Thursday, July 8, 2010

Katazome Class, Day 2!

A sampling of day 2 in my katazome class. My "One Blue Fish" is second from right. We painted over the dry rice paste resist with pigment paints Karen mixed up in these great muted shades. They all look rather messy don't they? But next week (yes! NEXT week) we can soak the paste off in water and see what grows up.

My second piece is going to be spectacular! I love the golden yellow, charcoal black and crimson combination and once the paste is removed.....I am so anxious!!
Diane did an all over color wash, five layers of color...over a fern stencil. It glows. I can't wait to see what this looks like next week.
My favorite Karen Illman Miller piece. That tree is from one of her intricate, hand cut stencils.
I learned so many things in this class. I appreciate that it is very labor intensive, that you are fully engaged in each step, that it is completely toxin free and that it is doable. Karen has availed herself online to her students for questions and information on supply vendors. Her love of the craft is evident.

If I were a felted vessel this is what I would look like! Anne, one of the lovely women in my class and a member of RAFA (Rochester Area Fiber Artists) brought this wet felted vessel she created to show. Love the organic shape, the pebbles and the swirly bits!

I am thinking.....of what to do.....for my Bra for a Cause! Was thinking crowny points....then a thistle (flower) ran through my mind.....then the crown idea was in question since the bra is very shaped, not straight across...then "the girls" was an idea, you know, two girl faces, but then I don't know how I would make faces, but wild spiky hair sounds fun.....so I am only at this stage still. A paper pattern pinned as a preview for something! I have til the end of August.
THEN I started on my art quilt for the Bakers Dozen blog. A group of 13 women that my friend Thearica gathered up. We all are part of  HGTV message board and some of have actually met. It is a diverse and interesting little clan of creative souls. I am happy to be amongst them and to be motivated to make things!
The first theme is "freedom". We can do whatever we want which is magic to the mind. About a year ago I sketched a little something and knew someday it would become a quilt. I don't want to give it away before our reveal, so here is a little part of the sketch.
Today I got out the cheap little projector I bought from ebay last year, taped a piece of fabric to the wall, pulled the shades and penciled in the image BIGGER. Thanks to Marylee for the idea and then actually remembering I had one!
Picked the color/fabrics out and hope to get the embellishing machine out tomorrow on her maiden voyage!


I have learned:
  1. That I gotta go....I am picking up a pizza, going to Melissa's where Ian & Darcy are staying during the week in July. 
  2. Darcy is giving me a pedicure!! So worth it! She is excellent and my feet are aching.

1 comment:

Nicki Lee said...

WOW! You are on one heck of a creative streak! I would give anything to live near you so you can tyeach me all these new fun techniques.

BTW - I was at an Art Supply store in Boston yesterday and guess what I found for $10.97!!!! Gold Resist! I have to go back in soon as I accidently bought two bottles of Dye Ink - got carried away with the colors and didn't pay attention to the label. If you want me to pick you up a jar, let me know. OMG! I was in "DYE" heaven and my wallet proves it LOL!