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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

Sunday, July 12, 2015

collage inspiration and winners!

hello ~  time nearly got away from me; have been travelling lately visiting my dad and mom in billings mt, and cleaning... {make that purging} our entire home!  yay!  {feels sooo good}.  and ... lots of great exercise!  {maybe not so much}.  but a workout for sure, hauling boxes and books, fabric, patterns, clothing, knick knacks... and "inheritances" i've stored of my gramma and mom's things.  time to "make a way!"

in the meantime, i am honored to share a beautiful collage from my "painted pony" ~ sunblossom pattern. this one made by my friend chris from washington, who will also be teaching this collage class in her area and quilt shop located in mount vernon washington, to be specific!  yay!   i love the quilting!  {go figure}!  but i also lvoe the entire creative way she put her together, and so one more inspirational piece for you to be encouraged to make your very own masterpiece collaged and quilted art! 
and a buffalo that WON first place in the Abilene TX quilt show this june! created by my friend vickie.  it's very very wonderful!  i love the personality this buffalo exhibits!  it's really quite charming!  she added the extra leg in the back, too, as i did.  {and i love that tail!!} and... vickie is working on a st. bernard dog now, too!  wouldn't we love to see that one?  {yes!}


and then just a roundup... highlights and reposting some photos that i hope will keep on... or further inspire you to jump into the magical world of collage:











and the winners of my pattern give-a-way ~ courtesy of mr. brian mcneil... who randomly picked three numbers, and they are:

comment #16 from "kathyE" and you win BOTH of my newest patterns: "big blooms" and "my cup overflows" ~ congratulations!

AND... {that's not all!}  of course, if you've been reading my blog, you know i always love to add something "more"... and to offer a bit more than what was expected... because it is a blessing to me to do so!  the next winners are:

#21 commenter "vickie" ~ you win one pattern... of your choice!

#7 commenter "allisonCB" ~ you also win a pattern of your choice!

just contact me with information, and i'll get these out to you soon!

thanks for supporting my etsy store, and this blog ~ i am grateful, and always blessed!  it's fun, and i love doing it, sharing, growing and learning with all of you.  i so appreciate all of your kind comments, words of encouragement, and know that i enjoy hearing from each one of you!!

oh, and i almost forgot ~ because i was late posting ... i've EXTENDED the SALE in my etsy shop until JULY 15th! the coupon codes: 30PERCENT for 30% off any item {not just patterns but the whole store} or you can also use coupon code 5DOLLARSOFF any purchase $12 minimum, in my posted  here!


thank you!
bless your july day!
soli deo gloria
xoxo
leslie















Friday, June 26, 2015

pattern giveaway and etsy shop sale ~

good morning glories!

happy summer, and happy give-a-way day!  today, i am announcing my summer give-a-way of two of my newest collage patterns, including a sale in my etsy shop, too ~  

first, the sale details.  $5 off any collage pattern with a minimum purchase of $12.  use code 5DOLLARSOFF when checking out.

OR 

choose code 30PERCENT for 30% off any item over $24, including patterns, and as many as you would like. that would mean the total savings on a $24 pattern is $8 off!  {it's a hot deal!}   psst: there's a bonus ~ as a special thank you, i'll be adding some fun pre-cut and pre-fused collage goodies to each pattern sold!

note: these sale codes will expire Sunday, JULY 12th.

now for the giveaway ~ i'm giving away TWO patterns; one each of 'my cup overflows' and 'big love bouquet' collages. all you need to do to enter is comment here on this blog post!  for an extra entry, share this blog post on any social media, and comment back here with the link showing you did so. you have until friday july 10th to do so.  i'll pick a winner and announce it here on the blog saturday, july 11th!  

in other pattern news, i've developed a second pony version; this one is called "toni's pony" and is just a variation of the original 'sun blossom' collage pony pattern.  so if you'd like to order the pony pattern in the "toni's pony version", just let me know in the remarks section on etsy, and i'll change out the cover to suit your preference.

and... i've completed another new collage; {see below}... and let me know what you think ~ pretty please?!


















here's the fawn!  she's  getting  her legs untangled, and ready to hop quick after momma.  this one is inspired by the all the sweet, new june babies we've been seeing in our countryside.

have a great day, and thank you for coming by!  best of luck to you, too, on the give-a-way!  

blessings
xo
leslie
soli deo gloria!


Thursday, June 18, 2015

summer mixed media journal season is here ~


hello summer!
75 degrees, no wind, beautiful sunshine and a shady patio.
perfection defined!
~~~~~~~
... and a new season for making
mixed media journals begins.
i grab {just a few} key art supplies: 
 washi tape, paper words,
pens, little scrappy knick knacks n'such, 
{because, let's face it, it would take hours upon hours
 to bring it all outdoors!}
and then... get to work ~ playing!
 doodling n' glueing.
~~~~~
WARNING: there is a wild border collie waiting in 
the forest who will chew up any falling, wayward rolls
of washi tape --- in a heartbeat!
~~~~~
 hmmm.  as i was saying... 
sitting in the shade, playing, visiting with the pups,
and listening to the birds sing....
i do all the messy glueing, cutting and such in my studio in the basement of our home, and the papers i'm using are my own original prints, made from monoprints from my  gelli plate, stencils, stamps, deli paper, dimensional paste or paint, and just plain ol' acrylic paint! 
i add other texture from stamping onto heavy paper, cutting out {butterflies}, using some of my older scrapbook ephemera, old book pages, etc.  
 and then i doodle away.

 my personal favorites and most-used supplies are stencils, or thermofax screens i've purchased from stencilgirlproducts, many designed by creative friends like terri stegmiller and margaret applin.  but anything goes... yup!  so i begin by making a super big mess with paint...  and then clean up, clear off the table and and then choose from my dried paper stash, glueing them to the fronts and backs of blank paper journals i've purchased from craft stores, or goodwill.

some of my most favorite papers to use as empherma are prayers or quotes, {which i've printed out} by susie larson, or pages from favorite books by emily freeman, and ann voskamp, and many others, too.

so far, my favorite collage glue is "collage pauge" by tracis bautista {purchase at craft stores}.













YES!
XO
... many ~ many happy hours later... 
i'll have a stack of a dozen or so journals.
yay!
soli deo gloria
xo
leslie

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

shalom ~ peaceful girl ~ floral collage version two ~

hello ~

this is the second version of my new "shalom" collage quilt pattern, from the shalom pattern, this time using aqua green, purple, and ocean blues, with pops of pink and whites. this sweet girl is now hanging up in the quilt away shop in great falls. 

once again, i designed it to use a gorgeous background of hand dyed fabric, my favorite "signature" style.  while i've had this piece of fabric for a few years, it was just the right colorway, with hints of purple and a beautiful depth of blues.  this time, i collaged the girl first, choosing lighter florals, and then chose the background for the design.  i wish i knew which dyer made this beautiful fabric... but it is likely from my friend chris daly, who operates  woodland ridge retreat; a quilting retreat business as well.  {you can like her facebook page, and a blog to follow too}. she doesn't have as much time these days to dye, so it was a special treat to find this piece in my stash, purchased several years ago ~ and perfect for this little lady's floral dress.

vicki welsh also creates similar gorgeous hand-dyed fabrics and lists them in her etsy store...  so i know you will find exactly what you need!

and i kept the quilting muted, using a thread that blended, but applied my free motion quilting with lots of textural interest, changing it up a bit in styles, but also adding ... once again, my signature bobbin play. a bit of free motion mctavishing-style, with bubbles, and large big flowers that i picked up from the style of the large white flowers in her dress.  it's always fun to draw inspiration from the beautiful florals...




below, the flower is seen without a third row of stitching, which will come inside the bobbin/thick thread... as you will see further below...
i love the half flower as the bow on her dress, and i didn't quilt it as heavily so it would remain dimensional, as seen in the photo below:

the photo below depicts the third row of stitching on the outside edges of the flower.  i did not quilt them in the order you see them...   i always do the bobbin play first, and then i add other rows of echo-type stitching ~ inside and outside ~ the flower motif.  i wanted them to be puffy... but not empty. 

i love the lacey look the orange ruffled floral adds to the underlay of the skirt, adding lots of dimension, and realism, too.  notice that i deliberately placed her so that skirt flows a bit to the right, as i like this angle as a more creative flow with her walking away.  and i love to tuck in a few flowers in the hair, too!  
happy summer days to you all!
and His peace:
"peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; 
not as the world gives do I give to you. 
let not your heart be troubled, 
neither let it be afraid."
{John 14:27} 
thanks for coming by!
xo
leslie
soli deo gloria









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