OK, so I was supposed to go to Atlanta yarnshopping today with my girlfriends Roberta and Teresa, but a family matter came up for them (they are mother & daughter), so they had to beg off. Spending a day with girlfriends yarnshopping in the city can be really, really fun BUT, I have been way behind in my Monoprinting Class with Susan Sorrell, so this free day was actually quite a gift! I got all of my chores done in the morning, and surprise of all surprises: it was 63 degrees this afternoon when I finally hit the studio! Can this really be December 29th??
First on the agenda was monoprinting this guy on plexiglass and fabric:
That's him on the plexiglass after I'd done my final printing.......here he is on my cotton:
I rather like him and was very pleased with his outcome. There are a lot of quilting/beading/embellishing possibilities to consider with him, don't you think?
In this lesson, we were also supposed to work on some 'smushing'......which is the technical term Susan uses to describe the technique in which one plops paint onto one piece of plexiglass then puts another piece of plexiglass on top (that's where the smush comes in), then the two pieces are separated and the fabric is applied. I thought this, my first piece, was quite nice:
I can imagine collaged fish swimming through those weeds, can't you?
Then I plopped a bit more paint onto one piece of my plexiglass, liked what I saw when I smushed them, but didn't have any fabric, except for a wet piece of cotton that I had already done a 'dud' monoprint on. I grabbed it anyway, and brayered it on the plexiglass. Voila:
So I ran into my sewing room and grabbed another piece of dry cloth, and here's what I got:
Each piece was better than the last............and I won't bore you with ALL of the pics I took, but suffice it to say that this afternoon was one of those magical times when things keep getting better and better!
OK, now the only thing that hasn't been so great is that these pics won't upload with the upside up........so you'll just have to turn your head a bit! In this first one, turn toward your right shoulder and you'll see a ridgeline with lots of trees and a snowcapped mountain in the background:
In this next one, turn your head downward toward your right shoulder once again and you'll see the desert with an overblown cactus:
And below, if you have a stiff neck and couldn't turn your head toward your right shoulder, try it toward your left, and perhaps you'll see what I see:
I love these and just cannot wait to do more!
My buddy Sheila has just forwarded me a bunch of really cute pics from our party last Saturday night, so stay tuned and I'll post those tomorrow!
PEACE, JOY, LOVE....21 DAYS TO GO!!!