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 progress...an 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: Quiltingdaily.com 
April 12:  Announcement posted on Quilting Daily Week in Review
April 14: Jane LaFazio: janeville.blogspot.com
April 15: Meg Cox: megcox.com/category/blog
April 16:Deborah O’Hare: thebluehare.blogspot.com
April 17: Jamie Fingal: jamiefingaldesigns.com
                                Susan Brubaker Knapp: bluemoonriver.blogspot.com
April 18  Carrie Bloomston: suchitysuch.blogspot.com/
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
http://bit.ly/1eQAKEL

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!

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Intentional Printing Book - Blog Hop

Welcome to my Twisted Sister Blog - and the hop to promote Lynn Krawczyk's book 
Intentional Printing
By Lynn Krawczyk
Interweave / F+W Media; $26.99The link to buy this book is here.
I am honored to have one of my art quilts in this book.  The fabric was printed by Lynn.
Twirly Dress 13x18, made in 2012.  The only fabric that isn't hers is the bodice and the zig zag on the bottom of the dress.

This is the section that I am going to experiment with "Decay Printing" - right up my alley
I went to Aaron Bros to buy Dyna Flow paint by Jacquard, because this is what Lynn uses in the book. I didn't realize it at the time, but I bought two different paints.  One Dyna Flow and one Textile paint. I have never used Jacquard paint before.  For stamping and printing, I've only used Liquitex Acrylic Paint.  I start with the red, which is like liquid (Dyna Flow).  I brush it on the bottom of a Starbucks Double Shot.  And since I love circles, I decide that they will be at the centerpointe of my design.

Now black, which is much like acrylic paint, only like butter (the textile paint)  I am using the bottom of Modern Masters red paint plastic jar.  It is pretty nice messy rings, almost like a mug stain on a table


Well maybe I should run some lines through the circles and let's see how it splatters.  The red did well with that, and not so much with the black

Adding a glue stick and an ice cream container to my marking mix

Black on red

Now we are going to throw caution to the wind by using some fun foam textures with dots.  I also added to the yellow fabric Avery Reinforcements - you know those little paper O's to reinforce the holes on notebook paper?  That's what I am working with.  This is not in the book, but something that I've wanted to explore.

stamped dots

This is the paper that the reinforcements were on.  They will make great dots.  The black paint, is like butter, so it glides over the holes, without smearing.  Isn't this cool?

Now add some circles and the dimension and texture comes into play

And now, I've removed the paper reinforcements.  I like the look very much!  I am having alot of fun doing this!

Using that same piece of paper with the holes, I slide the black paint over the top of the royal blue fabric and it makes a nice statement
This is the black paint that I am using, and just as soon as I can, I am going to buy more colors of this paint.  It is amazing!  I learned something GREAT from Lynn's book, and also a few more great ideas on how I can make all kinds of motifs, marks, text, and even draw on fabric, which I have never done.  Huge bonus here and easy to read instructions.  The photography is awesome in her book, with step-by-step text to go with the visuals.

Looking pretty cool, and it is giving me ideas for other projects!

Here is my work table with all of the fabrics - simple to detailed.  So, what am I going to do with all of the fabric?  Let's make an art quilt with it.

I fused all of the fabrics with Mistyfuse, then using a Sizzix Big Shot, I cut out circles from this die.  Really easy and the circles make a great design element.

Here's the art quilt that measures 16-1/2" square.  Circle Play

detail 1



Draw, stamp, screen print and more to create gorgeous art cloth with the help of surface design artist Lynn Krawczyk’s new book, Intentional Printing: Simple Techniques for Inspired Art Fabric (Interweave/F+W Media; $26.99.) Take part in our blog tour with stops along the way at:

Now, if you would like to have a chance to win this book (US Residents only), leave a comment about your favorite motifs that you like to use in printing on fabric.  A winner will be chosen using a Random Number Generator.  Deadline is Sunday, April 6th at Midnight, Pacific Time.  Good luck to you, and thank you so much for stopping by my blog! 46 Comments, and #19 is the random number - the winner of the book is Rebecca Buchanan!  Thank you ALL for your amazing comments!

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