Saturday, October 29, 2011

Fabric and Paint - Little Experiments

As a science teacher, I just love a good experiment.  And the two quilts in this post are just that.  I wanted to use mixed media but, wanted to keep it contained - rather than spend my time searching my brain and studio for more and more embellishments or surface design materials.  So, I made a couple of abstract quilts that are a fabric base with acrylic and Pebeo setacolor paints.  I also used some stamps that I made using some recycled foam core board from a former student's left behind project and some sticky backed fun foam sheets.  Any comments on my experiment are welcomed.

This piece uses some hand dyed fabrics that I made over the summer and some old book pages and left over fabric bits from my mermaid project.

The focal point is painted over the old book pages and then over painted and scrubbed with a blend of acrylics.

This is a close up of the many small pieces of fabric that I fused down to make the turquoise section.  They were all left over from when I made my mermaid and I just couldn't throw them away.

This second painted quilt uses mostly my own hand dyed fabrics, along with red and yellow batiks and old book pages.  I used gesso on the book pages and for the white stamp.  
I added touches of red to keep the eye moving around the quilt.  

The Pebeo setacolor transparent paint gives a real depth to the color of the hand dyes.  I ripped the fabric so create some texture.

The leaves are a real focal point because their color is across the wheel from the blues and greens.  I kept the stitching simple and again, overpainted with transparent setacolor paints.  

Thanks for checking out my experiment.  I'm off to my studio for another project - back to brain and studio searching for embellishments.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

CREATE Retreat Project Completed!

Well, the CREATE Retreat was my first art retreat ever and it was a truly fantastic experience.  Today I framed my recycled circle project that I had started in Jane LaFazio's class.  Although the pictures are behind glass, the piece really looks fantastic up close.

12" X 12" 

I framed the square in a shadow frame I bought at Michael's.  It has three spacers so you can choose the depth of the space you need for a piece.  It was perfect for this project.

Along with machine stitching, I did some hand stitching and added buttons and beads.

The circle really comes together and all the different elements blend to make a very nice effect.  I am very happy with the final outcome.  I plan to make another one - perhaps chartreuse and purple?  

Thank you Jane for such a great project idea!