Posts Tagged ‘in the studio’

In the Studio: A Cat, Wax, and a Secret Artwork

First up, gratuitous cute cat photo. What to do with a cat, little feral Sparky, who wants to help make art in the painting studio? Put a plastic bin with an old towel inside it on the painting table – Happy Cat!

bluewaxcollage500In the spirit of having some fun, I started off the week with some wax, screenprinted tissue paper, and twig assemblages.  They are in a holding pattern for now as I see if using gel medium to secure the tissue paper was a good idea or not.

Juried invitationals are such a mixed blessing.  You never know if all your hard work to a specific size is going to pay off and you really can’t share any of the work in advance.  My solution is to make a work of art about something different than my current series and something about which I have very strong feelings.  First step, of course, is a little research.


One of the very easiest way to do large lettering is to iron MistyFuse on the back of a fabric, trace letter stencils on the non-shiny side of freezer paper, iron the freezer paper to the fabric, and cut out the letters.  I love this fabric.  It was painted and then stenciled with a cardboard coffee sleeve.


And, keeping with the mandate of keeping the artwork secret until jurying, here is the last component of the artwork I’m going to share.  It’s Lutradur painted in shades from orange to peach with a little bit of red to raspberry.  I thought pale, pale yellow would also be good, but no. Let’s just say this artwork is a lot more fiddly than I’m usually inclined to work and it will involve a fair amount of hand stitching.

*Please join me as I run the Fiber 5K to Fight Cancer on January 15, 2014.  Our goal: $5000 for the American Cancer Society.


12 2013

In the Studio – Biggest Collages Ever!


I have a secret weakness of Ikea storage units of all kinds.  I use two of their 8-drawer Hemnes dressers to store yarn, mats, backers, frames, etc.  They were showing a little wear and definitely did not sit well with my newly updated studio and office.

collagebkMy 365 Days of Collage book to the rescue!  I ripped out all my fav collages which were created from paper ephemera of all kinds. The Fabriano paper on which the collages were built is fabulous, nice and sturdy.  Everything was applied and top-coated with matte gel medium.

collageprojject500Yes, that’s 16 drawers to cover. I removed the pulls and replaced them by punching
a hole (carefully!) though the collages with an awl.


Storage Unit #1.  I left a lot more of the verbiage showing.
It is, all in all, very light and bright.

DresserfirstdtlDetail of #1

Dresser1v2#2.  I prefer this one because it’s a lot darker and more subtle.
The left side of this photo is actually closer to the overall tone of this piece with the flash brightening the right side.

dresser2dtl #2 – Detail

I have been in and out of the drawers MANY times since moving the dressers back and it seems like the collage fronts are going to wear very well. Success!




12 2013

In the Studio – What’s Up This Week (And a Request)


After weeks of chaos with the happy result of new flooring and painting, I’m starting to put back together my studio (complete with cat and canoe paddle) and new office space next door.


One of my main goals was to put the majority of my hand-painted and dyed fabric in the closet away from light exposure.  There is an identical tower on the other side.  This is strictly yardage; I have WAY too many scraps stored elsewhere.


I found this sunprinted fabric while schlepping fabric here and there.  I honestly don’t know if I painted it with Pebeo Setacolor or bought it ready-to-be printed; the printing was done with flora from my garden. In any case, it’s a beautiful honey color which should give you a hint about the topic I have in mind.  I just have it cut apart in random pieces here and thinking about it as a background.

Fiber5Kroute400And last, but certainly not least, I have been working on securing Sponsors for the Fiber 5K to Fight Cancer.  No one needs a prize to donate to fight cancer, but it’s going to be a lot of fun thanks to the generous prize donation of artists and businesses.  Could you help decide what will be the Grand Prize?  Check out the Prize Sponsor list and then let me know which 5 prizes should go to one winner when we cross the Finish Line.


12 2013

What’s Up This Week in the Studio


As you know from last week, I’m in the painting studio while the work continues upstairs. This week I’ve been working on collages. The key to collage is having lots of fun raw materials.

People are always asking me what mixed media means.  For me it means I like to work with fabric, all kinds of paper, paint, and wax among other materials.  You can see examples of all those media even in the small photo above.  What’s important to me is transforming all my materials by painting with a variety of tools; screen printing; monotyping; inkjet printing using my own photos, stamping with my own carved stamps, etc. etc. before I even start collaging.


Here’s the general set-up with my fav purple chair. Note the painting I added since last week. Cheerful is good with winter coming.


Here’s what it looks like when I’m actually working.  Note the 10×8″ mat with a 7×5″ opening on the right.  I like to see where I am with a collage by using the mat as a framing device.  I use Liquitex matte medium as both adhesive and top coat.


Here’s an ultra-sophisticated collage press.  It’s the weight from the bottom of a floor lamp that died and an old woodcut.  Works a treat!


Here’s one of the works in progress.  See what I mean about mixed media?


11 2013

What’s Up This Week in the Studio


Well, I’m still in the painting studio (a.k.a the basement), but we are on the home stretch on the studio refresh with the painters hard at work. I have bins of fabric that need just something else before I can be serious about using them. The above fabric was something I did to use up paint, so I’m pretty sure I scrunched it up and then painted the ridges with a foam brush.  Then I took a film canister (remember those?!) and dipped the bottom in the paint and stamped away.

Sometimes an improvement is as easy as adding a color as in the above piece.  I painted half red and half blue – -double the possibilities.


I’m also hanging a few things on the wall down there to make it a more inspiring space. This is the trendy “hang-the-empty-frame” thing with the actually useful clipboard full of inspiration. Currently on display is my hero, Helen Frankenthaler.

collagebk Remember this?  It’s a 365 day collage book I did in 2006. (Here’s an interview with Pokey Bolton and WAY at the end is a short clip of the Quilting Arts TV segment I did about using the book as inspiration.  It’s worth a look just for my goofy outfit.).  Let’s just say the book has gone to a higher purpose.


I’ll share more when I have them in place, but here’s a pretty big hint.


11 2013