The appearance of texture is what makes fabric really zing! Do people still use that word? Anyway you can do some really awesome stuff with a little bit of imagintion. You can simply paint design with acrylics, tea juice or fabric dye, but remember that you will be cutting it into little rectangles or triangles. I prefer to do something a little less well defined, like tie-dying for example.

How about scrunching–sort of a tie-dye technique. You’ll need metallic acrylic paints, fabric, rubber gloves, foam brush, spray bottle filled with water, newspapers or newsprint, and iron and ironing board.

Here’s where the creativity comes in. You can use a piece of fabric that is already colored for this one. Then use the basic method I talked about in the previous post to coat it. While the silk is still wet, wad it up into a ball starting from the middle f the silk. Then carefully unfold the fabric and rewad ittwo or three times. Each time you wad it you add more texture. After the last “wadding” leave it wadded up to dry. As always, iron the back side, once it is dry, to set the paint.

Or you could salt the fabric. You’ll need the same basic ingredients as above with salt added to the list.  This time, you’ll want to put the fabric on a sheet of plastic. You need to have water sit in puddles for this to work. After painting, while the fabric is still wet, sprinkle salt on the surface. Then spray just a little bit of water on the fabric. Don’t drench it or you’ll ruin it. Let it dry completely, brush off the dried fabric and iron the back side of the gabric.

Now you’ve got two cool techniques for making texture on fabric.

With that done, I’d like to talk about inspiration–the best part of creativity. Our art is inspired by this beautiful desert we live in. We are surrounded by mountains and hills that have hidden treasures. These treasures are in the form of really wonderful red rock that is painted with petroglyphs. Some of these were done 10,000 years ago and I always get a sense of wonder when I pick up a piece of chert. I realize that it was handled by the ancient ones as they created arrow and spear heads.

Then I see the figures on the wall created by these ancient humans and wonder what their lives were like. No one really knows what the figures mean because there is no rosetta stone to break the code. We can only guess.

Where we often picnic.

I’m going to insert a photo that either my husband or I took, but here is a great link:http://indra.com/~dheyser/ . If you search rock art or petroglyphs, you can find tons of info.

I love the color here and they tend to be what I use in my jewelry, although I do use other colors that I think people might like.

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