Thursday, October 12, 2006

I'll Never Look at Umber the same way Again

Last night I was bored. A state I seldom find myself in, because I'm always busy. Since I'm still 'resting' the left arm, I decided one thing I can do one handed is paint. I decided to slop some paint on fabrics that I might turn into another purse eventually.
I decided to use colors that I wear, so I could actually carry this purse a lot. So that's what the 1st 2 pieces are. The next piece I decided to play with stamping & painting. One of the things I used to stamp the fabric with was bubble wrap.I'm not sure if it done yet.
The next is more dryer sheets. I seem to use them a lot these days.
& I played with some Angelina fibers, using an antique wood stamp to give it a little design. This may be part of a purse too.

When I started to put the caps on my Dynaflow jars, my hand slipped, & burnt Umber poured out all over the place, & before I could stop it, it dripped on to my carpet. It hasn't even been on the floor for a whole year yet. & why I didn't have plastic covering the floor like I usually do when I play with paints, I don't know. I was sick over it. I scubbed & scrubbed, but this is how it still looks. I'm thinking maybe eventually I'll just paint the whole floor!

17 comments:

Melodie said...

How's your right arm now after all that scrubbing?

debraspincic said...

A couple of weeks ago my Golden decided to eat a felt tip pen all over the carpet and himself. He eventually washed clean but the carpet is a goner. It will eventually get replaced but in the meantime we have that ink test blot in 2 conspicuous places. I guess it adds character!

(Apparently you don't know the meaning of Rest!)

Sande said...

Well, with the exception of that umber carpet, your experiments look great. That kind of thing is the perfect outlet for boredom! Hope your arm heals soon.

Anonymous said...

I was gonna ask was Mel asked! And then say what debraspincic said in ( --- )

And then add: Have you tried a white Vinegar mix to clean it? It seems to clean everything else!

Anonymous said...

Oh dear. I would try Oxyclean, and use a carpet shampooer. DH spilled a whole glass of red wine on the carpet once--took several washes but it came out. Oxyclean did the trick. Good luck.

The umber looks great on the fabric though!

Karoda said...

Sorry for the carpet, but yeah, your one-armed pieces look good...but do take it easy...its okay to be bored sometimes.

DubiQuilts said...

Your fabric is great!

My lab "ate" 2 printer cartridges, black and colors. I used oxyclean and left paper towels over the stain with books on top for a few days. The spots got lighter. 1 year later the spots are gone or maybe the carpet is just VERY dirty and the ink just blended in.

Granny Fran said...

Hope your shoulder is better soon and that the umber comes out of the carpet. Maybe you could just drip a little more here and there and make it look like it's supposed to be that way. LOL Your one handed painted fabrics are gorgeous, anyway.

Robin said...

Well, nobody else said this, but I think painting the whole carpet is a grand idea. Carpets are always so boring. If you could make it look anything like your painted fabrics, you'd have a wonderful, unique carpet, and besides, it would be so much fun to slop and stamp and dribble with abandon! Love your fabrics, especially the stamped one. Bubble wrap is great... I use it both to lift paint off and to apply paint, sometimes both on the same piece.

sue b said...

I'm with the person who said drop some more paint on the carpet! Might as well make it look like the umber is supposed to be there.

I like the fabrics that you created though. That first piece looks like it's on fire. And I really like the bubble wrap print piece.

Kay said...

I feel your pain (for the carpet, anyway)! I guess I'd try the Oxyclean, and if that doesn't work, paint it. You don't have anything to lose, and with your ability, it would be beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Sorry about the carpet. We've just finished taking carpet up (white berber originally) and replacing it with wood flooring. Mine had blue ink from Sweet Mac's episode with a blue ink pen.

Hope the shoulder is improving and love the painted fabric.

Nicky Burch said...

I vote for painting the whole carpet too! However, I do know the feeling of spilling something on the carpet and the awful realization that it will never clean. Ugh! So sorry about that.
Your painted pieces are lovely! Thanks for sharing.

Allison said...

Wonderful fabrics, Deb. The purses will be fabulous.

Sarah said...

Ooops! Been there, done that! But hey - your pieces came out FAB!

Suze said...

You wouldn't by chance have a leftover scrap of carpeting (the carpet guys left all the sizable scraps when they did our install)??? If so, you can have that spot cut out and replaced with a fresh piece of carpeting...or does that carpeting go into a closet? You could get a chunk from in there also...

diva of quilts said...

the fabric is wonderful! I spilled purple ink all over my carpet a month or two ago and it looked just like that. The carpet had teflon and so it mostly came out really easily. You'd have to look hard to find the place. I'm sure your carpet would look great if you painted it but I'm not sure if I'd have the nerve to do it if it were me. I'd probably try the cut-out carpet sample thing first.