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

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

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.  


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.

soli deo gloria!

Monday, March 9, 2015

a spring giveaway ~ link-up and.. sneak peek!

morning glories!

it's feeling more... and more like spring!  yay!  in celebration of those warmer days and sunshine goodness, i'm giving away my new pattern to one lucky winner: "rocky ~ the rocky mountain goat."  to enter the giveaway, you will have to "like" my facebook page {if you've not done so previously}, "MarveLes Art Studios" and leave a comment on the facebook post when i post the link today.  {and ya just never know what else i might add to the party giveaway} AND if you share the fb post... comment again, saying you did so for another chance!  so please... stay tuned, won't you?  and thank you so much!
and i' also linking up with my friend vicki welsh's giveaway {hand dyed fabric anyone?!!}  she's doing a little spring cleaning, and i think it will be well worth a few minutes of time to go check it out!

in the meantime, i've been faithfully fusing, cutting, and preparing fabrics for my newest collage... and i'll be adding a few of my favorite flowers to my giveaway package, too.

here are a few {more} of my tips for cutting floral motifs:
-- cut leaves with your flowers, and group them together.  they can always be cut off later if it works better in the collage.
-- those little tendrils of leaves and dots, are great textural shapes to add a bit of natural organic lines, and sparkly movement in a piece!
 -- i like to cut a bit of a tiny smidgen of a border around some of my shapes... especially if they aren't defined by an outside line/color of some kind:
-- i have learned through this series of working in collage, how smart it is to have a bowl, or some other receptacle to put your cutting scraps into.  it can be so messy!  so keeping it to a "dull roar" is vital to my need to keep the clutter a bit more manageable as i sit and cut.
 and as i've said before, i group the shapes by size and color as i cut so i can keep track of them, and store them easily:
-- i also put them away in the same manner.  smaller flowers are put into smaller baggies, within the same large baggie as the same color way.  and because i've cut a lot... this also helps me find my shapes, and keep my sanity!
 -- as to cutting.  cut what you think you need... and double it! that would be variety + shape + size!
 i encourage everyone who is interested in this technique to do this:
-- choose a color theme, keeping it to three colors.  
-- then choose from those three colors, values in light, medium and dark values for each of those colors
-- the same thing for large, medium and small shapes, in each of those values.
-- don't forget how dark and light {black and white} can add much needed punch, as well as a place for the "eye to rest" within the collage.  they are already very busy, so some "quiet time" in the design is essential {i think}.

at least i'm trying to learn that concept!
 -- pick shapes that are lined, solid, tiny print... and vary the shape, from round to oval, multi-petaled, teardrop, squarish... they all add a wonderful variety and texture to collage work!

 and so all of those shapes seen above, their color, value... light and dark of each, are part of the overall design theme  for my newest collage of a rocky mountain bighorn sheep,  from my initial sketch, which is the basis of the imagery for the overall design:
his color theme is brown, blue, and pink.  therefore, i'm playing with shades of brown, blues and pinks, going lighter and darker within those colors, and also choosing a variety of size in shapes in each of those themes, too.

as well as a terrific background base of hand dyed fabric from miss vicki welsh!
i'm working through some nuances of my pattern writing, and hope to have him published in a week or so after i change things up a bit!  it's time for him to go up on a design wall, and for me to step back... always a good thing.

i need to tweak the nose a bit more, and those horns are going to be a challenge, for sure... and the eyes too.  but i am thinking big and bold for the horns... we shall see!

i'm excited to see how that may turn out... so what do you think of him so far?

i'm needing some inspiration for a name, too... anyone have any suggestions?!

i'm so glad you stopped in ~ thanks for visiting!
soli deo gloria

Friday, March 6, 2015

in case i forget ~ we're having a {collage} great time ~

happy friday ~

i'll be heading into the Quilt-A-Way today, with Buffalo Ben in tow.

and in case i forget to tell ya ~ i had a great time teaching last weekend. but i have to say that every day there it's much the same for me!  it's a happy day to go to work there.  now i just have to figure out good shoes!  yikes.  i'm trying out some new 'keen-brand' shoes as i walk on the very hard, slate floors.

so ~ here are a few snapshots i took from the class last weekend.  below is my friend, 'miss toni' {owner of the shop}. she was making her collage from my new "rocky" pattern.  a classy lady for sure, and i really dig her creative style!  she's also collaging a zebra onto a batik quilt that is 'pickle-dish' style in oranges and pinks... for our local quilt show in late april. i hope to show it one day, soon!  you can get a sneak peek on the Facebook feed, if you'd like, and perhaps you'd head on over their Facebook page, and "like" the Quilt-A-Way?
glorine created a very dreamy, and very elegant, rusty, cream and brown themed fox.  love!
cathy and annie had a great time cutting, and cathy chose the owl, while annie was working on a table runner.  beautiful smile, and a happy birthday girl that cathy!

and then... wow!  look at this hawaiian theme round table topper?  isn't that gorgeous?  hawaiian barkcloth, and miss wanda made two of these in the class last weekend.  spectacular!
yes, you might guess that wanda {below} is a funny girl.  here's her second piece, in her favorite autumn colors! and her new favorite scissors from karen kay buckley {medium size} for cutting shapes!  beautiful lady. {the QAW will be restocking these, fyi locals!}
shirley.  she's "acting" bored with her piece, but i think it's super cool!!  i really love how she did it with simple batik squares, and her shading is spot on!!  beautifully executed, and look at the neat batik background she placed it on:
she's working on adding more pine trees in the background:
and tara with her sweet bear!
and lest i forget the smallest one in the class... louise!  isn't she precious? she came with her mom and gramma, and was the sweetest, most awesome cooing, loving child! {we start 'em early at the QAW} lol
shannon, jamie and louise doing a "cuddle up!" for me.  {it's just like a huddle up...} only sweeter!
they were collaborating on an owl:

such a fun, bright, sweet weekend.  i so enJoy seeing what creative genius comes to the surface with this fun technique. a big thank you to this class for such a joy-filled time.  can't wait to do it again!

soli deo gloria!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

white buffalo collage beginnings ~

i know.  

someday... i'm gonna move on to other projects, techniques, and fabric goodness... but maybe in a 'couple somedays' and whatever that means, i am not sure?!    and so... the more you do... the more you wanna do... and that's how it's been with me in this super technique.

and who wouldn't want to play with a "white buffalo" ~ a new pattern just released a couple weeks ago from, yes, you guessed it ~ laura heine.  just look at those cool arrows on that fabric {from art gallery fabrics} on the left border?!  i think i fell in love more with the background fabrics at first, than the buffalo ones.  but it's all good!
buffalo... yes it's been a design i've been purveying across the web, so right away, i had to dive into this baby!  the color theme is burgundy reds, mauve pinks, corals, and sage green and of course, brown.  i also took creative license to change up the legs a bit, adding a fourth one in the back, and straightening out the front just a bit.
i have also found it's a bit difficult to find large, creamy, and also brown themed florals ... but i worked with what i had, and i think it's going to turn out!
and i'm using brown silk velvet for the horns, tail and some of the hooves, too.
i'll be showing some close-ups, and some other fun design details and more in this very montana-esque fabric portrait of our iconic {montana} white buffalo! 

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