I know this looks out of focus but it's not. I spent a day in Susan Brooks Garage
last week to re-learn how to use deconstructed screen printing. I did this on cotton before but decided to use silk this time. What a difference!
I loved the vibrancy of the dyes on silk and after consulting with a friend of mine that is a professional artist, working in silk, I now know how to finish this piece into a scarf (so practical!)
If you ever get the chance to spend some time with Susan at her studio, do it! It was a creative day and Susan is a wonderful teacher!
I'm getting more and more into mixed media so I order some tea bag paper from the UK. This is paper that acts as fabric (strong and won't deteriorate when wet). I'm using my favorite Dylusions spray inks to add some color and pattern to this paper. Loving the effect!
Today is Easter. A time of reflection and transition. From death to life. From winter to spring. From the past to the present.
At the Botanic Gardens, I saw transitions from hard surfaces (Calder sculpture) to softness (tulips ready to shed their beautiful petals and succumb to the next blooms that will catch our eye.)
Time to reflect on the next fiber art series. I'm getting close.
I received my yard of fabric this week and love it. So I'm uploading more of my designs to Spoonflower and will start working on adding text to my fabric this week. I'm finally out of my slump!
Can't wait to get to the studio!
I want to make some more pieces using text but thought I would stitch on commercial fabric instead of piecing the background. No only would this save me a lot of time, but it would give me a lot more flexibility as to the finished size of my work. I need to make smaller pieces so I can submit them to exhibits where most limit the size to 60" or less.
Sp I spent hours searching the Internet and fabric manufacturers for exactly what I had in mind. And found nothing even close.
As you probably know, I've been spending time with watercolor and decided to try to make what I wanted and send it to a fabric printing company (Spoonflower) to see if that would be a good solution for me. I really like the idea of stitching on my own art! I expect to receive the fabric in a couple of weeks so I'll let you know how that goes.
Meanwhile, I'm spending some more time creating variations on this theme since if it works, I'll be creating a new body of work using my own designs as background.
I love this fabric/paper book made during our Art Retreat last month. Lutradur is an amazing substrate! I look forward to experimenting more with this!
Today, I'm experimenting with salt and watercolor. I love the texture that adding salt creates by absorbing and repelling paint. But I know that leaving salt on the surface will eventually destroy the art. When I remove it, a lot of value is lost.
Couldn't resist one more blog about our February Mixed Media Adventures Art Retreat.
What a fantastic group of 24 people coming from all over the country. We were blessed with summertime weather and hope we can continue this creative vibe in 2018. We are already working on a new art project that expands on the past two years and that will introduce you to new materials and ways to make beautiful art.
Meanwhile, we will be teaching a workshop version of the retreat in November. If you couldn't join us in Golden, we hope you can join us in Denver! More info to follow soon at
Judith and I just finished teaching our annual art Media Adventures Retreat in Golden, CO. What a fabulous weekend!
24 creative people arrived on Friday to start this adventure with us and we couldn't be more proud of the art they created. This is just one of the wonderful art banners that we loved.
We will be coming up with a totally new retreat in 2018. While the project/content will be different, the excitement and enthusiasm will be the same! More details to follow at www.mixedmediaadventures.com.
One of the many joys of my artistic life is to have been invited into this amazing group of artists. Mary Williams put us together and we are now known as the "To Expand" group.
We have been exhibiting together for many years and our latest venture is at the Colorado Gallery of the Arts — housed at Arapahoe Community College (5900 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO). This is a huge art gallery and we all had to bring a lot of work to fill the space. Our new exhibit is called "Media Mixed" and runs from February 13 through March 8, 2017.
The reception is this Wednesday from 5-7pm. I'll be showing five of my large pieces in the Decades series. But all the art is worth a visit! Hope to see you there!