Alcohol Inks and Yupo

A couple years ago I was looking for an art workshop to attend and saw one on playing with this paper and the inks taught by Cathy Taylor. It wasn’t possible for me to go to that workshop, but I did stop by Blick’s and purchase a large piece of the Yupo.  I filed it away and forgot about it!

Then last year when we visited Asheville we stopped by an art gallery and there was Cathy! It was neat to meet her, but still I hadn’t experimented with this plastic-like paper.

Then the other day I was tooling around the web and came upon a video using alcohol ink and Yupo. I just had to get out my inks and the paper and play. If you’re not familiar with Yupo, it’s a synthetic paper. I bought it in a large sheet, but now it comes in pads of smaller sizes.

I wasn’t sure what I was doing but love the results. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any process pictures. I used the alcohol inks with the alcohol blending solution.


I used Ranger alcohol inks – ginger, latte, meadow, butterscotch and stream – on these.


On the top and right one I used bottle and terracotta. On the bottom left I used carmel, currant, denim and butterscotch. For the red one not shown I used raspberry and lettuce.

alcoholyupo1Now to add them to card bases.

alcoholinkcardsAnd a close up of the sets.



Using alcohol inks on Yupo is pretty interesting. I love all of the shadows which give the pieces some depth. If you are not familiar with these products used together, You Tube has lots of tutorials.

One of these will be heading out the door this week to a friend for her wedding anniversary. It will be nice to have cards ready for any occasion. Have you tried playing with alcohol inks and Yupo?

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Mandala Madness

Oh my! On July 6 I entered into mandala madness!


Well, what happened is I took Alisa Burke’s new Mandala Magic class. I really wasn’t expecting to get hooked. I’ve been following Alisa’s blog for years and loved Sew Wild. (I  reviewed her book when it came out in 2011.)

I really love mandalas and love her art so I thought it would be a great class. I’ve been feeling like I needed to create some different art and this was a great springboard for me.

Here is my very first mandala.



Then I made an artist date with myself and went to Barnes and Noble and drew another one.


Then I decided to use some color. I think I went a bit overboard on this one.


And here is one of my favorites so far.

7:15mandalaAnd this one.


mandala7:12 mandala7:16


Well, I’ve been making mandalas now for almost two weeks. I’ve found that even when they aren’t quite “perfect” they still look good as long as I repeat patterns. Also, they all look different. Once I feel confident about my drawing, I’m planning on taking them to fabric. I’m so excited to add them to my tool box of fabric surface design techniques. But for now I’m happy to play on paper.

Besides drawing mandalas, Dave and I visited Bluegrass Fish & Wildlife Saturday to see all of these lovely sunflowers. What a way to brighten up a day!

sunflowerbluegrass3 sunflowerbluegrass2 sunflowers1That’s all for today. Hope you’re having a colorful day. Thanks again for dropping by.

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Reality Warp Challenge

Lyric Kinard recently issued a Reality Warp challenge on her blog. Since I love challenges I thought I’d try my hand at this one. This is my finished piece.


How this challenge works is you start with an item – in this case it was a scissors. Taking your first piece of tracing paper, trace around the scissors.

realitywarp1Now place #2 tracing paper on top of this first one and again trace around the scissors moving it around. Once traced, erase what you don’t want.

realitywarp2You can see that I had erased the handles in my first drawing. I decided when tracing #2 I didn’t want to include the handles.

realitywarp3Now place #2 under #3 and trace again.

realitywarp4Again, you can erase anything you don’t want in your image.

Now place #3 under #4 and trace again.


You can go on and on with this, but I stopped after four. Here is the final image.

realitywarp7I scanned this into my Portrait and cut the image out of card stock to use to cut out the fabric.


I decided I wanted to use three of these images for my piece. I used three of my favorite dyed pieces. And here is another picture of my entry.

Heines_Scissors_fullIt was fun to see what everyone did with this challenge and how different they all were. Here is the online exhibit of all of the entries and the winners here.

I really loved this challenge. I also loved that I actually completed a project instead of just showing a process. And as those of you who’ve been with me for awhile you know that my 2015 word is completion. I’m really working to complete stuff this year instead of just playing with the process.

I’ll definitely do this again with other item.  Thanks to Lyric for this opportunity and this fun challenge.

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Jillian’s Clothes Soft Book

Over a  year ago Jillian’s mom gave me clothing to make Jilly a soft book. I made her a color quiet book awhile back. So after traveling down different roads, changing directions, ripping out, and serging,  I finally finished it! I tried to incorporate every piece Martha gave me, but the shoes just didn’t make it. I did use her pink shoelace though.

jilliansclothes1 Here is the finished book.

Jillian's clothingbook1The embroidery was from a jumper I found at a local thrift store. All of the other clothing was Jillian’s. The pages are made of fabric I dyed specifically for this book. Instead of embroidering words for this book, I printed them out on fabric.

This first page is about snaps. She can snap and unsnap her pants.

jilliansclothes2 The following page, the side with the instructions includes parts of a dress I didn’t have room to incorporate in this book. She can tie her shoe on this page.


This next page is about zippers. She can zip and unzip her dress.


This page spread is about buttons. On the opposite side she can button her sweet dress.

jilliansclothes5 jilliansclothes7After completing the pages, I added felt between them and surged the edges. I then added the grommets, binders, and some torn strips of my dyed fabric.

It’s been fun making this even thought I changed my mind so many times! Today I give it to her. Yipee!


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Dyeing Soy Waxed Fabric

I decided to do a little experiment the other day.


First I wanted to show you how I made those circles with a tin I found in a $1 bin at Target. I just had to add this after I received a comment from Jaime. We rarely eat anything or buy anything from a can so I had to purchase it. Several years ago when we were still buying canned goods I made a craft organizer from them

If you’re not familiar with soy wax batik, check out this post with my You Tube video.

containermarkerAnd this is how it looks when it’s done.


Now was when the fun started. I started with the same three fiber reactive dyes: Forest Green, Raspberry, and Lemon Yellow.

The first piece I ice dyed.  The colors came out muted and kind of dreamy!


I really liked that, but wanted to see how painting with thickened dyes would look. If you’re not familiar with how to thickened dyes, I used the directions from Jane Dunnewold’s Art Cloth.

Here is my result. I tried to paint it so I could really compare it to the ice dyed piece. The thickened dyes were darker and didn’t blend as well as when ice dyed. Using less dye would have made them closer in color, but they still are pretty.


Then I did another piece with the same thickened dyes but a little different design.

soywaxtest1So what did I learn?  With ice dyeing the results are less predictable than painting with thickened dyes. However, you get a dreamy – can’t seem to get that word out of my mind this morning – feel. I liked both ways of dyeing after the soy wax was added to the fabric and will definitely do both again.

Now that I have these three lovely pieces I need to make something with them. Any suggestions? As always, thanks for dropping by.

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Clamping and dyeing

While cleaning up my studio yesterday  I found these pieces that I forgot to blog about!


For this dyeing experiment, I wanted to use a couple different kinds of resist objects. Here is a light switch cover.

lightcoverThis is my favorite piece. However it and the whole set of fabrics were much lighter than I expected due to the dye colors I used. But I still love this piece. I will definitely try this one again.

clampedpieces5Here is the single light switch cover.


This is a pretty piece but way too light and not a lot of texture. The rubber bands just couldn’t hold it tight enough. I’ll be using the clamps next time.


Plexiglass wrapped with rubber bands.



And the last piece also with plexiglass.



This was a fun experiment. Thank you for stopping by. Hope you are having a wonderful, creative Sunday.

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Printed Fabric Bee: Vintage

June’s The Printed Fabric Bee challenge topic was Vintage. Lynn Krawczyk, the queen bee, requested that the 8 x 18 piece could be any color except pink.

Before I show you the collection that will be given away, here is my piece and my process.

vintagebeeI started by researching vintage colors. When I was growing up in the late 50s and 60s green, gold, and orange were popular so I thought I’d use those.

I started with a piece of fabric I had dyed recently that just happened to be the right shade of green. Then I took this vintage looking stencil in my stash – I think it’s called Retro Circles – and mixed up some fabric paint. When I mixed the color I wanted, I stenciled the piece.



Now to add just a little accents of the other two colors: Gold and Orange. I used PROfab Orange 21 opaque paint but it was way too bright. I added some black to make it a duller orange. The gold I used was Lumiere Bright Gold.

vintagebee3Then I applied the paint to the cloth.

vintagebee2And the finished piece again.

vintagebeeAnd a close up.

vintagecloseupHere is my 6 x 6 for the giveaway.

Vintagebee6x6Now for the giveaway, if you’d love to win this collection of 6 x 6 inch fabrics, just leave a comment on the Printed Fabric Bee Facebook page or Lynn’s blog.  Deadline is July 10!


Stop by the other members’ blogs to see how they created their pieces. Good Luck!


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Spray dyeing with Tulip

This post is brought to you by iLoveToCreate and Blueprint Social. The opinions are my own.


My spray dyed shirt and bandanas are part of the Tie Dye Your Summer  campaign.

Nothing reminds me of summer more than picnics and cookouts. So when I saw plastic plate holders I just had to use them as stencils for this fun, fast, and easy project.


To make the spray-dyed shirt and bandanas you’ll need the following:

  • plastic table covering
  • Tulip One Step Tie-Dye Kit which includes gloves
  • water
  • spray bottles
  • shirt/white bandanas (washed)
  • cardboard to insert into the shirt
  • plastic paper plate holders
  • plastic to cover dyed pieces

To get started, cover your work surface with plastic.

Insert cardboard into the shirt. We will be spraying the back and then the front of the shirt.


Put on gloves and add water to the Tulip dye bottles and shake. Make sure all of the dye is dissolved before pouring them into the spray bottles. I picked these bottles up at Target, but you can find similar ones at other stores for $1.


Don’t forget that these dyes are best used within 45 minutes for the best results, although they will still dye the fabric but won’t be as bright.

Place the plastic paper plate holders on top of the shirt.


Start spraying through the holders.

tulipsprayingWhen you lift them off the shirt you will see your design.


You can continue to add more stenciling or quit. When I’m happy with the design, I like to spray over the whole shirt to pull it together.

tulipoversprayThen cover the shirt with plastic and let it batch for 6 to 8 hours. I waited 24 hours.

Wash with cool water to remove any excess dye then wash in hot water, dry, and iron.


The bandanas were even easier since you only spray one side.


This is a easy and fun project! The kids (little or big!) will love spraying the dye either through stencils or directly on the shirts.


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Sun printing class finally!

After planning and scheduling my sun printing class, it finally happened last Thursday. It all started last summer when the weather would not cooperate. We rescheduled and rescheduled and then just postponed it to this summer. It was suppose to be the previous Thursday, but it rained. Our rain date was Thursday. The weather cooperated and it was a lovely and fun day.

Here are just a few pictures from the class. I had plenty of  Setacolor and Dye-na-flow, my two favorites for sun printing, for them to play with.

Some of my pieces were hung to give them some ideas. Included in those samples were the ones where using the same colors and ferns, I compared textile, screen printing ink and Setacolor. (I blogged about the results here.)



Just a few of the sun printed pieces out in the sun.


Judy using plastic paper plate holders as masks.


Susanne working with my preserved ferns.


Sherry working with one of the other plastic paper plate holders.


Jane painting her shibori piece.


Lea painting her scarf.


I absolutely love the reveals!


spjanerevealspsherry'sblackpieceSo much fun and such creative peeps! Also, those ferns I preserved last year worked great!

And here’s the class together with one of their pieces.

sunprintingclassNow that they know how to sun print, I hope they will do more at home.  As for me, I need to decide what I’m going to do with all of those samples I’ve been holding on to for this class.

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Dyeing for baby

My hairdresser is having a baby and what better way to celebrate than to dye her a couple baby things.


I bought a baby blanket from Dharma Trading but after dyeing, it has pilled something terrible. Even after combing and working to get the lint off, I still didn’t think it was good enough to give her.


So I came up with a backup.

I’ve been looking for fabric to replace my crop pants I practically live in all summer. I’ll blog about them later, but the fabric I chose was cotton gauze.

Instead of making the pants out of this fabric, I washed the fabric, cut it, and serged the edges making a small blanket. Then it went to the dye studio to be dyed in one of my favorite colorways. Since this new mom is not into pink for her new little girl, I compromised with this palette. I had previously dyed little Jillian a dress with these colors and also a shirt for me.

leahsnewblanketI absolutely love how the gauze dyed. I serged with gray thread so it really went well with the colors. I see dyeing more of this fabric in the future.

Don’t know about your neck of the woods, but it’s been raining a lot here. Sure wish we could send a little of it to California. Have a fun and colorful weekend.


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