Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Summer of Color, Week 2: pink, pink, orange


This is Week Two of Summer of Color, or SOC, and the colors Kristin at Twinkle Twinkle Like A Star has chosen for us

are pink, pink, and orange.  I chose another piece from a bed sheet, this one in pale pink, magenta acrylic paint, and orange craft paint.  I also tore more of my white pillowcase in order to dye it orange.

I decided to work on a wooden block I cut for the piece.  I realized I'd have to sand the top and bottom because I think my saw blade is getting dull.  Yes, I'm a power tool lover.

After sanding the wooden block, I painted it with a wash of the magenta acrylic.  Then I dyed the pillowcase using a recipe I found in a book written by Ruth Rae.  Basically, it's half water, half paint, but because I only had craft paint, I decided to use a bit less water and more paint.

Fast forward two days and all of the dyeing is complete and dry, the pieces have been sewn together, and I'm now ready to assemble the piece.

I thought I would show it in this stage, before I added the embellishments.  This is the first time I've ever used a good stencil, so I didn't do a very good job.  But you can see I used variegated yellow/orange thread, which is all I had in orange.

It was late when I tried to photograph this, so the colors are not the best in my craft room.

No matter what direction I faced it, the colors are simply not representative of the piece.

Using PhotoShop, I attempted to color compensate to get the true colors of the completed assemblage.

Next, I wrapped orange wire around a piece of bark from my tree, and added a pink feather.

I also brushed the higher portions of the bark with orange paint.

The feather is much closer to the magenta color of the fabric, but I didn't try to color compensate.

Here is this week's entry in all its glory.  I sincerely hope you like it.

Although I ran out of time visiting, I got to most of you last week.  However, I noticed some of you are on social media sites I'm not a member of.  These include Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Tumblr, Goggle +, and Pinterest, to name the ones I remember.  Since I'm not a member of any of these sites, I can't leave comments, and if you're on Facebook, there were a couple I couldn't even see your artwork. I hope to visit everyone this week, even if I can't leave a message.  Thanks for visiting me, though.  I was simply in awe of the gorgeous art I saw last week.  And I would be remiss if I didn't thank Kristin for all the hard work she puts into this fun and colorful summer event. 

58 thoughtful remarks:

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Wow, Elizabeth! This is beyond beautiful! You did an excellent job with these colors, and the embellishment of bark is just so creative! This really makes me smile!

Linda Gibbons said...

Wow!, I love this composition, Elizabeth, especially the addition of the piece of bark.

GlorV1 said...

What an awesome job! Love it!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

GOSH! What an A* M * A * Z * I * N * G *
project Elizabeth!
I am thrilled about it!

oxo Susi

Angela Radford said...

Great project Elizabeth, love the colours and the embellishments.
You asked about the workshop I attended today, I have made another lady but it's completely different as regards the techniques. I wanted to see if I could combine the Powertex fabric hardener and the Stone Art. Will be posting photos soon and think you might like it.
Have a great WOYWW and happy crafting, Angela xXx

Helen said...

Well, I don't know what is wrong with how you used the stencil, it looks fabulous.. In fact, I think this is one of the best things you'e done! I loved this weeks colours (and yes, I did link my journal page!)

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I was wondering where all this paint, wood, and fabric was going and now I see the finished piece and it is fabulous! Now off to see what is on your desk....

Helen said...

It sounds as if your makeup sponge is too soft - you need quite a solid one to use with paint (I gave up with them, and now buy the (quite expensive,but you can rinse it out and re-use it) cut and dry foam which doesn't make the paint splodge quite so much, if you don't use too much at a time!! have fun playing...

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

This is gorgeous! I'm glad you Photoshopped one to show how vibrant and saturated the colors are - like a yummy ice cream sherbet.

WrightStuff said...

What a great deal of effort you put in to create this lovely work of art!

sandysewin said...

I never used to care for orange, but now I'm loving pink and orange. Nice piece you made!


Thanks for the blog visit earlier. The solder I got is called paste solder and comes in syringes so you can just put a little dab at your join and solder away. Kate Richbourg show how to use it in her free Craftsy class, Micro Torch Basics. http://www.craftsy.com/class/micro-torch-basics/130?_ct=cx-udhebbut-sbqii&_ctp=watch,130

Happy Woyww,

Sandy #23

sue :) said...

Your project this week is fab, love the layers, the colours and not forgetting the embelishments. x

Halle said...

Really fun piece!! I love how the stencil turned out.

Deborah Weber said...

It never occurred to me that you could use paint to dye fabric. Love what you've done.

Lori Saul said...

Gorgeous "sherbert" colors- this is fantastic and unique Elizabeth!

TwinkleToes2day said...

In my humble opinion, this is the best SOC piece I have seen so far. I completely love it! {{Hugs}}

Nan G said...

So cool, E!! I would love to be able to use power saw to cut wood for my art. Lucky you. Hugs from me and the Girls

Carol said...

WOW! Elizabeth this is great!!! Like something you would see in a high end gift store ♥♥♥♥♥

Linda Kunsman said...

oh Elizabeth this is absolutely gorgeous!!! I love the natural, organic feel and elements you chose-perfectly put together!

peggy gatto said...

Well, look at you go!!!
A wonderful collage with great textures, bravo!!!

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful and very imaginative work, Valerie

Sharon Fritchman said...

I love your work, Elizabeth! This project is absolutely beautiful! I love your creativity, my friend! The stencil looks amazing! And I wish I could see you operating those power tools, too! Thanks also for your wonderful visit to my blog! HUGS!!!

itsamistry said...

Absolutely LOVE your canvas. Thank you for sharing the process. Anita #29 itsamistry Design Studio

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Wow...just love this. Pretty colors and a unique piece..Thanks for the visit. and Mentioning the Crop-a-dile. I have one and forgot about it...laying it out next to my space. I enjoy Ruth Rae's publications also. You have a great week and Enjoy the things you love

Kelly Deal said...

I LOVE this Elizabeth! So pretty and creative! I'm off of work tomorrow and Summer of Color is on my to-do list. I think all of my creations for Summer of Color this year are going to be beach themed.

Tammie Lee said...

your lovely piece
reminds me of sorbet
how wonderful that you are working in fabric

Miriam said...

Hello Elizabeth. First of all thank you so much for visiting me and leaving such a beautiful comment. Your piece is absolutely gorgeous. I love the fabric, You have made a great job of the whole piece, so much work! I am in awe!!. I will look for your week one piece now.

Susan Carol said...

this is stunning! Love all the fabric and all the textures.

Plush Possum Studio said...

Eye-catching and so full of texture! Love the heart, too!
:)

Sharon said...

Wow love this so creative perfect for the SOC!

Ayala Art said...

I love it! It is fantastic and very creative!

Electra said...

This is lovely! I am still working on mine.

Fuzzie Fingers said...

A great project. I think you stenciled heart turned out very well.

ULKAU said...

You have managed a very miraculous combination of these different materials here! ...and thank you so much for your nice words in my blog. Ulrike

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Ahhhh love that you've shown us step by step Elizabeth...

Thanks so very much for sharing your very clever creations and for popping over too.
Happy belated WOYWW! Shaz in Ozx #60

{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

~*~Patty S said...

What a fun piece you created and that certainly is a big wooden block. When I think of wooden blocks I think of more ATC size...being 'friends' with power tools clearly has its advantages. :-)
Your stenciled heart and flower turned out beautifully on all of those great hand dyed and layered fabrics!
I am a big fan of that color combo too.
oxo

Özge Başağaç said...

I really liked your composition. Layers, colors, they all blend in beautifully. I am also trying to work on fabric every week, with a small printing project. Did you use a brush with the stencil? It looks good and i do not mind a bit moving here and there. But if you want more precise results you could use a sponge with less paint, in two rounds. I usually cut a piece from an ordinary kitchen sponge. It works :)

see you there! said...

Catching up, haven't been on computer much lately. I really like this piece. I like the fabric on a block, clever idea. I think the piece of bark ads so much depth and texture. Good work!

Darla

Christine said...

Gorgeous creative piece for SOC!

denthe said...

Very original and creative piece of work! I love how the fabric looks at the sides. I also found that it's very hard to get the colours right when you photograph or scan pinks and oranges.....

Denise Price said...

Nice dyeing, and I really like how the stenciling turned out, actually.

Caz said...

Such a creative idea! I love the heart, its so sweet!

Valerie said...

Nice SOC-entry!

Kristin said...

Thank YOU! xo

mandysea said...

How amazing! I love they dyed fabric and frayed edges, your stencilling did turn out really well I think! What a great idea to add the bark and feather - this is a really thoughtful piece of works

LonettA said...

What a fantastic work! Very creative and imaginative! I like your way of using so different materials!

Jenny said...

Absolutely stunning Elizabeth... I love this piece... how wonderful that you dyed the fabric and the wire wrapped bark adds a gorgeous touch... amazing work !!

Jenny X

Krisha said...

WOW! This is a stunning piece! You worked these colors together beautifully. (I love power tools too...*grin*)

Thank you for commenting on the girls' work, they are having so much fun with SOC.

kat said...

Sweet and simple, so lovely!

Joanna said...

Oh my goodness, this is wonderful mixed media artwork - I love it! Bravo!!

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

lots of work! well done :)

johanna said...

this is super duper cool!!

Karla B said...

Elizabeth, this is super cool, my friend.Gorgeous!

BJ said...

Lovely entry, although I do sometimes wonder if you have enough bed sheets left for your bed! BJ

Sherry's Cabin said...

Elizabeth,
This is quite beautiful! So is your other work! I had a fun time looking through your other posts, as well. You have quite a creative spirit, and I'll have to come back often to see what you are creating. Thank you so much for visiting my blog, too.
God bless,
Sherry

Lorraine said...

What a wonderful project for this color challenge. I love all the textures you've got going there. Such a treat for the eyes.

Neena said...

It was interesting to see how you put all the layers together to make this beautiful piece. One of the things I am liking about SOC is all the different types of art people are creating from the palette colors.

JansArtyJunk said...

Wow...what a stunning piece of mixed media hARTt... Loving what you did with this colour combo...especially the dyed fabric and the stencilled Heart :)x