Saturday, May 24, 2008

Playdate pix

My friend Linda and I got together today to do some deconstructed screen printing. I did it once last year in the class I took, but Linda had never tried it. In addition, I decided to stamp over a monoprint I did at the April play date, and also did a little discharge dyeing using my net bag over a monoprint from April. Here are pix of the results:

This is my screen printed 3 times with just thickener

Here is a closeup of the screen

I used turquoise dye for the 4th pull. As you can see, the design is starting to break down. By the time I pulled a 5th print, it had degraded considerably. We were using Dharma's Superclear for thickener instead of print mix or sodium alginate, and it wasn't as thick a consistency as I think we needed. Still, I like the design, and since I drew it on the screen with permanent marker, I can try it again with one of the other thickeners.

Here is Linda's screen - I think she did a great job, considering she has never tried this before, and just had my example to go by!

The yellow and orange on this piece was a monoprint I did last month. I added the turquoise aztec sun stamps today.

This was a fuschia monoprint I did last month; today, I used a foam roller to apply diswashing gel with bleach over nylon netting I had stretched over the fabric, creating the net design.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Laid-back Cat

This is Bubba, in his favorite sleeping pose... totally laid-back, completely at home, knowing he is safe and loved. Any doubt about why we brought him home from the shelter almost three years ago? He's my sweet-pea!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Studio in Disarray

Chaos! I have too many things going on right now, and this picture will prove it! Our Quilters' Guild is having an auction later this month to raise money, and I'm going through my stash, measuring, marking and tying fabrics... then I have SEVERAL boxes full from a friend that I have to go through and do the same thing with. In the background, you can see some fabric I folded and clamped can lids to to resist dye... I also have a backlog of orders from various people to attack. We won't even go into the fact that my house is in serious need of a thorough cleaning! None of this will get done this weekend, as I have our Surface Design group's last scheduled play-date on Saturday... after that, I need to hunker down and get some work done!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Spring Art Fair

The Artists' Coalition of Flagstaff's 3rd annual Art Fair is this weekend. Here I am in my booth with my 6 Art Quilts... the tie-dye rack is to the left:

I had okay sales today, but more importantly, I have had an opportunity to show my art quilts for the first time. My friend Linda and I are sharing a booth, and we both had very good feedback from the folks who stopped to look, and we are already making plans to search out other ways to get our work out in front of the public. And I promised her I would help her set up a website for her work, which will be lots of fun for both of us! All in all, a good day!