Posts Tagged ‘painting’


36.8 Translating quilting pattern to Ceramic

March 7, 2015


I have started to look at EQ7 again with my March-A-Long goals. Later today is the day I meet with the quilter for the Royal Red King’s Puzzle quilt.

So I have been doing some quiet quilting, even a little applique at the car oil change place!

Yesterday I had a unique art experience I had to share at Sunfire Ceramics.

There is this cute little shop in Lawrence KS just downtown off to the side a little bit. And they have all these unglazed pots, bowls, cups, teapots, figurines, etc.

And they have these little tables and whole bunches of glaze that people can come & paint onto their ceramics of their choice.

I have had a coupon (groupon) for like ‘ever’, even bought a 2nd one before using my first.

I have been thinking I was going to paint a teapot. But I like mugs.

And a few months ago, I was planning on going on a monday day off, but they’re closed Mon & Tues. So I decided to take a quilting pattern, one I quilted on the Dancing Ribbons quilt with corners to put on either the teapot/mug.

When I got there, I looked at the shapes of the items, and I decided to make 2 objects, neither of them a teapot.

Finished photo first, after several hours of listening to their music, chilling out at the studio.

Dahlia in ceramics painted

The dahlia is one I quilted in the background on the Dancing Ribbons quilt:

quilting corner tricord colors

Which almost shows up in the picture above, but not exactly.

Anyway, the dahlia had 10 points, so I wasn’t able to divide it into 3 colors to match the tricord colors.

So I put the blue in as a 4th color & alternated rows & colors. Then decided dark teal for the lines & the outside instead of the dark blue.

How did I follow the pattern?

Pencil marks. You take the pattern, trace it over with pencil.

dahlia drawing from pinterest

Then I flipped it over pencil (drawing side) down on top of the plate. I originally tried rubbing with eraser, and that was leaving a little bit of a mark, but not a full mark.

Then I decided to trace the back with pencil, thinking that the pencil on the front would rub off with more pressure on the back. And it worked. The lines on the ceramic were thinly there, but they were there enough to go back & retrace again on the ceramic itself with pencil.

dahlia pencil marks on ceramics

And then after that point I didn’t get any more pictures until the end except for my inspirational art deco pictures I found in a book that was at the shop.

art deco border inspiration

And the setup of the whole table picture.

scene at the ceramics place before painting

The glazes are in the size of the little paints bought at michaels, walmart, etc, and the pallet & paintbrush are there to hold them. It was like going back 20 years to my ceramics class in college.

I also painted a mug as well, with 2 sides. This one also with the same color family to “match”.

painted mug with flower stamp

This side was from a stamp. I had to help enhance the stamp a bit & I  sorta like it, I wonder how it will look when finished.

painted mug with borders

The other side I was using some swoops and dots to make borders. I am a right handed person, so this will be the side I will see the most.

I think I am less happy with the mug because I didn’t have a plan of attack on it, I just wanted to do something nice with borders. I had forgotten to bring my drawing borders book that I own for further inspiration. I never found a book at the library before coming that was perfect inspiration either.

Anyway, next time (I have to come back sometime & do a bargello style mug, I have decided) I will do something different, maybe I will make a red & black one to match my red & black quilt too. I imagine for the bargello mug I will use a stencil or ruler to draw straight lines with.

I wish I would have planned the mug a day ago, I have a picture in my mind to match the red & black quilt, I think that would be nice on a mug!

I used a dark teal as the base of these items, I hope it’s a good enough color combo. We’ll see in a week when the thing gets fired. They put a top coat glaze over the top that is shiny to make the ceramics able to eat off off.

Anyway that’s my non-quilting/quilting adventures for Friday. A lovely day off!


7.6 Dresser Diaries – Part 2

August 2, 2010

So it took me a week to come back to this task, and I really shouldn’t post unless I am doing something exciting or creative, but in order to make progress on the details, first the base must be completed.

So two hours of CastOn later, and more painting on my porch, I got the black base paint for the four drawers of the dresser done.

Two hours for four drawers?  I never claimed to be fast, did I?  Anyway, I have been talking myself out of working on these during the week for whatever various reasons I cannot fathom.

If I haven’t mentioned my boxes problem has been solved – the boxes are outside empty on my porch.  My neighbors are already trying to figure out how to kill me, let’s just add some more incentive, shall we?

What’s weird is that as soon as the space cleared up in the living room from the boxes, then the dresser has been plopped right in the middle of the tiny house for a week.

Also still stalled is any quilting, but I did go back and get more done on my applique flower for my name tag (yeah the one I was working on in January), and during the bus trip to Lincoln (more on that later) I got some much needed organizing done on my embroidery floss.

It was already organized into my ‘box of floss’ like above, but now I am working on getting the floss around all the bobbins I bought several months ago (at the end of May Mayhem) so that I can work with it more easily.

This is all I did on the 3 hour trip (one way) in terms of furthering along my sewing.

I got a lot of progress done on this, so GO ME!  Will probably work on this after lunch at work today, it feels good to make some headway, even if it isn’t sewing exactly.

AND we had a GREAT time with several ladies from my quilt guild and surrounding area.  The guild website is here, and there are more pictures on the website.  Will update more on the trip later.

‘… You can never find any good crab fabric anywhere ….’


7.5 Different kind of Artistry

July 26, 2010

A few weeks ago my dad dropped off a dresser from when I was a little kid.  Of course it had scribbles all over it and the wood was unfinished. 

I wanted to paint this dresser a dark, dark red – almost black – with just a hint of a fiery red color, and trim the dresser with ‘gold’ around the outside of each dresser front.  I was open to other hues of dark almost black as well, but red was my favorite idea.

Here are my initial paint chip samples from local big box hardware store:

None of these choices matched the vision in my head for this piece.

Apparently the two blacks on the right side, one of which is a green tinted black and the other which is a purple tinted black are the only really really dark colors of anything they have there premade.

So I went back to the big box store and told them this was my great compromise and idea.  Let’s put the red that I loved that was not too purple and the black and mix them together equally.


They said no.  They cannot do that. 


Now I am a quilter and I work with fixed colors of fabric and so I get when you have a blue piece of fabric and a red piece of fabric you cannot create a purple piece of fabric by sewing them together.  That’s because the colors are fixed into the fabric. 

But paint?  Paint can be mixed.  

Hues/tints/shades can be changed fairly easily.  It’s not like I was asking them to take a piece of red fabric and make it black, I was asking them to mix two colors of paint together!

So this one employee asks if I had looked at everything they already had available and takes me to a section of paint chips that has some dark red/purples, and then I say, not what I am looking for, can we just mix them?  And then she gets another opinion from another employee, and then asks a third employee. 

So suddenly this other lady is trying to convince me that when you mix more black with red, you get a red/purple. 

Okay, she was just trying to say that without a specific paint chip, she didn’t want to get the color wrong and get sued by me for giving me the wrong color, or that if the shade wasn’t right, then it would take too much paint to overcorrect it, or that her bosses had said previously that they don’t mix colors without a specific color sample (or at all – I don’t know?) to match it against.  (I am just speculating here)

She was saying that I wasn’t worth the time to get the shade correct, or that mixing paint was impossible, or treating me like I didn’t know that when you mix red and black you should get a red/black – dark red – not a dark red/purple.

Can you tell I wasn’t all that happy when I left? 

I was convinced by the employee that either the purple or the red I originally came in with would be a good match for what I wanted, and so took home  a color sample of each of these colors.  (picture here doesn’t turn out correct color shades, the top is more purple and lighter, but my camera didn’t show that very well here)

Then proceeded to paint parts of the dresser to see which I liked better..

Well the red was too red and the purple was … purple …

Not happy with this.

So I scrapped the original idea and decided to paint it black with gold and red trimming details.   Driving back to the big box hardware store and I didn’t get the same hassle because I didn’t ask them to mix anything but the paint samples provided.

I got the black done and then it rained as I was just finishing the first coat of paint, and I haven’t been back out for the 2nd coat yet on it.  Haven’t done the drawers yet.  Haven’t started back up on it yet. 

Decided to mow the lawn instead.  Then my mower quit halfway done.  I should try to mow again today now I am not as upset at my mower.

Maybe tomorrow when I get off work I will work more on the dresser?  Perhaps.  I will need to cut out painter’s tape in the shapes that I want. 

This may seem like a departure from the original idea, but the dresser will be dark, but I will still have some color in it.  Looking forward to seeing how it turns out or if I will finish it.

Do you want to see the knobs I purchased for the dresser?


I am considering transferring this design on my detail work on the dresser.  I also have some shiny gold tempra paint that could cover the handles, but if it get used a lot, perhaps that’s not a great idea.

And what do I ultimately want to use the dresser for?  Storing fabric!

Of course.

The other fabric storing device I worked on this past weekend:

This is 1 1/2 of those small wire  mesh shelves.  I took the top pieces from ones I bought at target, and middle sections of ones I bought a year ago at walmart, and two sets of racks (6 total to get good spacing).  

I’ve always liked my racks before, but too much space between them meant that fabric was piled too high and hard to reach the bottom.

It was cheaper to buy two sets of racks than to send away online for more bare shelves.  Each shelf by itself cost as much as a complete new rack.

I hit a snag in the project when I pulled off the tops of the target purchased poles and there was no threading.  And another snag when the threading stayed half on the wrong side of my original wire walmart racks and half on the right. 

Good ‘ol needle nose vice grips to the rescue and the ‘frankenstein wire rack’ is ALIVE  – and looking very well in my studio/office.