Thursday, July 18, 2019

Sneaky Layering

Using a simple torn image from a magazine, create an unusual complex image
I like to tear out around the image, this of a leaf. Copy it on a copier machine or scanner
using several copies, play around with positioning. copy again or simply use your camera to digitize it

layering, with my computer, in PS but you could use app's too. It's layered with another photo of painted fabric 
plugged that photo into app called grungetastic
here's another grungetastic rendition 
More ideas in my book- http://tinyurl.com/z7jcb2e
Work may be available on UpLIFTMeNTs
follow me on Instagram- Wen Redmond (@wenredmond) • Instagram photos and videos  
Website- http://www.wenredmond.com/

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Prints and Ideas!

Taking A Break- print on textured molding paste medium and mounted on handmade paper. Printed with Epson WF 410 printer
Leaves Under Ice- print on textured molding paste medium and mounted on handmade paper. Printed with Epson WF 410 printer.
Technique available as a DVD- https://www.interweave.com/store/digital-imagery-in-fiber-art-download-in-hd 
Taking the Year Off- watercolor paper with black gesso print off, printed and mounted on handmade paper. Printed with Epson WF 410 printer. 

More ideas in my book- http://tinyurl.com/z7jcb2e

Work may be available on UpLIFTMeNTs
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Website- http://www.wenredmond.com/

Saturday, June 15, 2019

CFAL= Contemporary Fiber Artists of Louisiana = Fun+ Excitement!


I'm back from a brief visit with the Contemporary Fiber Artists of Louisiana.
I taught my Digital Explorations Workshop and we had a blast!
The group was tuned in and ready to experiment! My kind of crowd.
I think everyone came out of the  workshop with a completed sample accordion book.
Take a look!
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My host took me around on my last day. We had a blast!

Thank you Donna!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Layering Images with Painted Fabric

original photo
black and white
the black and white photo was layered with different photos of my handprinted fabric- results below


More ideas in my book- http://tinyurl.com/z7jcb2e
Work may be available on UpLIFTMeNTs
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Website- http://www.wenredmond.com/

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Capturing Moments

detail


Capturing Moments is a mixed media work using a 
combination of hand dyed silk organza, string and paper.

Dying silk organza allows it to retain it's transparency and makes a great layering mechanism. Each layer combines in color and texture to present differently than simply layered alone. This is a great advantage when creating collage. 

A string grid was placed between the layers of silk organza, added paint, oil stick and specialty mediums and allowed to dry. 

Several holes were cut and black and white inkjet prints of grasses were adhered in those places, to peek through to the front. 
This was mounted on wooden stretcher bars with a white interfacing backing. The silk retains it's transparent quality so that when light strikes this work, it almost glows.

More ideas in my book- http://tinyurl.com/z7jcb2e
Work may be available on UpLIFTMeNTs
follow me on Instagram- Wen Redmond (@wenredmond) • Instagram photos and videos  

Website- http://www.wenredmond.com/

Monday, April 29, 2019

Idea for Segmented Fiber Photo

original image
printed on silk noil & ready to cut
choose a pattern for interior cutting 
 each section of the image is painted differently
sections are fused to felt background or batting & ready to quilt
dried & ready for backing
or another idea for mounting

More ideas in my book- http://tinyurl.com/z7jcb2e
Work may be available on UpLIFTMeNTs

Monday, April 22, 2019

The Bigger Picture- Dividing Photos

Sometimes you just want a bigger final size for your project than what your printer can print. 
Divide and Conqueror!  
You can divide your photograph into sections, copy and paste into smaller files that can be printed. After printing they can be sewn, glued or collaged together to create a larger image.
Duplicate your photo and open in your desired photo editing program. Resize your image to match the size you want your final image to be. Make the window larger so image floats on a gray or neutral background. This aids when selecting the photo sections.
After deciding how many sections you need and how large each section would be to achieve your final project size. You will need to select each section, copy and paste into a new file. Label each new file to keep the printing and piecing order clear.  For instance, I label the top right of a 9 sectioned photo, TR1, the middle of the top, MT2 etc. Continue to copy and paste to new files, label, until you have each section in a new file.
section

another selection
Print each section or file onto the prepared substrate. As you print each section, label with the file name, making it easier to set up for assembling together when finished. Allow ink to dry, sometimes overnight, before proceeding with you project.


Tip- There is some websites that will tile a photo for you. An example is ww.blockposters.com. You would download one of your images. Choose your size and the number of prints you want for your finished photograph size and hit enter. The image is converted into PDF files, creating very large versions of your image!  You can print immediately or download the files onto your computer.
Tip- Change the color of each section and print.


Sunday, April 14, 2019

Playing with Layering in PhotoShop Blend app


            A simple way to layer is to select both your photograph and another photo for use with layering and open them in Photoshop. Copy the texture or collage layer by going to the Select in the Menu Bar along the top of the screen and choose Select All and hit copy.
Paste this photo onto your other photo, hit edit and paste. Depending on the size of your texture, it may be completely cover the photo or it could be smaller.
            If needed, resize the layering photo on top so it fits the image. One way is to use the Free Transform tool. Go to Edit > Free Transform, and small handles or little squares will appear around the image. Click and drag any of the handles to resize the photo. When finished, hit enter or return, to commit to the new size.
Tip- you can also make the image larger and use your mover tool to just use a section of your layering photo.

original image rendered in pencil sketch mode
simple overlay in photoshop blend
layering image
difference
hardlight blend
More ideas in my book- http://tinyurl.com/z7jcb2e
Work may be available on UpLIFTMeNTs
follow me on Instagram- Wen Redmond (@wenredmond) • Instagram photos and videos  
Website- http://www.wenredmond.com/

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Media Mix Creative Photo Transfer on Painted Collage

Donation for SAQA Spotlight Auction 
photo transfer on a simple collage 
cotton duck is used as a base, apply fusible, collage and transfer a inkjet black and white photograph.  

2019 Benefit Auction

My work for the upcoming 2019 Benefit Auction 

digital processes- printed image on digitally prepared canvas and molding paste. Molding paste was textured to hint at writing while the quilting is the text of the muse. Brads attached the molding paste insert, paint seals the edges and provides an accent. The entire piece is protected with satin varnish.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Painting Thread

A easy way to get colored string or pearl cotton is to simply paint it.










Arrange the white or light colored thread in a shallow dish. I use recycled veggie trays. Perfect!

Drop diluted highly pigmented liquid paint like Golden Fluid acrylics in spots on loosely arranged threads. I also use the very liquid paints like Seta Silk or Dye-na-flow. If you use a lightly colored thread, the color of the unpainted thread will affect the final color.
For example, you can find these on Dharma Trading Company- https://www.dharmatrading.com/paints/kits/dye-na-flow-starter-set.html  
or
https://www.dharmatrading.com/paints/discontinued-setasilk-silk-paint-2.html
but there are plenty of other sources. 
As well as pearl cotton, I use a spool of extremely strong string I found in an antique store. 



Wind into a ball of the dried thread so it doesn't tangle or wind onto stick.







Allow the string to set as to dry. Once it's been dry for a couple days, it is permanent. I always test to be sure before using in a project.










I love the variegated results at a faction of the cost of commercial brands! Plus you can mix you own custom colors. Satisfying!
More ideas in my book- http://tinyurl.com/z7jcb2e
Work may be available on UpLIFTMeNTs
follow me on Instagram- Wen Redmond (@wenredmond) • Instagram photos and videos  
Website- http://www.wenredmond.com/
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