Brightening Life with Creativity,
one day at a time...
Ever seen any fabric like the piece above? Well you might have seen something similar, but probably not exactly like it, because it the result of some experimenting I did this past weekend! :-)
I enjoy dyeing my own fabric and I have worked a lot with different techniques to achieve some interesting visual textures, but I decided to try my hand at some surface design work.
My family and I love scrounging garage and estate sales, flea markets and the like for "new to us" simple treasures and sometimes I stumble across some neat kitchen gadgets. Know where I'm going with this? :-)
I started out by dyeing some fat quarters of PFD fabric in some bright and lovely hues. Then I grabbed my textile acrylics and some vintage kitchen utensils and "played".
I achieved a bubble looking print by using the metal springy thing above. (Like the technical terminology?) I believe it is either some sort of whisk or an egg separator. Either way, that's not what I will be using it for. ;-)
Then I used a pasta cutter to create some great lines. I actually started out my going horizontal and then went back and did some vertical lines to make a great grid pattern. Sorry I didn't get a picture of that, but no worries... You'll see the finished fabric in a project very soon! My son said it reminded him of a radar screen!
And last but not least, I used an old pastry blender to create these whispy sweeps! So what are you going to experiment with? I bet you'll never look at your kitchen gadgets the same way again! :-)
These little flowers are beautiful! They thrive in the sun without much water or TLC (being in the succulent family) and have new blooms every day!
My son planted several in two barrel planters on our back porch and it is a wonderful surprise everyday to see what colors appear; everything from pale pink to vibrant fuchsia, orange, red, white and several hues of yellow!
By now you should know that flowers are one of my most favorite things. The details that God packs into these creations that fade away at sunset amaze me. Look at those stamen! The petals are like paper, but yet have so much depth of color!
Planting portulaca may become one of annual traditions!
Fiber artist, wife to a wonderful husband and mom to 2 awesome kids
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