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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 paper 53 app. Show all posts
Showing posts with label paper 53 app. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Our Love Story ~

Hi there sweet readers ~

Today, I invite you to read a love story.  It's a personal one. A journey of a million heart miles... to unending joy.

While healing, faith, and hope are all woven in and through this story, it's not unusual.  Because this story was written by an awesome God.   {and still is!} 

Come ~ I hope you'll take a few minutes to read it.

I am so honored to have been asked.  It was a sweet {and challenging}  journey down memory lane to write out this story.  Even sweeter to know His love story is written in our hearts; Brian's and mine, together. To think, remember, and be so very, very, grateful.  And {more} Amazed at the One who holds us in the palm of His Hand.  I pray you will be blessed by it.

Drawing in Paper 53 App {1-11-13 by LAM}

My blogging friend, and wonderful artist, Jennifer, from Studio JRU has it published on her blog today.  
Thank you Jennifer, for your love, encouragement and boundless patience.
Psalm 37:3-7
"Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.  Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this; He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and patiently for him..."  

Soli Deo Gloria

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sketch ~ Hope via Romans 15:13

Happy Morning ~

... it's been exciting to explore the digital sketching in my new app "Paper 53" on our iPad.  I'm thrilled with the idea that I can duplicate, add to it, and save again, as a different sketch, but hang onto the basic background...  

Sometimes I make a background I love, but then I make a change to it that I do NOT love!  So, if I save prior to making further changes, I haven't lost anything in the process.  It's interface is easy for me to manipulate, and easy to share, as well in many of those social medias we like to be on these days.

Although it will not replace the joy of using real art supplies, water, paper, paints and pens, it's an amazing technology, no doubt about it  

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Smile. Breathe. Slow Down. {Pray}

Good day everyone!

Here's a little drawing I did on my new Paper 53 app.  {am so loving this app!}.  

and I loved reading this post January 15th, 2013, from a sweet blogger:  POEM LIFE ~  and it confirmed this same message {for me}.  Three simple things {among many}... I am to do, first thing... every day, all day, in all things.
Slow Down.
{pray} for help in doing so! 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Free Motion Design

Hey there~

It's a simplistic shape ~ a heart.  {anyone... yes anyone... can draw a simple heart shape!}...  

I drew this in an app called "Paper 53" and thought I would use this digital manipulation as a fun way to  illustrate a few free motion designs.  I personally call this  technique "free motion applique" when I teach it in my free motion class.  And one of the best ways to begin, is to do this same exact technique with a piece of paper and a pen/pencil.  Then... take it to the next level with fabric, thread and needle!
I've shown several different designs in the picture above... some are using a straight stitch, and some a zig zag.  I LOVE free motion applique!  For me, it's creative, quick, unique, and easily mastered with practice... whether it's pen and paper, or fabric and needle!

This is how you get started: draw a heart pattern {at least 5"x7" in size} onto one side of your fusible web {usually this the paper side that comes off the most easily}.  and fuse your fusible to the fabric.  Cut your heart out, and fuse that heart directly to a muslin fabric base, {or any kind of fabric - just make it inexpensive}. The size of the muslin should be about 12" x12"  or so.  Now add batting, and backing fabric.  There's your quilt sandwich.  

Now... prepare your machine... add your favorite free motion foot {for me this is usually Bernina #29}.  

Choose your thread.  I recommend a CONTRASTING thread against the muslin top; {this is so you can see your design well against the fabric background of the heart}. 

Bobbin thread:  choose a 50 weight, or a matching 40 weight is fine too.
Use this type of needle: 90/14 topstitch, metallic, or microtex needle will work great with any 40 weight thread you use on your top.  

Lower your feed dogs.  Lower your top tension, probably at least one full number setting.

Now choose your stitch.  Straight ~ or zig zag.  No need to set a length or width with a straight stitch, right?  {since you are the one who controls that by the movement of your hands and foot control pedal.}

When you choose a zig zag, you DO want to set a WIDTH setting {just not a length ~ again you determine the length by how fast you move the fabric sandwich under the needle}.  The width of the zig zag?  Ah... that is  determined by personal preference, the width of your free motion foot, and width capacity of your machine.  Generally speaking, choose a 3.0 or 3.5 to start, just for kicks and giggles {and don't forget to smile and have fun}

Use the heart doodle above as some ideas to begin, and see how many different styles and shapes you can do on your heart.  Keep in mind that the stitches are radiating from the outside edge of the heart, going inward.  You can reverse this process, too!  Go from the outside edge of the heart, outward, onto the muslin base, for some extra practice bonus time!

Now make some time to just do it. {that's truly the hardest part isn't it?}... get those fabric sandwiches made and stacked up, so they are ready when you are! 

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