February 17, 2018

A Valentine Experiment

This week I have this Valentine I made for my husband. It's a small placemat for him to use when he has his coffee in the morning. 

I have also experimented with photography.  The top photo was taken outside, the second indoors.  The first (outdoor) pic has much truer color but I did not get the angle of the camera right and so the poor placemat looks uneven, but I promise it is nice and square! Or should I say rectangular.  :)  Photography is a whole art unto itself!!

My husband is so sweet to accept and use the things I make - even when they are experiments or prototypes like this one is. 

I was inspired by some videos I found on Youtube by Zazu's Stitch Art and wanted to give her technique a try. I am a fan of raw edge applique and often applique by machine without the use of fusibles. I have appliqued using this method many many times which you can see here and here. So I was excited to learn this new (to me) technique as well.  Zazu's method uses freemotion stitching - which I would not have been able to do a few years ago, but I am much more comfortable with freemotion quilting/sewing now and I was pleased with this first project using this technique.  

The variegated thread was really fun to sew with and I love how the colors added to the overall design.

That's it for this post.

Hope you all had a Happy Valentine's Day and I hope you have a creative week ahead.
Thanks for visiting and for your kind comments!  I'd love to see what you have been working on.


January 25, 2018

Watercolor Sketch of Cardinal

I have this art journal page to share this week.  I sketched the cardinal in pen and then painted it with watercolors. The red streak coming up off the cardinals back happened when the cat, who was lying on my art table patiently watching me paint suddenly decided to help and get in on the art. He reached out his paw and grabbed the brush!  I laughed and then went ahead and finished the bird, though the cat grabbed the brush again. I thought about painting over the streak with white before I put in the background, but decided it would be fun to keep the cat's contribution to the art.  :)  Can you call it a collaboration is the other artist is a cat??

After kitty had had enough painting, I added the face and the background. I drew the face with pencil and painted it with light watercolor washes.  One of the lessons on Let's Face It last year involved painting faces in watercolor so I wanted to give it a try.

I usually use acrylic so painting in watercolor is quite a bit different. I have become interested in watercolor sketching and had great fun giving it a try this week.

Linking up with Art Journal Journey where the theme is "New Year New Adventures."  Painting with cats should qualify as an adventure. ;)

I hope you have had a creative week. Thanks for visiting and for your comments!


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January 18, 2018

January Girl Mixed Media Painting

January weather has been cold and snowy for a few of days, which meant a couple of days home from work. So I had a little extra time to paint. I am calling this one "January Girl."

This is definitely a mixed media piece - acrylic, charcoal, India ink, oil pastel.  I love the smudgy softness you can get with the oil pastels.  The background went through about five iterations before I ended up with this and it felt right.

I hope you have had a creative week whether it's been snowy or sunny in your part of the world.


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