Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tid Bits & Pieces

 I tend to work small most of the time. Not sure why. Could be the reason ATC's are a good way for me to play with ideas. One from latest batch for this month seen above.

Substrate is 2 sheets of tissue paper fused when painted with acrylic and glaze medium. String is embedded between the 2 sheets. When 3 of we artsy types had a play day recently I was taught the tissue paper technique. Wanted to use the paper for something so I cut it up and used the new stencil I posted a bit ago.

 All lined up & ready to go.

The next few posts I will focus on one or 2 small things that have caught my attention or been created recently. That will keep each post a bit shorter. What do you think? Good idea?

Monday, November 28, 2016

Vessels Done

Fabric vessels are completed. The pins are gone now, Looks like it wearing a little crown.

I decided to do bottom inserts for both with heavy pelon  for support.

A peek into the depths of both.

 The one above is  25" tall.  It has a flat feld seam at the back. I wanted a nice sturdy join at the back.
 A 2" hem at the top gives it some substance at the opening. 

 Both square and oval shapes have there merits. There will be more to come. 

Parting shot today of the view out the window of my kitchen. So peaceful & serene. 
Need to hold on to that. 

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving week end.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Painiting Fabric

Spent a full day in the studio Thursday. Inspiration showed up and I had a painting frenzy on canvas.  Hardware cloth is one of my favorite surface design tools.

This lovely piece is growing up to be a square fabric box. It was made to hold items of a certain size I wanted to contain. I can see more of these being born in other sizes, maybe some nesting.

These are cut from old mat board scraps. They come in handy to frame what part of a larger piece you want to use in your design.

Flat brass strips in graduated sizes from K&S are used in book binding, but they made my seam allowance measurements so much easier.

 Acrylic paint to do an all over treatment on a larger piece of canvas. Got the fabric wet first so the acrylic acts like water color & bleeds.

To prove you can learn anything on Youtube I investigated how to draw ovals for the base of this vessel. It's in my Pinterest board for circles, which now needs to be changed to circles & ovals apparently. Of course I have made several different sizes.

 Masking tape with sides labeled is a must. I have pinned & sewn wrong sides together more times can I care to admit. See the second picture in this post.

I will post pictures of the finished items. soon. 

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Little Things

Begin with a cup of Espresso. That gets things started with something little. Blk/Mkt Coffee is a new discovery for me in my town. Great place to hunker down with the journal, iPad, tid bits, and get your thought together. Their site is a thing of beauty. 

Awhile back I decided I needed a way to attach papers in my journal that remained removable and free of tape or glue. Remember picture corners?  You can find all sorts, sizes, designs, self adhesive, & tutorials out there. Of course I decided to make my own from paper scraps. I have a HUGE bin of paper scraps. I wanted them large.

Templates were made for three different sizes. 

It's a little thing that makes me happy, a way to incorporate ideas I want to reference without cutting it down to fit, or anchored in that spot for eternity. I can choose the best configuration to hold each item.

 Glue stick, PVA or double sided tape all work to adhere them. 

 It's the little things that can make a big difference. Don't you agree?

Friday, November 4, 2016

"Gorgeous" Pacific NW

Returned a week ago from a visit to the Pacific NW. Portland & Bend. Combo of exploration & to visit son who lives in Bend. The trip was grey, moist & fun! I'm glad we did this in the fall. I  imagine the area is packed in the summer months. Fall is our favorite time to travel.

 The pic above was from our 2 days exploring the falls & trails of the Columbia River Gorge. In a word WOW. Used the tilt shift feature in Instagram. I had no idea Instagram had the cool editing features I happened on while working on this image!

Reentry is tough. Most artists find it so. It can be a struggle to get back in the studio & the swing of creating.
So much inspiration out there. Then it needs to be processed then used or put aside.

Visited Pulp & Deckle while in Portland. A paper maker & illustrator making a go of it as a business. I contacted Jennifer before our trip to set up a meeting as I did not want to miss her studio & to hear her story first hand. She & her husband had just returned from the Dard Hunter conference in Santa Fe. As is usually the case in the paper making world we have several common acquaintances. The business recently bought a food truck they are converting into a mobile paper making studio. The Pulp Mobile, of course. What a brilliant idea!!!

Been at play in the studio with different techniques that have intrigued me. T-shirt yarn attempted and successful. I see a trip to Goodwill for fabric fodder. Some crocheted storage vessels a possible outcome.