Top of the Quilt II – Welcome, Autumn!

After making my first little patchwork art quilt with a jazzy, crazy color scheme, I decided to see what would happen if I took the same techniques to more subdued fall fabrics and colors.

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I’d like to know what you all think of the wonk-tastic shapes and lines with the more refined textures and colors of autumn. This is just the top, so it will look different once the hand-quilting has been done.   It’s about 11 3/4″ high by 11″ wide.   Almost a square this time.

For my next little quilt, it’s back to the beach, but this time with more subdued blues and greens, I think. We’ll see where the muse takes me. I hope this weekend brings you time to create, time to breathe in the fall scents, and time to spend with those you love most! Peace.

Top of the Quilt (and the Morning!) to You

Here is the little art quilt I’ve been working on lately. This one is 9 3/4″ by 11 3/4″. I would love to get your knee-jerk reaction to this. Don’t be shy if you don’t like it, but if you could tell me what it is you don’t like, that’d be most helpful.   Or tell me what you do like, even better, lol!  😀

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I have not “faced” it yet (added the trim that will bind it with the backing and batting to make the quilt sandwich), or quilted it together. I’ll be adding whimsical buttons and some handmade beads to the top and doing some fun hand quilting to finish it off. I see it in a funky beach house. How about you?

The next one I’m planning will have warm fall colors, with more subdued fabrics. But I really love the free-form feeling I get from this, both as a viewer and as the creator. I was inspired by Rayna Gillman’s book, “Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts”, which I highly recommend!

Happy Autumn Tuesday to my northern hemisphere friends today!   Peace.

Painted Art Quilt (progress post)

I have finally made some progress on my art quilt. You might remember the unbleached muslin panel I painted from this post. I added some layers of pigment to deepen some of the tones since then, cut it into three pieces (a scary prospect at the time), and I’ve finally assembled the quilt top!   (Click on the image if you’d like to see it more closely.)

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It is fairly small right now at 9 1/2″ x 12″, and I’ve added some hand quilting, but I haven’t bound it off yet. Not sure if I should add another border to it?     ***EDIT:   I’ve now removed the sculpture due to early feedback!***  The small white sculpture between the first two panes was made out of Sculpey (polymer clay) and fired, but not yet painted. I’m also thinking of possibly making small seagull beads from Sculpey and adding them to the top.   And might add a funky beaded fringe to the bottom.  Not sure if I’ll stop there or not!   The border fabric is a primarily dark green and blue batik fabric – not black, as it may first appear.   Here is the fabric next to an ivory piece, so that you can see the colors a bit better:

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I’d love to get your thoughts on this. As always, constructive criticism is helpful and most welcome. I would really like to open an online shop before Christmas and sell this kind of thing. I’ve wanted to do it for years, and just starting to feel the urge to really DO it. If you think it needs something added (or subtracted), please do let me know! Thank you so much!   Happy glorious almost Autumn weekend to all!   Peace.

Fabric painting fun!

I really appreciated everyone’s feedback and help with my fabric painting experiment from the other day.   I took Sharon’s advice and painted fabric in different color families yesterday; here is one of them.   This was done solely with watercolor paint on plain muslin fabric.

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Hoping to get a small quilt together today that will be comprised primarily of fabric I painted myself…..wish me luck! Happy September Sunday to you. Peace.

Your Opinion, Please….

I painted this with Caran d’Ache Neocolor II watersoluble crayons on plain old cotton fabric (muslin). It was so much fun, and so zen.

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I’d like to incorporate this, or something like it, into an art quilt. It reminds me of the abstract landscape work I’ve been doing in my art journal (with the same crayons)!

I’d love to get your thoughts on this fabric piece. Am I on the right track, do you think? Could you see this as part of the focal area in an art quilt? It dried lighter, as water media usually does, so I think it needs to be punched up a bit first.   And I didn’t make it wide enough either – I wouldn’t leave the white spaces on either side if it was going into a quilt.   Just didn’t have time to redo this one.   What kind of feelings does this piece evoke? And please don’t be shy. If you think it wouldn’t work, any hints on what’s wrong or how I could make it better would make my Friday!

I hope you all are shaking your various talons, tails, whiskers and tail feathers on this wonderful September Friday. Peace.

Excited

This one was once again inspired by the book “Serendipity Quilts” by Susan Carlson mentioned in yesterday’s post. Along with the sun, she included a moon pattern, which looks like this:

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These sun and moon patterns just seem to call my name!  In my art journal, I used a ramekin for the outer circle, and freehanded the rest of the design. I added the waves because, to me, the moon and waves are just a natural match.

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I feel like they gel so well in this little painting. Used my Cotman travel palette to add the color.   This was a very relaxing end of the day wind-down, and I was pretty pleased with the result.  I’d like to come up with my own sun and moon portraits/profiles, and I’m really looking forward to the prospect!    It’s all new territory for me, but what isn’t?   Onward!

Can’t believe Wednesday’s already here!   Preseason starts tomorrow people!   (Well, I guess it’s already begun.)   It’s my annual signal that Fall has boarded the plane and is taxiing down the runway!   Let’s do the Autumn dance!   *cue the music*

Red, Right, Returning

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I tried twice to capture what I was feeling about this phrase, and neither one turned out as I originally envisioned, but it’s ok.  This one ^^ was done in watercolor, and I went wet into wet and tried to get the red and blue to mingle on the page, but they didn’t wanna be friendly.  Maybe I’m too close to DC?  Lol, not sure. 

So I had to steer the red toward the blue, and at that point, I got those cool stripes, which I decided was fine, and I needed to stop right there, before I fussed with it and killed the spontaneity of the moment. 

Then, all I had to do was put my green channel marker on the left, and I was done.  Which was great, as I didn’t have much time to do art yesterday.   Does it give you a flag feeling, or is it just me?  Unintended, but I do like it!  It may be the closest I ever get to actually painting the flag.

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For this one, I was working on an almost cream colored barely paisley fabric.  I started with Tombow markers on the right, went to Portfolio water soluble oil crayons for the blues in the center, and wound up with Inktense pencils for the left hand side.  I don’t really like the part on the right, but since this is basically a log of my art experiments, and which mediums give me which effects, I decided to post the whole swatch. 

What I like most about the Inktense is that what you see is what you get.  When you wake up in the morning, it’s all dry, and it pretty much looks the same.    There is very little fading, which you see all the time with watercolor paint, as it dries much lighter than it goes on. I bought this fabric over 20 years ago, I really don’t like it anymore, but it’s nice to know that I can still get some use out of it.  

I do expect to use pretty much everything I’ve been making lately (all of the abstract stuff), or pieces of them, in my art quilts.  At this point, I’m just trying to get familiar with all of the different supplies I have.  It’s a fun experimental phase!

So when I don’t have much time or energy late at night, this is the kind of stuff I’ve been gravitating to, just because it is pure fun and exciting (for me) to see what’s going to happen/how it turns out.   I hope I’m not boring too many of you with bad art while I experiment here!  🙂

We are on the hump, and it’s all downhill from here, people! *I live to create* Peace.

Magenta Memories

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Not sure what led me to start sorting through the memory drawer yesterday…I didn’t know a drawer could hold so many things! And there are two more to go!   

I know we’ve saved other shoes from our baby-girl-now-24’s growing-up years, but this pair is a family favorite.   I taught her to say “ma-gen-ta” when we got these (I guess she was around two or so), and boy, she told everyone she had ma-gen-ta shoes.  It was the sweetest thing. 

I’ve never tried to draw a pair of shoes before, but  I couldn’t resist a quick sketch of these with my “ma-gen-ta” watercolor pencil (Derwent non-Inktense).   Just a quick one to remember the moment:

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Then, to cheer myself up:  flowers!

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This is the photo I took a couple of months ago that was the inspiration for the painting.  I love to buy flowers and make my own arrangements.  There’s nothing like fresh flowers to bring positive energy to a space:

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For the background for the painting, I took a piece of ivory lace, painted parts of it with Inktense and non-Inktense Derwent watercolor pencils, then used a few Tombow markers to color through, with the lace acting like a stencil.  You have to hit the Tombowed areas pretty fast with water to fade the spots out, especially since the palette I have is so bright.  I thought it looked nice once it was faded out, though.  

Here’s how the lace turned out:

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I am enjoying every second I can grab with an art supply in hand!  Are we thanking God for a Spring Friday?  Woot!  I hope you set your inner artist free this weekend and make something beautiful.   I’ll be looking forward to seeing it!  Happy Weekend, everyone!