I'm calling it my Textile and Mixed Media Sampler Project. Or TAMMS for short. Some people may remember that I started my blog to keep me on track with my art. As usual, I started with good intentions, but got distracted along the way, as you do.
Each month I am going to post about different categories of Textile and Mixed media techniques. I have broken the techniques up into categories and I will have one post on a technique in each category per month. I will also link to previos posts on techniques that are relevant.
The categories are:
Foundations - the base I start work on
Fabrics and textiles - the stuff I use
Surface design - What I do to the surface of my media
Fabric manipulation - the way the media are changed to create dimension and texture
Embellishments - The little bits that decorate the work
Machine work - including free machine work and other sewing
Hand work - Embroidery and couching and such
Finishing - The way that the piece is displayed
Design - elements and principles that go into a piece of work
Each month I will use what I have made to create one or more collages and journal quilts.
At the same time, I am putting all this into an interactive database with pictures, reference and some videos, so that when I am finished, I will have a wonderful resource.
Anyone out there can contribute to the project, on my facebook group, Fibre art and free machine embroidery., which I originally set up to host tutorials, but haven't done so, yet. The page is open for anyone, but I do not want any advertising or politics, please.
There are no rules as such, and no committment to producing anything (except for me of course), but your contributions and examples of your samples are welcome.
I planned to begin on the first of November, but what's a week anyway, so here is my first post on,
Foundations.This month's foundation is painted batting. Batting scraps are something we all have and paints of one kind or another are usually about or easily obtained.
I have also monoprinted on batting here.
There are probably as many ways to paint batting as there are bloggers out there, so make it your own and do it your way.
Sorry about my photos today, they seem a little more blurry than usual. I will have to check the camera.
So that is my first post on FAMMS. I must tell you I do not have any finished piece in mind at present, but one will occur to me over the next few weeks, I'm sure. Have a go and post your batting picture in the group, or not, it's up to you, but-
BE happy creating whatever you do.