Paintstick surprise

by Orkaloca settembre 2 review

Paintsticks are oil pastels suitable for paintingn on a variety of matherials... wood, paper and also fabric. I've bought them the first time a couple of years ago and I've found they are great to paint nice shades.

Paintstick comes in several solid colors, iridescent colors and then there is a colorless one, called "blender" that is useful to shade solid colors.
I've never tried iridescent paintsticks but I love the solid colors. On the contrary the blender has made me a bad joke.

Last year I've made a quilt with a naked man all painted with violet paintstick, shaded here and there with the blender.
I've applied the color to the fabric using Q-tips as brushes. The blender has been applied in two ways: mixed with the color before painting the fabric or alone, brushed with a Q-tips on the already painted fabric to blend the color.

At first the blender was really colorless but after only one month I noticed that the areas where the blender was applied were turning yellow.

Then I've sent the quilt to the show and for one year I've not seen it. Yesterday I've had it back, I've opened it and... surprise! All the blended zones are turning brown O.o

Here is a photo to show you the quilt one year ago and today. You can notice the spots, darker than one year ago.  :(
(click on photo to enlarge)

I've googled to search if someone else have had the same problem and I've found this: LINK
It's the site of a seller, and she has had the same problem. She has posted images of 4 years old blender samples, awfully turned brown.

It's horrible to have such surprises, but at least you learn something. For example that the right place for my blender is the trash bin.

Now I'm surfing internet to find if someone with this problem have found a solution to remove the brown patina. Any idea?


Book: The art of Annemieke Mein

by orkaloca agosto 18 review

I discovered this book in the library of the American Museum in Britain of Bath (UK). It was the only copy and when I saw the cover I thought "this must be mine."
So I bought it without thinking twice and, after reading it, I can say that I've in my hands a real gem.

I've had never heard of Annemieke Mein before. She is a textile artist, born in Holland in 1944 she moved with his family in Australia. Since she was a little girl she nurtures curiosity and passion for nature in all its forms, including those often snubbed creatures like insects, worms and amphibians.
This passion is transposed in her creations that are sometimes flat quilt, sometimes selfstanding sculptures, but most often a mix of two things, quilts that take shape and three-dimensionality.
So you can see caterpillars peep behind willow leaves that folds out of the surface of the quilt, or butterflies that take consistency, from being drawn to be creatures that fly off the surface.
All made terribly real by the choice of materials ... fabric and thread as well as wool and fur.

The book is not a technical manual, it is a portfolio.
Annemieke's works are presented individually, with beautiful detailed full-color photos, and the artist's comment that explains how and why each work was created.
The book aim is only to illustrate the breathtaking work of this artist, but if you're able to read between the lines you can find tons of tips and hints about the techniques she used to make the softness of a butterfly wing, the furry body of a moth or the three-dimensionality of a willow leaf.
It's not a technical book but a book full of little tricks that people who are already familiar with fabric and thread can try to put into practice.

It's a beautiful book that can fascinate the beginner, as well as being a valuable source of inspiration for advanced quilters.