Doggy play day!

Sometimes it is good to just create something for fun – no rules and no deadlines! So I grabbed a greeting card my youngest (adult) son designed years ago and used it to make a pattern for a little art quilt. Today I’ll post the first three steps and when it is finished I’ll post it again.

I used a piece of my hand painted sky fabric for the background.

slobbery prior to stitching

Fused no stitching (At this stage it looks like a polar bear to me)

I draw outlines on a piece of Sulky Super Solvy water soluble stabilizer and used KK 2000 temp spray adhesive. Then I free motioned sketched stitch the details.

slobbery prior to pastel

Stitched before wax pastel

Then using Caran d’ Ache water-soluble wax pastels, a paint brush and water, I added some highlights and shadows. I think I may hit the eye reflection with a dot of white textile or acrylic for a bit more spark.
slobbery dog fin
My son says it’s better than his original, I like it just as much!

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Watercolor washed rubbing…

You may have read on one of my earlier posts that we have leaves stamped into our patios and that I have used them as inspiration for some of my art.
Below are the steps to creating what will be a small art quilt OR a piece that could be incorporated into a larger piece. I used a piece of Pima cotton, watercolor (actually Jacquard Textile paints, thinned), water-soluble wax pastel, and bit of painted gauze.

step one
First lay the fabric on top of the imprint, hold securely or tape, and rub with the wax pastel almost parallel with the surface.

step 2

Next heat set it using a hot iron.

rubbing3

Using thinned textile paint, “wash” the paint color over the design.

rubbing4

I was trying to add more depth with the dark but did too much.

rubbing5

rubbing6

Luckily it dried much lighter and presented me with an opportunity to try and alter it by adding another layer – this time using painted gauze.

rubbing7

The gauze covered some of the dark areas and brought in another element and textured layer.

rubbing8 rubbing9

Because I’m pretty sure I’m going to quilt my pieces I like to add dots when painting the background, giving me something to quilt around.

I’m pleased with this piece and will post it again when it is finished.

rubbing top fin

I hope this gives you some ideas to try and I would love to see what you come up with!

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Comfortable pedal placement…

I finally discovered a set up for my sewing machine pedal, that is comfortable to me and wanted to share it in case it would help any of you. I know there are no-slip pads (I have one) and other ways to set the sewing machine pedal, like wearing heeled shoes or turning the pedal around but none of these worked for me and after hours of machine quilting I would have a very sore knee, even the next day.

Finally I placed a piece of 1” thick packing foam up against the back end of the pedal, extending it past the length of my foot (it’s kind of a cross between Styrofoam & foam rubber, it has a little give but mostly firm support). I can move my foot up and down on it and my entire foot is supported on the foam and pedal. I can quilt (and sew) for hours now and there is no strain on my leg or knee.

Easy on my knee pedal setup

Easy on my knee pedal setup

The box is only there because my patchwork of carpets overlaps in that area but it too keeps the pedal in place. I do keep my other foot slightly elevated which helps keep my back and hips straight.

Disclaimer – Though this has worked for me, I give no guarantee that it will for anyone else.

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And onward I go…

I have received my “not accepted” notice so I can share this now.

Dwell is a landscape
Of ancient land and buried fossils,
Of old cave homes or modern cliff mansions,
Of winds and nature propelling progressive discoveries.

dwell overall

Dwell
42″ x 30″

dwell fossil detail

Dwell
Back quilting detail

I enjoyed the challenges of creating this art quilt and I am very happy with the completed piece. It started as a hand painted whole cloth, it also has some painted fusing, hand stitching and a great amount of free-motion machine sketching and quilting (see detail of the fossils). It was fun to try to paint binding fabric that would work well AND succeed! It measures 30″ high by 42″ wide and will be for sale.

Dwell detail

Dwell detail

 

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Batik scape

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…anthology scape

It is hand appliqued using my original technique. Next I’ll finish the waterline and then add a couple peninsulas and a border.

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Painting skies

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!

sky1

sky2

sky3

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Promises promises…

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.

heart print materials 1
heart print materials 2
heart print materials setup

heart print plexi brayer

purpleheartslarge

Paint on plexiglass then brayed on materials

heart print first attemp

The back was better than the front but still not good…

heart print1

So print over it.

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Shore Felt Good

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

Shore Felt Good

 

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New fabric

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

Cocoa Rings and Marshmallows

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Note card from a quick cut stencil – tutorial

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

Fast stenciled & quilted card

felt back before gluing to card stock

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!

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