Wednesday an early birthday present arrived in an Amazon box. I love getting presents. Inside were two presents from my wish list. For now, let's focus on the artistic choice - Lumiere fabric paints.
It was a set of 7 paints and an extender. (I will have to read up on how and why to use the extender.) But Thursday, I tested some of the paints. I got some fabric and ironed it onto some freezer paper. This does two things: 1. stabilizes the fabric 2. protects the work surface. So you get a two for one use of the freezer paper.
As you can see, I left overlap for surface protection in case I got close to the edge. Then I gather the other supplies. Two palette knives from my painting supplies along with a styrofoam plate to use as a throwaway palette. (When those are gone, I will start using a permanent palette that I have in the art supplies.)
And my hand carved rubber stamps - well some of them.
This was all inspired by a blog hop about a book by Deborah Boschert. She does art quilts that are a lot like abstract collage - there is also some more realistic stuff in there, but I love the abstract art stuff. On one of the blog hop stops, the question asked to readers was "Do you have any personal symbols and what are they?" My spur of the moment thought was "the cross in a circle" and a bare tree. When I pulled out this stamp box, I realized there is one more: A hand with an extra finger. When I was carving the stamp my subconscious added the extra finger - so I left it there.
Here they are:
I played with just the gold and green paint and here is my embellished fabric.
When it has dried, I will need to heat set it to make it permanent. This would probably have been more artistic on a plain or mottled fabric rather than over the print, but it was only for play when I started. Before anyone asks, I don't know what I will do with the fabric, but I will keep it for a while and see if it speaks to me artistically and suggests a use.
Meanwhile, I want to tell you also that starting today Craftsy is having a class sale. Many classes are under $20. See the infographic from Craftsy below.
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