In his book The View From The Studio Door (ISBN 978.0.9614547.5.3) Ted Orland’s last paragraph includes these three sentences:
Our highest moments are those in which, by word or deed, we engage important things – and for that task there is no better tool than art. Making art, like having children, is one way of making life worth living. And artworks, like children, are assays of our lives and a measure of the things we hold important.
While I was researching today’s post I came across these profound words and why would I couple these with today’s images? Often art is perceived as something difficult, something you “need to be educated in.” I am trying to remind everybody that we all engaged in art activities while we were children and what training did we have during our pre-school and kindergarten days? Start to shift your thinking today. Here is a great activity to get you started:
So often I overhear quilters lament the fact that they got carried away with their fabric purchases. The accumulated “stash” includes colors that are no longer considered current. What is one to do? We can sort through the stacks of fat quarters, sell them off at a garage sale and incur a significant financial loss. Over-dyeing is one solution to alter the color and move it into a more current color palette. Another way to create designer fabrics is with printing. No need to rush out and purchase specific stamps. From potato stamps (remember these?) to using a potato masher for an interesting grid pattern or re-purposing a meat tray – the opportunities are endless!
Darker fabrics are also great for discharge with a diluted bleach solution or dish washing liquid. To use up ordinary acrylic paints and make these pliable and permanent on fabrics add up to 25 % of textile medium.
Set up your table, cover it with plastic and start stamping! Have fun!!!