Sunday, September 14, 2014

Mono Printing Backgrounds for Watercolour Painting

Preparing for 5 days of plein air painting, I thought I would mono print some backgrounds before leaving home. Sticking to neutrals as the watercolour paints will add the color, I monoprinted some leaves.
  1. First I placed a thin layer of acrylic paint on the gelli plate surface using a brayer to even out the layer.
  2. Secondly I laid down an arrangement of leaves. With the maple leaves I added some marks simulating branches.
  3. Next I laid a piece of 90 lb Arches hot press paper and rubbed on the back to transfer the image.
  4. If the shapes seemed to stark in contrast I removed the leaves and pressed them into the white shapes.
  5. Then I laid another paper on the gelli plate to get the reverse print. Magic happened.
These may be to dark for the backgrounds I envisioned painting landscapes on but they are intriguing nonetheless and I am looking forward adding other media to complete them.

Mono printing with a gelli plate. Maple leaves.

A small section of the second pull of the maple leaves giving a 'ghost' print.
 In the dark area between the leaves, I pressed down lace in several places to remove some of the colour and to add texture. First print.
Second print

Same technique as the above but with burnt umber acrylic paint
Second print. This one has enough white space, I may be able to add a landscape in the background.
Textile. Do these prints call out to you, as much as me, to be printed onto fabric? I can't wait to try it. Over dye after? To many ideas to sleep well at night!!! For a post on gelli printing on fabric click here

Friday, September 12, 2014

Art, Autumn and Abundance

Opening night of the Core Matters: Farm and Food, art show.

The opening was hosted by the Creston Chamber of Commerce. Click  here for their website.
Abundance: I met a woman this week that came especially to visit Creston because of the valley's ability to grow a wealth of food. To be reminded through this visitor's eyes how special that is, was delightful. The nine artists of this show are also paying tribute to the abundance of agriculture we enjoy here. The show is up at the Creston Chamber of Commerce until Oct 3. Please visit if you can.

The opening was well attended giving us artists a chance to mingle with people who support the arts. Thank you.
Check here for Creston's Newspaper.  which featured the Core Matters: Farm and Food art show. Thank you to the Advance staff for your coverage of Creston's art events.

The air is filled with exciting art related experiences for me this fall. Check future posts for full details. Here is a sneak preview:
  • Note that the two palettes, that were just refilled, are different and I will be needing them both!
  • An antique door painted with a 'Sunlit Piazza' colour.  
  • Low immersion dyeing of men's Tshirts. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Warm Fall Colours Dyed

Have you ever made a textile book? This was my first one and there definitely was a learning curve. Thank you to the quilter on Pinterest who showed the front and back covers with a wide book spline between them. Adding that inch between the front and back cover allowed me to sew the additional double pages down individually to the back 'spline'. Therefore the pages were all even when the book is closed.
Front cover
 This little book so fits in the with art show 'Core Matters: Farm and Food' theme I am currently in. I will post about it after the opening tomorrow night.

A is for Apple

Cherries and a Pear

In a tree: Apricots and Plums

We can't forget Blueberries
The 'onesies', (next to the 2 orange fat quarters) are ready to send with the book for a baby gift.

A living wall of Scarlet Runner Beans is gorgeous in my perennial bed right now.
 Yellow, orange and red prevail through this post. It must be autumn.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Baby Book with Textile Art

Baby Book:  I looked to see what I had for hand painted textiles that a toddler might like. These brightly coloured fruit might work. I've edged them in some fun commercial textile and I am in the process of free motion quilting the layers together. I am a bit puzzled as to how to quilt the front and back layers together as they both contain pictures. Next post I'll let you know what I have come up with.
Low immersion dyed baby 'onesies' are cute! You'll have to wait for the next post as they are in the washer rinsing. 

This is as far as I've gotten on the baby book.

Cotton natural batting for between the pages.
Adding fun fabrics for edgings

Free motion stitching details.

Free motion stitching: I've sewn 1000 meters this summer!

'Creston Valley Fruit and Berry Series'
Core Matters: Farm and Food Art Show
9 artists
 Creston Chamber of Commerce, Sept 4 - Oct 3, Mon - Fri 9-5.
Opening reception Tuesday Sept 9th from 7 - 8:30pm
Yesterday looking at the paintings of the other artists, I was astounded at the fine quality of the art work. Also the subject matter is a tribute to the finest of living in the Creston Valley and I am very proud to be in this art show. Please come to the opening reception if you are able to.

Hiking with friends in the mountains. Life can't get much better than that!

A hidden gem of a lake in the mountains of the Kootenays

10 min sketch at the lake. A sketch brings back so many more memories than a photo for me. I will have to add colour in the studio.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

This Week Is About Art Shows

'Creston Valley: Fruit and Berries Series' honoring the amazing capacity of our valley for growing food
This week sees me closing 2 art shows, one at the Library and one at Creston Card and Stationery. Sad as that may be for me, I am delighted to be a part of the Art Show, Core Matters: Farm and Food that will be opening this week at the Creston Chamber of Commerce.
Art Walk this summer was wonderful for me with sales and 3 commissions from people seeing my work around town. Thank you to the organizers Elaine Alfoldy and Eileen Hirota!

A successful show closing. Wonderful to be in a show with friends and hear comments like "Your work shows very well together."
As Art Walk is finished Sept 1, I will be taking down the display at Creston Card and Stationery of my Watercolour Paintings, Textile Art and Artisan Pillows. What a wonderful venue this has been for my textile work.

For a poster of the upcoming show Core Matters: Farm and Food, click HERE . I am looking forward to showcasing my 'Creston Valley: Fruits and Berries Series'. Nine artist will be showing including Elaine and Andy Alfoldy, Karen Arrowsmith, Ute Bachinski, Eileen Gidman, Eileen Hirota, Sandi Kunze, James McDowell, and Carol Schloss.  Below are a sample of my Textile Art Series honoring the amazing growing capacity of our valley.

Red Currants, Peaches, Apples, Pears, and Apricots depicted in hand painted textile.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Painting with Dyes on Rayon, Lawn and Mercerized Cotton

Apple hand painted with dyes onto a fine 'Lawn' cotton fabric.
The fruit and berry series,  were painted with Procion Fiber Reactive Dyes from Dharma Trading mail order which you can find here .  I first mixed the powders into liquid concentrates and painted with them without adding any thickener. It is a little tricky to get used to painting with them, but the colors remain so vibrant that I have been experimenting with technique and different fabrics.
Pears on 'Lawn', Mercerized Cotton, and Rayon
LAWN FABRIC: I have been using the 'Lawn' fabric extensively for textile cards and like it for use with small projects that get ironed onto interfacing for free motion stitching. Lawn fabric accepts the dyes very well and rarely is there any failures. However, because of the looser weave, there is more spreading or bleeding of the dyes when you paint.

Red Currants on Painted onto 'Lawn' fabric
MERCERIZED COTTON: When I paint with thickened dyes, I use the excellent quality Mercerized Cotton from Dharma Trading Co. Go here to for more information. When using the unthickened dye concentrates on this fabric, it also works well and there is less bleed out from your brush strokes. What I don't like about this fabric is it's slight off white colour.
Apple hand painted with dye concentrates onto mercerized cotton.

RAYON: It really is more watercolour like in the way it moves on the fabric. I pressed the rayon onto iron on interfacing after painting and rinsing so that the stretching issue was minimized.
Apricots hand painted onto 'Rayon' fabric. The colours mingled well together.

Another example of dye painted 'Rayon' used with black and white commercial cotton in a quilted piece.
Some of my work is on the 'And Then We Set It On Fire' blog of Friday, Aug 22! They have some great ideas this week about creating texture with fabric and you can check it out here.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Splashed Dots: A New Design in Textile

This past week was full of textile art and turkeys. Yes I did say turkeys.
Cherry Quilted Mat by me, Eileen Gidman
new at Creston Card and Stationery for Art Walk
The beautiful cherry mug is by Pridham Studios. Click here for their site.
Off to a new it's new home in Calgary.

Eileen Gidman's Art Walk Display
at Creston Card and Stationery
See it at it's new location in the store (right in front as you walk in)!

14 new Textile Cards: dyed, stitched and ready for sale at Creston Card and Stationery.
 What do you think of my newest design? I am thinking of a whole range of splashed colours with whimsically stitched flowers.

My newest design. Splashed dots with whimsical stitched flowers.

Each card in the series will be it's own unique piece of art work that is suitable to give as a gift card or for framing.

My favorite.

Here is what else is happening in my world this week. These two turkeys have been diligently raising these chicks all summer. It's hard to believe they are nearly the size of chickens now.