Day 178

Today I spent a marvellous few hours at a Birmingham Embroiderers’ Guild Dayschool with the marvellous Angie Hughes, who was teaching us to make tantalising textile tag books. (I think she now calls it Indian Tag Books, but we booked it a while ago)

We brought along images which we collaged with scraps of beautiful fabrics and layers of stamping and stitch.

 
My images went along a whimsical transport-ish theme, with a ship, a man with a flying umbrella, hot air balloons and a moon.

 
 I got to use some  of my hand dyed fabrics for backgrounds. The pinky ones in the middle I snow dyed myself.

  
 

I got these two tags laid out, but I want to add some hand stitch and beads/sequins.

  
These are my finished tags.

All in all, it was a great day, and I’d totally recommend taking this workshop with Angie if you can. She’s so fun, and very generous and supportive with her knowledge.

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Day 87

Today was a marvellous day with friends from Birmingham Embroiderers’ Guild, on an Art Van Go dayschool, playing with all sorts of marvellous paints and other mediums.



Exploring different pressures with rollers on black card.



Using masking tape to mask off areas to add to the design. The lovely fronds marks at the lower right were made by pressing paint together on two print plates, then pressing one lightly on the fabric.



Amazingly textured thick paint



Translucent paint, rollers and stamps.



Iridescent markals through a stencil on earlier layers of paint.



More lovely markal paint sticks over maskng tape – this is starting to take shape!



Stencilling my figures with markal on earlier layers of paint.



Gold and silver markal through a stencil, on earlier layers of paint, with a few extra lines.



Markal paintstiks over texture plates, cotton reels and a woodblock, on brown linen.



Lots of lovely lumiere metallic paint, mostly rollered very gently over texture plates, with masking tape masks.



Some of the pieces I made. I don’t have a bigger photo of the colourful sheet on the left. It is lokta paper, with swipes of translucent golden fluid acrylics – beautiful paints, and worth saving up the pennies for!



My shopping – two gorgeous colours of lumiere, two of the print plates, a pallete knife for nice swipe printing, and a tub of sand medium for more texture

All in all, an amazing day. I learned so much and really enjoyed building up the layers. If you get a chance to learn stuf from Viv at Art van Go, do take it up!