I had fun in my reinvented room yesterday, printing and painting with acrylics. I set out to make a background for a piece I’m doing for the Embroiderers’ Guild Members’ Forum Summer Challenge – which is to make a small piece without fabric – anything else goes. Along with it we’re swapping ATCs along the same lines – I made mine already – my first(!) – but I can’t post a pic till after the swap next week. I love circles and using these sponge brushes from Art Van Go, so I got a bit carried away!

sponge brushes
printed, painted papers

The first piece is for the Summer Challenge.

sponge print

Then I discovered I could make some interesting swirly effects by twisting the sponge with different amounts of pressure, so I played around with that for a while. I don’t know yet if I can get this kind of effect on fabric.

sponge prints
sponge prints
sponge prints

Craft magazineLast week I was pleased to find a copy of Craft magazine in WH Smith in Kendal – I’ve been interested in this since the first issue came out but it’s quite expensive (£7.99) and I didn’t want to subscribe without seeing it. It’s full of articles about makers (I loved David Mach‘s Myslexic), and off-the-wall projects (some of these might adapt for my youth club craft session, where fast and funky always go down well). There’s a special feature on dressing up, a look at open source patterns and a whole lot about recycling and refashioning. At 176 pages with minimal advertising, it’s like a small book. I love it – I hope it’s come to the UK to stay.

circles and Craft

5 thoughts on “circles and Craft

  • September 4, 2007 at 11:29 am

    Your experiments are great I especially like the first one love the colours. Hope you enjoy using The Artists Muse book, I’m having fun it makes me think in completely different ways to what I normally work.

  • September 5, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    I love the papers you’ve made. How do you plan to get the same style on fabric? Can’t wait to see what you get up to.

  • September 6, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    Thanks Susan – I’m looking forward to trying some of the ideas – probably will dip in and out as I have time

  • September 11, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    Sarah Jayne, I nearly lost your comment – it had been marked as spam 🙁 I guess a thickened dye, or acrylic with fabric medium, might give a similar effect on fabric – maybe monoprinting would be interesting too

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