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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Step #1: I glued cardboard strips to a cardboard backing with wood glue but I imagine any white glue may also be used.
(I discovered that once the paint has dried on the cardboard, other colors can be applied and different colored stampings can be made. Bonus! The stamp can be used over and over again.)
Step #3: I repeated the stamping 4 times on white cotton fabric .
Step #4: After the first green stamping was dry, I applied yellow acrylic craft paint mixed with equal parts of textile medium by using an old, plastic shower head as a secondary stamp.
I wish I had taken photos of the following steps, but, alas, I did not. What had begun as merely an experiment to see if I could get make a useable stamp block with cardboard actually turned out quite nice, but it wasn't until I saw how it was developing that I started taking pictures.
Step #5: After the second stamping dried, I wet the fabric in almost hot water, spread it out on my protected surface, and used a pipette or lab dropper to randomly apply liquid Rit dye over the entire surface.
Step #6: After the bluish dye was added, I sprayed Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative on it and let it sit for about 25 minutes. I then scrunched up the fabric, put it in a microwave safe container with a loosely fitting lid and set the microwave to 35 seconds on normal/high setting. It is important to note that the steam created in the microwave facilitates the bonding of the dye with the fabric. Just don't close the lid tightly. The steam might cause it to pop off and that could make a messy problem
(Note: Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative can be ordered on-line. It's a great product and also superbly aids in bonding the dye with the fabric.)
Step 6: I removed the fabric from the microwave and rinsed it in cold water.
Step 7: (Almost finished) I hung the fabric to dry and then ironed it from the back side. It's a good idea to put a pressing cloth onto the ironing board, just in case any color does come off. In this case, it did not.
Here is what the back of the fabric looks like. Now, I can't decide which side I like better.
Friday, March 28, 2014
|Susan Brubaker Knapp and Linda Friedman in Quilting Arts TV Studio|
Speaking of "warming", the Ohio adventure presented this Southern California native with snow. Unbelievable as it may seem, I've never experienced snow firsthand, so this was quite a treat for me. When I arrived at the hotel, a wind had brought in the beginnings of a snow flurry. When one of the hotel managers found out that this was a first for me, she rushed me outside and took a picture. Any who live in areas that regularly have snowfall, will surely laugh because falling snow is barely visible in the photo. Still, I experienced falling snow and I was elated. Now, I'm home and fully appreciating our idyllic weather here in Vista, California.
|Snow? Honest, it really was starting to snow :-)|
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
|"Appearance of Fall"|
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
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Friday, November 15, 2013
This is a particularly meaningful acceptance for me because my mother and father met at Colorado State University in the mid to late 1920's. At that time I believe it was called Colorado State Normal School. Both had fond memories of Ft. Collins and of their college life there, so for my works to visit Ft. Collins it is, indeed, a fine moment for me.
These are the works that will be on exhibit in the Poudre River Gallery show.
Friday, November 8, 2013
|Close-up of "Cosumel Musings"|
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
I am totally elated to report that the artist reception for the "Small Works" at the Chait Galleries Downtown in Iowa City, Iowa, is this coming Friday and kicks off a two-month show. It is rewarding to know that three of my works were juried into the show and will hang along side paintings, sculptures, and mixed media works. Pictures of the gallery show it to be a fantastic venue for art.
Here are my three works that were accepted into the "Small Works" Show.
Pentel Fabric Fun Pastel Dye Sticks blocks of color and words of love hand written around the heart with a #03 Alvin TechLiner technical drawing marker. These drawing tools can be purchased at many art supply stores but, if memory serves me correctly, I believe I bought I bought my 4-pack through Amazon.
As the glued edges were drying, I cut a piece of red craft felt on which to mount the stitched heart fabric and cut it just shy of the 5"x6/5" blank greeting card stock that is in my paper stash. At first I mounted the felt onto the front of the card with Weldbond since it was at hand. WRONG. The moisture in the glue distorted the card stock terribly so I discarded that attempt and turned to 3M Super 77 Spray Adhesive and it worked like a charm.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Here is what is developing.
When I hung the piece to see how it was developing, I liked it but it lacked a story and I knew there was a one hidden in it that need to be told so...
Out of my hand dyed fabric stash I selected a piece that might suggest a sunset sky, drafted a circle from brown craft paper to use as a pattern and then cut a circle from the hand dyed fabric. I then fused it to Heat-n-Bond Fusible Iron On Non- Woven Stabilizer* to give it stability. Next I cut a smaller circle from the quilt top so that it would overlap the edges of the hand dyed fabric circle and affixed the circle with satin stitching. And now, dah-dah, here is that element...
The story is beginning to develop--at least in my story telling mind. I plan on creating either an appliqued or a free motion embroidered element into the circle and linking it somehow into the mini-quilt that is set on netting, but that will be in the near future. As it develops, I will add pictures, but at the moment I have three other projects on the work table that are crying for my attention. Isn't that just the way it goes with artists--especially those who are also quilters?
* It might be worthwhile to note that the Heat-n-Bond Iron On Non-Woven Stabilizer is very soft and does not, even slightly, alter the hand of the fabric.
Friday, October 18, 2013
|"Blowing in the Breeze"|
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Sunday, October 13, 2013
Here is the post card that went out to advertise the "Maps" exhibit. The image was taken from the outstanding interpretation of the theme by Trish Charity, artist extraordinaire.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
|"Body Map In Honor of DaVinci's Vetruvian Man"|
A New Series is Born
Couched yarns and threads meld with a felt star lit night sky to sing to the wonder of the firmament. (9”x13” excluding fringe)
Traditional needle turned appliquéd cherry tree branch highlighted with embroidery and beads atop a free motion quilted and triple bordered background. (12”x13” excluding frame)
(In Blum Private Collection)
Heart of Pepper
Original needle punched botanical design on background of dense free motion quilting. (12”x12” excluding frame)
Patchwork heart dotted with French knots atop hand quilted tree of life design executed with paintsticks and a variety of thread embroidery and yarn embellishments. (13 ½”x13 ½” excluding hanger)
Single needle felted botanicals on a back-ground of quilted patchwork and bordered by prarie points. (22”x18” excluding antique hanger)