Monday, June 9, 2014

And now it begins: Summer of Color, Week 1

Kristin our lovely host of Summer of Color, or SOC 4 as we know it, has issued the first challenge.

This week we had to use Aqua blue and yellow, with a splash of hot pink.  What better way to start, than with the printer inks my friend gave me last week.

After I tore a few pieces of an old bed sheet to size, I began by laying two sheets of paper towel over one sheet of wax paper, which covered my plate I would use to catch the ink.

I twisted the torn sheet until I had a shape I liked.

Using the cyan and yellow printer inks, I covered both sides of the fabric.

I did the same with magenta and yellow on another sheet.  I even liked the paper towels, but didn't use them in this project.

In my sewing room, I cut three hearts that were mainly yellow and hot pink.  I worried that the yellow in the main fabric was not bright enough or equal to the aqua, but that was how it turned out and there wasn't much I could do to change it now.

I believe the colors are truer in the scan than the photos,

as can be seen in this close up of one of the hearts.

Originally, I was going to add words like joy, hope, and love to the hearts, but couldn't remember if we were allowed to use black, so I left them plain.

Please visit Kristin for links to others who are playing in this fun Summer of Color!

54 thoughtful remarks:

Kristin said...

xo
(And you can totally use black if you'd like ;)

sue :) said...

Super project with stitching and lots of colourful pictures to show how much effort and time went into it. Fab : )

Helen said...

Love it!! Not started thinking about mine yet.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh! This has cheered me up! Absolutely love this Elizabeth, joyous colours of summer indeed!!! Chrisx

Tammie Lee said...

such a lovely and summery piece
i love that you went to fabric for the challenge
and i agree, pretty paper towels!

joy said...

What fabulous results you achieved with the printer inks! I love the way they bled into each other for the blended background. Hearts are a favorite icon of mine. Great job, Elizabeth!

BJ said...

I love it too, not got round to mine either as had my craft club in my house this morning and only just cleared up. BJ

TwinkleToes2day said...

I reeally like what you've done here Elizabeth :D
I was beginning to feel a little intimidated by all the loveliness already posted (1st time on soc), but now I know I can use black, I feel more relaxed in being able to stamp if I like. I did a piece already, just using the three colours in oil pastl but then I looked at what others had done first, and then saw I could have used black to outline _ oh stop it Twinks - too much over thinking!!!
Love what you've done Elizabeth, did I say that already, lol :D

Melinda said...

love this!!

elle said...

Nice stitching!!! ;~)

Elizabeth said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Elizabeth. I wondered what you would do with those inks but no way did I imagine this beautiful work - love it. Elizabeth xx

Penny Stewart said...

It's great to see the process involved in making art. Love it!

Boo said...

very, very cool

MeOfCourse said...

Yes, it is very cool. Great job.

peggy gatto said...

Delicious and so vibrant!
A beauty!

Vicki Miller said...

beautiful. looks like you are going to enjoy this challenge

Vicki Miller said...

beautiful. looks like you are going to enjoy this challenge

froebelsternchen Susi said...

amazing!
FROEBELSTERNCHEN FROM AUSTRIA

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Cindy McMath said...

Elizabeth, this is a wonderful piece! I love the rainbow thread too. Amazing that you used those old inks to get such a beautiful effect on fabric. And thanks for showing us the stages you went through. Now I can't wait to see where that paper towel ends up. :)

Darcy UK said...

Gorgeous!

CJ said...

Nice image on cloth ---and I like how your inks mixed together.

I thought I was the only one that used printer inks for art work.

Thanks for stopping to see my SOC.

dawn said...

Elizabeth, this is so pretty!! I love that you made hearts! The colors are perfect I think!! Yay for first week of SOC!!

I've been playing with the colors too, filled up some ICADs with them.

Glad you like the colors too :)

Sharon Fritchman said...

You really outdid yourself, Elizabeth! What a wonderful and creative way to use the SOC colors!

itsamistry said...

This is great I've never used printer ink :)

girlunwinding said...

Love it and now that you have added your photo to the pool-- I'd go back and add the word. I think it would really cap it off.
Those are great colors and I love the tie-dyed effect and the fact that you got your touch of hot pink from the thread, cleaver girl!!
~Dawn

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Fabulous work, Elizabeth! My dh just "gifted" to me a refill pack of printer inks that he has no use for any longer. Woo hoo! I am going to try them on paper, too.

Linda said...

this is so beautiful-even without words. You're off to a great start for the SOC challenge!

~*~Patty S said...

ooo what a gorgeous piece you created Elizabeth...fun seeing your process too...thanks for sharing

Those colors and inks worked splendidly together!
oxo

Mariane C said...

I say!!!... Most beautiful I seen long time - Superb!!

Kind regards
Mariane
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Fishcake_random said...

What a great idea! So clever
X

Linda Gibbons said...

Very nice, ElizABETH, i LOVE THE WAY THE COLORS BLEND

sugar Creek said...

That is really neat!! Love the colors and the hearts!

BJ said...

Thanks for your comment about my "wet" embossing, I tend to call it heat embossing so your reference gave me a chuckle. It is by no means "perfect" at all, but these days I "embrace the imperfections" to coin a Timmy phrase. In fact I just like the imperfections, it gives it a speckled look. I did use a brush to get rid of a lot of powder round the flowers though. Oh and the embossing folder was one of the ladies who came to my craft group Monday. I just embossed a few plain white sheets using her folders and just HAD to use it. BJ

gma said...

Hi! I have not seen you on the blogs since Inspiration Avenue a year or so ago. I love your work...love how you showed your process. Good to find you here.

sheila 77 said...

It's really good to see a textile piece. Your process was fascinating to read - printer inks for dying - interesting, nice work.

Halle said...

ok...I know i saw this and left a comment before but hmmm...not there.
I absolutely love what you did with the inks and fabric. Perfect colors for you to experiment with this week.

Paper rainbow said...

super clever use of materials, you are so creative!

polydactyl said...

I love what you did for this challenge...really nice job!

kat said...

This is great, I love how your colours all blend beautifully, great to have used fabrics!

Manon Visser said...

Oh I so wished that was for me. Lovely piece.

Krisha said...

I wish I could remember to take step by step photos......all the way through. I usually get the first two steps, then I'm off and running and forget the camera. LOL

An other great piece of art, I really like that you DID NOT add any words to the hearts.

Hugs......Krisha

Miriam said...

I love this! What a great idea to use printer inks, thanks for the inspiration. I lost you along the way, so glad to have caught up with you again.

Miriam said...

I love this! What a great idea to use printer inks, thanks for the inspiration. I lost you along the way, so glad to have caught up with you again.

Rita said...

beautiful!

Denise Price said...

Wow, those printer inks lead to very vibrant results! Your piece, with the big pink hearts, is so sweet. <3

Ohhh Snap said...

WOW, printer inks? So now I'm thinking about trying to extracting inks from cartridges for my now dead printer with needles for my (deceased) diabetic cat.

denthe said...

love this! very original ....

Caz said...

My fave bit is the hearts :-)

Debi Minter said...

I LOVE the steps! I have to try and take some photos in progress! LOVE the vibrant colors and the finished fabric art! I did something in fabric this week too!
HuGGs!
Debi

Virginia said...

Oh that's gorgeous!

Christine said...

Beautiful piece of work - love all the combinations used in the creation - dyeing, stitching etc

Bishopsmate

Carol said...

I could swear that I commented on this earlier in the week..but I'm not seeing it :( It's beautiful and love what you did with those inks... I love fiber arts but just don't do enough of them... This I could totally get into ♥♥♥♥♥ Thanks for sharing,

Carmen said...

What a great use of printer ink - much prettier use that's for sure. Love this Elizabeth - your work always has that 'want to reach into the screen and touch' factor :)

Deborah Weber said...

How fabulous!