Monday, April 21, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
The second technique used three pieces of fabric to make gradations. Again using the same materials, we put the first in the bucket, added dye and pot ash. Added the second fabric, and more dye and pot ash and repeated this one more time. Each layer used a different amount of dye. Mine wasn't truly a gradation since I used both green and yellow, but I liked the result.
The third technique was similar to the second, except it was called Parfait Dyeing. This time you use a light color, second layer is a medium different color and lastly a dark different color. The three dyes mix somewhat together, but not completely. I chose a warm palette of brown, coral and yellow. I ended up with brownish red, coral, brown and gold and orange gold fabric.
Sharon suggested that we take notes about the formula, but since we didn't have the same dye base at home, this would be hard to duplicate. In any event we learned a lot and I would like to do this again. The PDF fabric yielded the best results since the white of the fabric, where where the dye wasn't activated by the pot ash remained sort of white and faded to color where the activator worked. It reminded me of tie-dyed fabric, but without the ties.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
I tried to take photos of some of my quilts last night. I had a horrible time! I read that you should always photograph your artwork on a black background. Use a tripod and good lights. I tried all of these ideas and still only had minor success. I am going to an expert next and will have someone else try to get good images of my quilts. I am including the photos that I took on this blog until I get better pictures.
I made this quilt when I was home on a "snow day" from school. I had been given a crazy quilt patch as a challenge in the Art Quilt Guild that I belong, and was supposed to finish the quilt. All I could think about was summer and how my cats love playing in my flower garden. They get under the leaves and play hide-and-seek and tag. My flowers sometimes really takes a beating! The crazy quilt patch was an antique patch made of old silks and chintz fabric. There was some embroidery on the patch. I cut the back off the patch to preserve some of the original stitching and begain a layering process. I added elements under the silks, on top of the silks and held everything together with a fine blue-gray tulle. I then embellished and quilted. It was very freeing and fun to make, even though it took me a while to get started. Note the Butterfly patch is really an antique cigar silk label that was given to me by my cousin. I added this under the yellow silk patch from the original patch.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
I will be adding photos soon and appreciate any comments and criticisms. I believe people learn by doing and I think I can grow personally and individually by learning from the work of others. I have titled my blog Artventures, because I think that life is a journey and the process of creating art is also part of that journey. Another reason for creating this blog is that I am encouraging the teachers in the school district where I work to use Blogs as a teaching tool. I hope the teachers learn by my example - and I hope to be able to support them in the educational process of Blogging.