techniques and elements project

Art Quilts 8-10

Continuing to adhere to the project list — three more abstract notions in the form of mini art quilts:

8) broken record

“broken record”
masking, mica, monoprinting

Muslin
Cotton fabric
Felt batting
Mica splitting
Sheet music scraps
CD
Lumiere – pearl turquiose
Golden Fluid Acrylic – ultramarine blue
Golden Gel Medium (Matte)
Cotton embroidery thread – turquoise
Cotton thread – variegated
Glass sheet
Blue Painter’s Tape
Paint brush
Clay shaping tool
Water in a spray bottle

I taped the CD (folded the tape unto itself and put it under the CD) to the top of a glass sheet to create a mask. I spread out the paint on the sheet and placed the muslin on top of it to creat a monoprint. After carefully removing the fabric, I then removed the CD, painted it and laid it on top of the circular white spaces that the mask left on the muslin; cut out and glued the music scraps to the painted CD spaces using the matte medium as glue. Some water accidently spilled on the quilt top and made a tiny discoloration on the dark blue background so I decided to spray on a little more water. Hence the batik look of the background. The quilt top was placed onto the felt batting. I made holes in the mica using a very sharp, pointy clay tool to allow for stitching. I hand stitched the mica onto the quilt top and then carefully machine stitched the quilt top and batting to the cotton fabric backing.

Tips:  Mica is fragile. Be sure and use a light hand when working with it. It’s a great material for protecting delicate papers.

9) blowsy scraps

“blowsy scraps”
natural dyeing, over-dyeing, painting

Muslin
Painted canvas scraps
Cotton black and white fabric
Felt batting
505 Spray and Fix (fabric adhesive)
Burdock Root
Coffee grounds
Acrylic paint – yellow, black
Plastic container
Toothbrush
Foam brush
Polyester thread – copper
White vinegar
Water

I prepped the muslin for dyeing with vinegar and water, boiled the burdock root in water and drained it to get a deep rich coloring. I dipped the muslin and simmered it for over an hour. Well, the results were less than stellar. It was much too pale. No more burdock for me. I should have used blueberries or red cabbage. To reach some type of acceptable hue, I put the fabric back in the pot, added some coffee grounds and let it sit on a very low simmer for an hour. After rinsing, a nice soft beige was achieved. The over-dye job was more successful. I put some diluted yellow paint in a plastic container and scrunched the black and white fabric down in it. I made sure to leave a little of the original fabric undipped to show the contrast. I flicked some black dots on top of the already painted canvas scraps using a toothbrush, to meet the “painting” requirement on the list. Placed the pieces of over-dyed fabric with it’s 505 sprayed, haphazardly arranged canvas scraps on the muslin background. Added some free motion stitching and assembled the quilt.

Tips:  Use perseverance when dyeing with natural materials. It can be difficult to get a rich, vibrant coloring. Also, be scrap happy. Save small scraps. They come in handy for a myriad of projects.

10) floating lotus

“floating lotus”
painting fusible web, paint mediums, paintstiks

Muslin
Cotton fabric
Felt batting
Golden Fabric Medium
Golden Fluid Acrylic – phthalo blue (green shade)
Painstiks
Stencils – lotus, abstract design
Stencil brush
Fusible web
Lumiere – pewter
Polyester thread – copper
Piece of cut foam sponge

The fluid acrylic was mixed with a small dollop fabric paint medium then spread on top of the muslin leaving some of the fabric’s original white color visible. After it dried I stenciled on the lotus and abstract shapes using paintstiks a stencil brush. I had previously painted a scrap of fusible web and cut out some abstract shapes. The shapes were ironed onto the quilt top, the top was added to the felt and backing.

Tips:  Don’t let unusual color combos scare you. I discovered that I love the uniqueness of blues and dark brown together. Regarding fusible web, if you decide to iron on painted fusible, don’t leave the iron sitting on it too long. I did that and it darkened the paint and took away the original glittery look of the paint.

thoughts

Back To Business

Okay. So my home sale hiatus is officially over. No excuses. I have resumed creating–making bags and things, refreshing my soldering skills, etc. I also applied to a local show. I haven’t heard back from them but I’m hopeful that no news is good news.

Collage looks easy because it seems like a jumble of stuff put together randomly without rhyme or reason but making the various elements make sense is a process. It is a fun process though. Fabric collage is an especially good time for me because I get to dabble and play with all of that beautifully designed cloth with little fear of making a mistake. And if I feel I have made a mistake, it’s okay because fabric art is fixable using an old standby called “mixed-media.” A  little (or a lot) of gesso and some paint is all it takes to start anew. Thank goodness for paint.