In the past week to so I've returned to a style of painting I first fell in love with back in the mid 1980s, silk painting. At first I found the paints but not the silks. Several years later I found both, so I bought some & tried it again for a while. But life got in the way so I set it aside again. In the past couple of weeks I've returned to the technique, and, being inspired by those master silk painters I found online, am determined to become good at it. Anyway, here are my latest attempts at painting on silk. I have enough supplies now to practice in efforts to get good at it so stay tuned, there will be more.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
My new passion is markers, what can one do with them, how are they made, what dyes, pigments are used in them, what can they be diluted with, if anything, etc. These two projects are done on muslin. They do, once dried & heat set, leave a stiffness to the fabric, similar to that if acrylic paints with textile medium mixed in, but not quite as stiff. I wouldn't use them to cover large areas since they dry out quickly, so store them on the side or with the point side you use down, some come in dual point, brush point with a finer point or a chisel tip on one end.& ,most can be blended or diluted with plain old rubbing alcohol. Use rubbing alcohol to get markers off your fingers too.
Markers can come in all types, I tend to use the higher end like Prismacolor or Copic markers but I also use Tulip brand fabric markers and Sharpie brand as well. These brands are dye based & dilutes with rubbing alcohol. They are supposed to be wash fast but i can't say as to the lightfast of any brands I've tried. Have fun with them, they can do more than you think.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
I finished the neon cat quilt top. It has borders of cat themed fabric with cat themed panels on the corners. It's 42"x48" & has yet to be quilted.
Also I sent in my first ever proposal for an article on fabric " painting" to a national quilting magazine. Just have to wait & see if they take me up on it. More on that when I find out.
Stay tuned, see what I come up with next!
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Here's an updated neon cat. It will be a quilted wall hanging when finished. It still needs borders but I have a plan for that already. The main panel is a one of a kind piece done entirely in markers. The markers I used are dye based that can be diluted or blended with simple rubbing alcohol. I'll post the finished piece once it's completely done. But please let me know what you think of it so far.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Here's another cat, done in markers on fabric. The fabric was sealed first with textile medium, allowed to dry, them markers were added, then blended with rubbing alcohol. The markers I used on this one are sharpie brand. Even though I they don't come in quite the range of colors as Copic brand, they are much more affordable. Stay tuned, there will be more. . . .