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Patching my Jeans

My jeans with patches that are my prints.

I used different coloured heavy linen thread for the pocket patches and hand-stitched them because it is really hard to use the sewing machine without accidentally sewing your pocket to itself, I discovered.

The patches are a mix of hand painted cotton, cotton with ink-jet transfers, and cotton printed with my design via Zazzle.

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Acrylic on cotton.

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I am playing around with printing my images on T-shirts. Material and printer and transfer type all have to be considered. These are my favorite T-shirts – they are really stretchy (viscose & elastane) and cut with a swing. My ink-jet printer does an excellent job with the resolution and color. The transfers iron on well – as long as I am patient and don’t rush it. After washing, there is a bit of cracking which is okay for a sort of vintage look. T-shirts with less stretch – say more cotton or linen, don’t seem to have the same problem. I am going to keep playing around to see if different transfers do a better job. Then there is the issue of color prints on colored material.

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Coffee Mugs and Coasters

I found a website called Zazzle. It has all sorts of things that you can customize with your own art work. The coasters and coffee mugs turned out quite well, I think.

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Fence Painting

It turns out that our new garden fence is perfect for hanging paintings. I use the big S hooks. My paintings typically have tons of layers of acrylic paint so they are quite likely to be able to tolerate the sun and rain and wind and rain and sun and squirrels and rain ….