Monday, December 8, 2014

Breast Pockets

Two years ago, my friend, Melanie Testa, sent out a call asking artists to make breast pockets.  I made a couple of fabric pockets and then asked my daughter's volleyball team to make paper pockets for Melly.   I delivered the pockets to Melly when I went to New York for my sister's wedding.
In the October/November 2014 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine, another call was put out for Melly's Breast Pocket project in a reader challenge called: "Art from the Heart: The Breast Pocket Project."
I created two pockets and I thought I would share.  I started with an image of two birds I found at The Graphics Fairy.  I printed the birds onto a piece of TAP, and then ironed them onto some silk organza.  I auditioned them on several fabrics from Lynn Krawczyk's new fabric line: Inked, as well as a number of my own hand dyed fabrics.
 I decided I liked Lynn's red Inked fabric best.  I love the inspiring words on this piece and felt they were very appropriate for this challenge.  
I Mistyfused the birds to the fabric and then, using my own dyed thread, outlined the birds and used a scattered seed stitch over the entire 5 x 6" piece.
I haven't done a lot of embroidery lately and this felt very therapeutic.
My second piece was created using one of the blender pieces from Lynn's Inked line for the hearts, and a piece of my Gelli printed fabric as the background.  I made the print with one of my favorite flower stencils, Gathered Flowers from Crafter's Workshop.

After finishing this piece I was in a heart mood.
 I decided to decorate the envelope with a heart doodle.

And I couldn't stop so I made another heart doodle on the envelope for Susan's Sunflowers!
I created my pockets in honor of my friend who was diagnosed with ILC- Invasive Lobular Carcinoma last year.  She has is a good friend and I'm so grateful to have her in my life.  

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Fabric Printing at Home

My friend, Julie B. Booth, wrote a book on printing fabric with everyday items you find at home and asked if I would be willing to do a review.
I have to admit I wondered if there would be anything new to learn in Julie's book.  I am always on the look out for fun, new things to try.  New "What if's" and so I wondered, would this book be a rehash of so many things I have seen in the past?  Would I find a new technique I would be dying to try?
I'm delighted to say I did learn something new.  I actually learned several new things that are making my little artist heart go pitter-patter!  
Last year Julie taught me to do printing with cardboard tubes.

I used her technique to make a polka-dot brayer stamp and created a scarf with dye and paint which she included in the Contributing Artists portion of her book:
Now that the book is out and I have read the entire thing, I'm most excited to dive into Chapter 4: Wrap it Up, Wraps and Foils, and Chapter 3: Beyond the Potato Print, and Chapter 5: Recycled and Repurposed, and . . .oh who are we kidding?  I want to do it all!
Let me know what you think once you read Julie's book: Fabric Printing at Home.

**Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher for review purposes. The opinions expressed here are 100% my own. I was under no obligation to offer a positive review and received no monetary compensation. Photos used with permission from Quarry Books.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Sunflowers for Susan

Last month I packed up some supplies and headed out. . .
 . . .to my friend Timmy Burton's studio in beautiful Heber, Utah.
Earlier in the summer I created some hand dyed fabrics and decided that this orange and yellow piece would be perfect for Susan's Sunflower piece.  This photo looks kind of green but you can see in the other two photos that it is very orange and yellow.  It reminds me of summer! 
 Timmy has a thermofax machine so I created a screen of a sunflower
from a copyright free image I found online.
I created a couple different shades of Jacquard brown textile paint to fill the fabric with lots of sunflowers. I wanted the look of a field of small sunflowers.
I like how it turned out!
I really love the fabric's the rest of the ladies have created for Susan this month.
So much creativity in this group!

Stop by The Printed Fabric Bee blog or Susan Purney Mark's blog and leave a comment for a chance to win this month's set of fabrics.  You can also visit everyone's blog to see how they created their fabrics!


Monday, November 24, 2014

The Printed Fabric Bee

My friend, and co-founder of The Printed Fabric Bee, 
wrote a wonderful article in the latest issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.  
I was very excited to see some of the fabrics our members have created for the group themes.  I was also excited to see my own fabrics printed!!!  The Printed Fabric Bee has been a great learning experience for me and helped me to stretch my creativity to new heights.   Here is a link to the December 2014/ January 2015 issue: Quilting Magazines
Let me know what you think of the article once you read it!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

I had a fabulous idea to create a beautiful card for my friend from a Gelli Print. I kept putting it off and putting it off and then Cloth Paper Scissors posted a card tutorial by Tammy Northrup that I fell in love with!  Follow the link above to see what I had in mind.

I thought that rather than flicking paint at a blank piece of card stock, I would start out by stamping some color with my 3"x5" Gelli Plate.

 This was very pretty.
I wanted the bottom to be a green or yellow so I brayered a bit of yellow at the bottom so that I could splatter green over the top for the grass and flowers.  This wasn't so pretty. 
I had a hard time splattering until I found the right paint brush to get my splatters just right.  Once I did the method worked perfectly but I was tired and it was taking awhile to cover the yellow with the green.  Finally I decided it was time to start over.
For my next attempt I laid down a mask.  The dog mask was from a stencil I had created.  The painting was going okay until I decided to try taking up some of the splatters with a piece of deli paper.  OOPS!

The splatters became big blobby blobs of blobbity mess.
Looking at it now I could probably go over the blobby blobs with a pen and make them into flowers or something but I wasn't thinking very clearly that day.  That is the way some days go. 
I did try to salvage it by stenciling the dog in where he had been masked.
But. . .Blah. . . Yuck. . .No. . .
The mask on the other hand came out very pretty!
Maybe he'll get used in something later.

I put it all aside and decided to go for something different:
A blank sheet of paper with the dog mask underneath.
I filled the stencil in by stamping with the small Gelli Plate.
It didn't work out like I wanted it to.  I can't even find the piece to photograph it.  It was a lot of white and the dog wasn't well defined.  It probably just needs more layers and some drawing to define the dog.  Again this wasn't the card that wanted to be made that day.  It was time to pull out the big guns.
I took one of the "ugly" pieces and using my Silhouette electronic cutter, I cut out several dog silhouettes.  Next I pulled out my 8"x10" Gelli Plate and printed some plain-ish backgrounds, followed by a light Gelli printing with a stencil over the top.  I added some outlines with a little white pen, a piece of black card stock and FINALLY, after a full day in the studio, I had created ONE card I could get behind! Whew!
The card was Mistyfused to a second piece of card stock to make it nice and strong. 
I feel good about sending this card to my friend!
I hope she enjoys it!
Since my Gelli Plate, brayer and paints were out, I decided to continue playing.
I pulled this piece onto a black piece of card stock and I just LOVE it!  The stencil is from The Crafters Workshop (Dandelions TCW255).  I don't think I want to fold it in half for a card but I'm not sure what I will end up doing with it.  I do know that I want to play with it digitally.  Maybe something like this:
Anyone have any brilliant ideas?