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.

Watercolor Paint Plus Neocolor II Crayons

…equals a good time, and vibrant color! This one started with watercolor pigment (mostly by M. Graham), then added some Neo II water soluble crayons (which I am falling harder and harder for every time I use them). Threw in a bit of a crooked horizon for good measure, and woo….here’s another mini-vacation. I hope you enjoy!   This was done on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper, which made adding some texture to the water very easy to do.

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I am still working hard on that art quilt. The hardest and most time-consuming part of any quilt project for me is the many decisions to be made, since I work without a pattern. I had a vision in my mind, but didn’t want to cut up the image with too many seams, so I finally decided to take it in another direction…..and hopefully it won’t take too long to finish.  I probably started about five quilts in the meanwhile though, so I guess following this next one up with more won’t take as long 😉

Peace, and I hope you find some space to create a meaningful break for yourself today.

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.

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.

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.  ❤