Monday, February 24, 2014

Quilt and a sketchbooking online course.

This is my quilt, Roses are Red... made for 'Living Colour' but not selected again (detail below) Oh well - try again next year! The main red fabric is wool, screen printed with thickened acid milling dyes. The print was from my charcoal drawing which I made into a photographic stencil. The rose leaves were printed with a thermofax screen while the green fabric at the bottom was sun printed then over printed with the rose leaves. The red cloque rose buds were appliqu├ęd on and the whole quilt was machine quilted.

Foe the last couple of weeks I've been doing an online workshop with UK artist Dionne Swift called Developing Sketchbooks. I've really enjoyed working through the video lessons and interacting with the other students via a private facebook group. I would definitely recommend the workshop and Dionne as a tutor. It was a bit expensive - the exchange rate is not great for us - but I found it really worthwhile. It will be a useful method of developing ideas for future work.

A couple of photos of my work from Developing Sketchbooks
I've done a new post on the Designing Women blog - check it out here

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

A little gelli plate printing

I had a quick printing session in the studio this morning before it got too hot. I also bought a Getting Started with the Gelli Plate mini workshop from Julie Fei Fan Balzer which I thought was worthwhile and good value. I watched most of it last night but will need to watch it again to absorb it all. You get unlimited access to these. I've also done one on deli paper.

These are my prints from today. I used liquitex basics acrylic paints and mediums and printed on watercolour paper, deli paper and manila folder card.