Wednesday, April 29, 2009

More Painted Fabric

A few days ago I posted this piece of painted muslin and I want to share what I did with it. I'm on a fabric flower kick and so I had to see how the fabric would look using it to make a flower. Because it needed a little more color, I added bright red paint using a foam stamp, a stencil and a bit of splatter. The button was easy to cover with gingham and a gingham layer was added to the flower also.
The next piece is a heavier piece of muslin that was painted using cheap red acrylic paint. The paint was very bright but once dry it turned into this creamy coral shade. The border was achieved using a credit card. Stencils and stamps were used to apply black acrylic paint. The plan for this piece was for a book cover but I decided to cut it up. The coral and black piece was cut into circles and the edges were snipped and frayed. I like the texture of the heavier weight muslin for this one.
This is the result:

The last flower was made from white on white fabric with the idea being inspired by Traci Bautista's work. The small leaves are a part of the fabric and serve as a resist and the white checks are white acrylic paint overstamped onto the back of the fabric.
These are great adornments for tote bags, aprons, and journals just to name a few plus they're very addictive. Later...

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Yes, I'm Going!

After posting about Mixed Media Melange, I've had a few people ask if I'm going and which classes I'm taking. First of all, YES I'm going! Once I saw the instructor list and the projects (plus it's only a 3 hour drive from me), it was just a matter of figuring out which classes I'd take. I absolutely love the look of the Keepsake Legacy Album class that Ruth Rae will be teaching on Friday. This workshop is from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. That was my first choice and I was able to get in! The second workshop that I wanted just happens to be by Ruth Rae also. I have alot to learn when it comes to wire so Wind, Coil, and Curl is something I expect to really enjoy. It's also an all-day workshop.
So, there ya have it. This event will represent Tennessee well and we need some mixed-media action in this part of the country. Be sure and check out the pdf of all the classes as well as room accomodations and meal info. at http://www.artisticoutpost.com/id37.html. Later...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Mixed Media Weekend in Tennessee!



It's barely spring and the lazy days of summer are only a dream. Fall isn't even on the radar. In the world of art retreats, you have to plan early to secure your spot so I wanted to put in a word about a much anticipated mixed media weekend that will take place September 10-13, 2009. It promises to be a winner featuring such instructors as Ruth Rae, Laurie Mika, Patricia DiBona and several other talented artists. Some of my west Tennessee friends have worked long and hard to put Mixed Media Melange together. I invite you to check out the M3 site and make plans for a great weekend in Tennessee.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Painted Fabric

It seems like forever since I've posted to my blog but I'm still here. My camera and my computer have stopped communicating so I'm having to post on a different computer...OH well! I spent yesterday playing with muslin and paints and just destressing. Traci Bautista I'm not, but I have to say that her work has inspired me. My stuff looks nothing like hers but the freedom of painting without rules is wonderful no matter the end result. This piece of fabric will be turned into something and I'll share that soon. Later...

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

It's A Birthday

This is the year of the "big birthdays" for our family. Clarissa just turned 16, my husband and I both have birthdays that either end in 5 or 0 coming up, and today is our son's 25th. How could I know that this sweet-faced baby would bring so much into our lives? During his earlier years, we made more ER visits than I'd like to recall but thank goodness he made it to adulthood intact. Multiple broken bones, concussion 'syndrome'..... and I can't leave out the time he and friends were throwing rocks and we ended up in Vanderbilt with an eye injury. That was a close call but God touched him and he still has both of his beautiful blue eyes. Besides the injuries to his body, I recall the van window that he took out with his baseball bat while trying to knock the ice off the window for me. The school years, the field trips, the ball teams...I could go on and on. I treasure these 25 years that we've had and I look forward to many more. Tyler has made us proud and we couldn't ask for more.

And Tyler, if you happen to sneak a peak at my blog today....Happy Birthday Son!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Sunflower Coaster

I began the new year with a plan to clean up my art space. Some things take longer than expected and this is one of them. While cleaning this week, I found an unfinished coaster and couldn't resist working on it. The image had been stamped with Black Staz-On ink and I decided to finish it by using chalks. I built up layers of chalk by first laying down a layer of color and then spraying it with sealer. After allowing it to dry, I added another layer of color. After doing this four times, I put a final spray of sealer on and then used Krylon's matte spray to make it a usable coaster. The sunflower image definitely put me in the mood for warmer weather! Later...