Monday, May 30, 2016

I heart Macro

I enjoy having flowers to photograph.  I always have an excuse to pick some up!  This time of year there is always a reason to get outside and enjoy the gardens as well.
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Friday, May 27, 2016

Playing with surface design

Here is a corner of some silk that I printed/painted this week.  I was experimenting with Inktense blocks and some inks.  Sorry for the wrinkles, no time to iron!  I am pleased with the way the leaf turned out.  I think I will need to do some further experiments.
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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Journal page

Last year I was trying to follow a journal prompt challenge.  Doing a monochromatic page was suggested so I made a black and white copy of a fabric piece I had done.  Well, black and white derailed me.  I am all about color.  So I added color to the copy, which was kind of fun.  It works for a journal page.  Again, the quote is fabulous.  Gratitude is the open door to abundance.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Work in Progress Wednesday

I think my bead journal for May is finished now.  If I do add anything further it will just be some small stitches done with silk thread.  I almost certain I won't add any more beads.  Yes, the beading is done.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Buttonhole Wheel Cup is one that I learned from Sharon B a few years ago.  I have used this stitch many times since I learned it.  It is a great stitch.  Here I stitched it on handmade paper and added beads to it.  Okay, so technically it doesn't raise up into a cup formation.  Too bad, I love the way it looks.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Dyeing Fun!

Oh my gosh!  I have so much fun with dyeing fabrics.  I haven't played like this for a while but I am delighted with my results.  The piece on the left is done on cotton with Dye-na-flo paints to create sunprints.  I used some bicycle gears to create the marks.  So fun!  The other pieces are silk.  Yummy!
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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Journal Page #20

Wisdom begins in wonder.  Socrates.  The wonder of a small child is a beautiful thing.  I try to emulate children every chance I get!  I think I have stuck with this journal prompt program for so long because the quotes really resonate with me.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Work in Progress Wednesday

I few weeks ago I did some fabric dyeing with my guild.  When it came time to take the fabric out of the dye and rinse it I couldn't part with dye remaining in the container.  I knew it wouldn't be good for dyeing more fabric but I felt confident it would work on paper.  I gave it a go and I love my stack of pretty papers.  I crumpled the paper to soak in the dye and that gave me some mottling, which I really like.  However, when uncrumpling the wet, dyed papers some of them ripped.  I learned that when you let them get to almost dry before uncrumpling you get less tearing.
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Friday, May 13, 2016

Last of the Butterflies

My butterfly altered book is almost finished.  These are the last of my pretty creations to to be added.I had a lot of fun with this project.  Art and fun surely do go together!
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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Balance is the journal prompt theme

I paraphrased the quote to say 'To keep your balance keep moving'.  I definitely like to keep moving forward.  Yesterday I was disappointed to find out that I did not get the artist in residency that I had applied for.  Their loss, it was a really good idea.  Today, I am working on my altered books to submit to a show.  I am not about to be stuck in self pity about the residency.  I will keep joyfully making my art!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Work in Progress Wednesday

I have made some progress on my May bead journal.  I added some silk ribbon embroidery and of course some more beads.  I was beyond excited last week when I found the motherload of silk ribbon at a thrift store.  I felt obliged to use some of it immediately to justify my purchase.  I am pleased with the way this piece is progressing.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Stitching on handmade paper again.  This is the Eastern Stitch thanks to Sharon B.  I am not sure that I have done it correctly.  It doesn't warrant more exploration though.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Friday, May 6, 2016

A bit more stitching

I did this nature printing many years ago.  I added some silk thread stitching to it and showed it to a friend.  She loved it except for one thing.  She felt it was missing my usual sparkle.  I had to agree with her so I added a very subtle metallic thread.  It doesn't show up very well in this photo but it is there and I plan to add a bit more.
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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Journal Page

Another busy week and I was tempted to skip the journal prompt this week.  But, I really didn't want to as I think the quote should be in my journal and done is better than perfect in my book.   Not every journal page has to be a master piece!  'Art opens the closets, airs out the cellars and attics.  It brings healing.' is the quote by Julia Cameron.  I totally believe that.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Work in Progress Wednesday

Here is the start of my bead journal for May.  The base is wool with needle felting.  I have attached a strip of rhinestones and a beaded spoon.  The small spoon I found a while back at a thrift store.  There was a bag of them for just a few dollars.  As soon as I saw them I knew I had to have them as a commentary went off in my head.  The commentary is about education, which is near and dear to my heart.  I will save it for another time though.
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Take a Stitch Tuesday

The Chain Shell stitch is explained by Sharon B for this week's Take a Stitch Tuesday.  I added it to this butterfly using Razzle Dazzle thread by Ricky Timms.  This is a simple stitch but I have not used it much.  So many stitches so little stitching time!

Monday, May 2, 2016

I heart Macro

How can a flower not be beautiful?  It gives me so much pleasure to look at them up close.
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