Friday, July 30, 2010

More Playing with Paint and Fabric

Today was another sunny day with less humidity and that was a welcome relief!  I borrowed some wonderful keys a friend has collected over the years and decided today would be a good day to do some sun printing again.  I used a fabric transparent paint, placed the keys on top of the fabric and let the sunshine do the rest.  I didn't get exactly the results I was looking for this time but I'll give it yet another try sometime (maybe tomorrow?)  I also jumped in with some rusting of cotton fabric which I wanted to try for some time.  Ronnie found some great rusty old drill bits in his garage and they should be perfect.  I soaked the cotton with 1/2 and 1/2 water and white vinegar then wrapped the drill bits up in the fabric.  I also took some of the older rusty keys and wrapped some of them up in fabric as well.  So far the results for the rusting look promising.  I'm leaving them wrapped up for at least another day, then we'll see.  Here's a few pictures from today's efforts.  Tomorrow I'm off to a small town Fair.  Then who knows, maybe more art work?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

My Friend's Beautiful Garden

Yesterday I was invited to lunch at a friend's/previous co-worker house for lunch.  She has a lovely garden and I have been meaning to go take photos there for some time.  She invited me over a year ago.  One spring all we had was rain, rain, rain, so it didn't work out that year.  I finally made it.  Here are a couple of photos I took.  I will be offering some of them for sale in my Etsy shop as note cards and photographs in several sizes.  What a nice time we had, the weather was beautiful and the chickens and dogs entertained us!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Screen Printing with Thermofax Screen

I believe I have mentioned in a previous post that I was one of three "winners" picked to receive a free thermofax screen of my choice from Fibra Artista.  I tried it out today with screen printers paint from Plaid (no connection) printed on to plain muslin.  I can see that I'm going to be ordering more screens and perhaps I'll design one of my own.
This was fun!  Thanks Lynn.  I did wash off the screen right after I took the photo and it looks almost new again.  p.s.  I think I like the color green, what do you think?

Monday, July 19, 2010

More Soy Wax Printing and Painting

I found a new tool at the Webster Lake Association's Yard Sale this weekend.  It was originally a wisk but I could see it had potential as a tool to dip in soy wax.  Can't beat the price either, 25 cents.
So today I did more Soy Wax Batik on cotton.  I also did some Sun Printing with Dynaflo paint using old keys and some ferns.  Some happy news for me, I was a lucky winner of a Thermofax Screen from one of my Blog friends, Lynn who lives and creates wonderful art in Michigan. She has opened up a new shop on Etsy selling screens and paint.  She has made a two part video on Thermofax Screen Printing that you can see on her blog.  I've wanted to try Thermofax Screens for some time but it's been difficult finding them so I'm very happy she's using her machine to make I can buy some!  She will do custom, original art orders too and I hope to give that a try.
Until next time, stay cool!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Castle In The Clouds Car Show

Yes, it rained but we still went.  Lots of great cars to see and we took alot of photos even though the cars have rain drops on them.  The fog rolled in while we were on the mountain as you can see from one of the photos.  We stopped by the Art and Craft Fair in Ashland and I was very impressed!  There were artists and works of the quality you see at the Sunapee Crafts Fair in August!  Too bad it rained and not many attended.  I'll go again next year!!  Have a good week everyone.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Beach

Today I was fortunate to be able to spend some time on Rye Beach.  Beautiful day, a bit windy but the temperature was perfect!!  Learned later tonight that grandson, Dillon was at the same beach and might have seen me but didn't know why I would be there alone, so thought it must not be his grandmother.  I think maybe he was too busy having fun with his friends.

My friend M has started dialysis and she's doing a bit better.  She's had several day surgieries and told me today that at least she doesn't have anymore scheduled.  I told her maybe she'd get a call that a kidney was available and she'd be having another surgery sooner than she thinks.  I spent a couple of days visiting her and enjoying my "Dover B&B".  She and her husband have a beautiful house on the water and since they built it I have called it my B&B.  So happy to see she's doing a bit better.

Off to a car show tomorrow, hope it's not too sunny or hot.  Better for taking pics.