Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Misty Water-colored Memories

These pieces were done with a transparent paint which gives the effect of watercolors.
The paint I used was Seta-Color Transparent. It can be thinned to a very weak consistency with water or can be used as a stronger color with less or no water.

I placed leaves on the wet painted surface and the paint migrates away from the covered areas making marks on the fabric.

This piece also had leaves placed on it while drying. If the fabric is manipulated into hills and valleys while it is drying you get darker and lighter areas.
People think you have to do this in the sun. That is not true as these were done in my studio.

Not only do these pieces invoke the memories of the leaves I imprinted on these fabrics, but as I look at them I remember spending the day with my then 11 year old granddaughter.
Her fabrics turned out better than mine did but I have no photos to show you.

It was a lot of fun to create these fabrics and to create memories at the same time.


Eva said...

Evokes my memories! My father taught me how to copy photographs in his dark room when I was 6, and he also taught me to do photograms with leaves and household things like scissors or other tools. I was obsessed with this game.
Beautiful fabrics! The green one is my favourite.

Gloria said...

I love how these fabrics came out. Just gorgeous...I would have a hard time cutting into them. Thx for sharing.

Robbie said...

Colors are great!! Beautiful pieces! I can see lots of hand stitiching on these!

TextileTraveler said...

Lovely pieces. I love sunprinting with Setacolors, but we so seldom get a non-windy day around here. Even when I think there's no wind, I carefully arrange the leaves and return only to find the scattered around the yard! Thanks for sharing.

TextileTraveler said...

Hmmm . . . I just went back and read more carefully and saw that you did this in your studio. Did you use a bright light or just let them dry naturally?

Kathie said...

well I wish I had a grandma when I was younger , wonder if she would have been a quilter too?
wonder if she would have done these fun things with me too...
wonderful memories for both of you!
continue making them

Carlene said...

I've enjoyed looking at your "painted" and "flour resist" projects. I have done very little painting. Sure liked the leaves on the last one.

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

I love these pieces, and did think you had to have sun to do them. I must try them and let them dry naturally. The ones your grandaughter did salt and rice are fabulous.