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! :)