Thank you for visiting artful embellishments. This is the third year for this blog and I am so happy to keep publishing. I started in 2011 and began with a quilt of the week, this lead to the leaf of the week for my newly designed paper tree that is located on the wall of my garage in 2012.......2013 is going to bring a lot of excitement and positive change. As a personal challenge for 2013, I plan on designing a artist trading card each week to be featured on the blog.
With so many interests, there will be quilting, art quilting, leaves (and more leaves), as well as experiments in thermofax screen printing, fabric dying, and tons of DIY recycle projects. I may even enter that altered fashion scene. To a happy and healthy 2013, may we all find happiness in those things we create....thank you for stoping by artful embellishments.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Leaves 25-34

These leaves were made from recycled plastic grocery bags. This technique was first demonstrated to me via Alisa Burke (alisaburke.blogspot.com/).  She has a DVD, online courses, and has appeared on quilting arts tv. She is a great resource for being able to create without spending a lot of money. This plastic bag technique is really fun. It is a little time consuming as you have to adhere the bags together by ironing them. Once that is done, you paint the textured substrate with fabric paint. I chose to use some iridescent paints. Then I used Tulip spray paint with some stencils to get a very neat effect. Finally, they were stamped with chalk inks using Claudine Hellmuth's sponge stamps. These work really well as they are larger and take up the ink more readily.  I did 15 different leaves with this technique and I will probably do some additional projects using this recycled material.

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