Well, here it is April Fool’s Day and that’s what we got here in Massachusetts.. a big ole fat April Fool’s prank by Mother Nature… I’ll leave you with this… and we’ll move on to art.
Last week, I showed you some fabric dying with beet juice. This weekend, I was making some pancakes with blueberries.. wait.. blueberries? I have to give it a try. All I did was take hot water and threw some blueberries in a container and let them soak for hours. Then drop in the fabric and let them also sit for hours.
Here are my results on some fabric and lace… not bad.
One of my readers asked me if they were colorfast. I didn’t know the answer, but I did find HERE that if you boil the fabric in water and vinegar before the dying process, it will keep them colorfast.
Ok.. so once again, I refer you to one of my recent posts on my large journal covers, I started to create. I’m happy to say that I have completed the book and it’s ready for art making.
I used my awl to make four holes for metal binder rings, spray painted the rings white, then smooshed them with some teal paint. I used a lot of the Portfolio Watersoluble Oil Pastel crayons… creamy, smoothy goodness. I did all my shadowing with them. Also, included on these pages are polymer clay, ink jet transfers, stencils, metal embellishments, rubber stamping and lots of layers on the bottom using paint, gesso, pastes. I stained the edges of the inner pages with walnut ink….. LOVE LOVE LOVE ♥
Because I used poster board, one side of each page is a bit glossy. I think I will need to gesso each page to give it some tooth. A note about spray paining… I hated it.. the fumes, the smell.. never again. I even did it outside. I’ll have to find an alternative.. maybe THIS or THIS. If they work for fabric, they should work on paper/canvas; unless it needs that absorbancy. Hmmm.. fabric? What.. no more beet and blueberry juice?
Here are many pictures of the front, back and closeups.. enjoy.. click to make them bigga…
FRONT COVER – this journal is about 12″ x 16″
As the Beatles sang.. “All You Need is Love”. ♥ ♥ ♥
There is so much happening on these pages. I will protect them with PYMII. Love this stuff.. check it out.
Well, that was fun.. I had some time off from work this week and it was just so nice to not have to worry about anything but me and my art for those hours when the house was quiet. No running into the home office to check on things.. ahhh. I’m ready for retirement. I can dream.
Thanks for stopping by and let’s hope this Fool’s storm is just passing by and will melt real quick