Saturday, September 21, 2013

Sept. Demo - Foam Words

Amy brought a sample of her printed words on fabric. She used a "Gelli Plate" to do mono-printing on muslin with acrylic paints. The Gelli Arts website, had a video on printing onto fabric, with foam words stamps, they are a reverse process, so CAN NOT be used for straight printing, but they can be used for rubbings, like a collagograph. We used two foam sheets and white glue to layer a base material (I did not realize the foam I brought was so thin, you might want to add an extra layer) Foam apparently comes in different thicknesses, the 2mm works best. Most of the foam alphabets are self adhesive, so we stuck them on the foam, then cut out the individual words. If you can find Non adhesive words, they can be glued on upside down and reversed and then they CAN be used for stamping. We all had fun playing with the letters, and thinking of fun words. Some one broke RULE #1, the judicious use of vowels. You need to make as many words with as few vowels as possible, other wise you run out of vowels quickly. Combining words and making phrases, is a good way to be inspired to create an art piece.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

September Meeting 2013

Old Business Vera is unable to go to the "Quilt County" events in Corvalis, but Peggy wants to go, for info call her, to ride share, and confirm date and time. The SAQA show is at the student Memorial Union building, on campus, and also an exhibit at the LaSalle Center.The "River Runs Through It" was a big hit at the winery, Nancy is checking with the Umpqua Valley Arts Center to display it there. Please check on any other venues that we can pursue. New Business A new theme for our next challenge was voted on, "Weather Report" was chosen with close voting, other suggestions will be saved for future use. The only requirement is a maximum of 20" on a side, it can be smaller, any technique. Hanging sleeves/or other appropriate method for display, and labels MUST be on the piece, or it will not be excepted. This is an informal challenge, quick and easy, you DO NOT HAVE TO participate, it is just to have fun. Dead line is February, after the holidays.
Show & Tell Amy brought a small box, 3" on a side, that she made from the leftover quilted hand dyed fabric, from her 3-D spiral. It is put together with violet rayon satin stitching and has silk ribbon embroidery and beads along the sides. She also had the postcard Kay sent her (no Pic) done with fabric and paper collage.
A lovely large postcard made by Pat G. was passed around, it has fabric collage, and free motion stitching on a large white flower. She had made it for a sample for Cheryl Malkowski's book on fabric postcards. Pat is also planning on going on a quilting cruise, what fun!
Our new member Lorraine bought a cute vintage baby quilt that her mother made her when she was 8 years old, she is surprised it has survived this long. The embroidered woman is very expressive.
Bright sunflowers from a fabric dyeing class, are a stunning example of what Lorraine learned with Phil Bieber in Fortuna, Calif. They painted damp fabric on a frame with MX Procion dyes, then choose from many patterns he had, to make the floral piece.
She is still working on the quilting, it is very detailed and intricate on the flowers.
Cheryl has made a special postcard for Crystal, in our postcard exchange. It has a ribbon rose and embroidery on a floral fabric. She also received from Corienne as beautiful woven postcard in delicate pale blue and white.
Cheryl continues to work on her winter wardrobe, with felted booties. She "accidentally" shrunk/felted an old hand spun wool sweater, so she decided to use the sleeves for boots. She cut them off the sweater, and continued to felt and hand shape them. She will add leather soles to the bottoms for extra strong wear. She also made a stack of wool potholders from miscellaneous knit and woven samples, after learning wool won't melt like acrylic yarns, and it is self extinguishing. I like that last part.
Vera received a postcard from Meredith, that was made with the silk sample squares from Corienne. They were fused in a geometric pattern on to a black backing, and Meredith has been practicing her free motion machine quilting.
Vera has continued her fabric dyeing using corn dextrin resist on a yellow/orange all over pattern, the crackle detail adds a lot to the texture of the print. She used leftover dyes from her silk screen demo, for the cinnamon colored piece, squirting it on and smearing the dye around.
The finished washed fabric from the deconstructed silk screen from last month's demo, showed a lot more color and detail, when it doesn't have all the print paste on it. Vera likes the square that was double printed the best.
Corienne received a postcard from Pat W. of an African theme, titled for our local "Wildlife Safari" park, it's bright colors and embroidered detail were stunning in a small format. Corienne has been busy weaving sets of place mats and towels and other items for the silent auction at her class reunion. (no pics) and she finished a bed quilt for herself from scrappy batiks fabrics. We told her to rip it off her bed and bring it to show & tell next month. Jana reported a new quilt shop in Sutherlin, Oregon, called "Chicks and a Rooster," on S. Comstock St. and that the Oakland, Or. outdoor quilt show in August was a great success, and will be done again next year. A new artist Tricia joined us, she has just moved from Washington DC and wishes to learn art quilting. Welcome Tricia!
Peggy has been working on a fabric collage using one of her paper collages for inspiration. She is practicing her free motion quilting with metallic and rayon threads. We discussed the use of larger #18 needles, Metallica needles and top stitching needles for specialty threads. They all have larger eyes, but the Metallica needle has a groove above the eye for the thread to fit into. She passed out a handout on layouts and formatting in design use. Peggy also had a magazine cover of "Needle News" that has a thread painted portrait, that was so real looking it was unbelievable. It also had articles and book reviews on art quilting.
Meredith received a postcard from Amy, with a mono printed fabric, with the word LAUGH on it, it was embellished with hand dyed cheesecloth and free motion quilting.
Meredith also had all sorts of excuses for not doing any art for show and tell, she passed around her I-pad with a photo of her canning efforts, 60 qts of peaches, 14 pts of pickled beets, 14 qts of pears, ad nauseum.......She also passed around a basket of sycamore bark, if anyone wanted any for weaving or embellishment projects. After show & tell Amy did a demo of using foam words on her "Gelli" prints and for rubbings. I'll detail the demo in the next post.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Deconstructed Screen Printing

Vera did an interesting demo on deconstructed screen printing. She took a class in Portland, but the instruction was, here it is, do it. Vera is very technical about her dyeing, she makes samples and keeps records, to help her really understand the process.
First dye was added to a print paste, made with sodium alginate, these different dye colors were put on a silk screen, in the pattern of your choice and left to dry. Vera brought a screen that was ready to use, and a large piece of PFD. A clear print paste is scraped through the screen, "deconstructing" the design. As the paste reacts with the dry dyed paste, the dye leaches onto the fabric.
The first print was light, and successive prints were darker, you can make as many prints as you can, until there is no dye left on the screen. She used a plastic "Bondo" spreader from Napa Auto parts to spread the dye paste. Vera overprinted the first light print, rotating the screen 90 degrees.
The second process was the reverse of the first. She painted a pattern on the silk screen with clear dye paste, and let it dry. The dry paste acts as a resist for the colored dye paste. Then she used a dye/paste to print the screen onto fabric. She printed her rust fractured design on previously dyed fabric.
Lastly, Vera had a whole set of treated fabric samples, that she is using different types of resist on. Each resist has different qualities and uses for dyeing. Potato dextrin, gives a crackle effect, tape and corn dextrin give crisper images, sugar syrup was a softer image, and school glue gave a fine line for writing, but was difficult to remove. It will be interesting to see these samples after she has dyed them. It will be a good learning experience for all of us, without us having to go to all the work that Vera is doing. Thank you Vera for an excellent demonstration, we look forward to the next dye workshop.