More paper play

Not many minutes to spend playing in the last couple of days, but my thought about wetting the paper stuck in my head. So I did it.

It didn’t add quite as much texture as I thought it would.

But a little bit of crinkle is fine. And since it was thick paper, I may have been a bit rough with it. There are a couple of small holes, but they can be covered with whatever additional embellishment I do……….or they can be made a bit bigger! Don’t know which yet!

I did decide to add a tree, rather than my original thought of a woman’s form.

And after I fused it down, I had a few different ideas for what I could have done. Oh, well, not the first time that has happened!

I really do have so much fun playing like this. It’s 166% satisfying and even more relaxing! Important to play, no matter what your age!

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Paperwork–lessons learned!

This piece is not even finished and I’ve learned a lot from it already.

First, don’t grab a piece of paper for the sake of using paper.

Next, have something special planned that really requires the use of paper.

And, for goodness sake, don’t use paper for something that would give the same effect with fabric!

The paper I used was thick and simply had a nice texture so I thought it would be fine. It is, but paper wasn’t needed! And if I really wanted to have a ‘paper moon’ then I should have used some of the beautiful specialty papers that I passed by. It wasn’t horribly difficult to use, but I did try to be careful not to fold or wrinkle it. I’m tempted to play with it a bit, though and maybe wet it and crinkle it to see what happens….hmmm….

And I think I would have liked using torn paper better than this nice, precisely cut circle. Next time.

I want to add more to this and finish it up but I’m torn as to what I want to add. I have a couple of ideas—wait–this might mean I need to do this more than once! That could happen, with variations, of course! Beads. It needs beads. Lots of beads. Yep!

Not much for dye day

Dye day always results in some surprises, and this one was no exception. I mainly tried to rescue some previously dyed fabrics that I did not like. So-so results.

It was not planned but I like the looks of the fabrics on the left as a set. I think I’ll look for something that will keep them together.

I did three pieces with soy wax, and again, mixed results. This gold piece was simply playing with circles. I also tried stencils but this time I couldn’t get my wax to the right temp…either too hot or too cold, runny or did not saturate.

Definitely useable, but I’m not in love with them.

I have a bunch of laces and hankies and trims but I seem to store them in different spots. I grabbed a few things on the fly and got some color on them. I always need a bit of embellishment and having this stuff in color instead of all white will be useful.

And I remembered to throw some threads and cotton yarns into the dye, too. Not specifically to match anything else but to have as a choice when I’m playing!

And if you know me, you will know that the purple will probably end up in someone else’s stash or up at Blue Lake! These did come out nice, but purple just is not my color!

So, there you go–dye day results again. Did not get around to deconstructed screen printing or painting with thickened dyes, so that’s top of my list for next time!

Paper work

Not boring tax or business paper work, thank goodness. I have wanted to include paper in my work for a long time and just haven’t done it until now. Maybe I was inspired by the infused paper workshop, but I grabbed a chunk of silk and a piece of paper and I’m making it happen.

It’s not the thin and supple rice paper that was on the top of the pile…no, that might have been best but that’s not the way I roll. I took a piece of thicker paper that I colored with something–paint or ink, I don’t remember. I cut a large circle and a few snips of fusible and melded the two. No going back now! (On purpose!)

Of course I had to add some clouds drifting over the moon. It’s totally clich√© so far but I hope to ‘drift’ away from that as I proceed.

My subconscious must be working full time, too. I dyed some thread on dye day and this full skein of rayon lusciousness is perfect for this piece.

It’s still a bit damp from the rinsing out so I won’t get started with it tonight. That’s probably a good thing since I have no idea what stitching I’ll be doing.

I need something to work on while in front of the TV at night and my Big Project won’t do. I did get it started and I think it’s going to take even longer than my first estimates. The hand sewing part is strictly utilitarian, to keep it together when I start on the quilting, so it’s boring and I’ll get tired of it. Got to keep several other projects going at the same time….good thing I have a couple of challenges to work on, too!

It’s summer time–busy time–fun time–life is sooooo good!

Workshop start, home finish

Unusual happening around here–I learned a technique in a workshop, started a project there and actually followed through on finishing it here at home. The Infused Newsprint Cloth technique really captured my interest and I wanted to follow the process from start to finish.

I made my own screen and got my fabric and newsprint ‘married’, with masking and painting.

Not perfect on the paint. It was a little thinner than I like and squirted under the mask a bit. Not “ruined” because I am not a perfectionist!

Added machine and hand stitching.

And then to make them flowers, well, beaded centers seemed to be called for!

This was all done with only the fabric and batting, since I don’t like knots or beading stitches to show on the back. Last step was to add a back and some quilting to hold the layers together.

And there you have it–La Margarita.

I love being able to truly incorporate paper into my work and I’ll be doing a lot more of this…soon. This next week has more cleaning than sewing and no one needs any details on THOSE processes!

Watching paint dry

I know, I know…watching paint dry is so exciting you can hardly stand it! But I’m excited about it because today I started painting leaves on blocks. My turquoise scraps project is REALLY, finally, actually started now.

I am using the super opaque screen printing ink and I’m so glad that I ordered it. The consistency is perfect and the prints are exactly what I had in mind.

The first print was deliberately done with a pale section on the background and the white is definitely there. I don’t want it totally opaque, but I feel that I could get it there with more paint on the leaf.

It shows up well on all the prints so far and pull-a-block-paint-a-block-pin-a-block on the design wall is working out perfectly. It will be so easy this way to distribute the variety of shapes of leaves. Designing with immediate visual feedback, and pinning them right back up on the wall while they dry is really making the whole process a breeze.

I didn’t get them all done today. I’m doing a few at a time. My ‘mass production’ of painting is very slow, but with experience it may go faster. On the other hand, I’m enjoying each block this way.

I printed a leaf on some scraps to decide what color thread I’m going to quilt these with. My initial thought was keep it white on white.

Ummm….nope! That is definitely a big nothing!

Of course, I wanted to see how turquoise would do, in keeping with the turquoise scraps!

Probably adequate, but it really won’t show up that much.

My real love, black, is clearly the way to go!

No doubt about it.

Slow printing and watching the paint dry will be my excitement this week. Lots of outside activity going on so the little bit at a time approach will fit my schedule. I also have to gather materials for a class I’m taking this weekend. I’m going to Quilt National for the first time. I’m sooo looking forward to seeing it in person instead of only in pictures.

Right this very minute, though, all I can think about is how cold it is for this time of year. I need a sweater and a fire…what I WANT is to have all the windows open and feel a warm breeze! Sheesh!

It’s kinda cool!

I finished putting the dyed and discharged fabric piece together. When I started, I wasn’t sure if there would be enough contrast. By leaving a lot of my scraps in large pieces, AND not using as much of the black as I intended in the middle, I got a piece that looks pretty good! At least I’m happy with it.

Probably going to quilt it with black, but I have a brand new spool of a magenta thread that has been calling my name. With all the colors in this, maybe that will be fun to play with.¬† And to give you some perspective on size, it ended up about 52 x 62–just a bit smaller than my original guess.

Now on to my larger project–the turquoise, painted leaves, maybe weird project!

Experiment and play, that’s my motto!!!!