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….

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!

A little bit of painting

On Wednesday I did a bit of painting. 

First, I decided to try and get the feel of trees by painting some canvas board and putting clingfilm on, pulling it vaguely into the shape of tree branches.  I used a mixture of acrylics and watercolours on acrylic canvas.

Here it is drying:

browny reddy yellowy painted board with clingfilm on top

I didn’t realise that red was as red as it was, if you see what I mean, but hey, artistic license!

This is it now it is dried and I’ve taken the clingfilm off.  I think this is the best way up for the trees.  I will add some paint and crayon to it, I think, to make the trees stand out but I think you can see vague outlines.

painted canvas board


I had some paint to use up then, so I decided to do the same thing with some lutradur.  Instead of putting the clingfilm on top of it, I put it underneath it and weighted it down so the clingfilm would stay put.  This was because the paint tended to soak through and collect underneath. 

Here it is, before I covered it:

reddy blacky yellowy painted lutradur

And here is the result:

 lutradur painted red

 I don’t think the clingfilm made much difference here…  (the colours are more true on the bottom photo).

 I also then painted some more lutradur with blues and greens.  I dribbled a lot of water on it and in places this is leeching the paint away on to the drop cloth. 

blue green lutradur

In this photo you can just see the book I was using for guidance – Mary Todd Beam’s Celebrate Your Creative Self.  I love this book.

Here is the blue piece when it dried:

blue-green lutradur

The colour is a BIT stronger than this photo shows but not much.  As you can see, the area where I dripped the most water on it has lost most of its paint. 

All in all, a fun exercise!!