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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 leaves. Show all posts
Showing posts with label leaves. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sketchbook ~ Twinkling Leaves

{just imagine Tigger's voice from Winnie the Pooh!}

Well, the leaves mostly gone... except for those living in my imagination or on the sketchbook page! I have really enjoyed playing ~ layering different types of watercolors with this particular page, though.  I began with a base layer of watercolor with the Peerless brand of watercolor papers.  Then I added the Luminarte Twinkling H2O's for some sparkle, and a bit of more depth... I think?
And one of my favorite worship songs "Rushing Wind"  was sung in my heart as I drew... colored, and added details... you can see some of the words... perhaps.
"rushing wind... blow through me, like your tender breeze... search out the depths of my heart..."

Two pages full!  I loved it.  I'm trying to learn to get a lighter hand with my black pen.  Sometimes yes.  Sometimes No!

And just a bit of a trip down memory lane - here are two Autumn-inspired table runners, too.
 The quilt "Red Autumn" above
 And here is "Leave it Beautiful in Twilight" a blue version; both of which were published on the blog last year - just click the links to see them.

And. Just in case anyone 'out there' is interested... I am offering anything with leaves in it... 50% off the listed price in my Etsy store.  Just contact me so I can set it up.  That is the beginning of my Autumn Celebration, with a couple free give-a-ways coming up... soon!  Very... soon!

Ever thankful to you all, have a great day!  


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Time for Gathering In Thankfulness

The leaves are all gone, except in our home!  This is a favorite fall wall hanging... lots of couching, lots of feathers in the background, and fun stitching I enjoyed doing VERY much!
 I loved practicing my feathers on this little Quilt.  And it's part of a little 'vignette' I enjoy as part of our Thanksgiving decorations.  

 It's a "Wooly Lady" pattern... but I couldn't find it to show you... (uhhmmm... I know... an ongoing problem with my organization apparently!)

Gathering in an attitude of  GRATITUDE!

 Ahhh yes... gathering in.  If our only prayer was to say "Thank You, Thank You, Thank You" --- it would be enough.  


Friday, October 28, 2011

Take A Walk With Me ~

C'mon!  Take a walk with me in my neighborhood...  The beautiful fall leafy season will soon be like 'walking down memory lane' as the phrase goes.

As I was driving home yesterday evening, I was particularly struck by this couch on the boulevard... cushions of couched leaves... now there's a new concept?!!!  I just HAD to stop and take photographs, and the beautiful leaves in drifts of rustling wind on the sidewalk...

EnJOY.  I know I sure did.  Have a great weekend!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Paintstik Rubbings and Stenciling

Hints and Tips!
Any stencil will do.  Metal, plastic, or otherwise!  Make your own, as far as that goes.  I like the more open spaces of ones like these shown below:
Get yourself some fabulous fabric.  Even a solid batik or cotton is great! 
And in all my paintstik adventures, I have yet to wash the fabric first, with the exception of my own hand dyed fabric, which of course, have been washed to set the dye, etc.  Some folks have been told to remove the sizing by washing fabric first... but I've never had any problems not washing commercial fabrics; even batiks.  But you do as you feel you need to here!  This is how I started the leaves for "Leave It Beautiful in Twilight" - the table runner posted here.
Take the paint directly from the stick, using a stencil brush.  You can also apply color with the paintstik end, directly on the open space of the stencil.  Or you can transfer and blend the colors onto a plastic coated paper plate or piece of freezer paper, shiny side up, and then transfer to the fabric as you like.

It's best to work in a circular motion, 'scrubbing' (but too hard), from the outside edges of the stencil, toward the inside.  The little leaves in a row on the stencil?  This would be a fabulous pattern on a border of a quilt, on the collar of a shirt... the hem or the sleeves.  Cool! Make your own unique fabric prints!  I love blending paintstik color with the colors of the fabric underneath. It really adds a special tone and depth that I find... SWEET!
Another tip:  Use a temporary adhesive spray to lightly spritz the black rubbing plates, or your stencils, which helps to keep the fabric from moving on the plate... and REALLY helps so that your images are clear, and not 'smeared' or blurry, as can happen with the fabric moves over a slick surface.
A GRIP N GRIP mat is absolutely essential to great rubbings!  Well worth the $18.50, in my humble opinion.  And cleaning up the mat is a breeze... using a lint roller!  True story.  I just found that out recently, and took the lint roller to my very, very, dirty mat, and it took off the ALL (and I do mean all!) the old paint and every other piece ... and left it clean and shiny! Fully restored to it's former glorious sticky-grippy consistency as when I first purchased it!  The key:  "stick to it!"  with the linty roller paper.  Replace it often, and press down hard as your roll. 
I love to overlap designs!  Change out the colors and mix it up a little!  It makes for a more visually interesting pattern, in my opinion. And it's FUN to do!  This is the piece I painted for "Dancing With Bright Eyes."
Base piece for "Dancing With Bright Eyes"
My favorites are the iridescent types.  But the matte colors are fabulous too.  Great for mixing and making your own creative color combos!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Falling for A Vintage Jean Jacket

Leaf Fever.  Strange, but true... and I think I'm done now!
Some hand dyed green fabric.  And once I've taken off the protective skin from the paintstik, I may as well make the most of it!

This is a vintage, "cowboy girl" real jean jacket a girlfriend of mine gave me several years ago.  Finally!  I'm getting something done with it. Ain't it cool?!
I've not been able to decide what to do onto the surface... but it's time has come! It got dressed up a little for the Fall Barn Dance. And I love it!  But... am I DONE?  Not sure!
A contemporary take on the ever-usable and lovable, Cowboy Girl Jean Jacket.
I don't think I'm going to add anything more... but couching does come to mind.  Surprise, surprise.
You've perhaps read where I have said in the past... "because I can."
And that is exactly what happened to the cuffs and the collar.  Why Not?
Versatile.  Heavy duty.  Outlasts the cows!  And so it hangs, ready for the Jitterbug at the Barn Dance!


Friday, September 23, 2011

Leave It Beautiful in Twilight

Twilight.  Leaves.  Fall.
 The paintstik'd leaves with purple-blue-magenta rich tones were my inspiration to begin. And I decided to try them on a deep, rich, traditional brown; a batik with lighter toned brown swirls... perfect for the fall theme. I loved the contrast, too. Purple on brown.  And even better, I liked how the brown batik grounded the entire quilt, giving it a just a touch more realistic feel---like the bark of a tree. An appealing backdrop, compatible with the contemporary feel of the leaves. 
Razzle Dazzle thread is couched (#39 foot) onto the seam of the inside border
 I knew I wanted the quilting lines-motifs to be reminiscent of a light evening breeze, in a cool dusky setting as the last of the twilight fades into dark.
 I started with King Tut ELS cotton 40 weight.  It was a bit challenging to see as I quilted it as it blended so well with this batik background fabric.
 And I knew I wanted contrast with the brown thread.  So I turned to my thread stash, and selected a Rainbow (these are all Superior threads).  Rainbow is a 40 weight, variegated polyester.  Oooh!  Now we're talking.  Highlights the color of the leaves without overpowering the leaves.  Provides contrast and movement you can really see against the quilt, and yet harmonizes with the brown thread too, as it's the same undulating lines and soft waves.
 I used colors of thread (poly 40 weight) in the border quilting, but did it in two more new colors... leaf green with a leaf motif, and orange for the swirls, picking up a bit of the border fabric that contains purple-blues, oranges, & greens.

 The binding in the picture looks mostly pink... but it has multiple colors; subtle stripey coloration, containing blue, purple and pinkish purples. 

 It takes more time to work in two different colorways... planning the color changes, thinking... and alot of  fun to see the contrast. It was exciting for me to quilt with the purple-blue thread, and I had to be careful not to overdo it.  It would have overshadowed the quilt overall, and I only wanted that blue to accent and show off the leaves.   The brown thread recedes... just the way I like it.  And the blue pops forward.  Dark colors have a tendency to recede... light comes forward.
 For the first time, I used Wonder Under fusible web for the leaves.  It was easier to quilt through than the Steam A Seam product. I'm anxious to try Misty Fuse fusible web next.
I didn't trapunto the leaves, as you may have noticed in the green-red leaf quilt: RED Autumn from earlier posts. They still pop up, but not quite as much.

 The bobbin thread is Superior Masterpiece Cotton 50 weight, and the back fabric a pretty commercial batik. You can see that I've quilted around the leaves, as they were free motioned appliqued prior to the layering of fabric and batting.
Tough to find good light these days as there are so many long shadows when I get home... but just look at the gorgeous sidewalk!! LOL.  And this is the quilt without the 'edge' treatments.  After this photo was taken, I added yarn and Razzle Dazzle (Superior) as an inside edge trim next to the yarn on the binding seam, and then a turquoise blue on the inside seam of the border. Of course I used my 'go-to-girls' -- foot #43 free motion couching & my #39 traditional couching/clear embroidery foot for adding those elegant little touches.

Special thanks to Jocelyn and Jean; I picked Jeans' name, "Leave It Beautiful" but added "Twilight" to it.  Jocelyn's suggestion of "Chantilly" gives me more inspiration for a future thread session! I'm so appreciative; thank you ladies! 

EnJOY the weekend; we're having a gorgeous Montana Indian Summer!  


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