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Unusual artwork

I read today in the local newspaper about an artist in Newcastle who had decided to make an artwork from all her junkmail. She has a spike outside her front door on which she piles it all! Apparently she started it on January 1st and it is now more than 5 feet high! Although I think if I took all my family’s junk mail, plus the catalogues I get sent from every company I have ever ordered anything – I especially hate the one which sends me stuff every month or so when I ordered something ONCE for my mum a few years ago – it would be quite a bit higher than that. I wonder if she is going to present it to the Post Office when she has finished?!

I bought a DVD by Carrie Burns Brown last week on Watermedia collage and have so far watched it about 3 times. And have been painting lots of tissue paper and other textured paper to make some collages…. I took loads of photos this afternoon so I will put some of them on the blog as soon as I have uploaded them to my computer. I think I have come to the conclusion that painting and glueing gets me creating much faster than sewing does. At least this year. And dyeing and surface design…. I have also been reading my copy of Jane Dunnewold’s book, Improvisational Screen Printing, and I want to try her interfacing stencils so hopefully lots of photos of that will be forthcoming! Children and other activities permitting….

I haven’t been getting many comments recently so I think I will go back to my old system of emailing commentators directly rather than on the blog. But I will leave the subscription plugin so you still have the option of getting further comments on a particular post.

Tutorial on making a stencil for screenprinting

I found a great tutorial on screenprinting with paper stencils – I did this at college a few years ago when I screenprinted my Dennis the Menace window blind for City & Guilds, for my son Barnabas. Here it is:

Window blind showing mischievous boy and fierce dogs all round

I used newspaper to make the stencils for this because the image was so huge but I notice she uses freezer paper, which would be more durable. She has also posted a tutorial on using a Thermofax machine for those of you lucky US readers who can get them fairly readily! I have found a couple of people who sell either custom-made or ready-prepared Thermofax screens for people who don’t have access to one…

Claire Higgott – Thermofax Screens
Marcy Tilton

Let me know if you know of anyone else who offers this service. Thanks!

Lutradur tutorial

We just got back from two weeks’ holiday in the Loire Valley, in France.  More later, with lots of photos (I just uploaded over 700 to my computer so I expect they’ll be popping up here for a while!), but meanwhile, Barb at Joggles has posted a Tutorial on using lutradur   which I thought a lot of you would appreciate.  It looks good and when I have time, I look forward to working through it and having a play too.

I will post the answers to my ‘what is it’ quiz in a few days – anyone else fancy having a go?  Thank you Mags and Elizabet for your answers – I won’t keep you in suspense too long!

Next week I’m off to the Festival of Quilts for the Personal Imagery in Art Quilts masterclass with Erika Carter and can’t wait!  Anyone else going to FOQ?  I’m going to be there from Monday night to Friday night.   Meanwhile, the washing machine is working hard because all the kids’ clothes has to be washed and repacked because they’re all off to camp next week too….

What to do with a little leftover black paint

I decided to paint the rest of the foam core today.  Here it is, sitting drying on a piece of baking parchment.

foam core drying

As you can see from these photos and most of the others in this blog, my main painting surface is the floor of my studio.  There is a perfectly good table for this purpose, but it is usually too full of other stuff like cutting mats, rulers, pens, pins, needles… you get the picture.  So the floor is the next best thing.  And so it will remain, no doubt, until my knees give out altogether.

When I was thinking of painting these this afternoon, I was looking idly at the piece of plastic I had used to protect the carpet while I was painting the foamcore, and realised that it was a pretty good work of art in itself!   Or part of one, at least.

painted plastic used as dropsheet

So I decided to use some painted fabric as a dropsheet instead, and have the serendipitous marks of the black paint on that.  I wouldn’t try and control it but just try and forget it was there.  (A bit difficult, actually – I still think the plastic came out better but you can be the judge of that).  When I had finished painting the foamcore I still had a bit of paint left, only a smidgeon, but I decided to do some printing with the printing blocks I made with funfoam a couple of months ago.  Ulp, not a couple of months ago, it was February!! Crumbs… where does the time go?

Here is the ‘dropcloth’ together with some printing on it:

printed, painted orange and black fabric

I originally painted this fabric back in 2005 and I have used a lot of it as backgrounds or backing fabric as it is quite stiff – it was painted with acrylics on polycotton fabric.  This was the first time I had printed on top of it.  

I still had a bit of black paint left in the palette so I grabbed some painted lutradur and got stamping away….

painted and printed lutradur

I haven’t used lutradur in any finished work yet but I really like the effect of this and the potential for layering because it is semi transparent.

I also grabbed a bit of yellow painted fabric and some pelmet vilene cut into postcard sized rectangles which I first painted during the online Personal Symbols course I did with Susan Sorrell last year – nothing was safe from the black attack!

yellow printed fabric

blue postcards

I really like layering paint and dyes – I think it gives such a feeling of depth and interest.  No doubt these pieces will crop up in my future work  when I decide where they will fit.  But for this afternoon – I had fun!

Design Board and Print Blocks – the results!

Here is my design board standing up on its wheels before I put the flannel on:

polystyrene design board in wooden frame

And here it is after I had covered it with white flannel, which I bought from Cotton Patch.   I pinned it with copious drawing pins into the wooden frame on the reverse.  I stuck a piece of fabric on it to test its stickability!  It is some which I painted in 2005 when I was working my way through The Artist’s Way.    I must do something with it sometime – the story of my life!  I seem to paint and dye much more fabric than I ever have time to stitch…..

design board with flannel attached with a piece of painted fabric on it

Talking of fabric, here are some of the results of my printing with the blocks I made in the last post:

grey fabric with gold string prints

This was the block with the string wrapped round it.

grey fabric with metallic square blocks printed on it

For this one, I used the large rectangular print block and painted it with three colours.  The gold is metallic powder mixed with Ormoline fabric medium and the other two colours are Jacquard Pearlex powders. 

printed fabric

I did this by rolling a brayer in the paint (when I say paint, I mean the powders mixed with Ormoline) and then rolling the brayer over the print block so that it picked up the image, and then I rolled it on the fabric.

printed fabric

I did this one just by rolling the brayer in the paint and then rolling it on to the fabric – the paint formed the organic, swirly shapes.

I will probably overprint these with something else later to add more depth.

It was St David’s Day on Thursday so I bought these daffodils to brighten up the kitchen table:


Design board and print blocks…

DH is in the process of making me a design board.  Following instructions on Quiltart and on Mrs Mel’s blog, we went to buy a piece of 8′ by 4′ insulation board.  It was interesting getting it home in the car, particularly as we had two of the boys with us!

insulation board sitting in my studio

Here it is sitting in my studio.  By the way, the latter is relatively tidy.

He has now put a wooden frame round it and glued it in place, although he thinks he will have to use a different glue because that one isn’t holding too well.  He is then going to put some supports on the base with little wheels attached so I can move it round.

Here it is as it is at present.  He is off tomorrow so hopefully it will progress then….

I haven’t been doing too much in the studio lately but today, inspired by an article in Stitch Magazine by Ruth Issett on using metallic powders and Jacquard Pearl-Ex powders (amongst other things), both of which I have and don’t use much, I made a few stamp blocks in preparation.  I glued fun foam on to mountboard in various patterns and a few other things like string:

rubber stamps made out of fun foam in various patterns

There is a big one here too…

large stamp made from fun foam

Hopefully in a few days I’ll have done something with them, once the PVA glue dries.  I put it on quite thick to make it nice and waterproof as well as ensuring that the fun foam stays on.  We made quite a few stamps out of this during City & Guilds and I still use some of them, particularly a spiral one.  Sealed with acrylic paint, it is quite sturdy!

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