Friday, May 1, 2015

Printing with Circles

Julie Booth is running a Scavenger Hunt on her blog to go with her book Fabric Printing at Home.  The first task was to find circles on objects from the kitchen and use them to print.  I collected a tray full of objects, but chose 3 for my printed sample.  Here's what I found:
And this is what I created:
I started with the bottom of the green plastic cup to make the first circle.
I used this wire egg beater that squishes up and down to make the spiral inside the circles.
Finally I added dots with the end of a cork from a wine bottle to complete the pattern.
Here's the finished piece and the 3 things I used to print circles.  Fun!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wall Art #5

Today's project:
This print has been ready to mount as long as all the others, I just couldn't decide on the right background.  Today I was looking through my stash and pulled out this piece and decided it was the right balance for the blue.  It is a piece that was originally dyed green, and this summer I over-dyed it shibori style in blue, just using up some left-over dye.  I'm happy with the result.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Additional Wall Art

Previously in some August and September posts I shared some screen prints that I was making into wall art.  As shown before, these are some of the prints I started with.
I have now finished the 4th piece in this group.  (I know, slow progress.  I have been working on some other things, but several of the projects I've done this year have been for exhibits and can't be shared.  So while it may seem like I haven't been doing much, I continue to work on these "secret" projects.)

The piece at the bottom right is the one I have just completed.  I really like the look of the "stitch print" fabric as background - it really goes well with the simplicity of the prints.  The fabric is stretched over a 9x12 canvas and stapled to the wood frame.  The prints are layered with batting (no backing) and thread sketched around the image, then the edges are satin stitched.  The size of the print fabric was trimmed so it would fit inside the wood frame of the canvas, in order to be able to hand stitch the print to the background/canvas.  The hand stitching is done with #5 perle cotton and a running stitch.  I have a few more covered canvases ready and waiting for prints to be stitched on, as soon as I do the machine work.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Walking Williamsburg

On our way back from the beach we detoured to Williamsburg so my husband could attend a meeting.  While he was meeting, I spent a few enjoyable hours walking Duke of Gloucester Street in Williamsburg.  Such a beautiful, peaceful place.  Thoroughly enjoyed the stroll and taking pictures.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Beach Week

I was fortunate to spend a a quiet week at the beach with my family last week.  It was a time for reading, sitting on the beach and just relaxing  - a needed break.  It was sunny most of the time, but also windy so even though the temps were warm, the wind was chilly.  But my daughter and I still enjoyed sitting on the beach and catching the rays.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Studio Art Quilt Associates Benefit Auction

Studio Art Quilt Associates, or SAQA as it is commonly called, is an organization that supports the art quilter.  From their website
"Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development, documentation, and publications. SAQA defines an art quilt as "a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure."
Founded in 1989 by an initial group of 50 artists, SAQA now has over 3,000 members: artists, teachers, collectors, gallery owners, museum curators and corporate sponsors. A dedicated core of volunteers and staff keep the organization vibrant, dynamic, and progressive."
SAQA holds an annual Benefit Auction which provides support for exhibitions, publications and educational outreach as well as increased recognition for art quilts and those who make them  This year's auction begins September 15 at 2 PM. View the quilts and consider if you would like to bid on a gorgeous piece of fiber art. Please read the directions for bidding carefully, it is a 4 stage auction.


Click on the link above the picture to go to the auction pages to view the quilts.  Even if you choose not to bid, there are lots of amazing quilts to see!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

More Wall Art

I've worked on a couple more pieces of screen printed wall art.  I've also got a few "secret" projects in progress so I've been going back and forth between projects.  Here are 2 more of the prints.

What do you think? Worth adding to the Etsy shop?