I really enjoy making fabric postcards. You have nothing to lose when working small – and the payoff, when you get something you like, is an immediately useful little piece of art that you can keep in a folder for reference for making larger pieces, or you can use it by sending it to someone. You can add stitching – by hand or machine – or not. What could be more personal?
This postcard is for a colleague at work who has been a great support to me when we had some difficult things to get done and we both felt like tearing our hair out. She confided once that what she REALLY wanted to do was be a park ranger. So my farewell gift to her is this little card.
I painted the fabric with paints,and sun-printed with gum leaves from my garden. The quote and walking boots are from thermofax screens I made.
We get some spectacular sunrises here – I have never been what is known as a ‘morning person’ so sunrises aren’t normally something I can wax lyrical about, except in abstract terms – but down here I often wake early enough to witness it – especially now that we are off daylight saving. It is far more interesting when there are clouds to bounce the light off and create extra colours and shadows.
Interestingly, these photos are all of the same susnrise, taken over a period of about 15 minutes. They inspired me to get out my fabric paints and try some sky painting. First attempts were a disaster – I was using the liquid radiance paints I got when I did the Helen Godden class back in Dec. Trouble is, they are very liquid indeed and I misted the fabric first so I just got puddles with all the colour migrating out to the edges of the puddle. Then I remembered that Helen likes to paint on cheap as chips nasty unbleached calico full of sizing – as the paint stays exactly where you put it. That’s true, but I found that the yellowy undertone of the calico messed with the colours of the sky. I tried some ordinary white undyed quilters cotton, without any misting, and things looked a little better – but I still need to minimise the addition of any further water – am still trying a few ideas, so will report back when I get a satisfactory result. I also tried the Setacolour translucent paint which are thicker and got better results, but I am nearly out of them, so only had limited colour to choose from. One thing about living here is that it encourages you to make do with what you have, as there isn’t anywhere to buy supplies. Of course there is always the internet…..if I get really desperate!!