Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Continuing my journey in mixed media, I painted and stamped a canvas board, added some collaged papers and lace, and drew all over it with black ink. The brown shading is done with Conte crayon. The text at the lower right was on a bit of scrapbook paper. It is the first three lines from a poem by Thomas Campion:
There is a Garden in her face,
Where Roses and white Lillies grow ;
A heau'nly paradise is that place.
I chose to interpret the poem quite literally! I like the colors and layering on this one, but might do something about that big green leaf that is pointing to the lady's face.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
I was wrong when I said yesterday that it would be 101 degrees. Our home thermometer registered 105!
I only finished one pass, as these take quite awhile to do. You have to stitch around each of the three circles that make up each floral applique. I am free-motion stitching leaves, flowers, vines and swirls in the background and borders.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
While I was at the beach, my awesome quilt group, Cyberbee, had an all-day meeting during which the Re-Vision Quilt project was launched.
We have been toying with the idea for this swap for a long time, since Michelle read about the idea on Judy Rys' blog.
I sent my project (a Ricky Tims Harmonic Convergence quilt top) along in a stapled brown paper bag, and Jean picked up a brown bag project for me. When I found out it was from Mary Corcoran, I got excited because Mary is an awesome quilter who uses vibrant color combinations.
Yesterday, Jean and I had lunch, and we opened my bag to see the quilt Mary had bestowed on me.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
I have a wonderful new book that was an early birthday present from my son and daughter-in-law. Stitch Alchemy by Kelli Perkins is all about combining fabric and paper for mixed-media art. The author refers to the resulting product as paper-cloth. I have also heard it called fabric paper. This is a process that I am anxious to try out!
Why paper-cloth? For one thing, you can create colors and designs that are uniquely original, rather than depend on commercial fabric. For another, you can cut paper-cloth and applique it without turning under the edges. Paper-cloth can be stitched, painted, and embellished to your heart's content.
To make paper-cloth, you can use cheap, plain muslin, white craft tissue paper, and white glue. Once you get the base prepared, you can add almost any surface design technique, such as stamping, stenciling, texturing, and almost any paint technique. There are pages and pages of instructions and ideas for "saturating your paper-cloth with juicy color."
I can't wait to get started! Even the pages of the book are juicy and inviting. Great gift!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
My father has seven children- all of us are in the above picture, which also includes my Aunt Billie. And every one of us think we had the best father in the world. That is saying something!
Dad has 14 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren so far. That's a lot of father's day love!
And here is some Father's Day love for my husband. He is a big man to look up to, and our children and grandchildren certainly do. Well, except Dave is now about four inches taller.