Monday, February 28, 2011

acrylic transfer

The top photo is a transfer done with acrylic paint and a laser  copy.  I think it was quite successful.  Most of the toner transferred into the acrylic paint.
The bottom photo shows a magazine page transferred to cloth with irredescent medium.  Not quite so successful.  I do think that it still has possibilities though.  It is a good start and could be stitched into or...

Sunday, February 27, 2011

acrylic skin

I have tried to make an acrylic skin a number of times in the past.  I was never successful as I didn't have the right substrate.  Yesterday in a workshop at Sandra Spagnuolo's she provided a 6mm vapor barrier plastic.  It worked great.  The skin pealed off it in one whole piece.  It's possible that using a good quality acrylic paint on the first layer made that easier.  I used cheap acrylic paint for the last layers as you don't see them.  You just need them to build up thickness.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

February bead journal project

I honestly can't help but feel I should be doing more beading on my bead journal projects.   But I look at it and think maybe not.  I had thought that I would do some beading in the white space outside of the snowflake but that is where I intend to do some quilting when I put these all together.   It is a constant struggle for me. 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

tempera paint and hand carved stamp

I bought some tempera paint pucks  a few months ago and I really like using them in my journals.  The colors blend and mix so nicely.  They dry quickly and the colors are very vibrant.  Pretty great  and they are cheap too!

I also used a hand carved stamp on this page.  Since I have done some rearranging in my studio I have better access to my stamps.  I really would like to start using them more now that they are easier to get at.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

handmade paper

Paper is fun to make.  Definitely messy though.  The two sheets on the left have small bits of fabric included in the paper.  I love this idea.   It definitely increases the potential of what you can do with it. 

Friday, February 11, 2011

more string paper

This string paper I made using an embroidery hoop as the frame.  I will definitely have to make more of this!  There is a lot of potential to play with this stuff!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

string paper

This is the coolest stuff!  I can't wait to play with it.  I think I will try stitching with some of this string paper.

It was simple to make.  You wrap string, fibre, thread etc. around a picture frame without the glass.  You then dip your frame into the pulp.  The pulp sticks to the strings.  When it is dry you cut it off of the frame. 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

needle felting

 I noticed that facial cleansing pads are made from 100% cotton.  I love to experiment so I wondered if they  would needle felt.  I dyed one with some ink and then needle felted it to some white felt.  It worked really well.  The top picture is the view from the top of the felt.  The bottom picture is the view from the bottom of the felt.    Both work depending on what you want.  

Monday, February 7, 2011

dyed and painted paper towel

I adore color.  This vibrant color just makes me happy.  I can't wait to stitch into these!  Maybe I will import these pictures into Kaleidoscope Kreator too.  That could be interesting.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

stacks and stacks of gelatin prints

Printing on a gelatin plate is rather fun.  The feel of it is so great!  I spent three blissful hours print making yesterday at Sandra Spagnuolo's workshop.  Fun stuff!  Pictured above are some prints I made.   They are a good start for something.  They aren't really wonderful on their own.  I guess I can cut them up or stitch into them or....

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

collage with layers of paint

I did this collage last week at Sandra's studio.  Such fun!  The colors are much prettier in real life.  I think this piece has potential.  Actually, I have color copied it and have started stitching into the color copy.  I love when the ideas keep coming.