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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?
Showing posts with label hand-painted. Show all posts
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

a painterly quilt ~ with silks acrylic

happy morning!

i had a great time this past weekend, and our montana weather was sooo so so perfect.  still mornings, warm 70 degree temps, and getting to do something that's been on my creative 'to-do' list for a long time, actually.  finally ~ i got to painting on white cotton fabric with these gorgeous acrylic paints - silks.  made by the makers of h2o's watercolor paints, luminarte.  you can view them in more detail on their website:  dreamingcolor.com/what-are-silks.

what are silks?  they are semi-gloss glaze acrylic paints.  not just for fabric, they go on paper, canvas, terra cotta, and a multitude of other surfaces.  they are silky-smooth, and shiny!  lots of depth of color, and so easily blendable.  i am learning that after i paint, it's fun to spritz with water, which moves the paint, and creates multi-colored effects as the design edges soften and other colors appear too!  i just love how they sparkle on the white cotton fabric. love love!

the results:

 and of course... where there is one... there are more! 
{and more inspiration}  
i will post the finished quilted piece tomorrow. 
thanks for stoppin' in on my painterly summer day!
blessings on your day!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Shine ~ Shine ~ Shine !

Here's the third of my series of my first canvas, finger-style, painted pieces hanging together on our dining room wall:
My Sunshine, Shine and She Believed She Could (click on the links to see the posts if you'd like).  Of course, all are now newly listed in my etsy shop!
One can never consent to creep... when one feels the impulse to... SOAR!   That is so say, let's SOAR and SHINE!  Shine!  Shine!

Be sure to come back tomorrow... for the announcement post on the winners of Rowan's Raffle Quilt, and all the "MarveLes" prizes I'm giving away to those who bought raffle tickets from me!  And later this week, I'll post on my finished pieces of 'feathers on leather' I've been working on, for Chris Daly of Dye Candy.

I'm excited ~ are you?  Shine on!
EnJOY and check out the Beauty in His Grip today!


Sunday, June 5, 2011


Be not afraid.  Matthew 14:27. That was what I read that early morning, June 2nd, as part of my daily devotion time.  

And this poetry that came with it.  It was revealing, and personally, compelling.

So, to the sewing machine it went with me.  And as I reached for this piece of fabric, I hesitated a little bit.  It was hand painted and dyed by me, and I spent alot of time adding subtle luminous highlights with fabric paint... and I was afraid to quilt it!

I've had it out for several months... thinking it was time to 'just do it' but feeling somewhat paralyzed... afraid to attempt something (for fear of failure) and unsure of what it should be, and that old nemesis..."what if I ruin it?" feeling... ever feel that way?  

Crazy!  It's JUST a piece of fabric.... so without a clear pattern or idea I just began...  loosely ruled lines onto the cloth; thought about the word placement.  I liked that idea. It felt good.  It felt GREAT to start on it!  Adventure: here I come!

Bolstered by this verse from Matthew and the poem, I knew Today was THE Day to "walk by faith.'' And... to Go for it!

So I did... only it was via stitch, needle and thread.

I love it.  I am thankful for the faithfulness God has shown me when I follow His lead.  Two days later and 20 hours of quilting. I understand better... "God's Deep --- not yours." 

I am content.  I feel that I accomplished more than just a finished quilt.  Small step.  Of course it's not perfect.  If I felt more compelled (which I don't) I would pick out the thick white thread at the top of the Matthew verse.  It's awkward... and tentative... like the way I felt contemplating this fabric for the past few months... and also when I first began stitching.  Hmmm... food for thought isn't it?  Hesitant stitching? Hesitant faith?

I've always kind of wondered when I hear that the Amish women deliberately make a mistake in their quilts for symbolic reasons. Oddly, and perhaps mistakenly, I feel that to be a study of contrasts.  Arrogance in thinking you could even be perfect in the first place?!  And humbleness at accepting our imperfections... As for myself, I don't have to plan it!  It just happens!!!   

I enjoy looking at the luminosity that flows from the threadplay. The symbolism and journey.  Another lesson learned.  Another step closer to hearing what God is calling me to do.  To and step OUT --- and quilt --- in faith.  Amen.

Thank you to our dear Father God for the inspiration.  
"God's Heaven - Not Yours."  
Wonderful words.  Wonderful inspiration. 

Soli Deo Gloria!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

"BE FREE" Collaged Fabric Paper Art Quilt

When you're ripping, tearing... plotting, planning and PAINTING... might as well go for it and make several at once!  (It's kind of hectic and somewhat messy!) That is one thing I love about this fun and easy process of "fabric paper!"  It can truly be personal and fun to you, and dare I say the hot word these days... "Green!" 

Save those tissue papers, calendar pages! Leftover bits of fabric... fusings, notes... printed articles, cards, stickers... and then add paint!

Add playful stitching... words if you'd like!

Lots of color, pattern and visual texture.  Perhaps a bit of BOBBIN PLAY... just because you CAN.  Whatever you do... "Be Free!"

Monday, February 21, 2011

Weekend in Review

I started a three  new Fabric Paper Quilts.  This is what they look like after the initial collaging of layers of tissue, leftover papers, and hand-painted details.  They CURL up... and next, I will "iron them into submission!"
FABRIC PAPER class is set for MARCH 1, 5:30-8:00 pm at the Quilt-A-Way, and again Saturday 10-1 at the Quilt-A-Way.  I will also be teaching this FUN technique at Gallery 16 in Great Falls April 9th, 10:00 am to noon.  Also a trunk show of my Art Quilts will be the focus of a trunk show and mini lecture at the Gallery on SATURDAY, March 26th from 10:00 am - noon!  I'm so THRILLED to be there! 

And I FINISHED this quilt:  "Scatter Joy!" (Yay!)  More on it tomorrow!  I am teaching a class all about "bling" with Angelina fibers, metallic accents, gold foil both dimensional and flat, and more!  All of which were featured on this art quilt!  It will be held at the Bernina Silver Thimble quilt shop on MARCH 10th!  CHICKS... DIG GLITZ!  (Call 452-7222 for more information!)
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