Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wicked Wednesday

The week is dragging and I just want to get back in the studio!!  Hubby is home from his PA trip and I will post quick so I can go catch up with him on everything. 

Can I point out how ADORABLE Terri Stegmiller's composition book cover is on the 3 Creative Studios Blog!  Join the Color Palette Challenge NOW for a chance to win it!!!

The other night I stopped at Barnes & Noble on the way home from work and I checked out these books.  The quilts are amazing and I wanted them both but couldn't decide on one so I didn't get either :(  I'll have to go back and take another look.  Really, check them out if you have a chance!

The Art Quilt Collection: Designs & Inspiration from Around the World by Linda Seward


and
by Ray Hemachandra and Karey Bresenhan



Check back here this weekend as I will be posting my own GIVEAWAY

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Studio Sunday

It's been a productive weekend for sure; just hate to see it go :)  I did finally get into somewhat of a groove today and started making journals.  It wasn't exactly the paper component that I was looking to create in my artwork but one step leads to the next.  Take a look a one shot of my scarry studio!  I'm out growing it as we speak!  LOL I have 3 huge tables flanking three walls within my studio.  They are all covered!  I'm embarassed to say the least, but it definitely is a "working" studio.  I'll have to make sure my tax accountant sees this!


So, this morning, I had  major screen-printing fest in my livingroom.  I printed on watercolor paper and on fabrics.  (This is for Terri with her love of orange and pink!) 


So I really got into screen printing on my fabric pieces, some previously painted and some not.  I'm still using acrylic paint to print with but soon I will be testing the waters with Rit dyes.  I'll never convert to fiber-reactive dyes so I have to play with everything else.  I know the dyes will open up a completely different element to my fiber art and layering of images.


So, here is a sneak peak at my journals!   Shhhhhhh, I feel an article coming on!  Stay tuned!


I'm thinking I might make some to sell as they are on the smaller side and would make great gifts!  Holly Mclean, one of my followers (Hi Holly!) said that my new screen imagery looks like wheels!  What a great interpretation Holly!  These images began as doodled flower,s but as I worked with them in Photoshop Elements, they took on a much different look and feel.  A couple still resemble flowers but I do love the more Aztec, wheel, and fossil look.  It's all about developing personal imagery!

Well, who knows what ideas will develop mid week.  I'll be sure to check in with any updates.  Have a great week!

Margaret

Saturday, September 24, 2011

A Thing About Expectations...

"It is a common observation that those who dwell continually upon their expectations are apt to become oblivious to the requirements of their actual situation."   - Charles Sanders Peirce

I have to laugh at myself.  I had a goal this weekend; incorporate paper into my artwork.  That's it.  Simple.  Not at all a tremendous feat.  Ok, so I'm only 1/2 way through the weekend, but as Saturday night closes in around me, it always feels like the weekend is over.  And this is because I place sooooo much emphasis on my weekend design time.  My personal expectations always get in the way.  There is also that fear that next year might not be as amazing as this year with the growth of my artwork. 

So have I created anything today with paper?  A little, nothing huge.  Not enough to feel like I am on a path that I want to be headed down.  So I play...........and play.........and play...


I play with transparency transfers... (didn't work out as planned but I am happy with the results)


I play with digital design... (layering and layering and blending and blending)



I play with digital designs on art quilts...  (all out of Jacquard ink-jet printer sheets)


And then I break down and go make some new screens...


and try and print on everything I can!

And that's how it has gone today.  If you could see my studio, you would fall over!  Every drawer is open with something hanging out, every flat workable table-top is covered, and I'm overwhelmed with ideas and trying to re-direct them.  Tomorrow morning, I will turn on my computer, grab a big cup of coffee and face the day with purpose.  There is always tomorrow :)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Published in Quilting Arts Magazine Again!

I got home this afternoon and had a few packages waiting for me!  I love it!  It feels like my birthday!  The first package was the newest issue of Quilting Arts Magazine with my most recent article in it!!!  My article begins on page 56.  Check it out when you get it!  As usual, it is filled with amazing work by amazing artists!



My second package contained the Quilting Arts TV Series 800!!  Woohoo!  I can't wait to receive my copy of the Series 900 which will include me, but probably won't surface until next year.  Series 800 is also filled with over-the-top eye candy and plenty of great techniques and projects.  Terry White and Diane Rusin Doran, who I met when I was in Cleveland taping, are also on the Series 800.  I may have to watch the entire series all the way through tonight!

The third package was from Terri Stegmiller from 3 Creative Studios.  I won some great stuff participating in the Color Palette Challenge for August.  I can't wait to use the Misty Fuse, Transdoodle and Roc-lon Multi-Purpose Cloth.  I haven't used any of these before so it will be great!  I also won one of Terri's quilted composition book covers in the most beautiful fall tones.  Perfect to use right now!  (Thanks Terri!)

So as you can see, I am definitely starting the weekend off right!  It's going to be rainy most of the weekend here in the northeast but it won't be raining in my studio!!!!  Check back on Sunday for my weekend update.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Studio Sunday - Not the Expected

Here we are at Sunday once again!  I have to laugh at myself because I sat in my studio until midnight last night completely blocked after my screen printing session.  Yes, I know it happens and it stinks.  However, I have learned that you can't stop playing no matter what.  Things/ideas will start to come together if you push forward.  So here I am still in my p.j.'s and I haven't touched my freshly screen printed fabrics, but instead, pushed a few doodles to their ultimate limit.  Using my usual process by layering my images in PE7, I produced this beautiful, rich design in a tile format that makes me want to print it all over 84" curtains that I can make for my bedroom!!!  I don't have enough ink-jet printer fabric so that project will have to wait until I order some fabric on Spoonflower!  For now, I'm focusing on a smaller project - a shoulder bag :)

Check this out!  If you are interested in how I achieve this design, feel free to contact me or post a comment here and I will share my steps.  This doodle:

Layered with a frequently used journal page (a variety of steps here) led to this design:

Which led to this design:



So I have printed this twice to TAP and will transfer both to fabric for the bag front and back!  I'm loving this!  So as long as you continue to push yourself to be creative through a block, you ultimately get somewhere with your art work. 

Check back this week for the constructed bag!  Who knows - maybe even tonight!
I hope you are having a creative weekend yourself!
Margaret

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Scaling Down-New Fabric-New Screens

Wow how time flies!!!  I certainly thought I would post mid-week but that didn't happen.  But believe me, the ideas have been flowing!  I ran up to Friends Fabric Art this morning to make some new Thermofax screens for some new ideas that I have.  Anne is always so accommodating to me and it is always a pleasure to see their studio and check out all the supplies for sale. 

So today, I have spent the afternoon duct-taping screens and printing to fabric and paper with them.  These new designs are scaled way down.  I'm used to pushing the size to the largest limits possible, but my new ideas have me creating some very small patterns.  I'm super excited about these new designs (and of course, I could come up with a thousand more)!  I really need my own machine :(


So using some of my old gelatin monoprints, I screen printed over them with these new smaller patterns and I think I have successfully revived the monoprints.  This one above is an example.  The next one was painted fabric that I screened over.  It's much more interesting now!


Then I went for my scrap bag!  I grabbed a handful of decent sized scraps and laid them all out together and screen printed over a few at a time randomly.  Of course, my "random" is slightly conservative at this point.  I usually jump right in to "overboard" mode but this time I hung back a little.  LESS IS MORE :)


How about a little painted batting??  And lots of strips of hand-dyed fabrics I purchased at a quilt show a few years ago.  These adorable little swirls are hand-drawn doodles laid out on an 8 x 10 inch screen.  Really cute!


So now is the big test - putting the rest of my ideas in motion.  Check back tomorrow for some results (hopefully)!!!

Happy screenprinting!!!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Quilting Arts Gifts Issue and Jackie Cardy Originals

I'm still cleaning up my studio from my trip to Cleveland but exciting things keep happening here!  I got home to find two fabulous Gifts in my mailbox that I wanted to share.  First, I am proud to say that I finally own a Jackie Cardy original!!!  These pieces are even more amazing to look at in person as I drool over the hand-made felt and cool stitched designs!  Thank you, thank you, Jackie!  I am brewing ideas for that beautiful heart!!

My second Gift was actually my complimentary issues of Quilting Arts Gifts Magazine - Holiday 2011 - 2012!!!!  Check my work out on pages 84-87.  The project includes a free doodled flower image for personal use.



There is a lot of cleaning and organizing left to do here this weekend but I intend on jumping into some new artwork!  I had an art play date scheduled today with a good friend of mine, Claire, but she had an unexpected death in her family.  I'm sending my deepest sympathies to Claire and her family at this time.

Have an artful weekend!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Back From Cleveland and Quilting Arts TV!

What a trip!  I feel like I have sort of been around the world and back again and can I just say, "There is no place like home!" I can't tell you how lucky I feel to have been invited to be on QA TV!  Helen Gregory and Pokey Bolton are amazing women and the whole experience of being on QA TV was totally exciting!!!!  It was really interesting to see how the entire production of the TV series is put together.  I don't know how Pokey makes it through all the taping she does.  I can't help but think of her as "Superwoman" when I look at all that she and her team has accomplished from the start of the magazine to where they are now with Interweave.  What a journey and what success!!! 



I met some wonderful people while I was there.  Diane Rusin Doran, who makes beautiful art quilts using digital methods, Terry White, who has written books on Threadpainting, Machine Embroidery, and Machine Beading (which I can't wait to get my hands on), Jo Leichte, who authors the Bernina USA Blog and is a quilter herself, and Jackie Marsal of Havel's Sewing - who provided me with a bag-full of new scissors and cutters!  Thanks again Jackie!!!  We all had dinner Thursday night at the Bahama Breeze in Beachwood near our hotel - great food and company!!!  The laughs never ended!



On Friday, it was my turn to tape my segments with Pokey.  I was soooo nervous!  I just know I stumbled over my words a couple of times but I hope all comes out well.  We didn't have to re-take anything so I guess it was good enough.  Sitting behind the camera was an entirely different experience.  It's really amazing to see everything that goes into making these segments and the team of people that make it all happen!  And it felt so cool to be on the set!!  I kept noticing all of the beautiful fabrics and items on the shelves that I always see in the background on the DVDs. 




For those readers from the 3 Creative Studios Blog, the TOM Giveaway pillow slipcover was included in the segment I did on using personal imagery for home decor projects!  (Just a little additional plug for the giveaway!!)  You will have to look for it in the next QA TV series!!!



I spent one more night in my hotel to unwind (NAP) and then on Saturday, I drove to Pittsburgh where my husband and his son picked me up.  It was Jim's birthday on 9/2 and I was in Cleveland then but felt bad I was missing his birthday, the first since we have been married.  (These "firsts" are really important to me!)  But being the super supportive guy that he is, he understood the opportunity I had been given and was behind me 100%.   It doesn't get better than that!  (I love you, Jim! xoxoxox)

After visiting in Freedom with family and watching Jim's son's football game, we got on the road for our long trip back to Boston trying to get a jump on the Labor Day weekend traffic.  We rolled in a little after midnight, left half the stuff in the truck and crawled into bed!  So today was filled with unpacking, cleaning, food shopping and generally trying to get things back in order before the work week begins.  I need a real vacation!!!  The studio needs cleaning and organizing which I will get to this week while I begin formulating some new ideas tugging at the back of my mind.

I'm also getting excited to begin the ASAP Program with Lesley Riley that begins in another week!!  I've got to get everything organized before then!!!  I hope you have had a wonderful weekend filled with family and friends!  I'll check back in a few days!

Margaret