Saturday, June 28, 2008


It has been too long since I have been able to play in my studio. I have been cleaning it for a challenge and because I couldn't find anything in it! But although I am not quite done, I let myself play yesterday... and this is the result. I have been thinking alot about my sis who has been undergoing some nasty testing this past couple weeks. She is a musician, and loves nature.

The hand is a photo transfer on flannel, and is reaching for the bell. The bird was a find at an antiquing expedition with my sis, and represents freedom. My hope is for her freedom from serious illness.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Inspired by Beryl Taylor

One of my art groups (The Artists Circle) is doing a workshop on BT's techniques and this week and last we did discharging and paper fabric. These are the results of my efforts. Blogger has decided on the order, not I. The 1st, 2nd, and 7th are the Tyvek pieces, the 5th and 6th are the cotton paper fabric, with the 3d and 4th being the velvet.
I didn't have the required cotton velvet for the discharge, only a little silk velvet remnant, so couldn't use the bleach method of discharge. I did have Jacquards discharge paste which is much gentler on the fabric (smells better too). The midnight blue turned a pinkish gold, very pretty. To activate the paste you must apply heat, I used an iron and the resulting shine on the velvet looks really great.

The fabric paper was on both a cotton fabric base and Tyvek base, 2 each. The smaller Tyvek bit had no tissue paper applied to it, and was heat distressed to be a control for the papered piece. The tissue paper really didn't shrink much at all, just wrinkled. Both the front and back of the papered piece were pretty enough to photograph. It was painted on both sides, papered with white sparkly tissue paper then painted again. Whew, what fun! Now, what do I do with the samples....

Friday, June 6, 2008

Unbelievable Beauty!

Aren't these FABULOUS? They were made by Deryn Mentock at Something Sublime. Someday I will make beautiful jewelry, someday! The pic doesn't show it, but the tiny leaves atop the nest have teensy tiny little bits of paper in them, with words! I have been busy today making my studio better... I got a couple pegboards up, and cut down my pattern collection, and have redone my sewing table to be a little smaller to have a little more room in that corner. I have done alot, but there is still so much to do... Well, here's to progress!
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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

A Little More Paint

My latest painted photos... These use just emulsion paint and Gelly Roll glaze pens. I have been looking for a good opaque white pen, these have done okay, but dry up or run out fast. Sigh.
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