Monday, October 23, 2017

I heart Macro

I am often asked about my abstract macro images.  People want to know what it is.  It is normal for us to want to understand what we are looking at.  Our brain wants to label it.  I am hesitant to explain.  I am more interested to hear what people think it is.  I am also asked about my technique, how did I create it.  Again, I am hesitant to explain.  It is a process I developed on my own and don't particularly want to share it.  In the great world of photography, there may be other artists creating in this way but not to my limited knowledge and I would like to keep it that way.
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Friday, October 20, 2017

October Bead Journal

Not a lot of stitching done yet but it is a good start.  I wonder if I will be able to get it done by the end of the month.  I am done with rushing and will enjoy the stitching no matter how long it takes.    Silk has such a lovely sheen but it does make it difficult to get the colour right in photos.  This looks grey, in fact, it is a lovely sage green.
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Journal Prompt #42

The journal prompt this week was to create a page with leaves.  Nina demonstrated creating a page doing leaf rubbings.  Leaf rubbings are great but I didn't want to copy her.  I drew and coloured this leaf and added a watercolour background.  The quote I used says 'How strange that nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude.'  Emily Dickinson

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

I am just getting started on decorating my Crazy Quilt journal project for October.  I painted the laces to go with this block.  I used my Inktense blocks and am very pleased with the way they worked.Still, lots to do but if I make a concentrated effort it may get done before the end of the month.
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

'Sinchie' Guild Challenge

Last year the Grand Guild of Fibre artist did a two colour six inch square challenge called 'Sinchies'.  We all really enjoyed it and our display at the end of the year was fabulous.  We decided to do the challenge again this year but with only one colour.  We are allowed to add black or white to the square though.  I am not loving the challenge this year.  One colour just isn't inspiring me.  I like this sinchie better than the one I created last month but it is only okay.
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Journal Week #41

The challenge this week was to paint with Q-tips.  Fun!  My butterfly turned out a bit wonky but I love this page.  The quote I used says 'Joy comes not through possession or ownership but through a wise and lovely heart.'  Buddha

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

I treated this crazy quilt block as my bead journal for this month.  I had a lot of fun creating this basket of flowers.  I used beads, buttons, ribbons and lace to make the flowers.  What a happy block!
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Monday, October 9, 2017

I heart Macro

I find beauty in the most unlikely places.  An auto wrecking yard is a wonderful playground for me and my macro lens.  Rust and peeling paint create wonderful abstract photos.  This photo and the one I posted last Monday were taken at a wrecker not far from here.
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Friday, October 6, 2017

Making a bead journal more important

I created this quilt top with some lovely batiks but it wasn't anything special.  So it sat unfinished for years.  When a friend suggested I stitch my bead journals to something else to make them larger and therefore more important I thought it was a brilliant idea.  I will have this one completed in no time!
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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Journal Week #40

The prompt this week is collage.  I created the tree with fabric scraps.  I love the way it turned out.  The sky is painted mulberry paper.  The ground is actually green but looks brown in this photo.  It is made from paper that I dyed.  The quote says 'A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine."  Anne Bronte

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

Another finished quilt, that feels good.  I used some of my own hand dyed fabric for this one.  I added a bead journal which was suggested by a friend.  I had fun going through my stash of buttons to find the right colours to create the edge.  I am pleased with it.
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017


I have taken up the Inktober challenge to draw every day in October.  My drawing skills are mediocre.  I have no doubt with time and practice they could improve.  I have no desire to be a highly skilled drawing artist.  Well, that's not true I would love to draw hyper-realistically but I have no interest in putting in the time that is required to do so.  I am not entirely clear why I decided to take up this challenge but here I am.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Slow Stitching

My stitch a day projects have been done monthly up until this point.  When I started stitching this in September I thought I would be finished in one month but no.  I will continue stitching on this for October as well.  I really have no clue where this is going.  My only decision was to use all silk.  Mainly because I was blessed with the gorgeous silk threads from a friend.
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Friday, September 29, 2017

Not quite finished

I have been creating a fabric book based on leaves and trees.  With this page, I have been playing with transfer foil, paint, stencils and masks.  I am starting to like where this is going but there definitely needs something else.
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Journal Prompt #39

The prompt this week was to use three colours.  Pink, purple and blue were my choices.  I wish I wouldn't have put the dragonfly smack dab in the middle, that was a poor choice.  Oh well, not the end of the world.  I decided against putting a quote on this page. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

I took a brief break to recuperate from the studio tour.  Now I need to get back on track finishing projects.  I decided to use a quilt block I created in a workshop with Paula Nadelstern.  This quilt block is far from perfect but I still think it is gorgeous.  Mind you, the colour in the photo is off.  In real life is more teal.  I decided it would make an interesting page in my fabric book.  I think I need to add beads to this though.  I may treat it as my bead journal project for October.  Or I may just add a few beads and call it done.
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Just playing

Life is good.  This year I have had a lot of opportunities with my art and that has caused me to be very focused on getting things done.  It feels really good to finish up projects however I also need time to just muck about.  I created this bit of a landscape with leftover scraps.  What I thought was a few scraps have turned into six journal pages and there is still more to use.  It is great fun to just see what I can do with the bits and pieces.  I am giving myself the freedom to just play with no real purpose other than to use up scraps.
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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Journal Week #38

The prompt this week was abstract using alcohol inks.  I made a happy mess.  I used a sample piece of wallpaper and found the coating on it made it easy to move the inks around.  There is no quote to go with this page.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

I am enjoying my slow stitching.  This month I decided I would just let the stitching happen.  I am using silk charmeuse as a base and I am using some beautiful silk threads that were gifted to me by a dear friend.   Love stitching with silk!
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Beaded Alternating Feather Stitch

Sharon is taking a break from Take a Stitch Tuesday but she is still posting great stitching instructions.  Here is my go at the  Beaded Alternating Feather Stitch.  I love the beaded stitches!

Monday, September 18, 2017

I heart Macro

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and attention.  Buddha
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Friday, September 15, 2017

Pushing Forward

Okay, this piece really did need to be the full circle.  I was encouraged to finish it and I am glad that I did.  Well, it still needs to be quilted but the tedious part of stenciling is done.  I put on a good podcast and figured out a better way to stencil with the Gelatos so the time flew past.
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Journal Prompt #37

This week the prompt was the sea.  The quote I used is by  Anne Morrough Linburg from her book Gift from the Sea.  The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach - waiting for a gift from the sea.  I love being near water.  It is so relaxing to me.  

I completely enjoyed creating this page.  I am trying to look past the obvious problems with it and just accept it.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

I am not sure where I am going with this.  I used metallic Gelatos to stencil this design and then got distracted.  My intention was to stencil this design two more times to make a full circle.  I am leaning towards doing that but I am concerned I won't remember which colors I used.  Plus, it was a bit tedious stenciling all those small openings.  Still, it would look better to have a full circle.  Then my next question is what will I do this?  I guess I could just quilt it or add beads or?
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Stitch 100 is the Drizzle stitch.  Love it!  I added a bead to the end of mine.  I think they look great.  Beads make everything better.  This is the last Take a Stitch Tuesday for the year but Sharon B
promises to start up again in the new year.  I am so grateful for all that Sharon does for the stitching community.  She is so talented and generous.

Monday, September 11, 2017

I heart Macro

One who knows how to show and accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession.  Sophocles
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Friday, September 8, 2017

Just for Fun

It was time for a break this week.  All year I have been working on projects and finishing quilts for my trunk show.  I have completely enjoyed it.  However, I really need to create with abandon where the results just don't matter.  It is good for my soul to just unleash a creative mess.
I came across a small box of fabric scraps that I have been saving for like ten years.  Time to use them up!  They were just too pretty to toss out so I started gluing them into an altered book.  The top one could possibly be a landscape and I was definitely going for a flower in the second one.  They are not great works of art but man did I have fun.
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Journal Week #36

The journal prompt this week is nature.  This page was quite simple to create.  I used pages from an old hymnal for the background and some flowers I cut from a wallpaper sample book.  I love the old and vintage feel to this page.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Monday, September 4, 2017

I heart Macro

You have to dream before your dreams can come true.  Abdul Kalam

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Stitch a Day

My August stitch a day project was done completely with silk.  It was a delight to stitch and I think it turned out rather pretty.
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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Journal Prompt #35

The prompt this week was to use a silhouette.  I was being a bit lazy and googled silhouette images.  When I saw this one it really grabbed me to so I printed it and added some watercolor for the background.  Not sure why I added that big strip of pink.  The quote I used says 'When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness - all good things.'

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

I think it is done.  The waterfall is beaded to my liking.  Possibly there could be some beads added into the blue water part.  If  I do decide to add beads there it won't be a lot.  Moving onto the binding and backing.
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Triple Chain Stitch is the featured stitch on Sharon B's  web site this week.  I decided that I want to try the Take a Stitch Tuesday stitches with beads.  It turned out okay, not great.  I only did one set as I was hoping it would look like a flower.  It sort of does.

Monday, August 28, 2017

I heart Macro

Always be a little kinder than necessary.   James M. Barrie

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Photo Cards

I am so pleased with the way my photo cards have turned out!  They will be available for sale at the New Hamburg Studio Tour  I will be sharing space with three other artists.  Come see us on September 23, 2017.
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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Journal Week #34

The prompt this week was friendship.  At first, I was a bit stuck.  I have some wonderful friends.  What could I say about them?  But then I thought about man's best friend.  I know cliche but I am nuts about dogs.  Doing a journal page about the best dog ever, Farley, was a pleasure.  He took a piece of my heart when he passed almost two years ago.  I still miss him.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

Last week I posted this butterfly for the green 'sinchie' challenge our guild is doing.  I received some terrific ideas and was encouraged to not give up on it.  I made a color copy of it and added some black, which is allowed according to the challenge rules.  So glad I made a copy of it to try this idea out!  I will definitely add some black details to the fabric piece.  I will also be adding some beads and sequins!
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Sharon B challenges us to stitch the Feather and Chain this week.  What a great combination.  Love it!  I decided to add beads to the Feather part.

Monday, August 21, 2017

I heart Macro

'Give to the world the best you have and the best will come back to you.' Madeline Bridges
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Friday, August 18, 2017

Stitch a day project for August

Yummy!  The goal is to stitch with only silk on this project.  Silk thread, silk ribbon, and silk fabric are so lovely to use!  Even the sound of the threads passing through the fabric is pleasing to me.

Also, I have a delightful announcement to make.  I have been accepted as the Artist in Residence at the Ayr Library for 2018!  I am over the moon excited!  It is going to be so much fun!

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Journal Prompt #33

The prompt this week was to be inspired by Morocco.  I created this page featuring a photo of my sweet husband and myself in Morocco (our honeymoon).  The photo was originally black and white but has deteriorated over time.  What a shame I put it into a frame that did not protect it properly, still I do like the sepia quality to it now.  We purchased the photo from a young photographer who made his living photographing tourists.  The background I created years ago by stitching together some interesting papers.  It is high time I used it!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

Grand Guild of Fibre Artists is doing the six-inch block challenge again this year.  We call them 'sinchies' because they are quick and easy to create.  Well, really they are not all that quick!  Some of us put a great deal of work into them.  This year we are working with one color per month but we are allowed to add black or white.  This is what I have created so far.  Unfortunately, the background looks grey, it is green but I did capture the shine of the transfer foil on the butterfly.  The transfer foil looks rather patchy because of the glitter.  Honestly, I am not very happy with it so far.  More needs to be done to make it presentable.  Or I may need to start over.  We shall see.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Reversed Buttonhole Bar is the stitch Sharon B challenges us with this week.  I love this stitch.  I decided to try it with beads.  No surprise to anyone I am sure.

Monday, August 14, 2017

I heart Macro

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within.  Emerson
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Friday, August 11, 2017

Bead Journal and such

My bead journal for July is rather different for me.  I wrapped beads around a piece of driftwood that I found.  Eventually, it will be attached to an altered book.  The top photo is a mixed media fibre piece I created.  Lots of texture on this one!  I believe I will attach it to the cover of the same altered book.  I just haven't found the right book to alter as yet.  Eventually, this will all come together.
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