January 2016 Mono printing with kids

25. Feb, 2016

I can't beleive that February is almost at a close.  I have spend this month investigating the NZEG Diploma options and am excited to be starting down this track.  12 months per moduel and five modules in all - three compusory and three electives.  The compulsory are Coliyr Design and Embroidery \history.  The electives I will follow are Machine embroidery and fabric manipulation.  I have also been quiting the samples from Rose \lewis;s on line quilting course.  I have done lots of free machine quilting but going back to learner state where I need to follow quilting on a line is a good discipline for me and I will end up with a folio of quilt sandwhichreferences which is something I have been working toward doing for a while.  The A4 bats are sitting on the end of my ironing board just waiting for the next lessons to arrive.  And this year I want to make at least one scrap quilt to diminish my ever growing fabric stash.  That will be fun.  All I need now is more time

1. Feb, 2016
30. Jan, 2016

Here are our textured art prints hanging up to dry after a busy morning experimenting with colour, texture  and innovation with gelli printing.  It is a great activity for kids because they always surprise with the colour combinations and the way they mix and match items to achieve texture.  They are learning about colour mixing, process, texture and experimentation in this activity.


Austin used masks to begin with to get an idea of what would happen under neath where no ink could penetrate.  Then he used a wole range of texture tools and stamps to brighten up around the masks.  Eveyone was surprised at their work when the prints were pulled.  The textures showed up much more clearly on the paper than on the plate.

Charlotte liked the textured rollers and tried several different ones - some over the top of others and then she stamped on top of the patterns made.

Regan liked to work in strong Halloween colours even though is was way past halloween.  He chose to use the football and kiwi stamps quite a bit to get a design he was happy with