Monday, February 01, 2016

Stamped Skirt (보리밭 치마)



My first attempt at painting and stamping on a skirt!  I've had this in mind for quite a while, but it took some time to figure out exactly how I was going to do it. 

I used Jacquard Textile Colors on a white skirt from Dharma Trading Co.  (this one is unfortunately discontinued--I snagged two before they were gone!)

I learned some interesting things while working on this project:  (1) It's almost impossible to get a precise placement and a good print with an already-put-together garment on a gelli plate. (2) Jacquard Textile Paints will wash out pretty well, if you do it right away. I went through a couple of false starts before I got something I was happy with. I did use the gelli plate for the background--rolled out a thin layer of paint and just pressed the fabric randomly onto it for a blotchy, distressed look, which was pretty much what I was going for.



The text is the lyrics of 보리밭 (a song about walking through a barley field). At first I made a big forward-facing stamp (so I could use it on the gelli plate) using puff paint on craft foam, but I just couldn't get the print placed correctly on the skirt. I realized that only way I was going to get a good print and be able to position it just the way I wanted was by direct stamping. So my project went on hold while I made another stamp.



It's hand-cut craft foam glued onto a clear background.  (This took a very long time, and I'll probably never do it again!)  I split it into two narrower stamps, rather than one big one, so I could spread out the gathers on a small amount of fabric and position the stamp. This is still tricky.  Stamping fabric and then making it into a skirt seems like an obvious solution, but I have to wonder if the paint would gum things up. It does get a little stiff.  Worth a try, maybe. 



The middle tier is all text, and then it dips down into the bottom tier in places. I kept that part more indistinct by rolling the paint on the stamp unevenly and then not pressing down on the whole stamp.  I like the look. 



The big stamp is adapted from a Dancheong pattern. I got eight spaced more-or-less evenly around the bottom.





The apple green color is really bright.  I mixed it with some other colors, but it's still pretty bright. It's a good Korean color, though.  And it came out pretty close to what I'd pictured, so I'm happy with it! Now I have a couple of skirts and some ideas for Kate!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Snuggle Kitteh



Kate and Cory. Awwww!

Monday, January 04, 2016

Sunday Snowflakes



We got a surprise yesterday, coming out of church. People walking down the hall would come around the corner, look out through the doors, and squeal, "It's snowing!" It's not like we never get snow here, but it has been a while. (Last year I think we got about fifteen minutes in November, and it didn't stick.) The kids were so excited. Kate and her friend Haley were out on the sidewalk, holding their hands up to the sky, and checking out the flakes in each other's hair. I had to get some pics when we got home.



The holly tree makes a good backdrop!



Girl with stick.

Tavah came out, and Kate was having a blast playing with her, so I told her she could stay out and come in for lunch when she felt like it. She hasn't had a lot of playing-in-the-snow experience. Maybe we should get a sled to have on hand, just in case.

They announced a two-hour delay for the kids' schools. By this morning it was raining and slushy, but they couldn't take it back at that point, so we had a leisurely morning getting ready. We slipped a bit off schedule during the break, and I was not looking forward to getting people up. As it was we still had the mad dash getting ready, after goofing off for two hours. I'll enjoy having a little time at home to myself and maybe getting a few other things done before the next round of Opera painting.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 collage



It's been a busy, creative year. Here's to the next one!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Seven and Eleven



Another year!  The kids' birthday fell on a Sunday this year, so we got to take birthday pics in their church clothes.



Andy picked out a plastic slinky from the Primary birthday box. He keeps trying to make letters with it. I've untangled it twice.



Cory was ready to pose too.



Kate is looking older to me, all of a sudden. (To which she says, "I am older!")



Cake = slab of panettone. (Seasonally appropriate!)



Andy was so cute when he realized it was his turn to blow out his candles.



I did some wrapping paper stamping the day before. (The strawberries are also a present!)



Kawaii Polymer Clay Creations Some of the techniques are rather advanced, but there's some cute stuff that she'll be able to use, too.



We got Andy this magnetic poetry set. He hasn't done a lot with it yet, but Kate and I have been having some fun.



The next day we went up to East India Grill for lunch (Kate's choice--she eats more here than anywhere else!)



Yummy yummy yummy!



And, since we now have a seven-year-old and an eleven-year-old, we couldn't pass up the chance for a cultural reference. We stopped at 7-eleven on the way home and got slurpees.



Happy birthday kids!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Company for Christmas



We got to have Al, Margit, and Michael with us for Christmas! (Al is Doug's older brother.) Michael is leaving soon to serve a mission in Macon, Georgia, so they wanted to come out and see the Washington and Oregon parts of the family before he left. They stayed at our place, since we're kind of centrally located and had room. When they drove down to see Grandma Mary they brought her back with them, so we had a full house! The kids loved having people around to play with.

Michael wasn't quite born yet when Doug and I were married. It's hard to believe he's old enough to go on a mission now.

Some people go on cleaning binges when they're expecting guests. We went on a home improvement binge. (Okay, there was some cleaning in there too.) We put in our new floor in the living room over a year ago, but hadn't gotten the baseboard moldings replaced, which was keeping us from putting up our bookshelves, which was keeping us from unpacking the boxes of books that were being stored in the extra bedroom downstairs. I'd done some experimenting with staining baseboards earlier, with mixed results. I determined that if we could get the baseboards put in on just that one wall, we might be able to get the extra room usable in time for our company. The week before Christmas was full of sanding and staining and borrowing paper tools from neighbors--and we actually got it done. On that one wall, anyway. And we got one bookcase up. We did not get as far as using the extra room, but for chronic procrastinators I figure it was a major victory. And we learned a lot about baseboards! And even cut a coped corner!



We've always waited to get our tree till after Doug was finished with classes for the quarter. This year we didn't get it up till the 23rd. Kate was super excited. She kept saying, "I feel like Christmas is tomorrow!" (Almost!)



On Christmas Eve we had Kate read the story from Luke, and we sang some songs. (I taught Kate the alto part to "Joy to the World" recently. She's really good at it!)

In the morning Kate came into our room around 5:00. I told her I wanted her to wait till 7:00. (We had people sleeping in the living room!) Once we were up we opened presents.



Kate got a Sculpey sampler pack from Grandma Kathey. This will get a lot of use!



Andy got two new Elephant and Piggie books, and Knuffle Bunny. (Hooray for Mo Willems!)



Mothman's Curse is by my BYU roommie, Christine Hayes.



Al and Margit open a gift. (Doug got them some cool smoked salts.)



Andy's latest Magna-Doodle.



We put the couch diagonally in one corner, and  the Christmas tree in the other corner. There was some nice light coming in through the window, so we had to get some pictures on the couch.



Family pic!



Christmas sunset.

I often feel a little sad around the holidays, seeing all my friends posting about getting together with family. I was excited about having somebody around this time. For the most part it was very nice, though a few things could have gone better. They'd originally said they were going to stay till the 28th, but told us on the morning of the 24th that they were going to leave Christmas afternoon. If I'd known earlier that they were leaving that soon I would have planned some of my pre-Christmas preparations a little differently. But I am really glad that we got the baseboards up. (We've been trying to get that done for a looong time!)