Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Day #11: Fabric Printing at Home Blog Tour


Welcome to Day #11 of the Fabric Printing at Home Blog Tour! Today, we'll visit Lynda Heines' blog. Did you know that Lynda was the first person to discover and write an article about ice dyeing?! Clearly she is a surface design explorer and one who enjoys sharing what she discovers...


My obsession with fabric surface design emerged while writing my “Telling Your Story” newspaper column about local artists. I was so inspired by the fabric artists I interviewed that I decided that I wanted to spend more time creating my own art, especially working with fabric, dyes, and paints.  I tried snow dyeing, but with very little snow here most winters, that proved difficult. But I thought that ice cubes would also work, and so ice dyeing was born. I wrote the first article on ice dyeing, which appeared in Quilting Arts magazine in 2011, and taught a webinar in June 2013 on that topic.

But for me it’s not just playing with ice and dye. I also love working with other ways to change the look of the fabric’s surface including, but not limited to, sun printing, soy wax batik, discharge, gelatin printing, thermofax screen-printing with dye attractant and inks, and marbling. I also love using all kinds of tools for marking the fabric from potato mashers and wood printing blocks to doilies and lace.

I love to share this art-making journey through local classes and on my blog (bloombakecreate.com). My goal is to inspire others to stretch their creative muscles by trying something new and challenging. I always say if I can do it, you can too.


Be sure to stop by Lynda's blog today and leave a comment for a chance to win 2 copies of Fabric Printing at Home.

TIP: Verb It!
 
Assortment of print blocks using recycled materials.
Here's a great idea for approaching any new material....verb it! Make a list of verbs and see if you can apply that verb to your material. It's a real eye and mind opener! For example...when I was starting to work with the recycled materials in Chapter 5: Recycled and Repurposed in Fabric Printing at Home, here are some of the verbs that came to mind:

Cut
Tear
Shread
Crumple
Scrunch
Punch (as in punch out)
Slit
Wrap
Glue
Tape
Roll
Weave
Braid
Knot
Twist
Stack
Curl
Peel
Fold
Layer
Incise
Emboss
Print
Rub (as in make a rubbing)
Stencil

Can you add to this list?

Today's giveaway is a journal for brainstorming (and verbing it!) and for taking notes about your surface design discoveries (see Day #10). Also, since many of you have trouble finding freezer paper where you live, I'll throw in (10) 8.5" x 11" pieces of freezer paper! Leave a comment for a chance to win. I will choose a winner at 11:00 PM Eastern USA time. Check tomorrow's post to see if you are the winner. Your comment also enters you in the final drawing on February 15 for a free copy of Fabric Printing at Home: Quick and Easy Fabric Design Using Fresh Produce and Found Objects.

 And now for the winner of yesterday's giveaway (Pigma Micron Archival Marking Pens)...congratulations to Jan Miller! Please email me with your contact information (threadborn@cox.net) so I can send off your prize.

Tomorrow the tour stops at Cheryl Sleboda's blog. Cheryl is a bit like a superhero...a comic book industry executive by day and an award winning art quilter by night! Find out more about her in tomorrow's post.

Be sure to visit all the stops on the Tour:
February 2: Lisa Chin

February 3: Lynn Krawczyk
February 4: Jane Davila
 
February 5: Carol R. Eaton
February 6: Judy Gula 
February 7: Susan Purney Mark 
February 8: Teri Lucas 
February 9: Jennifer Coyne Qudeen 
February 10: Deborah Boschert 
February 11: Lynda Heines 
February 12: Cheryl Sleboda 
February 13: Terri Stegmiller 
February 14: Jackie Lams

43 comments:

  1. Am I the first to comment? It's been a great blog hop to date, thank you for introducing so many wonderful artists as wel.

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    1. Hi Maya- So glad you joined in...still a few more days left!

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  2. How about squeeze or stretch? I am enjoying this blog hop and learning things-thanks!

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    1. Hi Lynne- Two great words! I'm planning to keep track of all the verbs...lots of possibilities!

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  3. How about pleat, gather, compress and crimp? I can see that we have not been doing enough things to our fabric!

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    1. Excellent words, Kathy! I'll have to add those to my list.

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  4. :) So many great ideas! Love those print blocks!

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    1. I have to admit that I think it might be fun to turn some of the print blocks into an art piece :)

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  5. For once, I am at a loss for words. Perhaps after more coffee?

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  6. Your book looks very interesting and fun! Thanks for this big giveaway and blog hop. Many ideas!

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    1. Glad to hear that the ideas are percolating!

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  7. Great blog hop! The verb idea is great for inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks! Yes...verbs can really stretch (another great verb!) you!

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  8. A journal of surface design inspiration is a great idea. My verb would have been rub, but you came up with that already. Glad to see I'm not the only one who sees something in the world and thinks, got to get back and get a rubbing of that.

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    1. Hi Lydia- Yes...I absolutely LOVE rubbings!

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  9. Love those print blocks. Great creative ideas. Perhaps I'd use burnish?
    Thanks for all the effort and care you are putting into these posts.

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    1. Thanks, Laura. I've really enjoyed coming up with the posts for the Tour. Burnish is a great word...hadn't thought about that one. If you haven't already subscribed to my free newsletter, you might want to...each month a new project.

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  10. Glad you specified what you meant by punch...I may have been puzzled for a minute until my caffeine kicked in! :-)

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    1. Ha! Yes...and then I followed it with "slit"...secret aggressions getting out...? :)

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  11. This blog hop is so wonderful. I am learning, laughing and loving it. This is a great group of artists and a great book.

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    1. Thanks, Denise. It's been so fun for me...loving the comments!

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  12. Love your list of words - how about stamp???

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    1. Hi Gill...duh...how did I miss that word!?

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  13. How about 3 words beginning with 's' - stitch, scratch and sprinkle?
    Now to hop over to Lynda's blog ... and to all the others I seem to have missed. I think I must have been asleep!

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    1. Hi Margaret...glad that you're "awake" now (teehee)! Enjoy the entries...the other artists on the Tour have been wonderful!

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  14. This book looks so interesting, and I'd love to win it. I am enjoying the blog hop with each person demonstrating a technique they learned from the book. The journal is a great idea.

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    1. Congrats Louise...you are the winner of the journal and freezer paper! I just need a mailing address. I think all the artists on the Tour are providing wonderful posts!

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  15. Carve?
    Learning lots and loving the blog hop. Thanks.

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    1. Hi Mary Elizabeth-Another great word! I'll add it to the list.

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  16. I took a surface design class once upon a time and one of the projects involved drawing out of a deck of verbs, a deck of nouns, and an adjective, and one was to incorporate all of these "themes" into a single project. I do remember that my verb was "burn" and noun was "starch", but don't remember the adjective!

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    1. HI Brenda- What an excellent idea! Though I'm not sure what the results of "burning starch" might be... I'll have to file that idea away for a future newsletter or class. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. What a great idea for starting some creative thinking....hmmm "verb it". So many ideas, so little time. Well I'd best hop over to Lynda's blog and see what she has cooking too. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of your inspiring book.

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    1. Yes...really gets the mind going. Hope you're enjoying all the great posts by the other artists.

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  18. Stab. I like the bookbinding method of using the Japanese stab technique. It'd be neat to use a printed fabric or paper cover and then make a little book from it. Love this tour. Norma

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    1. Hi Norma- Stab is a great word...it's got me thinking!

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  19. Love those print blocks made of recycled materials. I have gotten so inspired by this blog hop! Thanks!!

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    1. Hi Sarah- So happy to hear that this Tour is inspiring you. I'm enjoying hopping over and seeing what all the other artists are doing..it's inspiring me too!

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  20. Stamp is not on the list:). What about pinch and sprinkle ( as in salt added to dye). I am loving this fun blog hop!

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    1. Some more great words! Thanks, Carolyn!

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  21. So many wonderful ideas in here for me to try. Thank-you.

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  22. So many wonderful ideas! Lots of inspiration!

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