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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 roben-marie. Show all posts
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Monday, July 14, 2014

journal fever ~

hi there everyone,

with the big wedding over, this past weekend found me playing around for couple hours messing around in the studio, and well... making a {bigger} mess!

i was in the mood to make some journals, as i received a couple new stencils, from stencil girl products, and i was anxious to try them out.  {great sale, thanks mary beth}.  just a few new ones, and i'm always a sucker for word stencils, etc. i do have a wonderful collection of styles, textures, and images. and it was a great time to pull them out and start messin' around with paint.

i also pulled out some gelli plate prints from my paper stash {always good to have them ready!}, some thermofax screens, hand-carved stamps, and more for lots of layering.  it a bit of a feverish sprint, just like jungle fever, but without the mosquitos!


and the substrate was just a simple composition notebook.  i think they sell these for around $1-$2 each 
at office supply stores.  
i have tried printing to the cover of these journals, straight from the gelli plate... but it's not turned out to be something i like the look of.  even if i paint them first.  so i'm covering these with my handmade paper prints:
 i traced around the front cover of the notebook, and then used collage page {a type of decopauge glue} i've purchased from joann's fabric stores to adhere them to the front.  i love this one:

 this one came from my hand-carved rubber stamp:

 and i cut out several stamped images, too.  this flower happens to be designed/from roben-marie.

 as you can see... it creates quite a bit of messy chaos! {time to reorganize, as soon as i retire!
 and this will be a fun blend with this back journal cover:

i hope you'll be sure to come by in a couple days, and see the finished journals, embellished, doodled, and ready to send out to a couple friends, or maybe i'll have some to list in the shop, too. {christmas is coming!!}  

have a happy day ~
les

Thursday, June 6, 2013

she felt peace ~ my first house quilt

hello everyone out there in 'bloggy land' 

it's been awhile it seems! i was not expecting to be down so long with just a 'little' spring cold.  i'll tell ya, it's packed a big spring punch, that led to a sinus infection, and some bronchial issues. hopefully... i'm leaving the worst behind, and so back into the saddle i'm trying to leap! lol  :)

today, i'm sharing more details from the little house quilt in my 'marveles' faux piping technique, from last week's post.  

my inspiration motifs began with a fun day, printing fabrics with my gelli plate, and frankly ~ just plain messin' around! always a good thing!  and it provides a rich tapestry of things to pick and choose when you want to build a new house! 

anyway ~ you can see some of that process in the beginning stage, in this post: "come on over to my house."

one of my favorite things in this piece, began with a piece of organza, that is the main body of the house, which was made using a thermofax screen {by margaret applin} and gel medium, and newspaper print!  all i did was lay down the screen, squeegee gel medium through it, lift, and wait for it to dry. then i washed out the excess newspaper print, dry it, press it and badda-boom-badda-bing! a very fun process!

additionally, other happy fabrics were added from my printing frenzy; several of which came from stencils and thermofax screens designed by margaret as well as her stencils {from joggles.com}

again, margi's stencil shape above, which is the orange flower {below}. once it was dried and heat-cured, i stamped on top of it with my black ink pad and a favorite text stamp.  i added a beautiful ribbon, with a glitzy, sparkly edge, too, at the roof's bottom edge.  that same orange color ties in with the flower, and the bird, too.  the roof itself was screened using one of margaret's delightful screens as well, and i just cut it out and stitched it down on top of the organza base. {when you play alot ~ you have alot to work with!} and i do love my playdays!
then... i felt i needed a bird on my house.  i love the sound of chirping birds so early in the mornings now! they are the perfect 'wake-up call!'  and while making my classic round tablerunners, i purposely saved out a bit of this this cool fabric with the neat bird print with heart flowers, just for fusing on future projects:
 and look - there he is! such a pretty bird ~ love him!
and that same lovely print yielded a sweet little detail for my house: heart flowers ~ and a pop of beautiful pinky-red color, too!  just what it needed for some extra 'punch.'
and speaking of flowers... here are some of terri stegmiller-styled flowers, printed on white cotton, from her new line of stencils by stencil girl i was so thrilled to demo!!  they were the perfect accent with the bird and heart-flowers, too.  so into the mix they went, too. cute ~ and such a pretty periwinkle blue color. love it with the pinky-red flowers.
 where's the sun?  oh yes! i used this one printed from the gelli plate, also made by laying one of margaret applin's flower stencils down on the plate, layering fabric on top, and then pull the print!  i cut it out, and there you have it - a fun sun shape.  i deliberately made it rather messy, and the black thread quilting keeps it pretty graphic and fun, too.
 and then time for more free motion quilting details on the cottage:
 i added zig zag stitching, and this is done free motion as well.  i then added stitched details to the flowers, adding stems and leaves... and doodles, inspired from stamps designed by roben-marie.  
and time to add some writing... which of course, you may know that i love to do.  a little bit of sketchy-stitching around the clouds... and it's done.  i love it!
so there's my first little house-quilt!  i hope you enjoyed my tour.  thanks for stopping in!

i hope we all can do just that ~ make time to stop in, visit our friends, and enjoy the sweet hospitality, companionship and  joy of our hearts as we spend a little time with each other... 

and 'sew' much more.

enJOY!
xo
leslie

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

do the work! {gelli prints & more}

hi there everyone ~

my plethora of gelli prints have been the focus for my creativity lately.  they are so much fun to make, especially when you are a "color junkie" like i am!!  so i desired to 'do more' with them, and this post shows the results and in doing so, i also am sharing some of the thoughts i have about it all!    

i'm not sure i've achieved the results i was hopeful for.  heck, i'm not entirely sure what I was looking for to begin with!  and all of that is really okay. 

just begin.  that's what ya gotta being willing to do.  all too often, it's far too easy  for me to just tidy up, and tuck things away.  afraid to begin the next step {just a little bit} because i don't want to 'mess things up' as i really love my gelli prints! in fact, it reminds me of the parable of talents in the bible where the one dude hides his money in a hole! {well... that hole could be my studio} ~ lol!  

sometimes, when people look at my art, many have said to me, "oh, you're just naturally talented."  but that isn't the whole truth.  it's not naturally easy... although it is naturally fun for me.  i do love to play with color.  with that said... 

it really amounts to work.  now there is work we enjoy... and some we don't!  {like cleaning up our studios?} and whether quilting, buying fabric, judging color, using different art mediums, or learning about yourself ~ much of it comes with work... and walking by faith! yess... it can be overwhelming.  all of it.  but one must begin...
and sometimes i do get lost.  really, i do. 

in the color, ideas, contrasts and textures. overwhelming possibilities. and execution of all of them! trying not to be put expectations where they ought not to be. 

expectations have been defined as this:  "a pre-determined decision for a future disappointment."

think about that.  in life, with people; your family, relationships, work, and art.   













it's certainly not always pretty.  definitely not perfect.  and i can own that... in my art, and in my life.

while it's not always a feel-good thing  it is a process. in order to get cleaned up, you may find it's got to be "messed up."  after all, when i look at some of the things i create, i realize it's the 'mess' that helps me determine what not to do in the future.
i also want to share a quote with you all.  i really appreciated this remark from roben marie which i heard while watching a video in her online class:
"if you want to achieve depth, layering, visual interest... you have to do the work."  

{i agree}  no matter what it may be in life... you have to do the work.  take the time.  think about where you've been... where you want {or need} to go.  how you might get there.  explore.  think some more!  study. {and i pray}... i'm learning to listen {better i hope}.  pay attention.  just like most everything. whether in a job... your health... growing up, to spiritual maturity. your life.

just do the work!

be real with yourself.  get uncomfortable. accept who are. own it.  decide.  choose.  and move forward.

it's okay to be uncomfortable.  that's much like our faith walk. many times things have to get ugly and uncomfortable before we're willing to see. 

so ~ do the work. take what you have - begin! accept where you are.  open up.  leave the expectations in the dust!  wait.  contemplate. step back.  look deeper. look again ~ begin again... be brave, and move onward and upward!

do you have some thoughts you'd like to share?  i'd love to hear! 

thanks so much for listening to my ramblings...
xo
leslie {aka braveheart artist}

 
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