Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Well, I just had to post this because I just got back from my sewing class and can you believe it...??? I put in a zipper---of all things--put in a zipper!!! And I made a button hole (actually the teacher had to practically do that one for me). And we embellished the ribbon and did a gusset and ----I am impressed with myself as you can see! Could I do it again?---probably not because I don't have all the feet involved and Sherry, thanks so much for that button hole foot because I needed it! You need feet for everything and actually my Bernina fund is drained for now. I really wanted that zipper foot but I asked myself, "how many times are you gonna put in a zipper?" Not too many at this point. Oh, and we quilted it too--but do not---I repeat---do not zoom in to this picture unless all my quilter buddies might want a good laugh. I actually quilted it on the wrong side so the bobbin thread quilted it---then I went back and free motioned it on the right side so it is pretty much a mess. But that's ok--it was fun and I love to sew. I had a hard time cutting my fabric and now I know why I didn't sew as a child. I never have been a good measurer---even measuring twice and cutting once. I measured 5 or 6 times and still cut it wrong. But the teacher was patient with me and came over and cut my fabric for me. I'm learning.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Again, when I spray more paintings I will mask off the black for a cleaner painting but I like the colors. These two are fairly large--10 x 20. It's fun! I love to spray paint. :) It's really just too hot though. When fall comes I can hopefully spray more.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
These are little 3x3 images of some watercolor pots of flowers I have painted in the past and I was thinking that maybe I can make a series of paper quilts with them. These turned out to be about 8x8 and I would frame them for that "Piece by Piece" Show that is coming up. It's not until January but I am into the paper quilt thing so I thought I better go with it while I am in the zone. I would frame with white mat and plain black frame. I am into the plain black frame thing for art. My new found framer can frame these at an affordable price and if they don't sell then I could swap them out and put something else in them. Most of the pieces will end up being about 12 x 12 framed.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
This one is about 5x5 and it is made from some squares of paper painted with stripes of acrylic.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
As you know I have been having fun dyeing fabric and I have some Lutradur--(the tag says Pellon) and I painted some stripes of color directly from the Dye-na-flow dye jar that I am using. This fabric has an interesting organic texture to it but you can't tear it. I cut the Lutradur in pedal and leaf shapes and made a cone flower, stitched and added some calligraphy lettering. These little flowers are fun and easy and Bernie does a great job too!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
For this post I surely want to give credit where credit is due. The top image you might recognize from my post from yesterday and today I printed it out again and punched the colors and stitched. The 2nd image is one of Kelli's images and I only printed it just to see how the colors would punch on it. Those envelopes are very cute so this is what I learned from this fun exercise---Kelli uses fun everyday objects that are more simple in design when allows for fun punchy colors to be used. I love this fun colorful look. I also think it is very cute stitched so maybe I will try to fine some fun and simple things like shoes or pocketbooks or maybe even a fun chair. She says in her blog that she takes images from magazines and modifies and simplifies them to make them her own. I actually used Hydrus watercolors because they are so bright. Fun! Well...hummmm...I wonder where the art du jour will travel next???
Sunday, August 16, 2009
I have taken several pictures of things from the studio and plan to turn them into line drawings to paint some simple watercolors from the photographs. I printed these two line drawings on Arches 140 LB paper. It's fun and quick. My goal was actually to paint them more whimsical-like such as Kelli Nina Perkins does (she has a great DVD). But they always end up with fairly realistic colors. Maybe I will paint them again with bright and outrageous colors and see what happens. I just love the yummy colors she uses. It takes courage to use those bright colors and I must try and see if I can overcome my fear!!! Just do it!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Why did I do this? I really don't know...Do I know what I am doing---no,not really...and was it fun?---yes! and very messy! I have been thinking about dying some fabric for fibers to go in books and maybe for sewing a little wall hanging or something. (when I learn how to do that...) I used a very old sheer tablecloth and that turn out pretty good but the best and brightest was the cotton muslin. I did buy a silk white scarf for painting so maybe I will just put some color on it and wear it! Scarves are very "in" now---and my neck is quickly going down so maybe I should make several!
Sometimes I just have to put some color on paper and create---something---and who knows what it will turn out to be. I love to try to do no-think intuitive painting because sometimes you get and gem and sometimes you don't. The ones that don't can be torn up and sometimes then the torn pieces turn into gems. The urge to do this usually hits me about 10:30 pm and I go into my "Closet of Creation" where everything is right at my finger tips but not much room at all. But I do create some fun things in this small space here at home. This is a big closet for a closet but a small space for a studio. Our next door neighbors have installed a wine cellar in their closet area. We live in a condo and our neighbors have the same layout except opposite. His wine cellar is fantastic and it's mind boggling how he has figures out how to catalogue all the wines and go right to it. I should let him come over and catalogue my art supplies! I'm sure I'd never find a thing ever again.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
She is fashioned after a model from a Chico's catalog. Anytime the face is turned a bit and not straight on I find it much more difficult to get the face right---the nose, the cheeks but she's ok. She has high cheek bones. That's why she is a model I guess. There is collage in the background.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
These books are really fun to make. As the snippets and the little pieces of art pile up it's fun to put it all together. One of these days, maybe for the next one I will attempt to sew one together. The only bad thing is that the colors just don't come through on the video as bright or true as they really are---but it is what it is!!!
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
I am planning, God willing of course, to start filming an online "Calligraphy One--The Right Foundation" class which will be hosted by Gail Schmidt at creative workshops. I am so very passionate about this wonderful art. It grabs you and sinks into your artistic bones and you are off on this wonderful lifetime journey in search of beautiful quotes and Scripture that you can put into beautiful handwriting. That's what calligraphy is, "the art of beautiful handwriting." It is an art that can truly be --the agony and the ecstasy. Calligraphy is not for sissies for sure---but it will be the most rewarding thing you have ever done in your life. It takes hard work---but the hard work is rewarding because you can see yourself evolving and improving daily. You can combine calligraphy with all sorts of collage and mixed media---and making that combination successfully is an art all in itself. But it is do-able for anyone who is willing to learn. Calligraphy is an art form--not just handwriting---and I should mention this also--your messy handwriting --or beautiful handwriting for that matter has nothing to do with learning it at all.
Friday, August 7, 2009
We had fun in our drawing class yesterday with Stephanie, our drawing teacher. She urges us to push through it and draw it and usually it will pay off if you just hang in there and persevere. I drew this first from a still life, inked it in then added watercolor. I love watercolor and this one was fun--after I got the drawing done! Fun exercise. Books aren't the easiest thing to draw---angles---yikes---angles!! Everyone in the class is getting pretty good at drawing now and we started a year ago whining and moaning that we couldn't draw.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
This is just a little quickie Calligra-FUN update. This is a neat double load trick with the zigs. If you try it you will see the subtle variations in the color and it's pretty cool since the video can't really pick up the variations as clearly. I hear that the Brushables Markers are now in at markersupply.com. I just heard that--I haven't checked yet but I know that they were coming in so hopefully we will have a good supply now that is easy to get.
Enjoy the double load ditty.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I have just been thinking about all the wonderful results from my students in the Calligra-Fun class and it has spurred me on to think about an online calligraphy class. I would go into this with some trepidation wondering if people would think it was too hard, too much practice, not fun enough, not what they expected---all those things keep rolling around in my mind. And also with me not right there to tweak little strokes and to give constructive advice. But I have a passion for calligraphy and teaching people to catch the spirit of this wonderful ancient and historical art that has been around really from the beginning of written history. Like I said in the video, calligraphy is a journey, it is a marathon and not a sprint but, oh!, the rewards for those who condition themselves, persevere and stay in the race. It will change your artistic life. And the journey is fun and exciting! It never gets old, and there is always something else to learn.
So below is a little vlog with some thoughts and examples I have about filming a class and the progression that I am planning to take. I want it to be fun along the way with color and a stopover for some embellishments and doodlings. So here is a little demo.
UPDATE : I just found out from Jane Farr, a wonderful calligrapher and blog buddy, informed me that these Parallel Pens (shown in the video) can actually be filled with archival and lightfast fluids and can be used for just about every calligraphy project you might have. Yea!!! I will study up on this one!
Update #2--Check out Sue Krei today. What a great Journal page and some great Calligra-FUN letters!!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
These are painted over collage although the collage and if you come in close you see can a bit of the collage peeking through. The top image you will se some distress crackle paste that I thought was almost dried up but crackled very quickly and I guess I should go ahead and use it up before it completely dried out. I like using this crackle paste from Ranger. It gave the top image an interesting texture. Both of these are on a 5 x7 canvas and I am planning to put them into Etsy later today.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
I love to disperse colorwashes on watercolor paper--I guess you could say it calls to me---"Martha, Martha, come disperse us---we're waiting for you!"... and I have to jump up at that moment and go disperse!! Yes, my paints call to me and talk to me. Sometimes they say, "no, no don't put us here in the mud--we don't want to get dirty," and sometimes they say, "ahhhh...that's better..."
It's hard to see in these pictures how beautiful this quilt is. We couldn't get a good picture of it, first because it's so big, and second, it was at night and the lighting was not good. But my daughter, Macaulay, did such a good job on this. Quilting and sewing are her creative outlets and she also makes the most adorable outfits for little Marc and monograms his name. Darling!