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.

Repurposed No 2

(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!

 

 

December 2nd Snapshot

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Still in the drawing stage, I plan to do a lot more to this. Hand-dyed fabric, Thermofax Screen Printing and lots of sketching.

November 14th Snapshot

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I’m working on several new pieces right now. The sewing machine and I have been bonding.

 

A Little Autumn Project Inspiration

 

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“Thermofax Screen Printing is easy!” I have told this to many people over the last few years and more times than not their eyes will glaze over with doubt and I know that I’ve lost them. So I’ve been working on ideas to make this idea a bit more clear, easy and most of all fun!

This first idea started in early autumn while walking my kids to school. The leaves were just beginning to drop and I found myself admiring their lovely shapes and lines. So I gathered up a small variety and scanned them into my computer. I wasn’t sure what I would make at first but I eventually landed on the idea of a Thermofax screen printed tablecloth. I journeyed over one of our local discount home décor stores and picked up a lovely tablecloth and matching napkins for all of $16.

Next, I ran the scanned leaf images through a few filters in Photoshop to make them black and white images for the Thermofax machine (Morty). Then I figured out the right size for the images, made my screens and got to printing.

I did test out each screen to see how it printed. Then I picked out my paint and colors. Some paint is thinner and may not show the details, some didn’t have the colors I wanted. So I settled with Jaquard Textile Paint. They had all the lovely fall colors I was looking for. Usually I would just use what paint I had on hand but sadly many of my colors were running low, so I did need to restock a little bit for this project.

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Here’s the tablecloth all plain and ready to go.

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Here’s the printing in progress. I experimented with various colors. If I didn’t like how a print came out, I just didn’t print it again. If I liked it, I did a lot more of it.

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Matching napkins on the drying rack.

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And Voilà! Doesn’t it look awesome?! My sister is a master at table setting and helped me set this up to show how cool it turned out. It was super easy and did not cost that much money to make. Can you squirt paint and squish it with a foam brush? Then you can do this.

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The Printed Fabric Bee & Orange Circles

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The theme was orange circles set by Lynn Krawczyk. The fabric is from the stash. I hand-dyed this a few years ago when I did the MSU Project. It has a lovely rust tone to it that knew I wanted (I know Lynn likes a good rust color). First I Thermofax Screen Printed the larger round circles in browns and black. Once that was dry I printed a mini version of Circles Sprites in gold for a little contrast and texture.Then I dug out every container of orange paint I could find, along with every orange, brown and black marker I could unearth in the studio. Then I just started experimenting with the different shades and types of paint. If something looked cool, I did some more, if it didn’t, I put it away. I layered up the colors for a bit, then broke out the pens and markers and started drawing on the painted and unpainted areas. Pebeo makes a fabric marker that worked really well for this. But beware, the odor is pretty strong with these. Also, metallic Sharpies are absolute favorites. So print, paint, draw was my method of creative mayhem. I love how it turned out and can’t wait to tackle the next theme.