Spring is officially here. I do not go by the official calendar, first day of Spring and all of that. I go by when I get buzzed by the first hummingbird that thinks my red scarf is a flower/feeder. That was yesterday, the scarf now goes into storage until next Fall. Chartreuse in Dragon Wings Design is the herald of Spring and our new Featured Fabric. The fresh new leaf green, with all of the wonderful colors to follow very soon.
Feb 14th, 2015 by Suzi
The thought behind this class is to get you addicted to using paintstiks and stencils. You will learn a variety of simple techniques using different types of stencils, paintstiks and brushes on fabrics. We will discuss the care and use of Paintstiks. Explore the differences between Matte and Iridescent Paintstiks. Discover how helpful primers and blenders can be. We are going to get out our paintstiks to experiment, play and create.
Please wear clothing you don’t mind getting paint on.
Paintstiks – a minimum of 3 colors
Brushes – a minimum of 3 brushes, I recommend 2 Paintstik brushes (short stubby) and 1 Stencil brushes (a bit longer and softer).
Stencils – one minimum
Fabric – Minimum of 8 pieces, no smaller than 14” x 14”. Please pre-wash using a non-detergent soap (I use Synthrapol). Cotton – darks and lights, with a pattern or without. Optional Fabrics – Silk, Silk/Cotton, Rayon, Wool, Velvet (low nap is better). Must be able to heat set all fabrics.
Blue Painters Tape
Kitchen Parchment Paper
Sharp knife or potato peeler
Citra-Solve or Brush Soap
Permanently Repositionable Spray (404)
Karen Nickelson made this wall-hanging after visiting the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho this Summer. She worked from a couple of photos.I love the reflection in the lake and the clouds in the mountains.
Take note of the dead snags in the foreground of this photo.
Karen opened almost every piece of snow dyed fabric I had. We hung different candidates on the outside of my booth wall (had a corner). We looked at the different pieces for three days. This one was the winner. Karen used Blue painters tape and Payne’s Gray Paintstik to create the silhouette of the trees and added a little thread work to give the trees texture. I love the fact that she didn’t try to do an exact replica of the photo, but gave you the look and feel of the mountains, lake reflection, clouds and trees.