Sunday, January 25, 2015
I am sharing a few of my favorite textile cards from 2014. I sell these textile cards locally at Creston Card and Stationery Click here for their website. If you are looking for a small but special gift of a unique card email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am always working on cards and can let you know what I have or create something specific for you. The cards are frameable and fit just inside a 5 X 7" mat. Thanks for stopping by.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Watercolour Painting - Clothesline Series
My newest Clothesline Series painting started and completed. So far it doesn't have a name. Any thoughts?
You can click here for information about why I painted this series for 'inspiring energy conservation'.
|The watercolour painting is started. It is based on a clothesline I spotted in Oct 2014, on a busy highway in Nova Scotia.|
|Completed watercolour painting 7 1/2" x 10 1/2" (fits a 10 X 14" mat)|
Sunday, January 18, 2015
PAINTING WITH DYES ONTO MERCERIZED COTTON FABRIC
|10 Painted Fabric Pieces Ready for Quilters|
CONSIDERING VALUES WHEN PAINTING
Considering the value of colours is as important when creating fabric for quilting, as it is when painting a picture. Here is one approach.
I have laid in the lightest yellow. Remember when painting with dyes your colours will be slightly lighter when washed so put the colour down a little stronger than you want the finished piece to be. In the lightest yellow, I have also left so speckles of white (areas without dyes)
Next I put in the darkest shade of yellow. I put it towards a green. I might also have painted with a colour created from yellow and it's complement purple but in this instance I didn't want to chance greying the piece.
Now for the cactus itself. I mixed up three values of green. I find for mixing the darkest value, I have to add a lot more black than one would think.
If you are interested in having a piece of fabric created for you, email me at email@example.com These fabric pieces are easy to mail and make great reasonably priced gifts.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
We ended up with pairs from these two sets of sewn strips. Wow, how fun are these together. Pinwheels and alternating diamonds where the ideas we came up with, should you decide to put a solid colour with this block.
Another block put together involving an accent strip. How clever those these instructors are! Doesn't this look like a kaleidoscope image. I am sure I could use these as a border which should show the accent strip as a zigzag.
At times, the room was so noisy with machines running you couldn't have a conversation. Also one time, we all fell silent for a minute or so. It sounded eerie.
Next we are going to be experimenting with the scraps we have left over from cutting our blocks from the sets of sewn strips. I am sure I will be making some borders with those. Hopefully for my textile piece, 'Carol and Sue' from the previous post. Have you ever experimented with strips. What did you come up with?
Sunday, January 11, 2015
A NEW SERIES!
|'Carol & Sue'|
Kootenay living, for me has been a wonderful life and over the years I see people, particularly friends, doing things that reminded me of how fortunate we are to be living where we do. Things such seeing a friend's kitchen counters lined with jars of canned salsa, taking photos of friends as we are hiking through the mountains, watching the progression of wildflowers on spring walks, admiring vendor's wares at our local market,.....and the list goes on.
The series was envisioned in watercolour and although I won't discard that thought, the first of the series is done with thread sketching on textile. Why now? Some of the things that finally pushed me into starting the series were:
- Sketching one of the artists at a weekly sketching session in the fall.
- The interest of a student, from the Friday watercolour group, in drawing figures.
- Looking through my sketch pad and adding the chicken to the watercolour sketch done several months earlier. Choosing the chicken to reflect the model's love of her farm.
- My friend wearing some beautifully flowered rubber boots to an art show we went to this fall. Loved those boots.
- A fellow quilter sharing some very small print fabric with me two weeks ago after I exclaimed over it.
- Recently thread sketching on some textile cards got me excited about creating in thread again.
- A desire to create some larger textile pieces.
|The watercolour sketch upside down as I follow along as I thread sketch with my machine.|
|Watercolour sketch (left) that inspired the textile art. Oops, too much thread to the upper lip looks like a moustache and that chicken is a bit fat.|
|Chicken slimmed down.|
|Mouth fixed and background stitching added in white thread.|
Do you have any ideas for a title for this series? These are my ideas so far: Kootenay Charms, Kootenay's Charm, A Kootenay Life, What a Life or The Kootenays' Charm.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
These handmade artisan buttons have been niggling my creative thinking since I purchased them from 'Lavender Lampworks' in Nov of 2014. Click here for a post about the buttons. Below are two ideas I came up with.
Those of us who quilt and sew like to give and receive little gifts. At least I think so, don't you? So I've been designing card fronts for those lovely 'one of a kind' buttons to be attached to for gift giving. Do you have a favorite of the ones shown below: 1-4? I would love to hear about your choice in the comments or in an email firstname.lastname@example.org
CARD DESIGNS ON WATERCOLOUR PAPER
|Card front design #1 with a little colour added to the design|
|Card front design #2|
|Card front design #3|
|Card front design #4|
TEXTILE ARTThen I thought I would try free motion stitching on white cotton. These are only small 4 X 6" size samples again for card fronts or to be used in textile art.
|Textile Art # A|
|Textile Art #B|
|Textile Art #C|
|Textile Art #D|
|Textile Art #E|
Saturday, January 3, 2015
|Watercolour Painting Lesson: Two Coloured Background Wash|
At our Friday painting group, I gave this lesson last week. Here are some directions if you would like to try it:
- Wet the paper
- When the shine is starting to go off of the paper, start at the top and add a very rich strip of your chosen colour. Add successively lighter strips of colour until about a third of the way down the paper. Keep your board slightly tilted to allow the colour to run down.
- While the paper is still wet, turn your board 180 degrees and add a strip of another colour at the top. Continue as with the first colour. Allow the two colours to move close together in the middle of the paper.
- When you are satisfied with the blending, lay flat and allow to dry completely.
- Add a silhouette of your choice to the top of the background.
- On this sample piece, I lifted out a few highlights in the water at the end.
|Some work from the first online art course I have taken. If you have ever thought of taking one of Jane Lafazio's courses, I would recommend it. http://janelafazio.com/online-classes/|
|Joan, added pieced squares to my hand painted hollyhock squares. I am still thrilled with this wall hanging.|
|Click here for more information on painting with dyes on cotton fabric.|
|For this watercolour technique I used pen and ink. It has a nostalgic look, don't you think?|
|Fabric painting with a Gelli Plate. Win was the instructor for this fun workshop I took this spring. Click here for several excellent mixed media tutorials http://windinnart.blogspot.com/|
|I had fun quilting on a 40 + year old Bernia sewing machine.|