Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Almost any styrofoam sheets, plates, etc., will work - draw images with a regular ball point pen, impressing enough for a clean design. Dilute acrylic paint to the consistency of cream, then paint the print plate. Turn it over and lower it down onto plain white cotton fabric, then rub a little. This technique gets you some artsy, imperfect, striking bits for using as focal points in collages or quilts.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Every year, we like to make the five hour drive to what I call "the Disneyland of the art world". The open markets, the art and scenery, the southwest cuisine - is there anything NOT to like about Santa Fe? They also have a few new microbreweries in the last couple of years, too, which Bob loved! What a fun (and relatively inexpensive) getaway.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Here are selected detail shots from new work for my upcoming exhibit. This was juried in by the Colorado Springs Public Arts Commission, to hang from June through August in the lobby of the City Administration building. Come to the reception during the June First Friday Downtown Art Walk!
Monday, April 22, 2013
I like to start with the lightest color first in water soluble colored pencil; warm golds - then work my way up to deeper browns. The hair and eyes will need some fine point dark waterproof pen like a Micron 002. Add more c.p., then spritz with water. See how the colors deepen and soften? This is starting to look like a warm human being!
Friday, April 12, 2013
In June, there'll be a display of my work in the lobby of the Colorado Springs city administration building. This will be part of the Downtown Art Walk; dates to be announced soon. Here, I've dyed some background fabric with liquid Rit dyes (cheap, easy to find, great results). Then, I ironed some plain white fabric onto freezer paper to stabilize it and prevent leaks underneath. Next, I drew a tree shape with sharpies, and painted it with liquid acrylics. (Three colors). Last, you see the piece with the dyed fabric in the background and the tree along with other appliqued elements drawn on fabric - all sewn down. I'll add a couple more leaves, but you get the idea!
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
I first cut out a butterfly shape (based on a photo I was looking at), then I rolled acrylic paint in a thin layer of blue on a sheet of plexiglass. I laid down the paper butterfly over that, then quickly, before the paint dried, put my white cotton fabric over paper, paint layer,etc. I let the fabric dry, heat set it with an iron, and sprayed the fabric with water to moisten. After that I dropped some liquid dye in yellow (Rit) over the butterfly outline and some of the blue painted areas. Let dry, heat set, then some fun! I drew the details from the butterfly photo with a Micron pen and colored pencil. The softer areas are drawn with water soluble colored pencil, then misted. This is a great way to keep the color from spreading too much, which it has a tendency to do on fabric.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
It was simple. Select photos you already have in "My Pictures", add to a new album, then use the collage creating feature. There are lots of fun choices in the tool bar. For instance, you can have the program randomly create a collage, or you can place them like a mosaic, as I did.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
First, I drew the Chrysanthemum with a Sharpie, then saturated the fabric with a water spritzer. I then dropped loose, dilute colors one at a time. (I let it dry in between each hue, otherwise, you get mud). After that, I stenciled, printed, added sparkle with white areas, and threw in everything but the kitchen sink! Next, I'll stitch in black thread all around the outside of the flower to emphasize.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
I used freezer paper cutouts for the dragonfly, then drew in details with a sharpie and used water soluble colored pencils to add touches of color. In the tree composition, I had already drawn the trees with a sharpie, then I put a butterfly linocut block into paint I had rolled onto the plate. For the leaves, I rolled the paint on the plexiglass, spritzed it to keep it moist enough to work with, then put cut paper shapes and real dried leaves down for a resist. When that was dry, I painted dandelion leaf and flower stencils for contrast in the deep blue.