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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 played last night at creating backgrounds for Roz’ class. I enjoyed it immensely. I did use some acrylic inks to splatter on the pages, but they seemed to dry v…e…r…y slowly, so I am not pleased with them. I am wondering if the brand or the age of the inks might be the issue. I used a Crafter’s Workshop circle grid stencil and distress ink pads to make the designs. Distress ink is probably not going to be waterproof going forward, but we shall see. I enjoyed playing with the colors and textures.
Mixed Media Visual Journal
I REALLY like the mixed media paper…not as heavy as the watercolor, but takes the wet media very well.
So now I am making a list of Golden Fluid acrylic paints I need…I pretty much used up the only yellow I had.
The next photo is the 140 lb. watercolor journal.
I didn’t need much…I didn’t spend much. But I got everything I wanted.
Let’s see….there’s some toile tissue paper and some black and cream diamond tissue paper…I had to have them to make some paper cloth with. If you don’t know what that is…see the tutorial on my sidebar.
Someone was getting rid of their Smooch spritzes very cheaply,and I had planned to give them a try, so I purchased a few of them. These are paint in a little spray bottle. They will be great to do a spray background on cloth or paper and to spray on stencil designs. When I get a few done I’ll show ya’.
Base extender from ProChem. This is so that I can work with some water soluble media on screens. The base extender will seal the designs once they are down. This is what Kerr Grabowski uses, so I wanted to try that.
1/2 yard of a Civil War reproduction print. It’s for my stash because I still have Civil War quilts to make…someday. Susan Spineto split this yard with me.
Distress Ink…always fun and in a color I didn’t have. I like to crumple paper and rub this across the peaks of the crumples. Fun.
One black ink pad…because I need one and the archival scrapbooking tape. I ran out of this stuff since I’ve been mounting my small series called “Flow” onto some Bristol board backing. I can’t buy this stuff in Carmi, so I have to look for it when I am away from home shopping.
I did purchase some wholesale items for my business. Lots of stencils from Embellishment Village and a couple of new stamps that I have some ideas to use with Angelina fibers. Look for samples later on after I have time to play with them a bit. The stencils are for sale…they are 6 inch stencils and they are $4.40 each.
Because of the rising river waters, the quilt show was taken out of its usual place at the Expo and Convention Centers. It was split up in various locations in town. We had no problem getting to any of the places and finding parking. The AQS team did a great job because as I understand it, the decision to move the show was pretty last minute. They had a lot of scrambling to do. But it was a great time for us as usual.
I love what I do. I love my work. Looking at inventory after the past weekend, I decided I needed to dye a few more scarves and make a few more small bags. I am almost out of the ArtFul cloth zippered bags. And so this a.m. finds me printing cloth. I have 11 ready to stitch!
Killing time waiting for them to dry (actually, I’m taking a break), I was looking at my favorite pages on Facebook and came across something everyone might be interested in. Linda Matthews has gathered 250 free handbag and tote pattern links from across the web all on one page. There are so many cute bags on there! Now I want to make some just for fun. I have added the link permanently to my sidebar under her name, but here it is too. Free patterns for purses and bags.