Saturday, April 30, 2011

Good Fortune Birds Class...

The Permission 2 Play Group
met this week and created
Good Fortune Birds

Take a peek at our class
by clicking on the slideshow below:

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CLICK HERE: Fabric Paper Tutorial Video

Many Thanks to JanniLou Creations Quilt Shop for allowing us the use of their beautiful classroom space. You make all of this possible.

Permission 2 Play is a FREE class offering for cancer diagnosed patients.

Please join us Thursday, May 26, 2011 1:00 - 4:00

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CLICK HERE to view Healing Stitches Exhibits

The inspiration for Good Fortune Birds came from Kelli Nina Perkins
and her book: Stitch Alchemy.

CLICK HERE: A Reason to Play

CLICK HERE: Mark Lipinski Interview

Tea Bag......Stamping

I am doing some prep work for a class this month:

I thought I would play with my stash of recycled tea bag papers

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Tea Bag Papers
Stamped with Pigment Ink and Stamps

These can be used as is,
or cut out and used individually.

Cursive Writing

This is a rubber stamp by

Tree Bark

These can be used as is,
or cut out and used individually.


The lower tea bag was stamped with office style stamps
I collected from thrift stores over the years.
I am always attracted to office products...

Pigment Based Inks

It is important to use Pigment Based Inks when stamping.
Dye based inks are watersoluble,
so if you paint over them or use gel medium they will run.

I plan to incorporate tea bags into a few new class samples
for my upcoming

See you in class soon...

CLICK HERE to view my Mixed Media Class Info

My inspiration to work with recycled tea bag papers
came from
Judy Coates Perez
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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

Friday, April 29, 2011

Friends at the Fence...

Like a flower or vegetable garden,
you must cultivate your creativity to
keep it growing...

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After a wet, wet, wet
winter and spring here in Western Oregon,
I was feeling damp, musty and in need of some sunshine.

Last week...
the SUN arrived !

The sunshine lured me out of the Thread Shed...

I haven't had a productive week in front of the sewing machine
or at the design wall...

But, I feel so inspired and so motivated...

With each sunny day I made the choice to stay

I planned outdoor activities,
like varnishing screen printing frames...

Working in the flowerbeds...

Spending time with the camera
taking photos of what was going on in the yard
from all of this sunshine!

I was feeling the sun on my skin,
breathing the fresh air...

and taking the time to re-charge my batteries.

Take the time to notice the little things, like an apple blossom.
When you least expect it...
you are cultivating your creativity.

After a week out doors, I am ready to get to work in the
I have so many ideas jumping around in my head,
I can't wait to get started !

The images above were taken while playing in the yard with Gunnr.
Whenever there is activity in the yard,
the yearling cattle must come to the fence to satisfy
their curiosity...
our Friends at the Fence.

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

Thursday, April 28, 2011

ARt Cloth Round Robin......Reveal

The Art Cloth
Round Robin Group
had their BIG Reveal today...

Watch the cloth as it evolves from Round to Round

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Nancy's Art Cloth:

Round 1
Nancy painted and sun printed w/Setacolors

Round 2
I used tree branches as a resist and spray painted w/Tulip Fabric Paint

Round 3
Kathi created leaf stamps and put leaves on the branches

Round 4
Virginia made a moon w/Lumiere
Nancy's Art Cloth is finished

Virginia's Art Cloth:

Round 1
Virginia painted and sun printed w/Setacolors

Round 2
Nancy Wiped & Swiped over tape to create the plaid pattern

Round 3
I used a big jar lid and stamped circles w/textile paint

Round 4
Kathi created a silk screen and added green lines

Close Up shows detail of silk screen:

Virginia's Art Cloth is finished

This is Kathi's Art Cloth:

Round 1
Kathi painted and sun printed w/Setacolors

Round 2
Virginia over-painted and sun printed w/Setacolors

Round 3
Nancy Stamped w/Textile Paints

Round 4
I used found objects to act as a resist and stamped over them w/Lumiere
Kathi's Art Cloth is finished

My Art Cloth (LuAnn):

I painted white fabric w/Setacolors,
then placed objects on top and sun printed the cloth...

This is the result of the sun printing:

Round 1
LuAnn sun printing w/Setacolors

Round 2
Kathi made a stamp w/string and stamped black on the edges

Round 3
Virginia over-painted w/Neocolor II and Setacolors

Round 4
Nancy placed an object on the cloth as a resist
and sprayed alcohol ink over the top.
My cloth is finished.

There you have it....the BIG Reveal.

We are planning another Art Cloth Round Robin in the fall
w/Dyed fabrics.

We will keep you posted with our progress.

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,