Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Stacking New Prints

Well, thank you to all who saw my fabric on my web site "shop" and bought some for yourself. But now I've got to add more fabric on line. I'll use some of these, and spend next week making more. Good thing I'm not going anywhere!

Monday, June 29, 2020

Circle Back

Demo examples are always fun to return to and decide what I need to add to the yard to make a good composition. Something of a challenge, but it's better the more times that choice is made to rearrange or add. But, new batch of dyes needed. Tomorrow's list!

Sunday, June 28, 2020

It Is Summer After All

A week in the studio and prep before an after meant it was time to get out and enjoy what is about a mile from me. This Glen is surrounded by development, but so close I wonder why I don't get out here more. I'll make a note and remember this. Get out!

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Exhausted But Happy

Here's what's left of my thickened dyes after about 9 days on the table. I'd have printed more if I'd not been "in class" this week. By now these are exhausted (not strong anymore), I'm exhausted, but happy. It was a good day off, I'll clean up the studio tomorrow. Today was just relax.

Friday, June 26, 2020

End of a Great Class

I know that one in the class was sipping fine French wine, and for me it was a G&T. Today was the end of a week's virtual print class. All went well and I'll do it again. Not just yet, first I'll have a break. Thank you my wonderful class. I forgot to snap a class pic, but I won't forget you!

Thursday, June 25, 2020

My Homework

Our fourth day of Virtual Print closed with my advise to print more, print large, and print again. And I thought it was good for me to head as well. So, I pulled a few prints for tomorrow's show and tell. Last day, and still lots to do.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Screen Printing

Ah, the myriad ways to make a screen for printing. These are a few soy wax examples, and the proofing of the screens. Brushes, tape, paper, stamps, noodles and a few other ideas for printing with a silk screen were part of Virtual Print today.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Perks of the Job

As we virtually print, I demonstrate various techniques. So when I get a group where I've already experimented, I take liberty  to try out new ways to add graphics. This has presented me with many new ideas for prints, a real bonus.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Virtually Ready

I've never seen this part of the studio so cleared away and ready for company. But my Virtual Print class needed  to "visit" and hang out for the week. No one was missing from Zoom, all were ready and willing, and I had a fine fine day. Tomorrow it can only get better!

Sunday, June 21, 2020

New Life for this Dress

My daughter snagged an all cotton dress for cheap and asked me to change its color. It was a dull beige; she picked some kind of red. I tied it and dyed it, but it still needed graphics. So, soda soak and print. She's happy, and it's off my list.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Chill Out Solstice

The longest day calls for some break in the action. And beside, I'm spoiling you all with videos. Tomorrow is set-up day for Virtual Print and there'll be no lazing about then. Happy Solstice!

Friday, June 19, 2020

Print the Table

One technique we'll do next week in Virtual Print class is to work with silkscreens. Here is what call "print the table" which lets you mess up a print image before you capture it in fabric. The fun part of printing is just this kind of thing.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Mixing Dyes for Printing

Getting ready to print this week. So here's how I very unscientifically set up my dyes. My typical pallet is two reds, two yellows, two blues, black and chartreuse. That'll do just about all the range I need. For Virtual Print, the class makes up the dyes; I get to relax.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Making Thickened Part of Thickened Dye

I'm getting ready to make the "thick" part of thickened dye that I use to print. Here's a go at how I mix it and get ready. I'm adding about 3 cups of Pro Print Paste from Pro Chemical and Dye to one gallon of warm water. And yes, I need a haircut.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Off They Go

Four Panels were sent off via FedEx today,  knowing that only three are needed to do the job. This white linen was printed and painted with dynaflo textile paint, along with some printing in textile paint. They'll be acoustic sound panel covers. I'll show the install when it's done.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Setting Up a Print Table

My 36" high table is just right for printing, fairly inexpensive, and is padded out. Here's a little tour of how I set up for printing. And my infamous drying rack.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Class Photo

I guess there's a first time or everything. I've taken dozens of class photos -- all gather 'round, let me remember the fun" and today the photo was virtual. I'm tired, but good tired. What a lot of fun, hard, hard work, and lots of design decisions. I'd do it all again.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

I Forgot How Much I Loved Piecing

Today class felt great. What's more fun that a gathering where everyone is exploring and trying new compositions? As I demo, I end up with little sketches. This leftover bit I couldn't help by want to make six feet tall. Felt so good to sew again. And teach, too.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Getting In Gear for Teaching Virtually

I've reinvented my studio to be a STUDIO complete with cameras, screens, lights, and off screen notes. Working with the Tompkins County Quilt Guild in a "Line, Shape, Setting" class, we'll design whule looking each other in the face for the weekend!

Thursday, June 11, 2020

I've Been Sidelined

Since company's coming (virtually) and I had to clean up a bit, I had a clear table to slap this panel piece down to work on before I need the table again. I'm using pro fab paints and Dynaflo to paint and print four panels on linen. Smashing fabric.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Ready to Go

More fabric to send. I'm happy we have the USPS and a simple solution to mail. I'd be lost without that service, and happy to use it. So, thanks again for those who checked out my fabric on my web site shop, and here they come!

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Full Zoom Ahead

It was not the same as being there, but the closest it could be. My virtual lecture for the Tompkins County Quilt Guild had my lecture, a brief house tour, a demonstration on how to hang a quilt (sans nails), and live virtual show and tell of my work. Almost as good as live. Thanks TCQG!

Monday, June 8, 2020

Yard in the Yard

Since I've been locked down in my artist's retreat, I've hugged each day a tree with a yard of my printed fabric. Here is a little movie about that. And yes, some of these are on my web site "shop" in case you need to have one for your tree.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Heartfelt Thanks

This morning I saw that many people went online to my "shop" and purchased fabric and such. And I was so touched when I recognized friends, accomplished in their own work. What a compliment! So, thank you Susan, Kathy, Carol, Sharon, Kathryn, and Marya. I'm very grateful for your support.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Self Promotion, Shameless

For years people have asked where they could purchase my printed fabric. "Only when I travel!" was my answer. With travel to teach halted, I've not stop making prints. And now they are sold on my web site store. So, a new chapter, er, web page. See what you think: www.patpauly.com/shop

Friday, June 5, 2020

Strawberry Moon

My blog buddies know I post about the full moon each month. And I never do manage a good image of the moon, so my substitutes must do the task. My viburnum will have to take on all the phases of the moon's cycle and suffice till next month's challenge.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Scarf Unfolded

My web assistant pointed out that I needed to photograph my scarf from different views if I was to offer it for sale. Here is the circular scarf flattened from its 14" x 70" circumference.That squiggle is a piece of string I used as a rubbing.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

How I Soda Soak Fabric

When I teach printing fabric, I ask that students come with their fabric soda soaked and ready to print. Here's a three minute take on how I get my fabric ready for printing with thickened dyes.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Company's Coming

Location shots are going to help me figure out what needs a revamp, a redo, or a pitch out. In the last three months there's been no company, but ZOOM will start visiting next week, so it's time to clean out for virtual visitors!

Monday, June 1, 2020

It's All Scale

This giant baby takes up all the horizon and dwarfs the background sculpture. She also is laying on the quilt I made for her. Guess what happens when you wash hot and tumble dry wool batting? Perfect scrunch effect.