Thursday, 23 April 2015

And some other things...

Cindy has made some new pages for the book she began in the Ro Bruhn workshop back here.
She collected together small embroideries and similar little samples and incorporated them into her pages....
 ... adding buttons, lace, fabric snippets on painted backgrounds with hand stitch.

It's going to be beautiful when it's finished!

Helen also brought along another book she'd made. She's on a roll - this is the third she's made since we started the cereal box books.

This one is a kind of magic book. The front butterfly fold is purely decorative but once the cover is opened...

 ... there is a hidden narrow book that opens to the left...
... while the right opening reveals the main book.

Helen was working on another embroidery while we were all spraying colours.
I can't tell you what it's about, because it's super secret stuff. You may hear more about it later!
Nola had some dye printing to show us, this one on paper...

... and these on quilters' muslin.


Tuesday, 21 April 2015

More Dala Sun Colors

After our unsuccessful sun printing session last time, we decided to give the Dala Sun Colors another try, this time on paper. We collected together all our stencils, foam brushes and spray bottles.

Cindy had brought some commercial stencils. She has quite a collection!

Here are two of her stencils being sprayed:

... and here's the result.
Now that's more like what we had in mind!

Cindy also created this page with her stencils...

Nola made this page with a commercial stencil too..

Maz got some lovely sharp images with really delicate stencils..
...and some brilliants results combining stencils.

Nola also created some paper stencils, which she coated with gesso on both sides.

The stencils were surprisingly robust.

She also made some prints with stencils she'd made with a glue gun.

Finally, Maz printed a length of cloth using a mixture of stencils...
Absolutely gorgeous!

We agreed that this was a much better way to use the medium.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Trees in March

Here we are in April and we're still working away on our Tree journals. For some of us, this has been a way to explore what we know about local trees. Living in Australia, most trees you see fall into the general category of Gum Tree. It's sometimes incredibly hard to tell one gum tree from another, but tree identification can be really important if you want to use the bark or leaves for dyeing (for example).

This month, Maz was collecting information about the Raspberry Jam Tree, Acacia acuminata. Acuminata means pointed or elongated in Latin, referring to the long point at the tip of the leaves. The everyday name, Raspberry Jam Tree, refers to the scent of the wood when cut, which is like the smell of the jam.

Cindy is also researching different aspects of trees, but each month she focuses on a particular characteristic. First of all, she was catching up from last month, when she was interested in leaves.

She's built up a great collection of leaf shapes here.

This month she was interested in flowers. Her pages show photos she took in Canberra, and a collection of the ten most popular flowering trees with their characteristics.

She commented on how strange it was that these popular ones all had white or pink flowers!

Nola has been more interested in using the tree shape as a recurring motif and recording the results. In her first pages this month, she finished adding the images she made last month with compressed sponge. The left hand page shows a print using all three sections of sponge and the right was an attempt to use ghost prints to create depth.
She had also made some prints with a commercial tree stamp belonging to Maz, on a page printed with thickened dye.

... and finally some prints made with an incised stamp she carved from Ezy-Carve. Incised stamps have the pattern made from the un-inked part of the stamp, which is cut away. The left hand page shows the stamp inked with a foam brush, which left distinctive lines on the surface. The right hand page shows the stamp used as a rubbing block, first with dry paper and watercolour pencils, washed over with a brush afterwards, and then with water colour pencils used on damp paper.

That's it for trees this month... the others forgot to bring their books!

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Postcards for March

There seems to be a lot of paper work around here lately! Two of our postcards this month were made on a card and paper base.

Yvonne also included fabric in her postcard collage, which was made on a background of mulberry paper. She added hand stitching with embroidery thread.

Helen's postcard was inspired by an Asian aesthetic. She collaged paper scraps and added metal embellishments.

Maz painted fusible web for the background of her postcard. She added hand stitching with perle thread and an edging of short and long stitch.

You'll have already seen the image in Nola's postcard. It was one of the trees she printed onto cloth with a compressed sponge stamp for her Trees journal back here. She added blended colour with Inktense pencils and some hand stitching with embroidery thread, before binding it with some leftover piping. 

Meanwhile, Cindy decided to have a try at needle felting. She added some hand stitching with variegated perle thread and hand stitched the edges.

So, once again, five very different postcards! We hope you enjoyed seeing them.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Some other things we've made

First, the good news! Maz received a highly commended for her work at Blayney. Remember when she was working on it back here?

Well done, Maz!

Cindy brought along a book she made in Ro Bruhn's Fabric Journal workshop at Berry Patchwork recently. She said she found it quite challenging but the book she produced looks wonderful.

Helen was working on her trademark canvas work as usual.
It's inspired by this Egyptian border pattern in Ornament, a collection of the work from The Grammar of Ornament  by Owen Jones, which she borrowed from Nola. She has another Egyptian image to include as well. I'm sure you'll see more of this!