Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Happy Spring

I created some Spring postcards using fabric along with paper flowers. I just had to use the new paper punches I bought awhile ago. And of course, i had to add stitching. They're off in the mail. I sure enjoy making these holiday cards to give to my loved ones.

Happy Spring to all of you!

"No winter lasts forever, No spring skips its turn."
Hal Borland

One Touch of Nature Fabric book

I had a ball creating my nature book this past weekend. I printed some leaves on pages - direct printing and some monotypes. I used some of my previously hand dyed fabrics. I also had a grand time looking up quotes about leaves and about nature to add to the pages. I printed the sayings on transfer paper and ironed them in place. Sure have to remember not to get the hot iron anywhere near the transfers. I included some of the pages - 24 pages altogether.

I entered this book and my Leaf Reflections in the Island Art Association's Nouveau Art Exhibit - "Nature's Notebook" is the theme. I forgot to mention that I was awarded an Honorable Mention for "Silent Charlie" in the last Nouveau Art show. I am honored to be honored!!!!!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Leaf Printing

"Maple Monotypes" is completed. The top was constructed awhile ago and has been gracing my design wall. I extensively machine quilted it. I just love the maple leaves which I collected at my sister's house in California years ago. Dried leaves can be used over and over again, but there is a limit. I'll have to get more on my next visit.
I've been busy getting my instructor write up for this year's Nature Printing Society's Workshop in Oregon for this September. I'm giving a basic leaf printing on fabric day long class. I designed a nature journal as one of the projects I'll be offering. The journal covers will be sewn before hand, the printers will do their magical printing. For the inside papers, the printers will partially clean their brayers and sponges after printing their leaves. The journals are constructed quite simply using a hole punch, twig, rubber band or string. I did enjoy the trial and error process that I had to go through. I am happy with the product: something beautiful and simply to construct.