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Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

This week is turning out to be a fabulous art quilting week. I just finished Wendy Huhn’s class last night. Today, I went to see a show of work and hear a lecture by Ann Johnston. Friday, I am heading to Tacoma for the Quiltart Symposium for a couple of days. Whew!!

Here are some images from yesterday’s work in Wendy’s class. In the morning, we did transfers of images using transparencies printed with an ink jet printer and gel medium.

The top transfer is an old cigar label – Omar, the tent maker on canvas. The next two are photos that were transferred to cotton. The bottom is a photo of the earth transferred to organza. This was so much fun and quite easy to do. Any kind of ink jet printer can be used, but you must have ink jet transparencies.

In the afternoon, we made these fun acrylic stamps with leftover squares of acrylic and that foam stuff you find at Joann’s and Michael’s.

I am not sure how much I will use some of these transfer techniques, but I loved hanging out with other artists and being inspired by them. One of them was Trisha Hassler, who I have mentioned before. She does the work with metal in her work. She is such a great person to hang out with for a few day.

After a disappointing weigh-in at WW (I was up a bit), I spent some time getting some computer stuff done before Terry picked me up for our Art Date with June. We took in a small quilt show of Ann Johnston’s work at the Vancouver campus of the Washington State University. Ann did a lecture which I thoroughly enjoyed because I love, love her work and want to try some of her dye painting techniques. Yum!

Here are June and Terry checking out the quilting on this whole cloth quilt. Ann is now using a long arm and loves the quilting that she can do with it.

After the show, we enjoyed a nice dinner together. I always enjoy my time with these Portland friends.

Day Two With Wendy Huhn

Monday, October 15th, 2007

It was a very long, busy day. A lot of work today had to be done with a respirator on the roof of the building — three flights up. We ran up and worked between rain drops. Today there was a big todo around Portland as there was a simulated dirty bomb explosion and a test for firs responders. So there we were on the roof with our respirators and a police helicopter hovered over us, perhaps wondering what we were up to!!

Our first mission was to soak our gel transfer pieces and remove the paper. Here is one of mine soaked and ready to peel.

Using a sponge, you start removing the paper.

Here it is, rubbed and dried with my other gel transfers to fabric.

Clock wise from the upper right: a magazine image on white cotton, photocopies on white cotton, laser printed photo on dyed silk, paperless paper on silk organza.

You can also layer gel on images, letting it dry between layers and you end up with a kind on acrylic decal that can be glued and stitched to your work. Here are the decals that I made.

Clockwise, magazine photo, paperless paper, photocopy and paperless paper with tinted gel.

My favorite is this fluffy dandelion decal made from a laser photo print.

Today we worked with the chemicals, Xylene and Citrasolve, which actually contains xylene. These are the transfers I did with the xylene pen. The ginko leaves are on cotton and the other leaf is on silk organza.

I have worked with Citrasolve before, but never this way. We transferred color photos and magazine pictures to fabric.

The dandelion is a laser color print on silk charmeuse. The tropical fish is a magazine photo transferred to look like a colored pencil drawing. The other is from a sheet of copyright free work that Wendy gave us. I think they are color laser copies. It is on dyed silk.

This afternoon, we used her copy machine, named Pokey. We photocopied on to fabric. The top two are copied on to cotton.

These are copied to printed commercial fabric.

Mr C picked me up at 4:30 and we had an early dinner before going to EFM at Trinity. It has been a long day, and I need to print some transparencies to use tomorrow.

Making Progress

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

I finally got the big Epson printer to work. This printer takes 7 ink cartridges. When I print on fabric, I like to use the matte black instead of the photo black. Sometimes, the printer does not get the message that I have made a change and that I wanted to make a change. It will not recognize the new cartridge and keeps telling me that I have to change the settings, which I have already done. It finally worked and then I didn’t like the result and had to start over.

I can not show you the final journal quilt, which has to be 17 X 22 inches. But I will show you the parts! The theme is architectural grids – particularly, Seattle. I am using this discharged fabric and the other fabric is a painted fabric.


I took a photo of the skyline of Seattle from the ferry which I played with in Photoshop and printed on fabric. The first print was too washed out so I printed it again on a tighter weave cotton and pumped up the color saturation.


I had a photo of the space needle reflected in a high rise which I took on our trip last summer. I played with the color of this and printed it on organza.


Last summer when we were in Seattle, we toured the new library. I love the grids in the architecture and took some photos with plans to create some thermofax screens. Here is the original photo.


I made a screen of this and I am not totally happy with it. Maybe because of my attempt to screen on copper mesh!


Well, that is all I can share with you. I had to take some time out today to run down to Trinity with some tablecloths and stuff to set up the Arts Commission tables for sampler Sunday, tomorrow. I might get a little bit of work time tomorrow, but I have a few things to finish for the Japanese Garden show. Then I have to get everything ready to take up to the Garden for set up on Monday morning. Then it is back home to get ready for our EFM group to come for a dinner get-together to kick off our fall season.

Today, I remembered to take my camera when I took Maggie for a walk. These were taken on the Reed College campus. This is an installation with large hot pin letters on the front lawn.


This is the second time and the second place that I have seen this bunny — wonder what this is about?