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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Paintstik Rubbings and Stenciling

Hints and Tips!
Any stencil will do.  Metal, plastic, or otherwise!  Make your own, as far as that goes.  I like the more open spaces of ones like these shown below:
Get yourself some fabulous fabric.  Even a solid batik or cotton is great! 
And in all my paintstik adventures, I have yet to wash the fabric first, with the exception of my own hand dyed fabric, which of course, have been washed to set the dye, etc.  Some folks have been told to remove the sizing by washing fabric first... but I've never had any problems not washing commercial fabrics; even batiks.  But you do as you feel you need to here!  This is how I started the leaves for "Leave It Beautiful in Twilight" - the table runner posted here.
Take the paint directly from the stick, using a stencil brush.  You can also apply color with the paintstik end, directly on the open space of the stencil.  Or you can transfer and blend the colors onto a plastic coated paper plate or piece of freezer paper, shiny side up, and then transfer to the fabric as you like.

It's best to work in a circular motion, 'scrubbing' (but too hard), from the outside edges of the stencil, toward the inside.  The little leaves in a row on the stencil?  This would be a fabulous pattern on a border of a quilt, on the collar of a shirt... the hem or the sleeves.  Cool! Make your own unique fabric prints!  I love blending paintstik color with the colors of the fabric underneath. It really adds a special tone and depth that I find... SWEET!
Another tip:  Use a temporary adhesive spray to lightly spritz the black rubbing plates, or your stencils, which helps to keep the fabric from moving on the plate... and REALLY helps so that your images are clear, and not 'smeared' or blurry, as can happen with the fabric moves over a slick surface.
A GRIP N GRIP mat is absolutely essential to great rubbings!  Well worth the $18.50, in my humble opinion.  And cleaning up the mat is a breeze... using a lint roller!  True story.  I just found that out recently, and took the lint roller to my very, very, dirty mat, and it took off the ALL (and I do mean all!) the old paint and every other piece ... and left it clean and shiny! Fully restored to it's former glorious sticky-grippy consistency as when I first purchased it!  The key:  "stick to it!"  with the linty roller paper.  Replace it often, and press down hard as your roll. 
I love to overlap designs!  Change out the colors and mix it up a little!  It makes for a more visually interesting pattern, in my opinion. And it's FUN to do!  This is the piece I painted for "Dancing With Bright Eyes."
Base piece for "Dancing With Bright Eyes"
My favorites are the iridescent types.  But the matte colors are fabulous too.  Great for mixing and making your own creative color combos!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Falling for A Vintage Jean Jacket

Leaf Fever.  Strange, but true... and I think I'm done now!
Some hand dyed green fabric.  And once I've taken off the protective skin from the paintstik, I may as well make the most of it!

This is a vintage, "cowboy girl" real jean jacket a girlfriend of mine gave me several years ago.  Finally!  I'm getting something done with it. Ain't it cool?!
I've not been able to decide what to do onto the surface... but it's time has come! It got dressed up a little for the Fall Barn Dance. And I love it!  But... am I DONE?  Not sure!
A contemporary take on the ever-usable and lovable, Cowboy Girl Jean Jacket.
I don't think I'm going to add anything more... but couching does come to mind.  Surprise, surprise.
You've perhaps read where I have said in the past... "because I can."
And that is exactly what happened to the cuffs and the collar.  Why Not?
Versatile.  Heavy duty.  Outlasts the cows!  And so it hangs, ready for the Jitterbug at the Barn Dance!

EnJOY.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Leave It Beautiful in Twilight

Twilight.  Leaves.  Fall.
 The paintstik'd leaves with purple-blue-magenta rich tones were my inspiration to begin. And I decided to try them on a deep, rich, traditional brown; a batik with lighter toned brown swirls... perfect for the fall theme. I loved the contrast, too. Purple on brown.  And even better, I liked how the brown batik grounded the entire quilt, giving it a just a touch more realistic feel---like the bark of a tree. An appealing backdrop, compatible with the contemporary feel of the leaves. 
Razzle Dazzle thread is couched (#39 foot) onto the seam of the inside border
 I knew I wanted the quilting lines-motifs to be reminiscent of a light evening breeze, in a cool dusky setting as the last of the twilight fades into dark.
 I started with King Tut ELS cotton 40 weight.  It was a bit challenging to see as I quilted it as it blended so well with this batik background fabric.
 And I knew I wanted contrast with the brown thread.  So I turned to my thread stash, and selected a Rainbow (these are all Superior threads).  Rainbow is a 40 weight, variegated polyester.  Oooh!  Now we're talking.  Highlights the color of the leaves without overpowering the leaves.  Provides contrast and movement you can really see against the quilt, and yet harmonizes with the brown thread too, as it's the same undulating lines and soft waves.
 I used colors of thread (poly 40 weight) in the border quilting, but did it in two more new colors... leaf green with a leaf motif, and orange for the swirls, picking up a bit of the border fabric that contains purple-blues, oranges, & greens.



 The binding in the picture looks mostly pink... but it has multiple colors; subtle stripey coloration, containing blue, purple and pinkish purples. 

 It takes more time to work in two different colorways... planning the color changes, thinking... and alot of  fun to see the contrast. It was exciting for me to quilt with the purple-blue thread, and I had to be careful not to overdo it.  It would have overshadowed the quilt overall, and I only wanted that blue to accent and show off the leaves.   The brown thread recedes... just the way I like it.  And the blue pops forward.  Dark colors have a tendency to recede... light comes forward.
 For the first time, I used Wonder Under fusible web for the leaves.  It was easier to quilt through than the Steam A Seam product. I'm anxious to try Misty Fuse fusible web next.
I didn't trapunto the leaves, as you may have noticed in the green-red leaf quilt: RED Autumn from earlier posts. They still pop up, but not quite as much.

 The bobbin thread is Superior Masterpiece Cotton 50 weight, and the back fabric a pretty commercial batik. You can see that I've quilted around the leaves, as they were free motioned appliqued prior to the layering of fabric and batting.
Tough to find good light these days as there are so many long shadows when I get home... but just look at the gorgeous sidewalk!! LOL.  And this is the quilt without the 'edge' treatments.  After this photo was taken, I added yarn and Razzle Dazzle (Superior) as an inside edge trim next to the yarn on the binding seam, and then a turquoise blue on the inside seam of the border. Of course I used my 'go-to-girls' -- foot #43 free motion couching & my #39 traditional couching/clear embroidery foot for adding those elegant little touches.


Special thanks to Jocelyn and Jean; I picked Jeans' name, "Leave It Beautiful" but added "Twilight" to it.  Jocelyn's suggestion of "Chantilly" gives me more inspiration for a future thread session! I'm so appreciative; thank you ladies! 


EnJOY the weekend; we're having a gorgeous Montana Indian Summer!  

SOLI DEO GLORIA!


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Shimmer and Shine

Have you ever used Art Glitter?  Personally, it's my favorite brand as a glitter product.  It's ultra fine, incredibly reflective, gorgeous... and goes a long way.  It's also totally washable, after heat setting.  And it comes with a glue bottle that has a very fine tip.  So I'd thought I'd try it on my newly painted paintstik'd leaves.  I didn't use the glue... just the glitter dry, on top of the paint.
 It turned out just 'ok' I'd have to say.   The paintstik crayon application doesn't have quite enough painty thickness to it so the glitter didn't stick in the way I'd hoped.  It has a 'touch' of glittery goodness, is about all. But it was fun trying! 

 Below, I applied mica powders (from Jacquard) on top of freshly applied paintstiks.  LOVE this effect. 
Lots of beautiful, rich colors to play with!

 Rich and gleaming color.
All it takes is a small, dry, paintbrush.  Choose a tip on a brush based upon the size of the painted motif. For example, if you want to lay it very lightly, choose a brush with a tiny tip.  Heavier, or more of it, choose a broader tipped brush.
 I dab my brush into it, and the powder clings instantly to the brush.  Careful... a little bit goes a long way with this product, too.  I dab a little bit onto the leaf, and highlight as I play with the different colors and effects in combination with the paintstik colors, to create a depth and color change that is sometimes subtle... sometimes bold!  Fun, creative and entirely as you like! 
 I bought mine at Michaels, in a set of nine (if I remember correctly).  I've had them for a couple years now, and I no longer have the packaging.
Tap off the excess from your fabric... preferrably outside!  It is very, very fine.  Don't breathe it in... and don't SNEEZE! (But it does make your sidewalks shiny and pretty!)
Take your paintstik drawings, rubbings and stenciling  to a new artistic level!  

EnJOY!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Paintstik and a Pin

Paintstik Rubbings with a rubber stamp.  I like to blend with three different colors, usually. 

I quilted with King Tut 40 wt Egyptian, Extra-Long Staple Cotton (It even says so on the label) and a black polyester Isacord on the bottom.  Because I had just a little bit of white Bottom (Line 60 weight) left in my bobbin, (ok, I was lazy) I stayed with it.  Can you see it? (Hint:  it shows a bit in the last picture)
 And a perfect setting to add some beads and baubles for a little bit of fun!
 These little 2" squares have a cardstock paper backing.  I'm going to add a pin back.  A little dab of Autumn to wear!
I just wanted to make something that had a fall-autumn theme to it.  I have another idea to add these squares without the paper, to the back or front of a jacket... we'll see how that goes, and if I can get it done before...

Fall... 


ends!


EnJOY your day.  Thanks for stopping in!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Necessary Notion --- Tear Away Stabilizer

This is about a stabilizer that I think is a great plus in anyone's sewing notion resources.  And I've played with more leaves!  More paintstiks.  A new colorway. 
Instead of a trapunto technique, I've used a tear-a-way stabilizer under each leaf motif, and then free motioned the quilting on top.
Careful!  Even tho this product is easy to tear away, you don't want to rip or weaken your stitches.  After stitching, gently tear, or cut the excess stabilizer away.  I cut it away from the leaf edge, because I don't want the stiffness of the stabilizer anywhere but under the leaf.  It really makes free motion quilting much easier, and way more fun, than without it!
And I'm stitching with Superior's "Rainbows" --- again.  My favorites:  Tri-lobal polyesters.

As I've mentioned in prior posts... the leaves were stenciled first; allowed to dry; heat set.  I then fused the fabric to a fusible web and cut on the leaves.  This time I'm trying Wonder Under, a Pellon product.  Next time, I'm going to try Misty Fuse. In the past, I've used alot of Steam-A-Seam 2 or Lite.  The fusible web will be washable, as will this quilted piece, and by adding both fusible web and stitching, the fabric is not going to fray.  Each leaf was then placed on the quilt top, fused down with a hot iron, and then I added a lighweight stabilizer underneath the leaf. 
I love to do free motion 'applique' style!  You can create your own 'buttonhole' or 'blanket' stype stitch.  I love the creative freedom this allows me!
Here's the OESD product I'm using: Lightweight Tear Away
I'm quite partial to using Superior's Masterpiece cotton (50 wt) in my bobbin.  It's a great success story with a tri-lobal poly on the top. Below, it is shown in lime green.
Tear or Cut!  Gently tho!
You can see that I had a bit of a top tension issue without the stabilizer, in the picture below.  Stabilizer --- whether it be batting, or the type of tear-away I used, makes alot of difference in how your stitches form on the top and bottom. 
Yup.  Save the leftover pieces!
I will be teaching a paintstiks class at Bernina Silver Thimble on Saturday at 11:00 am.  

I've already started the final quilting phase, and will share with you some color and design decisions I made for this piece next week.  So that's on my  'fun-to-do list' this weekend!  What's on yours?  

Whatever it may be, I hope you will EnJOY!
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