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Wabi-Sabi Tarts

How about a chance to win this amazing piece of art by Serena Barton? Details at the bottom!

 

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My friend Serena Barton has a new book out that you are going to LOVE! It is titled: Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop and it is full of fun mixed media techniques that embody the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi or embracing imperfection.

 

I decided to put one of the exercises in the book to the test by trying it out on my Tuesday Tarts group. We are a bunch of textile based mixed media artist who meet once a month to try out a new technique. This month was my turn to teach so I picked one of the projects in Serena's book: Acrylic Paint and Re-Inkers (page 28). We ended up with a larger than normal group because it is summer so I had to stand on a chair to be seen and heard. It was pretty funny.

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Of course finding the exact same re-inkers Serena used proved to be a problem but we went with the assortment we had. I did experiment with the Adirondack Color Mists and they worked well although the color may be slightly less intense. This group is good with going with the flow. Actually, they are excellent at just playing and not worrying about the final product!  One member experimented with using alcohol inks and we had a lot of different brands of re-inkers. The re-inkers are available on-line if you don't have a store near you that sells them.

 

Here is the series of photos I took as we worked through Serena's excellent step by step instructions. I had created a sample but just read the directions to everyone as we went along. We only spent a little over an hour on these and everyone created a great piece and had a lot of fun just playing.

 

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Look how clean and neat it is...didn't stay that way long.

 

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At this point paint was flinging and I had to get out a bull horn to be heard over the chatter and laughter!

 

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The layers and depth we were able to get using Serena's techniques is great...though hard to tell in the group photo. There is a lot to explore in this book and everyone in the group loved the possibilities between the covers.

 

I am just one stop on the blog hop so you will want to check out these other blogs for their projects and interviews. Jill Berry has a book to give away and is drawing on June 10.

 

6/1: Sara Naumann
6/3: Jill Berry
6/4 Carol Sloan
6/5 Liz Kettle
6/6 Joanne Sharpe
6/8 Seth Apter
6/9 Alicia Caudle
6/10 Pam Carriker

 

Now to enter to win the beautiful piece of Serena's you need to go visit her new wabi sabi art workshop blog. Leave a comment to enter. She is drawing on June 8. If you win you might want to remember that my birthday is on the 16th! :-)

 

Last little goodie! You can find Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop on-line and at book stores but Serena has a special offer!!

 

You can order a signed copy from Serena with a bonus of a little packet of collage materials for your own wabi-sabi work. Use the Paypal button under the book listing on her Classes page. Shipping in the continental US is 4.00. and from.
 
To purchase the book from Serena:

http://www.serenabarton.com/classes.php

Now, go make something!

Liz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Plaster and Tarts

I  belong to a couple local fiber art groups that are a lot of fun. Some are technique driven, some more focused on the journey of an artist and they all included amazing wonderful women. Last night was the monthly meeting of the Tuesday Tarts. This group in particular laughs a lot! We were missing a few members because of the holidays but that didn't make us any less noisy! Silly laughter is so good for the soul!


We focus on a different mixed media or textile art technique each month and this month was my turn to demo. I was inspired by the book Plaster Studio by Stephanie Lee and Judy Wise.  I found all sorts of great ideas in this book for adding texture to mixed media pieces.

Using plaster wrap and cardboard we created bases for further embellishment. We colored the bases with Gelatos and Portfolio Oil pastels. Both products worked really well and are so convenient to use. The Gelatos are a bit easier to mix and spread with just your fingers because they are so soft. I will post a photo of these and some of the other girls work when they are finished. We brainstormed a few ideas of how to use these techniques in our textile art and mixed media art. I get so much energy from these groups! If you are in the Colorado Springs/Monument area join us! If you aren't, create your own group and make some happy fun.
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Plaster and Tarts

I  belong to a couple local fiber art groups that are a lot of fun. Some are technique driven, some more focused on the journey of an artist and they all included amazing wonderful women. Last night was the monthly meeting of the Tuesday Tarts. This group in particular laughs a lot! We were missing a few members because of the holidays but that didn't make us any less noisy! Silly laughter is so good for the soul!

We focus on a different mixed media or textile art technique each month and this month was my turn to demo. I was inspired by the book Plaster Studio by Stephanie Lee and Judy Wise.  I found all sorts of great ideas in this book for adding texture to mixed media pieces.

Using plaster wrap and cardboard we created bases for further embellishment. We colored the bases with Gelatos and Portfolio Oil pastels. Both products worked really well and are so convenient to use. The Gelatos are a bit easier to mix and spread with just your fingers because they are so soft. I will post a photo of these and some of the other girls work when they are finished. We brainstormed a few ideas of how to use these techniques in our textile art and mixed media art. I get so much energy from these groups! If you are in the Colorado Springs/Monument area join us! If you aren't, create your own group and make some happy fun.

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And now for a little silk screening...




screen printing with blue glue resist





I finally had a chance to try out my new homemade silk screens and am happy to report that they work great! I followed the directions given by Jane Dunnewold in her new book Art Cloth…which is fabulous! It was easy to make my own screens and in a non-scientific head to head test they worked just as well as the purchased screens I have. Here are just a couple of my screen printing treasures.

screen printing with water soluble wax pastels



I have read about this method of coloring on the screen with water soluble wax pastels and using soft gel medium or matte medium to dissolve the pastels in a deconstructive method of printing. I played a bit but don't know that I am in love with this process although I really like this piece. It takes quite a bit of medium to dissolve the pastels and this affects the hand of the fabric quite a bit. It is still stitchable but hand stitching would be tiring.
screen printing with paper resists

Paper resists are some of the easiest silk screen resists and so much fun...you end up with great painted scraps of paper as a bonus! These grids were screened on top of a less then attractive mono-print. I love the colors!

Thermofax screen printing





Thermofax screen printing
I have still not had a lot of time to play with my Thermofax very much. I love the details you get with these screens and they are so easy to make too!At Tuesday Tarts (one of my creative fiber arts groups) this week we played with Shiva Paintstiksand had a lot of fun...as usual. I used some of my fabric and paper towels from my dye day...aren't these great? I love using my clean up cloths in my fiber work and my journaling.


peach silk shirt dyed with shiva paintstiks embellishment



Paper towels with Shiva paintstik embellishment



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