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Monday, April 20, 2015

some process on the ravens

raven no. 2 and 3 (see the starter post on this here) got some White stiching around them (so they also match the b/w theme at take a word this week)
and: update on raven no. 1 - some stitching in his surroundings is done, just as it came to my mind:

in this last photo you see how i filled the Center of this circle with a fabric scrap;
(the circles on the right beside this one probably will also get some fillings with fabric)
now, as this leg of the Jeans is quite Long and totally consists of fabric and yarn (so it is washable), i already think i might make more of These and maybe Combine them to a blanket? (with intersections of not-Jeans-fabric, such like in the fillings...)
maybe. maybe not.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

a day in munich

thursday was our monthly stampers´ meeting in munich. it always is in the evening, but i try to go to munich as early as possible (by Train) to enjoy the day at exhibitions (if the weather is not so good) or on photo Safari, if sun is forecasted. as it was this day.
first Destination was my beloved botanical garden.
if you leave the tram one Station before, you come to a pedestrian underpass with beautiful Graffiti... i had been there a year ago and wanted to see if something had changed. well, not much, as this place obviously is "off" the famous street art places of the City... only some pen scribblings added, but most of it as last year:

the first one Shows a Quote (>AJJ)  from shopenhauer:
"we seldom think of what we have but always of what we lack"

then i spent about three hours in the botanical garden.

there was a wonderful smell of the early bloomers,
lots of tulips, daffodils, Violas, hyacinths, fritillarias...

variations of Helleborus from White to black...
(and no wonder i had aching hips the next day from always stooping down...)
of course it is the season of the magnolias...
doesn´t this one almost look like porcelain?
and the next one seems to spread her blossom like wings - or like for dancing...

i always love to have a break in the Arboretum,
where a felt Billion of cowslips and Corydalis were blooming
i usually sit on a bench there, having a Little picnic and reading a book...
to be refreshed for going on...
(i actually got my first sunburn of the year today, it was a bit cloudy, so i was too incautious...)

season of the japanese cherries...
only one Thing i was missing: the ferns...
it seems to be too dry for them so far, parts of the garden are water-sprinkled now, i hope they will come out anyway. we had quite a dull spring, but not much rain, and almost no snow in winter, so the soil is much too arid.
i had my next break in the city Center, near Viktualienmarkt.
a Café to be highly recommended: "die schmalznudel" (Café frischhut) with variations of crullers, yummy!!!
i had time enough to go to the theresienwiese, where the "Little sister" of the octoberfest - the Frühlingsfest / spring feast - would start the next day.
of course not really comparable to the autumnal feast...

and if you are looking for a Little square in town where you can sit for a Prosecco, coffee or whatever... full of life with Young families, cyclists... small and cozy, but lively...
i would recommend to go to the "wiener platz"

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

old jeans with ravens

theme at the 3 muses this week is blackbirds...
i took this leg of an old Jeans and stenciled some ravens with black acrylic onto it.
now this should give me some hours of stitching...
i plan to fill the gaps with colorful elements,
the ravens will get some White sashiko stitches around them.

here you see my work in Progress...

Sunday, April 12, 2015

scroll page from old jeans

old, outworn Jeans are perfect for my current Obsession...
Background made with running stitch, very meditative.
cleaning paper for glasses  tinted with denim dye ink;
stamped with Alpha (> take a word challenge) from a capella;
Picture from a free online library (can´t remember which)

Quote (> art Journal journey): “Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.”  Anne Lamott
another page for my scroll Journal(s)
i will only hoard These so far in a box, as it is easier to work on the single pages then, many of them will be work in Progress for a while...
not sure if i will sew them together according to themes, style or whatever. time will Show.

Friday, April 10, 2015

days of spring... transfer experiments... garden & more

spring is here... finally!
we had a wonderful sunny week (though the nights are still cold),
temperatures rising with each day, up to 24° on friday (today)
the "first Generation" of flowers (snowdrops, crocus etc) is already gone,
the next ones bringing joy:
pulsatilla on the south side of the garden...
hepatica, windflower (Anemone nemorosa), lesser celandine and Corydalis blooming on the North side
the postman brought me this book:

actually i was looking for a book from jude hill (her blog is named "Spirit Cloth"), but there doesn´t seem to exist one, which i regret. i admire her work.
Amazon came up with this one instead, and i think this is Inspiration also, even if in a different way.
but i definitely have a desire to work with Cloth These days...
on tuesday i was in munich with friends/collegues
visiting the mark/macke Exhibition in the lenbachhaus for the second time (it is awesome!!), but due to some time mismanagement too short this time
in the Foyer of the museum
afterwards Meeting for lunch in the literaturhaus:
 (some quotes of oskar Maria graf)

it´s the season of bear´s garlic...
my son brought some and we made delicious pesto
(aaaah, this will be so good with Asparagus...)
(feel free to grab the Label for private purpose...)
and if you are still interested in the Transfers onto fabric, here are my final results...
i will stop them for now, but i want to draw some conclusions which i might Forget if i don´t write them down...
this time i wanted to Transfer Magazine photos,
and i used the Dispersion glue again.
i had filled a bit of it into a jar last time, and i think it had gotten some "Skin" on the top, making some lumps after stirring - which caused a Little Trouble spreading the glue.
(maybe due to this there are the White spots, not sure though)
i spread the glue with a credit Card
let dry completely
now that´s somewhat annoying...
same with the poppies Image...
maybe it is due to too much glue? that the glue also infects the next layer of paper and won´t let it loose? just guessing...
anyway, i made it with the oil method like in my last post.
but that only is fine if the pics won´t get into contact with other layers in their further purpose...

had taken some Flyers from the Exhibition for the Experiment...
same Thing. and i had to be very thorough with rubbing, as suddenly it started to make big holes.
this also has a paper coating now and i´m not sure how/whether i will use it.
last sample:
(meanwhile i used another Dispersion glue, planatol brand, but that doesn´t make a difference i think)
i took a brochure from Ikea.
another larger size Picture.
meanwhile i spread the glue (as on the tiger pic) with gloves for faster working (the glue on the fabric should not become dry while preparing the Picture)
i think i made the mistake to get too much glue on the backside of the Picture, which is not the Intention!

you can see this when i removed the backing...
and the result of the Ikea brochure was this:
well... laid aside with the tiger...
  • laser prints worked best for me [sadly i don´t have a laser Printer, there even is no copy shop in our Little town to make some; so this is involved with longer advance planning and thus not very convenient, as i normally want to work spontaneously]
  • if there will be no contact to the Transfer Piece, making the paper translucent with oil should be okay
  • not sure if i handle the glue right... might try it with gel medium some day again. but for now These Transfer experiments are coming to an end... going on to other things...

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

experimenting with transfers on fabric

as my recent Transfer on paper turned out to my satisfaction, i decided to Experiment with Transfers on fabric. base i used was Cotton in natural White and diluted Dispersion glue.
i tried it with 3 different Goals:
1: transferring poetry scrap Pictures of butterflies (quite sturdy paper compared with "normal" one)
2: normal laser print (medieval fish Pictures)
3: stamping on the fabric (with my favorite things pad) and after that also adding a normal laser print (skulls)
and here is how it went:
the butterflies:
These are the original scraps, laid onto the fabric; then i put glue onto the fabric where i wanted to place them, coated the scraps with glue also and laid them upside down plus burnished them onto the fabric (with bonefolder). wait to dry.
then i moistened the scraps. the paper was quite thick, so i had to wait a while until i got dampened places on the paper. started to rub gently (from the inside to the edges). actually had to make all the Strip wet to get the paper off.
then it looked like this... no clear butterflies...
the pic above Shows the wet "see-through" when Held up, but when laid down to the table it was this:
ummm... rubbing more seemed to cause holes:

... i put it on the drying rack anyway and thought to care about later...
the fish:
forgot to make a Picture before, but this was a simple laser print and after moistening and rubbing it Looked like this:
went smoothly.
actually meanwhile i just put a generous amout of water on it. (i would be careful with paper, but fabric can handle water...)
looked ok for me (here wet stage at the end of rubbing), went to the drying rack.

third sample: the stamped medieval script combined with a laser print:
stamp from green pepper press, inkpad red hot from my favorite things

glued down the Strip of printed crowned skulls
here the interesting part was how the ink would withstand the water, as again i made it very wet (removing the rubbed paper remains under the sink actually)
all sitting on the rack to dry:
you can already see the butterflies taking the White of the paper again
and so i decided to really soak them in a bowl of water for a while.


the two fish (he has a mirrored companion) also got a thin paper coating after drying, so i threw them into the bowl, too
[swim yourselves free, i said;) no. i thought;)]
and after a while and a Little more rubbing it was fine:

the Outlook of the third Piece was the best - and what i really loved: the ink didn´t bleed.


it might end up on a Strip of fabric, whichever...
so only one problem child was left.
the butterflies.
but before throwing it out i thought i could make a Trial to get the paper translucent.
i smeared it with my finger adding a bit of oil (sunflower oil from the kitchen).
definitely looked better!
now i didn´t want to smear the oil onto contacting items in the scroll later on...
so i thought i might take away something of the oil by pressing the Piece between newspaper pages under a big and heavy catalog over night...
fine, i think. some transferring of the newspaper actually Looks good.
so i think this Piece also is saved.
i´m happy with my results:)