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…

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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