Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Green and Gray Quilt

The fabric I ordered for my solids quilt arrived a while back.

 Kona Coal and Kona Chartreuse.

I've been doing some designing and planning.  I just woke up one morning with this design in my head.  Had to think about colors and could not find what I wanted locally so ordered from Pink Chalk Fabrics during their liquidation sale. I hope their business does well in their new incarnation, but they will be missed as a fabric shop!

After the planning and getting things up on the design wall it's time for stitching.

Finishing up the top but I have no idea what I am going to do for the back! I have a good amount of the Coal left, but I want that for the binding.

So that's where I am in my latest quilt project. What are you working on?

Linking up with:
WIP Wednesday
Needle and Thread Thursday

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Blog Hop Around the World

I was invited by the lovely Michelle Reynolds to participate in this blog hop. I first met Michelle when we were in an online class together, and now we are both instructors with Creative Klatch. Michelle does wonderful, colorful paintings that I love and also works with Gelli Prints. She started the Gelatin Printing Enthusiasts group on Facebook.  Check out her work on her blog.

What am I working on?
Lately I have been busy preparing items for sale in Klatchapalooza Handmade Art Market, a pop-up shop on Facebook Thanksgiving weekend.  I've created a bunch of sewn items for that sale but mums the word on those items until the shop opens! But I have also been working on a series of art tags with a tutorial for Creative Klatch where I demonstrated how I make them.  Here is a pic of the whole series.

I also recently completed a quilt using bright prints on a white background.

How does my work differ from others of it's genre?
I work in a variety of media but the distinctive mark of my art is color. I love bright, happy colors, and have a strong influence from nature in my work, whether that be fiber art, quilting,sewing, drawing or painting.

Why do I create what I do?
I've always loved everything creative and love making a variety of colorful things. It's just a part of who I am!

How does my creating process work?
If I'm making a fiber art piece there is more planning usually. I sketch out my design and choose fabrics to bring the design to life.  I cut or tear the fabric, then pin it until I am ready to sew it in place - usually  by machine. I like to add hand stitching for details. If I'm quilting, I like to take an improvisational approach and make it up as I go along. I love the serendipitousness (is that a word?) and not really knowing how it's going to look. If I'm sewing a bag or pillow I am sometimes inspired by beautiful fabrics and I play with combining fabrics in different ways. With painting/drawing, I usually just sit down and start to paint and see where that takes me. I may have a loose plan I follow, but if doesn't work out I just paint over it and start again.

Sometimes I just sit down and sketch/draw or doodle and see what comes out. Other times I have an image in my head of a piece I want to create.  When I'm in the flow of creating I can reach for one thing after another as ideas pop into my head. Things can get a little messy!

Thanks to Michelle for inviting me to participate in this blog hop!

I'd love it if you would check out the art work of some of my friends over at the Creative Klatch blog. You can find links to their personal blogs there, too.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Klatchapalooza Handmade Art Market

I am one of twenty artisans selling handmade in this market. And let me tell you there is going to be some great stuff - in a variety of media - available only in this market.
Klatchapalooza Handmade Art Market is a pop up shop on Facebook
November 28 to December 1 only.
Join the group to shop for gifts!

Here is the link to join:
Request membership - the group will be opened late Thanksgiving night.

Friday, November 7, 2014

My first Gelli Plate Prints

When I arrived home yesterday these were waiting for me.

An 8X10 Gelli Plate and some Sharpie paint markers.  :)  Thank you Amazon and Dick Blick!

So, of course I had to play a little.  I made a bunch of Gelli prints - and even just my initial tryout produced some that I really like.  It's a simple and fun process with all sorts of possibilities!

I am still working on my series of tags and here are a couple more - still in process. (The faces are from Teesha Moore collage sheets.)  Played with the white paint markers in these.

What have you been up to? Have you tried a Gelli Plate?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Art Journal Page

This page was started long, long ago! I had just purchased a spray dye to play with and I sprayed a few strokes onto this page. Then it sat in the book for a year or more.  Finally, I decided to add to it with some collage, then colored pencils/pens/markers.  I'm not sure where it's going from here . . .

Linking up with Art Every Day Month at Creative Every Day.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sunday Postcard Art - Labels

Sunday Postcard Art is a weekly challenge to create art on a postcard. There us a theme each week and this week it is "labels".  This is my first time to participate in this challenge and it was fun to make the card and to see all the other interpretations. I have really been enjoying working on a smaller scale lately.  Here is my postcard:

Watercolor pencils, collage, pens/pencils/marker, oil pastel.  Check out the other artists here.

Saturday, November 1, 2014


Am I the only one who works in more than one medium?  I seem to do fiberart/sewing for awhile then I draw or paint for awhile.  Lately, I have been making art tags and loving working in the small format.  I made one and then another and another! I think I have a total of eight at this point. Here are a few of them.

I'm working on some fiberart pieces for an upcoming event, but I needed a break from that and did a little painting for fun this afternoon.

And this is an older one in an art journal, but I don't think I have posted it yet.

Do you create more than one type of art?

Linking up with Paint Party Friday and Art Every Day Month.