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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?
Showing posts with label Margaret Applin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Margaret Applin. Show all posts

Monday, July 14, 2014

journal fever ~

hi there everyone,

with the big wedding over, this past weekend found me playing around for couple hours messing around in the studio, and well... making a {bigger} mess!

i was in the mood to make some journals, as i received a couple new stencils, from stencil girl products, and i was anxious to try them out.  {great sale, thanks mary beth}.  just a few new ones, and i'm always a sucker for word stencils, etc. i do have a wonderful collection of styles, textures, and images. and it was a great time to pull them out and start messin' around with paint.

i also pulled out some gelli plate prints from my paper stash {always good to have them ready!}, some thermofax screens, hand-carved stamps, and more for lots of layering.  it a bit of a feverish sprint, just like jungle fever, but without the mosquitos!


and the substrate was just a simple composition notebook.  i think they sell these for around $1-$2 each 
at office supply stores.  
i have tried printing to the cover of these journals, straight from the gelli plate... but it's not turned out to be something i like the look of.  even if i paint them first.  so i'm covering these with my handmade paper prints:
 i traced around the front cover of the notebook, and then used collage page {a type of decopauge glue} i've purchased from joann's fabric stores to adhere them to the front.  i love this one:

 this one came from my hand-carved rubber stamp:

 and i cut out several stamped images, too.  this flower happens to be designed/from roben-marie.

 as you can see... it creates quite a bit of messy chaos! {time to reorganize, as soon as i retire!
 and this will be a fun blend with this back journal cover:

i hope you'll be sure to come by in a couple days, and see the finished journals, embellished, doodled, and ready to send out to a couple friends, or maybe i'll have some to list in the shop, too. {christmas is coming!!}  

have a happy day ~
les

Saturday, August 3, 2013

a custom sweatshirt ~ tutorial

hi friends ~

i purchased a new {bright hot pink} sweatshirt this weekend. i was actually looking for something more interesting... but then i thought i would just embellish it with fabric.  but i changed... my mind!  and i love how it turned out.  i began my design process with a screen print, using a favorite designer and friend, terri stegmiller's  "flower with text"  thermofax screen. available in terri's etsy shop:  {isn't that a cool design!}  ~ but wait!  {there's more!}

why stop at one...



when you can add two more?   {just like potato chips, right?!} these two beauties came from another ... favorite designer!!  margaret applin's etsy shop.


and i stabilized the sweatshirt, just under the flower motif only.  i used a stabilizer product, under the big white flower, only.  it is called "by annie's - soft and stable."
i then cut it away. i also decided not to add more stabilizer as i did with the flower shape, as i felt it would have added waaayy too much bulk to the front of the sweatshirt.

i added free motion stitching on the front using a spool of rainbow thread  and black king tut {both from superior thread company} for the handwriting-stitching word: "grace" {with my signature heart}
 i would have liked to added more scratchy stitching, but knits are a bit tricky, so i decided to quit while i was ahead, when everything was looking pretty good!


i thought i was done as i began taking pictures.  but then after looking at the pics, i just thought it needed more!  {big surprise}  also, fyi... in the beginning, one of the things i tried first on the flower stencil, was screening it with a white acrylic silks paint.  but it was too transparent for this type of process.  {heavy bodied paint works wonderful} so i added titanium white heavy-bodied paint as an accent with a paint brush.  i like it even better than if it had been totally solid to begin with as there is a tad bit of shading to it now.  love it when things turn out that way.  i also added a little crystal to the center.  a button would be way cute, too! {probably cuter, actually!} 
 luminarte silks acrylic paint colors i used:
 it still needs... a little somethin'~somethin' dont'cha think?
so let me explain part of my process and what happened.  one of the things i love best about this particular screen design of terri's is the wording... but it didn't show or print out the way i wanted as i began with the wrong paint, and because it was too liquid, it filled in the words... so i got out my word stamp and staz-on {permanent} ink pad... and carefully... stamped away.



i love how it turned out. and i think it would be really cool on any color, but i'm interested in playing with a black sweathshirt, using white inks and threads, too!  i can think how cute some of those thermofax screens of terri and margaret's would be on baby jackets... hmmm?  yup~i think they would be darling!

and i'm offering this one in my own etsy shop  {at least for now ~ i may have to wear it when i go the lake... soon!}  

soli deo gloria!
xo
leslie
 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

she felt peace ~ my first house quilt

hello everyone out there in 'bloggy land' 

it's been awhile it seems! i was not expecting to be down so long with just a 'little' spring cold.  i'll tell ya, it's packed a big spring punch, that led to a sinus infection, and some bronchial issues. hopefully... i'm leaving the worst behind, and so back into the saddle i'm trying to leap! lol  :)

today, i'm sharing more details from the little house quilt in my 'marveles' faux piping technique, from last week's post.  

my inspiration motifs began with a fun day, printing fabrics with my gelli plate, and frankly ~ just plain messin' around! always a good thing!  and it provides a rich tapestry of things to pick and choose when you want to build a new house! 

anyway ~ you can see some of that process in the beginning stage, in this post: "come on over to my house."

one of my favorite things in this piece, began with a piece of organza, that is the main body of the house, which was made using a thermofax screen {by margaret applin} and gel medium, and newspaper print!  all i did was lay down the screen, squeegee gel medium through it, lift, and wait for it to dry. then i washed out the excess newspaper print, dry it, press it and badda-boom-badda-bing! a very fun process!

additionally, other happy fabrics were added from my printing frenzy; several of which came from stencils and thermofax screens designed by margaret as well as her stencils {from joggles.com}

again, margi's stencil shape above, which is the orange flower {below}. once it was dried and heat-cured, i stamped on top of it with my black ink pad and a favorite text stamp.  i added a beautiful ribbon, with a glitzy, sparkly edge, too, at the roof's bottom edge.  that same orange color ties in with the flower, and the bird, too.  the roof itself was screened using one of margaret's delightful screens as well, and i just cut it out and stitched it down on top of the organza base. {when you play alot ~ you have alot to work with!} and i do love my playdays!
then... i felt i needed a bird on my house.  i love the sound of chirping birds so early in the mornings now! they are the perfect 'wake-up call!'  and while making my classic round tablerunners, i purposely saved out a bit of this this cool fabric with the neat bird print with heart flowers, just for fusing on future projects:
 and look - there he is! such a pretty bird ~ love him!
and that same lovely print yielded a sweet little detail for my house: heart flowers ~ and a pop of beautiful pinky-red color, too!  just what it needed for some extra 'punch.'
and speaking of flowers... here are some of terri stegmiller-styled flowers, printed on white cotton, from her new line of stencils by stencil girl i was so thrilled to demo!!  they were the perfect accent with the bird and heart-flowers, too.  so into the mix they went, too. cute ~ and such a pretty periwinkle blue color. love it with the pinky-red flowers.
 where's the sun?  oh yes! i used this one printed from the gelli plate, also made by laying one of margaret applin's flower stencils down on the plate, layering fabric on top, and then pull the print!  i cut it out, and there you have it - a fun sun shape.  i deliberately made it rather messy, and the black thread quilting keeps it pretty graphic and fun, too.
 and then time for more free motion quilting details on the cottage:
 i added zig zag stitching, and this is done free motion as well.  i then added stitched details to the flowers, adding stems and leaves... and doodles, inspired from stamps designed by roben-marie.  
and time to add some writing... which of course, you may know that i love to do.  a little bit of sketchy-stitching around the clouds... and it's done.  i love it!
so there's my first little house-quilt!  i hope you enjoyed my tour.  thanks for stopping in!

i hope we all can do just that ~ make time to stop in, visit our friends, and enjoy the sweet hospitality, companionship and  joy of our hearts as we spend a little time with each other... 

and 'sew' much more.

enJOY!
xo
leslie

Friday, May 24, 2013

gelli printed greeting cards ~ memorial day

hi friends ~

i truly hope your holiday weekend is off to a great start, whatever you may be doing, whoever you may be helping, and in whatever ways we all may be remembering ~ love ~ and sacrifices made for our lives.  

i am particularly grateful for the life of our niece's young girl, 2 year-old 'rina' who was miraculously saved with several other children, by the hand of God as the daycare building she was in was demolished in the tornadoes that ripped through moore, oklahama... but God had them wrapped up in his arms in that tiny little closet that was left untouched. but for God. thank you, Lord. thank you.

and i am very thankful for the sacrifices of so many loved ones who have served this country we love, who protect our freedoms, and lay down their lives for us all, whether in military service, or in all of life.  thank you.

i'm particularly grateful to know a {very tiny} bit about that sacrifice, as my oldest son completed three tours of duty in   iraq.  i cannot imagine what he saw then, how he felt, as he coped, survived, and did his duty for america. while i realize he is only one man of a larger legacy of veterans who have served in times of war, and peace, i am humbled. i am grateful beyond words.  but God. and i thank God he was able to come back to the united states of america.  


thank you for making the sacrifice, for me, for all. 







these were purchased cards, printed on the gelli plate and dried, to which i then screened  using a thermofax screen purchased from margaret applin's shop.  i further embellished them with a stamp, and white ink.  {very fun to do!}  they are now newly listed in my etsy shop!
you are loved! may God help us all to know how much.
in the studio with jen price --- come join us!
enjoy!
xo
leslie

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

new paper collage ~

hi ~

what do you get when you cross a gelli printing plate... old paper ... fabric...  thermofax screens... paints ... paper, angelina film, silver leaf foil, and black pen?  {alot of fun for sure...}

wish i had a cute joke ... but i don't!  so it's not a mystery ~ but it is a brand new collaged piece i've been playing with.  this one is approximately 9/x12" size, and i started with a piece of bristol paper as the base.

 i began with my gelli printing plate, and made some prints, using acrylic paints, and an old fashioned journal page with gorgeous writing in it.  i then adhered it to the bristol paper.

then, i turned to some prints i've made with thermofax screens {made by Margaret Applin}, with just black paint on white fabric.  i cut it out, and stitched it to the previously printed {and dried} paper page using black thread.
 i added more paint to the page, and to the flowers themselves.   this time it was twinkling h2o's.  i played on the page, making doodles using a black pitt pen.  i added bits of torn paper too, and cut up some previously printed gelli printed paper and added it under the flowers for some pattern interest.  those were adhered with decopauge medium, including a coat over the fabric flowers, too.  i figured that will keep the white fabric from getting dirty, grimy and gray.... keeping them bright and white on the page for good contrast.   i also added white paint dots with a paint brush, as well as extra black motifs with a pen.
i used jones tones foiling in lime green, and a couple pieces of real silver leaf, too.  both are super easy to do, whether on fabric or paper.
this piece is completely frameable ~ at least that is my hope.  i have to test it out, and make sure.
paint... drip... drop and that's how i roll!  fun fun fun. so what do you think?  i haven't decided whether to add words... am thinking just to leave well enough alone!

thanks for dropping in!!
xo
leslie
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