17 April 2018

MidSummer Maine Supplies are coming in




These contain book board and chip board in two weights. There is also a ream (500 sheets) of the fabulous paper I use to make my sketchbooks. We will start the weekend by making a coptic stitched book. Also arrived are bamboo pens, gesso, matte medium and a squeegee. Already arrived are brush pens and permanent ink pens and I will be ordering inks and Golden open acrylics for monoprinting on both paper and fabric.

 Thanks for reading,
Beth

13 April 2018

More Derwent products



I went online (I think I LIVE online) and checked out the Derwent site. They had some short videos; not useful. Then I went on YouTube and found a woman who did half hour plus long videos about many art supplies. It is called Claudia Sketches. I used the info to order another product, Inktense Pencils. I had mistakenly ordered Derwent Watersoluble Pencils on Black Friday. They were a steal because they weren't Inktense. However Claudia said these were one of her favorite pencils so I felt a bit better. The Derwent Watersoluble Pencils are more muted colors and are best for landscape and nature studies. The Inktense are INTENSE colors and permanent on paper or fabric just by drying. They are inks. I did a color study of the dry color next to the wet color on both sets of pencils.


24 Derwent Watersoluble  Pencils


Color chart with each box holding both the dry and wet version of each color.


This is a tin of 36 Inktense Pencils


Color chart of all 36 colors with each box holding a dry and wet version of each color. The last box (L.R.) is a liner pencil for outlining a sketch. If I were to use a pencil for outlining I would use a Derwent Watersoluble Graphite Pencil so the outline would melt away with water. I am very happy with both of these tins which will stay home during my trip.

Thanks for reading,
Beth


10 April 2018

Getting ready for my trip

I want to go as light weight as possible because I am carrying a backpack. I want light weight art supplies so I went online and found a tin paint box about 4.75 X 2.75 inches with two nice pallets and 12 empty half pans.



The I bought a box of Inktense Blocks



 This was just a crazy idea I had to break off 1/2" segments of the Inktense blocks and stick them in the half pans. I will probably be using a permanent ink pen to sketch with and using the Inktense block to add a bit of color sort like a blush to liven the sketches up a bit.


Before the "breaking". By the way, the knife didn't work. Snapping did.


Half inch bits two by two in the half pans.


 Finally I painted a sample card just to see what it would be like to use these. Very vivid inks.

Thanks for reading,
Beth
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06 April 2018

Festival of Quilts UK





My son and his family live in Malta. I wanted to visit them but not in Malta. We decided I would pick a place and they would meet me for a visit so I picked the UK during Festival of Quilts. I'm sure you've already grown tried of me talking on and on about the Kemshalls. Well, this year Linda and Laura will be featured artists. After I booked my tickets, my son mentioned they will be in Bali during my visit to the UK.
So far I have booked a B&B in Stansted for my arrival and departure and in Birmingham for Festival of Quilts. Now I need to find where I will spend the rest of the two week trip. I'd love to go to Edinborough (Edinburgh), Wales by the sea and Yorkshire. I'll let you know how my plans are developing. Other than Festival of Quilts and meeting the Kemshalls my objects are to talk/listen to people, visit art museums and sketch and paint.

My son bought me a great backpack which may be a tad big as I am a thrifty packer but we will see. I am really looking forward to this adventure and I will be blogging about it as well.

03 April 2018

OK, last time

I went to the store to buy James some toys. Neither of my other dogs ever played with toys so I've never had any. They wanted between $5.99 and $7.99 for a little dinky toy most of which were really too big for James. I found a Spider cat toy for $1.50 and bought that. I cut off the spiders legs and removed the bell.


Then I figured I could make him a few things to play with even though they weren't representational so I started with a "ball" made from a scrap of old T-shirt material.




Then I made a rectangle and put the bell in the center of the polyfill.


Acrylic felt




Then I spotted a scrap of sweatshirt material I had trimmed off and made a triangle.




I think he liked them.



30 March 2018

At least it involves sewing

OK, please indulge me and my fascination with the new puppy. He is up from Louisiana and #1 has never felt COLD (like 7 with 30 mph winds) and #2 he has no coat. He has Phyllis Diller hair. I walk at 4 am every morning and it is COLD so I decided to make him a little coat out of the sleeve of my partner, Brian's, sweatshirt. The knit cuff was too tight and long so I trimmed it right at the cuff seam keeping the sweatshirt fabric from stretching. Then I split the sleeve up the long seam. I had some olive green bias tape left from the Magpie quilt so I bound the raw edges


Binding the edges


You can see the cuff seam keeping the fabric from stretching and the arm seam open and bound


He wears a harness so I made a sloppy bound button hole for the ring to pass through


Topstitched





Doesn't he look like a little race horse in that coat?





Owen Approves


27 March 2018

The coverlet

My distant cousin sent this white knit coverlet because she had one she didn't need and thought I could use it in my dyeing/art work. It turns out I liked it on my bed but because it was white the dogs would get it smudged with their feet. 

Yesterday I was home, sick as a dog with nothing I could do, so I decided to get my "cement mixer" and give it a whirl. I arranged the coverlet in it, poured warm soda ash water to saturate it and dump all these bottles of dye that were in my fridge for over six months on in some interesting way. I don't know how interesting it was but I applied it like I apply dye to snow.


Sakrete cement mixer (Home Depot)

Color was not penetrating well
I did MEAN to wear gloves but...



After about four or five hours, I decided to rinse it. That's when I realized my lack of planning. It was like the dog who chased the car but didn't know what to do when he caught it. How will I ever rinse out this huge heavy wet chunk of knitted cotton?



You can see how the dye didn't penetrate well

I carried in the entire cement mixer and put it on the shower floor then with the sprayer, washed as well as I could, section by section til it was out of the cement mixer and on the shower floor. I managed (somehow) to lift the whole dripping mess up to a grab bar, then Brian brought me a plastic dishpan so I could transfer it to the washer without flooding my house with a stream of watery dye.




The washing and drying was without drama!! I like the result especially considering these dyes we so old. better than plain white.



You'll never spot a dog paw print on that!!



In the background you can see the IKEA shelves on their sides with the 4' X 8' table top on it.