Someday, the altered art you make today will be
old, faded, falling apart, and someone else will salvage the bits and use them
in new altered art.It's the best that any piece of art can hope for

~ anon~

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Monday, 5 October 2009

Think I Am Getting Addicted!

Oooeerrr Missus this is fun! Complete serendipity! More linen on the line and I have very inky and painted covered hands ... I am in my element!

I used all my muslin and freezer paper yesterday (freezer paper is not an English thing - least I am not sure what we call it if it is - hence it is not readily available and horrors of horrors my usual supplier is out of stock, but I found a supply on Ebay at a good price if any of my fellow patriots want some!)

 Too impatient to wait for new supplies I have used some thin (ish) calico and some palette paper, hopefully that will work if not I am stuffed! I realised after yesterday that I was concentrating too much on what the base layer was, when in fact it's mostly going to be covered in colour, plus my first attempt was too much of a 'picture' so can't really be cut up. Its all a matter of experimenting and learning. Helli (author) suggests adding colour whilst the cloth is still wet, Belinda seems to prefer not to, so I thought I would add some colour to a couple of my sheets today and form my own opinion. They green one has acrylic paint added to the PVA and the blue one has been sprayed with Adirondack Inks - I'll report back!

Last night I had a play with the sheets I made yesterday. This one has been painted with diluted Claudine Hellmuth paints - I bought these at Ally Pally, wow they still keep their vibrancy even after being mixed with water. I also highlighted the words with permanent pens and framed the woman with 3d fabric paints but didn't like that so added some micro beads, don't like them much either!

Here is number 2 - before painted and after painted. Boy I LOVE this one, makes my mouth water! I will have to say the picture does not do it justice in anyway whatsoever. Adirondack inks sprayed on and sponged off the excess           I wanted it to be a bit glossier and experimented by covering one half with a gloss medium - well that didn't work, in fact it looks duller, so I sprayed the whole thing with Cosmic Shimmers. That made the half which had not been 'glossed' very vibrant and did improve the glossed area slightly.

and finally number 3, which was very purple/pink. It's not now!
In one of my insomniac moments last night I thought I would use green and blue on the ones I made today - colours I rarely use, but I am trying to get out of a colour trap - and then I realised that I never use Yellow.  So this is my Yellow one - oh no it's not  I hear your cry. in my defence it started off yellow and does look more yellow in real life, but I concede a bit of orange/red/copper/gold has crept in!! This is using acrylic paints and stamped with stazon with a bit of copper/gold/orange utee sprinkled on (doubt you can see that) I think its looking good.

Fingers drumming now whilst I wait hopefully for the other pieces to dry - not much chance of that on a dull autumnal day here in the UK..... will the palette paper work or not??

Stitching next - anyone got a machine I can borrow??


  1. I am absolutely lovin' Number 3!

    I'd be happy to loan you my sewing machine, but I sold it several years ago.

    I'll bet you could make some lovely hand stitching that would just do the trick %-D


  2. these are beautiful and look so much fun to make :) xxxx

  3. eeeeeeeeeeeeeer Think I need to watch you at work to appreciate these ! I have a sewing machine but you will have to collect !!!

  4. Oooh! I like the look of this. Might have to give it a try.

  5. I love your stuff, it is so beautiful. If you are looking for freezer paper, maybe they have it in your country as butcher paper, but the palette paper is pretty much the same thing (just waxed paper).

  6. love the material, and getting inky is the best thing! mmm am I making more flowers.. yes this weekend and then I think I am flowered out! lol
    HUgs x


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