Fast and Fun Stencil

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.

Fast cut stencils and fabric prints

Next I think I’ll try using these stencils ( and the pieces that are removed) on my Gelli Arts Print Plate!

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Shore Rocks and a new technique

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.

shore rocks whole cloth
Prior to quilting
Shore Rocks
Shore Rocks

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!

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The leaf feather

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.

leaf feather
leaf feather
painted
painted

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!

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Thankful for the tools

I’m mailing off used rotary cutter blades for replacement today and I’m sewing the binding on to “Shore Rocks.” Because the binding is hand painted it is a bit stiffer than commercial fabric so I pulled out the quilt binding clips I bought ages ago. I haven’t used them much but for this piece they will be a great help – my hands aren’t as nimble as they used to be, I’m sure some of you can relate. I’m reminded of how glad I am to have the fantastic tools we have now. They make creating art so much more fun and certainly easier. It is awesome when the tools and gadgets are designed by the people who actually use them and they seem to continue to improve them. Sometimes I can’t imagine how people come up with the ideas for some of the products or how our grandmas did without them! Then I think – The “mothers of invention” were our grandmothers (and grandfathers too)! What is the best or most curious quilt gadget you have bought or seen?

Shore Rocks
Shore Rocks
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Mission Trails Art in the Park

The Art in the Park 2013 at Mission Trails Regional Park was a fun evening. It was especially nice to share the time with my son who was also one of the participating artists. The artwork of over forty artists will be on display until Oct. 18, 2013 – for more info go to MTRP

On exhibit at Mission Trails until Oct. 18, 2013
“Trail” is one of four of my pieces on exhibit at Mission Trails until Oct. 18, 2013 Photographs by Cameron B. Scott
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