Friday, June 30, 2006

Awaiting beeswax as well

Awaiting Wax

I decided to paint the cover of my small paperchase journal tonight, I love the canvas covers as they are the perfect medium for altering. This time I chose shiva painstiks as my medium of choice. And of course there is always the inside of the journal that needs a bit of paint as well.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

My Scarves

By Request: Here's a pic of one, I'm hoping to get them all ironed and photographed this weekend. Each scarf is named, signed and dated. I'll have to look the name up for this one.

Normally I sell these at trunk shows and when we are on the road vending for the business. And I sell them right off of my body as well, helps to wear a really nice jacket or turtle neck with the scarf though.

Compost Dyed
Silk Crepe de Chine
15 x 45 inches
Price is $200.00

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Latest Fascination

Internet accessible radio! Here's a link to an interesting station KBRW AM/FM Barrow, Alaska. Click on the bouncing radio to listen live. Nothing like music from the top of the world huh!

Another station I like to listen to is KTNN AM 660 To listen live click on the Listen Live link on the left hand side of the screen.

I'm starting to collect a lot of radio stations, I'm still trying to figure out how to get them into Media Player, till then they are in my favorites folder.

I've also found a few with some celtic music, bluegrass, and mandoline music, oh and my dads current favorite southern gospel. I rotate them out depending on my mood that day. I also find Canadian radio to be a lot of fun CBC Newfoundland and Labrador My mom is from Newfoundland so it's nice to have the tie there, adn they play some pretty good Newfie jigs from time to time very reminescent of my childhood - mom was a pretty mean harmonica and accordian player.

Oh and I should also add CBC North This is for the far North Eastern part of Cananda.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Highlighted links

If anyone knows the html code so I can created highlighted links, in the body of my blog, please let me know. I didn't realize when I change my blog format that I'd lose the automatic settings, and now I'm not sure what they are.

Well I at least was able to figure out how to make the text bold!

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Copper Iris

Beeswax, oil bar, copper leaf on Baltic Birch plywood. 8 x 8 x 2 inches.

If your interested the in more information about the piece I created, I teach an online class called Encaustic Painting for Fabric and Collage

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Printing 101

Can you guess which piece, I printed on, is cardstock?


Well I'm wounded so am now officially done for today - studio wise, or at least until I stop bleeding. I'll go take notes and write up curriculem instead.

And the wound didn't even occur in my studio! I was picking up one of the fiesta ware bowls, it has a chip in it, and got a huge sliver of ceramic, or whatever the stuff is made of, in my finger. Of course when you want an xacto knife to be razor sharp it isn't so that made removing it even harder. My fingers are very calloused a needle wouldn't have done what I needed for a piece of ceramic this big.

It doesn't help that my printer won't cooperate, I've spent the better part of two hours aligning the heads, cleaning the heads and the nozzles and I'm still getting lines in my print jobs.

More on that later when I can type better.

Sunday, June 18, 2006


I met Dottie at the local watering hole today - it's literally a watering hole, see my other blog Survival Kitchen for a picture of said watering hole.

Dottie is a mule, she's only a couple of years old and apparently her coloring is highly unusual. I have a fancy for mules for some odd reason, ditto burrows and donkeys. I think it's the ears and the soulful face - and maybe the challenge for stubborness.

Friday, June 16, 2006


I finally figured out what made me so sick this morning around 5 am, no I"m not pregnant! It's all of the cigerette wrappers I licked last night.


Well it's for a project I'll post more about it later. I just licked the last 25 of them and BLEAAAAH is all I can say, those things are gnarly. They are drying now, the glue anyway. More later.

Poor Truck

Well this is what it looks like so far, John is having a dickens of a time getting the old exhaust system off of the truck, that'll probably be all he'll accomplish tonight, and hopefully it won't take long to put the new one on tomorrow. All I need to do is find the warrenty for hte old one as it developed a rather large hole in it in less than three years.

At least it'll be ready for my trip to New Jersey, and then Oklahoma. I'm teaching in NJ July/August at Peters Valley, and then in Nebraska I think in both in August September , and Oklahoma in September/October. And I think that'll about wrap up my travel schedule for the year.

We were supposed to go to Nebraska this weekend, should have left last night. But John was unable to get the day off today. It's too bad too as I would have loved to have spent a weekend doing nothing but field research - collecting plants, roots, and fungi for NA dyeing. We were going to stay with a friend in their cabin, nice weekend off to tell the truth. Well I was planning on finishing off those last 6 (more like 20 or so) pages on my thesis while there - no phones, no computers, no pets, no interruptions - you get the picture. The place where we would be staying has buffalo/bison and all sorts of wonderful native prairie plants. Oh well, I can't drive my truck w/o an exhaust system plus it was only getting louder and louder not enjoyable for me at all.

Here's a special pic of hubby crawling around underneath my truck, isn't he such a sweetie! I'm glad he's mechanically inclined, it'd drive me batty if he wasn't actually.

Thursday, June 15, 2006


I'm planning to update my blog links this weekend so if you'd like to trade links please leave me a note. I'll really get it done this time, hopefully I won't have a killer headache again.

Big Sale and More

I'm having a 40% Off Storewide Sale this weekend, starts today through Sunday (Central Time USA). I've done this two weekends in a row now and it's great! I'm selling a lot of stuff I want to move, and have plans for new inventory already!!!

Also I'm clearancing some book titles so check out the Summer Clearance Sale page on my webstore as well.

I need to make room for my new products - art cloth and hand-dyed fibers.

The Prairie Fibers Company

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Osage Orange Dyed Wood

These were dyed with osage orange, a natural dye material. The wood is baltic birch.

New Piece

This is a recent piece of compost dyed fabric, it's cotton, found it on the end of my table underneath everything. I've decided I need to stitch this piece, I see all sorts of wonderful natural things in it's surface. I might add some other fabrics with if I ever find my pile of compost dyed fabrics. I've found my pile of solid/mottled natural dyed cotton fabrics, but not my compost dyed ones. You know it's a good thing that the Good Lord had the sense to attach my head or I would have lost it decades ago.

Fabric Fabric Everywhere!!!

Ok occasionally one has to take time out of ones regular work schedule to do some cleaning. I have a monstorous pile of fabric on the end of my table, taking up valuable real estate. I also lost a very large pile of compost dyed fabrics, adn these are all large pieces as in 1 yard or larger, in the vicinity of 30 to 40 pieces. Who knows where I sat that down at.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Gelatin Plate

While I paint and work very fast, in fact I have to force myself to slow down so my students can see what I'm doing, my paints are still drying too quickly on my gelatin plate. It is very dry here right now, very dry.

So tomorrow I'll have to get some retarder for my paint. I can't wait. I had to stop tonight because I ran out of surfaces to work on and that's a first for me.

Actually, I had forgotten how addictive printing could be. I'm going to have to dig through my fabric stash and see what I have that can be sacrificed for the cause. I have some commercial batiks that I'm not so fond of anymore that'd make good candidates. I don't think my natural dyes will show up well on them though as these fabrics are already pretty brilliant in color, but the synthetic paints will show up nicely, especially the metallic ones.

So now I'm in the process of photographing and video taping the gelatin plate process for my classes. It's a lot of fun, and that's an understatement! Unfortuantley it's getting late here so I need to think about turning in for the night. I'll try to remember to post pics, but the memory is a bit lacking of late.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Thread Carrier

Well I was offered many many ideas for toting my threads around but this one won out by far, mainly because I already owned the container. It's hinged which is great as I don't have to worry about losing the lid, a typical occurance in my studio!

As you can see I have a bit of things in my box for my projects, what you don't see are the tubs and tubs of other items that I need a carrier for to get from the design studio to the wet studio. This would include all of the silk ribbons, lace, trims, and buttons.

My dream is to someday have both studios on the same floor and somehow connected to one another, with the bathroom in close proximity. Ok maybe this is more fantasy than dream.


I'll tell you more about this later after I get my project done. But I dyed this piece of wool, and that's what I'll tell you about later, with cochineal bugs. Actually my dyebath is about three months old now.

Oh and this is what happens when you leave your cochineal bath unattended, needless to say my studio really stunk after the pot boiled over.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Photo EZ

If you know how to expose this stuff please let me know. I've tried everything to get my images onto the screens and nada, so either this stuff is a bad batch ...

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Gelatin Plate Printing

Tomorrow is a day dedicated to Gelatin Plate and other things, my supplies finally showed up today. I ran out of materials to work with, I'm still cringing at the cost of my favorite paper, haven't bought it yet either, but I admit it I'm a Rives BFK paper junkie! Unforutantely I cannot purchase this paper locally anymore so I'm stuck ordering a carton of the paper, you don't even want to know how expensive this is going to be, trust me you could buy a lot of thread!

Here are some pieces of silk dupoini that I made prints onto using my gelatin plate, I used natural dyes, lac extract, on the plate. If I can find it I'll put the before curing and washing pic up so you can see just how much color is lost in the process. I'm still getting used to, after all these years, making my extract solutions about 50% darker than I think I'll actually need. It takes some getting used to because your eyes tell your brain it's way too dark but in the wash out phase, especially on cotton, it typically comes out where it really should be value and color wise.

Of Studios and Women

Well what can I say except Of Mice and Men was taken. Anyway...

I've been busy the last two days, and barring any brain crushing headaches that send me back to the hospital I'm hoping that tomorrow will be a great day as well. The doc still doesn't really know what happened except that it was a combination of things and it's probably a miracle that I'm even here.

So far I've had a CT scan, a MRI, an eye exam (20 20 vision what more could a girl pushing 40 ask for right) and chest x-rays. Talk about your 40 mile work up! Anyway I see another doc on Monday. I'm thinking it's a combination of being bit, twice, stress from the shopping cart refusing to cooperate, and the anesthesia still wearing off, from surgery I had 4 weeks ago. It's just a guess, but my friends and I are starting to think it's the 40 mile melt down, the body gets older I stress it out and it attacks me back - sound fair enough???

Here's a pic for some visual eye candy, in progress as ususal. I'll be sure to post a pic of the piece when it's done.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Some minor changes

I made some minor changes to my art website k. baxter packwood today so if you see something you are interested in there is additional information on my art website.

I'm in sore need of updating everything, I have some 40 scarves, all of which are gorgeous, that need their pictures taken and then they need to be put up on my art website for sale. I just haven't found the time but maybe this weekend, if I sell these scarves then I can make more. Sometimes I wish a little photography elf would show up in my studio and take pics while I'm merrily working away and put them up on the websites for me.

Next I need to get all of my links updated and working, if you'd like to share links please let me know. I'm still trying to figure out how to make logo buttons, well I have some made but I can't seem to get them uploaded to the blog, even though I made a draft of the image already. In some respects I loathe computers, they are so difficult to get things done on.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Bite Marks

I went to the emeregency room yesterday, and after a cat scan I was sent home with some drugs and told to stay out of hte light and away from noise for 24 hours. I was told I had had a "neurological event".

Well I found the cause this morning, don't know if the quacks in this town can handle it or not, but I have a bite mark, looks pretty much like the mark of a brown recluse. If so this is my third time being bit, which can't possibly be good for me.

I was in the rose bushes, trying to get to the water valve so I could water my garden, don't ask I'll take pics and you'll understand why. Anyway I felt something bite my legs, twice actually and I do have two bite marks. I shrugged it of as skeeters and watered the gardens.

I was in the emergency room a half hour later. Anyway...