in class. Hopefully it will work out. If my teacher gives me permission I might teach this over at Doll Street to go along with a mermaid class that Judy Skeel will be teaching later this year. Although the rock will be altered from what you see here …
More pieces I made last week .. I have a LOT of these but I won’t bore you to death with them. Here’s another one made with the mesh without the masking tape grid … kinda looks like city lights, eh? Plain blue cotton to start.
Then this one is pretty cool – we had a heavy piece of lace and I sprayed painted dye through it (it was plum dye) – then when it was dry I used Dye-na-flow and painted the piece. Basically it’s the negative of the lace motif. Ruined it by outlining the flower with foiling. But still fun to do.
This piece I really love – it’s another background made with the hardware mesh, but then the roses were screened over it with black transparent paint. I just wish these pieces were big enough to DO something with, lol.