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.

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.

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*

Watercolor Wildness

I picked up a library book the other day called “Serendipity Quilts” by Susan Carlson. Flipping through the pages, a pattern really caught my eye

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so I decided to try and re-create it in watercolor and ink in my art journal!   Who needs fabric when you have beautiful pigments and a wonderful, hairy brush!

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I didn’t trace the pattern in the book; instead, I freehanded it. So it’s not all perfect and symmetrical, but it’s ok. Life’s not perfect either.  I may give this another try on watercolor paper. I think it would be fun to do a watercolor portrait of the sun and the moon. Ideally, I’d give Ms. Carlson’s idea my own twist, but we’ll see if my creative bones are working next time out.

Happy Tuesday! Enjoy summer while it’s here, you summer lovers! I’m looking forward to red, yellow and orange TREES. And the smell of the LEAVES. I can’t WAIT. Oh, and football! 😀 Can’t forget that. Ooh, apple cider!  Yes, fall is my favorite season.   And it’s calling me.   🙂  Shall we call it the Autumn Dance?   We shall.  Peace.

Late Lace Lagoon Lily Love

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 Woo!   It’s been a long day, and I couldn’t settle on just one L.

 

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So I decided to roll out a whole pack of them, instead!

 

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Hope you enjoy. 

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All of the photos were taken late; I apologize for the shadows.   I’m experimenting with *surprise* Inktense pencils and Dye-na-Flow acrylics on lace and fabric.    I’m really pleased with what I’m seeing so far.   This birdie can’t wait to fly with these quilts!   Really looking forward to it.

The last two photos are on Strathmore watercolor cards (from Dick Blick, .33/card, including envelopes, which is what I usually use).    I was pleased with the color combination on the last one:   1200/sea blue, 1220/green aquamarine, with a touch of 1230/mallard green and 1300/teal. 

Who else is glad it’s Thursday?    Time to warm up thy tailfeathers, which shouldn’t be too hard with the 66 degrees they’re calling for.   I’ve been enjoying the spring this year, which is different from many years, in which we leap from winter direct to summer.    The 60s and 70s are great  :))) 

Thanks for visiting.   I hope to see you back here with what I’ve conjured up for M tomorrow.    Ooh, Mysterioussssssss….

Jade, Juniper and … Jasper

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I’ve been playing with more shades of green, which was lots of fun. I started out with Derwent watercolor pencils (the non-Inktense line), and it was just too sleepy and blah for me, so I kicked it up with Mallard Green Inktense. Still wasn’t enough, so I added splashes of emerald green and halo blue Lumiere metallic acrylic, softened off to avoid any obvious edges, for a little pop.  It has a very subtle shimmer, which I like in this one.  Because I had some leftover in my palette, I even added a little watercolor paint at the end.  I wish I could remember the color.  It was a greenish blue.

I painted nearly the whole thing while eating dinner, so Jasper isn’t as pristine and white as he’d prefer, but he’s still the star of the show, I think, even with a few smudges.

The fabric at the bottom wasn’t altered by me at all; it was already beautiful.   It’s a gorgeous batik fabric, and I’m so glad that I bought extra when bordering a quilt with it, as it amazes me every time I look at it. There are so many different greens and blues, all harmonious to the eye.  All I did was cut one side with pinking shears to give a watery look underneath the bird, then glued it to the paper.

I’ve no clue what to do for the letter K, but that’s part of the fun of trying to stick to the alphabet.  Something always happens that was totally unplanned, and usually winds up adding to the fun.  May the Force be with me.  And you!  I hope you stretch your creative muscles today, in whatever way makes you feel the best.

I want to thank all of you for visiting me, and for your lovely comments.  You’ve made my day countless times, and I really appreciate it.  See you tomorrow.

X …. ok, X marks the spot!

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I decided to have a little fun with X this time.   What do you think?  I added fabric, then took it off and grabbed another shot of it (excuse my lack of photog skills):

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As my eye doctor says, “Better one?  Better two?”  What say you?

Got some more goodies ahead for the letter Y….Enjoy the rest of the weekend dance!

Q is for Quilt One Done!

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Here is what started me on this art journey: the elusive art quilt. I’ve made quilts from patterns before, and even modified existing patterns and did my own thing from there, but I’d never started with an idea and tried to turn it into a 9 x 12″ finished piece…until this.

This is the first of a series of three quilts that, when hung together, will show the seagull in flight, soaring high above the ocean.  It’s the first of a series on the freedom theme.  I hope to have the other two finished tomorrow, but I’m very excited to have completed one.  The great thing about art quilts and mixed media is that the sky really is the limit.  I have been a quilter for over twenty years, and during that time, I’ve collected lots of fabric.  Much of the fabric I have I no longer like, but when I really get into this medium more, I plan to paint, ink, watercolor, you name it over my existing fabric until it works for my piece.

I would really like to open an Etsy shop after busy season is over and go to town producing these for sale.  I could work from a theme, a color (or range of colors), a mood, a season, the possibilities are endless.   I’ve even thought about making an art quilt to accompany a poem that I wrote, or making something that gives me the feeling I get from reading a favorite poem.   What do you all think?

I think what I like best about this part of the journey is that, with so much fabric, thread, beads, etc. already…there is no limit to what I can make.  My (lack of) drawing skill used to hold me back, but now that I’m drawing every day, I was able to freehand that bird motif from a photograph in just a few minutes.

I just had to share this with you, and how serendipitous (woo, I think I spelled that right, I see no red underline lol) that the letter Q was next up on the day I got this finished!  I hope all of you are enjoying the holiday weekend, and that you’re planning to feed your soul today.    It’s time to make yourself priority one.   Right?  It’s Sunday.  Sundays are the best.

Tomorrow, I’m doing another bird by request.  Hope to see you then.