Showing posts with label inking on fabric. Show all posts
Showing posts with label inking on fabric. Show all posts

Apr 8, 2014

April stuff

In the studio...

My manatee pal is getting some lovely water plants added to his new habitat.

And Mr. Gator is "chomping" at the bit to come to life.

The studio rug is coming along slowly, but I do like the way the colors are behaving.

And did you know that Royal Poinciana seed pods make a nifty stamp?

On the bookshelf...
I just started reading The Blazing World. So far I am liking it.

In the garden...

Lovely little tomatoes...

and the loofah plant is taking over the patio railing. This plant is a survivor just like me and Reba!

Aug 21, 2013

Painted buntings and art block

I am working on a new project which I cannot talk about as it is a surprise. I'll just say that I am working with textiles and colors I don't usually work with, so I'm stepping outside my comfort zone and boy did I need to do that. I have been in a very bad artistic rut lately. As I mentioned in a previous post, I got really bummed out over not being paid for some of my work and I have been having a real hard time pulling myself out of this anger and self doubt place in which I found myself. Ok, I will stop whining about this now ... really I will. I just get angry because I feel like this has happened to me a few times in my life and it just seems to be the old "you're just a woman, why should you get paid for your time", stuff.

Anyway, I sat down to this new project this morning and the ideas started coming so fast, I had to jot them down and do sketches etc. It felt wonderful!

As part of this double secret probation project, I'm testing some different stamp inks on fabric. This has been done already on the Craft Test Dummies site, which was a pretty comprehensive test. Joann's didn't have VersaCraft so I'm trying VersaMagic, one of their products I'm assuming. Another ink that looks popular is Ranger, which was not in their study. I inked and heat set this morning so will wash and report back.

On the inkle, I have abandoned the dancing warrior. The floats were horrendous long and I was having a hard time translating the Peruvian warp draft to the Bolivian. So I went back to a known Peruvian draft and modified it to the width that I already had on the loom. 

In the garden:
This morning we saw this colorful little fellow
You are probably saying ... uh what am I supposed to be looking at. Well, it's a painted bunting. See his little blue-green head and salmony-orange chest? No? Well, here...
Now do you see him? I have never in my 40+ years in South Florida ever seen a bird like this. But there he was, chowing down on the sorghum seeds out back. Which gave me the idea to maybe plant some wild bird seed out back. 

And speaking of chowing down... here's one of our baby caterpillars eating his little weight in milk weed. I guess the leaf under him is the Caterpillar Rest Room

Here's the results of all that yummy milkweed

Here's the sweet potato I planted just a short week and a half ago. So it's good to clean out the veggie draw in your fridge once in a while.