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I’m Here


I had a hectic few days. I hosted the Oregon Fiberarts Critique Group on Saturday so there was the frenetic getting ready and providing coffee and treats when every one arrived on Saturday morning. Our guest critic, Alice, was our cathedral arts director until we ran out of funding for the position. She did a great job. I got a good kick in the butt. First of all, the only work I had was really safe work that I had done for the Twelve X Twelve group and them SDA member’s show.

Her biggest advice to me was to kick it up a notch and not be so safe. I had already begun to think about this. I really have had a problem getting something going in the studio so I think I just need to do the work and spend more time with perfecting some techniques. I need to go back to where I was before I did my solo show which took me off track.

Enough soul searching.

Right now, I am having fun whipping up a piece for the Fast Friday Fabric Challenge. The theme is an animal. I don’t really do animals. The most abstract one I could think of was a fish. I wanted to try a new technique with the Colorhue dyes which involves printing with Lumiere paints and then applying the dye. The pain acts as a resist.

For the background, I chose a lime green silk from my stash. I shose some paints from my collection.


I then screen printed with a thermofax screen that I had made last year.


They were a little more purple than I wanted, but looked iridescent which was good.

Here is the fun part. You lay the silk on bubble wrap. Then paint it with water; that makes the silk adhere to the bubble wrap. Then I painted with 3 or 4 colors of the  Colorhue dyes. the result is what you see at the top of my post. It is still wet and needs to dry on the bubble wrap. I think I should have used the smaller bubble wrap, but it is still very fun.

I have to go finish getting our supper ready. We have to eat early and go to theology class tonight. I have a very wonderfully smelling slow cooker soup going. Chicken, black beans, corn, salsa, mushrooms, cumin. I am going to garnish it with sour cream and avocados.

4 Responses to “I’m Here”

  1. Judy says:

    very cool…….and the slow cooker soups sounds yummy!!!


  2. dee says:

    Love the bubble wrap technique and those beautiful colors. Everyone has a slow period now and then, by the time the next crit group comes around you’ll be your usual fabulous artistic self. I have faith.
    Besides, I really loved your 12×12 pieces and didn’t think they were always safe. Oh! and by the way, that technique that Kristin asked about is interesting. I saw someone do the fish printing on one of the quilting shows on tv. It only bothered me that you couldn’t then eat the fish-seemed like a terrible waste to my whole Food Pantry way of thinking, but the prints were wonderful.
    Can you tell I haven’t had any human interaction for days…blah, blah, blah?

  3. Francoise says:

    Nice fabric painting. Are the colorhues dyes or paints? (I could check your other posts, I guess..)

  4. Kristin L says:

    Very cool fabric painting. Have you ever tried gyotoko (I think that’s what it’s called) — where you print directly from the fish?