Better late than never

It’s summer, the kids are home and our days can get a little wacky around here. But I made a point this week to catch up in the studio by cleaning off my table and making room to put this together for Lynn and the Printed Fabric Bee. The theme was vintage, so I went with a vintage bird theme. All of the birdy images are from very old greeting cards that I scanned and turned into Thermofax Screens.

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Sadly the drawing for this one has come and gone. But I do have things setup for the next project and should have something for the next giveaway.

A New Printed Fabric Bee Giveaway

This month belonged to Leslie Tucker Jenison with a theme of marks from found objects. I started with plastic water bottle to roll the first layer of markings. I experimented with a little candle votive but it was difficult to control when rolling so abandoned it after a few rounds.

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Next object was a clothes hanger. I thought it had an interesting shape to it, so why not.

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I attempted to use a bamboo stick for long dark marks but it wasn’t working out so I brushed on some darker streaks for contrast. Then I discovered my new favorite stamp. It’s the bottom of plastic cabinet leg. I love the design and it may appear in other projects.

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And here’s the finished piece. A bit of a different look for me but I like it.

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Go check out all the good stuff going on at The Printed Fabric Bee Facebook page and leave a comment there for your chance to win your own set of these lovely beauties. Be sure to stop off at the other Bee member’s blogs to find out how they created their 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

 

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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