Wednesday, December 3, 2014

#WOYWW Wait! Its not paper! Mixed Media Kozies.

Hello All :)

I decided to be brave and participate in this 'blog hopping' thing called Whats on Your Workdesk Wednesdays over at Stamping Ground. I figured it would give me inspiration to do art on Tuesday nights for the challenge of getting my blog post done by Wednesday morning! I know..this isn't paper but in the past I have made numerous T-shirts and other items of clothing that were stamped with acrylic paint mixed with fabric medium or fabric inks. I even made a whole display for a convention once where I demonstrated stamping on fabrics. So, although I LOVE PAPER the mostest...I do also dabble in textiles! So without further ado...here is what is on my workdesk on Wednesday morning. Mixed Media Koffee Kozies!



So how did I make these you ask? Well let me tell you :P I actually wanted to make these as gifts. I saw a bazillion ideas for them on Pinterest and I think they sounded fun and useful. But of course..mine can't be like anyone elses. I have to be Shel! So first I cut some plain cotton fabric into the kozy shape using a template I found at The House on Hill Road. Then I put gesso on it  and because it curled..and because I am impatient..I ironed it between 2 sheets of waxed paper. Now it was ready for color! So what else but the Gelli plate!!!! I decided because they were small I would use my 3" X 5" and mount it on an acrylic block like a stamp. I used plain acrylic paint but had I been worried these might get washed...I would have added in some fabric medium.


I started with the bright one. I am always drawn to the bright colors. I applied the colors to the plate using a brayer, then 'stamped' it onto the fabric in rows to get a pretty color full background. Then I used a stencil in a swirly pattern over the top and sponged through it with white gesso. I added some words using black acrylic paint and letter stamps (Stampin' Up!). I made a 'ink pad' with a cosmetic sponge by rubbing in the paint with a palette knife and spritzing with a tiny bit of water. Once the letters were stamped I did heat set again with a hot iron between 2 pieces of waxed paper. To finish off this one I added some white dots with a brush. Some black spatters. And some glittery silver  fabric paint.


For the next one I went with the earth tones again and used tube acrylics in the same manner I did here on my Round Robin Journal. Then I used the same paints to paint a desert scene. 


For the Koffee Kozy I used colors of browns on my brayer to make a background with a circle splotch stencil. Then I used  the same stencil sponged through over the top. To make areas in which to stamp the koffee related images, I masked a rectangular area with painters tape and painted over with gesso and a brush. The stamping was done with black acrylic again.To finish up, I touched up with a brush and added in some blue. I added highlights with the white Sakura gel pen.


Finally for the green colored kozy...I put the leafy stencil directly over the kozy material and then I rolled green acrylic on to my Gelli plate and 'smooshed it' over the top of the stencil. Next I  sponged through the stencil in a variety of colors onto the Gelli and used it that way. I finished up stamping some daisies over it in white and black gessos and added some details with a brush. Then I added the word with letter stamps.


I hope you enjoyed these little gifties. Now to sew them all up and add the elastics and buttons. I will say I LOATHE hand sewing at the end. My fingers cramp, I stick my self with the needle and bleed on the project. You get the idea. Anyone want to finish them for me?? :) 
<3 Shel


21 comments:

  1. Wowza!!! What an amazing job Shel! They are really quite fantastic!!! What do I want for Christmas? LOL!
    Hope the holidays are under control at your house and not making you totally crazy. I look forward to visiting your WOYWW post next week... Oh, and I am your newest follower, well as of the writing of this comment! :D
    Hugs,
    Beth P
    #49

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    1. Thanks Beth for loving them and following my blog (I am a bit new as you can tell too all this) Hmm..are the holidays every really under control? So many things to make in all the bright colors of the season! <3

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  2. Hope you will finish them Shel, because they look gorgeous, loved your prints!

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    1. Thanks Ruth :) 3 done and 1 to sew...maybe I will make more though as they were really fun and I love giving gifts.

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  3. Brilliant idea Shel! I love all those prints! Welcome to WOYWW!

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    1. Thanks Zsuzsa :) I was inspired to join WOYWW by you actually. I followed the link on your blog a few weeks ago ....then I thought...that could be fun!

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    2. I was happy to see you there, Shel! I only started doing it a few weeks ago myself!

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  4. What a fun idea - love that you have played with so many great colour schemes & ideas ! Please share next week when they are all finished ! Welcome to WOYWW Ali H #51

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    1. Thank you Ali. Yes I plan to start sharing with WOYWW whenever possible..its fun and the people are so positive :)

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  5. Gorgeous prints on there, Shel - LOVE the idea and the execution. They'll make a cup of coffee 1000 x better!

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    1. Thanks Win Dinn :) Gelli print every little thing I say! Not sure I can gelli print the plastic travel cups I got to go with them..but if there is a way I will try it! lol

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  6. They look wonderful - the experiments really paid off! Happy WOYWW, Chris # 15

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    1. Thank you Chrysallis for visiting my desk. They were fun to do for sure and I think pretty useful as well.

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  7. Love these, what a great idea. They would make good gifts and you could keep one in your bag. We often have a coffee when we are out and they can get quite hot, love them. Happy crafting, Angela x 28

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    1. Thanks Angela :) Yes I was thinking about my friend who orders his coffee 'extra hot' at starbucks. I think I would prefer tepid..I wonder if that is an option? lol

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  8. Oh, there's lots of us who dabble in fabric here!! We're all different though and I've never done mixed media stuff...it's fab! Love the brightly coloured Sassy one :-)
    Welcome to WOYWW, be warned, it's addictive!
    Hugs, LLJ 22 x

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    1. Thanks for the warm welcome to WOYWW :) With all the positive responses I can sure tell it will be addictive!

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    1. Thank you Peggy. I think where I live is beautiful...though most would say it is too hot and dry and generally icky..lol

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