Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Mixed Media!

Bud Vase, mixed media

I have experimented with mixed media art techniques off and on over the years. I really like the look of mixed-media art work, and would love to do more of it. The painting above is an example of one of my experiments with mixed media on a failed watercolor painting. It started as a watercolor painting of a bud vase in front of a fireplace. The vase and flower looked ok, but the background did not work. So I used mixed media techniques to change it.  I have stamped it, glued papers to it, and used pen and watercolor pencils. I am much happier with it now, after these changes. I still think I need to make the ink drawing of the vase and flower darker, though.

Last year I purchased this book on mixed-media techniques.

It has some great examples in it and I plan to try some of them out over the next few months. In particular I'm trying to find ways to incorporate fiber into my mixed-media work. I'll post some progress photos here from time to time to show you what I've come up with.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Urban Graffiti at Road to California

If you are going to Road to California this weekend, I hope you have a chance to see the Quilts on the Wall Exhibit, " Urban Graffiti", and the Beyond the Edge exhibit "Infinite Connections. I have art quilts in both of these exhibits. Here is a photo of my "The Krew" piece in Urban Graffiti.

The Krew

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Julia's Bonsai - Some Details...

I thought I'd show some details of the bonsai fiber art piece that I made at the end of 2015.

As I mentioned previously the bonsai image was printed on fabric. The fabric printed image is shown here.

I added borders to this image first. The white border is ultrasuede, and blue border is a denim tone-on-tone fabric. 

I then sandwiched the top and did quilting stitches on it. Here is a detail showing of some of the quilting stitches I used.

 I also did some thread painting  to enhance the foliage on the bonsai tree. Here is a photo of the thread painting. 

I used small zigzag stitches for the thread painting on the foliage. It helped to fill the area faster, and I like the appearance of those stitches better.

After the quilting was done I sewed a binding on the fiber art piece. I used a single layer of the denim fabric for the binding and hand stitched it down.

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Julia's Bonsai

Happy 2016 to All of You!

I thought I would start the new year off by showing you a little fiber art piece that I completed near the end of 2015. It is a small art quilt mounted on a canvas. The art quilt is another bonsai tree, and it is based on a painting of a bonsai that I did a few years ago. I went through a bonsai phase with my watercolors and fiber arts, and apparently haven't gotten it completely out of my system yet. I think this is number 5 in the series!

So, I had a small bonsai painting that I liked and I got it printed on fabric at Spoonflower (on-line company that prints images on fabric). I chose to have several small sizes printed thinking I might make small art pieces and sell them. I still might do that, but this piece was a gift for my friend Julia. 

The first step was making the small art quilt. Then I painted the canvas and adhered the quilt to it. Next came finishing the back of the canvas. 

I'll show some details of this fiber art piece in upcoming posts. But for now, I wish you a Happy 2016 and as always, I thank you for visiting my blog!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!

I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas! I hope you have a wonderful day full of love and laughter!

"Yellow Poinsettia" by Eileen Wintemute
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Monday, December 21, 2015

A Few Construction Tid Bits for the Slouchy Christmas Purse

I wanted to give you a couple details on the making of this purse.

I stitched the jewelry by hand using a strong thread.

The handles were purchased from a vendor at the Houston Quilt Festival. I hand stitched them to the purse front.

Joanne's big stores carry purse making supplies. I found these metal feet there, as well as magnetic closures. I went to You Tube and watched a couple videos that showed me how to add them to the purse.

It was a fun project to make. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Slouchy Holiday Purse!

This is a perfect time to show you my Holiday Purse! I call it a Slouchy Holiday Purse because it tilts to one side. I made this using a pattern I purchased at Road to California about 4 years ago. I started it at a retreat and just finished it. 

I used some of my Mother's costume jewelry on the front of the purse, and the red lower section is made from a red velvet dress that she made for herself.

So now I have a Christmas special occasion purse!

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