Thursday, 28 January 2016

Playdates...

...for artists are so much fun, and I managed to have two last week.  Apart from the bookmark-making one from my last post, I joined Laura and Gail at Eileen's place where we decorated fabric, ourselves (in my case from head to toe) and aprons in a host of paints and stamps.

Eileen made the canvas aprons for us (thank you SO much, Eileen), and we went to town.  This was my finished apron, and I had a LOT of fun getting there!


We started by testing stamps and different types of paint on scrap fabrics that Eileen provided.  We all brought stamps from our own stashes, with the hands down  favourite being the Art Foamies. These fabulous stamps are not only beautifully designed, they're crisp, easy to handle and even easier to clean.  We LOVED them!


Eileen's test fabric was a study in blues and greens;  you can see the finished sampler here on Eileen's post about the art party.


Eileen's finished apron is so elegant in black and white...I think I want to do another one after seeing this.


Laura was a very busy woman as she finished a sampler, some wrapping paper (bottom right, done by first stamping on paper to get a softer effect with the paint on her sampler/apron) and her apron.


 Laura's apron is a delight of muted shades in a garden theme.


Gail, a clothing designer, worked on a piece of fabric in soft shades of brown.  The all-over pattern will make a lovely garment.


It was a wonderful day of creative fun and I can see that we will want to organize more of these parties.  


I wonder what will be next...tote bags, sneakers, or ???


30 comments:

  1. There are just too many wonderful creative things to do and not nearly enough time. I am going to the Art Barn this weekend to check out what she has to offer - like I need another thing to play with - lol

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    1. It's unending, isn't it? And that's a GREAT thing, Val!

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  2. Looks so creative and wonderful pieces came into life!

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    1. We had a great time, Susi - thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I know it is joyful to have lunch and a good chat with artsy ladies (thanks for visiting, Corrine Gilman and Judy Shea!), but it is even more fun to have lunch, make fabric dolls and have a good chat (thanks for hosting, Corrine Gilman!). All the aprons are gorgeous, each unique, and each a keepsake. Glad you found some time to play with creative souls, Win!!

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    1. That's one of my favourite things to do, Kay - ALWAYS fun to play!

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  4. Gorgeous aprons. I have two I can decorate. I may be doing that this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. I'll be watching for your post, Karenliz! It's such fun!

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  5. That looks like SO much fun-I want to come play with you all!

    (That crazy 52 card swap, I joined to give myself a kick in the creative pants, and it was great for a while, making all those collagey, painty backgrounds. But I'm not going to lie, good grief, that's a LOT of atcs!!!!!)

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    1. We had a blast, Trisha, and I wish you could come and play too! So admire your tenacity with those ATC's!!!!

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  6. Looks like great fun with beautiful results. Cheers, Shirleyxx

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    1. It was, Shirley, and I intend to ensure it, or something similar, happens more frequently in my life!

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  7. Very nice Win. This brings back memories for me when I used to teach Textiles. I miss the long tables we used to have, so much space to work and someone else to clean up after us Lol! Have a great week and happy crafting, Angela x

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    1. Oh my goodness Angela - I DREAM of having someone clean up after me! Art Cabana Naavy?!!!

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    2. Having a laugh over dreaming of someone cleaning up after you, Win! I have always fantasized about somewhat who would clean my brushes at the end of the day!

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    3. Oh, but we both neeeeeeeeeeeeed someone to do it!

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  8. What a beautiful apron, Win. And it will bring happy memories every time you wear it. Love the colours - those are summer colours, here, with the golden sunshine and the brown and crispy grass :)

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    1. Thanks Tracy - I had so much fun making it, and I love the summery feel to it. I must get over and visit your part of the world - I know I'd love it there too!

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  9. You ladies sure had a blast decorating your aprons! Block printing is something I've wanted to try for a while - I've even looked for blank aprons online - I'm too much of a chicken to make my own, though it can't be that difficult! Love the dragonfly print on Eileen's! Yours looks lovely and colourful!

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    1. Yes we did, Zsuzsa, and I'm with you on the block printing. Eileen's apron is such a knock-out that it inspires me to try some.

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  10. Oh wow, I want one! and the fun of making one too! Gorgeous aprons but way too lovely to get messy with cooking!

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    1. It was great fun, Susan, but unlikely ever to make it into the kitchen. They were done specifically for use in the studio, but perhaps they're too lovely for art aprons too!

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  11. For me, it's always a thrill to see a photo essay of artist's parties. This one looks as though it was a good one!
    I LOVE your apron Win!

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    1. It was a blast, Alice, and I love the apron too; it's definitely going to be my summer Puffin one!

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  12. Win! Your apron is Gorgeous!!What kind of paints do you use? Are they washable? The others are so pretty as well!
    So happy that you have these art parties! So good for the soul! xo

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    1. Many thanks, Jackie - it was so fun I want to do a dozen more! I used mostly Golden high flow acrylics, with some additional fabric paints that Eileen had on hand. I've gone over the top with some dry brushed heavy bodied paints for added punch, and suspect there will be more of that going on. Definitely all washable after heat setting (with an iron or dryer). And yes, my soul is SO happy after this! xo

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  13. So much fun was had by all Win. Of course, your apron explains why we affectionately call you the "master colour twizzler"!

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    1. Funny thing, Laura - I was just thinking the same thing about yours! :D

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  14. Oh... love your finished apron Win.... of course I do... it has orange in it - oh yeah!!!! They are all just soooo pretty.....so fun to see. The only trouble is... I wouldn't want to wear any of these - just too pretty!!! Master Color Twizzler huh???? I'd say that about the PERFECT description for you - hehehehe!!!! Laughing!!! LOVE IT. This was so fun to see and read. Thanks bunches for sharing. j.

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    1. Many thanks, Joi - it's always such a treat to hear from you! It would be difficult to express how much fun we had with these, and yes, somehow the colour twizzler does seem to fit as well as the apron. :D

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