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Great Falls, Montana, United States
I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?
Showing posts with label Free2Design on Etsy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Free2Design on Etsy. Show all posts

Friday, February 22, 2013

Come On Over to My House ~

Hey there readers and friends ~

One thing about printing and experimenting with fabrics, stencils, thermofax screens, dyes, paints and mixed media, is that I've collected some pretty cool samples, all ready to come out and play at my house! I've wanted to make a house for a long time, but just didn't know how I wanted to do it... until now!

So come on over... and visit the construction zone!
 This is a piece of organza I printed, using a thermofax screen {Margaret's of course}, gel medium, newspaper and organza.  What I did was layer the newspaper on the bottom, organza on top of that, and then the thermofax screen on top of those two, and scrape gel medium over the top.  Let it dry.  Wash out the excess newspaper print that was left.  And there you have it, a mixed media piece that is visually very interesting, and super fun to make! I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but it is pretty dang cool.  

 I've decided to apply that organza as a layer over these wonderful printed, stenciled fabrics I've been creating using the Joggles stencils.
 And in that stash, I found a fun print {above} ~ perfect for a nice roof, from a previous printing frenzy months ago!

 The background fabric is again, a ghost print, and it was quite a bit more muted than the last one in yesterday's post. I added a glitzy-edged ribbon in orange, and black stitching for a few house details.  I think it may need some lace curtains... hmmm.
And I'm trying to decide which sun to choose for my little house scene. First choice:  a smaller sized peach-colored tone I printed on the gelli plate.
OR... a larger print of the same design, but sprayed with the s.e.i dyes, in yellow and blue.  

The cool,multi-colored dotted piece of fabric was also made using a thermofax screenprint purchased from Margaret's etsy store; another piece waiting for a home! 

I added some extra blue paint for clouds, right onto the background with my fingers.
Now I just have to choose which sun ... 
and think about other elements to add.. or not add.  
{if only building a real house was this fun and easy}  
More fabric choices, perhaps.  
More stitching & quilting, of course!
   Can't wait!
So which one do you like the best?  
And a big thank you for joining in the fun this past week! 
Giveaway details this weekend...and I always look forward to seeing all the creative hearts sharing 
 with Studio JRU In the Studio Fridays~
~Blessings to you all~  

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Lavender Tulips ~


I finished another small quilt this past weekend.  Periwinkle blue, lavender, and mauvey pinks, make their presence known on this little quilted collage:
Lots of white was added via screen printing through thermofax screens.  These particular designs were created by Margaret Applin, which I purchased from her Etsy store.  I've been a "frequent flyer" as they say!!  I used several different parts of screens in this piece, as well as one of Margaret's new heart stencils, produced by Stencil Girl Products.
I'm still happily crazy about the effects of combining my FW acrylic inks, as a highlight to using my Inktense blocks, too!  It's a great time experimenting with the effects, and applying those gorgeous accents to the tulip screenprint.
I achieved the 'periwinkle' color tone by adding the blue inktense crayon, to a  hand-dyed piece of fabric I purchased from Chris Daly of "Dye Candy" ~ another favorite Etsy shop I love visiting!  The base fabric is a pink-mauve tone.  By adding a blue color, which was a royal blue color of the inktense block, I made it more periwinkle.  I applied it with a watercolor style brush, directly to the fabric.

The majority of this piece is quilted in white thread, with the exception of the heart.  Love the texture, shine, and serene feel to this piece ~ rather wintery, with a hint of spring.  How true it is!
The 'flower words' are also from the first screen I ever purchased from Margaret.  I lost it in my studio for awhile... can you imagine?  But ~ the lost is found!   
For the stitching around the heart, I do what I call "free motion applique" around the outside edges of the heart, using a zig zag stitch, and a variegated, polyester thread.

The word "tulip" I quilted just for kicks and giggles, and to achieve another, different lettering 'style' ala carte ~  "McNeil" writing font!

A little splash of orange adds a dash of unexpected bright color in this mostly monochromatic style. 
A fun little 'faux piping' technique {for lack of a better description} is achieved by adding fabric to the back, stitching around the perimeter, right sides together.  I slash the back fabric in the center, and turn.  By pressing that back fabric to the outside edges, I can achieve a "piping look."   On the front side, I edge-stitched in the ditch, just to keep it laying nice. On the front, the faux piping pops out in only a couple places on the sides, as this piece was cut to have curvy side edges.  Because that piping is a turquoise blue color, it contrasts, but also helps to 'frame' this piece a bit more, without overpowering it {or so I think}.
What do you think of my 'monochromatic' and piping style?


Friday, January 13, 2012

Thermofax Play Day!

I made quite a few of these prints last weekend, when I received my order of Thermofax Screens, purchased from Margaret Applin's shop: Free 2 Design on Etsy.
This is the screen (below) I used to make the print above:
The black area is where the paint comes through.  And I deliberately didn't make the paint solid throughout the whole print, so it skipped, and I liked that result ~ ALOT! Sure had a great time playing with paint, and spreading it unevenly!  Yes... unevenly and rather 'worn' like, which the screen also produces... which I Love, Love, LOVE!
And the picture below (and above) is from a print I first made, experimenting with my Gelli printing plate, and Decolourant, with a stamp. The picture shows the additional paint, used as an overlay using the screen.  I love how the texture of the 'white out' (for lack of a better term right at the moment), plays against the screen print.
And who doesn't love tulips?  I can imagine some quilting on this print, with white thread.  Perhaps a trapunto of 'shadow tulips' in the background?  How Exciting to think about the possibilities!!
This is the screen... I could print 'a whole bunch' of this design!  My lines at the top got a little wobbly when the screen moved on me, but this is a matter of practice.  I used a black, foam brush for my screening, but I would also like to try a credit card or something more firm to press the paint through the screen.
And this is where the progress on this piece stands for the moment, auditioning some of the other prints for it...

I LOVE this scrolly-swirls screen. I layered a bunch of them in rows, too, on a fat quarter-sized piece of fabric.

Which turned out like this:

One of my favorite doodles, to draw, and to free motion quilt are swirls.  And now, I have a cool graphic print which I can use as a background, border, or cut up into pieced blocks, bindings, and fused pieces of specific shapes, over-layering... and more!

Thanks for checking out my FUN.
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