Tuesday, September 01, 2015

The Printed Fabric Bee: Architecture

Hey! It's my turn to be the "queen bee" in the Printed Fabric Bee. That just means I picked the theme, size and color palette. Plus, I'll be coordinating the give-away of a collection of 6x6 inch printed fabrics.

I chose Architecture. Each of the other members of The Printed Fabric Bee will be sending me a 12x12 inch piece of original fabric with this theme using the color blue... any blues at all.

Since I recently visited a Frank Lloyd Wright house in NY, I chose his iconic Tree of Life window as my inspiration. I decided to do a faux batik technique using Elmer's Gel Glue. Here are my supplies.

I sketched the lines using a air-disappearing pen. (This piece ended up with too much detail, I had make it more simple.)

Here's you can see the wet glue and the partially disappearing lines.

Here is the 12x12 square after it dried over night.

I used watered down acrylic paint to add the color. It was important to mix the paint and water really well. I wanted a pretty smooth color coverage, no specks or blobs.

Here I've begun filling in the spaces and the paint stayed within the glue lines quite well.

Even though I picked "blues" as my palette, that just really didn't make sense for this design. I had to add something else!

Here is the 6x6 square (for the give-away) and the 12x12 square after the painting was complete. I let the paint dry overnight.

The next day, I filled a bucket with water...

and spent some time swishing and soaking.

There are some other fabrics in the bucket with the Wright windows. You'll see those next month. Hint.

Each fabric really had to be rubbed and massaged so all the glue was off of the fabric. Then I set the pieces on a towel to dry before ironing.

I am thrilled with the results! Here is the 6x6 square.

And here is the 12x12 square.

A detail. Those glue lines came out surprisingly crisp.

Obviously, you can't get super straight edges or pointy corners, but that's not what I was going for.

Would you like to win the collection of 6x6 pieces? Go to The Printed Fabric Bee blog and leave a comment. All the commenters will be entered in a drawing for the collection on September 15.

As usual, here are my thoughts about what worked and what didn't work this month.


  • It's just a great technique. The masking worked great. It was easy to apply. The glue is cheap and easily available.
  • The air disappearing ink was just the right tool, too.
  • Carefully mixing the paint worked well. I'm very pleased with the smooth coverage. The colors are surprisingly deep. I expected more fade and wash out.
  • I'm pleased with the design... even though it's not really my own. But it's fun to do work clearly inspired by other artists.
  • Color palette works. I especially like the light blue, which really does kinda look like the clear glass that was in some of the sections of Wright's windows.
Less Than Successful:
  • My hand was so sore after applying all that glue! (I did more than just the ones I've shown here.)
  • This technique lends itself to more flowy paint and combining colors, which wasn't appropriate here, but is a bit of a missed opportunity. 
  • The dark blue was a bit too dark in some areas. Not a big deal.
  • If we want to get technical, this isn't really a "print" which is the idea behind The Printed Fabric Bee. 
  • Also The Printed Fabric Bee theoretically requires two layers of printing. There is really only one layer of design here. 
Check out the other artists' architecture pieces on The Printed Fabric Bee blog! And comment to be entered in the give-away.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Portfolio Booklet

I'm so excited to share this small portfolio booklet of my art quilts!

It's a beautifully printed 36-page booklet including sixteen of my original art quilts on nice, thick, glossy pages.

Each art quilt includes a statement about the inspiration and meaning behind the quilt. 

Plus, I've shared a behind-the-scenes story about the experience of making each quilt. Learn why I chose to include a tiny black and white square of fabric in one of the art quilts.

Read about the struggle I had sketching each little twig on a big branch. Discover which of my favorite fabrics came out of the free bin at a home decorator's shop.

Here's a sort of meta image... blue chair, blue chair, blue chair.

The booklet will be available when I give program and workshops. Or you can order it right here.

It's $15. Free Shipping.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Broken Pottery, Spoons, Hands and Lilies

Just a few inspiring snapshots.

I think this may be my favorite photo from my visit to the Crow Collection of Asian Art. And it's not even really "art."

I'm intrigued by the symbols on the hands of the various buddha sculptures.

There was a special exhibit by Jean Shin titled "Inclusions."

She collected broken pieces of pottery for a few different pieces.

This "tree ring" is made from arranging bent pieces of silverware into a ring, then creating a rubbing.

Another creation with discarded pieces of silverware.

Isn't this a beautiful color?

More broken pottery in the sculpture garden. I'm not sure which I like more... the pottery stacked up in the case, or strewn around this installation.

Painted bronze figures.

I walked across the street to the Dallas Museum of Art where I found another beautifully positioned hand with an interesting symbol on the palm.

One of only four of Monet's water lilies painted in a circle.

Quite beautiful.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Visiting Lake Ontario

Every summer the kids and I go visit my parents' home in NY on Lake Ontario. It's beautiful place! This is the second summer we've visited since my dad died. I am so happy that Mom still enjoys living there so much. She's got great friends. She's managing all the details just fine. And she's got this amazing view!

I like sharing these videos. Thanks so much for enjoying them with me. The quality here is pretty bad.. it's shaky, occasionally out of focus and the lighting is wacky. But, I've decided it's ok to just post it rather than seek perfection. Plus, it's so much easier to just shoot one take and upload it, rather than edit, cut, paste, add graphics, etc. This is SIMPLE.

But, I do have plans for improved videos in the future. Stay tuned.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Another Monday Video

Last week I posted that studio tour on my YouTube and Facebook pages on Monday (though it didn't make it to the blog until later in the week). So, here's another Monday video. Will this become a weekly happening? Maybe. Stay tuned. I hope you enjoy!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

My YouTube Channel Studio Tour

I had a huge laundry basket full of fabric that needed to be sorted and folded and returned to the fabric drawers organized by color. 

So I folded a bit.

Then I took a break and filmed a little studio tour! (You may have already seen it on my Facebook page.)

It was super fun. I'm thinking of sharing short videos weekly on my YouTube channel. Yes, I have a YouTube channel! Check it out. There are some time lapse painting videos and a couple of videos about my process of creating an art quilt. I hope you'll check them out.

And let me know what kind of videos you'd like to see.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Boschert Family Happenings

Sweet Lincoln is my quiet studio companion!

Claire got her driver's license. As other parents of teenagers know, this is fabulous because it frees me up from driving her everywhere, but also terrifying since driving is such a complex and sometimes-unpredictable task.

Jeff and I had a wonderful anniversary dinner last week. After dinner we drove into downtown Dallas to go to a fancy chocolate shop I'd heard about. First, we strolled over the beautiful new walking bridge along side the stunning Hunt Bridge. My affection for the Texas flag is growing.

Here's Kate Weiser Chocolate. In fact, that's Kate on the right with her hand raised.

I chose three bonbons. Look how ridiculously beautiful they are!

They were exquisite. Please come visit so I have a good excuse to go back!