I received my copy of Drawn To Stitch by Gwen Hedley, published by Interweavestore.com.
I've been drooling over it ever time I take a short break or while watching TV and the commercials come on. It is exactly what I have been thinking about lately. Don't you love it when a class or book just comes along at the perfect time?
I'm rethinking my Sketchbook project. I can still use the theme I have but I'm very tempted, VERY, to use this book as a working class and my sketchbook as my experiments.
I've been fascinated by texture for years. The last couple of years after getting a good digital camera I've been taking tons of texture pictures. I always had it, in the back of my mind, to do something with fiber and of or with the picture. This book is giving me the extra nudge I may have needed.
So, that's one project I have lined up for this winter.
The second one is to get back to work on my Native American Full Moon dolls and the Full Moon Storytellers quilt I was working on.
Next up is combining my photographs and fiber into something. I've got a new ink jet printer with different color inks so I'm hoping that what I print out will be closer to what I want then what I have been getting from my old printers.
I'm taking Julie Prichard and Cris Cozen's, new acrylic painting class. http://www.julieprichard.com/blog/2010/10/5/texture-town-is-openand-youll-love-it-here.html
Cris is a working, Golden artist. In all the class I have taken that Julie has offered I have learned new things about working with acrylic paints and all of the Golden products.
I get no earthly rewards for recommending these classes.
I may get more green feathers for my future wings, though.
I was looking at a book, this morning, in the studio and the artist was talking about her process.
She managed to make the how of what she did somewhat clear but I felt like she took some words out of the description. Important words, words that if I was trying to learn how she does her technique I would be at a loss. To say you mix your acrylic paint with a medium sounds fine until you know what kind of mediums there are out there and which one is she really talking about. Is she going to be making a glaze and using a glazing medium or is she actually using a gloss medium or matte? And, why does she do that, what's the purpose?
It doesn't help me when the artist assumes that I know exactly what they are saying. But, after taking a series of classes from Julie and Cris I now DO understand. I know when in the layering process you use opaque paints and translucent ones, glazes and gloss mediums.
In the same book I came across the artist mentioning that she used fibrous paper. That's it, that's all she said. Having read about this in my new book, Drawn to Stitch, I had that AH HA moment. Could she be talking about silk paper of flax or jute?
Well, the ideal paste to use for making fibrous papers in CMC paste which apparently is made from cellulose. It comes in power form and mixes easily with water. Better to use than wallpaper paste because it contains an anti fungicide and is nontoxic. According to my book it is often sold under the same of Super Gum or CMC gum.
I love it when a trip to the hardware store is needed!
:)Bea Who is always thinking about what's next to create.