Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Prompt #28 and Printing

The creative prompt number 28 is blue. First I did this it a raindrop? a teardrop or perhaps a drop of blue blood? you decide. Now if you happen to be a reader of Kathy's Quilts you will know that she is very fond of blueberries and that is what prompted this one. Click on Clara the Cow on my side bar to learn more about the creative prompts, come join in.

My most recent post showed several fabrics I had painted and plan to use for postcards, here they are after spending some time being run through my printer. Now they are ready to "embellish" with thread, more paint, inks and possibly even some beading.
In the past, whenever I put fabric through my printer I kinda held my breath and hoped for the best.
It is always so annoying to have a nicely prepared piece get jammed in the printer and even though I make sure that the fabric is thoroughly adhered to freezer paper it can still happen.
Over the last couple of days I have run more than 2 dozen sheets through the printer with each attempt being successful due to the following extra step.

Once I have pressed the fabric to freezer paper and cut it to size, I then zigzag stitch it to a piece of card stock. Just the bottom edge is all it takes and now there is no curling or separating which is usually the reason for a bad result.

Edit: I forgot to mention that you want to be absolutely sure you clip those threads tails completely off. You don't want any loose thread that can get pulled into your printer and do nasty things.

A friend is moving from her home that she has lived in for more than 50 years in which she raised 5 children. I send her postcards every now and then, I wanted to send a special one for this particular move.
I took a photo of her home, played in my Photoshop program and came up with this. I plan to send it to the new apartment and hope she will like it when it is complete.

Please go over to Quilt Hollow's site and read her 2 most recent posts. It involves Etsy and what you need to do to ensure that you keep your name should you ever decide to become an Etsy seller. She found out too late that someone else has taken her name, not actually using it, and tried to sell it to her (Etsy rules do not allow the selling of a name) She is urging you to register your name there. I have, even though I am not selling anything on Etsy at this time, this way I can be sure that in the event I wish to in the future, I will be able to keep the identity people associate with me and my work. It takes only a couple of minutes and cost nothing.


ooglebloops said...

I love seeing what you do each time with the prompts!! So creative!!!
I am going to that site to see about registering my name on etsy. Thanks!

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Sharon said...

Wow, love your doodles - as usual! And the printed fabrics are beautiful! I love the way your artwork looks on the hand-dyes.

Question: do you attach an entire piece of cardstock to your fabric, or just a piece on the leading edge? I need/want to do some printing, and I'm nervous about it. I've never done it with fabrics I've prepared myself.

The house for your friend is wonderful. What a great keepsake for her. Very thoughtful of you!

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Calamity Jain said...

Ditto what Sharon said! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration.

Jaye said...

Love your two latest prompt responses. The shape and style of the blueberries make them look real...with a twist. Thanks for participating!

SewCalGal said...

Just wanted to say that I enjoy reading your blog very much. You are very talented and have delightful insights to share.

Thanks for blogging.


Quilter Kathy said...

Very cool!
LOVE the blueberries! You are so creative!
I haven't used my printer nearly enough in my quilting and hope to change that in the future.

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