Listen to the road

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Semper Fi

My dad died last Friday. He was a Marine and lived to be 90.

At the memorial part of my family I hadn't seen for 55 years came to honor
him. So he left me a gift... four Cousins and an Aunt. Thanks, dad. 

My good friend sent me this photo that, without words, says so much.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Crow Moon

There is no Crow Moon in named full moon months so I made one.
This cloth kept me company during a death vigil this last few days.

Fortunately, I had a big hearted friend to remind me to play and look
at the sunny side even in dark times. All is well.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Lizard Smile

I worked on this most of the weekend. I keep seeing it look back at me no matter
how I configure the blocks. That little lizard insists on being a smile. There
is another watcher I put there on purpose. Very faint but there.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Sew blind

I've spent so much time with this cloth I can't really see it anymore.
At the top of summer it began as a love song to our home.

I'll put it away awhile.

Go outside with the little dog now that it's cooler. Move outside
 and listen with the the trees and cooling land.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

What I've learned about WC and drawing on cotton

I use 100% cotton and usually dye it first.

Then I spray it with regular spray starch. This somehow
keeps the WC from seeping outside the lines. It's a nice effect - the
seeping color - but I like to make that decision. I iron it dry.

Then I iron freezer paper to the back side of the fabric. This is temporary and just keeps the
cotton flat while I draw/paint. I suspect it also controls the seeping of WC.

I draw the design with a fine point permanent pen. Sharpies are not so
good. I found that older pens make more regular lines with fewer blobs of ink along the line.

I use pan WC with a water brush. Most water brushes have a really good point.
I sometimes dip the brush in a bit of water for more concentrated color. 
I do blot the brush just a little before painting. It takes awhile to 
apply the paint as the fabric just drinks it in.

 Here I sprayed the right side (from your perspective) with
starch but left the left side with no starch. I think you can see the slight
bleeding/seeping on the left side.

For details I use WC pencils. Dip the tip into water then you can transfer the
WC to small details. They work best on very small areas.

Please keep in mind this won't last on cloth exposed to water. Also, I haven't
been using WC for more than a few months on fabric. Not certain how it will
age. I use Daniel Smith WC so the pigments are rich and relatively color fast.

If you can add anything I'd love to learn from you.