Continuing the sketchbook cover – I attached the lining by simply sewing it to the cover and then I trimmed close to the stitching, leaving the edges raw.
As I was auditioning the fabric for the handles (because I want to be able to hang it from a hook on the wall so know where it is at all times – at least in theory it sounds good), it occurred to me …
… that if I turn it the other way, it suddenly becomes my new favorite handbag.read more
Don’t you just hate it when life gets in the way of playtime? I started on this sketchbook wrap some weeks ago and haven’t had a whole lot of time to finish it off, however I’ve found a few spare minutes here and there and now it’s almost done. Just getting ready to attach the inner lining.
The embellishment is turning out a little more elaborate than I first imagined, but I like the way it’s evolving. I changed some of the fabrics and added some machine stitching and hand stitching …
Normally I wouldn’t bother, but I sewed the edges of the patches in case (more…)read more
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If you’ve played with blending modes in Photoshop you no doubt have your favorites. My favorite blending modes are generally “overlay” and “soft light” because they seem to produce consistent results for the type of photo art I like to make. However this week I took a stop outside the box and began working with the blending mode “difference” which resulted in some interesting images.
For example …
Last weekend some friends and I took a road trip to the Viera Wetlands to take photos in the early morning. Up before dawn (ugh) we arrived just as the sun was rising. I managed to take a few decent shots including this white egret with a full reflection.
As a texture overlay I photographed and cropped several gelatin monoprints …
… and used them as a texture overlay set to blending mode “difference” – well – what a difference!
I particularly like this one.
I also managed to take a great photo of these reeds which were broken at different angles and created a pool of crazy-looking geometric shapes. (more…)read more
I gave my new gelatine plate a try out the other day and made several prints to use as textured backgrounds for some upcoming projects.
I used ordinary acrylic paint and discovered that it takes a little practice to water it down to get the correct fluidity. If you paint it on too thick, it doesn’t look very good at all when printed on fabric. However after a few attempts I finally got the hang of it and the last print I made which is the orange/yellow/green, turned out quite nice. To make this print, I simply applied the paint to the surface of the gelatine plate in a random manner using a large paint spatula, one color layer at at time.
However in the process of lifting the plate to return it to its tray I dropped it, and well this is what happens when you drop a gelatine plate … (more…)read more
Some weeks I get to play a lot, some weeks not so much. This week I’m somewhere in the middle and have several projects in progress – one I’m just beginning and one almost completed.
Monoprinting seems to be everywhere at the moment, probably due to the new “Gelli” plates that are now available. If you don’t know what a “Gelli” plate is, you can find some information here on the Creative Textile Arts website.
I was just about to purchase the large size “Gelli” plate when I came across this recipe for making a permanent gelatin plate so decided to give it a try. And here it is – my gelatin plate.
The plate is only a week or so old so I can’t vouch for how long it will last however the addition of glycerine to the recipe supposedly prevents mold. I haven’t done any monoprinting using a gelatin plate for quite a few years so this should be fun and I’m looking forward to doing some prints this weekend. If you want more information on monoprinting you can find some here.
Digital Eco Dyeing
I love the look of eco dyed fabric, it always looks so pale and fragile. However not having time or patience to allow nature to do its thing – (how to make rusted fabric using Wonder Under is a good example) – I turned this time to Photoshop and tried my hand at some “digital” eco-dyeing and these are the results.
It wasn’t as easy as you might think to re-create a subtle “dyed” background with a decaying image (think 30-40 photoshop layers), and I think I could probably “decay” the leaf image a little more to give it more realism however (more…)read more
I don’t spend a whole lot of time on social sites but I do put in some time for my business both on Facebook and on Pinterest. With Facebook I can take it or leave it and if I had a choice I’d prefer to leave it. However I definitely do enjoy using Pinterest and find it really interesting and very useful.
I know many people have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest, but if you use it thoughtfully and carefully, it can really be of great benefit, particularly to your business. In fact – pay attention business owners – almost 10% of this website’s traffic now comes from Pinterest. And almost 25% of the total website traffic on my other website at Free-Purse-Patterns.com is referred from Pinterest. Those numbers come from Google Analytics and I was pretty impressed when I saw them. That’s a whole lot of traffic! Mind you, I do put in a bit of time on Pinterest to achieve those numbers so there is work involved. However those numbers can’t be ignored.
Even if you don’t have a business you can still enjoy using Pinterest because it’s a great source of inspiration and information. And if you love using images in your artwork as much as I do, then you might be interested in the new board that I’ve just added – the Image Transfer Techniques Board where you can find links to tutorials showing various techniques for transferring images to paper and fabric. I’ll be updating this board frequently, as I do with all my boards.
And if you’re not too familiar with Pinterest, did you know that (more…)read more
Last week I started a new book cover and started experimenting with making rusted fabric using wonder under fusible webbing which I’d painted. Because I’ve used painted wonder under before, I knew that it would probably turn out quite well. And in fact it did!
This is what wonder under looks when it’s wet with paint. You can see that the paint has penetrated the fusible webbing through to the paper backing and caused it to pucker resulting in ridges where the paint puddles.
To get the right “rusted” color, I used a combination of Golden fluid acrylic paints.
Once the wonder under has dried, you can then iron it onto some fabric such as muslin, or any fabric really. The only thing I didn’t quite like was the areas where the wonder under didn’t attach to the fabric and the muslin showed through. The color of the muslin (more…)read more
It seems like ages since I’ve been at my sewing machine. I promised myself this year I would spend more time sewing. It hasn’t happened.
One of the reasons is because my sketch book is really a chameleon and blends into the background of wherever I toss it so every time I have a great idea and need to record it, nine out of ten times I can’t find the sketchbook and reach instead for the nearest scrap of paper. Scraps of paper are stuffed everywhere and I can never find what I’m looking for.
So I’m making a sketchbook wrap with a strap so I can hang it on the wall and it will always be close at hand. yes it will.
I have this leaf that I printed on fabric that I’m going to put on the cover. It looks quite real I think. Well I guess it should, it was real at some point.
And I also wanted some rusted fabric for the background. But of course, none of that on hand either. So my first thought was to (more…)read more
Welcome to Exploring Photoshop – a new series of articles that I hope will help to make your Photoshop experience a little easier, because – let’s face it, Photoshop and Photoshop Elements can be more than a little confusing to comprehend sometimes.
I’m the master of quick fixes and easy solutions and after working with Photoshop and Photoshop Elements for some years, I’ve discovered quite a few ways of doing things that are easy to implement.
So today I’m kicking off the series with one of my favorite techniques for changing the color of background textures. This technique is useful is you use overlay textures to create background color and effects for a main image.
There are lots of different ways to change a color in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Well, let’s face it, there are lots of different ways to do anything in Photoshop. However some methods require a little more effort than others. This technique is quick and easy and produces great results. (more…)read more