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More Stencil Work

More Stencil Work

While I have more experimenting to do with the thickened dyes and paint on felt, I have two more to show you for now.

I had a nice Anemones screen stencil from Stencil Girl I had purchased for Ruth’s Paper Lamination Class earlier this year that I didn’t use.  So I wanted to try that on a violet merino batt I had felted for the dye class.  I recalled Mary Stori’s advice on using a credit card with a screen stencil, so I tried that.

I added the thickened dye and ran over each section several times trying hard to have even coverage.   But there was still blotchy spots in the design. ( I’m sure it takes practice like anything else.)  Since it would be next to impossible to line the stencil up exactly again, I had to get creative.

I used a bamboo skewer like a paint brush to fill in the tiny spots with dye being careful not to drip or miss.

I was pleased with the results. In person it isn’t as obvious that there a few lighter spots that the camera caught. While there isn’t a lot of detail in the flowers I may add stitching or paint or leave it as is. I haven’t decided.

I had made a mylar stencil myself of a lotus flower.  I’m not very good with the exacto knife or a burning tool and was worried about how it would turn out. I decided to use a piece of handmade paper I had laying around for decades and acrylic paint to try it out.  I intentionally used the nubby side of the paper to add some interest and texture.  I used a stiff small brush to paint.

It needed a couple of layers, but I was happy the way it looked.

 

 

Fiber — An Adventure in Textures

Fiber — An Adventure in Textures

Hi, I’m Marilyn.  I’ve recently accepted the invitation to be the fourth moderator of the Felt and Fiber Forum to replace Karen who left last year.

Paper sculpture "Change"
Paper Sculpture “Change”

As long as I can remember, Ive been fascinated with texturesthe grooved trunk of a tree, the delicate petal of a flower, the juxtaposition of smooth sand and a raging ocean wave.  Im a hands on person and have reveled in creating textures in a variety of mediums involving fiber.

As a young girl, my aunt taught me to sew which was great since I was able to make my own clothes to fit since I had long arms and legs. Later, when I had two boys of my own, I made their clothes.

Throughout my young adult life I continued to sew, design clothes, crochet, embroider, knit, played with string art, quilling and macramé. I also was interested in drawing and watercolor.  But 3D texture was always the draw for me. And water. For many years I made paper, my specialty being textured paper sculptures. Of course, paper is fiber and requires water to process. I had wanted to be an artist, but coming from a practical family I was encouraged to go into business instead.

Stained Glass Vase
Stained Glass Vase

My college education was interrupted, but when I returned after my sons were born I waffled about my major. Most of my credits were in business so if switched to art I would have had to start over. My husband Craig gave me excellent advice. He was a marketing major in college and told me that no matter what career path I chose I would always have to market myself and a product. So marketing became my major.

It was more creative than I imagined and I was able to combine my knowledge of art and design as well as my love of writing into a career in corporate marketing.

I discovered felting when I retired a few years ago. It was instant love.  Like all of my other creative endeavors, I researched and learned on my own.  But now thanks to the wonders of the Internet and You Tube it was a much quicker and easier process.

Hand Stitched Eyeglass Case
Hand Stitched Eyeglass Case

When I found the Felt and Fiber Forum/Studio, I knew I found a home.  Ive learned so much from the wonderful cyber collective of felt and fiber artists from across the globe. I enjoy the camaraderie and look forward to sharing my knowledge of art, marketing and my creations.  And, of course, continuing to learn and be challenged by all of you as well.

Apopka Lake, Florida
Apopka Lake, Florida
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