Monday, April 27, 2009

All Kinds of Stuff Going on.....

Been painting with inks and dyes in prep of some hand stitching projects for auction donations and gifts, etc. I like to use hand painted fabric for these types of projects if possible.

I am in love with cotton canvas (and this picture of Gizmo!) lately. I guess it's the texture - but it takes inks and dyes really well. At first I thought maybe not as it's so course - but it just sucks up the color - and keeps it vivid. This "brick" looking piece was using the glue gel resist and dyna-flows. I'm in the process of filling the bricks with seed stitches in matching colors.

This piece is Neocolors on muslin - a pretty big piece of muslin. I have several pieces coming out of this. Here's a "before" applying water and an "after" apply water.
Next I'm going to thread paint it with some metallic and rayon threads, and then cut it up. These pieces will be for some post cards and note cards for an auction "summer fun" theme basket at Sabrina's school.

Just a few pieces I painted in preparation of smaller projects. I finally got around to painting some cellophane and organic cotton batting with Lumiere. Can't wait to use these in something. Since I already had the painting "mess" out, I decided to paint up a few extra pieces of stuff for a special friend in Ohio who is experimenting with art collaging.

Finally, I've been meaning to try making some tyvek beads, so about two weeks ago I cut up some strips and melted them onto a skewer. (Carolyn has a wonderful tutorial on her blog if you'd like to get see the process and her beads are really, really pretty. )
I finally got around to painting them last week and sprayed them with varnish. After looking at Carolyn's tutorial, I decided to wrap some of them with metallic threads - I love that bit of detail. I think I'm going to do a huge batch of these and add painted detail and fibers to some of them. They make the coolest embellishments for art quilts. Some of my favorite quilt artists use tyvek beads in their work and you'd never know these are just little melted pieces of Priority Mail envelopes (don't tell my mailman!)

And finally, a few snapshots I took around the house yesterday morning - it was a gorgeous day and the sun was dancing around the trees and Gizmo and Tobie were dancing around the yard! I get up really early even on the weekends - and so enjoy sitting outside while it's quiet with the sun, the shadows, my coffee and my corgis.

Life is good!


Vicki W said...

What fun you have been having!

Cestandrea said...

Cathie, I love looking at your experiments, love the tyvek beads and discovered Carolynes blog, thanks so much for sharing the link.
And I love the picture of the corgies! And of your beautiful house, it's gorgeous and looks cozy

3rdEyeMuse said...

lie really IS good ... and you make it soooo much better!

love all the painting happening at your place - I love the before and after pics of the Neocolors on muslin - they'll definitely make happy spring post cards!

looks like you were treated to a beautiful weekend - you can actually see the pups smiling in that shot!


You've been busy!! All those lovely fabrics you've been painting and dyeing ... sure to come in handy for the perfect project. Sounds like you are having much better weather than us, it's sunny at the moment but we've just had 3 days of pouring rain and it's cold too! My, your yard is bigger than a football pitch, wow!!! Makes mine look like a pocket handkerchief!!

Thanks for linking my lil bead tutorial, I'm glad you liked it. I'm going to do part 2 later and show more beads with the threads. Yours look fine and I look forward to seeing what you do with all those beads and painted fabrics!!

Have a great time stitching, Carolyn xx

Coop said...

Hi, I really like your work and hope that this interests you and your readers. I would particularly like a piece of work from you because you could incorporate your stitching.

I am attempting to amass a large collection of portraits of Frankenstein's Monster in as many different styles and in as many different media as possible as an ongoing art project. The only stipulation is that the size is 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (standard artist trading card size) and that each card has name, date, title and anything else you care to add on the back.

I welcome cards from both amateur and professional artists.

I will be leaving blank cards with instructions and mailing address in galleries, colleges, art shops, on buses, handing them out in the street and wherever else I can think of.

If you think you can spare the time to produce a little something, please send a portrait to:

A Patchwork Of Flesh
45 Silversea Drive
Westcliff on Sea
United Kingdom

Each card I receive will be uploaded at to produce an on-line gallery, I then hope to put on an exhibition of these cards in a gallery.

Guzzisue said...

Hi, looks like you have been having fun! have the magazines turned up yet?

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

A little bit of this, a little bit of that...adds up to lots of fun and some cool fabric and projects. Really like your beads!

Mary said...

You've been busy! I like the bricks fabric you are painting. I like those colors. I can't wait to see what you do with all the projects you are working on. They all look fun.

katie jane said...

Tyvek Beads??? What next? These are so cool. I love, love, love your neocolors fabric. Those colors are so vivid, I'll bet you feel like a little girl in elementary art class again. Such fun. So weird to see my stuff there in your photo and now it's here in my house. Weird. Thanks so much. I can't wait to think of some way to use them. Thinky, thinky......

phyllis said...

What a neat and fun project. Wish I could participate in a class related to all of this somewhere. I love the beads too. I agree about getting up early some mornings when the rest of the world is quiet and enjoying the special elements of beauty and peace at that time of day!

Pursuing Art... said...

Oh, beautiful do painting and dying so well...totally gorgeous! We would all love to have a piece of your heart art, doll! I am totally envious of your Neocolors on muslin...absolutely stunning... and it totally turns my crank! I still would love your help there!

Oh, Gizmo...what a *LOVE BUG* and *TOBY* too!!! I miss my girls so much...and I so enjoy seeing your loves!!! We keep considering another *love* in our lives, but haven't committed ourselves to that yet!!! However, *yet* a big word with me!!! ;-)

Tyvek beads looks like great FUN and they are so beautiful too!!! I am *GOING* to have to have to try it!

Much love and heartfelt hugs to you...dear heart!...XOXO ~me

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