Playing Some More with Stencils Part 3

Ruth’s Printing and Stenciling with Thickened Dye class has come to an end, but I’ve been continuing to experiment on felt and paper.  This week I’ve had some interesting results I wanted to share.

For this project on felted merino, I used several different colors and objects to try.

The lower left is a type of silver netting used at Christmas for wreaths and other projects. a dried Maple leaf, a plastic bottle sleeve and a tree stencil.  I used a combination of thick and thin dyes. And the red did bleed again when setting the dye.

The gray/silver color is the mesh, the red is the plastic bottle wrap.  The leaf is the green but not very distinguishable.  I used a brayer for all of them.  The stencil didn’t do well at all.  You can only see a few lines here and there.  I didn’t have a plan,  just wanted to see how each would print.

Then I decided to try acrylic on commercial felt.  For this I used a roller type stencil with different textures I made in class with purple metallic paint for a background. It didn’t print very clearly so I didn’t take a pic.  Then I  used handmade leaf stamps in metallic green and a commercial leaf stamp in the corners and a couple of metallic gold accents.

I thought the metallic paint would pop more on the dull smooth felt surface.

Cathy (Luvswool) loaned me a geometric stencil I wanted to try.  She had done some nice stenciling with acrylic on cloth.  I wanted to try it with dye on felt.  Here is the stencil on the felt.  You can see the one rectangle that is solid.  This is what I thought I wanted to do, make each shape solid, but it took a lot of dye and time.  When I just started stippling with an old brush, I liked it better. I also added extra colors in a couple of places.

 

Here it is with the stencil removed and the dye set.

I couldn’t undo the solid teal area, but I did add a couple other solid areas just for balance.  What do you think?

I had fun learning these techniques and as with anything it takes practice.  I’ll have a few more projects to share later.

 

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4th Quarter Challenge Part 2

I felted the Prefelt and Fibre paper Suprematist pieces that I showed you last time. I think the pieces shifted a bit, but this is the first one:

It didn’t have much texture after felting and is quite flat. The colours didn’t blend where they overlapped, but the underneath colour migrated through at the edges:

For some reason the burgundy piece was a lot fuzzier on the edges:

I did alter the second coloured one slightly, I noticed all the triangular shapes were pointing in the same direction on the same angle.

This piece was mostly flat too, the only part which isn’t is at the bottom where I used a piece of the white which is thicker/heavier prefelt:

The white piece was far more interesting before felting:

You can see from an angled photo the different textures, colours and shine better:

A close up:

The different thicknesses are more obvious on the Black and White one:

You can see how shiny the white bamboo is compared to the ‘black’ bamboo from this angle:

Close up:

I know I’m always complaining about how hard it’s been to get decent photos, but I’d forgotten how small the time frame is at this time of year where I live. I know it’s not a huge deal, no one’s expecting ‘professional’ shots on the blog, but when trying to show fibre comparisons for example, or like this week-white on white, you get massively different results depending on the time of day, or whether someone in the flats opposite opens their window just enough to direct the sun right on to your desk! So, here’s a slide show of comparisons for you of trying to photograph the white piece this week: Too late in the afternoon; Too early in the morning; Just right; Just right until neighbours open the window!

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New red hat and reshaping 2 hats

I finished the red the is similar to the blue one I showed you a little while ago.  It’s dry now but I have to add a button to keep the side up. I made the curly ends very long so I think I will have to tack them inside the brim.

red hat with curls 2 red hat with curls 1 red hat with curls 3

I also reshaped a couple of hats. I made them a while ago and lots of people have tried them on and they never look good so it was time to reshape them.

This is the first one:

red pleated hat

I took the buttons off and released the pleats. Then I wet it down and cut strips into it. then folded and wove them together.

Red hat reshaped 2 Red hat reshaped 1

To me the folded up portion it was to big so I trimmed it down. I still have to trim the ends.

Red hat reshaped 3 Red hat reshaped 4

The second is a green one that was similar. Sorry I don’t have a before shot. I was sure I had one on my phone but I didn’t.

green hat reshaped 1 green hat reshaped 2

I am hopping that they sell at the show I am going to this weekend. It’s a new show for me so I don’t know what will happen. It’s in Naven Ontaario Canada.  https://www.facebook.com/events/

 

 

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Holiday Card Exchange

We are in the midst of our Holiday Card Exchange over on the forum. We’ve picked our partners and now I have to buckle down and get the card done. Tracey is my partner and I already warned her that I was posting this. I won’t show the finished card until after she gets it but I thought I would show part of the process. I decided to continue to try to use things I already have partially made around the studio. So I am using samples from my Nuno Felting with Paper Fabric Lamination online class.

I decided I would create three cards. Then if one doesn’t turn out, I don’t have to start over again. I have two other choices. This is the first layout. One of my paper fabric laminated samples over blue prefelt.

The second layout is a little hard to see. It is a white merino batt with the paper fabric lamination on top. I think this was from a print of some prior artwork of mine.

The last one is what I might call a fail on the paper fabric lamination front. It is silk chiffon but if I remember correctly the paper was dyed but I didn’t realize it hadn’t been set. So the dye ran everywhere in the midst of the lamination process. But this one might be interesting once it is felted and further embellishment is added.

Here are the three samples after being wet down and rubbed a bit.

And here they are after felting. I didn’t full these much at all as I didn’t want too much shrinkage. Now they need further embellishment. It might be machine stitch or hand stitch and I might even add some beading. Or I could go wild and add paint on top like I recently did with my bark sample. So many possibilities…

Which is your favorite? How would you finish them?

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Pandagirl’s 4th Quarter Challenge

I decided to take a little different direction with the Suprematist Challenge.  Ruth had used offcuts for her background.  I decided to use scraps for my shapes.

Zed had mentioned texture which is always my preference in creating most anything. So, I dumped out one of my bags of samples and scraps and started to cut shapes.

Sorry for the pic on my kitchen table, but I couldn’t help but start to organize them and wanted to save my tentative design.

Then I realized I’d better find a background. So, I used a piece of felt I made for a class with Fiona Duthie to layout designs. I pinned the pieces after I moved them around a bit.

Since most of the pieces had already been felted, I had to sew them to the background.  For most all I used a very, very fine black rayon thread.  For the lighter green pieces, I changed to a light green thread.  But I don’t think I had to.  It was felted on black prefelt ad probably wouldn’t have shown much anyway.

The pieces varied a lot in texture and materials used from nuno, throwsters waste, ribbon, silk hankies, locks, and some decorate fabrics.

It was also interesting that the pieces not only had lots of textures, but dimension.  Some of the shapes got a little distorted with the sewing.

The back was a negative of the front which looked like a puzzle to me.

Here are a couple of closeups:

Sorry my photo skills aren’t the best.

Depending on which way you turn the picture, you get a different feel.  This is the one I like the best.

Have you finished your challenge piece yet?  If I have time I may try using prefelt.

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4th Quarter Challenge

I thought I’d finally get a chance to do some felting this week, so gave the 4th quarter challenge on Suprematist Art some thought. I know it’s basically just positioning pieces of various shapes and/or sizes, but I thought the description from the Art Story site about how the simple shapes “also encouraged many Suprematists to emphasize the surface texture of the paint on canvas, this texture being another essential quality of the medium of painting”. I know it’s hard to see that texture through old photos of old paintings on a flat screen, but it sounded like an interesting angle to explore. I’d originally planned to do my base/backgrounds with wool tops, but remembered some thick white prefelt, so used that for my base. I started out with a quite simple layout of shapes cut from commercial prefelt and handmade fibre paper:

I used a few more pieces on the next one. I had to concentrate to not have ‘neat’ or regular angles!

Another thing which intrigued me about one of the key ideas of Suprematim was the ‘Zero degree’ of painting which Art Story described as ‘the point beyond which the medium could not go without ceasing to be art.’ I might be wrong, but I thought Kazimir Malevich’s White on White was a good example of the way I understood that. So, I had a go at my interpretation, though not quite so minimalist! I built up a piece using mostly the same white prefelt as the base, and some white fibre paper. It’s a long time since I made it, but I think it is bamboo. And I think the cream square in the bottom left is tussah silk paper:

The last piece is a complilation of white and grey prefelt shapes, and white and ‘black’ bamboo paper shapes:

As I was putting the last piece back onto a piece of cardboard to take downstairs, I noticed the light had changed and was picking up the textures of the prefelt/paper layers, so I took a few photos of theose. Suprematist 1:

Suprematist 2:

I love this one, I think it’s the most interesting of all of them, Suprematist 3:

And lastly, Suprematist 4

I completely underestimated how long actually constructing the pieces would take, so never did get a chance to felt them, so I’ll show the results next time.

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OVWSG Exhibition and Sale

Hi everyone this last weekend was the Ottawa Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild Exhibition and Sale. I had a good sale and we had some new vendors as well as returning ones.

This was my booth. I was in a new spot this year and I really liked the burnt orange wall. It showed off everything really well. I got lots of compliments on the new booth so I think I will be staying in this spot.

On the other side of the scarves on the left I hung some pictures.

I took some pictures of the other booths.

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It was a very tiring weekend, but fun too. It was great to see everyone and what they are making. The new workshop schedule for 2018 was available for the first time.  I got to meet some great people that come to see what we are up to, buy great items and sign up for workshops.

 

 

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