Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tiny Tutorials: freezer paper stencils & paintstiks

I love cutting my own stencils from freezer paper. And why not carry on with my recent theme of my sketchbook pages of everyday objects. I started this as a  background, or sampler, to show you how it's done.
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I printed out my sketchbook images on to freezer paper (I used my laser printer and printed in b&w, but it doesn't make any difference. Inkjet is fine.)
Using an x-acto knife, I cut away the part that would be filled with color. (I've laid the stencil on a colored paper, so you can see the part I've cut away.)
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Iron the freezer paper to fabric. (I'm using my tea-stained cotton). Notice how I added the cut out pieces of freezer paper to get the interior and handle. 
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I'm using Shiva Paintstiks (oil paint in a crayon form). I prefer the
iridescent colors. You clean off the tip, to remove the skin that has formed, and then use a stencil brush.

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The key to this is blending different colors.

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Remove the freezer paper.
I'm using these images as a background, so on to the next. Cut out with an Xacto knife, iron on the freezer paper, careful not to touch the previous 'wet' image.  Add color with a stencil brush.



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(Note: let paintstiks dry overnight, and iron/heat set.) I added batting to the back of the fabric, and began a little machine free motion stitching in black thread to mimic the drawn pen line from my sketchbooks.
I stitched around the spoon, and thought, okay, what next? A focal point of some kind would be nice.
Warning, this is where you may be come confused. It's not you.
I finished off the edges of the little quilt, and did a little hand sewing, thinking about what would come next. I decided on the clock image. Printed it out on deli wrap, pinned it on the back, and stitched from the back. (here's my short tutorial on this process) THEN, I added two layers of black tulle to the front, and stitched around the clock again from the front.
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Clock on the back of the quilt.
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I cut away the tulle, around the clock silhouette, and cut away one layer of tulle from the interior of the clock.
It still needed more, so I printed out my spoons and used one for the image. Pinning the image on the back and sewing from the back.
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So, here it is. It's not done, it still needs something. I'm thinking I'll add some text from an old book..I'll let you know.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

A special tutorial spring!

This week, SPRING from one blog to another, each with a fabulous tutorial.

On Tuesday, March 29 
Incised Fun Foam Stamping:  Melanie Testa
Recycled Slip cover for a small book : Gwen Diehn
Small media case with stitch paper: Kelli Nina Perkins
Gwen Diehn on Tuesday

Kelli Nina Perkins on Tuesday

Wednesday, March 30 
Freezer paper stencils and Paintstiks: ME!
Bunny Power: Quick Tombow Rabbits: Carla Sonheim 
Painting A Bird's Egg: Tracie Lyn Huskamp
Jane LaFazio ~right here! on Wednesday

Thursday, March 31  
Sketchbook Slipcover: Lyric Kinard
Spring wreath: Alisa Burke
Making a Faced Binding: Judy Coates Perez
Journal mapping: Jill Berry
Lyric Kinard on Thursday
Judy Coates Perez on Thursday

Jill Berry on Thursday

Friday, March 25, 2011

coffee spoons ~ Everyday Objects

coffee spoons
We bought these spoons at a local craft fair. The handles are made from polymer clay. We use them every single day.
 And yes, more Italian practice for Orvieto.
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I'm a comic book heroine! Fun for $5! I got this done here.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Math Art for 3rd graders

Math Art
Math Art. Not my usual blog topic! But I wanted to share a project I did in Mindy Crum's 3rd grade class. I volunteer once a week to help the kids with reading or math. Sadly, they don't have much time for art. So, I created a Math Art project!
Math Art: Step One Math Art: Step Two
1) Step one. State a multiplication problem, for example 4 times 4. Using number stencils and crayons, have the kids color in four 4's and then in the same color, the answer (ah, that would be, hold on, 16 :-). Have them select a different color crayon for each problem. Cover the page with math prolems, overlapping the numbers.
2) Step two. Color the whole page with watercolor (crayon resists) and change colors as you paint.
Math Art: Step 3 suggestions
3) Step three. Once the watercolor is dry, they could: 1) cut into strips and fold and build and glue onto a piece of colored construction paper (above). 2) or cut into strips and weave them together (under/over/under) 3) make a journal cover 4) Make a box by measuring the pattern out on the back, and folding and assembling...
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The kids really enjoyed it!
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