A TECHNIQUE DRIVEN Blog dedicated to mastery of surface design techniques. First we dye, overdye, paint, stitch, resist, tie, fold, silk screen, stamp, thermofax, batik, bejewel, stretch, shrink, sprinkle, Smooch, fuse, slice, dice, AND then we set it on fire using a variety of heat tools.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Here is some of my "stuff." In this picture, I'm backing it all with Misty Fuse using a couple of non-stick sheets as pressing cloths.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
So I took some muslin and dipped it in the glue/water solution per Rosalita's instructions. It finished with a pleasantly textured result. I also did some cheesecloth and added some paint to the solution -- I'll talk about that in a future post. Then I took some of my precious Godiva tissue paper and did the diluted glue dip. It was kind of boring like that, so I added a couple of pieces of paper towels that I had used for clean up on a previous project.
The whole thing started to remind me of the ground after a hard rainstorm in late fall (except for the color), so I added a few maple pods for a resist.
I sprayed the whole thing with walnut antiquing spray and let it dry in the sun.
Now I have this textured piece of stiffish fabric. I was planning to layer it with batting and a backing of some kind, then stitching all over it. Then maybe some paint? And I was wondering if getting out the burning tool and applying it to the edges might make an interesting finish...
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
|Since I have a bunch of funky yarns (don't you just love the one with "cocoons"?), I laid a few on a small piece of the glued muslin. They immediately reminded me of an underwater reef. Hmmm....|
|I took the stringy yarn and covered it with wax, using some of the individual yarns to make these cool spirals. And this is as far as I've been able to get with this piece as it seems the 'real' world has other plans for my time at the moment.|
Monday, July 23, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
I started out with unbleached muslin which I painted with a glue/water solution. I then placed rose petals from off my ex-husband's grave.
Next was the tissue paper on which I wrote my feelings regarding my ex. By the end I was able to give to him the same thing I hope for--acknowledgement that he did his best. A word of warning here as far as technique goes--wet tissue paper is very fragile so don't brush over and over the same area. I don't know if you can see the texture. Since I skipped the crunching and drying stage that Rosalita began with, my texture is less pronounced and is caused primarily by the tissue paper.
Next was some rose gold paint. I applied it while the cloth paper was still wet but remember that tip about fragile wet tissue paper. Next I liberally sprinkled with some clear glitter.
I was worried the paper cloth would take forever to dry but in less than 24 hours it was dry and ready for ...something. The process took less time and effort than dyeing fabric or many other surface techniques. I am not sure where I will take this piece of fabric yet but it is a beautiful beginning for something.
This is a technique that I think is worth further investigation and I hope to play with some more. Here are a couple of detail shots.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
|Here's my dried, glue-treated muslin. This is about a yard and a half, all nice and crunchy!|
|Rosalita photographing her treated fabric (please disregard the studio chaos!).|
|After chopping off a hunk of the muslin, I laid it out to contemplate just what I wanted to do with it. At the right are my strips of white tissue paper and a container of the diluted PVA glue.|
|The existing wrinkles were suggesting tree trunks, and I decided to follow that idea to see where it would lead. Additional wrinkles were called for, so the fabric was re-wet with the glue solution and scrunched up some more.|
|In this next step I'm applying tissue strips to add more body to the piece as well as more texture. These I glued randomly, adding wrinkly texture as I went.|
|Detail of the first layers of cheesecloth.|
More on this piece to come!
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
I thought I would use this month's technique to work out some of my sadness and grief and anger over what could have been but wasn't. This is only a beginning but I am writing stories about my ex-husband on the tissue paper. First I will write about the things that he did during the last 40 years that I have not yet forgiven. Then I will write about how angry I am about the things that could have been and weren't. Hopefully I will be able to end by writing some fond memories and acceptance of our lives that will bring a peaceful closure to our very turbulent relationship.
That is my first step in trying Rosalita's paper cloth technique. When the tissue paper is full of my writing, I will tear it into pieces to glue it to the muslin. It will become a nice background for ... I don't know yet. I think perhaps several small art works to give as a remembrance.
After I last posted on this blog, I was unhappy with my piece and received lots of good advice.
I mostly decided to stop taking myself so seriously.
I had a computer blow-up during the weekend, but I found the photos I took of my cutting and stitching of the pieces (Mr S said they were there...I just had to find them).
So I added it. And I liked it. So I cut some friends for it. And added them. This time I used skinny strips. And what a difference!
This is where it stands. It's about 19 by 14 inches. I rather like it like this -- I'm inclined to leave it here. Any suggestions?
Should I quilt it? Add some paint? Just enjoy it as art cloth? Or add (gasp) some more strips?