If you haven't read my post over there, hop over there and read it so you are up to date about what I'm talking about.
I wanted to use the whimsical house imagery on a couple of projects but didn't have the time (or the inclination) to redraw it every time.
Enter my beloved Thermofax machine.
I drew three houses that I liked and created screens from them.
A large, a medium and a small one (even though they all look to be the same size here, they really aren't).
I decided (after several false starts) to make a small bag from Multipurpose cloth.
I have been wanting to make a pouch to throw my loose strings in (to sit beside my sewing machine) and this seemed to be a good time to try it.
I always say this after I make something that it sure would be easier to think things out before I make them...but, alas, I did it again.
I jumped in with only half an idea and made up the remainder as I went.
Using my handy dandy thermofax screen, I printed one of the houses onto the front surface of the
MPC (Multipurpose Cloth).
Then decided that I wanted to do some stitching on it.
Then realized that the screen printed image would be Wonderful to use as a stitching guide!
Great news for someone (like me) that isn't too adept at free motion stitching (especially if it's a recognized shape).
But free motion stitching with an outline is a piece of cake.
1. Screen print onto fabric.
|I was so excited about the easy stitching that I added a tree|
and a small yard for the house before I realized it!
|No need to worry about stitching outside of the line|
with my painting plans.
3. Paint inside (or outside) of stitching lines.
|I loved one of the houses in my art journal so much|
that I decided to use it as inspiration in my paint colors.
|I thought that the scene needed a cloud or two.|
|I used the same color but added a glazing medium to it to thin the color out some.|
I also added a bit more color to the tree trunk.
And now it looks a little suspicious to me...
|Just as I suspected!|
There is a giraffe in that tree!
|A quick sketch to confirm it.|
|And there he is, peeking from behind the tree!|
|I felt that I needed to add the "real" tree trunk|
since the first one turned out to be the giraffe neck.
Now to stitch the real trunk in.
|Now it's all done.|
Well, I do need to add more grass to the front yard...
I just need to add the strap to hang it from my cabinet door.
|I did add more stitching and paint in the front yard.|
4. Stitch up sides of pouch.
The best part of all of it is the playing part.
The learning, screwing up and figuring out a better way to do it.
That's the place where you hear your own creative voice whispering to you.
And it usually starts with "Hey, I wonder what would happen if I did it this way?"
I think that I promised a give away in my Sketchbook Challenge post, didn't I?
I'd like to send someone a thermofax screen. I was going to give away one of the house screens but I think that I will let whoever wins pick out what they want from my Etsy shop or one of the whimsical houses.
Here's the deal - leave me a comment and make sure that you include your email address (or some way to get in touch with you) so I can notify you.
I'll give the winner that I choose (from a random number generator) about a week to let me know what they want.
It's open to everyone so please comment!
I'll post the winner on this blog on Sept. 26 so tune in to see who wins.
I'm thinking that I might add a few more surprises in the mailing but you will never know unless you are the winner.
Good luck everyone!