Friday, April 11, 2014

Accidental Polka Dots

Leslie here.  I'm always goofing around in my studio with a variety of "stuff".  One happy accident was my discovery of printing with Oil of Olay facial wash cloths.  Since I use them nightly to clean my face they sometimes made an accidental trip through the washing machine rather than into the recycling bin.  Since they held up nicely through the laundry it occurred to me that they were probably made out of cotton and, although they are not woven, they must be well-compressed.  My next thought is that they would most likely take dye.  So...I started experimenting with them.


At first, I was focused purely on the cloths themselves, not paying any attention to what was underneath.  Eventually, I realized I was getting some very nice "strike-through" onto my drop cloth.
Here is one of the first constructions I created using both the facial cloths and the "drop cloth" below them:
See the writing on the facial cloth segments?  The writing was done by extruding thickened dye onto the silk screen, then pulling dye over the writing which pushed it through the screen onto the cloths
(and also onto the drop cloths, which are the areas with the accidental polka dots!)


Here is another quilted construction.  Note the curved areas?
Those are the edges of the facial cloth that forms a "resist" to the dye penetrating the drop cloth below.

Here is another project using some leftover portions of printed cloth.  
I created this small piece below in the spirit of Lynn Krawczyk's "Stacked Collages" from her new book, "Intentional Printing".  Please drop by my blog to read her interview.

For my project I am using this piece of silk crepe that was screen-printed with thickened dye, 
cotton-linen blend that was screen-printed with dye, wool-blend felt, Mistyfuse fusible, embroidery thread, and buttons.
First, I fused the piece of silk to a 6x6 inch felt

then I took this piece of linen cotton blend and fused it over the silk.
The polka dots on the small piece of cloth were created by using a StencilGirl stencil with thickened dye.
This is the "Fade Horizontal" stencil and I love it and use it all the time
in a wide variety of ways.


I looked at a variety of threads and buttons to use as embellishments...

and opted for this black thread.


I added another fused piece of silk/felt (a 3x3 inch square) over the 6 inch piece
and these red buttons.

After stitching using a running (Kantha-style) stitch and french knots
I secured the edges with monofilament thread on the sewing machine.

Finally, I attached two charms from an old necklace below the two buttons.



I'm pretty happy with my little stacked collage!

I think it may become an adornment on a journal cover or a handmade book!


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Polka Dots/Sketchbook Pages




Jackie here for this month's Polka Dot challenge, just by their name you get the message that these dots are cheerful and jazzy; my style is definitely
more muted but I do like circles and dots and use them all the time.




These are a few images from a sketchbook. If you head over to my blog I have a video of more sketchbook pages here.

Don't forget to add your images to Flickr to be part of the slideshow at the end of the month.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Theme for April - Polka Dots

Jamie Fingal popping in to introduce our fun theme for April!  Polka Dots! 
It's no surprise how much I love Polka Dots.  I have a large collection of Polka Dot fabrics in my stash

and I love using Polka Dots in my art quilts, like this dress!

and the lower portion of a larger quilt "The Happy Dance," which are my feet!
Airstream Dreaming art quilt - wouldn't you like to take a road trip in this?

and decoupaged on boxes, on a shelf in my studio

and painted on chairs for some extra flair.
and in fabric design for Hoffman California Fabrics
So, let's go for it.  Polka Dots make the world a better place. See what you can create using Polka Dots!  Red ones, purple, pink, green, black, white, yellow, blue - the skies the limit with color and design!  and Happy April Fools day to you!  This is our theme for April, so put on your Polka Dots and let's have some fun!

A Brief History of Polka Dots can be found here, on the Hairpin site
Ready, Set, Go!

The last day of each month we have a slide show of the Sketchbook Challenge Flickr group's work for that month's theme. To have your work in the slideshow at the end of this month, be sure to tag it on flickr with apr351.

Monday, March 31, 2014

March slide show

Show time! The last day of each month we have a slide show of the Sketchbook Challenge Flickr group's work for that month's theme. To have your work in the slideshow, be sure to tag it with the theme's tag for that month, given on the first day when the theme is announced.





Thank you to all of our followers for playing along!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Warmth of the Kitchen Table


Hi everyone, Dion Dior here.  Welcome to Friday. This week I had the children home on spring break and finding the time to make art was a challenge.  My usual Friday sketching expedition out and about in my town didn't go as planned.  It's difficult to sit in a cafe or on a street corner and sketch with an Autistic 4yo in tow.  My 8yo however is a joy to take sketching, she loves to join me with her own little sketchbook and tools.

Nonetheless, we did manage to sketch and we continued our exploration into warm/cool colors.  This week we decided to sit at the kitchen table and sketch whatever we could see in front of us.  Of course, that meant whatever was on the table.



In the center of our table was a big bowl and fruit, napkins and a salt & pepper grinder. But getting a solid perspective of this scene was like running a gauntlet.

My 4yo likes to take the fruit out of the bowl and line them up along the edge of the table as he proudly announces the name of each fruit and it's color.  He especially loves the 'Orange Orange'.  He thought it was hysterical and let the concept morph into a double announcement of everything he could see...'apple apple', 'chair chair', 'mommy mommy'...and so forth. Needless to say we were all joining in.


So my Friday Sketch this week was done in my Stillman &Birn "Beta" Series Sketchbook with watercolor and ink.  It is a good exercise in using colors from the warm side of my palette. Even the dark and neutral colors were done in warm tones.


What's on your kitchen table? Is it warm or cool?

Don't forget to post your Warm/Cool sketches in the Flickr Group, and tag them with the code mar958 so they can be included in the end of month slide show.



If you'd like to join in on Friday Sketches, click here.

Thanks for checking in. xx

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

the other kind of warm and cool

Sue B here...

I live in Massachusetts where cranky old man winter just won't let up so my take on this months theme of warm/cool is a little different because when I look out my window all I see is this:

A cold gray landscape of bare winter trees which makes me long for this:

A lush green landscape with trees full of leaves with my lounge chair underneath enjoying warm days with blue skies.

(images drawn on my Ipad with the Paper by 53 app)