Thursday, June 19, 2008

Painting Textiles with Metallic Paint... of my favorite things to do! Particularly when I've been focusing on hand sewing the past few days -- it was refreshing to put on the overalls, put the hair up in a pony tail -- and get out the sponges and stuff brushes.

I'm actually making progress on my hand-stitched piecing (oh -- see -- there I go again "progress" -- always thinking, focusing, obsessing about "progress." Note to self: "process NOT progress -- remember that!" Um, I'm actually "enjoying" the process (there, that's better) and am really getting the hang of it. I will post those pictures later.

Anyway - here are the results of my painting session today -- some cotton duck and canvas that I cut up, treated with textile medium, sponge painted, crinkled, and then "removed" medium by pressing down with stamps and texture plates for added interest. I photographed these outside (I dry these types of projects in the sun because the sun also helps to "heat set" the paint. It was difficult getting their "true" colors to show - because the luminosity of the metallic paint causes reflection and glare -so these pictures do not do the colors justice.

I'm thinking the leaf piece (which is metallic olive, gold, copper, nickel and brass) is going to make its way somehow into my giveaway surprise -- and the others I will probably cut up and use elsewhere. I have a basket in my studio that I throw these pieces into and then when the urge (or the project) dictates - I grope through the basket. It's great having a bunch of stuff already painted and/or dyed that you can just go in and grab when you need it -- rather than having to paint it right then and there. That's why "painting days" are very necessary. Don't you agree???


Vicki W said...

Cool stuff!

Carol said...

Wow these are lovely, looks like you had fun!

Candace said...

Sounds like fingerpainting for quilters, and lots of fun. The pictures are fabulous.

Michelle said...

Hey stranger! Just got back from our trip to Colorado. Hope you have a wonderful time! Thought about you bunches. Happy very-belated bday to Sabrina! Tell her the art journal is really fab. She's so talented - just like her mom!!! xo

crooked heart art~tammy said...

hi cathie
WOW these are beautiful!!!!
i love metallics and you can see a bit of thier shimmer
can't wait to see what you have up your sleve :)
enjoy your day
tammy :)

katie jane said...

I was wondering what you would be using this fabric for, now I see. This is interesting how you "stockpile" your fabric for later use. Keeps the creativity alive and the juices flowing.

Tracy said...

Hi! Thanks so much for visiting me--and joining in my gift giveaway fun! So nice to meet you and find you wonderful creative space here in blogland. This textile painting is exciting--I love the metallic--such vibrancy, depth and even emotion it creates! Happy crafting! :o)

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

Beautiful weather for airing textiles- these are gorgeous! I bet you can't wait to leave for Colorado- when is departure day?

Pursuing Art... said...

Love each piece of fabric! Just stunning! Any hands on original work on fabric is so awesome! Keep filling that basket...the urge will come and they will be right there waiting for you!!! Happy Colorado!!! ;-)

girl_gone_thread_wild said...


I think I just swallowed my GUM!!!

These are stunning!

Love the path you are on girly!


Happy journeys!

I now oyu are on the road... so I'll just sit here and WISH I could see these in person while you are away.


xo, Monica :)

3rdEyeMuse said...

could you be any more amazing?!?

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