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Mandala Monday

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 I have joined the #opusdailypractice on Instagram.  Some of the prompts have definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone.  That is definitely a good thing.  Today's prompt was right in my wheelhouse though and that is also a good thing.  The prompt for today is balance.  I decided that it was the perfect word for mandala intention.  It works on a number of levels.  

Slow Stitching Sunday

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 I was going to say this project is finished.  Now that I am looking at the photo I see a small bare spot that needs some more seed stitches.  It will only take a few minutes to fill that area in.  This project worked up quite quickly.  At least the fun part of stitching it did.  I still have to decide just how I will attach it to my journal.   Covering journals and altered books with stitching isn't a new idea to me.  I have done a fair amount of it.  I haven't done it much on purchased sketchbooks/journals though.  I am having fun with this idea and will look for another one to do.  I will only consider more recent journals though.  There are a lot of old ones that I could do but I don't want to think about covering all of them.  That would not be fun.   I am linking to https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/

I Like

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LeeAnna  has asked   For February 2 2023: how do you feel about the Panetone color of the year magenta? Color has vibration and can inspire feelings. People respond to or are repelled by certain colors. I went to a workshop on color vibration and what it means if you're attracted to a certain color range. So for today, how do you respond to the color magenta as described by Panetone? Yep, love magenta.  I used Liquitex magenta on this journal page.  I am getting close to the end of the tube so will need to restock.  Ultimately, I think I like all colours as they all have their place/use.  I wouldn't decorate with orange, nor do I wear it but I do use it in my art.   Maybe I am still traumatized by the burnt orange carpet my Mom used to decorate our living room when I was a child.  ugh!!! I like keeping an art journal.  It is such a marvellous playground for this artist.  I suppose I have created thousands of journal pages.  Most of which no one will ever see.  They are just for

Work in Progress Wednesday

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 I haven't posted about my highly textural mixed media and stitch book for a while.  These pictures are the front, middle and back of one page.  They could use some more work but they are getting closer to what I want.  I used some gorgeous linen sample fabrics for my pages as the colours were just right.  I am now a bit regretting using so much mixed media on them.  The mediums have made the pages a bit stiff which I don't mind for a book.  However, the linen no longer has the lovely drape and probably would have been better used in a project where I want that drape.   I have been watching some Ariane Zurcher videos on Youtube and she uses linen masterfully.  I believe I have a large piece of linen in my stash somewhere that was gifted to me.  If I recall correctly is not a colour that I would normally use.  Since I have been doing some snow dyeing it would make sense to dye some of that linen so that it is more useful to me.  

Mandala Monday

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 My daily mandala practice is yielding interesting results.  Each one starts with a word of loving intention for the day.  I contemplate that word as I write it on the coffee filter.  I recall that word and try to incorporate it throughout the day.  The word becomes obliterated in the process of art making and I love that.  This is all about the process and there are no expectations for the art to look like something.   I think the way the black ink separated into different colours on this one is interesting.  The black ink really makes the blue watercolour stand out as well.  I can see a dragonfly and a butterfly in this one.  

Slow Stitching Sunday

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 I haven't gotten much stitching done this week.  Mostly I have been playing with mixed media journal stuff.  However, I did dig out this old clean-up cloth and started stitching on it.  I always have a piece of cloth on my table for wiping my paintbrushes on.  Once they get to an interesting state I retire them into my fabric stash.  I know they will work perfectly for some projects down the road.   This one is about the right size to cover a box I am using to hold some collage cards I have created.  While looking for some threads for a different project I came across some really cool textured threads that I want to use on this.  I will have some slow stitching time this afternoon before the family gets here for dinner.  Hopefully, I will have more to show next week! I am linking to https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/

Journal Page and Installation

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 I had so much fun playing with this journal page.  paperdragonflycreativechallenges.  set out the challenge of party time with a bonus for incorporating a dragonfly.   In my mind, party time translated to a celebration.  There are so many things to celebrate in life when we look for them.  I want to celebrate the small things not just the big things.  Life is too short to only celebrate big things.  Besides, small things make me happy.   I am celebrating taking down my solo show today.  It had rave reviews.  I wish it could have been up for a bit longer but oh well.  I will look for other places that can host my 10 foot high installation.  I am very pleased with it and wish for more people to see it!