Learned: Wonder-under can save a disaster!
Monday, January 26, 2009
Learned: Wonder-under can save a disaster!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Learned: Elmer’s washable glue as a “simple” resist has some possibilities. Heat set the fabric paint "a lot" before washing out the glue resist.
Quote: There is something to be said about this immediate, spontaneous way of working, and that is this: in such moments, one is playing at the game of creation. Henry Miller
Friday, January 23, 2009
I'm the proud owner of a Giclee print of the Wild Horses. It's a monotype print that was enhanced with oil pastels. The artist, Carolyn Counnas at: is to the left of her work. And, yes, we did buy some of the incredible Almond Toffee in the background just behind Carolyn.
The quality of the print is much better in person. I have a "thing" for horses, though, I've never had a yen to own one, but I'm deeply moved by them and this one shouted at me from across the aisle and the price was right! I can only imagine what the original, twice as large as the one in her booth, looks like; must be incredible.
Quote: A time of change has created a time for action. Get ready. Sally Huss (printed in the local paper the day after the inauguration.)
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Did I mention that I'm in love with Elmer's washable clear glue? The purple one probably needs more work, but until I figure out what I've left it alone. The one below is an attempt to recreate the gesso, quink ink, clear glue technique from yesterdays post. This time I painted some gesso onto canvas fabric and didn't texture it, sprayed on some Quink ink and allowed it to dry. The writing was done with clear glue and once dry color washes of fabric paint were applied. I lightly removed the glue leaving some of the brownish texture glue to give the piece more texture.
Quote: Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be. ~
Friday, January 16, 2009
Speaking of discovering things, Elmer's washable clear glue is my new love!!! The above piece started out as a dreary gesso/quink ink one posted a few days ago.
#16 Components: badly composed gesso painted canvas fabric with Quink Ink over wash. Elmer’s washable clear glue was used as a resist allowed to nearly dry. (The grey and brown lines) Turquoise, red, and ochre fabric paint was layered on and allowed to dry. The piece was then soaked in cold water to soften the glue resist and with a little scrubbing most of it came off. If I had scrubbed of what looks like brown ink I don’t think the piece would have worked as well. Quink Ink, black, has a mind of its own meaning you never know what color it might become when applied over gesso.
Learned: After a few attempts of applying Quink Ink, aka calligraphy ink, I don’t think I’m going to be successful with this technique. From experience I’ve concluded that often the originator of a technique owns it and those of us trying to follow directions won’t even come close! It could be due to a lot of variables such as fabric, types of paint, water mixed with the ink, the way one holds ones mouth or even the moon! The fact that I was able to end up with a couple of interesting pieces after playing with gesso and ink (for what became the first layer) sort of makes me wonder if I’ve created a way of working with layers that only I can do.
#17 Components: another badly composed gesso painted canvas fabric. Elmer’s washable clear glue was once again used as a resist. I used violet and ochre fabric paint on this one. Only enough of the glue resist was removed with cold water to allow the black/brown lines to show; if I’d removed all of the resist the lines would have all gone grey. I’m doubtful that I can repeat this effect again.
A postcard piece that should have been in the mail! Components: Elmer's washable clear glue, Golden Fluid paint in yellow, purple(that turned brownish when it was painted over the still wet yellow, nice!), and turquoise. A red heart shaped button was painted purple and highlighted with Gold Treasure. I decided to not wash out the glue; it added some texture so I merely touched it up with white crayon.
Learned: buy lots of cheap buttons and paint them!!
Quote:All glory comes from daring to begin. Eugene F. Ware
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Learned: Applique is not only fun but can create an elegant statement. Tip: paint any pre-cut foam shape with acrylic paint, this tones down the bright colors they often come in.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Yes, the edge stitching on the right side is even, the scan is wonky! The scanner bed needs some cleaning, well, actually, the protective sheet of plastic that is placed on the scanner bed needs to be replaced.
Components: base fabric is kunin felt. Really ugly tiny remnant of upholstery fabric purchased at WalMart for .38 before they decided to stop selling fabric. (DRAT!!) that I used to cut a heart shape out of. The fabric has yellow, red, and beige stripes and when needle punched from the back the heart became one with the felt, love that effect! The antique key is wrapped in a scrap of blue chiffon that was needle punched onto black felt. When heat blasted the scrap adhered itself around the key.
Learned: For needle punching, on the backside, it doesn't matter what a piece of fabric looks like as long as the colors are pleasing.
Quote: Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. ~ Maria Robinson
Sunday, January 11, 2009
In Maggie Grey's new book, "Textile Translations," you'll find the instructions on how she uses gesso on vilene/pellon with a variety of paints and ink. I used a thick canvas fabric, medium thickness gesso, and Quink ink. (I found the Quink ink at Staples in their art supply section.) The ink was sprayed on before the gesso dried and while not evident in this scan, the ink turned mostly blue.
What did I learn? More texture is needed, maybe a heavier gesso. Hearts need to be larger or worked into the design. Try using 3:1 ratio of Quink ink, not the other way around. Try Pellon instead of canvas fabric. Idea: maybe these pieces can be incorporated into a larger piece?
And so it goes . . .
The heart series, at least for the time being, helps me concentrate on experimenting rather than trying to come up with a motif or design element. I've wanted to explore more ways to use gesso and play more with the embellisher and sewing machine so until at least February the heart series will continue.
I've been collecting a few links for inspiration and I think you can see them here: hearts galore. (Note: If you're a member of my yahoo group you'll find them in the links section.) Leave me a comment if you know about other sites and I'll add them.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Quote: When joy plays hide-and-seek, keep looking. Another fab from Sally Huss
Friday, January 09, 2009
The puft heart (a made-up name) began its life as a piece of needle punched fabric that was used for one of the 52 projects. A little free-form stitching, paint dyed cheesecloth, a metal embellishment from a thrift store, polyester stuffing and voila! Puft Heart.
A day-trip to the Palm Springs Museum two days ago was well worth the drive across the desert. Horses! While I don't have the urge to own one they move me beyond words. I've seen photos of driftwood horses but to see one in person - WOW! Sadly, it was difficult to take a really good photo of this beauty. I've often complained about the placement of art when it comes to photographing a piece; too much background clutter doesn't make for a pleasing shot, but then the viewer isn't supposed to photograph artwork other than to make a personal record of it . . .
Quote: From Sally Huss, who else? The best year is the one we are creating.