"I spy with my little eye--a flounder, a whale tail, porpoises, kelp,..."
Behind all the fun I am having in the studio, I am working toward a big goal. This goal has a deadline, and I should have begun earlier. Even starting at the last hour I calculated that I could make it, but frankly, it's kicking my keester. (Can I say that here?) I have become very disciplined at showing up in the studio, systematically working through problems, and making good progress. Will I make the deadline? I don't know, but I will work until the end to try.
To be fair to myself, I'm building in little rewards--gold stars, if you will. One is time to play with my Gelli print plate, even if it's not entirely play. I am working through a list of techniques I want to try out with it for the project, and these little pieces of swatch fabric were the handiest thing to document each technique. Some of the prints I pulled were just plain fun stuff, and I went back into the piece with colored fine tip markers to highlight fun things I saw.
Many of the acrylic paints available in small bottles will state they are appropriate for fabric as well as hard surfaces. Generally they require heat setting with an iron or dryer. Others need to be mixed with a fabric medium, or another additive to adhere permanently to fabric. This was important to me so that is what I was testing.
Here I was using a multi-surface acrylic, but I also dropped dots of alcohol inks on top of them. Inks on acrylic used on fabric do not work the same as a paper substrate! There was no change. I used one of my stamps I made from foam shapes for a city street, and a glorious moon. Thinly painted acrylics dry quickly so going back into the piece a few minutes later is possible. I added some silver paint with a fine brush, and with markers added lights and text.
Everything is heat set afterward, and there's no problem if they would need to be washed.
The last to show, but first I made is this little piece that looks like a modern geometric abstract. How fun is that?
I'm cutting this short today. I have to go to the store to buy a bigger baby pool for the llamas. You heard that right. It's terribly hot already today, and tomorrow 10 degrees higher. Although they have a cool floor to lay on and an oscillating fan, they get hot. And, no, for those of you thinking it. They don't have quilts. Just a pool. Pictures to follow soon.