Friday, June 29, 2018

Adding Texture with Stitch

This piece is just fun.  I am enjoying have a good play with it.  Adding the embroidery stitches is what it needed.  Possibly there will be some beads added as well.  It feels like it has been a while since I have made a piece just for the fun of it.  So grateful to have the time to do that right now!
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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Paint Class

I was booked by a local company's Wellness Committee to provide a paint night for their staff.  How cool is that this company cares enough about their staff to have a Wellness Committee!  Typically, participants in a paint night all produce close to identical paintings.  I was not keen to run my paint night that way.  One of the participants had been to a paint night previously and was annoyed with me for not teaching in a way that would lead to all have the exactly same results.  I explained that I valued individuality and hoped that everyone would put their spin on their painting.  Thankfully, everyone else in the class was on board with my idea.  Cranky lady did come around in the end.  I heard her comment that she thought it was really cool how everyone produced something unique!  Yay!
It is important to me that my students have fun.  So at the end of the night I asked them to come wreck my painting.  I encouraged them to clean off their brushes and use the paint leftover on their palettes.  Pictured above is the result of that.  It was interesting to me how many were hesitant to wreck my painting even though it was not finished.  I explained I really didn't want another painting to match my sample so they had at it.  I think it could be a really start to piece.  I will add more paint and possibly some collage to it.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday

Ah!  Summer, a time for slowing down.  My spring was pretty busy but I don't have much on my calendar for the summer and I am relieved.  I now have time to think about the San Fransisco School of Needlework and Design summer challenge.  The theme is burlesque.  I looked up the definition for inspiration.
an absurd or comically exaggerated imitation of something, especially in a literary or dramatic work; a parody.
"the funniest burlesque of opera"
a variety show, typically including striptease.
"burlesque clubs"
cause to appear absurd by parodying or copying in an exaggerated form.
"she struck a ridiculous pose that burlesqued her own vanity"

The word exaggerated gave me the inspiration to let out my inner magpie.  Go for the glitz!  I am planning a crazy quilt block with the above fabric.  The two on the end are absolutely stunning but I am not sure if they play nicely with the other fabrics.  Possibly I could make them work together, not sure.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

I heart Macro

Do something today that your future self will thank you for.  anonymous
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Friday, June 22, 2018

A daily practice

I have been creating a mandala on a coffee filter every day for a couple of months.  They don't take very long and I love them.  It is so fun to create a small piece of art that makes me say "oh wow!  I love this".  No harsh criticisms.  I feel like I should take them further as I have stitched into coffee filters so I know it is possible.  Maybe it is okay to just enjoy them as they are.  I tried the same technique on a doily with a tatted edge.  It did not work quite as well.  All is not lost, I can salvage it and turn it into something beautiful by adding beads.
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday

  I used permanent markers and rubbing alcohol to create this.  It is such a fun technique and rather serendipitous.   This definitely looks better from a distance.  I was tempted to start over because I didn't like the way some of the colours bled into others.  However, I think once I add some embroidery and quilting to it that will help.
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Monday, June 18, 2018

I heart Macro

I was given a bouquet of flowers on the weekend.  It was the end of the day and the flower seller had not sold all of his bouquets.  Being the end of the day the flowers were not the freshest but still pretty.  One of the flowers completely fell apart in my hand when putting them in the vase.  The petals looked super interesting to me.
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Friday, June 15, 2018

Time to play

A while back I had an idea for an altered book that features flowers.  I made a few flowers but got sidetracked.  This week I found time to make some more flowers or at least some components (on the left).  I am going to need quite a few flowers so will have to put on my thinking cap for more varieties.
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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday

Closing reception for my artist in residence with the Ayr Library is tonight.  It is a bit sad for it to end but I am excited about moving on to other things.  I hope they are pleased with the altered book I and the community created.

Monday, June 11, 2018

I heart Macro

I have been organizing my files a tiny bit and came across this image.  A photo of frost on a warm spring day, sure, why not!
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Friday, June 8, 2018

Playing and experimenting

I have been playing around with an idea.  A new way to add colour to cloth.  Eventually, I would like to do an article about it for a magazine.  I am confident in the process but not in the finished project.  I am contemplating adding the paper shape to the piece to give it a focal point but not really loving it.  Feeling a bit stuck at the moment. 
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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday

I have one week left to finish my altered book for the artist in residence with Ayr Library.  I am attempting to depict Watson Pond on the cover.  I have needle felted the green area and I am beading the pond area.  The proportions look completely wrong at this point but when it is wrapped around the book it looks right.  I still have more beading to do but I am confident I can get this finished in time.
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Monday, June 4, 2018

I heart Macro

Accept challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.  Patton
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Friday, June 1, 2018

Playing with the romantic

Normally I gravitate toward bright and cheerful colours.  Every once in a while I feel the need to play with soft, romantic colour schemes.  I found a vintage wooden spool and decided to create a scroll book with it.  Vintage laces, velvet and quotes from old books will fill this book. 
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