... right now, I'm working on painting on fabric and gathering some kind of skill that will allow me to add individualized details to my work. In cupboard one, the top shelf is tole paints, the second shelf is Tulip brand paints to the left and painting tools to the right, and the third shelf is Setacolor fabric paints to the left and Lumiere fabric paints to the right. Basically, the quality improves as you move downward and that's the path I'm following - using up the less desirable paints first while I'm building up my skills and betting that if I can work with the tough stuff, it'll be easier working with the good stuff.
Cupboard two is dyes on the top shelf, fabric pens, dye powders, paint sticks and transfer paints on the second shelf and professional grade acrylic paints on the third shelf. This is basically a cupboard that never gets opened. That's something to think about too - how could these supplies be worked in to what I'm already doing. Those four purple containers on the bottom left were bought to paint a couch and then I didn't. I could find a piece of furniture that I actually paint - LOL - even just for the fun of it and to use those paints.
AND... this cupboard is mess preventing supplies and tools. These do get used frequently. Below - not shown - is another cupboard of tubs and quart sized plastic containers for dyeing fabric gradations.
To make sure I paint on a regular basis - like hopefully daily - I set up a table between the work island and my computer desk. The trays from the paint cupboard are easily portable. Yesterday, after painting, I cleaned all the supplies and refilled the water glass and rinse tub ready for the today. In her book The Creative Woman's Getting It All Together At Home Handbook, author Jean Ray Laury mentions that her then mother-in-law advised her to never leave the loom unstrung. I don't weave, but that's good and transferable advice. If you're set up to do the work, you're more likely to do the work.
Start with ugly is an assignment from my Self Expressions workshop on creating pattern free textile art in your style. The basic concept of the assignment is that we're not afraid of ruining something we already think is ugly so we're more willing to risk and risking can take you places you never thought you'd go. This starting piece is from the workshop with Diane. It's the first one I made and a mish-mash of trials and ideas. In the end, I crumpled it up with some green paint which explains that blotching.
To start, I took a fat felt pen and meandered it over the surface. I don't usually work to music but on my trip I discovered Praise 106.5 and I was listening on-line which mean my pen bobbed along to the music.
Then I filled in spaces with the Setacolor paints which work best when mixed with substantial water. These paints are REALLY old - ten to fifteen years at least if not more - and a lot of them have turned lumpy and dried up. I'll use up what I can but I won't replace them since there are better products for what I want to do. With the sample, I tried putting the paint on thick and then watering it down with a wet brush and pulling it around as well as putting it on already watered down. From there...
... I just kept adding more layers and forgot to take a picture at each stage. The finished piece is significantly different than the starting point although I haven't decided if I like it. Not that it matters. I learned a lot AND... I painted another piece and this is good.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - a paint place, a painted piece
The answer is very simple. Pray for the person you resent.
- Julia Cameron