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Friday, December 2, 2016

FFII : Week 3

Loving that I joined Effy's 8-week online class Facing Forward II : the things we need to hearEach face focuses on a different technique and I'm also enjoying the affirmations that we create to go with each. You get access indefinitely. Just as well, cos although she says "there is no 'behind' except the one you plant in your chair" class is about to finish! This lesson was a paint over collage and Effy was inspired by this image : 
Her sneak peek on FB was this :
I thought you might like to see that and see where I got to, using the same base collage image! 
I love how I started but got "stuck" here for a long time - just consumed by other projects and thought I was blocked because this stage was in my journal for weeks. However, once I got going again and changed her up with some white, she developed nicely.
I am a bit sad that her wildness above becomes a bit too tamed below. I pushed to keep going one night when I should have sat with it...I don't hate her, but not as in love with her....
Next day decided I need to fix that hair 
And although I took her in a totally different direction than I had thought - OMG - in love again!
Attention to lips and bringing back some darker shading made my happiness complete
I ♥ that we can end up in such different places from the exact same starting point. All along I was thinking the affirmation "Brave enough to choose my own path. I know what is right for me" and in the end I decided I didn't need to add the words. I am happy she is complete and gives the message without them.
See all the blog posts about the faces I've created in this class HERE. See my Flickr album for all my art from Book of Days and Facing Forward II classes with Effy HERE

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

December Inspirations

It's December tomorrow! Have you got yourself some Christmas projects? I've had such a crazy busy November that December is going to be finish the madness at work and then organise what's happening for Christmas holidays at my house with hopefully time to catch up on some creative projects I've wanted to explore but not had time to do. If you have more time than me, I highly recommend some kind of December Daily project. I've done a couple in the past. See my posts about my Stitched Paper Journal HERE
and my December Daily from 2013 HERE.
If you are wanting to try something new, here are some more recent inspirations :
Felted wool ornaments by Judy Coates Perez - full instructions HERE.
Balzer Designs : #Carve December 2016 is coming

See all her stamp carving posts HERE.
Andrea Gomoll is creating an Artsy Advent Calendar in December and posting every day
Plus there's a giveaway as well - find out all the details HERE.
And from previous years, still available and also free : 
Alisa Burke's Holiday Play HERE.
and Five Golden Letterings with Joanne Sharp HERE.
If you need other inspiration, scroll through ALL of my blog posts about Christmas HEREMerry Merry ♥

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Craft club : Christmas decorations

I work part-time as a school librarian. My love for quilting and mixed media projects has become known and as a result I was asked to teach a craft club lunchtime session this term. 
Every Wednesday lunchtime for 45 minutes in Weeks 2-7, the children learned how to make felt Christmas tree ornaments - deciding on the pattern shape and colours, then cutting them out and learning how to hand stitch and add other embellishments. 
We had a mix of boys and girls in the class, and ages were 9-12 years. I promised at the beginning that I would make a quilt for them to hang their decorations on so they would be displayed in the library for the last 2 weeks of the term.
The quilt is a simple tree shape - the children decided on the fabrics for border and the top Santa. I showed them at several stages of the process how the quilt was progressing - with and without the quilting
They all finished at least one felt decoration
and it was exciting for them to add their buttons to the tree ready for hanging their completed ornaments
So proud of their efforts. Presented at assembly on Friday to lots of gasps of appreciation ♥ 
Now hanging on display in the library. We will keep the quilt for craft club in term 4 again next year, and they can decide if their ornaments remain with the quilt or go home. All their names are on a label on the back so they will always be remembered.
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