Geometric Shapes for The Printed Fabric Bee

Gerrie Congdon was the Queen Bee for April. Geometric shapes was the theme. So I did a mix of Theremofax Screen Printing and stamping with found objects (a wine cork and an empty cardboard tube).

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Go check out all the good stuff going on at The Printed Fabric Bee blog and Gerrie’s blog and leave a comment for your chance to win your own set of these lovely beauties.

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Also be sure to stop off at the other Bee member’s blogs to find out how they created their mola fabric designs. Good luck!!!

Carol R. Eaton
Jackie Lams
Lynda Heines
Gerrie Congdon
Susan Purney Mark
Deborah Boschert
Jane Davila
Lisa Chin
Lynn Krawczyk
Leslie Jenison
Judy Gula

 

Sleepy Sketchbook

Spring is on my mind! I’ve had this journal for a little while now. It’s covered in canvas just for the purpose of drawing on it. I had Thermofax Screen printed the lines on to the cover ages ago and I thought they looked a bit industrial. So I decided to see if I could change that look by drawing big flowers on it.

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Printed Fabric Bee Giveaway – Mola Style!

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March was a really crazy month for us and sadly I didn’t get a chance to tackle this fun challenge. So Lisa Chin was sweet enough to help me out by making some extra mola fabric for me. Isn’t that awesome?! Go check out all the good stuff going on at The Printed Fabric Bee blog and Julie B. Booth’s blog and leave a comment for your chance to win your own set of these lovely beauties.

Also be sure to stop off at the other Bee member’s blogs to find out how they created their mola fabric designs. Good luck!!!

Carol R. Eaton
Jackie Lams
Lynda Heines
Gerrie Congdon
Susan Purney Mark
Deborah Boschert
Jane Davila
Lisa Chin
Lynn Krawczyk
Leslie Jenison
Judy Gula

 

Sleepy Sketchbook

Life has kept us busy around here lately. Here’s a simple drawing from the sketchbook.

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Sleepy Sketchbook Gets Groovy

During the creation of this sketch I was watching vintage Sesame Street clips on Hulu with the kids. Some of my favorite clips are the Pinball Number animations that I remember watching when I was a kid.

I also was thinking about the season of Lent. Maybe this will help you get your Sunday groove going.

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The Printed Fabric Bee goes to the forest

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Forest Floor was the theme for queen bee Carol Eaton this month. With several inches of snow, very bitter cold temps and a limited outdoor plant selection going on outside, I decided to get creative with some dried up ferns on the front porch. I apologize for not having photos of my process to share with you. This was messy (and fun!) production and thus, I really didn’t want to risk getting paint on my phone. Also, we have a newborn in the house and time is precious, so I had to work fast.

So one Sunday afternoon, while all the kids hung out with dad, I disappeared to my studio and got to printing. First, I selected a lovely, multicolored piece of hand dyed fabric to play with. Next, I pulled out my really big Gelli plate, inked it up with fabric paint. I then laid the dried ferns onto the plate and used a brayer to ink them up. I then took the painted up ferns and used them like stamps on the fabric. I used a second brayer with paper towel on top of the fern to help stamp them on the fabric. There was a bit of trial and error, along with a lot of paint.

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So now it’s your turn to head on over to The Printed Fabric Bee blog or Carol’s blog and leave a comment for your chance to win your own 6×6 squares of the forest fabrics. Once you have commented, stop by the other members’ blogs to see how they created their pieces.

 

 

Sleepy Sketchbook

Today’s sketch is another piece inspired by a vintage tie design. Lots of watercolor pencils and markers. This one is still a bit rough and I will probably continue to work on it.

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Sleepy Sketchbook Series

I’m really excited to share an idea that I have had brewing for a while now called the Sleepy Sketchbook. In order to keep my blog page active and the creative part of my brain from turning to goo, I’m turning to my sketchbook. Now that we have 4 boys in the house, one being a newborn, keeping the creative mojo going can be a challenge. So between the diapers, naps and late night feedings I’m going to try to work on something creative. Once a week I will post a page from a sketchbook or snapshot of a project (if I have one going). Some pages will be more thought out than others, have more detail or colors. It all depends on how life is going outside the sketchbook.

This sketch was inspired by a vintage tie design. I used drawing pens, watercolor pencils, and markers. The watercolor pencils and markers were new so there was a lot of experimentation going on here and some of them bled a bit more than I expected. No worries though! I worked it in and had fun with it.

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Fabric Printing at Home

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Today I will be the last stop for fellow Printed Fabric Bee member Julie Booth’s 14 day blog hop! Julie’s new book Fabric Printing for Home is the type of book that will inspire every surface designer from beginner to well-seasoned artist. I really liked the book because Julie shows you how to use every day, household items in not so traditional methods. I especially loved the idea of using spaghetti to make detailed pattern stamp or curling cardboard to achieve a bigger design.

Now, I’ll admit that I had a little extra help reviewing some of Julie’s book. I’m a mom of four boys, two of which are already very familiar with various surface design methods. So I showed them some of the ideas in the book and they loved them. The next time I took the 13 year old to the grocery store he thought much of the produce looked like tools for painting. The corn on the cob really intrigued him. The 8 year old is just itchin’ to make his own stamps out of cardboard and rice. So I know what we may be doing over winter break next week. I’ll try to get something posted from our own experiments in a week or so.

I think a big point of Julie’s book is that inspiration is all around us. Sometimes we need to think ‘outside the box’ and she shows you some great ways to do so! Now I have a question for you. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve used as a print your fabric? Tell me all about it here for a chance to win your own copy of Fabric Printing for Home. I will pick a winner on Wednesday February 18th. While you are here take a moment to check out all the other fun blogs that have reviewed and experimented with some of Julie’s ideas over these last 14 days.

February 2: Lisa Chin
February 3: Lynn Krawczyk
February 4: Jane Davila
February 5: Carol R. Eaton
February 6: Judy Gula
February 7: Susan Purney Mark
February 8: Teri Lucas
February 10: Deborah Boschert
February 11: Lynda Heines
February 12: Cheryl Sleboba
February 13: Terri Stegmiller
February 14: Jackie Lams
Good luck with the giveaways and check back here for the winner!
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Apologies for the delay on announcing the winner of Julie’s book. Congrats to Jo-Anne Britt, she was the lucky winner!

A project just for fun

Fabric Cutting

For most of my projects I usually stick to hand-dyed fabrics that either myself or another artist has done. But for this project I made a happy exception. It’s not everyday that I have a friend come out with her own fabric and thread lines. Then there’s the fact that Lynn and I like similar colors and designs, so what’s not to like?

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But I can never leave fabric untouched by paint or pen. Nope, not possible. So these three lovely pieces got printed and drawn on. And in between I turned them into hexi shapes. I had never made a hexi before this and let me say that they are pretty darn fun. And then there’s lots of stitching. The thread is part of Lynn’s INKED threads. The yellow, printed State Fair piece in the middle is from my own stash.

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So I can honestly say that the INKED product lines can hold up to a fair amount of surface designing. This piece is still in progress and I will share the finished piece with you next month.