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?? :)