Painting Embroidery Thread

I have been working on a hand embroidery project.  I have been using Sulky 12 wt Cotton Petites and Linda Palaisy’s hand-dyed Soy Silk and didn’t have the right colour of thread of either in my stash.  So I decided to paint some white 12 wt Sulky cotton thread using Inktense Blocks.

White thread ready to be coloured

White thread ready to be coloured

 

 

 

I wrapped a length of thread once around the clothes line and pinned it.  Then, using a dampened sponge, I wet the thread.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I re-wet the sponge and wrung it out.  Using the side of a Derwent Inktense Block I coloured the damp sponge. Holding on to the end of the thread to keep it taut I wiped the sponge up and down the thread making sure it was completely covered.dyeing-thread-first-colour

 

 

After rinsing out the remaining colour. I covered the sponge with a second, darker colour.

dyeing-thread-second-color

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I then coloured over parts of the thread.

 

 

 

dyeing-thread-drying

After the thread dries I will iron it and then re-wet it and use a sponge or old wash cloth to remove the excess colour.

 

 

 

Deer Sketches

Last summer I was visited by a young deer that spent quite a bit of time outside the window at my cottage in Calabogie.

Here are two watercolour sketches I did recently from the photographs I took.

deer-watercolourThis is the first one I did.  It is only 4 x 6 inches and I decided that I shouldn’t have added the background.

deer-watercolor-sketchIn this one I found a better paint mixture to match his coat.

16-6-28-deerThis is one of 3 pages of quick pen sketches I did of the deer.  I don’t do enough of these.  I tend to grab my camera first.  He spent so much time here, I was able to get many photographs as well as 3 pages of sketches.  As you can see there are no antlers in the pen sketches.  I only noticed them when I had the photos up on the computer.

Barnet Park Landscapes

In the summer I go to exercise classes at Barnet Park in Calabogie twice a week.  It is a beautiful setting.  I frequently arrive early and sketch until its time for the class.  I always bring my camera.

These watercolours are from photos I took.  They are the same view but one is taken with a wider angle.

 

barnet-park-watercolor-landscape

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Experimenting with Black

I’ve been experimenting with watercolours with black subject matter.  In the first one I mixed my blacks and tried to build up the dark colour.  It was black but looked overworked.  I got discouraged and didn’t finish it.   Next I tried doing a crow  using black paint.

watercolour-crow

 

Rocks at Barnet Park

The colours are a little more subdued on this watercolour compared to my usual paintings.

Rocks at Barnet Park

Rocks at Barnet Park

Echinacea

In August, my friend Marla Niederer came up to Ottawa for the day.  We both started a watercolour painting.  Mine is finally finished.

 

Echinacea watercolour

Echinacea

Circles

I finished this doll a little while ago.  She is a version of the Tea Bags doll you can see here.  I didn’t post it as I was busy working on things for the Almonte Fibrefest which was last weekend and Calabogie Artsfest which is coming up on October 15 & 16.

 

Circles Cloth doll

Circles
Cloth doll

 

I named her Circles because her jacket is  a circle and because of the pattern in her dress.  I didn’t have any lace for the bottom of the dress so instead of making an 80 Km round trip to the nearest store I made some using free-motion embroidery and built-in stitches on my sewing machine on water soluble stabilizer. It took longer than the trip to the store but I’m pleased with the result.

Detail of Face

Detail of Face

The face is needle sculpted and painted with chalk pastels.

 

Fall Landscape

I finished this watercolour a while ago but never got around to posting it.

Fall-Landscape--watercolour

It’s from a photo I had taken and saved to paint but I forgot to note down where I had taken the picture.  I think it might be a view from Champlain Lookout in Gatineau Park.

Maple Sugaring

Here is a recently completed watercolour.

Watercolor -hanging pails

Hanging the Pails

This is from one of my Dad’s old slides.  That is my sister Donna in the background hanging the pails.

Tea Bags

This is a cloth doll made from recycled components.

Art doll recycled components

Her clothing contains two different brands of tea bags (three different kinds of tea), parts of old jeans (they once were my favourite pair), a kilt and dental floss.  The dental floss was dyed using Bombay Pigmented India Ink and is used for the hair.

Face of TeaBag Art Doll

The skin was painted with watercolours and the face was done with pastel pencils.

The doll was made in response to a challenge  presented by All Dolled Up  doll club.

 

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