Friday, September 05, 2008

I've Been Baaaad!!

No, I haven't done anything evil or illegal. I have just been very, very late in finishing my daughter-in-law's birthday present. But, here it is, noon on Friday, and I can finally say it is DONE!! (And I've even cleaned the bathroom, started the laundry, and vacuumed already this morning too!)

Marly loves butterflies, so I made her another piece to frame to go with the one I did last year. Along with a bird of paradise, she will now have a tryptich of tropical flora and fauna. I hope they help her remember home in Colombia.

This is my rendering of a glasswing butterfly. I thought about stitching on the butterfly, but decided that would ruin the delicate wings I was trying to achieve. And the legs aren't as good as I'd like, but they were hard. I printed the wings on Extravorganza, and enhanced the colors with Tsukineko inks. The background is a piece I painted and used bleeding tissue paper on, done last summer. It's mounted on foamcore, ready to frame. I hope she likes it.

I'm also going to try deconstructed screen printing again. I soda soaked that same fabric I used last time, and let it dry. I found out that two rubbing plate fit perfectly under the screen, so I chose two leaf motifs. This time I put the rubbing plates directly under the screen, not under the newspaper- and found out that leaves a lot more dye on the screen. Here's what it looks like, drying--

It's so dry here, I expect to be able to print by tonight.

We're going to a kite festival tonight here in Spanish, up by the reservoir and with a good view of the wind farm. I hope to get some good pictures, maybe some inspiration. We're supposed to have weather in the 80's all week- hope that lasts awhile. I am NOT ready for winter, not by a long shot!!

1 comment:

Judy said...

I love your quilt and I can't wait to see how your deconstructed screen printing turns out. Isn't that the most fun!!! I have washed my fabrics now and am trying to decide how to use them.
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