Archive for December, 2011
On the way to making my journal I decided to reorganize my studio. Enough climbing over things and reaching around things to find a spray bottle, a drawer of paper or anything else!
Your Christmas Eve was my destruction day. Move resident shelves out of the way or to their new homes. Clean, paint and apply contact paper to new shelves.
Of course every other surface is utter chaos with piles of displaced supplies.
This is the time of year, from December 11 through January 1, that I take time to reflect and assess what’s so up to this point and then create the New Year. This is my quiet time.
I thought that in this quiet time I will be quiet and post mostly pictures of what I am doing right now; first my hiking/camping journals.
I have a really small journal that I take hiking with me. Inevitably it gets used to press an unusual or unknown (to me) flower. Then I don’t do any drawing because I don’t want to disturb the delicate pressed flower.
I am really struggling with the drawing portion of the Carla Sonheim Junk Mail Book.
I made a cover that has nothing to do with the class, but I thought that maybe I could distract myself and loosen up and relax into the puzzle drawing.
Good excuse anyway. I used one of the Artist Cellar Steampunk Stencils and light molding paste so the gears are raised. Then I colored them with my Pitt pens.
This also took some time to dry so I got to stall a little bit more. Here is a sample of some of the drawing – none of it finished.
Susan came to our fall 2009 Art Camp for Women and was an accomplished quilter and owned a quilt pattern company before then.
When she arrived at Art Camp Susan had just begun exploring the mixed media art arena with paper, collage and stamping. She says it was accidental brilliance on her part putting herself in Art Camp.
The immersion style at Art Camp, into mixed-media art really worked for her. The fact that the teachers were always there to not only answer questions, but to chat over dinner and discuss the ins and outs of different methods and products was invaluable.
I started fooling around with decorating some handkerchiefs last September, when Melanie Testa issued a Hankie Havoc challenge. I loved the idea, but have no skills in the fabric dying arena. I fussed with just trying to dye some cotton hankies for color, but that was not satisfying.
I then found some Pentel Dye Sticks that are like very soft color crayons with dye pigments. I tried them with stencils and with free hand drawing, and again – not satisfying.
I know, I know, I am only going to use them for blowing my nose – but I let it sit for a bit. I still had 10 large, pristine white, cotton hankies peeking out of my fabric drawer. Then this weekend I had several time periods in which I got to wait to go get someone, or to wait to get someone else…BORING…
Kelli Nina Perkin’s post about making beaded spools got me (Lorri F) all fired up! I’ve been looking for a new ornament idea and with Kelli’s inspiration, this sweet little angel ornament was created!
The spool was wrapped with white wool roving from my local yarn store and beaded – Kelli style. The skirt and wings are tulle and the angel’s head is a sweet little felted ball with a needle felted face. The angel hair is hand-dyed roving bits (mixed with angelina fibers) purchased at our local Handweaver’s Sale.