Saturday, 27 August 2016

Clouds and Sunshine

Slowly but surely the summer that never was is now on it's way out. September looms and there is a sense of autumn in the air already. All the more reason to make the most of the sunshine when it peeks out from behind the clouds. Fortunately  there are still plenty of flowers to enjoy in the garden because everything is flowering so late.
cornflowers


spiraea

Friday, 26 August 2016

More Pattern Play Pages

You may remember I was featured as Guest Designer on Stencilgirl Talk last Wednesday and showed my finished piece for the Sketchbook Project made using a gelli plate and a wide variety of Stencilgirl stencils. Here is the post and it contains a link to the full tutorial which can be found here.
Today I'm packing up the sketchbook in order to return it to the Brooklyn Art Library and I realized that there are a few pages I didn't share, either here or on the Stencilgirl Talk site, in order that the posts didn't become too overwhelmingly large. So here are those missing pages.


Thursday, 25 August 2016

Not Saying No Soon Enough

We are still Saying No on The Documented Life Project while our art challenge for this week was: document a happy thing. I still had plenty of  NO quotations left and settled on using the one by Josh Billings that says: "Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough". I wrote it by hand in the large white circle on the right hand page.
I started  this spread in the 8 x 8" Dylusions art journal by collaging some pieces of a vintage map onto the pages and then stencilling using the medium and small stencils from the August 2016 Stencilgirl Club. I then used a rubber stamp which I think comes from an ImpressMe set (designed by Sherrill Kahn). I could be wrong as the packaging has long since disappeared, but it looks like her design work.
I then added some of my happy moments in the shape of images of previously made art work and stitching, and punched circles from these pictures as well as cutting out the heart shape you see on the right. The circles were outlined using a Stabilo All black pencil as well as water soluble oil crayons.
 I like how the map peeks out here and there. 

Monday, 22 August 2016

The Best You Can Be

The Colour Me Positive prompt for this week was: Be the Best and the art challenge asked us: If you had one superpower, what would it be? I thought long and hard about that question but I'm clearly not someone who deserves to be given super powers as I haven't come up with a satisfying answer yet. As far as our prompt is concerned I used a quotation that reads:"It's not about being the best, it's about being better than you were yesterday".  

Having sadly said goodbye to the Olympics for the next 4 years my spread (done in the A4 Dylusions journal), gives a nod to them as there is a platform and a winner (both on the page and on the postage stamp) and the words: "Be the best you can be".
 I started by stencilling the background using the large stencil from the Pattern Play collection, that was the February 2015 Stencilgirl Club set and in the foreground I added the L378 Ladders stencil representing stairways to heaven or to glory, whatever way you want to look at it. Both stencils were designed by Carolyn Dube. I also used one of the art foamies (Ring TicTac) designed by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.
 I collaged on the podium using a tissue paper to represent it, as well as the goddess at the top. The black circles and squares came from a hand-made paper. I coloured them in with water soluble oil crayons.
 Stick-on stars were added to enhance the celebration as well as some glitter paint from Marthy Stewart.
The words were written on and the postage stamp, again referring to the Olympic theme, was glued on to finish off the spread.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

MiniMini 13

I'm making steady progress with my project of making 100 minimini quilts (sized 6" or 15 cm square) which will then be put together into one piece of work. This is no. 13.
 The quilt is machine quilted, raw edge appliquéd with hand stitching, and hand beaded. 

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