Saturday, May 16, 2015

And The Winner Is...

Nancy A.

" Wow! What great screens! I think my favorite is Thermofax Screen Gauze Screen, 
but it was really hard to choose. I loved them all! "
Nancy, I will be emailing you to get the info we need to mail the goodies (from me the gauze screen) to you!


Friday, May 8, 2015

Thermofax 101 DVD With Lyric Kinard

I had the pleasure of reviewing Lyric's DVD on beading (which is spectacular) and now I get to review her new one on Thermofax Screen Printing!

I've been using a thermofax for many years now and selling them for the past 7 or so years.
I learned a couple of really good tips from Lyric on this DVD.

I often point my customers and friends towards online tutorials for more in depth instructions. Since Lyric has made an entire DVD full of great tips, I can happily point them in her direction.

She starts at the very beginning of what a Thermofax screen is and leads you all the way through to designing your own patterns or art cloth.

You can use the screens for so many purposes - art quilting, creating one of a kind clothing, totes and bags, ceramics and pottery, plaster, paper, art journal and the list goes on.

Lyric also covers the in's and out's of fabric paint and the other mediums you can use instead of paint on your screens.

Every single thing you need to know to be successful with Thermofax screen printing is on this DVD.

There is 65 minutes of solid instruction from this fun loving fabric artist.

1. What's a Thermofax: how it's made
2. Creating Imagery: finding and creating designs
3. Printing Techniques: how to use your screens
4. Designing Cloth: layering imagery

I promise that you will absolutely love this DVD.
Lyric's voice has such a calming effect on the listener - no wonder she is a "Teacher of the Year".
She makes the material so easy to understand and digest.

One thing I would add is this tip about taping a screen before you print with it (done to secure the edges as well as stabilize the screen).
A lot of people use duct tape - which some say has to cure (you're supposed to cure it?).
Some use strapping tape but I also use regular Painter's Tape (the blue kind). It holds up great even in the water (when rinsing the screen).

Lyric is generously offering to give a DVD away to a reader from each reviewer's blog. This includes international readers!

To be eligible for the DVD giveaway, hop over to my Etsy shop and choose your favorite image.
Then leave a comment on this post with that answer.

The winner will get their favorite screen as well as the DVD!
You will be able to start screen printing immediately.

I'll let the random number generator pick the winning post on May 16 - after all of the blog hopping has finished.

PLEASE be sure to leave an email address if you do not have a blogger profile that lists yours.
I'll need a way to get in touch with you when you win.

Thanks to you readers for reading, and to Lyric for letting me review the DVD.

The following is a list of reviewers.
Read daily to increase your chances of winning!

I'm not sure if the previous reviewers have chosen their winners yet, so check them out as well.

April 24 Cheryl Rezendez
April 25  Leslie Tucker Jenison
April 28  Sue Bleiweiss
April 30  Judy Gula
May 1  Sue & Elizabeth Gibson 
May 2  Judy Coates Perez
May 4  Linda Stokes
May 6  Jane Davila
May 6 Melanie Testa
May 7  Liz Kettle
May 8  Carol Sloan
May 9  Kathy York 
May 13  Jamie Fingal 
May 14  Deborah Boschert  
May 15  Sarah Ann Smith

There are several people that sell Thermofax screens on Etsy (as well as their own websites).
Perhaps if you can't find what you like in one shop, another one will have exactly what you want.

Don't forget that you can create your own design out of a drawing, photo or copyright free image and get someone to make the screen for you (I do this in my shop as well).

There are tons of options when it comes to printing with Thermofax screens and they are all FUN!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Drawing From Nature

I turned my attention to items that were close at hand, and favorites of mine - sticks and flowers.

Sketchbook page-
Tulip Poplar flower, Oak twig end,
eastern Red Cedar branchlet (top left)

close-up of twig

female eastern Red Cedar

female eastern cedar with berries (technically cones with fleshy scales)

I liked the tulip poplar flower so I pulled it into Illustrator and tried a few color combos.

I am a complete newbie to digital painting or coloring.
But I can see the addiction of it...

Saturday, May 2, 2015

More Pen and Paper

When I want to draw but don't know what I want to draw, I usually turn to some sort of Dover book or the like for ideas.

I found an image that I liked well enough to spend time on.

Mesopotamia hittite image

I downloaded a couple of pages from Dover Pictura and got to work with a light pencil sketch.

Then I covered this sketch with  a pen tracing.
You can still see a tiny bit of the pencil shading that I did on it.

I went back in and pulled out the shading so I would have a better idea for placement of the contrast shading.

This scan has been darkened to show details.

Then the details with a pen.

I really liked using tiny circles for shadowing.

I seem to do better with that instead of crosshatching.

 To each her own, right?

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Pen and Paper

The longer I go without blogging, the more difficult it is to start again.

Much has happened since my last post - some good, some bad, some I am indifferent to.

I do have a really fun post coming up - introducing Lyric Kinard's new Thermofax CD!
I can't wait for the blog hop and giveaway, so stay tuned for that.

I'll include a few images from random artwork I have been creating.

A lot of percolating, a lot of time spent thinking about what I want to do next.

I'll be honest here and say that I am not too sure that I want to keep going in the direction I was heading in.
Seems like everyone wants the same thing.

I want to lead a path that is truer to what I really feel led to do, instead of being lead by the motion of others.

While I have been thinking about those things, I've been drawing, a little hand stitching and writing.

I churned out a few pages of brightly colored abstract doodles.

Obviously I am orbiting around circles...

 I (evidently) lost interest in these since two of them are not finished...

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sometimes You Need a Little Help From Your Friends (and Strangers)

I am going to take a break, of sorts, from non-posting about art/creative type things to posting about a different type of oxygen or much needed thing.

It's about friends. And the things they need.

My good friend, Jill Berry, needs your support.
Now, right now.

Go to her blog (via the post above) and read her story.
She can tell you much better than I can relate it to you.

She is in a perfect storm of medical emergencies.

Say a prayer, light a candle or however you ask for help that is beyond and above you, then please do that.

Now, back to the regularly scheduled break.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Fiberart For A Cause Fundraiser

Virginia Spiegel is at it again!

Special thanks to Jeanelle McCall for designing the beautiful logos!

I am honored to be an invited artist for "The 100" to be held on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 (that's tomorrow!).
The goal for this fiber fundraiser for the American Cancer Society is to raise $10,000 in one day. What a noble undertaking!


I'm sure you will want to be one of the very exclusive 100 patrons who will be randomly assigned artwork from an extraordinary line-up of international fiber artists.

Fiberart For A Cause has already raised $240,000 through the generosity of fiber artists and patrons.

I have lost so many family members and close friends to cancer.
It is a devastating disease and the only chance we have to destroy it is through research.

This is a fantastic way to procure beautiful artwork for your home AND donate money to a worthy cause!

I'll be contributing one of my textured, stitched and rusted small works.
All framed and ready to grace your walls.

Layers of natural dyed fibers with teeny tiny stitches.
I used all kinds of different fabrics/fibers.

Machine free motion stitching motif on top of the
hand stitching on top of the rust and natural dyed fibers.

The fiber art is framed in a shadow box to avoid
smooshing the textural effects.

The frames is deep enough that you can sit it on a shelf
rather than hanging it on the wall.
Won't you join the fight against cancer and grab a piece of artwork at the same time?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Speed of Life

And it is so fast, isn't it?

I am happy to report that I am still alive and kicking, er, drawing, that is.

I have been working in my Etsy shop today, adding new thermofax screens for your printing pleasure.

I am adding a new perk to the shop this go round.
I will be offering at least three different sizes for each individual image. You can pick and choose which size suits your needs!
And, as always, I continue to offer custom sizes as well.

Have a peek at a couple of new designs I added.
Then run over to the shop to see the remainder.

This is a scan of a doily that I made years (and years) ago.
It makes a wonderful print!

Thank you for hanging around, waiting to see if I would re-emerge.
A girl just needs a bit of time to pursue other interests now and then, doesn't she?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Pursuit of Color

I mentioned that I was consciously trying to use more color in my art making.
I am your basic neutral color gal - white is a wonderful color- as is cream, gray and black.
And rust.
Love the color that rust gives up.

I talked about the colorful monoprints that I made in this post.

Here is another colorful  monoprint posting.

I love to see artists use bold color and I almost envy their command of it.
But I have never really used a lot in my own artwork.
So I have set out to do a few small pieces doing just that.

Here's the beginning of the first one.

lovely sheers atop handpainted cottons

vintage purple sheer (not a lace or a sheer open fabric.
I guess.

thermofax print

running stitch over screen print with reverse applique


More color to come!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Summer Work

I'll continue showing images of what I have been doing in my absence.

You saw some of the drawing that I did. But there is more.

I drew the following images and tweaked them in PSE (Photoshop Elements) (making the lines fatter and more graphic).

After getting the images like I wanted them, I used the outline to make the (positive? negative?) opposite printing screen. (wasn't that an awkward sentence?).
Like this -

One screen printed the color of the flower or leaf and the other screen printed the outline, enabling me to use all kinds of funky colors.
I used a piece of paper that I bought long ago (but liked the pattern on it) as a guide, I laid a pattern that was pleasing to me.
Here's a couple of shots of the project in progress.

I taped down my cotton (PDF) fabric
before screen printing.

Wonderful sparkly gold paint.

It looks beautiful after I add the outline.

I tried several different brands of fabric paint on this project.

Adding the pink background

I really don't have an idea of what I will use the painted fabric for - I just created it to stay inspired while was feeling particularly uninspired. 
Sounds ridiculous but this is the type of thing I do to keep the creative muscles pumping. 
Kinda like priming the pump to get the water flowing, ya know?