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Featured Artist : Gretchen Larson |
Artist Bio / Statement
My name is Gretchen and I love making art quilts using mostly hand painted fabrics. I use setacolor transparent fabric paints to create many pieces of uniquely colored fabrics. Two reasons I love these paints are that I'm not limited to certain types of fabrics and that their transparency and heliographic properties allow me to acquire a loose, water-color like look.
Once I have a subject for a quilt in mind, I have a large stock of fabrics to choose from to make a quilted design. Many times I will use shiva paintsticks and watercolor pencils to accentuate parts of the artwork.
Recently I started making small silk screens, using silk screen emulsion sheets. I've been creating sheets of different types of intricate flower heads and leaves to add to my designs.... much easier than trying to cut them from fabric when the leaves or flowers have tiny parts.
Another wonderful discovery, after buying procion dyes, was ice dyeing. I’ve added some great pieces of fabric to my stash using that great technique. I must confess, though, I used snow instead of ice cubes.
Whether a certain piece of painted or dyed fabric inspires me or something I’ve noticed during a walk in the woods in my western Wisconsin home, creating these fabric designs has become a very important part of my life.
My etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtQuiltsbyGretchen
Please feel free to contact my through my etsy store for any questions on how I create the fabric or the wall hangings.
Dharma Products Used
Setacolor - Transparent & Fluorescent Colors
Medium to light consistency fabric paint. The Transparent colors allow underlying colors to show through. Use on white or light colored fabrics. When thinned with water, they are great for Sunpainting, Serti Technique on silk, hassle free tie-dye, sp
With these beautiful, opaque Shiva Paintstiks both beginners and seasoned fiber artists can transform ordinary fabrics into unique embellished works of art!
Speedball Blank Screen Printing Frames
High quality, 12xx multi-filament mesh screens mounted on solid wood frames.
Photo Emulsion Sheets
Photo Emulsion sheets at less than 1/2 the price of Yudu emulsion sheets!
Dharma Fiber Reactive Procion Dyes
This is the #1 best dye we recommend for tie-dye, batik, dye-painting or screening, etc. on cotton, rayon, bamboo, Tencel®, linen and other natural fibers. Also for solid color dyeing and many other techniques!
Learn How to Ice Dye
Complete instructions and materials for Ice Dyeing, a unique way to dye clothing and fabric with ice or snow for interesting results!
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