Leslie Tucker Jenison chose "found objects" as the theme for The Printed Fabric Bee this month. She also requested a neutral color palette with a pop of color. Ok... challenge accepted.
I created my fabric for this month's theme while in a three day print making workshop. I gathered a bunch of random objects and brought them to the workshop with me. I used plain white muslin and black paint.
First layer... pastry blender.
Next layer: tiny toy turtle.
If you zoom into this picture, you may be able to see the tiny imprint of "China" on these stamps.
Is this a triangle cookie cutter? I'm not sure. You can see I'm working on a large piece of fabric that will go to Leslie and a 6x6 inch piece that will be included in our monthly give-away.
I'm not sure where this came from. But it's awesome! A square filled with tiny circles.
As the last layer, I add tiny pairs of teal circles. This is a very subtle "pop of color."
You can see that I also filled in the fabric somewhat randomly and left some areas unprinted. I really like the movement of the shapes across the fabric. It would look entirely different if I'd filled the whole piece of cloth.
I think the pastry blender is my favorite!
Here is the 6x6 inch fabric. Comment on The Printed Fabric Bee blog for a chance to win the whole collection.
As usual, I like to review what worked and what didn't work for my submissions for The Printed Fabric Bee.
- I loved the random/not random placement of the prints across the fabric. I generally default to a grid pattern and this was a good departure.
- I like the mix of open shapes with filled shapes.
- I really like working with just black and white.
- Creating the fabric within a workshop setting was nice also. It's good to get out of my own studio every now and then.
- Using a layer of felt under the fabric was really important. (I learned this from Julie Booth's book.)
Less Than Successful:
- We were using Akua printing ink for the whole workshop. I'm not sure I love it on fabric. It takes a super long time to really really dry. (Days!) It's probably fine, but it wouldn't be my first choice for this kind of work in the future.
- I wish I would have chosen a much bolder pop of color.
- Honestly, I like that pastry blender print so much, I almost wish I'd used just that.
Be sure to check out how the other members of The Printed Fabric Bee interpreted this challenge on our blog and Facebook page.