Thursday, July 12, 2018

Raindrops on roses

 I’m learning how to paint raindrops. First a rose. This is with the paint wet.

And after drying with raindrops ( that look more like bubbles) but still pretty cool. The rose itself lost a lot after drying though. I tried adding more paint and screwed up the corner.
 Here is the first raindrop I made. Looks like a marble

 Second try, now these look more raindrop like. I think raindrops need to be irregular while bubbles would be perfectly round. So much fun to make  and gratifying. Something different. If you want to try just google how to draw a raindrop. You tube will show you how and it really is pretty easy. You can do it!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Notebook cover

Pretty in pink

Pink is not a color I use much but it looks good with the white and beige.

Love how this quilting turned out

Friday, June 29, 2018

Daily leaf continues

Tried making shadows on my leaves. Not great but not bad either

And finished a composition notebook cover. This I love how it came out. I know I keep saying how much I enjoy making book covers but it is so gratifying and each one is different. Plus relatively quick. 

I’m preparing myself for the 100 degree heat wave that’s coming. Not looking forward to it at all. No outside activity so the only good thing is that I will have more time to sew since there won’t be any dog walks for a week. 😩🐶

Friday, June 22, 2018

100 days project week 2

Color this week. I’m learning you need a high contrast between fabric and paint also the paint needs to be put on thinly and the first print is like that first pancake - you need that test one for the rest to be good 😀

Friday, June 15, 2018

100 days project for quilters

My daily leaf print project is underway. Here is week one. I think I will do a different color theme each week. It’s quite fun and I’m enjoying the interaction with others doing the same 100 days on Facebook. One is doing a surface design each day, one free motion quilting a design a day out of a couple of adult coloring books, a couple people are improv piecing a block a day. A few are simply taking time each day to work on a project and showing the progress. 

I’m also learning from them. One person blew my mind when she said she changes thread a lot on her sit down long arm (of which I have and threading the sucker can be a pain). She cuts the thread on the old spool near the spool itself and leaves the rest of the thread still on the machine. Then puts on a new spool, ties the old thread to the new and just pulls it through. Now why didn’t I think of that! Brilliant! You really should join our group, if only to see what people are doing.

I’m also starting a Raven. Here is all the feathers in the nest.

And another in the cutting stage.

What are you up to this week?

Friday, June 8, 2018

A quiet moment between friend

I revisited a pattern that I made a few years ago. It’s one of my favorites so thought I would make another one.
My friend Glen just found out her beloved dog Chloe passed away when she was in Europe on vacation. This one is dedicated to you Chloe 😞

I especially like the moon quilting on this. 

In other news I am going to do a 100 day project, ever heard of it? You lick something creative and do it every day for 100 days. At the end you are either completely bonkers or you have 100 of something and hopefully have learned something along the way. If nothing else you learn commitment and discipline. And I can sure use that. I can’t guarantee I will make it to 100 days but I’m going to give it a go! I have formed a Facebook group called 100 Days project for quilters in the hopes that if I lost my every day project it will keep me accountable. I have always been in love with Linda McLaughlins weekly leaf projects so am going to do am”daily leaf”. Linda stitches hers and they are wonderful but I will do a combination of printing, painting, free motion and maybe applique. Not sure what form each day will take but it will be a different leaf every day.

Wanna join us? There are like 20 people in the group so far. You can start whenever you want, the only rule is that you be kind. 
Check it out here

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Jackson Pollack on fabric

 This is day one of the Art with Fabric Blog hop where you make a quilt inspired by any artist and I decided to do Jackson Pollack

this is a Jackson Pollack painting that sold for 140 million dollars 
this is my pollack style fabric art that will not sell for 140 million dollars
mine was inspired my this pollack that hangs in the Met.

I'm sure you all have seen his paintings as he is one of the most famous of the modern artists from the 1940's era when modern art was in it's early stages.
I've always been one of those cynics that didn't understand this type of art but I am now "getting it"
What changed my narrow minded old fashioned stick in the mud ways?
this book 
It is historical fiction set in the 1940's and is a must read for anyone that loves art or just loves a good read - I listened on audio book and it was really good 
So after watching a you tube video or 2 on how to paint like Pollack
 (what did  we do before you tube) 

I took some fabric that I had rust dyed to start with
 then I took some regular house paint - that's what Jackson used
(we are on a first name basis now that I am painting like him) (grin)
and I dribbled

 then I flung and spattered
 and dribbled some more only bigger and with more passion!
 finally after much dribbling, flinging, passion (and a few glasses of wine) - I ended up with this masterpiece - not bad!

If I were to do this again I wouldn't quilt it. I had no idea how to quilt this and just haphazardly went about it and frankly made it look worse. 
All in all it was really fun.

please be sure to check out the other bloggers posting today for the art with fabric blog hop- click here for a list of who and for clickable links to their blogs each day all week. It's really interesting to see what people do - such a wide variety of talent.