There is always something new to play with at Dyeing to Paint and today’s session was no exception. There were new Gelli plates, Pebeo paints and stencils which soon got snapped up by members of the group.
Jan was thrilled with the new Indian stencil and once she had mastered the application of the paints there was no stopping her!
Keris was also engrossed with the indian stencil and plans to use some her prints for a book cover that she is making.
Liz, Chris and Caroline were engrossed in making a daisy book wrap using the knowledge they had gained at the recent Angie Hughes workshop. There was a lot of muttering going on along the way though as no-one seemed to be able to remember how to apply the paint-but they were coming along nicely by the end of the day.
Fiona has moved swiftly from summer to Christmas. She cut the stencil for the green Christmas trees by hand and the snowflakes are printed from a stencil made on the scan ‘n cut machine.
The scan ‘n cut machine in recent months has been a bit of a nightmare, one way or another but today Monica, Corinne and Isobelle were thrilled that they were able to cut stamps from funky foam and stencils with mylar stencil sheets. The machine worked like a dream – probably something to do with the fact that Corinne has updated it and bought a new power lead. Fingers crossed that we won’t be disappointed next time.
Isobelle managed to try out one of the stencils on her gelli plate …
and created these wonderful prints with a potato masher and builders adhesive stickers!
Fran was busy dyeing and printing some wonderful pieces of fabric and she also brought her finished Daisy Book Wrap along to show the group. The centre image below is Frans fabric that she uses to soak up paint when she is working – how amazing – and colourful!
Corinne brought along a fabric mosaic picture that she has created which is beautiful
And Monica was seeking advice over a wallhanging that is work in progress. Thanks guys for all the useful comments!
We even managed to spare a little time to learn how to make fabric beads!
All in all, a great day of experimentation and innovation by a very talented group of people!
Today’s DtP was, as always, busy, busy, busy and there was a distinct impression that summer has faded into the distant past with the introduction of painted autumn leaves….
There was also lots of stencil work – probably as a result of the new stencils recently purchased at the NEC….
and rumour has it that the new paints went down well. Sorry to have missed such a productive day and look forward to returning to the fray next month
Well done to everyone and many thanks to Caroline for the photos.
At today’s Dyeing to Paint session we tried out ice dyeing – a simple process that requires fabric, Procion dies, soda solution and ice – not any old ice mind you – we used M&S ice cubes!
Glynis then introduced us to painting with a toilet roll which produced some lovely images of aganpanthus or alliums – whatever takes your fancy.
…..and cotton wool buds to paint lovely wisteria flowers
And, if that wasn’t enough there was a flurry of activity to dye fabric with Indian Inks
Isobelle was busy lino cutting
And Monica was block printing with a new pineapple print block
Another busy and enjoyable day with friends – always a pleasure!
Today, some apprentice fairy shoe cobblers met at Bonvilston Reading Rooms to try their hand at making little fairy shoes for the fairies at the bottom of their gardens.
Good friend Sonia, who is the fount of all knowledge on all things fairy shoes guided everyone through the day and would be cobblers took initial inspiration from the wonderful tree of fairy shoes that she had made.
To kick things off Sonia explained the process using felt and fabric bonded together for a firm shoe. Then, it was a free for all with some keeping it simple whilst others experimented with organza and gold fabric on the outer and inner parts of their shoes.
Isobelle managed to sneak in a bit of painting and glitter work which looked very effective.
And Hillary went with a Christmas theme and was thrilled that she had created a shiny bottom!
Chris was quietly creating and then became concerned about the size she had made and whether they would fit? If she meant on her own foot then she is way off beam!!
If Sonia was thinking that the day would be a breeze then she totally miscalculated and was soon off to create some fabric for her own pair of fairy shoes – which was delightful and seemed so easy???
She then went on and used the fabric to make this delightful pair of fairy shoes.
It was great fun with lots of banter and laughter – particularly when Monica expressed disappointment at not being able to complete 4 pairs as planned. As it turned out she only completed one shoe and decided that she might have to look for a one legged fairy!
Hilary’s completed shoes
Many thanks to Sonia – who has the patience and good humour of a saint. We all throughly enjoyed ourselves and went home committed to finishing off our shoes for the benefit of the Vale of Glamorgan fairy community!