I also had great weekend teaching at Forster/Tuncurry (above) on the north coast which was a really beautiful place and it was great just to breathe the fresh air and watch the pelicans.
I taught my Textured Treasures workshop and as I usually do demonstrations of each technique I thought it would be silly not to have an idea in the back of my head to use some of the lovely pieces which get created. Even workshop samples should have some thought behind them.
So I have an idea for a Venetian inspired quilt as I just love Venice and we spent a week there after Orvieto last year. I took so many photos and I was really drawn to the amazing window and door shapes. This little collage is a small representation of some of them.
Using Wet and Grow - I cut this stamp with a craft knife and then popped it in water and it expanded immediately.
I stamped with a gold acrylic paint and when it was dry I overpainted it with transparent paints. I really like the effect and now I am tempted to just quilt this piece all by itself. I can always make more can't I?
I also drew a freehand window design on an Ezy Carve block which printed up quite nicely too. I like to create these stamps freehand as it gives my work my handmade feel.
I think my students had a great time and some of the work they produced was amazing. I can definitely see some incredible quilts happening.
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