Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Too Much Fun!

I have been the grandest time working with my art supplies. This is a background I made using my PanPastels. I love it and can't wait to make its cool twin!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Digital Design

Way way back when, my friend Wendy suggested a color scheme of lime green, tomato red, yellow and periwinkle blue. I collected some beads in those colors (and added white and black) but never did anything beyond that, until this week. I signed up for a digital design class and am using those colors for my project. The nice thing is that the color translate very well to standard paint colors (carbon black, ultramarine, sap green, green-gold/pernod yellow, pyrrole red/vermilion and lemon yellow):

Now that I have my colors, I'm going to paint more paper to scan and use it to create some art journal pages -- how fun is that? Cheers!

Monday, April 9, 2012

"Kindness": Mixed-Media Fiber Art Journal Page

I just finished this yesterday -- a little art journal sample for an upcoming class. The background started as white PFD fabric that I treated with gesso, painted, stenciled and splattered with paint! The text block was done in Photoshop and printed on EQ Printables.

The motif on the right is a packing tape transfer. I printed the image (Designer Digitals) on the laser printer, covered it with tape, burnished it well, trimmed off the excess and soaked it in water for 5 minutes so the backing paper was easy to remove. Once the paper was removed, I glued it on with matte gel medium. That was my first attempt at this kind of transfer and I love how easy it was and how crisp the image turned out. I particularly like that the background shows beneath the unprinted areas. Enjoy!

My New Fabric Line :-)

I've been feeling a little down since the beginning of the year, don't quite know why. It isn't like me to let my sewing machine sit idle for weeks at a time, but I just wasn't in the mood -- my little sewing muse was on vacation in the tropics, I think!

I feel like I'm out of my funk now, thanks to some design advice from Lura Schwarz-Smith and a wonderful surface design class with Lonni Rossi at Asilomar. I LOVE painting fabric and had such a wonderful, stress-free week. It was heaven! I ordered a thermofax machine so I can make my own screens -- the ideas are coming fast and furious now!

I can't wait to cut into these, just have to come up with a good pattern. Techniques used: stamping, painting, discharging, screening... The dark fabrics were solids or batiks, all the rest started as plain white cotton.