Monday, 3 July 2006

This was one of those pieces ........

I had a brainwave the other day (dangerous). I had just drooled over my first sun print using the Setacolor Soleil fabric paint and thought what if! What if I painted a hand dyed piece and sun printed that? I was thinking the dyed colour would come through rather than white fabric. I had a piece of turquoise hand dye from my current experiments and decided to paint it with the Soleil paint. I laid out the fabric and started painting it using a foam "brush". I couldn't understand why I was using so much paint this time around. I carried on regardless. I laid it out in the sun with some conifer branches (little pieces) and a random set of three little buds from the tree as well for good measure(that's the little dots you can see in the picture). Then I re-read the instructions!!! I should have dampened the fabric first before I painted - did that the last time - forgot this time! Anyway as you can see the print is a little light and not quite what I expected. Not as a result of the paint but due to the fact that the little pieces of tree were not lying as flat on the fabric as they should have been. I knew that would happen really I was just anxious to get this done. Yesterday I had another brain wave to rescue this piece.

I had a fern stamp and stamped first of all using green fabric paint. It needed something else and so I re-stamped this time using Xpandaprint. I heated the Xpandaprint with the heat gun and left it all to dry overnight. I had a look this morning to see if it was indeed as nice as I thought it was yesterday - yes it looks quite good (if I say so myself).

Oh my! I saw a picture of my RR fabric that Carol in Wales has added too - it's gorgeous, I love it. I couldn't believe she had put butterflies and dragonflies on it. I looooooove butterflies - how did she know?
I am going to get all my chores, shopping etc done as quickly as possible today in order to get back in my studio. I want to try acrylics on fabric - never done that before! I lso better get a little more organised that I was yesterday as far as dinner is concerned - DH cooked last night I was so engrossed in my studio and didn't realise the time!!!

2 comments:

Carol said...

Love all the experiments you have been doing lately, makes me want to lock myself in my workroom and play for a week.

Carol said...

Hi Carol,

Then you should do just that! I am just having fun since I am free from teaching until late September. I have online classes starting in July at QU but at least I don't have to pack and go anywhere.

You have my permission to PLAY!