June 24, 2011

Surface Design - Add Ons

More experiments in surface design on paper.  These pages were first painted with watercolor.  Various  mediums were applied using a rubber stamp - interesting results.

Green embossing powder

Clear embossing powder; acrylic glaze wiped off

 fine glitter

coarse glitter

Which do you like best?

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June 17, 2011

How Can I Resist...2

More experiments with resist techniques on paper.

rubbing alcohol dripped and acrylic paint

rubbing alcohol misted and acrylic paint

petroleum jelly and acrylic paint

dish detergent and acrylic paint

salt and water color

bleach, water color, acrylic paint

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June 10, 2011

How Can I Resist...

I've been experimenting with different surface design techniques on paper.  Here are some resist technique results.

water color and saran wrap

acrylic paint and saran wrap

acrylic paint and white glue

water color and freezer paper

water color, acrylic paint and rubber cement

There are many more resist techniques I plan to try.  I will continue to post the results.

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June 3, 2011

Working small...

I like to work big.  My quilts generally measure 51x51 - which to me is large.  I thought it would be fun to make something smaller.  These sweet pieces measure 3x3.

Here's what I did:

Lutradur "painted" with water soluble crayons; sandwiched with light weight batt and cotton backing; draw a quick sketch of a fanciful bird (a gel pen works best); free motion stitch with black thread

fill in the blanks with colorful threads; (Lutradur is stable enough that I do not use a hoop to stitch)

enhance with beads, buttons, etc.;  cut down to size; zigzag stitch thin rattail around edges

apply black gesso to top edges and sides of 3x3 framed canvas 

tie knots in the ends of rattail and staple (heavy duty stapler) to top back of frame

Use matte gel medium to adhere fabric square to canvas frame

I'm keeping one for myself and gifting the other to a dear friend for her birthday.

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June 1, 2011

Art at VMRC

I'm happy to have a piece of my artwork in the VMRC Juried Art Exhibition.  I was delighted to find my artwork featured on the exhibit brochure.

If you find yourself near Harrisonburg, VA, please check out this wonderful exhibition.

Park Gables Gallery
Virginia Mennonite Retirement COmmunity
1491 Virginia Avenue
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
May 29 - June 30, 2011