Saturday, 24 September 2016

MiniMini 15

Finally I have managed to finish another minimini quilt. At this rate it is going to take quite some time till I have reached the 100 mark. But there is no rush! At least that is what I keep telling myself.
Each minimini is sized 6" (or 15 cm square) and will eventually be applied to a background and become one large quilt in due course. I photographed it outside with some of the dahlias that are still in flower but had to keep retrieving it from the bushes as the wind whipped it away I seem to have ended up with some conversing diagonals but didn't have the heart to try it again, just in case it blew away completely.
Quiltlet is machine quilted, raw edge appliquéd with hand stitching and hand beaded. 

Friday, 23 September 2016

Flower Tower

Yesterday I received back a small quilt (30 cm square) that had been on the road for over 2 years. It's a good chance to take an objective look at your own work and I'm pleased to say that I'm still happy with it. It was made for the Seasonal Garden exhibit by the European Quilt Association (EQA) in which the UK was allocated Summer. The show made it's début at the Festival of Quilts, Birmingham back in 2014.
Since then it has travelled to Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, France (twice in different locations), Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium, Latvia, Denmark, Finland, and Hungary. Oh that I could have gone with it!
The piece was made out of gelli plate printed fabrics. The background was machine pieced and free machine quilted with a pebble pattern. The flowers were made by stamping on flower patterns (using Hero Arts Magical Flower (CG284) as well as Layered Flowers (CL496), cutting them out, hand stitching on them and then layering them up and attaching them to the background with a large round bead. I also added sequins and beads. The flowers are only attached to the background by their centres so are quite 3 dimensional. I had been a bit worried about how they would stand up to all that travelling and packing/unpacking, but all was well with them.
It's lovely to have it back home again and just looking at it afresh has given me ideas for new work. It has also made me wonder if we will continue to remain members of EQA when the UK Brexits?!

Thursday, 22 September 2016

One Person Accountable

The theme of Roll Call - being accountable is continuing on The Documented Life Project 2016 while our art challenge told us to use mark-making in black and white over colour. I managed to find yet another saying about our theme that says: "There is only one person who can be held accountable for the results we get in life". 
 I went looking for a suitable image to be my focal point and was originally going to use the figure as a mask but when I cut her out (from a fashion magazine) and put her on the page for size I decided that I wanted her as she was as she toned in rather well with the vintage paper I had collaged on previously.
 Techniques used: collage, rubber stamping and stencilling, as well as that mark - making with black and white markers over colour.
 Tools used: rubber stamp (from Impress Me Now, so pleased to have re-discovered their stamps that were hidden somewhere in my painting shed!) and stencilling. I went a bit mad with the stencils on this spread and here are the Stencilgirl Products stencils I used: L402 Verdant Moon in the background, S264 Doodle It Tornado Flowers, S376 Hash Marks, S306 Text and Texture Explore and finally the smallest stencil from the October 2014 Stencilgirl Club

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Rest is not Idleness

Our new prompt on Colour Me Positive is: Rest. There was no art challenge this week. I can't begin to tell you just how many layers there are on these pages. The spread started well but deteriorated a lot in the process till finally I gessoed over the whole lot and started again. Some of the previous layers still peek through here and there but if you can't see it the supplies won't be mentioned!
I took an age to decide on my main image and that face covers a previous one that was just wrong for the spread and didn't provide sufficient contrast. I was however very pleased with the quotation I found for the prompt. It's from John Lubbock's book The Use of Life. It says: "Rest is not idleness, and to be sometimes on the grass under trees listening to the murmur of the water, on a summer's day, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time".
Techniques used: collage (with the birds from the Flow calendar, the face from a fashion magazine and a postage stamp), rubber stamping, and stencilling. I also outlined with ink pads and markers.
Tools used: rubber stamps from Impress Me Now by Sherrill Kahn as well as a small circles stamp (no idea where that came from) and the following stencils from Stencilgirl: the large and medium stencil from the Circle Up set for March 2016 Stencilgirl Club.

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