I'm going to be selling my art and crafts at the Grass Lake Heritage Day on Saturday, September 6, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It free to go and there are a lot of fun activities going on that day, plus artists and craftspeople. Please come out and see me and stock up on some gifts for the holiday season. You can find out more here: http://www.grasslakechamber.org/heritage-day.html
I has been a while since I shared any of my journal pages from Lifebook. I have been so busy with my family home from school for the summer that I haven't been doing all of my lessons, but I have done a few. I love Lifebook and don't like it when life gets in the way of my creative time. I'll have to work on that and make more time for creative journaling.
This page has a lot of layers of papers and paint. It is very mixed media. I used symbols of my faith with a reminder for myself. Creating meaning on the page is an important part of art journaling.
I traced some of my random art onto tracing paper and glued it down to make this layered page. The background is old papers with a layer of Neocolor crayon. I finished this page right after Robin Williams passed away which influenced my words.
I wanted to remind myself to be firmly grounded, but allow myself some freedom of movement too. And I want to fill the forest of my life with love instead of doubt and negativity.
I carved this stamp to add to the page. I love making my own unique stamps too add to my artwork.
This is a smash book that I made for a recent lesson by Catt Geller. I photocopied my art work and combined the images to decorate the cover. I also glued every two pages together to make them a bit stronger and crumpled them to add texture. The edges are painted too. I love turning composition books into journals and smash books.
I hope that you enjoyed this peak into the meaning behind my journal pages and a bit of my process. Have a great weekend.
I love to create and always have multiple projects going on at the same time. Days like today though I won't have much time for creating. My family has been collecting odds and ends for a long time and storing them in our large basement. Well today we are making a concentrated effort to go through stuff and get rid of all the broken no good bits and organize the rest. We are also going to donate anything which we don't need anymore. It is probably going to take a couple of weeks to get the whole thing done.
And we also have to clean house for a group of people coming over tomorrow. I'm one of those types of people who like to have a neater, cleaner house when people come over. It drives my hubby crazy, but I haven't been able to change this yet. I'll keep cleaning and I figure that it is the perfect opportunity to teach my kids how to clean anyway. Right now I'm concentrating on teaching the 13 year old and giving my two younger boys basic tasks to do. Do any of you who have kids require them to help around the house? I think it is important life training for boys and girls.
Anyway I'm hoping that this evening I'll be able to get in a few moments of creative time in, if I'm not exhausted by then. I'm still working on my felted picture and hope to finish that soon. Here it is so far, but I have more to add before it is done.
I hope that your day is more interesting than mine, but one way or another have a great day.
I went on a mini vacation with my family this month. While it only lasted five days, we still saw many beautiful sights and had a wonderful time. We visited northern Michigan during this trip.
We started out visiting Castle Farms near Charlevoix MI, then went on to St. Ignace, MI and spent our first night there.
The second day we visited Tuqananom Falls, pictured rocks national lake-shore, and ended up for the night in Munising, MI.
The third day we drove to Houghton, MI and spent the day relaxing and visiting with my daughter who is up there for college.
The fourth day we drove up the Keewenaw peninsula visiting waterfalls, lighthouses, and a fort, plus a lot of beautiful scenery.
The fifth and last day we drove home from Houghton, which took all day.
It is nice to be home again rejuvenated and refreshed.
I took a lot of inspiration photos on this trip. I wanted to have fresh scenes to inspire my textile art and my paintings. I also took a lot of photos of textures, because I love creating art with a lot of texture. Taking a close look at the textures in our world whether man made or natural gives me a different view. I'll share some pictures and I hope that they inspire you too.
I want to use these photos to inspire me this winter when it is cold and bleak outside. I hope that you enjoy this glimpse of Michigan.
Maddie Millett from Maddie Millett Ceramics invited me to participate in this creativity blog hop. She makes wonderful handmade pots, so please check out her page. Here is her post on creativity.
Here are two of my recent quilts.
1. How does my creative process work?
I often get my inspiration from the view out of my window, something I see on-line, or an article in a magazine. I don't discount any raw ideas, but the ones that keep popping into my head or that make me giddy with excitement are the ones that I tend to go with. I take these ideas and start working with them. I sometimes draw a rough sketch, but other times I keep the ideas in my head and let them percolate until I'm ready to start working. I keep an idea book where I can keep track of potential projects just in case I need a kick start. Sometimes I work more intuitively and start a quilt or a painting and let it lead me to the finished project. I don't have one particular way of working, but I allow myself to work in the way the feels right at the time.
For my art quilt "Stardust" I drew a sketch which I based my quilt on. Later I went back and colored in my sketch using a different color scheme. I often write about my process in my blog as I work on a project.
2. WHY do I do what I do?
I want to share joy and beauty with the world. I enjoy creating art and I feel called to create and share my gifts in this way. When I don't take the time to be creative I feel a little off and I get cranky. I would rather be creative than make the people in my life miserable. I want to help people to bring beautiful, quirky art into their living space or that they can wear. Helping people to feel beautiful and happy makes me happy. I love creating art that can fill this need.
3. How does my work differ from others in it’s genre?
My work has a bit of me and my soul embedded in it. No one else can create just like me. I take inspiration from others, but I always try to add my own twist and make it mine. As I continue to develop as an artist I will follow my own voice more and more and my art will be more unique.
4. What am I working on at the moment?
I have several projects that I'm working on right now. I have an art quilt, a felted picture, and a textile art piece that are all in various stages of completeness. I also have a couple of paintings that I have been thinking about and will start soon.
I'm getting ready to teach a fabric dyeing and surface design class this fall. I'm also helping to start an art quilting group within my quilt guild. I like to keep busy and always have something that I'm working on.
My family and my five kids and running a household also keeps me pretty busy all the time. That's what make my life beautiful though.
This is my felted piece that is still a work in progress. It is wool, silk, and Angelina Fibers. I love the sparkly bits.
Thank you for reading and please follow along with the rest of the blog hop too.
I'm passing this along to Clare from Stuffed with Aloha now.
Thank you all so much for following my art and ramblings. This page just got to 100 likes, so thank you everyone. I'm going to plan a giveaway later this summer, so keep checking for those details.
I have been working on my quilt square for SOC and putting together the whole quilt today. I'm loving how this is working out. Who needs to clean house anyway, art is better.
I have some hand stitching planned today to finish my quilt.
I have the quilting finished, now I just have to connect all the squares into one piece of textile art.
I got some gardening and yard work done this morning. This afternoon I am finishing my new quilt and writing a blog post about it.
What subject would you like me to tackle for a mini quilt giveaway? I'm taking suggestions from all of you so that I can give you all what you want.
I'm going to be part of something special this fall within the quilt guild that I belong to. I'm really looking forward to it.
I working on my three new pieces in between chores and family stuff. Hopefully I'll get some pictures up soon.
I'm going to a Wine & Wool festival and a Quilt show tomorrow. It's going to be a fun day.
I had a marvelous time today at the shows. I got some new things to play with and some some amazing quilts.
I'm relaxing and working on little bits of this and that. I'm going to paint later with my two little boys.
I made some progress on my nature triptych and I'm baking some blueberry cobbler. Nice treat for a summer day.
I had fun at the quilt guild meeting tonight. I'm helping to form an art quilting group within the guild too. It's going to be a great year.
My quilt "Winter Woods" is going to be at the Jackson County Fair next week. If you are a local and want to see it close up head to the fair
You can see these day by day if you like and follow me here.
I have been working on a nature triptych for several weeks now. I have finished all three. These were inspired by Carol Sloan from an article in pages magazine. I followed some of her techniques, but wandered off on my own path too. These were a lot of fun to make and I want to continue the series.
They started out as three pieces of duck cloth with raggedy edges. I started out by putting a layer of gesso on the front and back of the canvas followed by a layer of plaster on one side. While the plaster was still wet I pressed in joint tape, threads, and the imprints of leaves, lace, string, and many other things. I wanted to have highly textured backgrounds to work on.
Next I went through my stash of mono-prints and other bits and pieces to pick out elements that I wanted to use for collage. I used bits of fabric and deli paper that I had mono-printed. I also used a leaf and feathers that I have collected and pieces of torn cardboard. I arranged them onto the surface and took photos so that I would remember the placement later.
I took off the collage bits and added a glaze of paint to each one. I used browns and rusty oranges for my glazes. I love Quinacridone Nickle Azo Gold and often use this rusty orangey brown. After that layer was dry I added modeling paste to some areas and imprinted my self-carved nature stamps into it. I let that dry and added a glaze of the Nickle Azo Gold over the entire piece and let it dry. Then I glued down the collage pieces.
Next I used bits and pieces of poetry and collaged them down. I also added eyelets to the top and put ribbons through so that I could hang these from sticks. The final touch was to apply some metallic Shiva paint sticks paint to select areas and rub them in. This gives some shimmer and helps to highlight the textures.
Here are all three together.
I plan to create more pieces like these this fall. It will be the perfect time to get beautiful leaves for collage. I like to pick up leaves in the fall and press and dry them. I hope you enjoy these.
I added my nature pieces to my shop now. Please check it out. They are $75.00 each or all three for $150.00, which means you would get one for free. Go here to shop: http://www.handsandharts.com/paintings.html
Have a great week,
I have been dyeing a lot of fabric this summer. Summer is a great time to get a lot of fabric prepared to use the rest of the year. I enjoy dyeing fabric one color and multicolored. I like to have a well stocked stash so that I have the fabric I need for any textile project I want to make. Here are some examples of pieces I have been dyeing this summer. I love to have fabric that is imbued with the essence of summer.
This fall I will be teaching a dyeing workshop locally. Keep watch for details coming up if you are interested in designing custom fabric.
I am also going to give away a mini quilt on my Facebook page soon. If you would like to have a chance at that please like my page and stay tuned for the details. Click here.
Have a great weekend,
The colors for this week are Raspberry, Tangerine, and a splash of lemon.
I had a piece of fabric already dyed with all three colors. I love this color combo and have dyed a lot of fabric, ribbons, and thread in this colorway. These colors say summer to me and remind me of eating sherbet, yum! I had fun creating my block for this week.
This week I followed the nature theme with a close-up of a flower. Just like all the other blocks in this series I fused squares of fabric and Pellon 805 together. Then I cut pieces of fabric and fused them to the base to make my design. I added free motion stitching to give the flower some shape.. I used french knots for the hand stitches this time around. I love the texture that french knots add to the fabric.
I also finished up all the blocks for Summer of Color and put them together into one art piece. I decided to finish them all individually instead of sewing them into a traditional quilt. I just don't do traditional when it comes to quilts. Here are all the blocks with the backing before I quilted them.
Here they are after I quilted them.
Here's what the back of the bird block looks like.
I spent a while figuring out how I wanted to combine all these into one art quilt. I decided to follow the nature theme and hang them from sticks. I used my hand dyed rayon ribbon to hang them and to sew the blocks together in the centers. I also wrapped the sticks with a ribbon that I dyed blue and green. I love how this gives a glimpse of summer scenes and invokes memories of past summers.
I hope that you like my art quilt. I enjoyed the Summer of Color challenge once again and look forward to next year.
I have been working on a few small pieces of art this summer along with the Summer of Color challenge that I am participating in.
These two photos are of a watercolor card that I painted. I wanted to play around with my Twinkling H2O's after doing so much textile art. I decided to paint this little whimsy girl on a thank you card. The whole card shimmers in the light. I love these watercolor paints for the beautiful rich colors and the shimmer and sparkle from the minerals.
I drew this fairy on watercolor paper a while ago and decided that I finally needed to paint her. She is also painted with the Twinkling H2O's. It is good to play with supplies and gain more knowledge about how they work. I also enjoy painting just for fun with no other purpose in mind.
I read about how Susan Brubaker Knapp took a denim jacket and stitched it with a sewing theme. You can read about her's here. I found a denim jacket at a resale shop here in town and decided to do the same thing. I have been working on this for a week, so I don't have very much done yet. This project is perfect for those times when I have to sit and wait for one thing or another or while watching tv and movies with my family. So far I am enjoying covering areas with these simple hand stitches. This project will keep me busy for a long time to come.
I hope that you enjoyed these glimpses of what I'm up to. Have a great week,