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Okay, who said that first?
Well, it must’ve been during the last half of December when those words were uttered. What’s the deal, folks? It doesn’t seem to matter when I start the preparations, this time comes and there’s so much left: shopping, cooking, sewing, painting…..Ahhhhh, but I love it all !!!
Speaking of which, I just put these on Etsy. (Click on ‘shopping’ on my home page OR type in: honeyquilts.etsy.com
They are mini Fiber Collages mounted on an acid free 5 by 7 inch Strathmore deckled edge card. The card itself is blank inside so you can write the message of your choice OR just put the card in a frame. Either way, if it’s a gift it will be sure to be enjoyed for a long time.
Hot off the presses!!!
We just dropped off 2 embellished journal covers at Baron’s. “How to create an embellished/collaged fabric journal cover” Workshop is scheduled for Saturday March 16 and repeated Tuesday March 19. Call Baron’s to register or for details.
This cover fits a composition book approximately 9 inches high by 7 1/2 inches wide.
This is the size we will be making in class. We will provide the composition books in the purchased supply kit.
This cover was adapted to fit a spiral bound art journal measuring approximately 5 1/2 inches by 8 inches. We will provide guidelines for adapting directions for other sizes.
As the year is winding down I’m busy getting my act ready to take on the road for 2013. A new workshop being offered is Celebration Art Cards.
This is one of my favorite things – creating small mixed media pieces – combining colors and textures as I go to achieve a special look. It’s all about color – movement – mood – and most of all letting those creative forces loose and having FUN!!
Here is a preview:
Workshop being offered at Baron’s Sewing Center Friday January 18: 4 PM until 7 PM.
In addition – I will be demo-ing this technique at the San Fernando Valley Quilt Association’s annual Quilt College, Monday February 18, 2013
When I posted here several months ago I mentioned that I was working on a piece that needed some hand embroidery to be added. This was a fun project – something different and incorporating several different techniques.
Here is a photo of my Fish Out Of Water
And here is an overview of how I made him.
I collaged several fabrics onto a mottled yellow background. I made a stencil from a fish drawing and when I cut it out I was careful to keep the remaining stencil material intact so that I could use it too.
Then I painted the fish image onto the quilt using the stencil and acrylic paint. When it was dry I thought that more contrast was needed around the fish so I used the “fish” part of the stencil and painted around the outline.
I outlined the collage pieces with perle cotton and added embroidery to the fish. Then I added some beads and a button eye to accent the fish.
Finally I stitched and beaded a spray of coral.
I used a pillowcase type of backing and accented the edges with a perle cotton running stitch.
This is a wonderful jam packed full of information video from Joggles.com
Just about the time we got the Haiku prompt word for September I was itching to do another fiber/ribbon collage quilt. The perfect opportunity arose when we were presented with the word “Rhapsody”.
I always think it’s kinda interesting to look at thought processes and how we end up where we end up so I hope you do too. I immediately discarded the obvious (to me at least that was Rhapsody in Blue) and considered “what have I been rhapsodizing about lately?” Peaches!! I had brought home some from Costco and every time I had one I was oohing and aahing about how delicious and perfect it was.
AND, just a few days before I had been in the local quilt shop looking at orange and PEACH fabric and carrying on about how gorgeous it was.
Tada!……………….. Peach Rhapsody
And here’s the Haiku
late summer harvest
fruit heavy branches bow low
ripe juicy peaches
I had been thinking about the change that I made a couple of months ago to working full time on developing my art and wondering if this was something I should have done years ago. Since making this decision I have been so energized. Not only is creating art something that I WANT to do but I feel that it’s something that I HAVE to do. I feel that I’m really in my element now.
Should I have done this i.e. made the switch – years ago? I could write pages about why not but the short answer is – No. Do I regret all the years spent doing other things? Was the time wasted? Absolutely not.
And here’s where the August prompt word makes its appearance in such a timely fashion. The word is “Journey”. I thought of Life’s Journey. About how EVERYTHING that we do has an impact on us. How everyone we meet leaves their mark. How we may look at some events as distractions or detours from our chosen path but that ultimately all these experiences (positive or negative) contribute to who we are. And often they equip us with the emotional skills that we need to forge ahead. I have confidence now that I didn’t have 20 years ago; I have certain practical skills to handle the business side of art; I have a sack full of life experiences to draw upon and I have gained perspective and understanding about what is important to me – especially at this time.
unplanned stops, uneven road
part of the journey
Techniques for “Journey”
- color wash
- random stamping using household utensils and distress ink
- road map collaged on
- manila tag painted and overpainted with distress inks
- attached to page with ribbon and brad
- messages in ink on art paper applied randomly to tag and page.