Thursday, March 11, 2010

Show and Tell

I was reading something recently about blogging, and referring to blogging as a modern day show-and-tell for grown-ups.  I think that's just about right.  No wonder I like blogging and reading blogs -- I always loved show and tell as a kid.

So here's my show and tell for the day:  I've been playing with Shiva painstiks this afternoon.  Actually, some time ago I bought a bargain bunch of the british Markal paintstiks on Ebay for a bargainous price, so I was using those.  They're strange items, those paintstiks---especially that tough outer skin.  But I'm getting the hang of using them, and today's assignment was to use a design inspired by a leaf shape, make a freezer paper stencil, and apply in some repetitive design on fabric. 

Here is my inspiration photo, of some tiny weed I photographed this weekend -- something about those whimsical leaf shapes appeals to me:

I made mirror image stencils:

And this was the result:

I'm not sure what I'll do with this from here ... Maybe I'll figure that out on another play day!


  1. I like that. It almost looks like a batik print.

  2. Anonymous5:26 AM

    I like this too! The shape reminds me of Matisse's paper cuttings :). Cool!

  3. Blogging as show and tell -- I think that works pretty well for me too. :-)

    I haven't tried paintstiks on fabric yet. I can't get past having used them in art school more like giant crayons. They were admittedly much easier to clean up than the oil paints though.

  4. Oh that looks fun! You are right, blogging is adult show-and-tell and I love that about it.

  5. Gerrie's right, it does almost look like batiik. Very nice!