Friday, July 29, 2016

Still Playing

I am enjoying the challenge of working in this fabric journal.  Since stitching will show through on the next page it isn't really an option.  It is giving me the opportunity to play with surface treatments.  I was inspired by a lovely blog comment to treat the left tree as a fall tree.  I stamped leaf shapes with foiling adhesive.  After waiting for it to dry I applied some transfer foil in golds, red and copper.
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Journal challenge week #30

All who are creative, in whatever way ,is doing something important to the well being of this world.    I agree with this quote.  We may not always like all the artistic results but we still make the world better by our creating.  This journal page is way too busy for my liking but I still had fun creating it.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Work in Progress Wednesday

I am calling my bead journal for July finished.  I am quite pleased with the way it has turned out.  I think  my bead journal for August is going to be done on a doily as well.  This has a lot of potential!
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Monday, July 25, 2016

I Heart Macro

Another one of my kaleidoscopes.  They are so much fun to create!  I just love the way the turn out.  I had some printed and they look fabulous.  I have to set to work framing them.  I am very pleased to say that I am the featured artist in a small art show.  It will be a busy week getting all the photos framed and ready for the show.
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Friday, July 22, 2016

Progress on my bead journal

Almost done.  I am loving the way this is coming along.  I can't wait to start another one!
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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Journal Page Week 29

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.   Is the quote by Lao-tzu this week.  I like the idea of breaking down large tasks into smaller bite sized steps.  It really works well for me when I start to feel overwhelmed.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Work in Progress Wednesday

I stamped some leaves on the one tree and I am pleased with the results.  I am wanting to do something else for the other tree.  Still the same challenge though.  If I stitch it will go through to the cover.  I am enjoying the challenge and enjoying that it is forcing me to think outside of the box.  Pondering what to do next can be fun.
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Monday, July 18, 2016

I heart Macro

Oh!  Doesn't all that glorious color make your heart sing?  It does mine.  I have so much fun creating these kaleidoscope photos.
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Friday, July 15, 2016

A little different for me

It is good to break outside of the box every once in awhile.  I created a fabric book with animal print fabric.  I do love a good animal print but don't often work with that color scheme.  Here I have stencilled trees onto one of the pages.  My instinct is to add stitching since it is a fabric book.  However, the pages are sewn together and that means the back of the stitching would show on the next page.  Yuck.  So now I ponder what next?  More paint?
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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Art Journal Week 28

Never regret anything that makes you smile.  Right!  Good advice.

This page has some marbling done it on it.  I added a border with watercolor crayons and the butterfly I colored with a bit of sparkle.    Sparkle always makes me smile!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Work in Progress Wednesday

Well, I wasn't overly inspired with the start of my bead journal this month and I was excited to start using some of the doilies that I dyed a couple of weeks ago.  So I restarted with this.  I plan to create a kaleidoscope look with this.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Here is my Looped Cretan Stitch.  I stitched it on handmade paper again.  I really like the way it looks on the paper.  Thanks to Sharon B for the instructions.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Oil Pastel Experiments

I did a rubbing with oil pastels of a sea shell slice.  I plan to use this as a starting point for my bead journal for July.  On the right is some fabric that I transferred oil pastel from paper to the patterned fabric.  It really doesn't look like much and I won't likely use this for anything.  However, the technique was kind of interesting and definitely has some potential.  Further explorations will be necessary.  
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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Journal Page Week 27

The quote is To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow.  So do it. by Kurt Vonnegut.  I haven't been putting a lot of effort into making my journal pages beautiful.  I am okay with journal pages not being a master piece.  I am making art, maybe not well but certainly not badly.  Just okay is alright.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Work In Progress Wednesday

A riot of color here.  All this vibrant color makes me happy.  I have been dyeing up a storm.  This is just the ribbons, rick rack and laces that I dyed.  I am not quite sure how I am going to use it all.  Possibly I should sell some of it.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Take a stitch Tuesday

Thanks to Sharon B for the instruction for the Open Base Needlewoven Picot stitch.  It has been ages since I have done it so a bit rusty.  I liked the idea of the flower better than the way it turned out.  I really like the stitch but did find it difficult to get the petals even.  Definitely I need more practice.

Monday, July 4, 2016

I heart Macro

Oh yeah, more fun with kaleidoscopes.  So colorful, so vibrant.  I can't stop myself!
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Friday, July 1, 2016

Adding Color

I have been wanting to make a quilt with doilies for a while.  I had the doilies picked out and they sat waiting.  The idea is a good one but there was something holding back from proceeding.  Well duh, it was the lack of color.  I am all about color so white, off white and beige doilies really weren't doing it for me.  I have started adding color to the doilies and I am much happier now.
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