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Friday, March 25, 2011

Painting on Fabric Tutorial, Part 2

Back to one of my favorite things to do...yep, you guessed it...painting on fabric...you're so smart!
Click here for Part 1. Last time we started with wet fabric. This time we keep it dry. It gives a different look. I have not washed my fabric and it does bead up, but I want to have this effect. It doesn't soak into the fabric and takes on the texture of the canvas (cotton duck) that I'm using.

First off, you must cover your workspace! I work on my ironing board and cut open a plastic garbage bag to protect the pad. Pull out your paints, tear or cut fabric to your desired size. I'm making these into a fabric book, so my pages are the size I will use for that.


Pour your paint out on a palette. Don't have a palette? Use a stack of scrap paper that is destined for the garbage...when you're done, just throw it out. Or save the foam fruit trays from the grocery store. All you need to do is rinse them off and they're good to go. I personally wouldn't use ones that had raw meat on it, but if you wash it well...it's not like you'll be eating off it...right?
Let's pick out a few tools. What do you have lying around? I've got a few things to try...

Let's start off with the foam brayer. Load it up good with the paint and lightly roll it over the fabric. It gives a nice, light color. Load it up again with more if you want a darker look.
The rubber brayer is a perfect fit in the foam tray. Let's see how this looks on fabric.
And while we're at it, let's add some paint with a sea sponge. I'm starting with a dry sponge. We're just experimenting, so if I don't like it I'm not committed. But, we're going to be adding more layers after this.
And how about a mesh produce bag?
This is what it looks like at this point. Nothing necessarily to write home about, but this is all about layers. Let this dry and then we can add more layers later. Remember to let each paint color dry before continuing on or you'll get muddy colors.
Not sure which colors to add? Pull out a color wheel or look at one online. I started with greens so what color is a good one to add? Look at what color is opposite of green on the color wheel? Violet or red, depending which type of green you use. Add a bit of that complementary color and you've always got a good look.
Here's a different look.... If you scrunch up the cloth then lightly rub it with a paint-loaded sponge, you can get paint only on the "mountain" ridges.

Use a regular paintbrush. You can use cheap ones. Just swirl the paint. It's really fun!
Another tool that is readily available is a regular pencil eraser. Dip it into the paint and tap it off a bit. Makes good circles.
Break out your foam stamps. If they don't stamp as dark as you want, paint in the shape.
Who knows what this will turn out to be?? Kinda looks like a Chinese dragon...Until next time...enjoy!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Fabric Sun & Surf Tote

I'm totally taking advantage of my local quilt store where I purchased my Bernina aurora 450...re-learning to sew and I love it! I started with a "Take 5" quilt class for beginners. Man, am I ever a beginner! I can barely sew a straight line. Seriously!! With the Mixed Media stuff I do, you don't need straight lines and perfectly cut pieces...but with a quilt...yeah! Last week we sewed our blocks and this week we stitch them all together.... I'll definitely post a photo when it's done.

I made this Sun & Surf Tote at Thursday's class. Love the batik fabrics I chose! It looks like a bathing suit I have.

It has big front and back pockets...a layered button

Love the addition of the large grommets


I must encourage you to check out your local quilt shop/fabric store for classes they offer. The owner of my quilt store, Melody, is an accomplished (and award-winning) garment seamstress and quilter. Her husband Steve works at the shop in management but also with machine maintenance. Then there's Cheryl who helps teach classes...I know there are more employees and teachers, but I don't know them all yet.

My purpose in mentioning this is that during the classes I have attended, I get help on threads, tension, fabrics, rotary cutting, tools, presser feet....There is so much knowledge available for you if you only ask. Who cares if you don't like the class project!? Give it away as a gift, but come learn the techniques and principles. That's how you get better!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Collaborative Fabric Book



This is my page for a collaborative fabric book...finally done! YIPPEE!! There are twelve of us from the Trading Fabric Post Cards swap group in this collaborative effort. Each of us creates a 6" x 6.5" fabric page about a month of the year. My month, obviously, is March. The extra 1/2" on the left of the fabric is for the binding of your choice.

  • The base is made of cotton duck.
  • I've sprayed the green and blue using Glimmer Mists. By using a regular piece of copy paper as a mask you can get a clean line at the "horizon".
  • Next up was stamping with StazOn by Tsukineko with a stamp.
  • I also stamped with my fave, bubble wrap using acrylic paints.
  • I made that ruffly goodness with white lace and satiny ribbon on the right hand edge.
  • My wonderful new Bernina 450 helped me out with the alpha and little floral embroidery stitch.
  • I used Bubble Jet Set 2000 on cotton cloth to produce the printable fabric. Love that stuff!!
  • The acrylic butterfly was colored with Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks by Ranger. Love that guy!
  • A little hand beading for the center of the butterfly...and the flight "trail" of thread.
  • Sandwich a bit of stabilizer in between the finished piece and backing fabric.

I love it! I'm ready to send this baby off to my friends. Can't wait to receive the other eleven months/pages in the mail!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

March is National Craft Month!


March is National Craft Month! Come celebrate with us at My Creative Classroom.

This year if you purchase a class in March (it does not need to start in March) you will earn a free seat in an upcoming class. Purchase more than one class and you will be able to earn more free seats, with the max of four free seats. The seats you can earn are in predetermined classes, but we worked hard to choose classes that would have broad appeal, all are valued at $25 or more.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Free class at My Creative Classroom

Did you know that we offer a FREE class at My Creative Classroom? Yep, we sure do. And take a guess who has prepared the topic for this month? Yes, that would be me! I've got a TON of info and tips for you on one of my most favorite subjects...adhesives. Believe it or not!

So you want to join in on the free class? Click this link to enter the FREE classroom, Everyday Moodlings. You must be a registered user of MCC to enroll in the free class, but all you need to do is create an account and come join us!

"See" you there ;-)