I belong to a lovely FB page, Sketchbooks and Experiments for Textiles, full of talented artists, where there is a July challenge to post something daily. I won’t bore you (there is a you reading this somewhere, right?) with all of them (I certainly haven’t managed daily contributions!), but here are some experiments I did on making the background with tea leaves or ground coffee:
top: silver tip white
lower L: blueberry black
lower R: Moroccan green
I wetted the paper, sprinkled the tea leaves, then sprayed them with water. After it dried, it looked like this:
A whole page, ready to use:
Blueberry Black Tea-stained background
Stamped with weeds, dipped in watercolor
Same technique for the background, only using ground coffee instead, then sprayed watercolors around a stencil:
Coffee-stained paper, watercolor
Next, using a piece of cotton fabric:
Fabric wrapped, soaking in wine
It just looks sort of old and dirty, though more interesting in real life than in the photo. Perhaps another dyeing session, Shibori-style?
There’s been some baking going on, of course from The Book.
Back in April, we enjoyed the brilliantly modeled (by sons #2 & 4, how handsome are they?) Polish Princess:
The Polish Princess
The bottom layer is sponge cake, brushed with Tea Vodka syrup. The middle layer is a cocoa pastry buttercream (omitted the walnuts), the final layer is vanilla pastry buttercream (skipped the raisins), topped with grated bittersweet chocolate. What’s not to like? Nothing, it was amazing and very pretty!
Then in May, the fabulously named Double Damage Oblivion:
Double Damage Oblivion
Rose describes this as “my ultimate flourless chocolate cake sandwiched between layers of my ultimate deep chocolate passion layer cake.” We opted for the jam instead of ganache to hold the layers together, seemed like there was enough chocolate already. Not that you can really have enough chocolate, can you? It doesn’t have the visual impact of the Princess, but was very, very good.
And finally, earlier this month, Chocolate Pavorati with Wicked Good Ganache (RLB is nothing, if not modest. See quote above… But she’s also right. No one bakes or writes recipes that come anywhere near hers!)
Chocolate Pavorati with Wicked Good Ganache
Now, what to bake for our upcoming visit from Woman of Letters (and her Mr., I’m sure she’ll share). The summery Perfect Peach Galette or the decadently chocolate Posh Pie?
About 36″ woven
The warp is long enough for two 72″ scarves, so this is about halfway through the first.
Very pleased with the 1-3 twill, it makes each side of the fabric very distinctive.
Right side detail
Originally planned for a balanced weave, with warp at 22 EPI, but my weft is more like 13-14 PPI. Feels right, but we’ll see how it is after blocking!