My Journey through the worlds of art quilts, oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolors, printmaking, dyeing, encautic, art cloth, spinning, and weaving. Also sharing stories of the rescue dogs I've known and loved.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Large pieces - overdyed
Monday, July 28, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Vodka and wax
Not quite what I was trying for, but it's okay.
I'm hoping that washing will get rid of those kind of greasy-looking places around where the wax was.
Day at the beach
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
After the wax is removed...
The right upper corner after I started taking off the wax. Not what I expected at all. By the time I got to this point, I had forgotten what the original dye job looked like...
Yes, it's this bright in person!
This is like looking through one of those ripply glass shower doors. If I squint, it makes me dizzy. I know, I know -- don't squint!
I love the colors on this. I have plans for hyper-embellishing this piece.
The rest of the pieces have been waxed again and redyed. Unveiling -- later today!
Friday, July 11, 2008
Fabric in my garden
What a fun and easy way to rinse out the dye. Got some funny looks from my neighbors though...
The gnome loved this one. See how happy he looks? Hey, what can I say? I'm German and I'm a sucker for gnomes
Do the mashed potato!
Vaguely patriotic looking
I'm going to stamp this one some more and dye it again. The colors are so bright and I left lots of space for more waxing.
I wish I had made a bigger piece of this. I would totally wear this. Maybe I will.
Hope I did this right...
Then I got to wondering about how to batch these, since I wanted several different colors in each piece. Here's what i came up with:
Squirted dye to my heart's content. :)
Then today, I took the whole lot outside, pulled them out of the plastic, hung them on a line in the yard and hosed them off. Here's that piece in the other pictures.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Trying my hand at batiks.
Endless possibilities for making stamps with power tools...
Made some other stamps after drawing a design on wood and pounding nails. Also endless possibilities...
I found that each time I started with a different stamp, I had to hold it in the wax for a little bit, to warm up the tool too.
This will be cool...I hope.
Waves, fishies and bubbles. The fabric was textured too, which adds something extra to this one. I think it needs more waxing, before I dye it.
And the potato masher made as awesome design!
Fabric hardener experiment
Someone suggested exterior wood glue, so I'm trying that now. I like $8 a quart better than over $40 a litre (with shipping). It's yellow in the bottle, but has dried pretty close to clear.
I got some terra cotta colored Powertex from Crafter's Cafe and will try that next. Powertex also comes in bronze, clear, and charcoal colors.
Awww! Isn't Biscuit pretty in the flowers?
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Goodies in the garden
Millions of mulberries. Time to make a new batch of Chateau Towner Mulberry Port
And the first blackberries from the plant I started 4 years ago! Yay!
And a bazillion strawberries...