Want to hand dye your own embroidery floss and then embark on a journey to make your own Boro Bag/Hip Bag? You will learn low water immersion techniques using Procion MX dyes to dye your own threads and embroidery floss. Then use those threads to create a boro (raw edge collage style) fanny pack. Melanie will guide you through finding inspiration in your daily life to
sketch, oh, correct that, embroider your own Boro Bag/Hip Bag. 😀
The pattern is included in the price of the class.
Partial Listing of Class Content:
Dye your Own Threads video 10:51
Boro Bag/Hip Bag pattern PDF format
20-30 DMC StitchBow Plastic Floss Holder
Procion MX dye: 2 oz each golden, mixing red, intense blue (or 3 primaries that you already have on hand)
12-24 Ziplock sandwich bags, sandwich or snack size
3 Plastic tubs for rinsing
It is not required that you purchase Inspired to Quilt for this class but I strongly suggest that you do.
If you would like to dye embroidery floss other than cotton:
DMC is easy to find locally and is a fine cotton floss to start dying, it works well with the Stitch Bow because they were made for one another. DMC also sells a fabulously shiny rayon 6 strand floss in white and I suggest you get some.
Perle cotton is size 3 or 5, (not 12) is also OK.
YLI sells a silk embroidery floss wrapped on cards that is really quite nice.
July 20th Start Date
An Artist’s Journal is a repository of creative idea, a visual playground, a means to learn about your environment and a library of ideas to plumb for later use. Maintaining an artist’s journal will keep you focused in the use of your creative tools, will sharpen your drawing and painting skills and help you to work in series with the imagery and motifs of your choosing. Melanie offers you simple, fun and approachable ideas to get you drawing, mixing and using (primarily) watercolor, though gouache as well, composing pages and mixing up your media.
Video Content (partial listing):
Warm Up and Draw 11:39
Prepare and compose 10:23
Working dry on dry with watercolor 13:25
Adding decorative elements 4:34
Mix up your media 8:05
Sketch Paint loosen up 14:46
Liquid Frisket 16:33
Watercolor paint and color mixing skills 13:21
Paper Frisket 13:05
Warm up, outside 8:01
Single and Multicolor Stencils
This class will start May 18th, after which, rolling admission. Sign up today!
Stenciling is a technique rich in both tradition and use; stencils can be used to create repeatable imagery for most any surface. Perhaps you have seen beautifully crafted loaves of bread, whose surface was dusted with flour through a stencil just prior to baking? Or a smattering of ivy painted as a border at ceiling height in a comforting and sumptuous room.
In this class we will explore making single and multicolored stencils to be used in your mixed media adventures. Melanie will explain how to draw and plot out both single and multicolor stencils, show you how to cut and use your stencils on several types of surfaces; cloth, gesso’d wood and paper. A discussion of color mixing and paint types will help you to round out your skill set. Melanie will also explain how to find inspiration in the pages of your journals, from books and the world around you.
This class consists of:
- Welcome 5:14
- Stencil Intro 16:14
- Found and Commercial Stencils 14:40
- Stencil 101 Find Inspiration 5:52
- Stencil 101 P2 Cutting 11:22
- Stencil 101 P3 Test 16:24
- Use Gouache and Watercolor on the same Journal Page
- Stencil 101 Daub, Spray, Paint 15:56
- Stencil 101 P5 Multicolor 8:52
- Stencil 101 P6 Color Mixing 21:56
- Spray Paint with an ingenious tool 12:13
Total Video Time: 141.04 Minutes
PDF explaining how to ‘break’ an image down using photo editing software.
Supply List, 4 blog posts with video content, inspiration and additional information and for each weeks class. This class will be released once a week for a four week period. Each class will go live Friday morning at 8:oo A.M.
Please consider your ability to view video content and your internet connection speed before purchasing this class.
On Sale Date: April 26, 2012
Single and Multicolor Stamps (Coming Soon!)
Stamps are an easy and incredibly versatile means to print repetitively. In this class we will explore two types of fun foam stamps, single and multicolor fun foam stamps. This class will cover the basics of drawing a design, transferring and cutting the design as well as mounting and using your stamps. We will explore the differences between stamping on cloth, paper and gesso’d wood. In addition Melanie will discuss paints appropriate to your end goal, color mixing for spectacular results, and she will help trouble shoot printed missteps. Melanie will also discuss how to use your artist’s journal as a springboard in creating your stamped designs.
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