Wednesday, March 2, 2016

New Stencils Set - Sacred Geometry 2

I love it when I get a new set of stencils.
This is the latest release from Artist Cellar and they are fabulous.They are the second in the Sacred Geometry series
Of course they are already on our website.
Seed of Life
Quattro Flower

Metatrons Cube

Golden Mean

The thing I like most about these is the ability to take either the whole image or just a section of them.
I started to have a play with some opaque metallic paints. Sometimes if you put too much paint on the stencil brush it gets a bit blobby

 Using little sections of the stencils create interesting designs too
 Realised there were great little hexagons. I am thinking of how I can do more with these.
Here is my finished sample. I can see I will be doing lots more with this series.
There is also a blog hop organised by Artist Cellar

February 29th - Lisa Cousineau/Artistcellar
March 1st - Stephanie Gagos 
March 2nd - Lisa Chin
 March 3rd - Linda Edkins Wyatt
March 4th - Sarah Trumpp
March 5th - Effy Wild
March 6th - Guadalupe Brizuela Cabal

Thursday, February 25, 2016


WHERE DID THE TIME GO? is the name of my quilt selected for A Matter of Time exhibition. I had been thinking about what time meant for me and one of the repeating thoughts was a series of photos of my children growing up. I took the same photo every year and have them framed together and see it everyday. 
I wasn't too good at the growth chart thing and they have been painted over but a couple of marks remain by the kitchen door.
As you can see they are right at the top as my son is now over 6 foot.
 My children are grown up and married now and would kill me if I had used their names in this work so I used fictitious names.

 But I did like the thought of creating a growth chart and used growth charts of boys and girls to get approximate measurements.

Here is the section of the door I used and I played about in Photoshop to get an idea of shapes, lines and shadows

 First I thought I would piece the narrow sections and so dyed a collection of fabrics

 But it didn't really work and so I just pieced a white and mustard fabric together and painted the rest of the the background with DUAL fabric paints. I used Blockposters to enlarge my altered image to full size and drew in the lines of the shadows. I practised for a while as my painting skills are not brilliant.

Once the basic shapes were done I used Fabric pens to write in the names and measurements for my pretend children.

I traced a silhouette shape of a child onto the quilt top and then stitched a piece of hand dyed silk organza around the shape and then cut it away.

Then I quilted the whole quilt but the names were not clear so I needed to quilt over them too.
I am very happy with the completed quilt as I don't usually do things to a theme but this time I think it worked.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Japanese Stencils Part 2

After yesterday's realisation that stencilling wouldn't work I created a thermofax screen of the stencil (the one on the right) thinking it would be more interesting than than the reverse.
 But it didn't really work - I just got solid patterned sections which were a bit block like I thought
 So back to Photoshop of the scanned image and I inverted the image and created another screen.
I was much happier with the prints then. To get a refresher on printing with Thermofax Screens click HERE.
 These have all been done on my hand dyed fabrics with opaque thickened fabric paint - I have a quite a lot both metallic and matte. My favourite is of course our GEM Paints
 Love this black and grey one

So I did the same with the next stencil
 I like these ones too

So what's next - I have about another 6 stencils which will be suitable so you will have to wait until I get more fabric printed. I will be having these available at the Australasian Quilt Convention  (AQC) in a couple of weeks along with lots more of our printed and painted and dyed fabrics. If you want to do it yourself we have everything you will need on the DYED & GONE TO HEAVEN WEBSITE. These thermofax screens will be added to our range as soon as possible.

All these techniques are fully explained in my ebook Fun & Easy Textile Surface Design Techniques available on Amazon

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Japanese Stencils

I bought some vintage stencils last year in Japan with a plan to stencil the designs on my hand dyed fabrics
This one seemed to have a great design so it was my first attempt

However - the action of stencilling with a small brush - my usual techniques took quite a while, used a fair bit of paint.
 I also felt like the circular motion I used had the potential to damage some of the edges of the stencil.
 While I liked the design, I feel it was probably more effort than it was worth so I decided to rethink

My decision was to scan the stencils and convert them to thermofax screens. This way I will be able to screen print the designs much more easily without damaging the vintage screens.
I'll post my results when they are done.

Saturday, March 14, 2015


I recently introduced a new workshop called Cityscapes and had a wonderful weekend teaching it in Berry so thought I would share it with you.

We start off with white fabric which is folded in half so the paint bleeds through and creates a coordinated backing piece
Students can paint any colours they like but most decided to stay with colours similar to my original.
While waiting for the fabric to dry we carved our window stamps and had a little play with them for practice as well as some stencils too.
Once the fabric is dry is it stitched into a tube and cut into strips which are then laid & then stitched together creating a city type layout
Window stamps are added then it is ready for more paint
Using my stencilled tree shape we then spray with more paint to soften the bottom of the quilt while creating a park like effect.

Everyone in the class got their quilt top finished and basted and some even started quilting in the workshop. 

Here are some others done in Dorrigo last year.

As you can see it is a fun and easy workshop and the end results are amazing.
I am teaching this in a couple of weeks at Stitched N Framed in Port Macquarie and there are still some places left if you want to join in the fun.