Painting on Silk

 

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Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the new readers!

I do love silk, and I love to paint on silk. I love the process, the sheen of the fabric- everything about it. It’s very meditative and I can do it for hours.  Once I recovered from my trip, I looked through some of the orchid pictures from S.F.  Which one to choose?  So many good ones!

I finally choose one for it’s gorgeous color and got to work creating a composition. I decided to go big! I choose a horizontal composition with 3 joined panels.

I really like those areas of curly texture, so I decided to use them as unifying element. In the end I flipped the ends and made them less wide to make them less important than the center.


From this I made my freezer paper pattern, and ironed my silk charmeuse onto the waxy part. Now came the fun part!  I used my Derwent  Ink sticks to outline the petals of the flower. Earlier I had tried a small flower using the ink sticks but decided the end result looked too heavy. I had another idea up my sleeve. Several years ago, Marlene Glickman had gifted me with a packet of silk dyes. So I experimented with those on a scrap. I liked the luminosity of the dyes, which didn’t remove any of the sheen of the silk, like the ink sticks did.

But how to control the bleeding?  I tried aloe vera gel and Golden fabric medium and decided the gel worked pretty well. So in the areas I needed more control, I mixed the dyes with the gel. In the areas where I needed to blend I just used water- very carefully! Going from lightest colors to dark just like a watercolorist, I slowly built my flower, layer by layer.

 
The black dye is not a true black, but I’ve decided I can live with the dark green color.  Each panel will be dye painted separately then joined and quilted.
I will say I would not have attempted this without many hours of fabric painting under my belt already. Controlling the dyes on the silk is a bit tricky, but worth it, I think. Anyway, it was fun to try! Next time, more progress photos and a discussion on how to quilt this baby…..
And if you need some more inspiration, go to the JOYFUL ART QUILTING PAGE on Facebook.
 Permission to duplicate: You certainly can use this blog, just be sure to credit me and include this link, Roxane Lessa.

NEW TO ART QUILTING???

I am opening up my It’s Elemental! online class.  But there’s still time to get on board. It’s 8 weeks and only $97 and includes a group live video session. This may be the last time I am offering this class, and it’s perfect for newbies who want to get a crash course in design and composition.  Here’s the link to find out about it and enroll; https://app.ruzuku.com/courses/25831/enroll


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Oh and before I forget- I have a new Facebook Group called Joyful Art Quilting. You can head on over there to discuss your projects in more detail and see what others are up to.  It’s a fun, non-judgmental place to meet and share.  Here’s the link to go join the group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1507846232658642/

 


 

Have you seen this???

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Private Design Intensive for Art Quilters

This is my new Private Intensive for Art Quilters- a 7 week adventure to learn how you can make great art quilts. Whatever your plans for Fall, I hope you include some studio time for yourself.  Make art, make it often, and enjoy it!  And if you want some help, click on the link to get some support!

And if you still have questions, doubts, fears…. please feel free to email me at roxane@roxanelessa.com.

Love to all, peace out!

 

 


Coming up soon….

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If you want to take a class with me- CALL ME at 919-602-2260.   I can teach for a small group of your friends, like I did a while back for my friend Joyce Marks and her quilting buddies.  We had a blast and I tailored the classes to her group’s interests.

And you can always take an online class with me- see below!

 


For all you online class junkies, I am offering a new class online: Painted Morning Glory

YOU CAN ENROLL ANY TIME AND MOVE AT YOUR OWN PACE.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to paint details for depth and realism on your quilts?

 

If the answer is yes, read on.  My popular Painted & Fused Morning Glory class is going to be offered online  to the general public for the first time.  I have taught this class many times and each time I’m awed at the fabulous results everyone gets, with each flower being slightly different.

This class is open for registration  now and starts January 1 and is only $39.00!

And you can do it at your own pace in your own house, in your jammies, without running around.  All lessons will be available to you at the same time, in case you get inspired and want to work fast.

Here is the linky thingy to register:

 https://app.ruzuku.com/courses/18509/enroll

I hope you will enjoy this fun class, it will remind you of Spring in the middle of Winter!

And, you will learn all the techniques I used to paint my latest landscape art quilt….


Would you like to work with me one on one? Maybe you would like to make original work, show it and perhaps sell it?

This has actually happened for my client Susan!

 Susan has just let me know, she sold this quilt! Congratulations, Susan!

One of my private clients, Susan, has had her quilt, “Nature Takes Back Her Own”,  that was accepted into the prestigious Houston IQA World of Beauty Show.

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As part of our work together, I coached her on the making of this quilt.  She was able to realize her vision to design, make and get her art quilt into one of the best shows in the world!  How about you, are you ready???

YOU CAN DO THIS TOO! REALLY!

Look into my 6 month Private Coaching Masterclass!

 I have extended my private coaching program, from 3 months to 6 months.  I believe the transformation my students are looking for must take place over a longer period of time to have a lasting impact.

I want you to make the most amazing, original art quilts that you can.  That is why I am now accepting private students who are serious about their creative expression in the world of art quilting.  Take advantage of my 17+ years as a textile artist, and speed up your learning curve. To work with me privately, please set up your initial, no obligation,  free Get Creative Call here: Schedule Appointment You can find out more by clicking on the Testimonials and Private Coaching tabs to the right in the sidebar or at the menu at the top.


OR YOU CAN HIRE ME FOR YOUR GUILD!

JUST SHOOT ME AN EMAIL AND WE’LL MAKE IT A DATE!

Here’s what one guild VP had to say recently:

I’m usually Johnny on the Spot but missed the boat last week re these BIG THANKS.  Loved your presentation. Heard very positive and supportive remarks from the guests…thank you again for the well-defined and creative presentation.  Look forward to seeing you again. 

 Deirdre

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Susan and I on set

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About RoxaneRoxane-Web-Images-007

Roxane is a full time studio textile artist, teacher, and author, with two girls, who are both growing up too fast!  She recently appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and has taught at the Houston quilt show.  She is also a BERNINA ambassador. Her work is in several private collections and she loves doing custom commissions.  For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com.

Permission to duplicate: You certainly can use this blog, just be sure to credit me and include this link, Roxane Lessa. Hey, if you like this blog, please hit the FB or Twitter icon in the top right sidebar and share with others! That’s why they are there…..:)

 

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