Sunday, November 2, 2008

Yes, it's been a while

Why does life spiral out of control sometimes? Is it just me? Don't know but it DOES happen in my life once in a while. So, it has been some time since I have done anything worth posting, too. Maybe this is the beginning of a new start??? We'll see. My life priorities (mainly concerning family) have just changed drastically and I've yet to see where my art might fit in and when.

But for today -- In DyeHards we have a Complex Cloth swap. 8 pieces to do for the swap.
FIRST STEP - On all of them I started with a hand-dyed piece I already had on hand. Six of them are from a simple color wheel I had done and then I found two other pieces in my stash.
SECOND STEP - I wrapped a small roller with rubber bands, rolled them in DynaFlow (ones that went with the color of the original dyed fabric). Then I rollered the paint onto the cloth. This technique made interesting splotch marks on the cloth. Not what I was going for but, hey, that's what discovery is all about. In the end I really like the "deconstructed" look they gave.
THIRD STEP - Continuing with the deconstructed concept, I have styrafoam take out containers that have a cool circle and line pattern already embossed on them. I painted a different but coordinating color of DynaFlow in the styrafoam piece and stamped it randomly all over the cloth.
FOURTH STEP - I have a stencil called circles and stars. I placed this on the cloth and stenciled it with Lumiere paints that went with the color of the fabric. I didn't do this really precisely because I wanted to keep the deconstructed thing going.
Here first is a picture of one of the pieces opened up so you can see the overall pattern.

Here are the 8 pieces all folded and ready to package and ship to the swap hostess.

I must say it was very exciting and comforting to be back in the studio doing something creative! Hopefully, it won't be too long before I get back.


Anonymous said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I'm impressed and can't wait to sign up for one of the complex cloth swaps!

Gena Flatley

Wil Opio Oguta said...

Very pretty!

Karen said...

I'm am just so impressed with these pieces Kelly. I really regret not signing up for this swap just because of your pieces.

Thelma said...

Absolutely beautiful fabrics Kelly!! Wow!! Sure wished I'd been able to be in this swap..Love them!!!

Meg said...

Absolutely love these pieces!

Sue Andrus said...

Just found your blog, and I really love what you have done with your swap fabrics. I am sure all the recipients were really pleased!