Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
This is my very simple book made with some of my kaleidoscope images. I cut out a butterfly shape and glued each page back to back. I used some wonderful handmade (not by me) paper for the cover. The book worked up quite quickly. I think it could be fun to embellish each of the butterflies but I think I will just call this book finished.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I was thinking I haven\t posted a free kaleidoscope for a while. So here it is. Enjoy. I've had two cool ideas as to how to use these kaleidoscopes. One idea involves paper and the other idea uses fabric of course. I will post the paper idea tomorrow hopefully. The fabric idea will take a bit more time but stay tuned.
In regards to why my day was so good. Well, I had the two new ideas for the kaleidoscopes. Plus, I found some lutrador material for really cheap today. I read on one of my yahoo groups that lutrador is the same stuff that is used on the bottom of couches or box spring mattresses. So I took a look for it at a local shop and they carry it for $0.89 a yard! Can you believe that? Now I can't wait to play with it and see what I can create!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I just feel like I have to prove that I can do better. This piece I made into a purse and then hated it as a purse. It has been languishing in my stack of UFOs. I know everyone has them (UFO's that is) but I am really trying to not have so many. At any rate, I think I'm going to turn this into another book cover. It will be a different kind of book than the last one though.
I probably should have waited until the book was finished to post this but I really wanted everyone to know that I really can do better.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
This book I made specifically to play with texture. I used cheese cloth, paint and Liquitex glass beads gel. I really love the glass beads. They are quite pretty and easy with which to work.
This one of the pages. Each page is an envelope that opens. The envelope is made from a 12 x 12 sheet of scrapbook paper. There are six pages total.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I color copied the crazy quilt and used the copies as end papers inside the book. I quite like the way that turned out.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
A box of crayons can take you more places than a starship.
Guinan in Star Trek The Next Generation
Thursday, September 10, 2009
I created this fabric and paper piece using Beryl Taylor's method. I love her work and her book Mixed Media Explorations. I like this piece so far but feel it's just a start. I think there is more to be done but I am a little anxious about trying anything. Because I like it - I'm afraid to ruin it!
How do you get past that fear/anxiety? What do you do?
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
I am trying to think of a cool way to use these leaves in a stitching project. I would really like to enter this show http://www.onnguilds.ca/threadworks/CALLforentry2010b.pdf
The above leaves I printed with interference paint. I love that stuff. It's a little hard to tell from the photo how pretty interference paint is. If you haven't played with it you really must try it.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
The background is handmade silk paper that I created. I included some interesting fibres and threads as well as the silk in it.
Kirigami is paper folding and cutting. It's like when we were kids and made paper snowflakes. I used one of these paper snowflakes as a resist stencil and applied two colors of purple paint to white cotton to create the mandala. I then embellished the mandala with beads and sequins.
Friday, September 4, 2009
I am posting this kaleidoscope for you to use in your art. It's my way of saying thank you for visiting my blog. If you do use it I would absolutely love to see your piece!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
These fabrics I marbled with cheap acrylic paints and shaving cream. Okay, what's with the underlining again!!! I wish I were more html literate! The acrylic works just as well as the food coloring (see post below). I would like to try Dye-na-flow as it is very fluid and I think it might move easier than the craft acrylics. You absolutely must let the acrylic paint cure before washing the fabric. I taught a class to my guild and one of the students (I love you Elizabeth) washed her marbled fabric right away and it all washed out. Drag. If you are in a big hurry to use the fabric you could always heat set it first.