Thursday, April 28, 2011

New Graffiti Page

I am having so much fun with my new designs for my digital fiber art!  There will be lots more this weekend so stay tuned!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Studio Sunday

Happy Easter!  I have no sense of time today as I have been shut tight in my studio since Friday night.  I knew I would have a lot of time to create this weekend so on the way home from work Friday, I stocked up on supplies so there would be no reason to have to go out.  I also picked up my favorite Stouffer's dinners to pop in the microwave so I wouldn't have to make any effort to eat.  That's how it goes when I've got huge blocks of uninterrupted time.  I don't think to eat until my stomach is growling violently.  After coffee and cereal first thing in the morning, I won't stop to breath as I'm feeding off of my creative energy. 

I'm excited about a new body of work that has come out of this weekend, but I can only show you a peek though :(  This is coming off the heels of my digital monoprints that I had been working on last weekend.  (They have already been submitted with a brand new article so I will have to wait to show you those images.  Here is a tiny sample of this weekend's creativity.  Hope you like :))

I had a lot of fun designing my kind of graffiti art!  So you can imagine that there are bold colors, abstract images and a lot of BLACK!  The images are fantastic, but the biggest challenge I had was deciding how to treat these images on fabric.  My rip-n-pik became my right hand.  I transferred the images to fabric and then I started to have problems.  The images don't really belong on an art quilt, and the supplies I have to use aren't large enough for me to do exactly what I want with them, but I made it work (after the third time of ripping stitches out of all four pieces).  UGHHHH!  Moving along nicely now, though. :)))

The temperature is nice and warm here today, but I can't open my studio windows because I can't spend what's left of my studio time dusting the darn blinds!  I can still hear the birds and I did step out on the deck for a few sunny minutes to take advantage before the rain returns tonight.  Now back to the studio!!!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Chaos and Calm - Over the Edge Painting Techniques

I just joined one of Julie Prichard's and Chris Cozen's on-line workshops found here.  I went through all the lessons last night for an overview and have started working  at them.  Chris and Julie are fantastic at presenting their lessons and I am very excited to follow-up with more of their workshops! 

Made this last night as a start using the masking tape technique.  My stumbling blocks were not so successful but I'm going to plug away at it.  Half my battle here is that I am working with ony a few good Golden Fluid Acrylics and the rest are cheap craft paints which definitely do NOT live up to the level of pigmentation in the Golden paints.  I will really need to invest in more Golden colors to go through these lessons.  For now, here is my first... still in development.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tulips Bloomin

We need a little more sunshine here in New England.  I picked up two bunches of tulips that were on sale at the grocery store the other day and today they are opening.  I am hypnotized by their simple beauty.  The temperatures are still too cool for spring but hopefully we will warm up very soon!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Free Workshops for Life!

I'm so excited!!! I just visited Julie Prichard's blog and along with Chris Cozen, they are giving away Free Workshops for Life! Check out the video for more information!! Their workshops look amazing and I have had my eye on one inparticular that I plan on signing up for! Check out the workshops here!

Free Workshops for Life!

Studio Sunday

My creative juices are flowing this morning! I'm working on my April Color Palette Challenge. The image I thought I would use got nixed right away and I moved on to something else - isn't that the way??!! I've tried to capture just about every color within the challenge selection which might not have been the best idea, but there is a whole month of challenge time left to experiment with a more limited palette.

For today, this is what I've done. There is a whole lot of fusion going on in my studio today. Making my own doodles to use in digital collage, digital collage printed to fabric to work on by hand, a little painting for some cool new backgrounds for my images. Can you say OVERWHELMED??? I hope that doesn't freeze up my creative energy today, but I will simplify my tasks so I can get something done! I may check back later on with my status so stay close!

Friday, April 15, 2011

April Color Palette Challenge

I'm really getting into the color palette challenge hosted by 3 Creative Studios! This type of challenge really works for me because it forces me to design within a restricted group of colors. I normally tend to revert to the same colors over again, but here, I'm stretching out - going beyond the default. Let's see what I can do with this journal page!

Another personal challenge of mine is to Keep It Simple Stupid!! It is so easy to get carried away and end up throwing everything in but the kitchen siink. So I also use this challenge as a way to shoot for success through a simple design.

Check out the 3 Creative Studios blog and join up! The more the merrier!

Also, I can't say enough about Kelly Rae Roberts' Flying Lessons E-books! I have bought the first two to start with and I just have to say, Kelly Rae is so giving and generous with the knowlege that she has gained through her experiences in becoming a successful artist. Everyone can benefit from her lessons and enjoy her writing. I'm glad that she is so successful in her art/business life as well as with her family! I feel truly thankful for her sharing all of her stories and experiences with her community.

Check out her e-books here!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Studio Sunday

Happy Birthday Dad!!! We had a great family get together to celebrate my father's birthday today. Everyone was happy and the sun was out with warm temperatures and it couldn't have worked out better! The crocus were in bloom and I am psyched for spring! Before you know it, everything will turn from brown/gray to fresh green with blooming flowers everywhere. I cannot wait!!!

I didn't get a lot of time in the studio this weekend but enough to add to my digital monoprinted art quilts. I have made a few minis and I plan on mounting them on some cute little 5x5 pre-painted canvases that I picked up at Michael's for $1 each. I am super motivated to submit more work as soon as possible on the heels of this month's publications. It's hand work all the way this week!

Here is one of the mini digital monoprints that is printed to fabric and ready to go. I wasn't sure I liked it when I first blended all my layers in PE but it is definitely growing on me.

I have this also in a 8" size that I will make into something and will host my first "giveaway" on my blog EVER! I'm very excited about that also!! Hopefully I can start some of the stitching tonight. It helps when you drink an icecoffee at 6:00 p.m. and you have enough energy to burn creative fuel for at least 2 hours. Wish me luck!!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Published Again!!

2011 is definitely going down in my history book! Not only did my second article in Quilting Arts Magazine come out this month, but also the special publication, 101 Patchwork Projects, that also includes two of my projects!!! I'm so thrilled!! This publication is jam packed with fantastic projects and beautiful work!! You will love all the colors and fabrics and great ideas!

Here are the hand-painted placemats

And here are the Weeds & Wildflowers Sofa Pillows

Check back later for more detailed instructions related to my creation process on these projects.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Thinking Spring in the Snow

It's hard to think spring when the big flakes are falling but I know there is a fast melt behind it. This week, I'm working on a mixed media (paper, fabric and paint)12x12 art quilt that screams spring! I'm just getting to the embellishment. I'm hoping for an intense weekend in the studio with a little wedding dress designing going on as well. July 23rd is coming up fast!!