Sunday, August 28, 2011

Studio Sunday - Inspired by Irene

We are hanging in up here but I'm sure we will lose power eventually as I have seen the power surges coming through.  In looking at all the charts of Irene's path, I was inspired to portray Irene in a softer sense.  LOL She doesn't look so bad now!

I hope everyone in New England stays safe through all of this and that no one takes any chances or risks!  Dunkin Donuts is probably NOT open so go back to bed! LOL  Hopefully Barbara at in RI is up and running and working on her Sunday newsletter.  Good luck Barbara!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Here Comes Irene!

Well, as you can imagine, everyone here in Massachusetts and southern New England are bracing for Irene as she moves in tomorrow.  So I figured I would post today instead of tomorrow not knowing if the power will be affected by the storm. 

I was just rumaging through some older files and I decided to pull these two images out for you to see how I have digitally layered my doodled flowers and through a few additional adjustments came up with this layout.  I love it!!!

The background was a journal page.  On the doodled flower layer, I adjusted specific areas of the flowers removing the green color.  This is such a fun layout!!!  I'll be working hard again this weekend to complete my materials for next week in Cleveland on QA TV!!!  I still can't believe I'm going!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Studio Sunday

My days are being filled with stitching, screen-printing, and digital design.  So much so, I don't remember the last time I watched a TV show.  My hubby is being very patient :)  As I look around at my studio today, there are piles and more piles and every time I need to do something, I have to move a pile!  My studio is the second bedroom of my apartment and it is filled!!  Very soon I will have to do a major clean-up.  It actually feels good to reorganize everything and put things back in their places. 

I've been finishing up some things for 3 Creative Studios and then will need to focus these last two weeks on preparing for QA TV!  Here is an image I created by tracing one of my flower photos that I also made into a Thermofax screen for printing.  I can't release this one yet for sale yet, but I can still show it.  Today, I free-motion stitched over the image onto fabric and the next step is to add a little beading and incorporate it into a pillow I am making. 

BTW, I am falling in love with linen. As the summer season moves on out, I'm going to need to purchase some extra before it's gone from the stores. I love the "naturalness" of it.  Some of the images I am working with currently are of a beach theme and the linen goes so well with the blues and whites.  I'm sure at some point it was considered "the new white".  The weight of it varies, but for the most part, it is very easy to sew on.  The one drawback is the weave.  Sometimes the fabric is too loosely woven and it will stretch and lose it's shape, but the color of it and how well it goes with other colors always win me over.

As if I dont' have enough to focus on right now, I just signed up for Lesley Riley's Artist Success Action Program (ASAP) course.  I love the directly that Lesley has taken with her coaching and I think now would be a good time for me to put everything in perspective related to what I want from my art and a creative career.  I'm so looking forward to the program!!!

If anyone knows a good source for linen, let me know! 

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Studio Sunday

I'm working hard in the studio once again trying to keep up with actual deadlines that I have.  It's funny how I never thought I would say that about my artwork.  This year has been a very special one and I'm glad I have those deadlines!  I continue to push with every free moment that I have to focus and work hard at the artwork I am creating.

TOMORROW begins my Guest Artist appearance on the 3 Creative Studios Blog!!!  I'm very excited and hope to get a lot of involvement and feedback from Terri and Vicki's readers!!  GO TO 3 Creative Studios Blog this week to enjoy all that their site has to offer!!  I promise you will not be disappointed!!  And, their current posting is their product review of my Thermofax screens!

I've been working with some new screens that I made and I love this one from the tracing I did of one of my flower photos.  Here is the copy before burning and next is the application of the screen to fabric.  And, as if you hadn't noticed, I'm still working with all those yummy colored fabrics I posted last week!!

Along with everything else I am doing, I'm also preparing for TV!  It's amazing just how much you have to have ready for a 9-minute segment!  I can see that I'm going to be down to the last minute practicing my delivery!  This is where my Speech and Communications class actually applies.  Who knew!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Studio Sunday

It's studio Sunday once again here in hot and humid New England.  I suppose I shouldn't complain because the people in the midwest have been a lot worse off than we have here.  I think this is about the time that I start thinking about fall; the colors, apples, smell of raking leaves and cool, crisp air.  I know, I know, don't rush it! 

I was up in Maine, close to Sebago Lake, all day yesterday for my cousin's wedding and boy was it hot!!!  It's the humidity really, but the wedding was outside held on the front lawn of the family's cottage surrounded by tall pines, green grass and beautiful wildflowers.  I couldn't help taking pictures of all the different flowers in the table centerpieces and I thought I would share this one with you.  I love the whites and greens and look how adorable that little poppy pod is right in the middle!

For anyone who is interested, Joann Fabrics is having a .99 cent sale on their fat quarters!!  Woohooo!  I tried to control myself and only bought 10!  I was there shopping for specific color solid fabrics and came away with boat-load of luscious colored fabrics!!

Aren't these just YUMMY!!!

And guess what I'm going to do with them??? 
Thermofax screen print!

With what little time left I have this weekend, I'm going to dive into some really colorful screen printing and I can't wait to see how they come out.  I'm using the new Thermofax screens that I'm selling on ETSY.  I still have a challenge going until August 31st!  Check out my posting here for more details.  Purchase one of my screens and get to work creating cool fiber art with it and send me your pictures!  Happy Creating!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Quilting Arts TV and Guest Artist Appearance!!!

I have been really neglectful of my blog lately but I have been so, so ,soooo busy lately.  I mentioned on my last posting that I had big news to share but I couldn't quite reveal until I had more details.  Well.....I HAVE MORE DETAILS!!!!  When I was out dropping off my artwork for my next article coming out in Quilting Arts Magazine this October/November issue, Pokey invited ME to be on Quilting Arts TV!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Of course I was absolutely out of my mind HAPPY and over-the-top excited!!!!!! 

But...I had pulled myself together so that I could finish up the last things I needed to do for my wedding and then the wedding took place (an absolutely perfect day) and I feel like I have been running ever since.  Actually, I didn't leave my computer all last weekend working hard on my upcoming Guest Artist appearance on 3 Creative Studios Blog!  Mark your calendars for AUGUST 15th!!!!  If you haven't visited or experienced the 3 Creative Studios website and blog, you need to check it out!!  I will provide the Technique of the Month and a month's worth of postings, videos and projects!!!  I hope you join me there!!

Back to Quilting Arts TV!  I will be jetting out to Cleveland in early September to film two segments with Pokey and I'm already soooo nervous.  This will be huge for me and I still have to pinch myself to make sure it is real!!!  I can't help but be amazed at how magical 2011 has been and continues to be for me! 

So I have a few photos to share with you off my work table.  I'm putting together an adorable project for 3 Creative Studios that will probably be included in the 3rd week.  Can't share too much on that but here are a couple of snapshots.  You will have to wait until Week 3 over at 3 Creative Studios to see the rest.  (I know, I'm teasing again!)