Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Documenting my paintings

Hello, my name is Katie, and I have a fabric addiction.


I promised myself when I began this blog that I would start painting again. Today, I didn't paint, but I did spend a good part of the day documenting my current stock of paintings.


I am feeling the desire to paint again. There are a few ideas floating around in my head, trying to get out.


I want to make a painting to complement the new nursery decor.


However, I have to find a fabric store first. Can you believe that in this town of 100,000 the only fabric store is Wal Mart?? Oh how I miss the fabric district in Los Angeles.


I'd settle for a Jo-Ann's.


You'd think my huge stash of fabric would be enough. Sadly, (or happily in my case,) there is no such thing as enough fabric.



Katie said...

Wow! Those are really cool! I bet you made a mess making them ;)

Donna Boucher said...

I love your creativity! Beautiful pieces!!!

Kristin said...

I am thoroughly addicted to fabrics and flosses and yarns. My crafty stash is insane.

And, those paintings are amazing.

Kristin said...

Oh yeah...I am married to a former firefighter. He was medically retired due to a knee injury and he runs a 911 center now.

Fiddle1 said...

Wow! What type of fabric do you look for when creating these? Is it different fabric for each painting? I'll have to click back on your previous links to read more. I am shocked that a town your size wouldn't have a fabric shop. Do you like any online fabric stores? I guess it'd be hard to really pick something without being able to touch it, huh?

Katie said...

Thanks! :) As for the fabric, I use different types. I like to experiment with the way each kind of fabric folds and interacts with the paint. Good idea about checking out a store on-line, Fiddle1. I hadn't thought about that. Although, you're right, it's much more fun to go and actually see and feel the fabric.

Kristin, sorry to hear your husband had to retire due to his knee injury. :(

Cassandra said...

Here from ICLW...

With such large paintings, I imagine that you could run out of wall space very quickly!

I haven't bought fabric online, but I used to buy a lot of yarn. If you are familiar with a brand, you can get a sense of how it will feel, then just go off of the pictures to decide on the pattern/color. Or, some places will send you swatches. There's an amazing variety of textiles online, once you start looking. Enjoy!

Lisa RM said...

Fabric stashes are the best.

Liddy said...

I love the paintings.

Stopping by for an ICLW visit...
No. 95: The Unfair Struggle (male-factor infertility, good friends, neighborhood rumblings)

Grown in My Heart said...

Here from ICLW....your creations are beautiful!

Beautiful Mess said...

Happy ICLW!

I agree with every one else, your paintings are beautiful. I love how the fabric folds and the paint is so different between the folds. I love it!

WiseGuy said...



MAJ Bryen said...

LOVE the paintings!!! And your living room furniture! Best wishes and happy. ICLW

Sarah said...

OK, I commented on another post asking where you got the paintings and now I realize you MADE them! Is this a trade secret, or would you be willing to do a little tutorial? I would LOVE to try one of these!!!!! Please???

Fire Wife Katie said...

Lol Sarah, I'm glad you were able to find the answer to your own question. :) The paintings are pretty basic. I begin by painting the canvas whatever color I'm going for. Then, I get a piece of thin fabric (usually a slight variation of the color of the background), cut larger than the canvas itself, and glop it to the canvas using a clear gloss gel medium. I just spread the medium on with my fingers and work it into the fabric until it's completely covered and saturated. Then I mold the fabric into whatever shape I want, let it dry, and voila! Let me know if you make one, I wanna see! :D

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