Monday, May 14, 2018

Painting with Watercolors





I am in love with this pad of watercolor paper by eeboo. The pages are 6-1/2 by 9-1/2” of Italian cold press paper and features the whimsical artwork of Monika Forsberg. 




On a recent trip to San Francisco, I made a memory page of my experiences.




I’ve been trying to draw and paint at least once a week. My collection of houses.




These are the kinds of watercolor paints that I prefer to paint with when I am in town on plastic palettes




I love drawing imaginary flowers




And houses



And tools of my trade



And this one for Mother’s Day. A self portrait with my favorite dog Bandit sitting in my garden. Drawing and painting is so relaxing and it feeds my soul. 

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Studio Spring Clean Blog Hop

Cheryl Sleboda gave a shout out on Facebook for anyone who wanted to participate in her annual Spring Clean blog hop! I looked around my very messy studio and decided to rise to the challenge and join in on the fun! 



Here is an example of stuff. I tend to load up counter areas which become a total mess and not very usable. There is a light box under there.



I decided to move my Sizzix Big Shot Pro and does to this area. I went through all of my books too. Now the cutter has a better place to be and all of my dies are easily accessible.  


This is supposed to be my drawing desk, but as you can see there is no room to sit down and just draw. Fabric everywhere. Did I tell you I’m a fabric designer? I design for RJR Fabrics! 



I moved my sewing machine table to where my desk was and this is working out much better. My studio is in an industrial building and sort of like a concrete shoe box. I have a truck door at the back and double doors in the front. There is a huge compression fan mounted on the ceiling that always adds a lot of black dust to my sewing machine, so there is the reason for the swap.



I only make wall quilts and I am a major Mistyfuser. These Iris Chests are filled with fused fabrics by collection of RJR Fabrics. The bins to the left are also fused fabrics by color from other fabric companies.




This is a bakers cart. All of my projects are on trays and inserted in this cart. I can take out a tray and put it on my table to work on. I can see it, therefore I won’t forget about it.



I wish I could say that this got cleaned up, but no. I think it will be forever messy. My painting and stenciling area. I design stencils for StencilGirl Products. I love the IKEA carts for my paint supplies!




Left wire rack is thread, Rick rack, embroidery thread, sewing supplies which all needed to be reorganized. The fabric on the right are from my lines with RJR Fabrics -Hopscotch is a blender line with 84 colors and 11 hand drawn designs, and Sewing 101 is all about my favorite things in my sewing room. These fabrics are waiting to be cut into fat quarters. Waiting for my fairy god mother to arrive



Totally cleaned out and reorganized. I can easily find everything



This is my stash of the fabrics that I have designed in an Ikea shelf unit. You may be asking about the sign? I do have positive affirmations all around my studio because they make me happy




This is the main part of my stash wall with my polka dot collection. These are stored in CD shelves



My row of ikea shelves and cabinets. There is no electrical on this side of the room, so this was the perfect place for all of the white shelves. My goal is to keep stuff off of the floor, you know like boxes, bags and things that I am lazy about putting away. Just do it!




I was hoping to clear this stuff out, but alas it sits waiting for me to clean it up. The bins on the right store all of my quilts by subject or series



My studio is my happy place. I work full time as an artist Monday through Friday. It may never be totally clean, but I am happy with that. It’s all mine and I can make huge messes and I don’t have to clean them up!

Here is the lineup of bloggers
April 23 - Lori Crawley Kennedy - http://theinboxjaunt.com/ 
April 24 - Jennifer Thomas - http://curlicuecreations.blogspot.com
April 25 - Robin Koehler - http://nestlingsbyrobin.blogspot.com 
April 26 - Andi Barney- https://www.andibarney.com/
April 27 - Misty Cole - http://www.mistycole.com/blog
April 28 - Carolina Moore- http://alwaysexpectmoore.com/
April 29 - Heather Pregger - https://heatherquilts.blogspot.com/
April 30 - Linda Bratten - https://lindabcreative.blogspot.com/
May 1 - Lisa Reber - https://www.dippydye.blogspot.com/
May 2 - Teresa Coates - http://www.crinkledreams.com
May 3 - Lisa Chin - http://www.lisachinartist.com/
May 4 - Jamie Fingal - http://www.jamiefingaldesigns.com/
May 5 - Sam Hunter - www.huntersdesignstudio.com 
May 6 - Jessee Maloney - www.artschooldropout.net/blog
May 7 - Rhanda Parrish - http://www.sewartsyfartsy.com/
May 8 - Sarah Vedeler- https://meaningoflifedesigns.com/
May 9 - Jessica Darling - https://jessicakdarling.com/
May 10 - Melody Crust - http://www.melodycrust.com/
May 11 - Debby Brown - http://higheredhands.blogspot.com
May 12 - Cheryl Sleboda - http://blog.muppin.com

Monday, April 30, 2018

The Power of Women





I am making a life size self portrait for The Power of Women special exhibit in Houston. There are 3 layers of quilting opportunities for this exhibit. The deadline is July 13. This portrait is for the lowest layer. I start most of my portrait work with an actual size drawing. This is on giant graph paper that is scotch taped together. 2 feet wide by 6 feet high




I am going to lay the drawing under a Goddess Sheet. You can see the lines underneath. This is my guide. I am fussy cutting the head with my Havel’s scissors 7” with fine teeth and a serrated blade. They hug the fabric to prevent slippage 



Now for my signature motifs on my head. A cup and saucer with a house in the cup. And she has a body too. This entire quilt will be made using fabrics from my two lines with RJR Fabrics: Hopscotch and Sewing 101. All of my designs are hand drawn.



My first Bernina, the one that I can easily carry. 153QE. I have jeans on with rips in the knees.



Progressing slowly and now I have Birkenstocks and striped socks on my feet. She just needs a little tweaking before I make the background. Onward and upward.



Here is the other quilt that I made for the top layer of this exhibit 36x36 The Artful Garden. It is block printed with my own designs and made into blocks with fabrics from RJR. My shoes match! It made for a fun picture.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Hop

I am happy to be a part of this line up of Spring cleaners! 

April 23 - Lori Crawley Kennedy - http://theinboxjaunt.com/ 
April 24 - Jennifer Thomas - http://curlicuecreations.blogspot.com
April 25 - Robin Koehler - http://nestlingsbyrobin.blogspot.com 
April 26 - Andi Barney- https://www.andibarney.com/
April 27 - Misty Cole - http://www.mistycole.com/blog
April 28 - Carolina Moore- http://alwaysexpectmoore.com/
April 29 - Heather Pregger - https://heatherquilts.blogspot.com/
April 30 - Linda Bratten - https://lindabcreative.blogspot.com/
May 1 - Lisa Reber - https://www.dippydye.blogspot.com/
May 2 - Teresa Coates - http://www.crinkledreams.com
May 3 - Lisa Chin - http://www.lisachinartist.com/
May 4 - Jamie Fingal - http://www.jamiefingaldesigns.com/
May 5 - Sam Hunter - www.huntersdesignstudio.com 
May 6 - Jessee Maloney - www.artschooldropout.net/blog
May 7 - Rhanda Parrish - http://www.sewartsyfartsy.com/
May 8 - Sarah Vedeler- https://meaningoflifedesigns.com/
May 9 - Jessica Darling - https://jessicakdarling.com/
May 10 - Melody Crust - http://www.melodycrust.com/
May 11 - Debby Brown - http://higheredhands.blogspot.com
May 12 - Cheryl Sleboda - http://blog.muppin.com


Friday, April 13, 2018

Organic Zen Wall Quilt




When I received my stencils in the mail, I already knew what I wanted to create. A hexagon wall quilt using the designs straight on. I admit that it was just a little time consuming, but totally worth it!



I used RJR fabrics cotton Supremes for this project, they come in a huge range of colors. I fused each color with Mistyfuse. Lay the lightweight fusible onhe wrong side of the fabric. Make sure than none of it is over the edges. Make sure it’s totally flat.



Then using a piece of parchment paper or a Mistyfuse Goddess sheet. I love the Goddess sheets because they get the best fuse. The Fat one covers a fat quarter. Glide you iron over the surface in a circular motion making sure that you capture the sides. Let it cool and then pull up one corner. If it has strings, pull it back down and press again. 
Mistyfuse




This is what it should look like if it is cooked. I trim the areas that don’t have the Mistyfuse and then I lay them on my couch or a table for them to dry. I really like the 12” bolt of Mistyfuse





I cut RJR Supreme solids into 6” squares after they were fused and started stenciling them on each piece of fabric one by one and changing the paint color in some cases so that they would pop. This was the time consuming portion of the project. I used all of my new stencil designs for this project. 
StencilGirl




After they were dry, I cut them into hexagons on my Sizzix Big Shot.they really look great! At this point I a, hoping that I got a good mix of colors for my project.




I decided that I needed more green, so I used the 9x12 stencils Zen Landscape and Zen Leafy to create a border for my wall quilt. I loved how these turned out 



I started by placing each hexagon on a Goddess Sheet and just overlapping them slightly, and also trying to make sure that each row was straight. Then I pressed them into each other with my iron. 



Next I fused the hexagons to a piece of black wool blended felt. Then I trimmed all sides using my rotary cutter and ruler. I backed the quilt with a piece of aqua wool blended felt. No batting or binding is my motto. Be a Rebel Quilter! Since I only make quilts for the wall, they will never be washed. 



Ready to free motion in an Organic flowy way using aqua thread by Isacord. 




I pressed this with my iron halfway through to keep it flat. I trimmed the aqua background to about 1/8the of an inch from the sides. See the first image of the Quilt.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

New Stencil Designs ‘Organic Zen’



Introducing my newest stencil line ‘Organic Zen’ for StencilGirl Products. Five 6x6 and two 9x12. You can see more here
StencilGirl link




I created a wall Quilt with my entire line using Mistyfused RJR Supreme solids and a Sizzix hexagon die. My next post will be about how to make this quilt. The Zen Landscape large stencil was used for the green on the edges. This stencil is an enlargement of the 6x6 Zen Landscape.




My other project is a painting on wood using the stencils. This was pretty fun to create.




I started with this



Then went to this. Starting the layers of color and pattern




Adding some more stencil elements
 


Making a bold statement with the finish! I love the sky and all of the layers. I am so happy to have a new line. Stencils add so much to your art. They are well made and priced well. Be sure to check out the StencilGirl club on the website. 

Monday, April 09, 2018

Trailer Art Collection in my Studio





As an artist I have a hankering to collect certain things. I’ve had a slight obsession with trailers over the years in my own work and others. Here is one of those collections by artist Chantal deFelice.




I began my collection after finding her work in a small store in Costa Mesa, CA inside The Camp. Airstream dreaming comes to mind





Then this one bought at The Patchwork Show in Santa Ana. I love the composition and the bathtub perched outside.




I received this one as a gift and I absolutely love the red accents

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Obsession in my own artwork. This design is a stencil that I designed for StencilGirl and it is still available on their website.




One of my wall quilts. Road trip with friends!