Monday, April 21, 2014

Mulberry bark

Carol asked me about mulberry bark. I have included a picture of a piece of bleached mulberry bark (with 2 skeleton leavves). The bark is harvested from the Asian Mulberry tree and bleached. As you see in the picture it has a wonderful texture. You can split it into thinner layers or wet it and form in a shape. After drying the shape will remain. It can be embroidered  and hand or machine stitched. And as you saw in my previous post, painting is also an option.
This is not mulberry paper. The paper is also made from the same tree, but much thinner. An other name for this is Kozo paper or Gampi paper.

Friday, April 18, 2014

texture and paint

A quick and easy way to create texture is to use a piece of mulberry bark. It comes in either the natural color or bleached. Don't pay attention to the background. I just picked a piece of fabric, knowing that it would be covered anyway. As I am working with circles, it will not be a surprise that this is another circle quilt :-)

I quilted the background first and did the facing before I stitched the circles on it. Next step was to add a layer of gesso and paint. Without the gesso the fabric would soak up a lot of paint. I used my favorite Golden fluid acrylics. In this picture you see that the quilting shows very well now. The texture of the mulberry bark was there, but only when you looked at it from the side..

To solve the lack of contrast, I added another layer of paint. This time only on the mulberry bark circles. I admit the color is not perfect, it is a bit too blue to my liking, but for the moment it will stay like this. Maybe I will add some more at a later moment.
 Here is a detail picture:
I am linking this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday. Check out the link to see what other artist have done.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Circles

Are you getting bored yet? As you see I am not :-). I still have a number of ideas I want to do with my circle theme. For this one the inspiration came from a piece of gauze I bought quite some time ago at JoAnn's. I liked it when I saw it, but had no specific plans when I picked it up. It was lingering in my stash waiting for the right moment.
For this circle quilt I played with the idea of transparency. The circles are gauze and therefore partly transparent, not where the foil is. The black strips are made from 2 layers of black lutrador, slightly transparent. Everything is stitched onto a snow dyed piece of fabric.


The only problem I am having with my circle quilts, is that I am running out of ideas for titles. No clue what to call this one. Maybe I should start numbering them. It is not very creative, but could be a solution.
I am linking this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday. Check out the link to see what other artists have done this week.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Summer adventure

I just realised that I had not yet shown the quilt I made for the Sky-is-the-Limit group for the month March. The theme was summer adventure and I choose a surfer. Okay I admit I have never been on a board - or have plans to do so :-). For the background I used the same technique as I did for my previous quilt Shoreline, a combination of raw edged strips with added cheesecloth. Size is 12"x12".


Friday, March 28, 2014

Shoreline

Besides working on circle quilts I also have my aerial view quilts for Voyage. This is the latest one which I completed yesterday. I called it 'Shoreline'.

For the sand I used a piece of rust dyed fabric, for the water different hand dyed blues. Small strips of scrim are stitched down with seed beads and to complete it I added a number of buttons on it. Some time ago I had bought a set of beads in the shape of shells and starfish. They came with a shank, so I had to cut that off and than glued them down onto the quilt with E6000.
Size of this quilt is 12"x17". I am linking this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday. Check out the link to see what other artists have done this week.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Autumn Circles

The title of this quilt does not match the season, but the colors do :-). For this circle quilt I used a discharged commercial fabric as background with a strip of Ugandan bark cloth on top of it. The circles are made from my own hand dyed fabrics.

As all my circle quilts, the size is 12"x24" and as it is Friday, I am linking this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday. Don't forget to check what the other artists did this week.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Old Amsterdam

 
Besides my circle theme I am working on my aerial views for the Voyage group as well. Here is a picture of my latest one:
 

 
This one is inspired by a map from 1593 of Amsterdam. The map is cut out of interfacing as fabric would fray too easily. The houses are colored in with ink and intensely machine stitched. A very time consuming technique with lots of thread ends. Fabrics used are my own hand dyed ones.
The title actually has two meanings. Old Amsterdam is also the name of a very nice old cheese :-)