01 October 2014

An announcement

I will be in Amsterdam Oct 15 to 21. I actually leave the 22nd but midday. If anyone would care to visit, please let me know. I will be attending the DIY school on Sunday and all other days will be mostly museums and galleries.

29 September 2014

More Fingerprint fabrics and some odds and ends

This is the second order from Fingerprint. I must have missed the blue hydrangeas the first time. I bought both the large poplin and small cotton. I also bought the poppies picture Laura featured on DMTV a few weeks ago. She did some interesting surface design techniques on this panel. Mine is the large poplin. Last but definitely not least is Laura's paint box work apron. I've been drooling over this since the first time I laid eyes on it. I didn't realize it is all marked out with straps and pockets. Very clever. I will have to model it after I sew it.






detail


When Laura was here she mentioned a woman made her a felted "egg" to keep her pins in. She said they would always be sharp because the lanolin in the wool would lubricate the needles. I remembered I had a felted "head" a friend made for me years ago. It is now my newest pin cushion!


 Above is a ghost print of the insects and a stamping of leaves which actually came out much better than the original print

The new bigger (12X18) homemade permanent gelli printing plate. It is on the plastic side of this paper that the ice shield roofing product came with. Nice stuff!

26 September 2014

Printing with Laura day 3

So these are the totally unexpected print offs on paper in my sketchbook plus the masks I used which I am saving for collage work in my sketchbook.









I forgot to put a spacer between these pages and they stuck together. The paper tore in bits when I slowly pulled them apart. Too bad because this was one of my faves!!







24 September 2014

Printing with Laura day 2

These are the fabric prints I made using the homemade gelli. I was the first to start and it didn't take long to realize "this" was not going to work.

I started with dark fabric (no) and used a complimentary color (no). The transparent paint made the fabric look dirty, muddy.





OK, so don't do that again. Then I stumbled onto layering like Judith did on paper. I love the results.



Making areas of the plate with gold paint used



This was a print I made of the insect stamps - boring - so I did another layer. Laura thought it looked like hieroglyphics.








I took a piece of fabric big enough to cover the gelli twice. I took a print and a ghost print. The print above was a ghost print - very faint- then I added the strips from a mask I cut.







Although not terribly successful, it IS a start. A few are OK and others need a bit more work. However you rate it, it was so much fun.

The ProFab paint dried quickly and we never smeared. LOTS of fun!!

22 September 2014

Printing with Laura

Laura has been here for a few days and over the last few days we did some printing on a gelli - the homemade kind from this post. We did so much stuff that I decided to split it into three posts because I like organization.

I am going to start with Laura's work because mine started out so pathetically that you might never come back (smile).

They are pretty self explanatory but I will just add that it doesn't matter what the content of the fabric is ( cotton, blend) and we used ProFab Fabric paint from ProChem - opaques, transparent, and Brites - with crushed mica in them.

Enjoy the photos!!

















She just emailed me photos of the finished quilt. I think she used pens and stitch - all hand stitched.