Sunday, February 18, 2007

T.A.S.T - Feather Stitch

For T.A.S.T. Feather Stitch, I decided to use the tinfoil, acrylic and salt technique which I used in last weeks challenge.
I worked the first sample on calico using a cotton thread and a thicker silk thread.

This was covered with acrylic gel medium, tinfoil laid on the top, more gel medium, then sprinkled with coarse sea salt.

Acrylic paints in Turquoise Phthalo, Quinacridone Gold and Quinacridone Crimson were used to give the surface a look of metal and rust. I took lots of photos as usual, so have made a collage of some of them. Double click on the pictures to get a better look.

The threads on the first sample were too fine to actually show up under the tin foil so for the next one I used a background of jute scrim with thick cotton cord and silk thread doubled to work the stitches.

Once again this was covered in acrylic gel medium, tinfoil laid on top, more gel medium and a sprinkling of coarse sea salt.



The same paints as above were used, this time with a much better effect. Once the paint was dry I managed to peel off the tinfoil intact and still holding its shape. I have painted gesso over the stitching and will use a different technique to finish off. Will post photos of this later.





For my usual sample of using the same fibre as the background I tried stitching with tinfoil strips on to a tinfoil background. Difficult! Unable to take photo of stitching, too much reflection. I used acrylic gel medium and a pumice gel medium on this sample.

It was then painted using the same acrylic paints as the other two samples.

I should have mentioned last week that this technique is taken from the book ‘Celebrate your Creative Self’ by Mary Todd Beam. This is a brilliant book showing lots of different techniques which you can use with your favourite medium. Highly recommended.

13 comments:

Doreen G said...

Once again brilliant Lynda the colours in the last picture are fantastic.

Susan D said...

Thanks for the book recomendation. I can see I'm going to have to be more adventurous with TAST.

Vicki W said...

You are taking TAST to a whole new level - these are incredible samples!

Carol said...

These are just too fab. I love them I really want to have a go at this myself. What a clever girl you are.

Micki said...

These are all fabulous looking. Great colors. Are you counting these for February for FAF? I may have to give it a try.

Dotee said...

I love reading all of the steps! Thankyou so much for showing the entire process.

The effect is stunning and the colors....oooh la lah....

StegArt said...

I love those colors your are using and the textures you are getting are fabulous.

Carol said...

Oooh fabulous, I have this book, I need to get it off the shelf and rediscover it.

Fran├žoise said...

Nice!
As always, your close-up pictures are so exciting... Each time, I have to take out my paints, medium, bleach and so on!

sammy said...

You just blow me away each week when I see what you do with your TAST! I always look forward to seeing what is next!

Vivian said...

lOVE YOUR STUFF!
One question, how do you use the finished product - cut in pieces and sew onto textiles?
One thing I've done is use coarse thread on fabric and glue it to a block of wood. It makes a great stamp.
... and the migraine quilt ... it takes one to know one!

Gunnels blog said...

Oh, I really love this fabrics! So good!
thank you so much for your nice comment at my blog!

Doreen G said...

Today I have managed to see all the photos.
I don't know why this happens but it seems that I only have to wait a few days and they turn up again.
ooooooooooooow creepy isn't it