Tecstiliau Meirionnydd Textiles

Advancing the Art and Craft of Textile Embellishment

Creative Surfaces with Carol Mcfee July 20th/21st 2013

When we all arrived for this two day workshop with Carol we had no idea just how enjoyable it would be. Firstly the display of Carol’s work was so amazing and colourful. Then Carol’s work table was filled to overflowing with paint, brushes, inks, molding paste, masks, stencils, wallpaper, scrim, calico, lutrador and so much more.

Carol began our journey by showing us all how to apply molding paste to lutrador, calico and scrim using masks, stencils and stamps. It was such a simple application to do that in no time we had loads of samples drying all over the floor. Carol next showed us how to combine fabrics using PVA glue, add in a selection of stitches and then molding paste was applied to random areas using a stencil. It was also suggested that we considered using the same application to an artist box canvas. Time went so quickly and it was soon 4pm. As you can imagine the room was now overflowing with so many samples. Reluctantly we all had to go home but we left with the hope that tomorrow would come round quickly.

We arrived for our second day to find our samples were dry. Carol began by guiding us through the colouring mediums that she uses. We were then shown how to give a background coat of acrylic paint to the calico, scrim and some of the lutrador samples. We then returned to our own workspace to background colour our own. Next followed a demonstration of how to create a lace effect to the uncoloured lutrador samples we had left. Here heat was applied using a heat gun and the areas without the molding paste reacted and left a lacy effect that was to die for. Care and control was needed and soon success filled every inch of the room as this lacy effect was magical.

Carol ended by showing us how to colour our lacy lutrador pieces and also how to build up colour by dry brushing acrylic paint with quite a number of layers on the samples we had background coloured.  The whole experience was very fulfilling as we had all achieved such unbelievable pieces of work using techniques that were so very simple. It will be exciting to see in future months the development of the pieces that have been created from this wonderful experience.