Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Finally Finished

Here is the very soft and pretty yellow quilt that I have been laboring over for some time now.  It has rail fence blocks surrounded by the floral print.  With so many flowers in the print, I got the brilliant idea to just outline the flowers and leaves as I quilted.  I regretted that decision all through the process.  It got pretty boring to do the same rose or floral group over and over. 

The backing fabric is what I would call white-on-white, except it is ivory.  The quilting is done in Seafoam green cotton thread by Signature.  That color blends nicely on the front, but shows up dramatically on the back.

Trust me, there is a LOT of quilting in this project!

I have one more quilt left to do for Teresa.

In the meantime, I have been making some yummy new backgrounds for my next journal pages in the Artistic Journaling online class.

This one is in my Moleskine sketchbook.  I used acrylic paints.  I think I am going to use these pages to journal about some of my favorite things.

This one is in the Watercolor Field Notebook.  Can you tell that I hope it to be about the ocean?

Both of these used a process of smearing the page with gesso to coat it, and then using your non-dominant hand to add text with a black marker.  Then, you have fun adding layers of paint.   After that, you continue to add marks and areas of interest with more paint, gesso, spattering water, etc.  The one that looks like the ocean has some Lumiere paint to add a gleam.  This process is so much fun, but you have to be patient to wait for the paint to dry between layers.

Here is one more background I have started, but not for the journaling class.  I just thought I would play around while I was painting the journal pages.  This one is on a piece of canvas board.  I gessoed through a piece of lace, then started adding various paints and inks.  I am thinking that this background might be for a mixed media mermaid!


Michelle said...

the quilt came out great - must have taken you forever! Love you journal backgrounds, they are really gorgeous.

Unknown said...

the quilt is so pretty...I love the quilting and the colors...all the repetition was worth it....your journal backgrounds are awesome too...I can see the ocean theme for sure in the one page.