Welcome, new readers! Just wanted to give you a heads up…there are new blog posts…
Now for the Fun! here
More Monoprinting here
This ‘N That here
Almost everyone from the class sent home their leftover paint with me instead of taking it home with them…so because I hate anything to go to waste, I printed one morning. It’s a good exercise because I get new ideas while I’m printing (oh boy, do I love that grid stuff that I think is for making rugs non-skid). There is still some paint left…stay tuned…I’m going to make screens for breakdown printing next…
Here are photos of my booth in Bloomington, IN along with my friend Cynthia who was my helper for 2 days. I think she enjoyed getting out with people for awhile.
We demo-ed painting with Tsukineko inks in the bottle. They are wonderful to paint with! They don’t change the hand of the fabric like acrylic fabric paints do. If you mix them with aloe vera gel to paint with like we do, you have the ability to spread them and blend them.
Strathmore is hosting more workshops this year. The first one is being taught by Traci Bautista. Here is my first week’s work…er…play.
There are layers of stuff on here…Smooch Spritz inks sprayed over resists and plastic canvas, acrylic paints, acrylic inks, markers of all kinds, white-out pen, and oil pastels last. The neat thing about these workshops for me is they help me get acquainted with different products that I have not used before.
Here’s a couple more pieces of my exhibit that have not been seen on my blog before.
Rust dyed cotton sateen, silk screening, stenciling, applique, hand writing, paint, ink, dyes, stitching with polyester thread.
Rust dyed feed sack, discharge dyed cotton sateen, silk screened, stenciled and stamped, paint, dyes and automatic dish washing liquid and other discharging products, hand writing, inks, stitching with polyester thread.
I recently participated (somewhat) in an online journalling class with Roz Stendahl. It was sponsored by Strathmore. See Roz’ blog here. She encouraged me to sketch in this workshop, even though I’m not a big sketcher of real items. I’m more of a…doodler. I do appreciate seeing someone else’s work of sketching and the fact that Roz painted her sketches was interesting. But for me to do it…not so much.
I was out mowing the yard on Monday when I saw dried seed pods on our Golden Raintree trees. I knew I had to grab that twig with pods and sketch it. There was something so simple about it…and it was old, from last years pods, and dried out.
I did sketch it, then yesterday I decided to paint the page with gouache, which is a watercolor paint that Roz highly recommends. I purchased some specifically to try it out. I sort of like the process. I don’t know that this will make me become an avid sketcher, but I’m warming to it. Roz would be so proud. (And I have enough gouache to last me to my nineties. I only ordered 3 tubes, but the amount of paint this took is so minimal.)
I’m even thinking of adding some photo transfer to this page. The Golden Raintree trees are now in bloom, preparing to launch their thousands of new seed pods. I took photos yesterday.
Well, I guess Mondays are lining up to be my “domestic” day. After making Mounds balls, I also made biscuits for supper later in the afternoon yesterday. Did some laundry and cleaning up a bit too. My husband hates to see things laying around and me…well, if I can’t see it, I forget about it and there are some things I want to remember I have to work on or at least think about so I can make a decision! (I recently found my Indiana sales tax form somewhere it should not have been…out of sight, out of mind. Luckily, I still could meet the deadline.) My “studio”, aka, the shrinking 9’x 9′ extra bedroom, does not give me the space to leave things out where I can see them and think about them. I pretty much use the whole house!
The thread came yesterday, so today I will again start stitching on a piece I am working on for my show. I should be doing that now, but well, here I am. I wanted to post some of the deconstructed results from last week, and I now have the photos loaded onto the computer.
I used different sized screens and some of these are overprinted…and may still need some more overprinting. And they have not been washed yet, but you get the idea. I really really love the breakdown look of this kind of printing.
The reason this whole piece of cloth is not printed is because I am pondering using these as 4 separate prints for wall pieces. We’ll see. They might need more printing on them.