Friday, September 25, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
I prefer to surface design my own fabrics but have a huge stash of commercially printed fabrics that I need to work with so....
I machine stitched a bunch of blues and greens, cut in curves, layered them, then stitched them down onto canvas. I added beads, crocheted cords to finish up.
Check my blog http://dianehamburgart.blogspot.com for more on layers.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Happy weekend to all of you. Sorry, I have been off-task with this lately. I had a monster graduate class that just ended. I thought I would explode. I have the same instructor for summer school but hope it will be better since I will be out of school June 5th.
My challenge to you this week is to layer, layer, layer. It does not matter what. Just layer fabric, colors, paper, clay, buttons, whatever you want. Just layer, layer, layer, and then layer some more. Just don't create mud.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Have fun this week.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
I am digressing a lot this week. So, you are to write on fabric this week. Just write, write, write. Take what you have written, cut it up, quilt it up, sew on it, do whatever you want, and create something with parts of what you have written. Have fun.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
This week's challenge is to go to your hardware store and go to the paint section. You have to spend about a buck ($1) and buy a plastic putty knife or putty spreader about 1.5 or 2" wide. If you don't know what one looks like, then you can just Google it. Here is a pict as well. I would scan but my scanner is on the fritz again.
http://tinyurl.com/c7feht Here is a tiny url link in case the long one above breaks.
I would not buy one wider than 1.5-2" because you lose control with the really wide ones. Splurge and buy a couple of them. They are very useful tools. I don't bother to wash them much. I just use a paper towel and wipe them off as I go along. I use several at once. They kinda gunked up sometimes because I forget to clean them. They then become part of art pieces or I toss them aside and use cleaner ones.
Instead of using a paintbrush, paint using the putty knives instead. Use these and apply molding paste or gel medium. You will get great texture.
Another thing you can do is take put some paint on a paper plate. Pick up the paint on the plate with the putty knife and spread the paint with it onto your surface. Scrape the paint along your surface. You will get great texture especially if your surface is kinda uneven. I do it with something bumpy or textured already on my surface. It works great.
Something else you can do is this. Take some different colored fluid acrylics or slightly watered down acrylics and squirt onto your substrate (paper). Do so randomly and sparingly. Scrape your surface in long sweeping strokes with your putty knife to pick up the different colors. You will be amazed at the colors that come up. Squirt again in uncovered spots and repeat. Do not go over with paint already on your putty knife or it will be muddied. Just put the excess paint on another piece of paper or scrap. You can use that for another background.
Pick up some molding paste, gel medium, or other texture medium with putty knife. Apply to your substrate. Make sure your substrate is heavier like watercolor paper, chipboard, or heavy cardboard. Swirl, cut, make chopping motions, and randomly apply medium onto surface so you get some cool texture. Let dry completely. Paint when completely dried. You might try flexing it in the opposite direction to see how it cracks when it is dried. I love cracks. I also love to use iridescent gold paint on the peaks of texture. You might want to try house paint with this. BTW, you can color the medium before applying it onto your substrate. I like to color it after I apply it. I am never sure how I want the color to look until after the acrylic medium dries.
Putty knife works well with crackle paste, too. Thicker layer for wider cracks. Remember to have fun. It is okay if you can't do it every week. Just remember to take a breath and to do art whenever you can. I am trying to fit a bit of art in whenever I can - even with my hectic schedule.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
This week is all about mail art. I am finally catching up with all the postcards that people sent to my 6th graders. Your job this week is to blow the dust off your paper cutter and cut a piece of card stock to a 4x6 size. Okay, you can cheat and take a piece of background that is around that size and cut it to 4x6. It can be fabric if you want. You need to put a focal point on it. Do something to it but it needs to be flat so you can just stick a stamp on it to send it to someone. NO fair if you put it in an envelope to mail it off to someone in pristine condition. You have to address and stamp it on the other side. You have to mail it to someone who is NOT an art person. Yeah, they might not get it. They might not appreciate it. BUT, but, but, you are spreading the love. You can always make more than one and send that one to an art person so you know it will be appreciated and loved - no matter what. You know that you can do whaever you want, I will never know the difference. I am just making it up as I go along. Do make the flat postcard and send it to someone. Make one for yourself and send it to yourself. You will come across it one day and it will amuse you. It amuses me when I come across it every once in awhile. I do it every so often when the urge strikes me to mail out an art card. I get in the mood and will do mail out a couple times a year.
Fast Eyes, if you are reading this. I so love the mail art that you send to me! You send me the very best postcards - art cards ever!
Go out and find some funky postage!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
paper clip or something with a sharp edge for gouging
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I have been having fun combining photos that I have taken with my art that I have scanned. Photography is as great a love as other art for me, so I'm always looking for ways to combine them.
Chrysti Hydeck has written an article about this in the Jan/Feb 09 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors.