Monday, January 13, 2014

More sparkly paint fun

 It was a warm day for winter, so I got out the paints and went out back to play. I just happen to be really sensitive to adhesives and solvents so have to be outside even to use non-toxic textile paints.
I am on a mission. I contacted a blogger about trading artwork, and she agreed to trade for one of my little gratitude pieces.
 I also am behind on my Klimt challenge piece, and knew I wanted to make a tiara using thick mica infused medium by Golden. More about that later...

Here are all the scenes on the scroll of fabric. I used  blue, and a blue-gray solids and three different textile paints, all metallic. I like shiny-sparkly stuff! You know good and well I'll also use metallic thread to quilt this, heh, heh.

So I played with paint, using brushes, sponges and five stencils. When I say play, I mean I have no plan, I just add color til there is enough/too much. If it seems too plain I add some gold or darkest blue.

This is not my first time at the rodeo... I know how quilting stitch can change the look of a piece of art.
 I know in my world, I seldom throw anything painted  away because it's almost always usable in some form.
 I don't worry, just keep adding more!

 After the cropping,  bordering and quilting, I'll add beads, stamped words, gemstones, thick threads, and bits of lovelies I have kept for years. It's so much fun, this play. So engaging. I lose track of time, become calm, and get excited at the same time. Art is healing.


  1. Your sense of play is evident in your art. Those are some lovely pieces. Looking forward to seeing the final results!

  2. Beautiful! Fun just shines through, and not just because of sparkly paint. Pat

  3. Your pieces are very beautiful and playful at the same time!

  4. How interesting, I thoroughly enjoyed your post and plan on visiting again to see more of your beautiful work!

  5. Gorgeous!! Can't wait to see the finished product :) How is your pup after eating your quilty parts? My puppy did the same thing several months ago, ate two blocks beyond recognition! Thankfully he was able to pass everything with no problems, hope you experienced the same with your little muncher! :)

  6. Beautiful work and I can't wait to see it quilted!!
    Thanks for sharing.
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  7. Entirely too much fun! And these play pieces turned out beautifully.

  8. Everything is looking beautiful! I love the colour combinations in these pieces :)

  9. Pretty paints. :) Don't you hate being so sensitive to things? I would love to use spray basting, for example, on my smaller quilts, but there's no way on earth I could. Even if the spraying didn't get me in the first place, indoor or out, the tiny bits that fly about as sewing get me. Glad you can still work with your mediums outside!

  10. This is absolutely beautiful. My grandmother did a lot of textile painting, and I treasure what I have. I bet she would have loved that metallic paint.

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