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Guest Post – Beth Berman

January 25, 2010
After seeing the work she did using techniques learned from my Surface Design Sampler Platter DVD workshop, I couldn’t wait to introduce you to Beth Berman. She has very kindly written up some wonderful information on new products and the process she used to make this beautiful piece.


BETH:

You may already know about this product but it is new to me. I received a sample of the AVERY NOTE TABS and realized the sturdy stiff repositionable plastic note tabs would make perfect stencil material. I cut this spiral stencil and applied it to this quilt with silver paint. You can wash it and reuse it and it doesn’t lose its tacky back. I store them by sticking them to the side of my bookshelf. This one has been used many times and just washed.


The quilt page (9×11) is a solvent transfer of the crow , a la Lyric’s Surface Design DVD, then darkened with fabric paint, covered with a dryer sheet printed with a scan of three feathers. I hand carved stamps, thanks you Lyric- from Speedy Carve and used pearl paint. The dryer sheet idea came from Natalya Aiken’s DVD, Texture Transformation: Stitch, Alter, Recycle. I LOVE the look of these printed dryer sheets. A tip from me: Buy the precut FLAT freezer sheets she recommends and avoid the printer jam headache.


These are 5 new crow stamps I made after watching Lyric Kinards DVD. One of the topics on “Surface Design Sampler Platter” was carving rubber stamps. She suggested Speedy Carve which is a soft, easy to carve material. I bought large sheets, carved, then cut each stamp out, yes, with scissors, and glued it to a wooden block which I polyed after stamping an image of the stamp onto the top of the wooden block. I now have a shoe box full of custom made stamps. I also tried linoleum blocks. Although much cheaper, they are harder to carve and slipping with the bladed carving tool was a problem for me. As a matter of fact, I’ve got a huge puncture right now. I’ll spend the extra and use speedy carve exclusively.


(A note from Lyric – if you’d like a little extra fun, information, and interaction – my Playing With Paint class begins on February 19th through QuiltUniversity.com. It includes stamp carving as well as a number of other fun things to do with paint, includes four lessons and you have access to me for about 6 weeks. $36 isn’t bad for all that!)

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