Tuesday, November 25, 2014




We are off to NZ tonight for a week - it's Aunty Ivy's 90th tomorrow and then we are off and about for a few days. This will be my 4th trip to Palmerston North this year - yikes
Here is the fabulous black fantastic waiting for us to board


I have started work on my New York Sewers - cut a stencil first


I used it with the Gelli Plate on tissutex and deli paper


I also made a thermofax screen




Then I had some fun with one oft NY paper napkins


Screened a bit and layered deli paper on the surface


Testing the screen on tissutex- lots to do but I have got started - loads of drawings and ideas at the ready

Monday, November 17, 2014

Permission to play



The other day Lesley Riley wrote a blog post on using TAP (Transfer Artist Paper), stencils and sprays. http://lesleyriley.com/stencil-girl-me-stencils-tap/ 

Because as you will know I love my Moonglow sprays and had never thought to use them with TAP,  I couldn't wait to have a go. Permission to play means permission to make mistakes - that is how we learn.
Lesley wrote that the polymer on the TAP paper encapsulates the water-soluble spray inks and makes them permanent and waterproof. 

So I used a stencil and my Starburst Sprays and followed it by printing through the inkjet printer. Worked a treat. I chose some West Coast South Island words and Reefton of course as that is Ian's home town. I didn't photograph it before I transferred the TAP but in my eagerness to do so, I turned on the iron  and looked around for some Tissutex Plus becasue it is nice and strong and would work well in my journal. I found one which had already had words transferred - no idea how - could have been a gel medium or even a laser transfer or a fusible webbing one, but the point was it didn't work and hours later after picking and scraping I gave up. You can see above the stage where I stopped.



 But I did simply tear out what had worked and transfer it to my Khadi journal where I had previously stenciled other images. So not a total disaster and if you look you can see the layer of words underneath - it was writing all about the West Coast.


This is the stencil I used and I also used it on a page as well not that you could really see.


So - I sprayed and stencilled and printed another and managed to successfully transfer it this time and then I used a gel medium to add it to my journal. Sometimes I use fusible webbing but best to try all sorts of things.


Then I decided to change to my Kimberley Dreaming theme and did another - at the top not so clear I printed one of my thermofax screen designs - frangipani flowers so it is a very fine outline but will work. Remember of course to reverse your words - I do get that part correct these days. I like this stencil because it has an ancient rock look to it - sometimes.

Here is the pale frangipani
and the Broome words before I  ironed onto Tissutex. I painted webbing this time and ironed it to Lutradur XL so I could make a postcard and if I look very carefully I can see the crinkly painted webbing underneath. I have learnt that one must not iron the painted webbing to the Tissutex and expect the TAP to transfer onto it - no.


Can you see that it ended up lighter after it was ironed onto the Tissutex - something to explore I think. However going back to the actual piece it is the same as the darker one so it must be my photo at that time.You can't see it but I stitched on it and zigzagged the edges so I have a new page to add to one of my books. Maybe you can see it.


This is the colour left on the backing paper after I had ironed on the webbing - highly suitable for using somewhere. I didn't do this but often do - instead of just irnig the webbing face down, I usually lift it and layer it becasue the colour is stronger on the top rather than on the underneath. Always worth a try anyway.


Great idea and if you don't play you will ever discover what you do wrong and make it right - or right for you. Right now though I cannot print anything because my inkjet printer has died so I shall move onto something else in the meantime.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Beaufort Street Festival 2014


 Saturday was the Beaufort Street Festival and I believe that 150,000 came and went. It was packed and hot but not as hot as last year. This was a wonderful Peacock made from recycled goodies - hard to photograph lots of people

As you can see - lots of people - lots of food stands and people hanging out in restaurants people viewing or look at me - we wandered to the top, checked out a few things and saw the art work - lots of artists. This year they used the side streets more - and plenty of kiddy activities and the usual dog beauty award and other things happening. It is great to have the street closed to traffic and I know it causes chaos to the streets surrounding but then we do live near the inner city  so just enjoy it.

 Another photo looking the other way.


 in Grosvenor Lane there was some fabulous laneway art - Beaufort Street has lots of laneway art these days and I also read in the paper of all the new little bars cropping up.Not that I drink spirity stuff but it is great to see.I rather like the idea of Tonys where you have to have a code to get in the door. Not to mention dining on the beaches. Things have changed in Perth since we came here when you couldn't eat outside restaurants as you can in Europe.

The mayor had his photo taken with these great pieces. My phone was complaining so I only took these ones but it was great to see it all happening.  When you go walking you realise how things have changed in Highgate since we came here in 1992 - so many high rises and apartments and so many people. And very cosmopolitan.

Meant to say thanks for all the lovely emails about my blogging in New York - glad you enjoyed it - we tried to cover everything we could in our 10 days but of course we missed things but we were happy. Loved New York. I haven't started work on my manholes as yet but my baskets of goodies and stuff is full waiting.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Some more wonderful play with thermofelt

Jan Lowe has been having a great time exploring the thermofelt and here is her story


First up, a Lily, dismembered to get the right shape for the petal. Before moulding, stencilled dots on one side with one of the Gem paints, then free motion stitched all around. On the back I applied a Paris Deli paper with fusible web, then Blanket stitched around the edge. I used a strip of the felt rolled around a stick for the stamen and painted that too. All was held together with rubber bands and bull dog clips. Misted with water and baked in the oven at 90* for 30 mins.








Another flower with some leaves. Before cutting the petal shape, dry felted some darker pre-felt around the cut circle shape.



I made the petals by cutting with a pinking blade on the rotary cutter, then did some stitching on flower and leaves. Captured a pom pom with a rubberband at the centre. Using pearl cotton  stitching it into the shape required before misting and baking.



Finished. Glued the pom pom in to be sure it didn’t pop out.



Next - decided to make a vessel for the flower. I cut a piece of felt wide enough to go round a cylindrical vase. Using pearl cotton did rows of running stitch. 
Wrapped it around the vase with the stitching running vertically, tying firmly and pulling the thread top and bottom so it all squished (technical term) down. Misted and baked as before. When cooled removed all threads and using a varigated pearl cotton did random cross stitch to hold the vertical edges together. Added embellishments using the Couronne stick. Instead of wrapping thread around the stick used strips of the felt, blanket stitching over them.
 Thank you Jan and all the other wonderful people who have played with the thermofelt. You always have permission to play becasue that is how we find out what might or might not work. 

You can see our range of thermofelt here - http://www.thethreadstudio.com/catalogue/fab/thermo/text.htm
lots of colour to play with and a deal for 10

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