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We had a full house for Kerrie’s great tutorial on mounting paper and fabric collages onto canvas (with thanks also to Sue Dove for allowing Kerrie to share this technique with our group). Some of Sue’s inspirational collages are shown below with the one’s Kerrie created at her workshop.

Canvas x 4

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Demo 2

Hopefully we will see lots of finished items back next month at the August meeting to go onto the gift stall at our upcoming exhibition in September.

Several members attended a fantastic book making session with Lyn Dixon recently, making some very clever books from the miniature to the larger. Some of Rosalie’s books:

Lyn Dixon workshop

Finally we critiqued our ‘Golden scrolls’ which are in progress. They will make a very striking exhibit when finished and hung-well done Jenny on all your hard work and leadership for these-no pictures; they are under wraps until the exhibition!

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The 5th Saturday messy day at the Shearer’s Arms studio was a fantastic play day with Lyn Dixon exploring endless possible variations on her paper altering techniques. Lyn displayed a wonderful array of papers and a variety of books and 3D elements constructed with her beautiful papers.

Lyn Dixon paper based books and art

And everyone enjoyed the many different techniques and experimentation that eventuated:

Rubbings

Experiments

Texture and colour

Thank you Lyn and fellow experimenters for a great day.

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Our November meeting featured 3 small tutorials on surface decoration techniques to add texture to fabric artworks: shiva rubbings, moulding paste and paperclay. Much information was shared about how the different types of paper clay perform and their subsequent uses, some like Rosalie’s dry into a hardened form and others like Gillian’s remain flexible and can be sewn onto and into:

Paper clay

 

We experimented with rubbings and investigated the various ways of applying moulding paste:

Texture rubbings

Shiva rubbings

rubbing

Gold texture rubbing

We had some finished postcards on Halloween and perspective:

and some continued ‘slow stitch’:

Stitching

and a lovely little weaving:

weaving

Don’t forget to reply to Kerrie for our December xmas gathering, check your email for the details.

 

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Embossing

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The piece above was created by using a gel medium or UTEE with embossing powder and a rubber stamp to emboss into the surface.

As Pauline explained, there are several different methods of creating an embossed surface and that we all should ‘have a play around” to see the possibilities. She recommended this book as a starting point. It is in our library.

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Pauline McKenzie led the group through the process of  using embossing powders, rubbers stamps and a medium or paste to enable the powders to adhere to the fabric.

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Gel medium applied to fabric, then embossing powder sprinkled over the top.

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Heat applied to the surface

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Lumiere paint brushed over the stamp to create a contrast colour in the embossing.

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Stamp pressed into the heated surface

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The finished piece, not quite dry, note the copper colured embossing powder with the contrasting gold lumiere paint.

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This is created by using a rubber stamp with medium brushed over the stamp, pressing it onto the fabric and then sprinkling the stamped image with embossing powder. The piec is then heated with the stamper heat gun and the embossing powder bubbles or puffs up to create the embossed surface.

 

 

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Pauline had many other samples for us to look at, and impressively had them all in a notebook with notes and  explanations of the techniques used.

This book that Jill Owen made caught my eye.

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Jenny Bakos is still working on her small stitch library of cards and had finished a machine embroidered cover for notebook, destined for our stall at the exhibition in October. photo (9) photo (8)

 

 

 

 

 

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Thank you to Pauline for leading us in a fun, arty technique today for our March meeting, one which everybody seemed to enjoy greatly.

It involved stitching, followed by glueing and then painting, with more stitching to come at home when out creations are dry.

These little masterpieces can be used as panels, bookcovers, decorations etc and I know I, for one, will be making a couple more after today’s fun. The lumiere paint was particularly effective and a little bit of gold rubbed onto prominent areas added a little extra special glitz.

Stitched, glued

Stitched, glued

Painted

Painted

Painted

Our stitch of the month was ably demonstrated by Pauleen:

Ladder stitch

Ladder stitch

And a few stitch samplers were on show:

Stitch samplers

Info for the April meeting will be going out shortly by email, as well as some reminders of special projects in which you might like to become involved.

 

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Saturday was our June meeting and textile artist extraordinaire, Shirley, shared a technique with us to make permanent 3D shapes in polyester fabric. It will be interesting to see what our inventive group does with these amazing amoeba like formations!!

scarf 6

scarf 5

scarf 4

with marbles

scarf 2

After removing marblesscarf 3

scarf 1

Some of our members brought pieces to show.

machine embroidery:

hand

FME lace on net:
machine lace on net

Lovely little handmade books

books

An interesting mixed media ‘nest’

nest

And our project for August:
pots

Thankyou for sharing your amazing pieces.

July will be a catch up month so bring anything you are working on. Don’t forget to bring your finished items to show and photograph for our blog.

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February-Swing Tags

February’s workshop was very ably led by Carmel who took us through the different techniques she applies to make ‘swing tags’. These tags can be used as gift cards, as additions to bags, journal/book covers, 3D sculptures, anywhere you want to add them.

This picture shows the back of Pauline’s finished journal containing all of samples of last year’s techniques, you can just see the swing tag attached to the spine.

The first step is to gesso the tags, which could be purchased or saved from various clothing, luggage, manchester or simply cut out of cardboard. For mine I saved all the tags from purchases and gifts received over the xmas holiday period.

The first technique was to add texture paste and use various implements of stamps to make a raised impression. After drying with a hairdryer they were painted with a variety of paints and inks. Texture could also be made through embedding materials in the texture paste, such as scrim, lace, beads etc. The first two pictures show Gillian’s very professionally photographed tags. She has an excellent round up of the techniques she used on her blog.

The next two are Pauleen’s beautifully textured and coloured tags:

Pauleen applied the texture paste technique to the top of a box:

It was just the texture paste and a bread and butter knife patted on top to make peaks, like icing a cake.
Then painted with blue, flooded with purple  and  rubbed with treasure gold.


The second technique was adding coloured inks and sprinkling with salt.

Here are some of my efforts:

Next month faux leather.

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