Monday, October 31, 2011

Printed silks


Without any sort of plan for what these would eventually become, I spent an afternoon scribbling, stamping, stenciling, and painting on some silk dupioni pieces.  Each panel is about 8 x 9 inches, so they'll most likely end up being used in a larger piece.  We'll see!

I painted in a variety of colors, but in only two main styles, both of which I'll show you below.


1. Gather your pens, stamps, stencils, paints, and fabric.  Prepare your work surface.




2. I used Koh-I-Noor Nexus Studio Pens to trace around my shapes.  I didn't worry about being neat, and I also didn't have to worry about the ink running once I added water media!




3. Add several thinned layers of acrylic paints over the ink shapes.  I finished with a bit of interference green which would help play up the shine of the silk. 




4. My final step was to stencil through the waste paper from those reinforcement circles you use on notebook paper. 


5. My second style of fabric was done in a similar fashion, but with scribbles, and was finished with gold interference paint. 


Copyright 2011 Cyndi Lavin. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

Koh-I-Noor Nexus Studio Pens  


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Saturday, October 29, 2011

More artsy links!


 

Grocery Bag Paper Turkey Card
Cherie makes a homemade Thanksgiving card out of an old grocery bag.

Mo(o)re Whimsies
Exciting Times and a Great Giveaway!  

Beading Arts
Polymer clay + greeting cards = a fun mixed media necklace!  

CreativeDreamer
June's starting a new tutorial... come join us in creating an art doll similar to the "Ode to Kate" doll!  

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Here's how to use 3D clay accents to make your decoupage projects pop.  



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Friday, October 28, 2011

Artsy blogging round-up!

 

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there are tutorials on how to needle felt a bat and a pumpkin with a cute mouse, an early recycled sweater Christmas tree designed with the new Sizzix die, a chance to win a copy of How to Draw Steampunk, how to build garden row covers, a reportage video and a recipe for a fast fruity skillet cake.

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Rather than stashing your mom's jewelry away to tarnish and gather dust, combine some of your favorite pieces into a M.O.M.s (Memories of Mom) necklace.

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
See how to make a secret window in a glitter decoupaged book with a Fiskars Everywere Punch.

Aileen's Musings
Hard to believe but Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Aileen is gearing up by offering you a freebie pumpkin biscotti recipe card and a pumpkin label for you to download and print for your own use.  

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi creates one special Christmas card using rubber stamps and paint.  

Cindy Gimbrone Beads
Cindy and her blue fingers review The Handbook of Metal Clay.  





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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Paper sculptures in Scotland



Have you read about the paper sculptures that are appearing around Edinburgh?  Very mysterious...and fantastic!



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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Recent publications: October



One Drawing A Day: A 6-Week Course Exploring Creativity with Illustration and Mixed Media by Veronica Lawlor

Mixed-Media Doll Making: Redefining the Doll with Upcycled Materials by Linda O'Brien and Opie O'Brien

Fabric Painting with Cindy Walter: A Beginner's Guide, 11 Techniques, From Colorwashes by Cindy Walter

Adventures in Design: Ultimate Visual Guide, 153 Spectacular Quilts, Activities & Exercises by Joen Wolfrom

New Creative Collage Techniques by Nita Leland

Colour in Art Quilts by Janet Twinn

Easy Batik Landscape Quilts by Patricia L. Brown

Jewish Threads: A Hand's-On Guide to Stitching Spiritual Intention into Jewish Fabric Crafts by Diana Drew and Robert Grayson

The Cloth Paper Scissors Book: Techniques and Inspiration for Creating Mixed-Media Art by Barbara Delaney

The Quilters Hall of Fame: 42 Masters Who Have Shaped Our Art by The Quilters Hall of Fame, Merikay Waldvogel, Rosalind Webster Perry and Marian Ann Montgomery

Paperwork: Peter Clark by Peter Clark



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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Quote of the week


An unbreakable toy is really useful for breaking other toys.



Image: Wikimedia Commons, DemonDeLuxe

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Painted fabric quilt - part five

 As Daylight Fades
3' x 2'

Here are the last few steps to finishing off the quilt.  The photo above shows the edges as even, but they aren't completely straight.  Where blocks of silk fabric stuck out unevenly on the edges, I allowed them to stay that way and cut the backing fabric to match. 



Pin the quilt top and batting to the backing fabric and cut it to match. 



Using one strand of embroidery floss, in one of the lighter colors (light blue), blanket stitch around the outside.  You can see in the photo above how I allowed the uneven blocks of fabric to stay that way. 




Pick some spots around the back of the quilt to add buttons for stability.  I stitched through all the layers, aiming to stitch around a seam on the front and adding the button to the back.  Stitching around the seam does two things: it helps to hide the extra stitch on the front, and it gives it a bit more strength rather than stitching through a single layer of delicate silk.  I usually add about 5 or 6 buttons for a quilt this size.

  




Part one
Part two
Part three
Part four
Part five


Copyright 2011 Cyndi Lavin. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

More artsy links!

 

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Rather than stashing your mom's jewelry away to tarnish and gather dust, combine some of your favorite pieces into a M.O.M.s (Memories of Mom) necklace. 

Finished Afghan
Cherie finishes her stained glass afghan.  

Beading Arts
Cyndi explains how to turn a cabochon into a simple bead embroidered pendant!  

Creative Dreamer
A Gnome... and a free pattern for him too!  

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Artsy blogging round-up!

 

Cindy Gimbrone Beads
Cindy reviews Craft Activism just in time for Make a Difference Day!

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a blanket stitched felted flower pattern and tutorial, a chance to win a copy of The Wine Lover's Devotional, some high fashion clothing details, and a recipe for an oven smoked roast.

Crafty Princess Diaries
The Crafty Princess takes a trip and talks a little about the benefits of attending functions away from home.  

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Got tea lights? Look at this darling mini birthday cake favor you can make with them. You’ll find directions for a coordinating birthday card as well. 

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
How to make a recycled wool sweater pumpkin with flower die cuts.

About Family Crafts
The current craft challenge is all about crafting with plastic bags. Submit your project and browse through the pumpkin projects submitted for the last craft challenge.  





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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Science and art (simple harmonic motion)



You already know that I love the interface between science and math and art.  Not that I am particularly knowledgeable about science or math, but I know some people who are!  Check out the Harvard Natural Sciences Demonstrations, starting with this beauty that demos pendulum waves!  




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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Book review: Masters - Art Quilts vol 2



This is the best inspirational book that I've read in a long long time.

There, I said it!  I am so blessed to get to see many many mixed media art books as they are published, and all of them have something to recommend them.  There are always new techniques to learn, new materials to try, new artists to be inspired by.  But it's been forever since there was a book that took my breath away as much as this one.

Masters: Art Quilts vol 2 is just stuffed full of gorgeous images.  Even if that's all it was, I would still want it.  But there's so much more.  Each featured artist, and there are 40 of them, talks about his or her creative process, training, inspirations, materials, specially developed techniques, and vision for future work.  You won't want to dash through this volume too quickly, but rather savor it over several evenings, preferably with a cuppa tea or a glass of wine.

There are only a few of the artists who are featured that I even had heard of.  Maybe I'd know more of them if I traveled more in art quilting circles...in fact I'm sure I would, because they are all just amazing.  From ethereal abstracts to photographically real images, every style you can imagine is represented, and represented very well.  I do not think you'll be disappointed with this beautiful book if you chose to give it a home on your coffee table for awhile!  This is a Lark Publication, so be prepared to be dazzled by the color reproductions of the quilts.




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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Quote of the week

 Indecision is the key to flexibility.



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Monday, October 17, 2011

Painted fabric quilt - part four



Last week, I showed you the process of piecing my painted silk quilt.  My next step was to add paint embellishments to the surface; this included adding interference paint with a dry brush around some leaves up near the top of the quilt, and adding a very light application of copper foil to some of the lower (and darker) pieces of fabric.  



As soon as all top-stitching and embellishing was complete, it was time to square the quilt off a bit and pin the edges.  I decided not to cut all the fabrics exactly even with each other, but rather to allow the outer edge to be just a bit ragged.



I added a backing fabric, re-pinning the edges.  This backing is the only commercial fabric in the entire piece, and next I clipped the batting and backing even with the top.  




 Here's what the backing fabric looks like.  You can see that most of the edges have now been stitched with a single strand of light-colored embroidery floss, using the same blanket stitch as I used for the piecing. 

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Part three
Part four
Part five
Copyright 2011 Cyndi Lavin. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

More artsy links!

 

Creative Dreamer
June's making Christmas trees now...

Beading Arts
A bit of silver leaf, a bit of acrylic paint, and some polymer clay...beautiful results!  

Stained Glass Afghan
Cherie makes a multi-colored afghan for her house.  

Halloween Party Recipe- Guacamole Ghouls
Linette's Spooky Guacamole Ghouls are finalists in the Spookamlole recipe contest, check them out and then go vote for your favorite recipe.  

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Got tea lights? Look at this darling mini birthday cake favor you can make with them. You'll find directions for a coordinating birthday card as well.  



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Friday, October 14, 2011

Artsy blogging round-up!


 

About Family Crafts
Looking for a fun Halloween gift for your neighbors? Check out these fun ideas that will have you ringing the door bell and running!

Aileen's Musings
Aileen shares a couple of holiday Artist Trading Block's she created for a swap. Don't know what an ATB is stop by and check them out.  

Carmi's Art/Life World
A sweet pop out card featuring a rubber stamp launch from the Crafter's Companion is this weeks special post.

Craft Buds
Pick up some free Halloween printables at Craft Buds, including subway art and a cut-and-assemble Halloween banner for your mantle. While you're there, you can look for the easy fabric pumpkins tutorial, and get your home ready for fall!    

Craftside- A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a chance to win a copy of the book The Art of Vintage Journaling and Collage with a tutorial on how to make a rock collage paperweight, a link to enter to win 12 design books along with quotes and eye-candy from Quilt Hall of Fame inductee Nancy Crow and the book Design Matters.

Crafty Princess Diaries
Tammy shows the results of doubling up on yarn to make a loom hat using school colors.  

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Here's a quick and easy tutorial for making vintage-look bottle vases.  

Lindsay Sews
Modern quilters unite to host the 12 Days of Christmas Sample Quilt Along. Each block will be different, and with only two blocks per week for 6 weeks, it's easy to join in! Get your fabric ready, because it kicks off in two weeks.

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
Free crochet tiny ghost pattern.  

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

How to achieve a tissue paper look with card stock



Reader question:
Hi, I'm very new to this and I've been trying to find a method to get tissue paper to look like the purple in the bottom right of your Seasons Change collage (shown above).


It is very beautiful and would like to make a piece for my home, but I can't figure out how to do it like that. I've read through your background techniques and they look somewhat similar, just wondering if you would share how you did the purple in that collage.

Thanks so much,
Dave

My answer:

Hi Dave,
That paper was actually a piece of card stock that had cheap coloring that bled.  I got it wet, let it puddle and run, and ironed it back flat after it dried.  I see what you mean...it does look like tissue paper, but the only trick here was cheap cheap cheap card stock!  I scanned the collage and added the words digitally, so the final result is a mixture of physical and digital work.

Thanks for visiting!

Best ~
Cyndi

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Quote of the week


 Someday we'll look back on all this and plow into a parked car.




Image: Wikimedia Commons, Ildar Sagdejev

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Painted fabric quilt - part three


After I finalized the placement of all the fabrics, I began to pin them down.  I used all raw edges in this quilt.  



Starting with the top-most pieces of fabric, I stitched each down through all lower layers of silk and also through the cotton batting of the middle layer.  I used a single strand of embroidery floss, either cotton or silk depending upon the color, and added a blanket stitch all around the outside of each piece.  The silk in the photo above was heavily salted as it dried in the sun to get that effect.  



This is one of my favorite pieces from the painting session.  I sunprinted the fabric using some of our ferns.  I liked the results so much that this is the piece that became the focal point of the quilt once it was torn down to size.  


The dark turquoise piece above and the dark pink below are two of the fabrics that I painted to fill in what was missing.  The turquoise fabric was sunprinted with round aquarium glass pieces to get the bubble look.  The dark pink piece is another example of heavy salting with kosher salt while the piece dried in the sun.
 

Next week, we continue!

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Part three
Part four
Part five 

Copyright 2011 Cyndi Lavin. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

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Saturday, October 08, 2011

More artsy links!

 

Glass Garden Sculpture Redux
Cherie remakes a broken glass sculpture.

Beading Arts
Cyndi really enjoyed making her challenge piece for Michelle Mach's "Very Vintage Challenge"! 


CreativeDreamer
Remember the Halloween cupcake stand? June's giving it away to one lucky follower!

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Here's a quick and easy tutorial for making vintage-look bottle vases.  



 

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Friday, October 07, 2011

Artsy blogging round-up!

 

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
How to make a recycled plastic milk jug Halloween skeleton.

Aileen's Musings
This week Aileen shows you how to make a frightful Halloween mail art tin.  

Craftside- A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a crochet cone flower granny square pattern, how to make a mood board and chance to win a copy of the book One Drawing a Day that it's from and a recipe for slow cooker vegan pizza.
 
Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Did you know that you can recycle greeting cards into cute little gift boxes?  



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Thursday, October 06, 2011

Fairy wings for Halloween



Even though I'm too old to play dress up, I'm going to be a fairy (probably a bad fairy) for Halloween this year.

My daughter Dani's newest venture is to make and sell fairy wings.  She is best known for her articulated angel wings, and has in fact sold many pairs, including one that was used in a music video!

These new wings are just beautiful - far more colorful and iridescent than photos can show, and they are also translucent.  The set that I got from her are very similar to the ones she's wearing in these photos.  If you know anyone who wants to be a very realistic fairy for Halloween, you can send them to TruWings on etsy.  These are not your typical "stretch a pair of stockings over a wire frame" wings!





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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Blog hop fall challenge


This is my second time doing Michelle Mach's blog hop challenge, and you seriously need to go visit her blog and subscribe so that you don't miss out on the next adventure...you just never know what all is going to be in your package!  To see the story behind what I made this time, visit the full post on Beading Arts!



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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Monday, October 03, 2011

Painted fabric quilt - part two


Last week, I showed you a rack full of silk fabrics that I had painted with various surface treatments.  My next step was to iron them to fully set the paints and then begin laying them out into the approximate color progression and design that I wanted.  This actually took quite a bit longer than I first thought it would, and when I was "finished", I realized that I wanted the exact opposite orientation than I'd been fooling with.


I used a piece of very thick felt as a work surface.  On top of that, I laid out a single thickness of natural cotton batting, which is my preferred quilt middle layer.  The felt is a great surface to work on: it's thick enough to just stick pins into to try out various designs, and it can be rolled up loosely with the work inside to move it.  When I begin pinning fabrics down to the batting, the pins almost never slip into the felt layer by mistake.  


Once I knew which orientation I wanted, I began to tear the fabrics and put them more-or-less in place.  I tore most of them a bit wider than necessary so that there would be enough overlap.  The silks are thin and somewhat translucent, so overlaps created a nice shaded layering that isn't completely apparent in my photos, but which can be seen in real life quite easily. 

One thing that became very clear as I worked was that there were several pieces of fabric "missing" from the mix.  Back to painting to fill in the gaps!  

Next week, piecing the top.

Part one
Part two
Part three
Part four
Part five 

Copyright 2011 Cyndi Lavin. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

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Saturday, October 01, 2011

More artsy links!



Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Did you know that you can recycle greeting cards into cute little gift boxes?

Packer Mixed Media Page
Cherie takes photos and other bits to help finish her Packer scrapbook.  

Beading Arts
Cyndi has a really fun giveaway book with great projects for fall weekends!  

Creative Dreamer
June's made a Halloween cupcake stand, come see!  




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