Saturday, December 15, 2018

#arteveryday : week 6

Weekly summary of my daily creating - I believe that you can mostly manage to squeeze some art into your day even if it's only 15 minutes. Those 15 minutes add up to completed projects more quickly than you would believe. 
Saturday 8th December Completed my card bases made from the leftovers of bookmarks created for my student librarians. See how they progressed little by little last week HERE with my full post about both projects HERE.
Sunday Finished 3 of the above cards completely in preparation for birthdays this coming week AND this is a sample of my Christmas cards this year....creating a little also sometimes lights the creative fire to finish a lot ♥
Monday Almost finished my quilted face and then took my recycled face book with me to quilt group and got more doodles done...
Downloaded Susannah Conway's FREE "Unravel Your Year" workbook...and then set it aside for later attention when things calm down a bit.
Sign up for her emails and get access to this and other goodies in her Inspiration Library HERE. She also has a Find Your Word 5-day free email class that I've found awesome other years. Sign up for that HERE.
Tuesday Stitching on my bindings....
Wednesday She's finished ♥ - full post HERE.
Thursday/Friday Reality is, sometimes you're just too busy and/or too tired to do more than write in your journal and watch class videos and dream about what you'll create when you're not shattered! 
I have found this challenge of doing something so I can take a photo every day very motivating and I hope you have as well. Monday is my last day of work for this year and I'll be switching gears into holiday mode. I'll have much more flexibility in my creative time so I'm thinking I'll stop these weekly review posts for a while and just share completed art again with you. Hoping there'll be lots to share. See all my posts about this challenge HERE

Friday, December 14, 2018

Christmas cards 2019

I made sure we had nothing planned last weekend to have a chance to rest and create before the last week of school. One of my goals was to make just a few Christmas cards for my workmates this week, thinking I would leave the rest until I've finished work. I used a simple technique and after an hour had completed all my cards for the year! 
The technique was to use watersoluble markers, a stamp, and a spray mister bottle for water. After a few experiments, I found I liked using the large brush time of the markers to rub on the stamp without water. After stamping the first impression, I added a spritz of water which gave me an extra 2 more watercolour-like impressions
I decided that the ones that were a bit more splodgy might do with an addition of a reindeer (just marker on the stamp not sprayed)
Then I finished the rest with various washi tapes. 
I love the variety I got from just 4 colours and one stamp 
These have much more white space than is my usual style. I am loving this simple look for this year - hope my recipients like them too ♥

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Quilted Face

In November, I did a class on quilted faces with the very talented Jacqui Karl
This photo shows 3 happy friends nearing the end of our weekend. We all enjoyed the experience of taking the lesson and making it our own. I loved the experience from beginning to end, and now have so many new ideas bouncing around in my head I'm sure you'll be seeing more mixed media quilts from me in the future. My base fabric was a white pattern on white, so when I painted it I got a lovely resist effect. It was lovely to dry our work outside for a while too 
Next we traced on the eyes, lips, hair outline - painted the eyes and lips. I altered my eye and lip shapes a little to look more like my own art journal faces
then used thick black Spagetti thread for the outline and face detail
Filling in the hair piece with our own designs
By the end of Day 1 she looked like this
Started filling in the face with a subtle variegated thread - I really enjoyed defining areas with my free-motion stitching instead of the stippling which was in the sample
Switching threads to a pink variegated for her cheek and out into the background 
and then a pink/blue for the background = End of Day 2. 
Click on any photo to see the stitching detail.
I took a photo of the back which shows I did have a bit of trouble with the black thread knotting on occasion, but it does look quite striking
Then I was home and following my #arteveryday idea to try and stitch a little and often 
- using different threads as I go through colour-changes in the background
Ready to trim and add binding : 
Back view just for fun  - I do love colour but this is inspiring for a maybe-future piece
In the end I decided a flat binding that you didn't see on the front was best. I cut my normal 2" wide binding, ironed it in half and stitched it on as usual.
Then overstitched the seam into the binding.
Folded around and hand stitched to the back.
I had to attach the hanging sleeve by hand-stitching beneath the top binding. It is too much bulk to include in that seam as is my usual practice. The finished quilt size is 18" x 22". I am so VERY happy with how she turned out ♥
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