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3.22.2013

PAINTING FABRIC


The other day when I made my Glue It Tuesday collage, I poured out a little orange paint into a dish to use for a doily stencil on my piece.


I love the way the doilies look when stenciled onto paper and fabric and had WAY too much paint left over in the dish...at least a tablespoon full and could NOT let it go down the drain.


So, I picked up the first piece of fabric that was nearby and stenciled more. 


I then went to my 'surface design bin' and did the same to everything I touched that could use a little extra pizazz.


I always work off the top of my pile and these fabrics just happened to be 'next'.


I used up all the paint and then began to spray water on the brush in the container...which went a Looooong way toward stenciling still more fabric. 


I always do this because the thought of paint wasted...and worse...in our earth's water supply...just doesn't appeal to me.


Once I had every bit used up...I dipped the brush in water and turned the last pieces orange by soaking them in it. 


At the end...there was just the barest hint of orange in the fabric. 


When I finally took soap to the brush, it was almost clear. Makes me feel good to do this...even if many of you think I'm a bit of a whacko. 


 I didn't get 'before' pictures...but all of these pieces already had some technique done to them so they'll be that much more interesting when I finally use them in a project. I know I should've ironed them...but it's so hot in Barranquilla that I just couldn't turn on the iron today.


I'll be leaving B'Quilla on Monday...for a week...to go sign papers on our HOUSE CLOSING!!! YAAAAHHHHH000000000000! Thank you to ALL of you for your prayers, thoughts, well wishes and crossed fingers!


Oh, and it always amazes me when I have new followers and commenters and I just wanted to say THANK YOU!!! To the new ones and old ones. Yeah...I love all you oldies.


Create Your Life,


annie!



28 comments:

  1. You are creative,beautiful(and pacient) work!!!

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    1. LOL! Well...either that...or leave it HERE!!!

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  3. Not whacko at all! Creative and eco minded!

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    1. Well...from another whacko...that would be the point of view!!! Right?!? Love you Robin. You know I'm kidding. Maybe I should delete this comment. But no...

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  4. Looking forward to seeing what beautiful things you make from this fabulous collection of prints. I admire your many ways of making great things from materials others would throw out. You are a master of Eco-art-ology!! :)

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    1. Eco-art-ology!! I love that! Thank you so very much!

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  5. annie! - I love it that you used up all that paint especially with the doily. They make for such a great pattern. So SO pleased you are about to SIGN for the house. YAY!

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    1. Those crossed fingers of yours helped ever so much. Thanks Ann!

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  6. I love using doilies as stensils too and hate to waste paint.

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    1. They make the prettiest shapes! And I'm sure you and I are not alone. Thanks Lin!

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  7. that orange stencil work is yummy!Have a wonderful week, best wishes!

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  8. Painting and dyeing fabric or paper is serious fun and I do like seeing your experiments as well as your finished pieces. Great news about the house, annie!.

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    1. It IS serious fun! I don't have any more finished work to post until I get something DONE...so I figured these would work...and hopefully it'll prevent somebody, somewhere from washing paint down the sink! Thank you Sheila. We're really excited!

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  9. "Waste not, want not"! Great to see you not wasting a drop! cool outcome too!

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  10. Well, my left over paint usually doesn't amount to much and dries up. I definitely don't paint everything within reach. hahaha It looks like you've got some fun new base pieces to start with when you move on to downsizing your next supply line! It will be fun to see what you create next.

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    1. Thanks Annie. I don't even know if these pieces will come with me...but hey...at least the paint wasn't wasted. And the dry paint is easy to discard...or even sew into a project. Yes...I've done that. :) I'm quilting a baby quilt for a friend and hope to finish that up tonight so I can get back to what must be done!

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  11. Whacko!? I don't think you're whacko. The pieces are gorgeous!

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    1. Yay! I needed that. I'm having people in to buy or take things away this weekend...and so far the concensus is...I'm DEFINITELY whacko! (BTW...I have roughly 75-100 containers of paint). Thanks!

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  12. No, not whacko - because that would make me whacko, too. I do the same thing with paint; can't waste a drop, although I haven't been painting much lately. But I also do the same with quilting fabric. I have a box for one inch squares of fabric! And I have a very hard time getting rid of the bits that are smaller than that! But I've been forcing myself to let go (sigh. . )
    Congratulations on the new house!

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    1. Oh I just LOVE knowing I'm not alone. I use up all those itty bitty scraps too. I even save thread snippets. It just feels good to be able to make something of what most consider trash. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  13. Congrats on the house! And thanks for stopping by my Quilts and dogs blog. I'll be working on my water nyiad today a bit. I had to get some fusible and some blue tulle!

    But now I am stocked up on blue tulle!

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    1. I love using tulle in quilts! And scrim. :) I wish you a very happy day of creating. Thanks so much for your comment and for stopping by!

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  14. Congratulations Annie... SO happy for you... and just love your gorgeous painted fabric... the lace detail is beautiful...

    Jenny ♥

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    1. Thank you Jenny! I'm rarin to go...not only to get my new house set up...but to get busy using up this fabric!

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