Sharla Hicks' Review & Thoughts about the Book:
I had the privilege helping to motivate Chris to write
this book exploring the topic of using Golden acrylic paints on
fabric. I was at a trade show, stopped by the Golden Booth and a
lively discussion began. This dialogue lead to my suggestion that
perhaps Chris write a book about the topic.
Then in June 2010, a group of friends and I (thanks
Margrit Hall, Jo Griffith, Anna Mae Gazo and Patt Blair) had the
privilege of spending several days experimenting and exploring Golden
Acrylics paint lines called: Open, Fluid & Airbrush and how
they worked on fabric.
The results are amazing. The finished painted fabric
after heat setting and washing has a very soft and smooth hand (feel
of fabric when smooshing in your palm.) quite contrarly to the reputation
This new acrylics allows a light layering of paint
on the fabric. The colors are vibrant and strong even after heat
setting and washing the fabric. Again amazing, I am not sure what
other word to use.
I was so impressed with the finished results, I had
suggested that the book be titled The Open Hand, the Softer Side
of Acrylics on Fabric because Golden's Open, Fluid and Airbrush
acrylic paints add so little body to the fabric.
Try them out, Chris's step-by-step instruction using
common paint supplies you have at home makes it easy and economical
to do. You too will be amazed!
Introduction from the Author
I have been up to my ears discovering endless
ways to manipulate, utilize and maximize colors on fabrics,
quilts, canvas and papers. Limited only by my own inventiveness,
which fortunately for me is a strong suit, I have found dozens
of great new ideas to share.
The greatest news is that the marriage between
paint colors, fabric, canvas and paper has just begun! All
surfaces now a front and center role to play in my art.
I am the first to admit that I am not a dedicated
quilter. I love to use my sewing machine as a tool to add
line and texture to my pieces. The fusion of these surfaces
is easy and available to everyone. Get ready to color and
create to your heart's delight.
About the Author:
Chris Cozen is an artist with an innate understanding
of color and design. She has 30 years of experience in teaching
and program planning. Chris has learned that using one's
creativity to approach problem-solving makes things go much
easier. She utilizes this skill to develop opportunities
for her students to 'discover' their own creative abilities.
She conducts workshops throughout southern California and
is a member of the Los Angeles Experimental Artist Group.
Since 2000, Chris has exhibited at Memphis, Nashville, The
A.E. Backus Gallery in Florida, and the Chapelle des Penitents
in Callian, France. Her work is held in private collections
in California, Maryland, Tennessee, Florida, Canada, Germany,
France, Israel and Norway.