Printed Fabric Bee Sunflowers Giveaway

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This month’s Queen was Susan Purney Mark with a theme of sunflowers. And I actually managed to get some process shots for this one! Woo! But I will say that this one really is not that complicated.

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First I started with a lovely piece of hand dyed fabric that I printed up with Thermofax Screens of leaves. I used various shades of green that I mixed up myself from the collection of paints that I have on hand. It’s all about layers. I like to make the background interesting so I don’t have to fill all the space up with the next layer. There is always something interesting to catch the eye no matter where you look.

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Once the paint was dry, I got out this really fancy circle template and drew circles where I wanted to place the flowers. After that I grabbed a handful of fabric pens, found a place on the couch and I commenced with drawing the flowers. It took me a few days to just get the flowers drawn out. I used an actual circle template to get the larger circles in the flower middles, others I drew by hand.

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Then I broke out the watercolor pencils, crayons, pastels, etc. and started coloring. Some worked better than others. I used some of the fabric markers to add the darker reds and browns. (Finished piece is at the top of the post) And that’s it! Really not that hard to do. Now go draw something!

Next journey on over to the Printed Fabric Bee Blog and leave  a comment for your chance to win your own 6×6 squares of the sunflower fabrics.

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Printed Fabric Bee is all about Science!

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Well, for the month of October it was about science. I have been fascinated with the design of anything at a microscopic level. Different objects, plants, chemicals, you name it, all have unique and beautiful designs when you look at them through a microscope. Check out my Pinterest board to see what I mean. So I figured that would be a fun challenge for the gang in the Printed Fabric Bee to translate that into a surface design idea. My only conditions were no pastels and 12×12.  And wow, I  have been getting very cool fabric in the mail every few days and it has been awesome. There have been a lot of ‘oohs and ahhs and cool!’ from the kids in the house as well since it’s a subject they really enjoy too.

So wouldn’t you love a chance to own your own 6×6 pieces of these scientific beauties? Leave a comment over on our Printed Fabric Bee blog before November 17th for your chance to win.

 

 

Dusting off an old favorite for today

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In honor of the Day of the Dead I dug out a photo of one the first pieces I made when I started exploring the world of fiber art. I’m jealous now of how much time I had to put into one piece. I was going for a movie poster look and I think I utilized almost every method I knew at the time (and I did not know of Thermofax printing at the time). This is also one of the few pieces my family has insisted I hang onto and not sell. I’m glad they did.

Urban Textures

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Urban Textures was Leslie Jenison’s theme for September. I immediately thought of worn, graffiti brick walls and went forth with that in mind. I don’t have any images to show my process. Why? Because I have 3 kids, one being not quite two yet. So my process is thinking, plotting, planning for days, try to get a visual in my mind of what I want to aim for and what steps I need to take to get there. When the little one goes down for a nap I get to work, and in that short span of time I have a tendency to forget to snap some pictures. Also some of my pieces (like this one) involve a lot of computer work so taking shots of my computer really isn’t that interesting.

But I can tell you little bit of what I did. I utilized Adobe Photoshop and some photos from my archive. I went with worn brick and rusted metal. I ran them through a few filters to find the best look (graphic pen is a favorite) and made the photos straight black and white (no gray). What next? Yup, Thermofax Machine of course. I burn the images into screens and planned out the next step of painting. So next nap time,  I used a couple screens multiple times with different paint colors to get a varied appearance. I usually won’t even rinse the screens in between paint colors if I am using paints close in hue (also, only do this with paint that doesn’t dry fast). Then eventually I created a wet mess that needs to dry before I dare add another layer, so I had to quit for the day whether nap time is done or not. Besides I need time to clean up and stash the paint supplies or I will end up with little fabric paint finger prints on my new couches (don’t ask).

The graffiti text on the wall was a different program and a different nap day. I found some freeware fonts online (dafont.com is a favorite) and got to work with Adobe Illustrator (I’m a graphic designer during other nap times). My graffiti text says ‘Bliss’ and I know it’s not very legible but neither is most worn out graffiti. I ran it through Morty (Thermofax Machine) and used a transparent paint color and there you go.

This theme yielded a lovely variety of fabrics from the group this month. Take a spin on over to the blogs to see their processes and leave your two cents over here for a chance to win your own 6×6 squares of each.

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Going Industrial for the Bee

Yup, it’s that time again! The Printed Fabric Bee Giveaway and this month belonged to Susan Purney Mark with an industrial theme. This was a fun challenge for me. Not my usual colors or imagery which just makes it fun. I really had no idea how anything would turn out from one step to the next with this one. Because of stuff going on in our life right now, I work in short bursts of time almost every step of the way. So here’s a brief summery of what I did.

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I wrapped the fabric around some scrap PVC pipe then wound picture wire of various widths around the fabric. Then I gave it a bath in some MX Dye that I had left over from awhile ago. I thought I would get some grays and browns. I got green. No big deal, I went with it. It came out cool anyways.

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I’ve had a brand new, extra large Gelli Plate sitting on the work table for a few months now, mocking me. I’ve done all different kinds of printing, but I had never ever worked with Gelli plates before. I decided to build a ‘stamp’ of sorts (how I explained it to the kids) with Golden Molding Paste and canvas board. I then raided the garage workbench for objects to use and got to work. I had never worked with Molding Paste before either and that was lots of gooey fun. It came out as a rather electrical-industrial theme.

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So here’s where I apparently stopped photographing what I was doing. With time being an issue I have a tendency to forget. I did use the Gelli plate and lovely mix of silver and black paints with the canvas board. I know the instructions for the Gelli plate say to use a brayer but I can’t find mine. I have two very nice ones, someplace very safe. So I used brushes and it gave it nice texture when printing. But it really needed a pop of color. I found a cool piece of cardboard and used it as a stamp all over the fabric. And there you go.

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But that is just how I tackled my fabric challenge. Please take a moment and check all the wonderful pieces by these awesome artists. And don’t you want to win your own samples of these lovely pieces? Hop on over to Susan Purney Mark’s Blog or the Printed Fabric Bee Blog and leave a comment. Susan will be picking a winner July 10th. Good Luck!

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New Giveaway!

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First let me apologize for being very behind on the blog (yet again). We are in the process of getting a new home and selling our current home. So life has been very insane lately. I promise there will be more artwork, projects, and good art type stuff posted here in a few months. But at the moment, the Printed Fabric Bee is the only thing that gets me back to the fabric and paint right now, for which I am very grateful. And there was a winner for last month’s giveaway and that lucky girl was Lisa Filion! So big congrats to her.

This month’s theme is Typography by Lisa Chin. Since I’m a graphic designer in my other life, I have a great fondness for typography. In my piece I went vintage with lots of handwritten notes from very old postcards and recipes. Then I included and old newspaper ad for a piano store. Not every bit of it is legible, but together is creates a lovely texture on the snow-dyed fabric. And yes, all of it is done with Thermofax Screen printing. So go over to Lisa’s blog or the Printed Fabric Bee Blog and leave a comment for your chance to win these amazing fabrics.

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April’s Printed Fabric Bee

Every girl should have a chance to be queen, right!? Well April was my turn to be Queen of The Printed Fabric Bee. It has been so exciting to see what magic this group of artists have cooked up with my theme idea.

Wouldn’t you like to win your own pack of these fabrics? Well here’s your chance to win your own 6″x 6″ squares of all these lovely beauties. Just leave a comment here on my blog or on the Printed Fabric Bee blog to enter and I will pick a winner May 17th.

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The Printed Fabric Bee: Woodlands Giveaway

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For Carol R. Eaton’s PFB Theme I broke out the watercolor crayons and did some relief rubbings on the trees in the backyard. I had to wait for the snow to melt, but I think it was worth the wait. Here’s the colored up screen ready to print.

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Then here’s the finished product and a shot of the square that is part of the giveaway. So head on over to Carol’s blog or the official Printed Fabric Bee Blog and leave a comment for your chance to win. And be sure to check back here next month for another giveaway. Its my lucky turn to be The Queen Bee next!

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The Printed Fabric Bee Give-Away!

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How would you like to be the owner of these fabulous fabrics! Follow the instructions in that green box above and you could win!

The theme was wonky lines given to us by Gerrie Congdon. This is what I put together:

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Hand-dyed fabric that was Thermofax screen printed, then snow-dyed to give it a deep red tone. It has been rather cold this year. I was thinking of warm colors.

Good Luck!

 

The blog got buried in snow and everything else

Okay so I may have completely neglected the blog but only because life got way more crazy than usual and the blog gets tossed off the to-do list when life goes a wacka-do. But hey, did you know I have a show going on! I am doing a display at the very cool Grove Gallery in East Lansing with Lynn Krawczyk. The place is full of some the coolest artwork I’ve seen in a long time. Our stuff will be hanging on the walls until February 28th. It is worth the trip if you can swing it.

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Here are a few of my bigger pieces on display.

Repurposed No 1

(Repurposed No.1) This is some of the recycled fabric (one half of a big table cloth that I got from the Salvation Army Store) that hung outside all summer long. You can see it here. It got a bit discolored and the hot sun baked the duck tape onto the fabric. I did get it off and it left really cool marks on the fabric. I later attacked it with paint, fabric, and more paint.

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(Repurposed No.2) This is the other half of that big tablecloth. It was hand-dyed the same as the other half but it did not sit outside all summer. It did get sun painted though with orange construction fencing, more paint, machine stitched then drawn on.

I realize that both of the above pieces hang kind of wonky (technical term) but I left it that way on purpose. I was rather hard on this fabric that was already second hand and nothing high end. It was stretched, scrunched, walked on, left to the outside elements… you get the idea. It’s not perfect and I did not want to display it like it was. It is something that someone else got rid of and I gave it a new purpose.

Then there is this one:

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Hand-dyed fabric that is comprised mostly of hand drawn elements. I screen printed on a three repeating designs then I customized each print by drawing on them with pens.

Stay warm!