Friday, March 28, 2014


Metamorphosis: Mixed Media. My experimental use of Wood Glue on Pampas Grass and Maple Leaves and Beetles and Bees is finally complete. This was a very long process that took many trial and error attempts. In previous posts I was able to give more information and close up photos of my process. How I made the monoprint, the process of preservation of natural elements with wood glue and how I made the butterflies and spider web. The spider is also a photo copy, as spiders curl up when they die and were not useful. The fall leaves are not natural. They were made by using an aerial map of the city of Dubai and printing it onto photo fabric.You can see the process here on my Projects of Interest link. The darker Maple leaves are natural. I printed a photo of Pampas Grass onto a piece of sheer silk and stamped and foiled a dragonfly onto a piece of silk decorator fabric. I framed those with copper color Lame' and confetti cut fabric on water soluble stabilizer. It was almost impossible to get a good photo of this work. It is much more impressive in person. I have entered it in an exhibit named "Metamorphosis." I have entered this into the Springfield Regional Arts Council Members Only Exhibit, and the Nathaniel Green Botanical Center Exhibit, and  I will also enter this into the competition in our Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Show in the Art Quilt category. Click on Image to get a better view. You can see this on Off The Wall Fridays

Friday, February 28, 2014

Pampas Grass: Spider Web

Pampas Grass: Spider Web. As I continue to work on my Pampas Grass with all it's creepy crawly critters, I have run out of dead specimens. So I had to resort to printing them onto vellum paper that has been backed with light Lutradur. The vellum paper gave me a very crisp and clear image and the paper is strong and flexible. I put the Lutradur backing on it so that it would hold up during stitching. The spider, beetle and butterfly are images from the internet. These elements look so real that you have to get close to tell the difference. I made the spider web by stitching in the open space of a piece of muslin in an embroidery hoop, then cutting a round hole in the middle. I stitched from side to side. In the end, you just clip it free. Hopefully, you can enlarge the image by clicking on it to see more details. This has been a very long process and it is nearing completion. This will be entered into the "Metamorphosis" exhibit at the Springfield Regional Arts Council Member's Show.  You can see this on Off the Wall Fridays

Monday, January 27, 2014

Pampas Grass: Bugs and Bees

Pampas Grass: Bugs and Bees. This is a continuation of my attempt to use more natural elements in my composition. These are actual beetles and a bee that have been well dried out and then coated with PVA wood glue. The bee was too fragile to use without some protection, so I used a button cover wrapped in black tulle for protection. The beetles are quite hard and should hold up during exhibits. This wall hanging is really not made for sale, but I would like to enter it into exhibits and even competitions. Since this will be a big experiment, we will see how it finally finishes out. Click On Image for Closer View. See this on Off the Wall Fridays

Friday, December 27, 2013

Pampas Grass

Pampas Grass. Monoprint: Abstracting From Nature. This monoprint was made on a gelatin plate using fabric paints, Pampas Grass and a woodblock stamp. I placed some Pampas Grass tops on the gelatin plate and rolled the fabric paint on with a foam roller. When the grass is removed, it leaves an imprint of the grass. I also used the woodblock like a resist. I placed the woodblock on the wet paint and it removed the paint from the plate. This left a white outline of the flower pattern that was carved into the wood. I took a wooden chop stick and drew lines in the wet paint. A piece of white fabric lays on top of the plate and then lifted, leaving the imprint of the gelatin plate. You can only make one clear print, that is why it is called a monoprint. When the painted fabric was completely dry, I placed it on a quilt sandwich and did some free motion embroidery on it, tracing the lines left in the paint. I used an orange paintstick to paint in a sun and then placed a blue sheer fabric for a background behind the Pampas Grass. Otherwise, the painted Pampas Grass would blend into the background. The painted  grass is sealed with wood glue and allowed to dry. I added layers of natural skeleton leaves that had been glued to colored fabrics and papers. Wood glue makes a perfect seal and stabilizer for the leaves. I glued them down on top of the Pampas Grass. This will probably become part of a larger work. To enlarge, right click on image and open in a new window. THIS CAN BE SEEN ON OFF THE WALL FRIDAYS

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Autumn Abstractions

Autumn Abstractions is about how to use nature as your color wheel. I will be using two examples of how to forget the color wheel and work from photos of your favorite scenes from nature. Nature is the ultimate color master. There is nothing in nature that will not fit into any color scheme. Working from nature will give you all the complimentary, tertiary, secondary and primary combinations that you could ever want in a composition. I am using an abstract composition first to show you how you can interpret the photo of an autumn scene into an abstract work of art. This is pieced, but can also be fused.
Here is another version of the same color abstractions from nature. This is a more traditional style of scrap quilt done in the style of the log cabin. This is pieced but could be fused, as well.
Now you see the photograph that I was working from. Nature is never wrong. These are class samples that I have put together for an upcoming class called "Intuitive Color and Design; Abstracting From Nature." It is a simple and effective way to work with your fabrics. So get busy and look through your photos. Right Click on Images and Open In New Window for a closer look. This post can be seen on Off The Wall Fridays

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree 5 X 5 felt, silk ribbon, beading and hand embroidery. This tiny pillow is completely hand stitched. The green felt tree was made from roving that has been wet felted. This is another one of my small projects to present at the Southwest Missouri High School Art Teacher's workshop. I had to think of projects that students can do without using a sewing machine. It is quite charming with the beadwork and could be used as a pin cushion. I think that the texture of felt is a thing of beauty. You can right click on this image for a closer look. Open in new window. You can see this on Off The Wall Fridays

Friday, September 27, 2013

No Boundaries

No Boundaries: Mixed Media Abstract. 16 X 20. This is a challenge piece that I created for the Felting and Fiber Studio online group. The challenge was to move out of your comfort zone and create something that is truly Mixed Media. However, I am a Mixed Media Fiber Artist, so this was just a little out of my comfort zone. I plan to use this as a sample for an upcoming class that I have been asked to teach to the Southwest Missouri High School Art Teachers Association. I will be showing them how to have students make mixed media fiber art.  I used: monoprinted fabric, fabric strips sewn through water soluble stabilizer, silk, organza, painted tissue paper, flo acrylic on watercolor paper and sewn to background, metal, stamping, batting, and a purchased barb wire plastic rope. All of this was free motion quilted to cotton batting. It was very difficult to get a good photo of this collage, but some of the batting is left showing on the upper corner. Because this is so textural, the barbed wire will probably get lost in the photo, but it is plainly seen on the original piece. So, I guess the story is that all of us have Boundaries in our lives. Some are physical, some geographical, some mental, some spiritual. This will mean different things to different viewers. But that is why we call it Abstract. It all happens in your mind. For closeup view, rightclick on image and choose "open in new window." This can also be seen on Off The Wall Fridays.