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.

Draw A Bird Day (September encore)!

I want to once again acknowledge M. R. Emberson of A-Wing and A-Way for alerting the WordPress community to the holiday for drawing birds on April 8. A group of other artists and I have been carrying on the tradition monthly ever since, and it’s been lots of fun.

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Unfortunately this weekend got a bit busy, and so I’ll be posting this month’s contribution in stages. I got the idea for this one from this earlier post, dubbed “The Yellow Bird of Happiness” by my husband. That bird was so full of joy that he makes me smile every time I flip back to that journal page.   I thought it might be fun to make him the central motif in an art quilt.   Working with fabric is certainly rewarding, but it was soooo much faster to do that quick watercolor sketch. hehe.

I think I’ll call this one “A New Song” (which reminds me of the Father Tim book series by Jan Karon, which started with “At Home in Mitford”.   Does anyone else love this series?   “A New Song” was the fifth installment).     I hope that the finished project will come somewhat close to the vision I have for it in my head.   🙂

I hope you’ll join me next week for the Draw A Bird Day recap, when I post a link to the artwork of all of the bloggers who joined us this month!  Peace, and I hope you all have a great week ahead.

Vivacious Violet

Attempt #2 at mixed media art, this time on a small canvas. And with molding paste!

First was just a few colors of acrylic paint (bought at the same time as the original watercolor set, the $7 one from Wal-Mart, nothing fancy) smeared on the canvas

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Next, I added some white paint to tone it down a bit, trying to even out the lights and darks…

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Here, I added some molding paste through a stencil along with a couple of pieces of yellow fabric that I had dyed with one of my experiments around Easter.   Seemed to give it some needed spark, but the blue felt too blue to me.   Or the wrong shade of blue.  So I went in and touched that up with a very small brush and some violet acrylic.

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After purpling the blue at the bottom a bit, and adding a few dots to try and lead the eye around, and unify the piece a bit more, I was about to call it quits, at least for the night, just to see how it looked (and felt) after drying, since I’ve never worked with molding paste…

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and then I realized there were a few gobs of white acrylic paint left on my palette!  So, added a few more dots, this time in white, which I feel improved it a bit more…

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Then I decided to let it dry for the night.

Now the question:  is it finished, or should I add more layer(s)?  Maybe I should let the painting tell me in the morning.  I’m curious what my artist friends would do.  I may just hang this in my “studio”, which is my daughter’s old room, now the library/craft room AKA sleeping cave, because it’s the quietest room in the house.   So much of A’s artwork is down there, it really gives the room an art-infused (and A-infused!) feeling, which is special.  So this might just go down there and join her artwork.  Or is it unfinished?  What do you all think?

Well, today is the day we’ve been waiting for!  I hope everyone in the US has a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  Peace and blessings to all.  ❤

Draw a Bird Day reminder: Friday, May 8!

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Thanks to A-Wing and A-Way letting so many of us know about Draw A Bird Day on April 8, many of us had fun drawing or painting birds on April 8.  Some drew a bird for the first time, and found it be lots of fun!  However, many people weren’t aware of the holiday until it was too late.  So, some of us decided it might be fun to make this a monthly event!   I also want to thank Squirrel Writer for helping to spread the word!

For my friends who may not be comfortable with drawing:  Do not let this sideline you, if you are interested in participating!  Anything goes:  Photographs, stories or poems about a bird, a little sculpture, a nature collage, you are only limited by your imagination.  I think what we’re trying to do here is open the cage door and let the birdies fly.  That’s us!  We all have wings, and sometimes we need to give ourselves permission to open them.  Let the spirit move you as it will.

Friday, May 8 is a week from today, and I hope we can all make WordPress fly to celebrate our wing-ed friends.

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.