Buzz-Buzz! It’s a new Printed Fabric Bee Giveaway

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Insects of many shapes and colors took over this month’s Printed Fabric Bee theme by the talented Jane Davila. I’ve had this butterfly screen for awhile now and I was very excited to have such a perfect reason to use it. I created the image from a vintage greeting card, which is one of my favorite resources for images.

First I screen printed, then I drew on some of the butterflies to give it a splash of black color. The colors are really fun and a nice break from my usual color palette.

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Go check out everyone’s blog to see how they made their awesome pieces. Then leave a comment on one of the two blogs listed in the collage below. Jane will pick a winner for the fabric blocks on the 15th. Good luck!

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

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.

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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

 

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

 

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.

 

 

Did someone say petroglyphs?

Yes! Lynda Heines did for this month’s Printed Fabric Bee Theme. I was drawn to the catacombs of early Christians and various cave images. With those on the brain I did my own take Petroglyph images with the help of Adobe Illustrator. I will admit that it took a couple tries to get a fabric I liked. The first fabric looked like pajamas for some reason. So round two won out.

I thought I’d share an shot of my work table. Nope, not very orderly is it? I’m still organizing the new studio so I usually need to move a few boxes off the work table to get some painting done. But it’s still wonderful to have a big table and area to work in!

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Yes, I used a thumb tack to paint on this one. Initial thought was to use a cotton swab. But those were allll the way upstairs so I searched out the next best thing and thumb tack won. It actually worked really well. I know I was surprised.

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Next I used some transparent fabric paint to add some extra color. And yes, I used my finger to smudge it about. It worked a lot better than the brush.

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Then I got smudgy with the paint all over the fabric to give a more worn effect.

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It was a fun project and an interesting challenge. So now it’s your turn to head on over to The Printed Fabric Bee blog or Lynda’s blog and leave a comment for your chance to win your own 6×6 squares of the map fabrics.

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This Month’s Printed Fabric Bee Giveaway

December belonged to Lisa Chin with a theme of vintage maps. This one was a bit of a challenge and required some lengthy brainstorming. Pinterest is my favorite tool for this type of activity. I went with the idea of a old, stained world map. I love how some really old, hand drawn maps had images of people and other lovely graphic twirly-do’s (yes, that’s a technical term). I layered up various images with Thermofax Screen printing. Mixed up some of my own paint colors to get what I wanted and came up with this for Lisa.

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If I can’t seem to find a paint color to fit what I’m looking to do, I mix one up with what I have on hand.

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Another trick, if I am printing with a screen that has a lot of details, words, smaller images, I will tape the screen down to help keep it from shifting. I will also use a piece of scrap paper to block out areas that I don’t want printed.

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And when all was dry and done I had this lovely piece for Lisa and the giveaway.

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One of my favorite images from this is printed in the burgundy/red color. It comes from an old wood stamp that I found at an antique place for a couple bucks. I think of a city of the west side of Michigan. I scanned it in, reversed the image from a positive to a negative (Photoshop stuff), then made it into a screen.

Okay, so there you go! Head on over to The Printed Fabric Bee blog and leave a comment for your chance to win your own 6×6 squares of the map fabrics.

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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.

 

 

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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