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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 collage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label collage. Show all posts

Friday, April 17, 2015

my painted pony collage ~ sunblossom is here!

hello ~


"he's here...  he's here!"

those were  the very words i exclaimed as i ran from the pasture into my parent's house early one morning... after having checked on our paint mare, "spook" who was due to foal any day that spring morning back in 1970.  i was so incredibly excited to find my dream come true ~ that pretty little foal had arrived ... at last!  i'd waited what seemed like forever for a horse of my own!  

so, while back in 1970, that sweet little foal was born a "he" and i named him "echo" ... this little foal has much the same feel for me!  not a "he" but a "she" and her name is sun blossom!  

"she's here... she's here!"

and so i chose a backdrop of a sunrise colored, hand dyed fabric for my sweet baby filly's arrival... 
and some bobbin quilted daisies ... and a bit of silver beads done by machine beading for an extra special glow...
 butterfly kisses on cute little curious soft noses..




and ummm, yes... hot pink "fluorescent" thread in magnifico, as well as razzle dazzle, king tut and masterpiece were all put to fabulous play on this darlin' ~ all by superior threads, {of course!}

and yes... i've spent many hours developing the pattern, too! it will be ready later next week, and i'm offering it at a 20% discount if you pre-order by next friday, april 24th.  {code BLOSSOM20} in my etsy store}
happy dear friday!
i'm so excited!
i pray you enjoy all the blessings of new life, and {more} springtime loves today!  i'm so grateful for mine...
xo
leslie
soli deo gloria!

Monday, April 6, 2015

collaged hearts ~ decorative pillows

hi there everyone ~

i trust you had a beautiful easter!  we sure did.  

i am still {loving} to cut up flowers!  and while i've got more than a few ~ okay ~ way tooooo many ideas and irons in the fire... cutting fused flowers is just part of my daily routine these days.  seriously.  brushing teeth, washing face, cutting shapes!  can't go to bed until i've cut a few?!  well... something like that!  lol


today, i'm showing details of a special custom order for a trio of these sweet, heart collages, in a decorative, quilted pillow case, with an envelope back.  

i was asked to quilt a special phrase, too. and i enjoyed adding special details with butterflies, words and black thread play around them, which makes the total look more fun:
these are finished to about 20 inches square, and an 18" pillow insert can be  easily removed for washing the pillows when needed.








{forgot to take a photo of the envelope style back!}







i'm going to make a couple more, they are so darling.  

and yes.  more collages!  in between photography sessions, spring flowers, yard work, quilting and ... perhaps a few sessions of cleaning up my studio!!  well, you know how it goes!

i'm so very thankful,
xo
leslie
soli deo gloria!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

collaged runner ~ hello beauties

hello beauties!!

no... i haven't stopped making collages.  nor cutting out flower shapes!  as some commercial or something like that once said... "a day without  cuttable, fusible, flowers... is a day without sunshine?!!"  ok.  maybe not.  but it works for me!




just a small table runner that says "hello my spring beauties" and i say that to each of you who read the blog!  

you are beautiful.  

have a blessed day!
xo
leslie
soli deo gloria


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

collage class #2 inspirations ~

morning folks ~

ahh ~ be prepared to be amazed!  our collage class #2 included lots of laughter, tons of sharing ~ and sweet artists of collage!  fuse fuse fuse!  cut cut cut!

once again, we had such a good time together this past weekend, seeing each person's collage evolve, as they developed their own color story and design for the pattern of their choosing: 















pretty cool, aren't they!  

and a good time was had by all!  

soli deo gloria
xo
leslie


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

working out the color value ~ bighorn sheep collage

hi guys {and gals!} ~

thank you for the sweeeeet support on my facebook page!  i'm very grateful, and i'm also excited about this giveaway of my first-ever pattern.  it's going to be fun to develop a couple more ideas, too.  at least that is my hope!!

in the meantime, here is a photo of how i usually lay out my fabrics for fusing.  the fusible {steam-a-seam2 lite} is underneath, and i've laid out the cut sections of fabric on top of it.  one of the keys to successful fusing is to be sure to press this with the hot iron, but just for a few seconds, to "set" the fusible.   the second key to success is letting it cool completely.  that will make peeling off the paper easier.  if it doesn't.. .then just lightly tap it {again} with your hot iron for a few seconds, wait to cool, and then try peeling the paper off.
the fabrics above were part of the buffalo florals, and some of you have asked me who they are by... i wish i knew myself!  unfortunately, many times the selvedge is removed when you buy the kit because generally you only get a 4-6" piece.  so i have done lots of searching for fabrics!  my best place to search is etsy.com.  the best way to search is by fabric line if i know it; then by company or designer name. usually that means i'm searching modern fabrics  from companies such as art gallery, westminster, free spirit, and andover.  i've found a few that way, at least!  

seen below are a couple designs from art gallery that i have found very helpful in almost all my collage work.  they are neutrals, but can be light or dark values depending on what you put them next to, and their texture, or line design within the flower makes them visually a good choice as well.
"gossamer" by pam holland for art gallery fabrics seen above in two different colors; taupe and gray
i hope that helps a little bit? 

onto mr. bighorn! uhh.. those horns.  i came down with a head cold last week, so i'm blaming that on my less than appealing design decisions!  lol.  left overnight, i knew by the next morning they all had to come off... it just didn't have enough any dramatic appeal! and the prominence of the horns was sadly lacking. {i'm thankful to my husband who gives me honest feedback, too!}. 

so...keep those fusible papers handy, so you can re-stick your flowers back on them... fyi.
and it came to me in the middle of the night, and i knew what  needed to be done. or at least i hoped. they would be all pink.  

yup.

pink horns? really?  i wasn't sure, but since i had them  in lots of shades and texture of pink, coral, peach... they seemed to work, and i started building.
but what about the contrast on the curl part of the horns?  well.  i went with blues.  now at least now there is a contrast ~ vital to the overall design.  and this is why.  because the curl of the horns is one of the most recognizable characteristics of a bighorn sheep, and without that distinction... the design is a flop, in my view.  i was trying to keep them neutral with cream tones and dark browns, but it just didn't work.  

so i went bold and pink.  and blue!

{and i knew i needed to rework those eyes, too}  ugh.  kinda scary, i think.
notice that i added small bits of florals above, {these are the "millefiori" from the kaffe fassett fabrics}.

much better.  the horns and eyes still need a little tweaking.  one of the other factors that is somewhat interesting, is that a bighorn sheep horn has lots of linear texture that go across the horns, and so i did my best to select florals that had a lot of line texture. here's a photo from google images that i used as slight reference.  {notice the heart shaped nose!}
 and at least i had a good selection of pre-cut floral motifs that had that texture {at least in my creative world}, and i think it works.  best of all, i really like it!  
a little more contrast is needed; perhaps additions of smaller flowers used in the horns to tie the whole design together... but i'm a lot closer.  

also he needs a hint of  tail... and although i chose to draw him laying down, the large white tail area is another feature i would like to include, or at least allude to.  so i'll be working on that before finally fusing and then quilting mr. bighorn.

enJoy!
xo
leslie
soli deo gloria!
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