Showing posts with label mixed media quilt. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mixed media quilt. Show all posts

Mar 16, 2013

Nature...

... see it while you can.
... and here I am with the mixed media quilt. This was good because I learned something with this piece. I'm never using fabric paint again. It really made the edges start to curl and totally destroyed one of my favorite paint brushes. Who knew. After the show I want to fix it... get rid of the nasty fabric paint bits and quilt the sky area. The venue was so nice and met many nice and interesting people. All in all a good show.


And here's a brand new canvas for the next collage. Haven't put brush to canvas since Our Lady of the Desert. I'm thinking... egrets. I'm on a bird kick.


I've gotten about 2 in. of the hand dyed orange woven into the Mirrix piece. Love the way the orange came out actually. It's sort of mottled. I'm hoping that when it's done there will be more of a distinction between the lighter orange and the red-orange under it.


Found this on my desk at work this morning. A thank you mouse from one of the kids.

Feb 27, 2013

Art quilts and egrets

I was invited to be in a show this March; Nature: see it while you can and was asked to do a few pieces. So thinking about this, I immediately knew I wanted to do a quilt. Remember, I'm not a quilter or seamstress. But I had to do a quilt. I think quilts are one of the most soul felt ways a woman can communicate. And I think women have been trying to get their point across with quilts for hundreds of years. So I needed inspiration...hmmmm.... bulletin boards. Remember this guy? He is part of a bulletin board I did at work. I love egrets and especially how their white feathers contrast against dark skies. One of my favorite sites is to see a flock of these beautiful white birds against a dark stormy sky. So egret it was.

I wanted to combine my love of paper with sewing and bring them together somehow. Last week I experimented with tissue and rice paper on muslin cloth. You adhere paper to cloth with diluted matt medium. Then I did a little test sewing and it worked.

So I went for it. I mixed a little acrylic paint with the matt medium; priming the cloth and began to attach my papers to the quilt top with matt medium (undiluted).

Here's a close up of the fish. I have a gar and little sunfish.


And here is the finished quilt. The quilt top is 22x40". The egret is rice paper. I sewed the top to an upcycled quilt back. I didn't have time to do any actual quilting in the piece, but when I get it back I will add a bit to the sky. I feel way more confident with this now and my little sewing machine did great. I kept a quilt that my Aunt Mary made me right by my side the whole time and channeled her through the whole sewing process. She was a natural born seamstress and so I dedicate this quilt to her.