Sunday, January 12, 2014

Altered Book Art Journal

I am fascinated by art journaling and can spend many happy hours surfing the internet looking at pages and journals or reading all those magazines.  I have taken several online classes from some of my favorite art journalers - Teesha Moore and Jane Davenport, Kelly KilmerMary Ann Moss.

I did 21 Secrets last year and may do that again - I'd also love to give Lifebook a try. So many classes!  But money doesn't grow on trees and when I discovered that, lo and behold, there was a local art journaling group/class right here in my small town, (who woulda thunk it??!!) I decided that would be the best place to spend my dollars. Take a class, support a local business and meet real people in my area that love artsy stuff as much as I do.  Win-win!

Last week was my first class and we are making altered books as art journals.  I have NEVER done this before but so far I am liking it.  I have been tearing out pages and gluing pages together getting the book ready.  Here is the first spread.

We started with gesso, then finger painted with acrylics.  Then I doodled the flowers using black and white paint pens.  Later, at home I added the stamps and writing and some extra work with markers.
So far, so good!

Have you ever worked in an altered book?

Linking up with Paint Party Friday and Art Journal Everyday

Friday, January 3, 2014

New Year - New Art


 After the busy holidays it felt good to get back to some creative expression again.  I find that my creative endeavors go in cycles.  I sew for awhile, then draw/paint/collage for awhile, then read for awhile.  For most of December, I was on a reading jag. With all the shopping to finish, wrapping to do, and gatherings to attend, I really just wanted to settle in and read in the evenings!  I read quite a few books - some happy Christmas stories, and then "Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt", and "Looking for Me" both by Beth Hoffman. If you like southern novels you might like these. Both are good but very different from each other.

Currently I am reading Art Journal Freedom by Dina Wakley.  I love Art Journaling books!  In this book Dina explains the principles of composition and offers technique challenges.  Her own art is shown as examples so check it out!

On New Years Day I was ready for some creating again and made time to play around in my studio.  Here are some of the results.

Painting with acrylics on the cereal box journal pages. You can see some more of this in this post. No definite plan of how this is all going to come together - just getting in there and having fun!

Then some play in my journal with watercolor and pens/markers.  I always find this so relaxing.  I have a bunch of sketchbooks filled with these.

So what are you creating in the first week of the New Year?

Linking with Paint Party Friday  and Art Journal Everyday

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Polka Dot Pouch with Little Tree

Still sewing for Christmas.  All was going well until I had a pot holder fiasco.  It started with not being able to get the batting I wanted.  Then there were too many shifty layers. Then the fabric I chose was too stretchy.  It went from bad to worse.

We shall not speak of it.

So I decided to return to the little zip pouches.With this happy little bag I elected to add some applique. I love raw edge applique with sketchy black stitches, so thought I'd give it a try on the dot fabric.  It turned out OK and I think I might like to try more of this.

The color is a bit off in this second pic.  The zipper is NOT that pink.  But you can see the lining. It blends more with the green on the outside than you can tell here.

I have fabrics selected for seven more zippered pouches. They are all stacked up on the ironing board in my sewing room just waiting to be stitched.

 Hopefully there will be no more unspeakable mishaps!

I'm linking up with Sew Darn Crafty and Fabric Tuesday

Happy Stitching!


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Round Robin Quilt

I participated in the first round of "Around the Bend and Across  the Pond" on Flickr.  This group did round robins in several different styles.  One was a medallion, one was rows and the one I joined was free form.  Free form meant that each person was free to add whatever they wanted to - any style, any shape of piece.  Each month we got a new quilt to add to in any way our hearts desired.  And it was lots of fun!  This is my quilt top and my siggy blocks.

The quilt top is lying on our bed on top of a wine colored quilt.  You can see the variety of fabrics and styles in this quilt.

In this photo I laid out the siggy blocks as a row along the top.  I want to add them to the front of the quilt like this,

This shot shows the siggy blocks again.

Will try to get an outside pic soon.  Need to get this one quilted!

Have you ever participated in a round robin?

Linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday.

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

New Stitching and New Strips

Two more zip pouches completed in the Christmas sewing plan.  A blue Amy Butler and a colorful pink and green one.  These are great to make a quick gift.  I am liking the straight line quilting these days.


Made a trip to the store today for more batting and of course I could not resist some fabric.  I am beginning to have ideas for a quilt circulating in my mind but I am not yet ready to purchase the fabric - still have to decide exactly what I want to do - so I settled on this little roll of Riley Blake strips. These strips may find their way into the Christmas sewing or into a quilt.

I am not a big buyer of precuts - except fat quarters - I LOVE fat quarters!  But I don't buy charms or strips very often.  Guess I just like having more options with my fabric.  But I thought these strips might be a fun change.  Oh and I'm a sucker for dots.  And this little roll is so cute! :)
How about you? Do you like pre-cuts?

Linking up with Fabric Tuesday and Sew Cute Tuesday.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

More Patchwork Potholders

So my plan is to sew things between now and Christmas  that can be given as gifts. I may or may not have anyone in particular in  mind when I am sewing these things - just making multiples of things I love to make.
So tonight I finished up a set of potholders. After making the Christmas themed ones, I felt motivated to design some more! Most of these fabrics are from Heather Bailey's Fresh Cut  line - the green is something else.  It's Moda - but I can't remember the line.  Does anyone know?

I made  a quilt from these fabrics several years ago and still have yardage in my stash.  My favorite is the blue floral.  Really love that one!

Overall, I am pleased with how these turned out! And that keeps me motivated to create some more.

I know I can't be the only one getting going on gift sewing. How is yours progressing?

Linking up with Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict., and Needle and Thread Thursdays at My Quilt Infatuation and Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tiny Four Patch Blocks

I have been making these tiny four-patch blocks. The finished size is about 2 inches square.  I didn't have anything in mind when I started them a good while back.  I just think it's fun to sew patchwork.  It's like a little bit of Christmas each time I turn one over after pressing! :)

I am looking at these now and trying to decide what to do with them.

A doll quilt?
Sew them together and use them in a row quilt?
Make a little bag or zippered pouch with them?
Sprinkle them around the border in a new quilt?

Still trying to decide.  What do you think?

Linking up with WIP Wednesday.

Happy stitching!