Posts Tagged ‘Lutradur’

2017 – Off to a good start!



It’s the start of my studio season with hardly any snow, but temps in the single digits.  It’s such a joy to be once again inspired and working in the studio every day.

Above is an artwork I just started for the Studio Art Quilter’s Spotlight Auction at their annual conference.  It’s two layers of Lutradur stitched together and burned.  The inserted fabric is hand painted and I added ink highlights.  Now on to hand-stitching!  Title: December 21.

I also have in the works two new Boundary Waters – one of which I am sure to bring to completion, the other is a bit shaky at the moment.  Onward!


01 2017

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

Painting – Just Going with the Flow



Good news – Hardwood floors and a sparkling coat of white paint are on deck for my studio and two other rooms. Of course, all the emptying, noise of installation, time for painting, and putting everything back seems like it’s taking forever.

In the meantime, I’m in the basement painting.  It’s been a LONG while, so I think going with the flow is best.


First, I layered big pieces of cream, then white canvas, and topped that with two layers of Lutradur.  I thought I would let them bleed down as well as work all four layers at once.  Why not?  These are the two layers of Lutradur in progress with piece 1 painted separately from piece 2 as Lutradur bleeds through very little. Aa I changed colors, I took the Lutradur pieces off the table and laid them on a tarp, then picked them back up when I changed colors.  So back and forth.


Another added detail on the top Lutradur done with a squeeze bottle and very liquid Pebeo Setacolor.


A detail of one of the done-for-today Lutradur pieces with a lot of white space left on purpose.


The top canvas piece (shown to the left) was worked pretty heavily and is, I believe, done. The bottom canvas piece had the red spirals painted on, but the rest is pretty much bleed through.

Painting is always a good antidote to a dark and rainy day as well as the noise of some serious spiffy-ness coming my way.



10 2013