Sunday, May 31, 2009

Fabric Tulips on Canvas

This is a mixed media piece I completed yesterday. The little tulips were created from muslin, machine stitched, stuffed, gessoed, embedded with vintage dictionary, glazed and protected. Then I added the little striped stems and added them to the already prepared canvas. I added the letters GROW. The frame was built by me from a yardstick donated to me by my good friend Renea. I knew I would find a good use for them some day. I don't like how I kind of did a wash on the frame. I am thinking of painting black and white checks. Here are the sides.....what do you think?

I think I may have cracked the code for crackling fabric! I don't know if I told you but I have mentioned it on facebook about trying to figure out how to crackle fabric! Man, I have tried so many things! (I have been using muslin). Finally yesterday, I used these steps to create a fairly descent crackle on muslin. I'm still going to try another thing I read about yesterday called one step crackle by deco art I believe. But I have to go and buy that today. Anyway, here are the steps I used to create this pink crackle on muslin.
  1. Gesso the fabric ( tried without the gesso and it did not work at all...I think the gessoing makes the fabric less porous and makes the paints stay on better? )-allow to dry

  2. paint fabric with the color you want to show through when it crackles _I used white

  3. Paint the fabric with the crackle medium (in this case I used FolkArt Crackle Medium-allow to dry

  4. Paint on the top color and allow to dry-I did use the heat gun to speed up process.


GIVEAWAY: I almost forgot about the giveaway I was supposed to draw for here it is......I put all the names of participants in a bowl and drew out this name! DEBBIE IS THE WINNER! She is hilarious and you just gotta go and check out her take on the world. No tellings what she will do with her prize! I would take a pic but the camera battery is low/charging. So, you just gotta trust me. Happy Monday!


Debbie said...

Woo Hoo! I am the proud winner of the funky pillow thing! Yes, it is hard to predict what I will do with it. Stay tuned. I am excited. Thanks!
And happy 401th:)

Susan said...

Congrats to Debbie!

Silke said...

This painting is great - I like it as is with the yardstick showing. Although, black and white checkers would look great as well and sort of tie the sides to the painting. I LOVE those tulips. Very fun!! :) Silke
P.S. Congrats to Debbie for winning!!

Joseph Pulikotil said...



It is amazing to know the various processes involved in creating this lovely mixed media piece. The tulips look gorgeous. I admire your great expertise and skill in this field.

My hearty congratulation to the lucky winner Debbie.

Have a wonderful day:)

Pocket Full of Prettys said...

Oh so cute, love your vibrant colors. See ya! Love,Renea

Life with Kaishon said...

I saw your comment on Debbie's blog and I just had to come over to say hi! I love your name! Funky Art Queen! How funb is that? PERFECT! I love your project. Creative people rock my world!

BlueJude said...

This is wonderful! What fun I had catching up on your blog! have a great weekend!