Color, Texture, Base Materials


Color, Texture, Base Materials

Discussion of any and all techniques for adding color and texture to any and all base materials.

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Fabric paper

Started by Donna. Last reply by Susan Adamek May 23, 2011. 11 Replies

Collaged lace

Started by Donna. Last reply by Susan Adamek May 22, 2011. 8 Replies

Words on fabric

Started by Donna. Last reply by Susan Adamek Dec 13, 2009. 7 Replies

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Comment by anita mulvey on January 12, 2014 at 6:39pm

Hi I just joined the group. hoping for some motivation to get creative.

Comment by Rosalyn Harwood on September 14, 2012 at 11:51am

I would love to be in on the swap, can't seem t find the correct place to join...I live in a small town in Co. and am looking to connect with other like minded souls.

Comment by Robbin Neff on July 24, 2012 at 11:03am

I am in the middle of a move, and began a quilt block swap.  Please check it out on the swaps in the left column of the main page.  Then sign up to join in.  It would be wonderful to have you there.  You make all the difference.

Comment by Robbin Neff on June 13, 2012 at 8:36pm

I love playing with many media.  Here is something I am playing with now.  It is a set of ABCs, with an archeological bent to them.  This is Archeological "K".


Comment by Robbin Neff on May 26, 2012 at 6:24pm

I like to work on unusual base materials.  Here is a piece that is now in a private collection in Japan.  The drawing is in colored pencil on a gourd I grew.



Comment by Robbin Neff on May 22, 2012 at 1:19pm

Hi Bonnie, you are a busy lady too.  My only grandaughter is in TX.  I am in FL.  My husband is retiring from the navy in 9 days.  He has already begun work as a civilian, in the same job.  That much is settled, now with overtime.  I am a disabled vet.  We moved a lot as a kid (dad couldn't pay the bills, and there were no computers to track you), then I joined the navy.  The life has been wonderful.  What a wonderful way to explore fiber art techniques coast to coast, and even in Hawaii, where I went to the University of Hawaii Manoa. 

This is my take along project.  I usually keep some sort of handwork at the ready.  Just in my waiting times, I have completed and moved along many projects.  I am an artist in traditional media, now heavily into fiber arts.  The oils and other painting/drawing/printmaking/ceramics/photography/etc materials come out.  As soon as I get my kiln, I will be able to make things to attach to my fiber project, such as buttons.  First, find the house.

Today it's chemo caps and pillows for patients.  My brother was the first infant to have chemo.  Boy that was a long time ago.  He was four months old then.  Now he has three kids.  

 (psst, if you want to see my stuff, google me)

Comment by Bonnie Cook on May 21, 2012 at 11:03pm

Wow, Robbin!  You are one busy woman.  And you have to move?  I have moved almost as much...sometimes more.  I have a couple of boxes that haven't been unpacked in 30 years, I'm embarrassed to say.  Are you military or married to someone in the military?  Either way, you have my sympathy and good wishes for your upcoming move.

I've been making silk paper son and daughter-in-law gave me a great book on this for my birthday last month.  I like the product, but I really like combining it with wool to make handmade felt.  I've been doing that for more than years and it continues to captivate me.  I have to start taking pics.  I also draw, paint, sew, embroider, crochet, and bead.

I am also a grandmother raising my granddaughter, who is now 14.  I have 3 grown children as well.

Hi there, Michelle! Glad to meet you as well.  I wonder if oil pastel shavings would be brighter on brown paper?  Haven't tried it myself.  I have no idea about coloring on interfacing, although I don't see why you couldn't.  Regular old wax crayons are not very saturated, which is probably why the colors don't show up well on brown paper.

Take care!  I'm off to take those pics! ;)

Comment by michelle ro on May 20, 2012 at 7:23pm

Oh yes, i'm up and ready to go too. So glad to see some life here. nice to meet you Bonnie. Robin does inspire through her photos. i have been working with shavings on brown paper but disappointed with my results. Some of the colors almost vanish. Yellow and orange especially. Going to try a softer touch with iron and smaller shavings of crayons.

Someone mentioned coloring on interfacing. Have U? Looking forward to sharing but i do have trouble posting my pics. Techno challenged. LOL

Comment by Robbin Neff on May 20, 2012 at 3:04pm

Bonnie, I literally have about 100 quilts in the works, 100 paintings and drawings, gobs of photography to edit (over 30,000), starting cancer patient projects, and the list goes on.  Each enhances the other and the next.  I am finsihing up some.  Others are packed for another move, the final one.  We have moved at least once a year for most of the 58 years I have been alive.  Then my studio is mine, mine, mine, and all my friends, lol. 


I am game to start livening up this group.  I will start sharing as I am moving along.  I do have pics to share.  I take them in progress, as books are waiting to be written, and if nothing else, to post tutorials.

Comment by Bonnie Cook on May 20, 2012 at 12:36pm

Good question...from the comments on this wall, it doesn't appear to be very active. But that could change...what are you working on?

I am currently working on finishing old projects up, so that I can move on to new explorations of texture, color, and FUN.  I love love love the look of the brown paper bag in your project!  Paper bags are such a great substrate and the possibilities are vast.  Keep it up, Robbin!


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