You can now register for any of the four modules of Embellishing Felt with Surface Design Techniques – A Mixed Media Approach. Just hop over to the online classes page that you’re interested in and fill out the form at the bottom of the page. All four modules will be starting April 6, 2018. I would suggest taking these classes one at a time and not trying to double up or take them all at once. They are all online four week classes with an extra two weeks of tutor support and make up time if you get behind. Click on any of the links below to register or for more information about the class. Each module will be offered on a quarterly basis and the class schedules are listed on each page.
I’m sorry for the duplicate post. I accidentally hit publish while creating it. So, now that I have your attention…
I am taking Ruth’s Printing, Stenciling with Thickened Dyes class, so I’ve been practicing.
I made nine different colors using acid dyes and two thicknesses. I have several stencils laying around so I couldn’t wait to get started. The feather was the most open so I started with that using three different colors with different thicknesses and brushes.
I used commercial prefelt for the feathers.
The midnight blue feather was created with a thicker dye mix and stencil brush. But I found the brush kept pulling up the fibers. So, on the yellow I used a thinner dye, with a foam brush, but I didn’t get as much definition and more running. For the red, I used an old stiff paint brush with a thicker dye and I got a little better definition.
Now I realize this is all new and practice will help me learn to manage the process better.
I tried a plastic stamp with a thin silver and thick purple on prefelt. But neither stamped well. I think the surface of the stamp was too smooth.
Then I tried a butterfly stencil (which was too detailed) with commercial felt. The gold ochre was done with a thick dye and thin brush. While wet it wasn’t too blurred. However, after setting the dye and drying it was blurrier. This was while it was still wet.
The teal butterfly was done with a brush, again on the commercial felt. Same result after drying. Plus the dye and felt were very hard. I had thought I’d do some stitching, but I think it’s too stiff.
Then I tried a Stencilgirl stencil I had purchased for the Paper Lamination Class. I decided to use two separate colors on prefelt.
I will felt all the prefelt ones to see the results and how it changes, if it does. I used a second piece of prefelt to tie the feathers together in one piece.
Next I’ll try making my own stencils and stamps and continue to play with different tools and dyes.
Hopefully, I won’t give you an early preview next week.
My new online class Print, Stencil and Play with Thickened Dye on Felt is finally ready! It is the third module of Embellishing Felt with Surface Design Techniques – A Mixed Media Approach. The cost for the 4 week course is $45.00 (US). The first offering of the course is September 16, 2016. To register for the course, please fill out the contact us form here.
Do you love to experiment and play? This class is going to be a lot of fun as you learn how to make thickened dyes and a variety of ways to apply thickened dye to felt or silk. You’ll learn how to make stamps, stencils and various mark making techniques.
Now for exciting news! I am giving away one free class slot for this class. To enter to win, share this post on social media such as Facebook, Instagram or your own blog and receive one entry per social media share. Leave a comment below with where you shared the post. You must leave a comment here to be entered to win. The drawing will be held on September 9th and the winner announced here on September 10th. Good Luck!