It is rare that I would create a land or waterscape using only commercial fabric but in this case I have my reasons which some day I hope to share. The biggest challenge for me is using a sky I didn’t paint. For now here is the work in progress…
It is hand appliqued using my original technique. Next I’ll finish the waterline and then add a couple peninsulas and a border.
One of my favorite things to do in the studio is to transform white cotton fabric into painted sky fabric. Here are three little skies that kick off the same landscape. The sky is what determines where I will go when selecting fabric for the other elements. The landscapes (or waterscapes) will not look like they came from the same master line drawing in the end… I love that!
My husband and I celebrate our 35th anniversary this coming week and I guess that is why Valentine’s Day is no big deal to me (that and the fact that I should stay away from chocolate and our cat eats flowers and doesn’t keep them down).
Anyway, in keeping with the spirit of LOVE, I thought I would play a little with hearts. It started as a mono print and ending with questionable results but as always it was fun experimenting. For the last print pictured below I just stuck the contact paper hearts onto the plexi, rolled the paint covered brayer over them and placed the fabric on it. I’m sure if I had used the Gelli Arts print plate the results would have been better.
Paint on plexiglass then brayed on materials
The back was better than the front but still not good…
So print over it.
Just realized I didn’t post the completed piece made for the Visions Art Museum Member Challenge “Felting” and it was a learning experience but fun! Needle punch, beading, and a little paint.
Shore Felt Good
Well, I haven’t posted for a while! I have been spending way too much time in the kitchen which I love except that it keeps me from my non-edible artwork. But now it is sunny and I’m happy to be creating more in the studio.
We have had down right hot days here in San Diego so here is a bit of comfort in a fabric piece (a whole cloth) I created in honor of winter…
Cocoa Rings and Marshmallows
After having fun making fast cut stencils (see my video) I made a quilted card from one of the stenciled flower prints.
Fast stenciled & quilted card
felt back before gluing to card stock
Using a pinking rotary cutter I cut out the stenciled design to my desired size (I wanted the finished card to fit into an envelope I already had). Next I cut out a piece of felt (this will be the batting) about 1/8″ larger than the stenciled fabric piece. I lightly sprayed the felt front with Sulky KK 2000 Adhesive, then centered and placed the fabric onto the felt. I took this to the quilting machine and free motion quilted where ever the designs sent me.
I used the envelope to determine the size to cut the card stock (fold before cutting) and centered the little “quilt”, then measured and cut the card stock. Next I used artist gel medium, spread on the felt back and placed it onto the card stock. I used hand pressure and rubbed, then left it to dry over night. The next day I had a lovely little gift card. The recipient could just display as is or add a mat and frame.
It was so much fun I know I will be making more!
I have been working on this painted whole cloth for a while now and finding it, with it’s many layers, a challenge. I believe the best paintings have many layers but when I approach a piece of fabric (canvas), I know in the end I’m going to stitch it and that sometimes presents a problem. Many layers of paint make it much more difficult to quilt and especially hand stitch through. A part of me loves this challenge but another part of me wants to avoid it at all costs! As I’m learning more about art and stretching as an artist I’m discovering new ways to create and new materials to use. Layering with finer weave fabrics and even paper can build the layers without hindering the stitch work.
a work in progress
The next quandary… Does combining those materials remove me from the “Art Quilt” category and push me into the “Mixed Media” box? The line seems to be blurring for me but when I enter general art competitions, the submission application always wants me to categorize the work. No matter how much I paint or add materials other than fabric to a piece I want to be called an “Art Quilt” artist. Maybe this is still me shouting “Quilts are ART!” I think, thanks to the fabulous quilt and fiber artists producing and sharing their work, the general public is beginning to see quilts as art (whether utilitarian or for the wall). Let’s keep showing what we’ve got!
I figured out this very fast way to make and cut a stencil using my sewing machine.
- Fast cut stencils and fabric prints
Then using textile or acrylic paints to make a print on fabric. Maybe you have a quilt with solid alternate blocks, this could be a fun way to add a bit more to those blocks and something more to quilt around. I hope you’ll watch the video and comment.
Next I think I’ll try using these stencils ( and the pieces that are removed) on my Gelli Arts Print Plate!
It’s been fun but I’m glad that Shore Rocks is finished. I’m very happy with it. It is a hand painted whole cloth and it is machine quilted. I tried something different with this one and was pleasantly surprised with the results. I wanted tiny bubbles for the sea foam. So after a few tries with just textile paint and water (and an egg whisk) I figured out what I thought may hold the bubbles… I used egg whites. I thought if the old masters could use egg yolks as a binding agent I should be able to use the whites as a foaming agent. I beat together egg white, a bit of water and the paint to a frothy foam and drizzled it onto the fabric (which was lying on a horizontally positioned canvas). Gradually the bubbles burst leaving tiny bubble imprints in the “foam”. After the piece was totally dry I hand washed it removing as much of the egg as possible. I will admit the first time I ironed it my studio smelled of fried eggs – NOT good! So I just washed and ironed the fabric until there was no longer the smell and/or feel of egg residue.
Prior to quilting
A disclaimer – Ann is not responsible for any outcome you may have using this egg white technique. Having said that – Go wild, after all where would we be without experimentation and exploration!
I discovered this leaf on my front walkway about a week ago. We had a heavy rain and the leaf was beaten so that it was not only broken but a part of it was sticking straight up. I thought it very much resembled a feather. So I took a photo and then I painted the leaf on to fabric. I like how the background fabric, which was a scrap piece from under a shibori/pole wrapped project, shows through the painted leaf. I’m not sure if I will quilt it but all of those veins are kind of calling for it! I wasn’t looking at the photo when I painted it so I took some liberties.
I find the older I get the more I just love the autumn season – Our autumn is about 82 degrees outside right now but still it is gorgeous!