|We had to say "Good-bye" to our 6 trees in the back yard. Sadly they were starting to grow into our house and back porch foundation, while damaging our roof. On the plus side, it has opened up so much day light into the house!!|
|Brand new door and front steps!!|
|And a window that looks like a quilt block?? Oh yes, this will be done!|
|Every new door deserves a new decoration, right? A quickie project with wood letters, ribbon and paint!|
During the week I work a few days at a bio-imaging lab and watch all the lab techs, in their cool white coats run all sorts of experiments. In my over imaginative brain, I picture them doing something involving beakers and funky chemicals that create a lava-bubbling in bright purples and pinks. Or at the very least a beautiful smell. Reality is far from that, I'm sure.
But today I got to play "scientist" at home! I'm very excited by a new found product put out by Luminarte. These little guys are silk acrylic paints and are a lot of fun. You can use them on wood, pottery, fabric, pretty much whatever you care to try. In this case - muslin.
|The link in Luminate will take you to Amazon, where you can find so many different colors available!|
Today was experimenting how to get different effects on fabric. I tried water, hydrogen peroxide and alcohol; tested the effects of pigment first then eye drop liquid on top vs. wetting the muslin and adding pigment. I loved watching the dyes spread and change color the further out they went, really neat effects!
|In total, each large "splotch" took about 5 minutes to full spread out, and that was with a very wet canvas. My favorite effect so far is the alcohol on the brown pigment as it turns a blue green then yellow the further out it spreads.|
Blending was also fun and very easy! It essentially turned into water-coloring on fabric. These are just the beginnings. Once these dry and are heat set (in about 24 hours) we'll see what they turn into under the needle!! (Sounds so sinister, doesn't it?!)
|More will definitely be coming!!|
|Be sure to have a drop cloth or some sort of backing that you're not afraid of damaging as these do bleed through.|
I hope you all have some fantastic Autumn projects under way! Come share them over on the M. Rose Quilt Studios Facebook page (link above!) Let's see what everyone is up to!
Music: "Learn to Fly" by the Foo Fighters