I recently participated in a "technique fat book swap" where each participant shared a techique of their choosing. This swap was hosted by Belinda Spiwak through the mmartfriends yahoo group. Originally I had said that I was going to show the technique "burning wood glue with alcohol inks." I ended up not doing this, although I still want to try. I didn't do it because of the simple fact that if I tried to burn the glue and ink my paper would have caught fire. "Duh," I thought to myself. So I enede up just painting the wood glue on the paper and then adding the alcohol inks.
I really like how the inks spreads out in the circular pattern with the antennas coming of the edge. Pretty cool, huh? I haven't received my fat book pages back but I will post a few pictures when I do.
Here is the info I included with the pages I sent:
Alcohol inks and wood glue
This is a super simple technique that creates some very interesting backgrounds. To make this you will need Adirondack alcohol inks, wood glue, and watercolor paper. Paint the paper with wood glue and then add drops of alcohol ink. As an alternative you could then use your brush to mix the ink in with the glue. Or, how about mixing batches of ink and glue together and then painting with it? I love how the glue hardens when it dries giving the paper a bit of sturdiness.
Just this last weekened I was a vendor at the Country Chicks show just south of Olympia. This was a last minute event for me and although I have plenty of inventory I wanted to make a few new things just for this event. I decided on a few encaustic collages with a shabby chic/vintage feel and a few re-purposed vintage jewelry necklaces. Both were fun to make.
This one below turned out to be one of my favorites even though I wasn't in love with it to start. It always suprises me how I can start working on a piece and bit by bit it evolves and turns into something I like. That, I think, is one of the greatest things about making stuff.
My husband worked in my space on Saturday while I took my youngest daughter to a volleyball tournament so I am not sure how many of these sold. I am sure I have a few left which is good since I have the perfect spot on the wall in my kitchen for them!
In this long overdue show, Michelle shows you how to create a journal using a simple folded paper technique and a simple pamphlet stitch. To follow along gather up your supplies.
I am back from ArtFest. There is a lot I could say about it but I am a bit too tired right now do spend the time writing about it. Instead I will post a few photos and get to work on editing the show I recorded a while back.
The first photos are from the Lynn Perella class I took. There are both photos of my collage at various stages. I still have more work to do.
These next photos are from pieces I made in an encaustic class taught by Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch.
I am getting my trades ready for ArtFest. Last year I traded charms. They were really cute and everyone seemed to like them This year I wanted to do something different. I finally decided on making up some paper packs that have lino prints of some of the linocuts. I just finished carving the owl today.
I finally finished this cuff that I have been working on over the last two months. I am in love with it!
I started with a piece of gorgeous purple, green, and turquoise felt that I had made a while back when I was experimenting with a way to create felt quickly with water and my dryer. After cutting a piece to twice the size I needed I needle felted various types and colors of yarn down onto the felt. It was very random. My idea was to create something in an organic manner, just kind of letting the materials guide me.
Once I had the yarn down I decided which half would be seen and worked on that half. I sewed over bits of the yarn with embroidery floss. Again, I just kind of looked at the piece and choose a spot that looked like it could use some detail. Working this way is a lot of fun because it releases me from any pressure that I have to do something a certain way. I also sewed embroidery floss in various areas in different patterns. I then added the beads, using the areas defined by the yarn and by the color of the felt to guide me for bead placement. I used a variety of sizes, shapes, and styles of beads which I think gives the cuff a ton of interest and a bit of sparkle.
Then I folded my fabric in half to give it a nice thickness and to hide the backside of my random stitching and beading. To finish it I sewed embroidery floss around the edge. I just grabbed the floss and cut a length and started sewing, sometimes going back over areas that I had already done. Again, I didn't plan how I wanted to edge to look but just went with the flow.
Finally I added a button that I had to hold it closed. I have a stash of buttons that I made a while back that are not finished, just plain white. I grabbed one of these and painted it to tie in with the colors of the cuff. I sewed the button on, made a hole on the other side of the cuff and it was done. It was a lot of work, but I am thrilled about how it turned out.
(Podcast coming soon, I promise! It is already recorded, just needs to be edited and posted)
I have decided to enter the Fabric Swatch Challenge hosted by Cloth Paper Scissors. If you are interested in designing your own fabric check out the January/February 2011 Issue 34. There is still a bit of time. In the first example I used bleached muslin, Stewart Gill paint, and circle type objects and stamps. Normally I would have recorded the process for you but I was still having troubles getting a camera that will work for me. Hopefully that has changed with our latest camera.
I thought it might be interesting to try another piece of fabric with the same paints but with a bit more "focus" and less randomness. This time I only used two colors and painted on unbleached muslin. To create the flowers I used the top and bottom of the cups as stamps for my circles, then I painted them in with paint and water, using the water to spread the paint in varying shades. This took a long time but overall I think it was worth it. I might try something like this again.
I am off to a weekend volleyball tournament but am looking forward to coming back Monday to start a new project/show to share with you. I am hoping to study the books that came with my new camera over the weekend so I can get started right away.
Here is a preview of the latest podcast I am working on. Making the sign was a ton of fun. If you love to melt/dry things with a heat gun then this project is for you.
I have been having trouble with getting a video camera that will work for me. We finally found a camera that we thought would work and brought it home. While recording it just kept shutting off! Eventually it wouldn't even record after two seconds. I would hit the record button, it would go for two seconds and then it would just hang, kind of like when my computer freezes. It wouldn't allow me to stop recording or to even shut it off. The only way to get it to stop was to remove the battery. I think I am going to have to order one. Another delay.
In the meantime I will try to piece together the video it did take and make something for you to watch. For this sign I mixed a lot of wood glue and alcohol ink and used both to paint with. While making this I realized I want to try to see what I can do with the wood glue if I used it more like paint. I like it's texture once it dries, something that is hard to get from paint. I am going to do a bit of experimenting.
The best part about this finished piece is all of the gorgeous texture. Every time I look at it I want to touch it.
Yes, that's right. No podcasts for at least another week or two. We are experiencing technical difficulties. I recently upgraded my computer since my old one wasn't cutting the mustard anymore. Little did I know that my video camera wouldn't work with the new computer. So now I need another video camera. Since I just spent too much for a computer I really don't have extra money laying around for a new camera. So I have to wait. The worst part is that my old camera works perfectly fine. Oh, and I was told that if I buy a new camera then I will also need to upgrade my video editing software to the latest version. Really? I sometimes wonder why something that I think should be simple ends up complicated. So, I wait. In the meantime I have been working on a few projects just for the sake of crafting. I saw an article from Cloth Paper Scissors about Zentangles and decided to give it a try.
I can't find my colored pencils, but when I do I am going to ad color. I find this is kind of relaxing.
I have been working on several projects lately but haven't taken time to share. Sorry! Here are some photos of a collage that I started the other day just to get me in the creative mood.
It started ok, but then I wasn't really feeling like it was going the way I wanted. I am not sure what that is but it just wasn't feeling right. So I stopped. I have decided to put it away for a bit and look at it later with fresh eyes. Any suggestions?