I teased a bit about this project last post, there I shared some sculpted fingers and a painted eye, well, I didn’t used those fingers or the eye. I decided to use paper clay (keeping with the fiber materials) for the fingers/hand and paint the eyes on a flat surface (still on silk) instead of the round.
The theme is Day of the Dead and/or Luchador. Most people have heard of Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead but maybe not so much about Luchador aka Lucha Libra or Mexican wrestler. I now know more about them than I ever imagined!
So the artwork could be either or both and I decided on both. Rarely am I able to actually create the object I have pictured in my mind but this project came pretty darn close. This is my artist statement which may explain what I was going for…
“At the end of the work day they pull off their wrestler mask and join the Day of the Dead celebration…still keeping their anonymity.“
It was a challenge but I really enjoyed making it.
We had a great quilt show but it wiped me out! It didn’t help that my cat was punishing me with 2am and 3am wake-up calls for not being around all week!
Many quilts sold, as well as, one pillow and a few bags of vintage patchwork blocks. The quilts that hung in the show were amazing and so creative and inspiring.
I never have time to take photos but I did snap a quick one of this beauty – Tree of Life, made by my friend Sue Atlas. It earned a 2nd place (not sure the category); the winners will be on the SDQS website in the near future. Sue’s quilt also won 1st place at AQS.
Now I’m pushing a deadline. Here are some parts of a mixed media piece I’m working on. The fingers here are clay but because of the weight I’m going to try and recreate them in paper clay. Also, I painted one eyeball on silk (wrapped around a round rock) but then figured they needed to be painted on a flat surface, so I’ll be painting two new ones.
With every new part for this project my family tells me – “That’s creepy.” But in the end I hope it won’t be too creepy! More to come.
Wild busy setting up my booth (Quilt Sales), with great helpers at the San Diego Quilt Show that will be open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. We have over 129 quilts for sale… and one pillow! New and antique in most every style. We’ve already sold some quilts and we aren’t officially open!
We set up for two days before the show actually opens and as with every year I’m blown away by the fact that our membership is an all volunteer organization.
My Mister has helped with the show for years and this year he handled moving storage (with our son, who has also been sucked into the vortex for many years!) and driving the truck. It was a pretty big truck but looks tiny in the yet to be filled space!
On another subject – I’m happy to be scheduled to teach my leaf painting class once again at Visions Art Museum on October 5th… the perfect class to “fall” into!
I have much to post but making art keeps getting in the way!
Back in June I had the pleasure of teaching my How to Paint Fabric Leaves class at Visions Art Museum .
The class was full, with fifteen willing participants, who surprised the heck out of me. They were so enthusiastic and by the end of the class were experimenting and coming up with their own original leaf designs.
Besides the leaf earrings I was wearing… near the end of the class I shared several projects that began with the painted leaves. I’ll share more about those projects in future posts.
One of my favorite projects is beading the leaves and applying pin backs or magnets. Here are just a few works in progress… They’re additive!
I’m looking forward to teaching the class again as well as other leaf project classes. The online lesson for How to Paint Leaves on Fabric is at Curious.com.
I’m making waves on fabric, with Caran d’Ache Neocolor ll wax pastels that is! I use these wax pastels a lot and really like what can be created with them.
I was using them to make landscape background elements but I wasn’t using them alone… under my fabric I placed a piece of very course sand paper. As I was working it occurred to me this technique could work for frothy waves!
So I played around, liked the results, and published a very short demo video –
After the video I made a couple more pieces. These are tiny (4″ x 5″) but I’m sure the same technique could be used on a larger scale. The wax does require heat setting, and depending on the amount of wax rubbed onto the fabric, may still rub off. Caran d’Ache does/did make a fixative (most likely not intended for wax pastels used on fabric), but it is pricey, due in part to extra shipping as it is considered hazardous.
On the piece below I gently foam brushed a little regular gel medium over it. It did smear/blend the pastel a bit as I brushed and lightened the intensity of the white but I’m okay with that. Once dry it did work and the pastel no longer smeared. I think a little hand stitching to add white highlights would work but it may leave holes if machine stitched.
This one is wrapped around a small panel canvas. I think set on a little picture stand/easel it could be a neat display for someone who love the beach! Shells, charms, or beads would be nice additions too. As usual – endless ideas!
Just a quick post to say… I’m excited to announce that I’ll be teaching at Visions Art Museum in June!
When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall: Hand painted Leaves with Ann Scott
Monday June 24, 2019
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Visions Art Museum
2825 Dewey Road, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92106
$35 VAM members$50 nonmembersplus $5 Class Kit payable to Instructor
into some fun by making unique fabric leaves that can add a special
touch to many projects. Students will learn to “paint” leaves on fabric
using wax pastels, water, and a round artist brush. They’ll learn about
the wax pastels; their properties and characteristics. Supply list
available upon registration.
Registration open now! For more information or to register, call the Museum! (619) 546 – 4872
I’ve come up with a new technique and posted a video for a fun hand painted fabric using Terial Magic, the spray stabilizer I’ve written about in the past.
I like to have a variety of different painted fabrics to use (don’t we all!) as backgrounds for stamping, stenciling, embroidery, and/or machine stitching or just patchwork. I’m looking forward to painting more and using these mottled pieces!
If you are interested and get a chance to watch the video, I appreciate it! Thumbs up on the video and questions are always welcome.
I’m working on all kinds of things getting ready for the San Diego Quilt Show (I’m Lead for the Quilt Sales booth again), but I’ll be posting more videos as I can.
If you are an experienced machine quilter/embroiderer or thread play person, this may not be for you but I hope it is encouraging for people who have been wanting to give machine thread play a try. Thanks for watching!
As I was looking through files to find some information about that video I found several clips I hadn’t remembered filming. They were of the machine quilting, thread play, and How-to for cutting the two tiny quilts out of the fabric.
So I’m editing the clips for the part 2 video now but it is taking some time (You may remember that my editor moved out, though he may still come to my rescue on this one!). Anyway, here are the finished tiny quilts.
Thanks for stopping by. I’ll post the part 2 video shortly.
I’m happy to say I have a few new lessons and a new course on Curious.com and will be adding more soon. About Curious.com… “Curious is an innovative and engaging marketplace that connects lifelong learners with exceptional teachers from around the world.” “Curious offers a free trial which gives you a week of Curious+ at no cost. Enroll in some lessons, browse the collections – try it before you buy it!” Curious.com, I’m amazed by all that is offered there; everything from dog training, to mixed media art, to how to tango!
Some of my new lessons are…
How to Painted Leaves on Fused Fabric
How to Make Fiber Art Paper
How to Make a Foam Flower Stamp and How to Make a Mixed Media Tag.
The tag is made using the fabric leaves, fiber paper, and the stamp.
I will also be posting new videos on my YouTube channel as soon as I can and have re-uploaded a couple older fabric painting videos that had to be edited (music changes), here’s one of them…
I have been quilting for over twenty years. The last several years I have focused on creating quilted fiber art and hand painted fabric. I have also enjoyed sharing and teaching my original techniques and designs.
I love to cut things up - fabric, glass, tile, stone - and put them back together in new ways. See more of my work on my website: www.fiberdesignsbyann.com