Sunday, April 25, 2010

Fabric Flower

Fabric flowers are one of my favorite projects and I've decided to make a few for summer.  These are great to add as an embellishment to just about anything. 
This shot shows a side view of the layers.
This flower is made from painted muslin. I used Simply Spray in green apple and the blue dye is by sei.  For more information and step-by-step directions, check out this link.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Loving Zentangles

Tomorrow I'll meet a group of art friends for our monthly meeting.  We each take turns presenting a project and tomorrow we'll be zentangling with Alice.  After seeing some of Alice's work, we've all become pretty excited about diving in.  Of course, I couldn't wait until tomorrow and started playing around a bit on my own. 

The pages are 100 lb.Bristol vellum.  The work area is a 3.5" square.

I can't remember the recommended pen but I've been using Pitt pens because that's what I have.  They seem to work fine.

Learning to let go....mistakes and all.

I decided to put all the doodles into a book so they're easy to keep up with and it also makes them very portable.  The book, along with a few pens, and you're ready to go.  It's a great way to enjoy a little creative time when you find yourself waiting...

To learn more, check out this tutorial:

Sunday, April 4, 2010

More Block Art

The great thing about a swap is that you get a chance to do something you might not otherwise try.  When I did a couple of block swaps with the In This House and Garden group, I had alot of blocks cut so I'd have some left over.  I suspected I'd want to do more blocks since I usually get obsessed with every new thing I try.  I began with a piece of SB paper and tore it to size.  Irregular machine stitching was added before the paper was attached to the block using gel medium.  The image is from Rock Candy Studios' Sisterhood/Brotherhood image CD and the sentiment is a magazine clipping.
I used the same background paper and techniques on the back of the block.  The flower stamp is from Oxford Impressions' Fairy Sweets unmounted rubber sheet and the sentiment is from Stampin' Up.
This is a second block using the same techniques.  I really like the 3 1/2" size of this one.  The woman is from Dover Publications and the words are a magazine clipping.
And finally, the back of the 3 1/2" block.  These are going out to a couple of friends this week and I hope they're surprised!