Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Alll about May

The month of May has gone past all too quickly.  My EveryDay Journal was mostly ignored and I never got into the theme that we had proposed to the Facebook group.

Here's the monthly calendar.

I have been contemplating whether to change my Word of the Year from Gratitude to Joy.  We had a visiting speaker at church who spoke on The Importance of Joy.  This is the page of notes that I made afterwards.

For our wedding anniversary we had spent a couple of days away and I had done this double page journaling as soon as we got back.

On the first day of June I went through my journal to finish off May.   I had left blank pages to use for artwork based on the them of the Holy Spirit, but as I said earlier I had not done anything.  So I went back through the information on the to-do pages and printed out photos of the textile work I had been doing that week.



I wrote a blog post for the church blog which hasn't been published yet so I have hidden it in this photo.  I put a copy in my journal to remind me to act on the challenge I have set in the blog post!

And here is the monthly page for June.  It's a piece of scrapbook paper that I have been stroking for a long time and thought I really ought to use.

Thanks for joining me today.
Bernice


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Saturday, 2 June 2018

Cut up and put back together

Remember all those bits of fabric from my last post Monochrome Mark Making?    Well I cut them up into rectangles and squares and machined them together.  Then I added some plain strips to edge them and join them to the next line of joined together fabric.

I cut this strip into 3 and turned the middle stripe upside down and rejoined the strips.

Here are all the strips sewn together.

And a closeup of it.  As you can see there aren't many straight seams!

And now to decide what to do with it.  It doesn't lend itself to being a book and I'm not keen on making it into a cushion (pillow for US readers!).

Anyone any ideas?

Thanks for joining me today.
Bernice



Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Monochrome Mark Making

I have booked quite a few workshops at Littleheath Barn Studio over the summer.  These are on top of the Art Cloth course and the studio days I attend.   The most recent workshop was Monochrome Mark Making.

We started by doodling on a page in our sketchbook.

We were supplied with a wooden block each and bits and pieces to stick on to make printing blocks.


Also a piece of polystyrene.  I used mine to copy the patterns from the original doodling.


Liske supplied a choice of blue or white fabric or calico.  I used the blue fabric and calico and printed with copper fabric paint.




We used Formosul to remove colour from black fabric.

Then we were allowed to choose one other colour  I added some darker blue to the teal to get the turquoise with the block printing.  Then I used a Thermofax Screen that Liske had designed but used the teal paint direct from the bottle.

I used the screen again with the copper fabric paint.  I didn't wash the screen between the teal and the copper so got some interesting shades.

The question now is what to do with all these samples.  I expect it will involve cutting them up and stitching them back together.

Watch this space.

Thanks for joining me today.
Bernice