Friday, October 30, 2009

New camera

I'm leaving for Japan on Thursday - so today I've been practising with DH's camera. It's a small one so will be easier to carry around.
The pics are from our garden. The dog, Sarge, belongs to daughter Kathleen - we're dog sitting while she's away. The bowls were made by my DH who enjoys wood turning and who's staying home while I'm away.
I won't post again until I return home - late November. Should have lots of pics then I hope.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

This week ...

2 new covered journals - the top one is a collage of various hand printed cotton fabric pieces with a heat transfer printed ribbon and the flower motif is a digitised design which I've extended by using scrunched and frayed fabrics.
Below: polyester satin fabric - heat transfer dyed & stitched. The centre panel is a collage of metallic scraps with the flower free embroidered on dissolvable.

Saturday at the Designing Women meeting, Juliet showed us how to felt a vessel. (mine above) Unfortunately It's not thick enough so I'm not sure what I'll do with it - might have to cut it up and use the felt in other projects.

Before the felting we went for a walk around Piney Lakes - a lovely bush area where our meeting place is - to take photos and gain inspiration. Below: the bark of a cork tree which I 'd never seen before.

My DH has managed to tear the cartledge in his knee and is on crutches so I'm having to run around for him. I hope it comes good without further treatment. It's a busy week - I'm teaching another Painting & Printing with Procion Dyes workshop on Saturday and we've got friends coming for lunch on Sunday.

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Friday, October 09, 2009

Using up paint piece

I often have some scrap fabric handy when printing to finish up paint or make full use of a paper stencil. This is the current one. It's done with roller, mono, block and screen printing. The 2 dark horizontal stripes made up of short lines were cut from drafting film and I used the cut out pieces to make a negative stencil (printed in grey and green)
These pieces sometimes end up being more interesting than the intentional design. I quite like this one and it's a good size too - 47 x 90cms.
I'll probably have to stop printing now. It's less than a month untill I leave for Japan and there's lots I need to do before that.

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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Finished fabrics

Some of these I've shown before, but now I think they're finished.

I think I'll add some stitch to the piece above - it may end up as a quilt. The one below is just a small experiment made to use up left over ink but I like the colours.

Below: a detail of the RR fabric from the previous post. Thanks for the comments everyone - I agree with Judy that the end use of the fabric makes a big difference but as that isn't my decision, I think I'll leave it to Judi - the fabric's owner to decide if she's happy with it as is.

I should probably explain that the fabric round robin was organised through the Complex Cloth Yahoo group. There were 5 people - each started with 1 yard of fabric of their choice - sending it on to the next participant after they had added their part to it. At the end the fabric is sent back to it's owner.

Hopefully each person ends up with a unique piece of fabric and has been challenged to apply their skills in surface design and techniques in a different way.

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Sunday, October 04, 2009

Is it finished?

Have just done my layer on the last RR fabric (Judi's) I used shiva sticks brushed off the scalloped edge of a plastic doyley with an old toothbrush. The colours are white, yellow ochre & a brown/gold . The aim was to try and pull together the design - I felt the green motifs looked a bit plonked on. I changed my mind a few times on this and I'm happy with it now - BUT - is it finished?

This one definitely isn't finished. I'm building up the surface by over printing the rectangular shapes. The stencil was made by spaying webbing spray onto a silk screen ( from a new book I have by Claire Benn & Lesley Morgan: Screen Printing, Layering textiles with colour,texture & imagery) This is permanent on the screen but as my screen was old & crappy, that wasn't a problem - also I think it's a very versatile texture design which I'll use again.

I've used a torn paper stencil for the shapes. The colours may look slightly off - I think it's the pale pink fabric. Might overdye but may not need to when I've finished printing.

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Saturday, October 03, 2009

More printing

This afternoon I continued with my printing - did some more on the piece from the previous post (bottom) and the 2 top ones. I decided I needed to make a 'lines' printing block to add another layer to my fabric quickly. The vilene stencil worked well but was very hard to see through, making placement difficult. So I ended up with printed areas in block shapes.
To blend these areas together I used the same cardboard edge I used to make the stencil to print some darker lines but it was slow going and not very effective. The block (made by cutting strips of peel & stick fun foam and attaching it to foam core board) was much better. The design shows up well on the piece below.

The 2 top pieces are done using the lines block and over printing in different colours. This is a great way of making a print block - it's very quick, light, water-proof and lasts well.

Above: this was done a while ago - it's about 50cms square - was started with procion dyes, then some discharge and fabric paint. I've had it on my wall because I think it needs something but haven't decided what yet.

Also on my wall is the last fabric Round Robin piece. I think I've finally decided what to do with it and will get onto it tomorrow.

Above: this is a section of the same piece from the last post with more printing - it's almost there, but I think I'll introduce a horizontal element a third of the way from the top and then maybe some small dark squares scattered over. It reminds me of old weathered wood with cracks and peeling paint.

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Printed lines

The above fabric was screen-printed with Permaset printing ink using the stencil below which is vilene printed with acrylic paint - using the edge of a piece of cardboard. I've printed another layer on the fabric but the photo I took wasn't very good. I'll try again before I finish it.

Above: monoprinted lines done on cotton fabric with black Procion dye. I'm enjoying playing with print at the moment as well as trying different types of stencils.

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