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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 shiva paintstiks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label shiva paintstiks. Show all posts

Friday, October 3, 2014

blueberry hill artsy leaf quilt ~

good friday to you all ~

it has been fun to experiment with hand dyed fabric, adding a bit of color and pattern using a stencil i've had for a while now, {from stencil girl products} and the lovely and ever-lasting shiva paintstiks.  and of course, blending leaves and adding them on top is like taking me to a candy store!  i love doing it.  plus, it makes for a creative flow of possibilities, and it's so fun to lift off the stencil, and go ... "cool!"  always a bit of surprise, and pleasantly so!  

with that, here is the next little autumn art quilt:
the quilting is nothing to write home about, but i wanted to see what it would truly look like to quilt over the stenciled design, so i went for it.  sometimes the risk is worth the understanding of what you like {and what you don't}.  there is nothing sacred, and it's all good.  that's what is so fun about it.  nothing ventured... nothing gained!

so i decided to quilt the background on this one.  i feel it does compete with the underlying pattern, but at the same time, it's texture, and very appealing color, and because the leaves are pretty plain, i think it works great! 

i think we have a tendency to see our work as "pass/fail" or "good/bad" but that thought pattern can lead us down a narrow dark road at times.  there is always a place for improvement, and that room is called "get on the sewing machine and try it again" --- not something you call "i messed up" or "this is ugly!"  

we get to enjoy the process, and at the same time, our skills improve as we learn and grow.  that includes design decisions, and well as "what-if's" and of course, there is always more to learn.


each leave was edged with a thick thread {via my beautiful #39 foot}.  this method takes patience, and some skill with placement, but easily accomplished with practice time!
class sample
size is about 8x10" and a bit of curvy edge with bias cut binding, a beautiful hand-dyed yarn couched as a framing enhancement, and additionally, a bit of dazzle dazzle couched inside of the yarn.  it truly does sparkle!

we'll be exploring all those concepts, ideas and quilting design {and more} in the november 8th, missoula class at the quilt shop, timeless quilts and friends.  

blessings on your day! 
xo
leslie

Thursday, October 2, 2014

autumn sunset leaves art quilt ~

hello!

well, the snow has arrive and is steadily and determinedly coming down from our october skies!  ahhh yes.  glad to have put out some sunflower seed heads for our little birdies yesterday.  it's gonna be a cold one today.  

so, in that vein, as the leaves will soon make their yearly departure, here is an art quilt that reflects the season of flying leaves, and and artistic expression of it:
{still vicki welsh hand dyed fabric, stenciled as previously posted, with paintstiks, and then I also did leaves using a stencil and my paintstiks, then cut and fused them on top of the quilt.  there are some great resources and tips from cedar canyon textiles if you ever want to take a look.  i purchased my stencil from the quilt store.  {supporting local business ya know!}
the background quilting is just a bit of meandering, ribbony lines to show movement. 
i'm also trying out superior threads, new "fantastico" variegated polyester, 40 wt. thread.  i think it frays lots less than other tri-lobal polyesters i've used, including better than superior's "rainbows" style.
and i've tucked angelina fibers behind some of the leaves.  just a smidgen!
and a bright turquoise binding in a curvy edge, and i cut the binding on the bias.  i love turquoise and orange together!

have a great one, and i promise i'll be staying warm down in the sewing studio, and coming up to see if the snow has stopped yet!  lol

xo
leslie

Friday, September 26, 2014

{more} with paintstiks and free motion embroidery

good morning greetings ~

still... having some great fun with my paintstiks, and a few stencil patterns, specifically the leaf ones.  {still} love how the pattern of the towel comes through the printed leaf.  the blendability of stencils and color is endless!  

and i never tire of it!

and what i think gives it so much more depth, sparkle and visual interest... thread.  plain and simple, just a tiny bit of free motion action lends itself to making this kind of simple project stand out and say... "come!  take a closer look."
i used mostly solids... polyester, but a variegated would be wondrous, as well!
yes, stabilizer is a must!  above you see the "clear-type" of a wash-away stabilizer, this is called "badge master" and it stabilizes beautifully, and more so, it washes out the same way. 
this time, the rubbing plates {from cedar canyon textiles} come in handy to create a border full of blended colors, all across the bottom of the dish towel.  but how fun on a t-shirt, a sweatshirt... a jacket!  denim is wonderful as a base fabric for paintstiks, too.
i'll be teaching these techniques and much more mid-October and beyond.  

i'm enjoying the possibilities, and exploring the options is just pure fun.  hope you are too.  have a blessed day!

xo
leslie

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

stencils, rubbing plates, paintstiks n' t-shirts ~ fun combos

hi there sweet friends ~

here are some fun fall-styled ideas for painting on black t-shirts... but this time i'm using paintstiks, instead of fabric paint, or the silks acrylic glaze paints, either.  

{and i had a really good time!} and it will be a real fun time as i've been working hard on making samples for upcoming classes at the bernina silver thimble!  

first, i used a stencil from stencil girl products, a stencil brush, and a paintstik, which i just lightly rubbed onto a paper plate, or took the paint directly from the stik to the brush, and then pounced the paint through the stencil onto the t-shirt.  {it's really helpful to have a t-shirt form board, and a 'grip-n-grip' mat ~ a type of sticky kinda sorta, grippy mat that works great! and i kept it on top of the cardboard t-shirt form, but under the t-shirt fabric to keep it steady. {it's not so much fun when it moves on ya!} 

i played not only with stencils, but also with the paintstik rubbing plates, too.  

and of course, i had to add some threadplay once the paint was dry.  what a fun way to customize a t-shirt, and i am pleased with how they turned out.  

i hope you'll "stick around" for a minute or two to see the results!


you must stabilize the backs of the garments, but that is a simple matter of temporary adhesive spray {505 brand is what i use}, and using fusible fleece as a stabilizer on the back of the t-shirt.  spray it on... and go to town with needle and thread!
sweet owl rubbing plate from cedar canyon textiles
sometimes i added words.  and {sometimes they turned out better than others}!
i used magnifico thread {100% polyester} from superior threads, keeping it to two or three colors only.  and a 90/14 titanium topstitch needle.  a ball point needle would have been appropriate to use as well, but i didn't have one on hand at this juncture.
keep it loose...keep it happy... and with the cedar canyon snowflake stencil... i decided to style it as more of a "star" motif, if you're imagination takes you there {and mine did!}

are you ready to get your shine on and play with making your own style of t-shirt?  it will be alot of fun, and i'll be sharing lots of tips.  if you're interested, just call to the store {406-452-7222} to add your name to the call list.

thanks for comin' on by.  blessings on your beautiful wednesday, and glorious autumn day!

xo
leslie

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!


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