Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Pond Doodles

Pond doodles.  Feeling froggy.  Playing around with paint.  Hee hee, every time I try to think of a good, catchy name for this tote bag in progress, I come up with something silly or something that sounds like it means something else.  I give.  Words, you win, at least for now.
The right name might not be on the horizon, but I sure am having fun with this old pair of Levi's and my assortment of acrylic paints and helpers.  In this case, the helper is a bottle of fabric painting medium, which makes it easy to use the acrylic paints I already have in my canvas painting stash.  I bought a set of fabric markers, but the lines they make are sharper than the faded look I want for this project. 
Do you know what memory those fabric markers brought to mind?  When I was a kid, my mom would make pretty painted pictures on fabric using little tubes of paint with roller tips.  I'm thinking the name of those paints was Artex?  The name had an "-ex" sound in it, or maybe I'm completely on the wrong track with the name.  Handydandy Google can probably answer my question.  Be right back.
Here's where you wait.  I suggest humming the tune to Jeopardy and pretending you are Alex Trebek, waiting to see whether or not the champion will have the correct answer to the last big question.
Score!  Here they are, lots of Google images showing those paints I remember asking to use! Did any of you use them to create projects?  Memory can be fickle, but I think I remember my mom making quilts with blocks of white fabric on which she painted pictures with the Artex tubes.  Was there a Holly Hobby style one?  Wasn't there an alphabet one?  Did she use tracing paper to copy pictures from our coloring books onto fabric?  I do remember applying the paint in a small circular motion, squeezing the tubes, and being disappointed when a tube clogged or ran out.
Back to the tote bag at hand, though.  It needs handles.  The hubby let me pile lots of little goodies into the cart at Harbor Freight the other day, and one of those goodies was a package of small grommets and grommet pliers.  Small, in this case, is shoelace grommet small.  I'm considering playing around with groups of grommets and thinner strings/ribbons braided together as they come out of single grommets.  I'll let you know if that works for handles.
Time to hop back to the project!  See ya later!


Capt Elaine Magliacane said...

Good to see a post from you... somewhere in my sewing stuff is a BIG Grommet tool like the grommets on sail covers for our sailboat which I made ages ago... hum wonder where that tool is? I think your jean bag looks great and I may just steal this idea for a bag for myself.
Hope you had a Merry Christmas and the New Year finds you happy, healthy and creative.

angelinabeadalina said...

Hey, didn't I read that you guys yourselves a HobieCat? You might want to find that grommet tool eventually. Sailing on a Hobie is a little bit scary for me because I'm not a great swimmer. Even with a life jacket, when the thing skims the water on just one pontoon (or are they called something like "rails," can't remember) I just know I'm going to be dumped and lost forever, lol. Sailing is fun, though! Been a long, long time, but methinks I need to do it again someday. Hey, you could make a jean bag and paint a sailboat scene on it!