Monday, April 12, 2010

CitraSolv Art Contest

Spring is slowly creeping its way into summer, and life here is returning to normal. Greg is back to work this week- with a much lighter schedule than normal- and my wet studio is humming once again with activity.

Inside my handy mega-jar are nine pieces of gorgeous, silky cotton sateen. They measure between 1 & 1/2 yards and 2 & 1/2 yards wide and are 44" selvage to selvage.

I reached for my nine usual dye colors and then changed my mind and grabbed nine other colors, instead, not knowing for certain how they will mix or if they will just make mud.

In layers, from the bottom of the jar to the top is lemon yellow + golden yellow, rust orange, carmine red, magenta, ice blue, deep purple, colbalt blue, emerald green and finally finishing with chartreuse. The jar was so full, I had to tape down the top to keep it all contained. I stuck fairly close to the color wheel, so there's a strong possibility of at least some of the pieces being really special.

I know, kind of crazy to risk so much expensive fabric when I'm not totally certain of the outcome, right? But the risk of either disaster or success is one of the things I love about art. Either way, I will post my results here soon.

Finally, there are only a few days left to enter your CitraSolv art work into their contest, The CitraSolv Collage Contest. I submitted five of my pieces, so wish me luck!

This week will see me at my sewing machine again, still stitching on one particular piece that I hope to be able to show you, soon.

In the meantime, you know the drill, right? Happy creating!


Jan said...

good luck!

elle said...

The only contesting here is keeping my temper from becoming a tantrum! I need a time out in the Jolly Jumper! You aren't working on that challenge are you? Good for you entering the CitraSolv Art Contest though. Now then, where is that piece I was jumping on...

Robbie said...

I'm jealous...all my art supplies are packed up. I haven't even done any hand stitiching (which I need to have finished by end of April). I'll just watch what you do and get inspired by your work (as usual!).

Anonymous said...

Good luck Judi!

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see your dye results and more on the Citrosolve Art Contest too. Good luck! Hope you post on QA list whenever you update so I can come back.

Gisela Towner said...

Good luck on the contest!
Alright -- you got me going -- I tossed the rest of the pretzels to the birds and squirrels and started a parfait too -- LOL!

Quilt or Dye said...

Good luck with the pieces you entered!

After reading about your jar dyeing, I tried it. I did not squirt in enough dye and the pieces have more white than I would prefer but that is just part of the learning curve. One of the pieces has been sold to a friend who is using it as a cover for her handmade, hardbound book. I'm excited!

I do really love the technique and will definitely work with it some more.

Vicki W said...

I recently bought a jar just like that for my husband because he wanted to pickle some eggs. H told me this morning that he changed his mind. My very first thought was "I winder how many layers of fabric I dye in that one jar?" - Now I know!