Saturday, July 31, 2010

fabric journal pages

Sorry for not posting for so long!  Don't you just hate when life gets in the way of art and blogging!

I have been taking an art journal workshop with Sandra Spagnuolo.  I can't find her web site but I am pretty sure she has one.  Above is a piece of fabric that I painted and then did a rubbing to get the wings.  On the back of the fabric I adhered some painted paper towel.  I love the texture that I got with the paper towel.  You can see it in the top picture, the right hand side.  The pages are complete yet but I think I have a really good start.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

oh the colors!

Need I say anything?  The colors are magnificent!  I am trying to get a lot of photos together so that I can make an iphoto book.  I don't own a Mac but my son does and he is kindly letting me use to make the book.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

fun trims

A while ago a friend took me shopping at a local Indian store.  On one side there were groceries (yummy simosas) on the other side of the store were fabrics, trims and clothing.  We found a huge bag of trims for practically nothing.  They were gorgeous and I figured I could use them in my crazy quilting.  I haven't done that yet but still plan to.  I did however use some of the pretty trim on one of my journal pages.  Cool idea, eh?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

great finds!

I seem to be blessed with the ability to find great deals!  I love it.  I found this massive amount of silk cocoons at a thrift store.  Can you believe it only cost me three dollars!  I am going to have to do some research to find ways to use these cocoons!  If you have any great ideas please feel free to let me know.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

another great workshop

You know you've attended a good workshop when you come home and your head is buzzing with more ideas that you just can't wait to try.  Sandra is an energetic and fun teacher.  I am really glad to be taking a total of five workshops with her and my friends!  What a great way to spend a Saturday morning.
Yesterday we added more layers to our journal pages. \She also showed how she added beads to the edges of her journal pages.  I love beads so I just had to do that.  I also added some gorgeous leaf sequins. to one edge.
I can't wait to see what we learn next week!

Friday, July 16, 2010

glow sticks photography

Aren't the colors gorgeous!!  I photographed the whole alphabet.  No surprise I'm not sure what I will do with those photos.  I trust an idea will come to me though.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

fun photography

My son bought these really cool light sticks.  Being the good son that he is he let make take some photos of them.  I think they are gorgeous.  It was tempting to cut open the sticks and paint with the glowing fluid.  mmm

Monday, July 12, 2010

bead journal project for July

I have stitched together a fabric journal with six pages.  I plan to make the rest of my bead journal pages to fit into this book.  All the fabrics in the journal are my own, in that I painted or dyed them.  This month is used some silk paper that I created as the base for my beading.  Some of the beading is a bit tough to see so you will have to click on the picture to enlarge it.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

what makes some workshops better than others?

I enjoyed myself immensely at the workshop I took yesterday.  Sandra is just the kind of teacher I find to be fun and free and I really enjoyed learning from her.  She had many papers and fabrics for us to paint/print onto.  She had many tools and recycled objects to use as well.  There was definitely a spirit of exploration and adventure in the class.   Fun fun fun.
The top picture is some of my friend's work.  The middle picture is some of the tools we used to make prints.  The bottom picture is the work that I produced.
I'm really looking forward to the next workshop with Sandra.   We will be adding layers and embellishments to the papers and fabrics that we created yesterday.  Eventually it will all be made into an art journal.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

nail polish experiments

Playing and experimenting what could be better.  I was reading about using nail polish on metal so I embossed some metal and painted it with polish.  You can see that in the last picture.
I also tried it on page protectors.  I then cut up the colored page protectors and rolled into beads.  The bottom pink/purple bead I added some silver threads while the nail polish was still wet.  I think all the fun colors available now are just great! 

Monday, July 5, 2010

happy anniversary to me

Wow!  I can hardly believe that I have had my blog for one year!  I find it amazing that thousands of people from all over this world have read my blog and  I have 36 wonderful followers!   Who knew that that many people would be interested in my art!  It is very cool!
I had no idea what to expect when I started this blog.  I had no idea I would receive so many kind  comments.  Thank you all for encouraging me with your thoughtful words.
I would like to send all of my followers a little package of transfer foil.  If you are a follower and would like to receive it send me an email with your name and address by July 9, 2010.
Blessings to you all

Sunday, July 4, 2010

heart shaped cloud photos

I was canoeing with my husband and son Jeremy the other day.  It was lovely.  I got to ride in the middle like Cleopatra!  While I relaxed and enjoyed the ride I checked out the clouds.  I think they look like hearts don`t you.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

dyed paper

I still don't have my fabric finished but here is some paper that I dyed the other day.  I love the krinkles and wrinkles.  It will be interesting to use this paper.  At this point I'm not sure what I will use it for though.  Maybe, I'll put it in a Remains of the Day journal.  I was watching some videos on youtube today of Remains of the Day journals, they are quite inspiring.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

summer time and the art gets messy

Yesterday at an art gathering Jackson Pollock`s art was mentioned.  I`m not really a fan of his work but it did get me thinking.  hmmm  My husband always gets worried when I get that look on my face that says I`m thinking about something.   At times it can be dangerous! 
I got thinking about some dyes I have in the refrigerator in the basement.  I really do want to use them up and this is the time of year to do it.
So I spread out an old shower curtain on our newly landscaped backyard.  I put down some fabric on top of the drop sheet.  I went up a story to our deck and started dropping the dyes onto the fabric.  You`ll have to wait a bit for the results as the fabric is batching.
Of course the dyes spread to the rocks and my husband noticed as soon as he got home.  He may have been mildly ticked off but mostly he was amused by my hands!  Will I ever learn to put gloves on!!