Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Prayer Flag Blog Hop!

I was given this lovely banner set to create a set of flags for the Blog Hop!  A little back story about my experience with prayer flags.  I've been making them flags for a little over two years, first as a way to begin healing after my dad died suddenly, then my mom who followed four months later.  Prayer Flags have given me a way to express myself in a small form, that has paved the way for other work over the years.  I have made prayer flags for friends who were having surgery, wedding flags, positive affirmation flags, happy flags, and some flags that hang in my back yard.  Most of my flags hang in my art studio.
Quilting Arts Prayer Flags eBook which is so beautiful. It is total eye candy, and wonderful words to describe their inspiration

I am honored to be part of the Prayer Flag Blog Hop to promote Quilting Arts new eBook.  The info is here about how you can purchase the eBook and this set of flags that you can button together!  or you can just buy the eBook separately, here
Of course, I wanted to use the fabric from my line, because it's bright and fun!  And it has words, and I ended up cutting up the words, and made my own with the letters

Here they are all in a row on the wall.  This version, the flags are attached with buttons.  Very classic.  You can click on the photo to see them larger

Here is so you can see them up close.  Hope and Love

Family and Prayer

Art and Music
and this is another project that I am working on.  It's in entire quilt made with 6x8 prayer flags, also made with fabrics from my line and some Hoffman Batiks

and more... so hop over to the other blogs and see what everyone else is doing
April 11:  Blog hop announcement: 
April 12:  Announcement posted on Quilting Daily Week in Review
April 14: Jane LaFazio:
April 15: Meg Cox:
April 16:Deborah O’Hare:
April 17: Jamie Fingal:
                                Susan Brubaker Knapp:
April 18  Carrie Bloomston:
also visit The Prayer Flag Project which is on-going, and you can submit your flags to be posted on the blog

Leave a comment about anything about this post, and have a chance to win this DVD by me about Rebel Quilting! (US Residents only).  Deadline is Wednesday, April 23rd at 9:00pm Pacific Standard Time.  Random number generator will select the winner!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Collaborative Painting with Friends

On a Friday a couple of weeks back, I had three friends come to my studio to play, have lunch and catch up.  Ann Crane, Jill Rosoff and Melanie McFarland.   Ann is a chef, Jill is a watercolorist, and Mel is an art quilter.  We started with a primed canvas, and acrylic paint.

The progression.  We also changed places ever 5-10 minutes, so that our own artistic styles could be all over the canvas, and not just in one place

It's getting more detailed and fun!

detail 1

detail 2

detail 3

and after lunch, I cut it up into four sections and each person got to select the one they wanted.  It was so much fun!  Leslie Tucker Jenison and I are teaching this class at the International Quilt Festival in Houston - this fall "Painting with a Twist & Shout."

Sunday, April 13, 2014

House Blocks

I found myself making these little blocks with a house stenciled in the center.  I had some leftovers from other projects - the house stencils (using acrylic paint on fabric) and the washed wool felt from another workshop.  Batik fabric as the frame, and fused to washed wool felt.  The felt was nubby and bumpy.  Each one has some hand stitching on it, which adds a bit of whimsy to the project.

House stencil by Stencil Girl Products
So I decided to make a book with them, and arranging them back to back, mixing up the colors a bit (the felt colors)

I zig zagged them together on my BERNINA.  It was a bit of a challenge, since the washed wool felt was a bit thick and unwieldy.

Here's the other side!
Up close and personal, so you can see the details

I love the purple paint on lime green!

and blue on orange

and lime on purple

and purple on aqua

and purple on blue

from the top!
Then I had 2 extras, that didn't have any hand stitching on them, so I made a cute pot holder!  The binding is also stenciled.

Here's the other side!  I love this stencil.  So many possibilities!  You can buy it here. Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Art of Whimsical Lettering by Joanne Sharpe

I was honored to be asked to review Joanne Sharpe's new book "The Art of Whimsical Lettering."  Joanne is one of the contributing artists of The Sketchbook Challenge, that I have been a part of for the past three years.  I love lettering, and use it frequently in my own work.  You can see by my drop cloth here on the table, words are stenciled on it.

She has done alot of artwork with Copic markers, so I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.  I bought four and clearly that was not enough.  These markers have 2 ends - a broad and a brush and they go on like butter.  Oh my.  I need more.  Could be a new addiction for me.  Adding them to my Amazon wish list right now!

So, from her book showing shadow lettering, I gave it a whirl.  Yes, I need more colors.  Yellow would have been nice, and maybe lime green!  This has a nice look to it.  Her instructions were very easy to follow.

I love the line "Discover the joy of text!?  She has a joyful palette of colors.  This book is full of inspiration, and great ways that you can expand your horizons for adding text to your own work.  Dream it and make it happen.  She has great quotes throughout the book.  Everything from papers to all kinds of journals.  Imagine the possibilities.  And of course, the Copic markers.  There is a great Resource section.  Letters in the round, story strips and even bling!
Fun Contents page - hours of enjoyment await you!  She offers many sample aphabets!

Great ideas that you can incorporate your own artistic style into.  That is what is terrific about this book.  She is paving the way for you to explore, and create your own art!  If you ever wanted to own a book about lettering for your artwork - this is it.  Look no further.

By Joanne Sharpe
Interweave/F+W Media; $24.99

Friday, April 04, 2014

Paint Palette Re-Do

I bought myself a new watercolor palette.  The ones that I have been using for over 25 years are cracked and not working very well.  I found this one at Blick Art and it is portable, so that is an extra bonus.  The color of the lid was not appealing to me, but the only color that the store carried.

Here's the inside and there is a nice amount of space for mixing colors

I had been playing with stencils last week to create the shopping bag re-do, so I thought that I would do something similar to the lid of this box, to make it more like me.  I am using the Vintage Typewriter Alphabet from StencilGirl Products

I might have forgotten to add, that all of the stencils are done on Deli paper, yes the kind you get a sandwich wrapped in at your local deli.  They become almost transparent when doing a collage.  I had some leftovers from a previous project using the What's the Point stencil by Nathale Kalbach for StencilGirl Products

and really, who doesn't love polka dots?*!  I am applying the Deli paper onto the top of the paint box with Liquitex Matte Medium.  I love polka dots, which is this month's theme on The Sketchbook Challenge this month.  The scoop is here

It is coming together!  I added some other pieces of Deli paper where I just paint lines with red acrylic paint

I trimmed the edges that were hanging off the sides with my scissors

Now I have the paint box that I want, and I love it's new top.  I am going to seal it with Liquitex Gloss Varnish and it will be ready to roll!

Blogger since June 2005
Copyright 2005-2014
all rights reserved
please do not use my photos
without permission

thanks ever so much