Motifs-Find Inspiration From Fabric Designs

Motifs

Inspiration from Fabric Designs

I find inspirations everywhere. Keeping a record of them is very helpful like photos, sketching and clippings. I have gravitated away from using fabrics with prints and yet I still include bits and savor some of them as inspirations.

One of my favorite methods is to work spontaneously….with a plan. That is the key…spontaneity is fun (for me) but I have learned to prepare my approach and have a loose plan and/or goal in mind.

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I like to stitch scraps together as in this case:

This time my plan was to work with contrast such as: warm/cool, glowing/dull, light/dark.

This proved to be a lot to keep in mind, but I did my best.

I came up with several compositions that I liked. Some ended up with open spaces that were begging for details such as composition 1. I did include a print that has a large block style design (right side). I decided to extract a portion of the design as a stencil motif to fill the spaces and repeat the motif; repetition unifies.

First I drew the design onto freezer paper and cut out the openings.motif_stencil 1

Next, I pressed it to the chosen spot. The slick side of the freezer paper sticks slightly when heated with an iron.

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The paint is applied with a stencil brush which has stiff bristles cut flat and blunt. The paint is actually tapped into the openings.

Watch this video demonstration:

Freezer Paper Stencil Paint Application from Deborah Babin on Vimeo.

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The stencil design has helped to balance the composition and now I will continue with free motion stitching. I like leaving open spaces for these opportunities and allow the composition to evolve. There are more spaces to ponder….this one is not complete; none the less I am pleased with it so far.

Making and painting stencils is fun and easy to do. You can learn more about developing your art with original methods in my online course:

MIXING UP MEDIA on the ACADEMY OF QUILTING.

The next session begins April 1st. You can sign up now!

Check it out here

 

 

 

FIBER ART CONNECTION-BLOG HOP-You can win a fantastic prize!

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I am delighted to be one of the eight artists teaching during the first session of FIBER ART CONNECTION. I am teaching the week of May 3rd.  Title: ZEN WREATH

I do hope you sign up…this will be a spectacular unique event! Where else can you meet a learn with eight fiber artists? AND…you will have access to this FOREVER!! yes, it is true. You can always access the content.

In the meantime…you can learn about all eight artists by visiting their blogs. Join in our blog hop…

We all donated art supplies and now have a wonderful basket full of goodies for some lucky person to win!! All you have to do is visit the blogs on the dates below (or after) up to March 15th.

Here is how it works: Enter to win by doing any of these things:

  1. Register for the class
  2. Leave a comment on this blog post answering this question “What attracts you to fiber art/artists?” 
  3. Share a link to this blog post on social media and then leave another comment here telling me you did so
  4. Sign up for the Fiber Art Connection mailing list, you can do that here
Art supplies donated by all 8 artists...lot's of good stuff!

Art supplies donated by all 8 artists…lot’s of good stuff!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The basket includes 6 spools of variegated thread from 6 different thread companies, a piece of hand dyed fabric in a tonal rainbow color palette, pre-quilted 9″ block for coloring, 6 Inktense colored pencils, 2 quilt magazines, quilters flat tape measure, bag of six Valdani hand-dyed threads, gold eye chenille needles, hand dyed fabrics trim and lace, 10 fat quarters of assorted fabrics,  4 sheets of Tyvek, 2 coloured light weight Lutradur and 75 grams of Tussah Silk Top or Roving, artists transfer paper, 5 pieces of different colors of organza, 9 pieces of acid free tissue paper, silk organza, linen, embroidery thread, a package of beads and a spool of perks cotton thread.

Meet Deborah Babin

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1) What draws you to the fiber arts? Why do you work the way you do?

I have always loved sewing and working with my hands. It feels natural to me. I majored in fine arts and was a painter for many years. I had a chance meeting with some people who were well on their way making fiber art in the 90’s. This changed my course of direction and I have been making fiber art ever since. I work the way I do because…I consider myself to be a “purist”. I believe in preservation; that the art I make is important enough to last for many years. That it is made with integrity; that I can be proud of and hope it is cherished by others and kept safe. I believe in making original art.

2) Tell us about your studio! Where in the world is it? Is it clean or messy? Is it hidden away or out in the open?

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Welcome! This is where I hang out most of the time. The tables are from IKEA. The storage bins are ELFA.

 

I am very fortunate! I live in a beautiful area of Washington State, across the Puget Sound from Seattle. Our home has three floors. The main living area is on the second floor and my studio is the entire third floor; 1000 sq. feet; with windows on all sides. I work somewhat messy…meaning, what I am using at the time is all out and left out until I am done. I do clean up in between projects. I work clean though; I don’t like to have dirty hands. I tend to clean up haphazardly though…then I have trouble finding stuff.

3) What’s your favorite color and why?

Turquoise/Aqua-I LOVE the color of the tropics! Turquoise is nature and never will be a trendy color.

4) What’s your least favorite thing to do when you’re working a piece?

One, to have to stop! I get annoyed when I am interrupted because I usually lose my train of thought. Two, I don’t like to stop and spend time tying knots. I do this when I am machine quilting. Again, this means I have to stop; but tying knots is important. And, honestly, it is good to stop and take breaks as this refreshes my eyes.

5) If you could fly where would you go?

I would fly to a place where turquoise water is seen to infinity! The tropical breezes would feel fantastic so I think I would fly right into the water and swim.

 

6) Tell us about the class you’re teaching in The Fiber Art Connection. What do you hope your students will learn from this?

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I will present a new way to think about using unique products and found objects to make art with. The history behind this procurement is: I once lived in a rural area. There were few basic stores and the closest larger town was 1 hour away. Internet access was on dial up, ugh! Thus, often I found myself looking at what supplies I had on hand and experimented with those. This lead to excellent discoveries. One such item is interfacing. I use it as a painting surface and more. I will share my discoveries in this course. I also hope to inspire people to love the beauty of simplicity. For example, the beauty of hand sewing, hand quilting and taking the time to sit down and embrace ZEN.

7) Where else can we find you on the internet?

My second blog www.zencloth.com

This blog reflects my love of hand stitching. I consider it a pleasure and gift to myself to sit down…be still….and hand stitch. To get lost in the experience. To become “one” with the cloth. To be totally tranquil. This is quality time that I cherish.

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Now, answer the question:

What attracts you to fiber art/artists?

Add your answer in a comment below. I hope you win!!

 

Fiber Art Connection-Sign Up February 15th

Guess what???  You are invited to a new fiber art adventure; a completely new learning community.

I’m really excited to share this news with you! AND I am delighted to reveal that I will be one of the eight artists offering a full week of instruction in May. This is an exclusive, private online art community that you can participate in right from your home.

Who We Are

The Fiber Art Connection
A learning community for the underground fiber artist ready to bring their art into the light

 

 

Here is the roster of teachers for the first session:

  • Desiree Habicht
  • Roxane Lessa
  • Candy Glendening
  • Liz Kettle
  • Rayna Gillman
  • Cecile Whatman
  • Deborah Babin
  • Ruth Chandler

Wow!  I’m so excited to be included in this fabulous group of artists/teachers!   A different teacher every week. We are also going to have a blog hop with prizes in the very near future too, so you clan learn more about these ladies.

Read the schedule of topics here

Each teacher will offer one week of instruction. I am scheduled for Week 8, May 3rd.

The content will remain accessible to you indefinitely. This is a huge plus! This way you may access the courses any time in the future.

Just some of the skills you will learn:

  • How to apply mixed media to different surfaces
  • Applique techniques
  • Painting on fabric
  • Thread painting and sketching
  • Acrylic ink on fabric
  • Collages
  • Lettering
  • and more. 

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 Week 8– Join Fiber artist, Deborah Babin as she leads you into the layered world of painted fabrics in her class, Zen Wreath-Mixed Media. Learn how to paint interfacings, silk organza and even tissue paper to create mysterious layers that produce spectacular results. Color washes and Deborah’s layering techniques will help you bring a new depth and dimension into your own art quilts. You will be creating this beautiful little floral wreath quilt that you can add to and make your own!       

Please click here to find out more and to register:
The first session begins March 15th…reserve your spot!

 


 

 

Takeout Box

New Course offered: Takeout Box

Dates:May 25th thru June 8th, 2015

Three Lessons $30

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Find the Supply List here

You will find Information on all of my courses here.

Description

The Takeout Box has a very clever design which amazes me with the simplicity and ingenuity. When it is opened and laid flat It is an “X”. The ends fold up and hold the box together at two points; and the top interlocks. I will provide the pattern and instructions and you provide the originality. You will create your very own one of a kind Take out Box.

Three Lessons
1-Make a sheet of paper/fabric
2-Make the Take out Box
3-Make embellishments and the handle

We will create sheets of paper/fabric to make the box with. You will learn how to make paper/fabric using simple process that combines and bonds cotton fabric and certain types of paper together. The end result is a sturdy, unique surface that is very diverse. Making the Takeout Box with the paper/fabric is only one way I utilize it. I will share more about this in the last lesson. The inside of the box is lined with cotton fabric.

The Takeout Box I made is embellished with a fish motif. A pattern for the fish will be provided; however, you may use any motif you like. The fish are made with a process I call “tulle-ing”. A variety of things (scraps) are combined and sandwiched between painted interfacing and tulle.

The top view of the Takeout Box

The top view of the Takeout Box

Finishing Touches
The box will be finished with a custom made wire handle with beads, old costume jewelry and/or buttons.

All stitching is done by machine except for the embellishments, which are attached by hand sewing.

Experience
You should be confident with free motion stitching and have a sewing machine that zigzag capable and have feed dogs that drop down.

Optional Contents

It is fun to make contents for the box.

Fortune Cookie
I will provide instructions on how to make a fortune cookie out of felt.

More ideas:
In prior classes some people made other kinds of contents such as: Add a wax candle, catnip to connect to the fish motif.

Feel free to customize your Takeout Box.

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Painting with Ink

TP_Example 2Painting with ink creates remarkable effects. The ink that I prefer is made by Ranger Ink: Adirondack Color Wash and Dylusions. The ink comes in a spray bottle with a fine mister. It is consentrated and can be diluted with water; mini misters are the best for this.. Color Wash has a muted palette. The colors have an earth quality. Dylusions on the other hand, are vibrant colors. They can be used together quite well. Smaple colors: Color WAsh: Eggplant, Espresso, Butterscotch. Dylusions: Vibrant Turquoise, Pure Sunshine, Polished Jade. The names alone suggest the tones.colorwash

Product description:

Dylusions Ink Spray

Dylusions Ink Spray dyes are a high quality, acid-free, non-toxic concentrated colorant for porous surfaces. The Dylusions Ink Sprays’ bright and vibrant palette will colorize paper, Sticky Back Canvas, wood, paper, clay and more. Use to create backgrounds on cards, scrapbook and journal pages, and in mixed media art projects.

■Concentrated colorant for porous surfaces
■Acid free and non-toxic
■Fine mist sprayer
2 oz bottle

Adirondack Color Wash
The Adirondack Color Wash featuring Tim Holtz is an acid-free, non-toxic, water-based dye developed for use on paper, fibers, fabric and more. These earthy and bright spray dyes will colorize paper, fibers, fabric, wood, paper clay and other absorbent surfaces. Ideal for paper crafters, mixed media and fabric artists alike. 2 oz. bottle.

Spraying vs. Painting

Spraying color onto a surface such as paper results totally different than painting. Painting with a brush (most of the time) reveals the marks made; looking obviously “painted”. Now, of course this is certainly highly desirable and exprected by many artists such as oil painters. I have reallized that mystery develops when it is not obvious HOW art is made.  I like that.

The other quality feature of (spray) painting with ink is the immediate results. Just a few pumps applies quite a bit of ink with rich and vibrant colors. You have many options. Create textures or go for smooth. Fold, pleate, twist, crumple the paper; anything goes; vary the papers and vary the methods.

LEARN TO USE THESE INKS IN MY NEW ONLINE COURSE: MIXING UP MEDIA

THE ACADEMY OF QUILTING 

Detailed instructions are given to create a LOOK. You may follow the designs provided or better yet….venture off to create your own LOOK.

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Current Look-Dylusions color palette

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Historic Look-Color Wash color palette

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Abstract Look-Dylusions color palette

Sign ups are now open!

These fabulous  inks are the primary medium for this course. You will learn a lot about how to use them and a lot more. I am very pleased with this new course. I encourage you to check it out HERE.

 

 

The Academy of Quilting-Opportunities Abound

The Academy of Quilting is a wonderful resource for learning about all sorts of topics related to quilting, fiber arts, textile art and more.

My new course MIXING UP MEDIA is now open. Start date: March 6th.

Check out the supply list. Realize that when working with mixed media….you need to have quite an assortment of tools, materials and mediums. Please do not be put off by the list. I think it is important to be thorough to provide each student with detailed information.

The main medium is: Ranger Ink Color Wash and Dylusions.  These inks come in 2 ounce spray bottles. They are highly concentrated. A little goes a long way. I have used Color Wash for over nine years. I love the versatility of it. Dylusions is a newer product. I have just begun to include it. The difference is in the color qualities. Color Wash has an “earthy” base; sort of brownish in tone. They are rich and glorious. Dylusions are clear and bright; very rainbow like. Both have the same properties.

The main reason I like this product is the effects I get are amazing. I have not achieved such w0nderful (surprise) textures, color combinations and elusive qualities with any other product.

I do not have an affiliation with the company; although, I think they would be thrilled to know about my praises and the course.

Here are some examples of superior effects on tissue paper:

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Effects on silk organza:

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Applications: Collage

There are numerous applications I have done with ColorWash and Dylusions

I prefer to paint quite a few sheets of paper and choose the ones I like to use for a particular look or application. The image on the left is a good example of a typical selection I would work with. The collage have been made with the papers along with some other types of painted papers.

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Fabric Paper

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Fabric Paper made with layers of: muslin, ephemera, glue, tissue paper, color wash

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Mixing Up Media-Course Online

Mixing Up Media-My new course online at the Academy of Quilting

Start date: March 6th, 2015

Five Lessons $50

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MM_mini_finishedI am very happy to have this course ready to go. Many hours go into composing, making art, photographing, editing and more to put a course together.  Visit my profile page too.

You are invited: Go behind the scenes to experience some of my favorite methods and materials I use to create authentic art. Mixed Media: the fascinating realm of endless possibilities. Learn to: Transform various materials and unleash your creativity; observe amazing results from the get go.

 

Mixed Media-Take a Look and Make your LOOK

What is mixed media?
Basically, it is a playground filled with various types of art materials. All you have to do is take a look and then give yourself the freedom to play and have fun. It is impossible to go wrong, you will see.

For example, what if I told you that it is possible to make a painted surface look unpainted? No problem, I will show you just how to this and more. Working with mixed media offers unlimited options and endless possibilities. Once you experience this fascinating world you will soon realize this. Now, the best way to begin is with a focus otherwise the options are overwhelming.

The focus of this workshop is: To experience selected products and materials that produce amazing results. I invite you to realize the vast range of possibilities and gradually unleash your creativity. In addition, you will get to peak at my methods that I have used successfully for many years. I will share my journey with mixed media. I love stories, do you?

Create a LOOK-Three looks set the stage for exploration:

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1. Historic Look-inspired by authentic botanical illustrations

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2. Current Look-Updated style inspired by the Historic look

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3. Abstract Look-Pushed onward and into the future

Layouts are provided with various options that will guide you through practice and application. The design is based on a botanical illustration; a single flower is the featured specimen and focal point. You have options: work within your style whether you prefer to work loosely or refined with precise detail.

Either way, the objective is to create authentic art while at the same time experiencing some of my favorite and unique mixed media methods and (unconventional) materials including: interfacing, tissue paper, silk organza as well as cloth. These materials will be saturated with luscious colors and developed into dynamic textured surfaces using color wash dye paints; spritz, spray and drip dye paint. No need for prior painting experience…this is super easy, fast and super fun.

Techniques

The information I will provide comes straight from my coveted collection of tried and true methods and tools. For example, you will learn how to make and utilize a highly effective tool that I developed and use exclusively for appliqué.
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CL_emb_200Make it yours-Refine your look with handmade accents-Descriptive text that is found on botanical illustrations will engage the viewer. Attach these with flare using hand and/or machine stitching, free style or uniform; unique beads, buttons or any personal findings; various sewing methods are suggested and demonstrated including quilting considerations.

Have more fun making your very own stamps and stencils to mix together and play around with; use them on tags as well as the surfaces.Stencil_200

MM_L5_hl_binding_strip_3Complete your look with my favorite (and easy peasy) binding method with silk organza along with a sleeve to hang your prize piece and show it off.

Collage-New Work

The wateimagercolor journaling courses revived my interest in working on and with paper. I consider paper as fabric, it is fiber after all.  I have made art that you would not know wasn’t fabric but is actually paper. I love working with paper. The results are mysterious…people are intrigued, which I like. I began to work on the collages in September. I was thinking about Autumn and decided to use leaves as a motif. imageI use primarily tissue paper and old book pages. First I apply paint on the tissue papers. They are too thin to keep tidy…thus this is how I work:image I use craft tissue which is slightly thicker and a better quality than gift tissue. I spread out several layers of tissue and spray with Ranger Ink Color Wash….I love this stuff! No matter how many colors you spray and mingle…they do not make mud. Great for beginners. The colors I like to use are: Denim, Butterscotch and Eggplant. The papers stick together when wet. I dry the papers with a heat gun and as they dry they  separate easily. The paper is stronger once it is dried. I used a 5″ x 7″ piece of watercolor paper for the base of the collage. Some of the base paper was left white and some I added a wash of watercolor in a 4″ x 5″ defined area. The layering process evolves. The papers have beautiful unique qualities that when combined and overlapped create amazing results.  It is impossible to detail what happens during this time as I go with it…I don’t think much, rather I enjoy the process. Some progress faster, some fizzle out, but most become truly amazing.imageimage After the papers are layered and adhered with acid free glue or adhesive, I place them under weights to dry. The next step is the stitching. The stitching is spontaneous. I stop sewing when I run out of ideas and proceed to sew a different one. Many times I realize what else can be added after sewing othimageimageers.

This image shows a collage prior to stitching. This particular collage did not have a  leaf motif so, I used stamps and gold ink instead. One stamp has fine detail that I purchased and one is larger that I made.

The collage truly came to life after stitching. This image shows the threads still hanging. At some point I started to like the thread hanging revealed on the front. I purposely pulled the bobbin thread to the front, tied a knot and trimmed each thread to a good length. image The leaf motif was added to this collage with a piece of paper that was the negative shape of a leaf.

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When I finished with 18 pieces. The next step was to show them. The rep at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts where I exhibit my work, was very delighted to see them. He asked me to prepare them right away for December. Cutting mats and mounting takes time, but I completed the work in time and they are now at the gallery. 10″ x 12″ $165 I am very proud of this work. I enjoyed the process immensely so much so that I was motivated to write an outline. I consider collage as playing….allowing the elements to talk and evolve. The materials are simple and the methods are easy. I hope others find this intriguing enough to ask about it and invite me to teach.

An Original Design Developed Into a Creative Sewing Course

Soon after we moved in I met many nice neighbors. Some who sew. The word got out that I was a quilt artist and people asked me if I taught courses. I had, but only online. Title: Textile Art with Pizzazz. They were very interested so I conducted the course for six delightful ladies. The main project is a design titled Flora Rosa.  The inspiration for the course evolved as I worked on the first piece.

While I was working on it I was auditioning fabrics for a background as well as some for the flower and leaves. I ended up with lots of extra pieces cut out that didn’t work out so I laid them aside. Some of the pieces ended up on a rejected background fabric and when I glanced around I saw potential with the rejected pieces. This made me think, maybe I should make a second one with completely different fabrics. So, I did just that. I had two going simultaneously. This was really exciting!

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This approach intrigued me so much I decided to continue and see how many versions I could come up with. I ended up with six.

Flora Rosa Key Lime

Woodlands Flora Rosa

Flora Rosa Santa Fe

Flora Magenta (detail)

Flora Rosa Crimson

The class progressed nicely for all six lessons. They worked hard and were able to develop some very nice pieces. Teaching this course in person was very different than teaching online. The part that I had trouble with was what to do with myself while they were working.

I wanted to be available, but not make them self conscious. It all worked out just fine in the end. I think I would do it again.