20 January 2017

Preparing to work on a series



The first thing I wanted to do was get some batiked yardage ready. I have some really nice linen already soda soaked and waiting but I thought I would start with about 3 yards of heavy off white cotton I bought at IKEA which I soaked and dried over night.


Nice linen I am saving after the cotton experiments today


This IKEA fabric was 60" wide so I had to stretch it sideways on my printing table. Most of the fabric is hanging down the side onto the floor.


My favorite brush "disappeared" after teaching a class at Fiber College. These were poor substitutes - very thin and wimpy.  


Soy wax on cotton.


I really did intend to wear gloves - see!!



Like players waiting to go out on the field.


Sun yellow and Intense blue


Mixing blue


Grape and mixing blue


Intense blue


Very light intense blue - lots of print paste but light on the dye - for the sky


Golden yellow and Intense blue (really lovely)











Batching in my kitchen


Thicken dye from the plastic knives. Just beautiful colors


19 January 2017

winners of the drawing





I used Random.org to generate two numbers and they were 2 and 5. That would make the winners Chemistafloat and Deborah. I will attempt to reach you both and if you don't hear from me, please contact me using the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Congratulations. I think you will enjoy the papers.

18 January 2017

Working back into the tiny sketchbook



These are a few pages from the tiny sketchbook made of marked papers that I have worked back into so far.





16 January 2017

Two things



The first thing I want to show you is a second set of "Solstice" bookmarks that I made after the first 50 were gone.


Do you remember this batik I did with Marcella this past summer? Well this tiny strip was just asking for wonderunder. I then bonded it to more quotes printed on card stock.


Voila'. More bookmarks. I even ended up laminating these. Yum!


Now for a giveaway. I have quite a lot of paste paper in sheets and strips. These would make lovely bookmarks and the large sheets can cover hand made books. I will divide the batch in two and they will go to the two commenters who are chosen by the random number generator.

14 January 2017

Announcement

Announcing three workshops in May in the Netherlands with Diane Franklin, one of the resident artists from "And then we set it on fire".


Please check it out here.

here

and here


Using Your Beauties

Dates: Friday & Saturday 19 & 20 May 2017 10:00 to 16:00 hrs
Teacher: Diana Franklin
Diane Franklin supports us to dare to cut into Those beautiful fabrics we dyed and printed during the Shibori and Screen Printing classes. (New students withtheir own dyed fabrics ook accepted.) We will learn to use the fabrics we create, rather than save them untouched. Diane will teach techniques for composing art pieces from your fabric. In her design workshop you will:
Learn some basic compositional elements to help you layout your own design;
Discuss the process of intuitive creation as part of the design process;
Review digital examples of compositions That use various design elements;
Practice creating compositions using paper and photo copies of your fabrics;

Workshop will be taught in English and we will use the metric system. The lesson is translation into Dutch possible! 



13 January 2017

Some success and failures



Believe it or not I LOVE the giant book marks I made from the cut-offs of "Tropical Forrest". They are laminated.





This was already failed fabric that I tried to save in my indigo vat


UGH! another layer of failure thanks to lines of dye.


For some reason the true color of this shirt did not come out. This is actually what it looked like before I dyed it - twice. Now it is quite a bit darker and that hideous grey is pretty well masked. Too bad I can't capture it.


Remember this fabric from last December on the FIRE blog?


This is a quilted "Best EVER Book Cover" I made for a friend


Sometimes you win and some times it a miss..........

11 January 2017

The Sketchbook



I went with the blotted blue and purple paper then chose one of my hand dyed embroidery threads for the Coptic stitching


Here is the finished book


and spine


A sample of how some of the pages came out. Remember Laura Kemshall's "Finish Me" journals from a year or two back? I can now work back into some of these pages as well. My hats off to Laura for all her  great idea, this also being one of them.