May: Inspired by Monet

May: Inspired by Monet

The Monet Show, at the Denver Art Museum last year, was a memorable highlight. Room after room, unveiling colorful, textured canvases in perfect lighting, all illustrating the life of passionate painter, Claude Monet. I love the way we are all inspired in different directions! Taken with color and texture, textiles calls many of us to play on fabric. Watch my video on quick brushwork with these can be very easy- trust me!!! 

Brush Painting in the Studio today-

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I used this new collection of Jacquard textile colors in several different ways.
Color Mixing tip: to expand the range of these beautiful bright colors, colors can (softened) dulled, by adding a bit an opposite color-   
On these 2 pieces of fabric:  a linen and a sheer silk organza, here are my slightly different approaches. To begin, set up your paint surface with 1-2 layers of absorbent cotton or other fabric to give the extra paint and water a place to soak in..(plastic can be the  layer  on the very bottom.
On the linen:The white fabric was brushed with a watered down acid yellow/green Dyenaflow first. Once that was dry, colors were mixed on a plate and a good amount of water was added to create a watery effect and more flow on the fabric. Here are the results...and see the painting in action on the quick video.
It can be overwhelming to see an entire notice how braking off some single flowers, stems and leaves is easier to look and interpret with a paint brush. For these shapes a soft, sable brush tip was used is quick strokes for stems, and  the whole brush was pressed into the fabric for the petals and leaves. Notice the 2 new paint colors-and how mixing them gave a softer color on the fabric. This blue blossoms are painted on  silk organza (with a second layer of cotton underneath- that give any extra paint a place to go). 

Printing with Stencils & Spring Colors-

Adding Stenciled images is a favorite way to update garments! This linen dress had machine embroidered flowers and stems around the hem...but it was pretty sparse.As you can see from the close-up, I mixed several of the colors to get more muted colors, and added some older favorites colors too. Printing images, some over and some under the original embroidery is a favorite trick for integrating the design elements. The leaf stencils used were Fall Leaves, Spring Leaves and Eucalyptus. They are all in The Foliage Collection, (15% off for the rest of the month) and are available individually too. Once I finished the stenciling, small rubber stamp designs was added as accents with the stencils up the front. A collection of unique buttons  gives the perfect finish to the newly renovated  piece!

This linen top was easily updated with the Crickets and Leaves Stencil in the new colors: The concrete, bright green & army green. I do love the cement is a beautiful medium grey. The poka dots were added at the end with the jumbo and medium size Tee Juice Pens. A printed knit was added as a facing on the sleeve ends.

The Backyard Garden Stencil Collection-

The Backyard Garden Collection includes 3 of our favorite mini-stencils: Garden Vines, Borders and Cactus Floral. Here are some of the ways those 3 designs are infusing my spring printing. Look how this single sprig of leaves (Borders Stencil) can look so different depending on the overall design of your a row on the white linen, and playfully draped in the asymmetrical layout with the sweet peas (Garden Vines Stencil) on the misty green linen.

The Border Stencil, used below, creates 2 unique looks: The first one, on a striped raw silk, the stripes have been masked off with tape before printing to create perfect edges while printing inside the stripes. The sheer, vintage silk on the right, has a very subtle printing with soft muted colors and lighter amounts of paint using the same stencil.

 The Cactus Floral Stencil is one I reach for regularly.....the shapes often lend themselves to everything from soft backgrounds to borders as well as bold flowering designs. Here are some of my variations, very Southwest feeling on the sandy textured fabric as black backgrounds. The printed piece on the bottom left was made into a pocket front then stitched to the black to create a pocket detail now ready to illustrated how even printing partial images can change the look of your work. 

The closeup below, shows an easy technique to really take advantage of all the elements in a stencil design. Notice the small cut-outs in the center of the flower, have been repeated on the background fabric in red.


Designing with Painted Fabrics-

Where to now? Here are some of the ways I go forward with printed or painted fabrics. First, are you going to combine it with other fabrics? if so, notice how either printed piece can move towards to 'cool or warm' spectrum just by combining it with other fabrics.

 Second, Sheers offer other options: layering with other prints or stripes, even solid colors let us take the printed design in multiple other directions! So fun!!!

 Just like the stenciling added to the embroidered garment, personal details such as beads, stitching or adding more collage on top will give your work a more signature have fun with this.

This piece is crying for off I go to fetch a needle!  Enjoy, Diane


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I watched your clip twice, so wonderful to hear your voice, keep it up. Inspiring, engaging , enjoyable. Never worked with the product, has me thinking. Loved your sharing pieces, color sense and your love of spring. Thank you!

Su Chesterman

I would like the names of all the new paint colors as I want to order them. Thank you!


Diane, this months newsletter was so inspiring, it almost made me cry.
I feel you have given me the push I need to continue my creative journey.

Monte Nikkel

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