Monday, May 23, 2016

Recycled Circles go round again

"Indigo Dance" 12x12 inches IN PROGRESS ~ Recycled Circles by Jane LaFazio
Workshop in a museum at Visions Art Museum, San Diego
Last week, I taught my ever-popular (thank you!) workshop "Recycled Circles" at Visions Art Museum in San Diego. It's a great workshop (if I do say so myself) as an introduction to art quilts. And all these small art quilts were created in just one day.
Take a look at this cool student work:

student work
student work
student work
student work
student work
student work
student work
Can't attend an in person workshop? Get the  Layered & Fused Applique/Recycled Circles Download with full instructions and examples

Friday, May 20, 2016

Is it a quilt? Is it a sketchbook?

"I'll take Manhattan" handmade sketchbook (9.25 x 6 inches)  by Jane LaFazio 

 detail "I'll take Manhattan"by Jane LaFazio 
This project started about 2 years ago (?) when I was creating a project for a 3-day workshop in New York City. The workshop didn't happen and either did this part of the project.  (Fabric was from City Quilter in NYC, but I see they don't carry it anymore.)

But I had the 'quilt' and knew it would make a cool sketchbook cover.
 detail "I'll take Manhattan"by Jane LaFazio 

  "I'll take Manhattan"by Jane LaFazio 

  "I'll take Manhattan" (BACK) by Jane LaFazio 

 detail "I'll take Manhattan"by Jane LaFazio 
"I'll take Manhattan" (BACK) by Jane LaFazio 
So, I added 10 pages (two-sided would make 20 pages) of Fabriano hot press watercolor paper. Hmm, maybe it will turn into a workshop after all.... 
 "I'll take Manhattan" (inside front) by Jane LaFazio

detail "I'll take Manhattan" (inside front) by Jane LaFazio

 "I'll take Manhattan" (inside back) by Jane LaFazio



detail "I'll take Manhattan"by Jane LaFazio

 detail "I'll take Manhattan"by Jane LaFazio 

"I'll take Manhattan" handmade sketchbook (9.25 x 6 inches)  by Jane LaFazio 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Create unique fabric for an art quilt with Pine Cone stencils

For this project I used all 5 stencils in my new Pine Cone Stencil series for StencilGirl Products.

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First, stencil the images onto a piece of cloth. I used 200 thread count cotton, that had been coffee dyed. 
I added batting to the back of the cloth, then, on the back, used a stenciled tracing paper to machine stitch the outline of the pine cone.
Free motion stitching, semi-carefully following the stencil lines.

Here's the back of the quilt, with the paper still on it.
Turn the quilt over and see your outline of the pine cone.

I cut up the stenciled and quilted fabric to reassemble it.

It needed a focal point, so I enlarged the stencil image, added a piece of tulle to the FRONT and stitched the outline on the back of the quilt.

Then, I cut away the tulle, around the pine cone image, to create a lavender pine cone as a focal point on the quilt.

Pine Cone Confetti by Jane LaFazio (measures 17  x 15.5 inches)
I designed these stencils for StencilGirl Products. This quilt uses all the stencils in my Pine Cone Stencil series.  You can find all my stencils here.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Use a Pine Cone Stencil to create unique napkins (S367)


Pine Cone Stencil (S367) for StencilGirl Products by Jane LaFazio
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I love using stencils on fabric! Here's how I created a set of napkins using the pine cone stencil I designed.
I used liquid acrylic ink and cosmetic sponges to apply the color through the stencil.
Lifting the stencil for the big reveal

Use different colors to created this lovely variety in the color 

I used plain cotton, 200 thread couut


Once I was done stenciling and the ink was dry, I decided to dip the whole piece of cloth in coffee to tint it. After the coffee was dry, I washed the fabric in the washing machine on gentle cycle.

Then, I tore the fabric into napkin size squares and hemmed the edges.


Stenciled Napkins by Jane LaFazio
I designed these stencils for StencilGirl Products. Stayed tuned! I have more tutorials coming up, using my new Pine Cone Stencil series!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

A Pine Cone Stencil inspired by a carved stamp (S369)

Inspiration for Pine Cone stencil S369. by Jane LaFazio
The other stencils in my Pine Cone Stencil series for StencilGirl Products were all inspired by my drawings. But stencil S369 came from a stamp I carved from one of my drawings. StencilGirl cleverly made it a mask stencil. You can carefully remove  the image from the stencil and have the silhouette to create a mask as I've done below. 

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Pine Cone Stencil S369, designed by Jane LaFazio for StencilGirl Products
This stencil (S369) comes with a mask. After I carefully removed the detailed pine cone, I used the stencil silhouette and white gesso and a cosmetic sponge to create the image below. Then, I put the detailed pine cone image back into the silhouette and stenciled with turquoise acrylic to create the image above. Cool, huh? (When you have the stencil in your hand, you'll understand my directions easily, I promise!) 


And here's more of Pine Cone Stencil S369, without removing the mask. These are done on fabric with acrylic inks and a cosmetic sponge.

Pine Cone Stencil  on cloth by Jane LaFazio

Pine Cone Stencil  on cloth by Jane LaFazio
Pine Cone Stencil  on cloth by Jane LaFazio
I designed these stencils for StencilGirl Products. Stayed tuned! I have more tutorials coming up, using my new Pine Cone Stencil series!







Saturday, May 14, 2016

Make a Paper Mobile with Pine Cone Stencil (S365)

Pine Cone Stencil S365 by Jane LaFazio

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Pine Cone Stencil Mobile by Jane LaFazio
I wanted to create some new fun projects with my new Pine Cone Stencils, so I created this paper mobile. Here's how I did it:
Spray Krylon Spray Gesso, using a pine cone stencil on brown craft paper

Cut out the pine cone images and glue to a book page

Trim around the book page. Cut out small hearts from book page too.
Machine stitch through the hearts and then pine cones to create a mobile
Keep stitching the space between the images to attach and then hang them
Here's the finished mobile
Pine cone mobile hanging in my house ~ Jane LaFazio
pine cone mobile hanging in the kitchen ~ Jane LaFazio
I designed these stencils for StencilGirl Products. Stayed tuned! I have more tutorials coming up, using my new Pine Cone Stencil series!



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