Saturday, March 21, 2015

another pin cushion...

The watercolor play that I showed you last time wound up as part of a pin cushion. A fellow student in Karen Ruane's class suggested I try printing the watercolor on silk cloth....so I ran with that suggestion and wound up with this....

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hand dyed silk and damask cloth and watercolrs


I started out by enlarging one of the watercolor images....

watercolor image printed on dupioni silk by ironing freezer paper to the silk and running it through my ink jet printer. I did paint over the print with some intense blocks to brighten up the color a bit.


I used a fine line Sharpie to draw the design onto the silk

I cut out hexagons and circles and stitched them together. I also cut out prairie points that you can see on the finished cushion.

I chose some hand dyed fabric for the background and it all came together quickly.
 Feel free to try this technique if it appeals to you. I think I will be running silk through my printer again for future projects. Thanks to Jann who suggested it.

I finished up another Sally Doll. I tried doing Intarsia  and stranded color work on this one and gave her an embroidered skirt covered with tulle. I think that's it for dolls for awhile.




There's been more dyeing with the black walnuts but it's all being washed out right now so I'll show you that next time. I've also been playing with repeats for fabric design after watching the first 2 sessions of a five week workshop on Creative Bug.....lots of fun.

The radishes and cosmos are already up in the garden and a few more vege plants are in. It's going to be a rainy weekend so all the plants will get some wonderful rain water.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

16 comments:

Liz Ackert said...

I love seeing process documented like this ... thanks!

Nancy said...

It sure looks like spring over here!!

karen said...

it's been a pleasure to watch the pillow develop deanna from the initial cloth to the finished piece. This doll is very special, she makes me smile and she wants to be loved. I am happy you have growth in your garden, no sign of spring here...it's freezing! I am reluctant to complain because I know they have lots of snow around New York but I am fed up of being cold now. (the again....I know I'm going to moan in summer too if it's too hot. Where is my happy medium? Who knows....)

Ginny Huber said...

What a great idea from Jann to print the watercolor and what a great job and tutorial you have done.. Am not a doll fan but appreciate the work and techniques used.. it is pretty springy here..Nice to think of your cosmos etc coming up already..

Anita said...

Lovely pillow! the printed silk with line drawing looks fabulous...rainy weekend,really? Wish we have some rain here in Chennai...it's so hot already !

Louise Oakes said...

I'd forgotten you'd printed your watercolour onto the silk for your hexies on this pillow. I think that that technique may come in useful for Karen's next class!

Mosaic Magpie said...

What a sassy Sally Doll, she appears to be kicking up her heel and ready to have a good time! The pincushion has a great accent on the back with the added prairie points. Thanks for adding the in process photos, I would have missed the "zentangled" designs. I have tried printing on cottons as you describe but not silk...nice!
Deb

Rachel said...

Yes, an interesting development indeed. There are so many possibilities for colouring fabric now, aren't there!

Anneliese said...

Thanks for showing and explaining the technique for printing on silk. A beautiful pin cushion resulted. The doll is very sweet!

Jane Galley said...

What a fascinating pin cushion Deanna,loved seeing the process

neki desu said...

great!!more silk prints in the future.i love the direction this is going.

susan hemann said...

I love how you printed on silk! I have done it on muslin, but never silk. Love the doll. I must say I admire you. My pussy willow is blooming and the crocus are coming up. Happy Spring!

Nat Palaskas said...

Love to see dyed/print fabric being put into something like this. I love adored this pincushion - Hugs Nat

Els said...

I LOVE your pincushion Deanna !!!
Great to make your own fabric and use it like that !
Yes, your dolls are fun !
(a knitting family ! or rather "knitted" ..... ;-) ....)

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I really do like that pincushion!! Reminds me of playing about with painting white glue onto paper and then 'singeing' the wet glue with a candle flame. Made a really interesting design (albeit a little sooty!). Your latest little Sally is such a little doll (pun, bad as it is, was intended!!).

Peggy said...

Hi Deanna, the watercolor pin cushion is absolutely gorgeous. So you painted the watercolor, then scanned it, and then printed it onto the silk/freezer paper? It came together beautifully. Wow. I tried the cloth/freezer paper technique with some light cotton once -- did not work out, probably did something wrong. Do you think silk works better than cotton?

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