Counting down the days until Christmas. Is it really here already??? A week from today??? Wow, how time flies! I started yesterday very productively in the studio and had to take a break to run out to do an errand and ended up at the mall for hours. I think I can safely say that I am done shopping. Ugh
I've been playing around with my Thermofax screens and layering them on fabric collages. I think my main goal is to create the same effects that one would get if creating a painting or collage on paper or canvas with layers. There is so much to experiment with; dark and light backgrounds, high contrast, low contrast, and focal point imagery. This is a challenge for me as I could easily create this look and feel within Photoshop Elements but within that program you can change or undo anything you don't like. I hate to waste materials but it's all a part of the process to be able to get to what you think will work.
This one I used 2 background screens on and then for my focal point, I used two of the mini canvas screens from Garden Party-1. I started with a piece of white cotton fabric and spread Gesso across it randomly with a squeegee (use a credit card instead). While the Gesso was still wet, I went into it with some acrylic craft paint in green that you can see in the background. Then I used dark brown with my Checkerboard screen in brown and then went over that with ecru colored acrylic and one of my newer screens (the ones I printed on paper in an earlier post).
I waited for that to dry before screening the Garden Party minis on top, let that dry and then went in with the watercolor. To finish the collage off, I added hand and machine stitching making sure it didn't overpower the painted minis. I'm really liking it!
I felt the need to spit some words out so I gathered my alphabet stamps and had a go at it. I didn't have a plan in mind as to what I wanted to print so I kind of just let the words come on their own. This is only half of the words I printed and I'm thinking about how I want to use these in a project.
Deep down, I have a lot of thoughts and feelings built up but I'm not sure how I want to express them. So for now, I will just play and let the words just come out without any plan. I could definitely see a fabric collage journal using these. We will see.....
I hope you are all having a super creative weekend or at least setting aside a little creative time for yourself as you get ready for the holidays!