Friday, October 31, 2014

Fiber Junkies Pt 1 - The Technique

Our Fiber Junkies group met this past week for another day of experimenting and fun. We were continuing with the project from the month before. Denny introduced us to a technique she learned from Judy Coates Perez. 
Last month we created a collage type base using fabric such as muslin and added images on top. Very thin napkins (peel off the back), patterns for sewing, tissues paper were used to create an interesting backdrop. I mixed up the pictures and the 1st step is below...The next thing we did (above) was to add a wash of color over the top. We used transparent paint so a lot of the imagery would show through. I also added some watered down Lumiere metallic to give it a little sheen here and there.

Next step was to draw an image on top using a fine pointed sharpie. I over exaggerated my image as I wanted a lot of the positive space inside the image to show up with the background technique.
I did go back and blend just a little (using more Lumiere) the inside of the tree, but most of the paint was applied around the outside of the tree. I used Lumiere, once again in a wash as it can be a very dense paint and I wanted the original imagery to show in places. I still have to layer it with a thin batting and quilt it. I like the piece...kind of different...don't know if I'll do it again but I do love anything with layering so it just might happen.
This is Mary's piece that she started last month.
She added some interesting imagery without the paint and I love the way it works.
We always hover over Val's pieces as she always seems to create the most amazing work...and this time is no exception. Her starting base above....
and her ending piece.
Kate had a wonderful image she had created months ago and wanted it to be the focal point of this piece without covering it up. She was still deciding where to go with it, so in the interim was working on a piece for her sister.
I do love the color change in the negative space starting with pink at the top and green at the bottom. The tree is very effective with all the colors.
This is the beginning of Denny's piece...
The image is hard to see but very interesting. Denny used some king of silhouette cutter to create her imagery...
and here it is finished....I like the way you have to see into the image to see what's going on...2 athletes - one grabbing his foot and the other throwing something....a great idea.
This was Gens original...

and finished with imagery and the final wash. It's really a fun technique and always a surprise to see the way the imagery works under layers of paint.
I am linked to Off the Wall Fridays and Whoop Whoop Friday. Join me again soon...we had a wonderful day celebrating a special birthday and a great Show and Tell...

Monday, October 27, 2014

Finishing Up

In the fiber group I'm in -  Fiber Junkies, we love doing deconstructive screen printing, especially in the warm weather when we can work outside. This summer we met at Vals - our "official" gathering place for this technique as she has such a great space. I always bring a number of blank screens and often don't get around to printing them. 
 Like this one....It was left in the garage when I unpacked the car and I just came across it the other day.
 The wonderful thing about this technique is that you can leave a screen with dried dye on it indefinitely...
 and it prints when you are ready to. I had forgotten the colors I used so it was a nice surprise when I started pulling the squeegee.
 I printed around 6 pieces...
Now the challenge of figuring what to do with them..
I've been in a funk since I've been home from Ireland...not able to get back in my studio with so much catch up to do in other areas. I also want to do a series of quilts using some of the pictures I took but I need to edit them first....Anyway, doing some no-brainers, simple things is good for me right now and easing me back into my art....

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Back in Sync

I am finally getting my body to accept the fact that we're back in the US and in a different time zone...also that yes, at one time I did do laundry and make meals etc....hard to get back to reality. It was a wonderful, wonderful trip to Ireland - one of the prettiest places I've ever been and the people exceptional. I'm just started to put pics on the computer to edit a bit and find between our 2 phones and 2 cameras, we have over 1200 pictures...lots of inspiration for quilts. I'll be sharing a few (promise, just a few) of those I want to use in quilts.
     In the meantime, I want to alert you to a show at Big Canoe, Georgia.

It starts tomorrow October 23 and runs through November 2. 
Here is the link to the show.  There are many types of art including glass, pottery, painting, sculptures, furniture and quilts. Our PTA group is represented with pieces in this event. The show is being presented in a custom built home - built by the Big Canoe Building Group in the Bluffs.
If you're in the area, stop by and see it, sure it will be wonderful.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Up, Up and Away

Well, here we are...going on our first trip to Ireland. ....on our own...we'll be driving on the "wrong" side of the road so it should be a little crazy. We are both very excited and look forward to seeing many beautiful places, meeting warm and friendly people and buying lots of fabric - mainly woolens which I love.
We are going to the southwest part of Ireland, the Ring of Kerry, Dingle Pennisula and the place where my grandfather and great grandfather were born.

Will have lots to share and hopefully many great pictures for future quilts...

Have a wonderful, creative 2 weeks...
See you in a while

PS...picture above is the Cliffs of of the places we'll be going to.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Fiber Junkies Pt. 2

Well, we breaked for lunch which seems to get longer and longer...we always have so much to share. We usually do our show and tell at this point. 
Val brought some wonderful fabric she had screened on top of which had been deconstructed screen printed already.
She has a screen she made using the image from a plastic mesh.
 And how clever is this, Val did a drawing which she made into a screen...such a great look.
 and this lovely piece of deconstructive fabric with an screened edging on the side.
Back to work -  in the afternoon, we used unquilted fabric and a soft gel medium for attaching images to the surface.
Kate had some wonderful images...this is a waterfall, accidentally left sideways when I photographed it.
We used printed napkins...the first well as old pictures or anything that struck our fancy.
We put them down with soft gel medium (back and front) - some of us painted around them. This is Vals, I believe...
and this is Dennys...She wanted to incorporate family photos in hers.
Kate had less glued on images so she could showcase her drawn image in the backdrop.
Gen is still working...
and carried away and covered the whole piece. I liked the colors and couldn't stop. Next month, we'll revisit our pieces and see where to go from there.
Til next time.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fiber Junkies

Well, I'm a little late in reporting on our recent Fiber Junkies meeting last week...getting ready to go to Ireland and lots to do. This month, we explored painting on fabric that was already quilted. Denny, who saves everything, has lots of end pieces from completed quilts. 
The pieces were interesting to work with. We also had whole cloth quilted samples that Kate brought for us. She's constantly experimenting with quilting designs...and these were her gorgeous discards...and I do mean gorgeous.
After working with both styles - wholecloth and strips, I think I preferred the strips as each fabric added a different element to the background.
So how did we do it  ?....using rollers (above) brayers, sponge rollers (my favorite) and brushes, we applied paint to the surface. We used house paint....the many samples you buy at paint departments to test on a wall before using....finally found a use for them. They seemed to work the best. The fabric needed to be sealed before applying more expensive paint on top that might get lost by seeping into the unsealed fabric. This paint worked like a charm. You can already see the wonderful transition.
Another thing we used was the samples from decorator books. So many of the fabrics are prequilted into lovely designs like the one above and below.
The paint highlights the design so well...catching the tops of fabric and leaving the recessed stitched area untouched by paint...most effective.
Here are some of the samples, although in my excitement I failed to note which one belonged to who...all were fun and interesting...
And another
Like I mentioned before, I really liked the multi fabric strips...
when done, such a great palette and also very busy.
This is one of my favorites although I don't know who it went home with. Now to figure out what to do on top...something simple...maybe a silkscreen or more details in paint - maybe in metallics.
This was an old piece of canvas I had painted and mucked up a bit - a while back...I just added a bit of circles to it and some blue paint...very busy but I like it and hope I can find a use for it.
Til next time...

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Shroom's in the Forest

I finished another Haiku piece made from scraps of leftover projects...lots of deconstructive screen printed fabric along with
silkscreened fabric done with a discharge paste using a cheesecloth image.
I also ran it through my inkjet printer as I thought it needed something else on top of the mushrooms. I liked branches from trees; with a lower opacity set in photoshop, the image is not as strong which I wanted.  The right edge needed some interest so I screened some skeleton leaves on the fabric using a discharge paste...thought it might be too strong and tried covering it with gauze but that didn't work. Flipping it over to the wrong side where the image was more faint was an afterthought but worked best.
Since this piece was going to be mounted, I didn't need a backing fabric ...just batting and a sheer fabric I use called soil separater cloth found in home improvement stores. It's similar to a nonwoven interfacing but this cloth is used to line large pipes underground to prevent soil from migrating into them. There are so many ways to use it in a quilting studio.
After simple quilting, I needed to finish the edges and decided on a binding type edge but easier as I didn't turn the edge under on the back need to and it also eliminated bulk.
I sewed the binding onto the edge on front, flipped it to the back and pinned it in place along the seam line.
I threaded my machine with a monofilament thread on top and stitched in the ditch along the seam line to hold the binding in place.  You can see how the binding looks at the right edge...
and how it looks on the back.

Next step was to attach the quilt to a black fabric which would be wrapped around a pre-stretched canvas board. I cropped this image but the black fabric extended out quite a bit so to make sure it was able to wrap around the board and onto the back.  When the placement was right, I pinned a LOT all around the 4 edges and using a monofilament thread, stitched in the ditch  on all 4 seam lines (where binding was attached to piece.
I prepared the canvas board which was 12" square x 3/4" deep by laying a piece of batting on top (after lightly spraying with 505) and bringing it around to the back. A few staples held it in place.
Here is the tricky lay the prepared board on top of the black fabric with the quilt piece on the outside (facing the table). It needs to be lined up perfectly so the piece fits exactly on the board. I uses 505 spray here also...lightly on the batting which will hold the black backing fabric in place. If you need to readjust, easy to do.
Using an electric or heavy duty stapler, staple one side in the center, then the other side, top and then bottom. Check the front to make sure it's even...
Go back and alternately staple one side, the other, top and bottom...constantly checking the quilt to make sure it's even.
I finished the back with another piece of black fabric, picture frame wire,  eye hooks and labels.
Shroom's in the Forest and the Haiku....

Dark and Foreboding
the forest bids us to come
wonder beholds us