What a glorious, sunny day it was yesterday! It took me at least a week to set up my outdoor dye/paint “room.”  Well, that is the proverbial “we” that prepared the way for outdoor art activities.  First, Bill brought out and set up my 10’ X 10’ gazebo and I vacuumed it out.  We brought a glass topped table in and I started to haul all the accoutrements of this craft out there: boom box, jars, cans, dyes and their companion chemical products, tubs, paints, brushes, many odd and various tools, fabric, crock pot, hot plate and so on. Bill continued to work on putting a laminate top on a table I dug out of the cellar that’s a taller height than the picnic table.  It’s almost done.

Given the warm sunny day, I couldn’t quite wait for it so I had a full day of play!  I used a new product, Jacquard Solar Fast that I am very happy with.  I left the unfinished table out in the sun and used it to place my fabric pieces on in the sun to develop.

The first piece I did used the Solar Fast film that I had run through my inkjet printer to produce a “negative” of a photo of mine.  The sun print itself came out pretty good, but keep in mind it was the very first time I tried it.  Next time I’ll choose a better photograph with more areas of separated darks and lights.  Also, this was the least amount of time in the sun.  I developed them each in slightly longer amounts of time to experiment.

After, walking around my yard, I gathered up leaves, small flowers and ferns to print with.  The results of my first time using this product are in!


Posted by:turtlemoonimpressions

The natural world is phenomenal and so much of the man-made world - our architecture, our cities - are stunning accomplishments. They exist hand in hand in both beautiful expressions and sometimes disastrous manifestations. Our entire existence with the natural and the invented is intertwined – each dependent on the other, even as my art evolves, each breathing in the wake of the other. Surface design is one aspect of the process that I love. I thoroughly enjoy the play with color, value and construct, particularly the improvisation which starts with one thing, an idea, a glimpse of a vision, perhaps something that captures my eye for a moment in time and it grows organically. I become focused on whatever piece I'm working on and follow my muse to find my way.

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