Friday, July 31, 2015

Art Doll... a forgotten draft

Back in November (2014) Two Twelve Art Center had a gourd challenge.  We all received small egg-shaped gourds to come up with a creative solution incorporating said gourd. I have been wanting to try my hand at an art doll, so the gourd became the head.  Her skirt is the sleeve of an old Christening gown. 

I call her "Bird Whisperer"

Monday, July 27, 2015

Glue Resist Fabric Painting and a New Batch of Prayer Flags

I've been wanting to create some more prayer flags since selling my first one.  Learning a new and fun technique - glue resist fabric painting- was just the inspiration I needed.

This guy is in the process of being embellished for an art quilt.

Glue resist is an easy process that takes no time at all.  I used Elmer's blue gel glue and drew my designs on pre-washed good quality muslin fabric. 

You can wait and let them dry for several hours or overnight or use a blow dryer to speed things up.

The fun begins by adding fabric paint.  I try to envision that it will be white wherever the glue is.

Have fun with patterns and dots.

After your designs are painted, press with a hot iron between two sheets of parchment paper.  This will set the paint into the fabric.

Then I generally soak the pieces in a bowl of water for a couple of hours as I tend to glue very thickly.  Afterward wash items in the washing machine and the glue will be gone.

You can see the bold white lines that the glue preserved.