Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Online Fabric Painting Course-How To Paint Fabric Using Jacquard Textile Paints

One day I needed a particular fabric for a fiber arts project I was working on for an upcoming show.  I could see the fabric in my mind’s eye. I knew the color, the design, and the affect I needed but do you think I could find it in a fabric store? No. I drove to a different city. I drove to San Francisco. I looked in Los Angeles. Nothing was what I needed or even came close to what I wanted. That was how I first began designing my own fabrics. 40+ years later, I am still designing my own silk, cotton and wool fibers and so can you!  

AQ’s Fabric Painting course goes beyond dyeing fabric. It is much more personal than simply making a print on fabric.

In five lessons, we will explore the beautiful possibilities of using Jacquard Textile Paints on cotton. Make a hand painted centerpiece for your quilting or crafting needs.  Learn how to mix color, blend color, paint using washes and layer color to make one of a kind art fabrics that can be embellished or used as is. 

This is going to be an exciting class with many opportunities for sharing ideas, making discoveries, and taking some artistic chances.  

This class may be the springboard you have needed to make your quilts more exciting, your crafts more interesting or to just snap you out of your creative doldrums.
Fabric Painting is both a process and a project class. It is geared to the beginning fabric painting student, but will also offer challenges to those more experienced in art techniques.  

No artistic “talent” or experience is needed to take this class. I love those students who feel nervous about painting. In fact, you are my favorites to teach because I love the excitement that comes from exploring new territory. All that is needed is a willingness to try. It’s all good.

Here is the link to register for the online course at the Academy of Quilting: 5 lessons/$50.00 (US)


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Lavender Farms

This lavender farm is one of the most magical places on the face of the earth. We discovered it by accident while driving around the Mt Shasta, California area a few years ago. The panoramic views are spectacular. The place resets my calm and restful button!

While lavender is one of the most powerful essential oils, it makes a wimpy natural dye.  The color on silk, cotton, or wool is the same as tea.  My thoughts about it are, why waste the blossoms and your time making beiges and browns when you can throw a few tea bags in the water and have the same results in way less time?

Many times, we just have to try things to know for sure if they produce good color. Other disappointments include Zinnia blossoms and pink geraniums. On the other hand, grand surprises include black hollyhocks, blackberries, cactus fruit (prickly pear) and raspberries. 
What have you planted this year in your dye garden?

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I am a fiber artist. I am a teacher. I am a Reverend. I teach, I create, I counsel, I listen.

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