Time for another reveal for The Printed Fabric Bee. Lynn Krawcyzk chose "vintage" as her theme. I decided to explore the idea of vintage bottles.
I started with an image of bottles and cut out the shapes.
Then traced them on sticky-back fun foam.
Then cut them out.
Then stuck them to pieces of styrofoam from a recycled meat tray.
I chose blue, teal and gray paints thinking that might suggest vintage bottles.
I did a test print here. I like the idea that the bottles are translucent. You can see through them as if they are sitting on a window sill.
I printed an 8x18 piece to send to Lynn (that's her requested size), the 6x6 for our monthly give-away and another piece to keep in my stash and for my records.
After printing the bottles, I wanted to add another layer of design. (Plus the "rules" of the Printed Fabric Bee require at least two printed layers.) So, I used my splatter brush to add a bit of black. It gave it a bit of depth.
You may remember that I when I created fabric for our petroglyphs theme, I wished I had a splatter brush. I've since purchased one! Definitely a nice additional to my box of painting tools.
It still needed something, so I drew this tiny little stem with tiny little leaves in a few of the bottles.
Here is the finished 6x6.
Here is Lynn's piece. It's like three shelves in a decorative medicine cabinet.
- The shape of the bottles and the subtle difference between them.
- Sticky back fun foam stamps are so fast and easy!
- I love the layers of paint where the bottles overlap.
- The paint application is a bit inconsistent which sort of makes it look like light reflecting on the bottles.
- The splatter adds depth.
- The line drawn stem is sweet.
Less Than Successful:
- The shapes of the bottle don't fill up the 6x6 size too well. In fact, I'm not sure I love the arrangement of bottles on the larger piece of fabric either.
- Paint might have been applied more smoothly with a brayer.
- The color palette isn't too sophisticated and doesn't really read as vintage. I should I have mixed a light, medium and dark cobalt.
- The line drawn stem is a little too sweet.
Check out all the interpretations of "vintage!" Find links to all the artists on The Printed Fabric Bee blog. Plus, you can leave a comment on Lynn's blog for a chance to win the collection of 6x6 fabrics. Comment before July 10.