Saturday, September 21, 2013

Sketchbook Challenge Blog Hop ~ Lynn Krawczyk

Hiya  - Lynn here! :) This month's theme of Houses and Hideaways really gave me a lot to think about. It got me to ponder what makes a house a home and one thing kept coming back to me - home is where my studio is.

No matter what else happens, as long as I have my art and a place to make it, I can weather anything. So I'm doing my post about my beloved studio. And I'm also doing something a little different in terms of my sketchbook. I'm abandoning the typical paper sketchbook and I'm going to work on fabric, doing a printed interpretation of whatever the theme is - I'm calling it my Printed Sketchbook.

Printing fabric is my absolute love and I thought it would really interesting to work this way. The challenge will be in printing each month alongside each other in a way that creates a cohesive piece of fabric. Should be interesting!

I also got to thinking about what a homebody I am. I've lived in the Mitten (aka the lower peninsula of Michigan) my whole life. It's home and I decided to print a small section of my new fabric sketchbook to honor my home state.



The fabric I'm working on is a yard of hand dyed fabric from my dear friend Cathy Arnett. We share the same brain in terms of colors for fabric so I love pretty much everything that she dyes up.

Let's walk through the steps for how I printed this, shall we?


1. I created a Thermofax screen with an image of Michigan. The text below is the latitude and longitude as well as the elevation for the city I live in. I marked the place my studio lives on the Michigan shape with a coffee cup.

2. I did a little swipe printing with a sponge brush and textile paint.

3. I spritzed the swipe printing with little spray paint wand that Tulip paint makes. These are pretty nifty, I'm getting a lot of mileage out of them.



4. I wanted to print the Michigan shape in one color and the text in another so I'm choosing to use a regular paint brush for better control over where the paint goes.

5. I squirted the orange paint directly over the text and carefully printed it, making sure I didn't nick Michigan.

6. Then I carefully started printing Michigan in white.

7. It's a big state.



8. Pulling back the screen after it's printed. (It's completely appropriate to say "Viola!" in a big booming voice at this stage.)

9. I wanted to add some more details so I used my favorite craft paint to draw some circles. That's Martha Stewart paint and she has tips that you can swap out for the regular cap. Love 'em.

10. Then I did some writing (with a different color Martha Stewart paint) to list all the things I loved about my studio. Studio love - yay! :)

11. All done - want a bigger view? Take a gander below:


It's my first print on the new Printed Sketchbook so next month I'll do an overall shot to show the prints living side by side. I'm diggin' it. (It's paint. It's really no surprise that I'm going all geeky over it.)

And I also decided to do a video tour of my studio. Many of you who read my blog know that earlier this year I did a HUGE purge and re-org of my studio. Thought I'd give you a tour of it to see how much I'm able to cram into a 150 sq foot space. ;-)




And lastly (whew this is a long post!), I've got a giveaway for all of you! :)


It includes a copy of my new DVD, "Color Theory Made Easy", a fat quarter of fabric I printed using Puff Additive and a custom thermofax screen featuring your state and your city's info so you can show your home pride as well!

You can leave a comment here to get in on the giveaway or over at my blog, I'll print out the entries from both places and choose a winner next Saturday on September 28. Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and get commenting! :)

46 comments:

  1. love your "fabric sketchbook" theme! thank you for sharing

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  2. Lynn, So great to see your studio. And, as always, love your work. So inspiring!

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  3. Martha Stewart paints with interchangeable tips?! I'm definitely adding that to my shopping list.

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  4. Love your studio and the video! So glad to meet you in the video!

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  5. Lynn, what a happy place to work in and love your view out the window. Thank you for sharing your art with us and I look forward to seeing more of your work. Judith, Texas

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  6. I'm craving a chunk of your fabric! I'm really enjoying your posts. Inspiring!

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  7. Love your journal piece! It turned out great! The studio video turned out fabulous! It was fun to see where you create in a video. Photos are always so limited. Sometime we need to discuss Vimeo vs Youtube. Just curious.

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  8. Lynn, having followed the "Great Purge of 2013" on your blog, I am tickled with the result. Thank you for sharing it. What you do with fabric and paint inspires me to try new things and expand my horizons. May you spend many, many happy hours in your "new" studio.

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  9. I think you're studio is just perfect! I love your fabric pieces! And, YES, please enter me in to your giveaway!

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  10. What a great idea. I'd love to make something wonderful about Alaska!

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  11. Take me to NeverNever Land! I'm an old newbie who's in awe of your creativity & colors. Thank you for sharing.

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  12. Love following you and your colors and ideas. gjeneve@gmail.com

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  13. Great idea! Ill definitely be looking for that Martha Stewart paint at our Walmart. Hope they have it!

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  14. I love the idea of a fabric sketch book. Thanks for the studio tour, it's always fun to see how others organize their spaces.
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  15. Great tutorial! thanks for the chance to win!

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  16. Can you see how green I am? Not only envious of the spacious studio and storage, but your collection of fabulous art @ craft....and supplies. Textile art is very appealing to me and you have mastered it.

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  17. I've enjoyed your work for some time now -- thanks for the tutorial.

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  18. I enjoyed seeing your studio space and your storage ideas. I am in the process of re-organizing my space and it's nice to how others are working in their studios.

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  19. Love your studio. Thanks for the tutorial.....I really want to try that. I will look for the Martha paints with the exchangable tips. Hope I"m lucky.

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  20. I am intrigued by the thermofax step. I have to investigate further. Your fabric sketch is wonderful!

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  21. OK.....you have shamed me into getting organized. Your workspace is everything you need it to be. I need to get hoe-ing....where are my trash bags? :)

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  22. Wait -- do you put paint in cupcake liners? What a great idea!!!

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  23. I love your 'paint closet'!!!! I need to learn how to use my one and only thermofax screen some day soon!

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  24. I want to use a thermofax also. Thanks for the tour.

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  25. Your art always makes me smile. :) Our neighbor and friend (he who has a workshop that I covet)travels to the UP every summer. He has a cabin on one of the islands and sings the praises of Michigan. (And yes, the MSU flag flies during football season.)

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  26. Wow! I need to find those fun paints you're using! What a fun piece and a fun series idea. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

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  27. I love your work...thanks for the giveaway...

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  28. Enjoy your posts. Great giveaway. Thanks

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  29. Great job on the tour video-no shaking that I noticed! thanks for the chance to win some goodies.

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  30. I had never noticed the paint tubes with interchangeable tips. Like Deborah, I'm going to add those to my list too! Also, I absolutely love that you marked where you live with a coffee cup. :-)

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  31. You have moved around a lot and I have lived in the same house for 35 years now. My studio is a lovely room in the basement with windows out to the backyard. Oregon is beautiful this time of year. Today is cloudy and rainy but we say if you wait 5 minutes the weather will change. The rain never bothers me. Home will always be with the people I love no matter where the house is!! I just listened to your interview with Morna and loved it. You are going to be my role model for awhile! Thanks for sharing so openly. It was a lovely time.

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  32. So cool to see the actual studio where the 'great reorg' happened!!!

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