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Great Falls, Montana, United States
I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?

Friday, August 12, 2011

A New Sketchbook

I've always loved to doodle, color and play with designs.  
 This is a page from my new sketchbook.  I have some very basic 'elementary' watercolor interest ( I won't call them skills at this point), and I practiced them on my new flower design, drawn and based on this tutorial via Youtube by Sakura with Joanne Fink. Below are a couple of my interpretations:
 I didn't realize I was a "fan" of Joanne Fink and have been for the past twenty+ years as I didn't pay attention or remember her name. After an internet search, I saw her name was on one of her instructional books I own, and used to teach calligraphy to elementary students back in the late 80's!  Cool.  And now, I love her style even more.
And again, I found that I owned her digitized art, featured in this embroidery collection I bought last fall!  Immediately I was drawn to it in the Bernina store, and now I know why.  It's a style that really speaks to me creatively... and of course, it's by Joanne Fink.
In an older post, I wrote about a tea towel I made using that embroidery. (Post: Freely Give In Bloom).  I embroidered it first, and then added the flowers with black thread, taking my cue from the embroidery. It's a very fun free motion motif, zenspiration style!
I'm excited---and challenged, to try and figure out more ways to see how I can transfer this intricate style to my free motion repetoire! 
 You may have noticed some of those new, dainty little quilting motifs in the borders on my hand-stamped, daisy piece - the one 'not-so-wonky' with the sunflowers pieced, that I posted on Monday.  Those designs came from practicing in my sketchbook drawings. 

And that's how it starts.  The Video is really great.  And they are really just simple doodles.  Anyone can do this!   


Lots and lots... 

and lots... leads to more!


Terri Stegmiller said...

Very cool. Joanne is new to me, so I'll definitely be checking out her work. I love line work and drawing like this...much like zentangling.

Karri said...

Wow, I'm impressed. Beautiful doodles! Can't wait to see how you incorporate them in your designs.

Mary said...

Oh, you are so talented!! Absolutely brilliant!!

lori vliegen said...

your little zenspiration doodles are fabulous, leslie! wonderful free-motion stitching, too!!

also, i wanted to let you know that your name was chosen as one of the winners of my blog giveaway!! woo hoo! please e-mail me (elviestudio@gmail.com) your snail-mail address as well as the name of the print of your choice (selection is over at my etsy shop: http://www.elviestudio.etsy.com
thanks so much for entering my giveaway! xox

Valerie Sjodin said...

These are exquisite! Beautiful and happy! Thank you for sharing!

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