Friday, July 9, 2010

Now the bidding war begins, a couple of giveaways you'll love, and a bit of art

Seth at the Altered Page is having another fabulous technique book giveaway this week. Second week in a row, so you should get over there and sign up for a chance to win Collage Playground by Kimberly Santiago. Here's your direct link. Deadline to sign up is through July 10.

And Nikki, who created the awesome WOYWW Neat Freak blog button on my sidebar is having a wonderful flower giveaway. Now who can resist flowers, right? Here's a direct link. Closes July 16.

Yesterday I met with my last bidder. Although she said she was going to send her "gutter man" to measure the gutters, she took accurate measurements otherwise.

Here Teresa is working out some calculations

then does more figuring and measuring. I hope to have all the bids back by this time next week.

This guy, whose name was Rick, came to bid the paint job on Monday.

I am not sure who was more curious, Bleubeard or Rick.

As he was giving me an estimate for the paint,

and using this really cool gadget

which made Bleubeard and me think we had landed in the middle of a crime scene,

he also took a look at my porch.

So I will get a "two-fer" on this bid.

And what would an art blog be without a bit of art? Here's what I've been doing. Spray paint and stencils on stickers and bleach spritzed onto black fabric and stencil. Poor Whats On Your Worktable Wendy, or Wendy for short, wonders if the spray paint is dry enough for her to be sitting on it.

For the stickers, I began with black paint, then sprayed hammered copper (has a texture) through stencils.

This is bleached (or discharged) fabric. In all honesty, this was just a sleeve I ripped from the blouse I discharged a few days ago. The entire back was discharged this time by laying a stencil down and spritzing bleach water through the stencils. After spraying the back of the blouse, the stencil was dripping. This piece of fabric was laid OVER the stencil in an attempt to remove some of the bleach. It is reverse stenciling at its finest. This piece I plan to overdye.

For those who didn't quite "get" what I was talking about with glue sticks, look how much glue is left in the bottom of your glue stick. You can't use it unless you dig it out or lay a tiny scrap of paper on top of the glue and press. As you can see, I've started digging out what I call "bonus" glue.

Today's blog is not a blog at all, but an e-How page. I'm not really familiar with these e-How pages, but I wanted to share another artist's perspective on Discharge Dyeing. Basically we use the same techniques, but she irons freezer paper to her fabric before spritzing with the bleach and water mix. The artist, Yvonne Quarles shares her knowledge of Discharge Dyeing. You might like her take on this technique. I couldn't find a way to leave a comment, so this link was practically painless.

9 thoughtful remarks:

Halle said...

The stenciled pieces are FAB!!! Love that look.

La Dolce Vita said...

oh I know isn't Yvonne great?? she has fab articles on ehow! i have been digging that last bit of glue out too! what a waste, love you fabric and stencil pieces

~*~Patty said...

fun post as always E! jam packed with interesting bits!

I went to a hands on Indigo dye demo yesterday and have just been thinking about playing with some bleach .. how timely your link is!

there is an amazing amount of glue left (same for chapstick tubes!) I scrap the glue out with a wooden coffee stirrer and spread it into a glue stick that has a little left in it, the gluestick that keeps on giving. It comes out a bit chunkier but at least I know I am not wasting huge amounts of gluestick!

You make me want to play with stencils, it's almost nice enough (what a dif 10 degrees makes) to be outside a bit ... almost!

Terri Kahrs said...

I had absolutely how much glue was left in the bottom of a (seemingly) used-up glue stick! I'll have my popsicle sticks and coffee stirrer's at the ready the next time I think I'm "out". You always have the most interesting tips, Elizabeth!!! As my grandmother used to say, "Waste not, want not!"

Hope all of your estimates come in "under budget". Have a super weekend! Hugs, Terri xoxo

MosaicMagpie said...

Thanks for the link to the collage book! That is just what I need. I need help in being more free in my art work. At least these two estimators let you take their pictures. I am still worried about the guy that didn't want his picture made. Did you look him up on America's Most Wanted???

Seth said...

Those stencils are fantastic. I love the color combo too. And thanks for getting the word out about my book giveaway :-)

Lori Saul said...

Stencil work is so much fun- these are great Elizabeth- love your lettering. I like to use paint and mini sponges for my art journals. I also painted some outdoor garden pots with stencils and acrylic paint. Good summer fun!

Melinda Cornish said...

bluebeard cracks me up.....He is supervising the bids.....

Marlynn said...

Your stencils are cool -- love them.