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.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Painting fabrics and "Crave"

This week's prompt is Crave, Jaye asks 'what do you crave'?
I crave inspiration and ideas so my response is a light bulb.
If you crave hot fudge sundaes or scrumptious chocolate cake, here is an excuse to indulge. The plastic containers that those treats come in can be useful items in your studio. Use the sundae containers when mixing fabric paint, snap the lid in place to store the excess. The cake containers make handy lidded bowls when inverted, they are just the right size to rinse a small amount of fabric or for soaking in Bubble Jet set solution.

I plan to print more of my prompt responses onto fabric destined to become postcards so I thought I'd create some interesting background pieces.

I began by covering my table with an inexpensive piece of 8 gauge vinyl, instead of actually painting, I pour the paint onto the work surface and then lay or drag the fabric in the paint.
I change and add colours as I go until I have something of interest.

I scrunch them up, toss coarse salt on top and leave them to dry. I really like the way the tone on tones act as a resist with the paint.

I think these will do nicely.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Postcard backs and this week's doodle

This week's creative prompt word is house. Here is my response.

How do you make your postcard backs? Up until now I have used cotton on which I have transferred text using various methods such as the use of T shirt transfer paper, printing directly onto the fabric as well as some photocopy transfer techniques. While these all get the job done they can be time consuming and at times, expensive methods. I like the backs to be neat, tidy and legible, something I don't always achieve when I do it by hand.
While attending this year's Grand National quilt show (all postcards), I noticed that several artist's were actually using some form of paper on the backs of their cards so I began playing with the idea of printing on card stock. It works great but since printer inks will run and bleed when they get wet you need to take it a step further cause you can't always count on the mail staying dry. You can do several things, one is to simply make your finished card it's own clear envelope............I cut the "zip" off a zip lock sandwich bag, it is the perfect size to slip the card into and tape closed after you have had the stamp hand canceled, I checked with the postal outlet and was told this was a quite acceptable way to post these. If you don't want to do that you can photocopy on card stock ( photocopies don't run) I checked with Staples to be sure this could be done at the self serve copiers and they assured me this was no problem. Using my computer I created the back you see here complete with my "signature" initials.
Two fit nicely on a standard 8.5"x 11" sheet, just think of the possibilities.

Doodles that I had previously printed were made into cards this week. I think most, if not all of my prompt doodles will become postcards.....might be some giveaways in the future.
I played with paints and inks on both the foot (journey) and bee (queen), I like this look much better than the colour pencil.
I love to do free motion stitching so the postcards make a great excuse to sit and play. A hot dry iron and some fusible web was used to secure the back of the card then I stitched as I would normally. Take care not to stitch too densely.

Thursday, August 6, 2009


Here are my doodles for the current word prompt magic.
I am officially caught up now that I have posted responses to all 25 word prompts to date. I had lots of ideas for magic but stopped with these two, a Magician's hat with magic wand
and of course who should be without a magic carpet?

Jaye has recently set up a flickr group here where you will soon be able to see every one's responses once they all have had time to join and add their photos to the pool.

I don't have any quilting to show at this time.
The quilt for my sister was a priority for me this summer and now that it is completed I am working on designs for several projects that I can not show just yet........besides I hear the beach calling

Monday, August 3, 2009

Creative Prompt "Remember" & print play

Creative prompt #24 was Remember and in response to it, I decided to doodle a diary. Too bad I can't find the key....might be some interesting stuff in there.

I also spent a little time transferring some of my previous doodles to fabric. Some were printed directly onto fabric while others were done using a photocopy transfer method involving the use of a solvent. Then as you can see I added a little colour to a few using coloured pencil and textile medium. I don't really care for the added colour all that much. ( I much prefer those black and white or grayscale images), however, I kinda like the way the exclamation mark looks.
I am planning on turning these all into postcards at some point but for now just testing a few ideas. Gotta make more play time and get out the paints and inks.

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