Sunday, March 14, 2010

A very long post.....

.....but hopefully not too boring. :) Do you realise this is only the 4th post I have managed this year and we are already halfway through March - where on earth is all the time going these days? Mind you, blogger is a lot to blame - it's a nightmare having to upload every single photograph seperately.

Anyway, on with the post.

On her blog last week Sharne showed a terrific vessel she had made using Tyvek paper which had been coloured with the Caustic Soda Rust dyeing method. And then to top it off she stencilled some shapes on the surface with gel medium, sprinkled them with Rusting Powder (from Crafty Notions) and spritzed them with white vinegar. I hadn’t thought of putting motifs on the surface so I decided to have a bit of a play. This certainly has a lot of potential.

The backgrounds are all Tyvek paper but I used a Thermofax Screen rather than a stencil. These first two pieces are on rust dyed Tyvek using Micaceous Iron Oxide paint, which will also rust slightly given time.

On this one I sprinkled some Bronze Metallic Powder on part of the paint and the rust powder on the rest. I waited until it was totally dry before spritzing with vinegar as I had already used the same technique but sprayed it while it was wet and the metallic power ended up in a big puddle!

The background of this one has been coloured using Walnut Ink and the motifs have been stencilled on with black gesso.

The background of these next two is walnut ink with sea salt sprinkled on. Once dry the salt is removed and the surface painted with Golden Fluid paint in Paynes Grey and Transparent Red Iron Oxide. The markings are from where it has been laid face down on a plastic sheet and left to dry. (If you buy the book ‘Stitching the Textured Surface’ you can access free workshops on the d4Daisy website where you can find full details of this surface and ideas on vessels to create using the coloured Tyvek paper). The top motif has been screened on using Golden Fluid Transparent Red Iron Oxide mixed with a small amount of Gel Medium to thicken it up and the bottom one is a stencil using the same paint mixture.

Same technique as above used for colouring the background and for the motif but I used the paint neat from the bottle to screen on a few lines of text so it was quite runny and didn’t make a very good print.

This is one of my ‘arty’ shots. :) An acrylic painted background and this time I used a stencil to push Pumice Gel through before covering with Rusting Powder and spritzing. Now this really is rusty!

I had been playing around a while back with Tyvek paper, one of my favourite surfaces, and decided to use up some old bits. These are scrappy bits where I had previously stencilled a motif on the surface with either gesso or molding paste and then coloured them and I thought I would see what they turned out like if I heated them using the iron – again well worth playing with some more.

I stitched this one down to a cotton duck background, lightly covered it with gesso and then painted with acrylic paints, Quinacridone Burnt Orange and Paynes Grey this time.

And these are other pieces of melted Tyvek paper that I have stitched onto cotton duck, covered with gesso and then painted with acrylic paints. The Tyvek pieces were scraps from other projects that had already been coloured but I just went over the top of them with the gesso and acrylic paints - and of course, a bit of Treasure Gold in these first three. :)

The stitching on this one could do with blending in more but it was the background I was pleased with. I had sprinkled sea salt into the wet gesso before adding the acrylic paints.

These ones are Quink (writing) Ink sprayed or painted on top of the gesso and the first one has a bit of Interference Blue added to the Tyvek surface.

The 'glitzy' bits on the top of this one is Creative Sprays 'Autumn Gold'.

One of my daughters sent me this book for Mothers Day.....

... to go with the other two she gave me at Christmas.

They are fabulous books, really fat and heavy with loads of lovely colourful close-up photos – excellent source material books – and I know you’re not supposed to do this but I just couldn’t resist showing you some of the terrific photos, and not necessarily the best ones either. As it’s not for personal gain but more as a way of promoting the books, I am sure it will be OK on this occasion.

There are loads of books on Amazon similar to this sort of thing and the next one on my list is 'Inside the Body' - it looks amazing.

I have also been creating more vessels using my favourite technique of the moment and these really are terrible photos, the colours are so much nicer. The vessel stands over a metre high and I just haven’t got the room near a good light source to take a decent photo.

I wanted to try something different. I stitched wire into the top of the vessel before burning out the shapes as I wanted to make the top bendy to give it a more distressed feel. Not sure it looks right though, not only because I think I should have made the whole thing bendy but mainly because my dearly beloved (?) looked at it and with pity in his voice said ‘Oh no, what went wrong’ !!! *LOL*

Do you think it’s back to the drawing board on this one?

And now for some really great news which deserves to be in bold lettering as I am so excited.

ArtVanGo have asked me to demonstrate on their stand at the NEC show, Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch  (details here) at the end of this month. So I shall be there all day on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28thMarch.

Please come and say hello if you are going to be there, I would love to see as many of you as possible – just make sure that you say ‘hello’ in my good ear though. *LOL*



What a fabulous post, so full of inspiring techniques, colour and texture. I shall be back again and again to look at these samples. Thanks Lynda


Celia said...

Great post - worth waiting for!

But do yourelf a favour - try Windows LiveWriter

You can compoe a post in LiveWriter, including as many pictures as you like, where you like, and post it in blogger in far less time than it would take you to add a couple of images direct into blogger -in the wrong place becasue you can't wrestle them to where you want them!

Heather said...

It's quality that counts Lynda, not the quantity of posts, and you always give us quality. Your Tyvek paper samples are amazing - a real feast of textures and colours. Those wonderful images from your Mothers' Day book are very inspiring and your tall vessel is stunning - I love it. Congrats on your place on the Art Van Go stand, have a great weekend there.

MargaretR said...

Hi Lynda. This post was well worth the wait and as usual very inspiring! I wish I could go to the NEC to see your demos. I will ask around to see who's going.

Jacquelines blog said...

Hi Lynda, I love those rust experiments!

Doreen G said...

Yikes Lynda I started reading this post while eating my breakfast and finished at lunchtime--well it seemed like it anyway.I love the wonky vessel-and all the other samples.
Nice to have the old Lynda back with all the show and tell and congrats on the AVG position-they sure know a good thing when they see it.
Knock 'em dead.

kay susan said...

Certainly was a long post! I've read it twice and I'll probably have to come back again - but well worth the wait!

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

What a lot of experiments!
Congrats on the AVG invitation, Nickie and I will look out for you on the Sunday

Julie said...

I got all excited when I read that you'll be at the NEC then I saw 'Saturday'. *!"$&#! I'm going Thursday with Wendy! Grrrrrrrr! Well done for the recognition and I hope you have a super time. Enjoy! Speaking of which this is a wonderful post and I am in awe of the effects you have obtained.

Vicki W said...

Your work is always so inspiring!

Pat said...

Great post, it's like a mini magazine. Love the Tyvek flowers and I think the top of the vessel is just right.

Anne B said...

Look forward to meeting you at the NEC on the Saturday. There'll be me and my buddy Kathryn - we're both Distant Stitchers too!

Angelcat said...

Thanks for sharing all those fabulous images in this great post. Your tyvek surfaces are gorgeous. Those books look fabulous

sharon young said...

Men are so thoughtless sometimes, i love the fact that the vessel is straight in the body and bendy at the top, it makes it more unusual.
Great news about the FE&S show, I wish i was going, didn't know they did one at the NEC, is it new?

Ruth said...

What do "dearly beloveds" know anyways? Love the vessel! And the rest of your samples are great as usual.

Clare Wassermann said...

coo a marathon post! I love the look of that pollen book!!!!! See you at the NEC!

neki desu said...

give me rust anytime. great post!
thank you

Val said...

I've a crick in my neck ... face glued to the screen! Wonderful post Lynda - thanks so much for all that sharing! Have a great time at the weekend (you realise you won't get much demonstrating done don't you - you will be chatting up all the friends that will be dropping by to say hello!)

Liz said...

I would second the suggestion of using Live Writer, Lynda. I've used it since it came out and wouldn't be without it.

And that texture is wonderful... I could EAT it!! or maybe not...

Quilt Online said...

Lynda you have very beautiful work, congratulations and practice a technique thing I do not know.
Wishing you Happy Easter with your family.

Morna said...

I think it is gorgeous - but I agree that it is the bendy top that is so appealing.