Welcome to Deb Strain's studio...

Welcome to Deb Strain's studio...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Plate is Worth A Thousand Words

Hello Dear Friends!

Hope that you are having a wonderful summer.  We have genuinely enjoyed ours!

I have been working on my next fabric line and thought you might be interested in how I mix the colors for my designs.  It isn't very fancy, just a styrofoam plate (hate to use styrofoam, but the paint doesn't soak in!) acrylic or gouache paints, plastic wrap and a lot of trial and error!

Most painters know about the plastic wrap trick...If you are new to painting with acrylics and want to save a color that you have mixed, just lay a piece of plastic wrap over it.  It will usually not dry out for a couple weeks.

For the last few years, I have had this odd "hoarding" quirk of keeping all of my mixing plates from my fabric lines, paintings and other projects.  I laid them out today and WOW, there are quite a few!

Each plate represents a project that I fell in love with while working on!  Recognize the colors on any of these plates?

I thought that I would share one of the plates from my group of fabric that will be presented at Fall Quilt Market this year.  The quilt underneath it is one that I found AFTER I painted the group and was still in that color "world." 

 It is from the 1940's or 50's.  Isn't it beautiful?

I also wanted to share a quilt that one of my blog friends shared with me!
created this fun quilt for her grandchildren out of my "Love U" fabric.

Thanks for sharing Mary Jo!
Have a wonderful August everyone and try to keep cool!


  1. I so admire your paintings, those plates are wonderful! An exhibition all in themselves ;-)

    Thanks for making the fabric.

    My bank and my overly full cupboards aren't too chuffed, but I say thanks!


  2. How very interesting! I love seeing how you come up with your color schemes for new fabric lines!

    Both quilts are beautiful, and now I want to make one like your friend's for my son. :)

  3. Deb
    You must throw a colorful dinner party.

  4. Hi Deb,

    It was very intriguing to see a part of your design process. Its always fascinating to see how an artist goes about creating...

    I discovered you while browsing Moda Fabric Shop. I recently worked with your Meadow Friends Line, and I just love it! The colors are so vibrant and fun. If you have a moment check out this dress I made for my toddler's upcoming birthday:

    I think the colors and prints express her personality really well. Kudos to you for designing this collection. I'm saving every little scrap to use in later projects.

  5. Hi Deb,

    Thanks for stopping by.
    I just wanted to add that if you could set up a flickr pool to share the pics that would make it very easy for seamstress like me to share our work with your fabrics.
    I have more things that I plan to sew from your fabrics and I would like to share my creations with you.