Monthly Archives: January 2011



This piece shows dripping paint on dry fabric.  You will get a halo effect, but beyond that, the paint does not spread.

And this piece shows the result of dripping paint on wet fabric.  Obviously, if the fabric is wet, there is much more blending of colors.  For both pieces, the paint was diluted with water to make it “drippable”.

This experiment was done with a comb (once again, the many uses of common household items).  The fabric was painted orange with fairly thick paint.  A comb was dragged through the orange paint to get the rhythmic lines.  After the orange dried, diluted blue paint was brushed over the top.  The blue paint filled the lines formed by the comb to darken that design.  The white lines across the top were done with broom bristles.


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“Whispering Branches – Sepia”  (c)2010 Shelley Brucar

Conversations in Stitch, January 23 through March 20 at the Anderson Art Center, showcases a collection of more than 50 works by members of the Fiber Artists Coalition.   A unique feature of this exhibition is the inclusion of “conversation cards” that enable viewers to communicate their comments and questions about the work directly to the artists.  

The Fiber Artists Coalition is a group of artists living in the upper midwestern United States. We are all also professional artist members of the the non-profit organization, Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.  FAC curates exhibits of our members’ contemporary fiber art and arranges for the exhibits to travel throughout the Midwest and beyond.

Meet the artists at the Opening Reception: Sunday, January 23, 2011, 1:30 – 4:00. 

Anderson Arts Center
121 66th Street
Kenosha, WI 53143-5127

Also opening January 23 at the Anderson Arts Center is Women’s Journey in Fiber.  Their current exhibit is “Hats – Wise Women Speak” which features hats that are functional, fashionable, or outrageous created by more than 25 artists.  Join us this Sunday.

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I was side-tracked with busyness over the holidays, but am now back to playing with paint.  One thing I love about working in cloth is that it is so tactile and naturally textured.  Then you take the painted, fabric-layered design and add stitching and, voila! a whole new layer of design and texture emerges.  There are many ways to enhance the texture of cloth before you even start stitching, and here are some experiments with adding texture to fabric. 

1.  This image started with a layer of ProChem paint over strips of fabric.  Then it was stamped (white paint) with a homemade stamp made of string wrapped around a piece of wood.  In the upper and lower left corners you can see stamping done with another homemade stamp, this one made of moldable foam.  The upper and lower right corners are stamped using a scouring pad.  (Oh, the many uses you will find for kitchen implements once you start experimenting!)

4.  This image is a combination of stamping with a scouring pad and painting over string with paint + Golden sand resin gel.  The photo does not show the rich texture from the sand gel, but experimenting with this and other gels is well worth your time.  The white brush strokes were done with broom bristles.  (Oh, the many uses you will find for items you thought were only useful for cleaning the house!)

You can see from the fabric pieces in the first image and the string in the second image, that paint acts as a glue so various objects will adhere to your fabric when painted over or under.  This is just the beginning – more texture experiments to come.  Meanwhile, how many ideas can you think of for adding texture to fabric pieces?

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