Monday, May 2, 2016

Filling the well

I'm sure that each of you out there have at one time or another run into a void of inspiration, or just plain silence from your muse.  That's when it's time to consider "filling the well" as I call it.

Until recently it seemed inspiration and creativity had taken a holiday.  No amount of fabric fondling, picture taking, magazine perusing was helping.   I couldn't stand it so decided to wander the internet to see if something out there would help.  I came across several suggestions relating to sketchbooks.  Ah yes, but where does one start and what should I put into a sketchbook.  This is where Dionne Swift's online class "Developing Sketchbooks" came to the rescue.  She told us it was time to play. area set up

Next, play with paint, stencils, sponges, charcoal, whatever.

There were more pages, but those are just a few that I'm sharing here.  Next using the theme of "circles" we were to mark our painted pages guessed it.....circles!  WHAT??!! mess up my colorful pages?  What the heck....just do it!!!!

 Say these aren't looking too bad.  What do you think?  Oh...that gives me an idea....(look out creativity rut, I've got my groove back!)

Let's see what Dirty Footprints Studio has to offer in their 21 Secrets.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Splendidly working on SSSA

Yup that's right!  I've joined in on the Splendid Sampler Sew Along hosted by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson.  You may have noticed the sidebar link.

Here are the ones I've completed so far.  All those tiny pieces have been challenging (blocks are 6 inches finished), but what a way to use up small bits.  As you can see, I'm sticking to a black, white and yellow colour palette.

I've completed blocks 10, 11 and 12 but they are not pictured.  Block 13 was just shown on Sunday and is in the construction stage.  I'll end up having quite a collection when this sew along ends in March 2017. You can check out the Facebook page here to see what others are doing.

Till the next time, may your creative ideas see fruition.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Leaves, leaves, and more leaves

Who knew that you could get the image of a leaf onto fabric without a lot of dye.  A while ago I attended a workshop at Sorrento Centre here in British Columbia lead by Catherine Nicolls.  Using a variety of inks, paints, stamps and pigma pens, we marked up our fabric and ended up with some wonderful renditions of leaves.  Here are some of my results.

I'm now charged with the task of turning the printed fabric into a "practical" item.  Homework for our next gathering this October.  Hmmm, gotta think on that.

We also experimented with eco-printing.  We used silk blend scarves, eucalyptus, amaranth, and maple leaves.  First we soaked the scarves in a mixture of water and vinegar (sorry can't remember the ratio), laid the scarves out and placed the leaves along one half of the length of the scarf.
 Then we folded the scarf in half lengthwise, rolled it round a skewer and added it to a pot along with an old railroad spike.  See...
Next some onion skins were added for good measure...

Water added and set to boil overnight.  We kept going out to see what was happening if anything.

After getting them out of the pot, this is what they looked like before unwrapping.

 And then it came time to unwrap.  Here is half of mine.  You can see that the portion of the scarf that was most exposed is darker and shows the resist of the wrapping tape.

Here is a closer look.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting.  I'm off to see if my creative muse will talk to me today.