Posts Tagged ‘“Intentional Printing” Java Art Exchange’

A Wall of Java Art!

The Intentional Printing Java Art Exchange based on Lynn Krawczyk’s new book was a ton of fun (shown above are my artworks).  If you remember, we swapped 6″ square artworks using Lynn’s coffee cup graphic in Intentional Printing in any size plus three printing techniques from the book.


I first painted the 6″ canvas squares from Dick Blick starting with turquoise paint, then adding ultramarine to the turquoise, and finally adding green to the mixture.  Every canvas is in the same color family, but different. I purposely left the paint streak-y, so the variations would show. Artwork shown at the top of the stacked canvases is by Eileen Hallock (left) and Jay Dodds (right).

I adhered the artwork to the canvases with gel medium, brayered over them carefully, and left them to dry under weights.


Here is my java art wall (yes, it is painted espresso brown) with its 12 new additions.



06 2014

Artists Inspired by “Intentional Printing”

bookandfabric400Intentional Printing by Lynn Krawczyk.  Published by Interweave/F+W Media

Johansen400The artists in the Intentional Printing Java Art Exchange are finishing up their artwork this week. Marie Johansen will be exchanging four artworks and keeping one for herself. I really like how her stitching reflects java-induced ENERGY!

HallocksmallEileen Hallock of Painted Kimono Studio photocopied Lynn’s coffee cup graphic from the book, shrank it, and then traced it onto the fabric. All three of her charming artworks follow the kimono theme.  Eileen’s artworks strike me as delicate even though the colors are bold and bright.

Vukovicstamp400Gordana Vukovic is hard at work on her java art, but sent this photo of a stamp she carved from Lynn’s graphic.  She is also working on a stencil.  The best exchanges happen when artists follow their own strengths and adapt the requirements accordingly.

McDonald400Margaret McDonalds base for her java art was a piece of shibori fabric created in one of Bethany Garner‘s workshops.


Detail above from one of Margaret’s hand-stiched artworks.  She, like many of the artists, is keeping one of these artworks for her own java-art wall.


04 2014

Oooh, Java Art!


The Intentional Printing Java Art Exchange is in progress with 24 artists working with at least 3 techniques and a coffee cup graphic from Lynn Krawczyk’s new book.

CunninghamM400Michael Cunningham was first to send me photos of his 12 completed artworks.  Shown above is a detail. Love the dynamic (dare I say, caffeinated) letters.

BaldwinInProgress400Rhonda Baldwin shared her work table and …

BaldwinDone400 her two completed beautiful artworks for exchange.  Rhonda liked the process so much, s
she also made a piece for her kitchen coffee wall.

VanSoestFabric400One of several complex fabrics for the java-themed artwork that Mary Ann Van Soest created using techniques from Lynn’s book.

VanSoestFinished400The four artworks Mary Ann will be exchanging.

Westcott400Sally Westcott will be exchanging these six high-contrast artworks. The heart print was created with a handmade foam stamp, one of the techniques shared in Lynn’s book.

Stay tuned for more great  artwork as the 24 artists work toward the May 2 deadline for completing their 6-inch square artwork for the Intentional Printing Java Art Exchange.







04 2014

In the Studio: All About the Stitching


First up today is a salute to the changing of the seasons.  I have this artwork up all winter in the bedroom, but have taken it down for something lighter. It’s HEAVILY machine stitched and was created from a variety of materials including velvet, a tweed-type fabric, black felt topped with polyester fabric and burned out, commercial zebra print, my painted fabric, duck cloth, and more.  It is 24×36 inches.


Second is the hand-stitching I am doing this week for the Intentional Printing Java Art Exchange.  This is one of the 6″ square printed and stiched artworks I will be exchanging.


And, of course, stitching continues slowly on Shagbark.  It’s especially slow because I am bit-by-bit taking out all the stitching I did in the beginning which now seem to be going in the wrong direction; e.g. the blue stitches in the photo above.  Taking out handstitching is really a bit heartbreaking, but I just couldn’t ignore something that no longer fit my vision for the artwork. More and more I am learning that I am an artist who continues to evolve an artwork as long as I’m still working on it.


04 2014

“Intentional Printing” Java Art Exchange – You’re Invited!


Love java? Love art?  Love Lynn Krawczyk’s new book, Intentional Printing:  Simple Techniqes for Inspired Fabric Art?  

Please join us for the Intentional Printing Java Art Exchange.  Important Dates:

April 15, 2014: Deadline for commitment to participate
May 2, 2014: Deadline for completion of art
May 5, 2014: Artists will receive the e-mail of the artists to whom they should ship their java art. Artists will contact the new owners for a shipping address. You may need to ship your artwork outside the continental U.S.
May 9, 2014: Last day for artwork to be shipped by artists to the new owners.

All the details are here.

These are a few of my 6″ printed squares for the exchange – yet to be hand stitched.


04 2014