Friday, January 29, 2010

Creative Cue and more Fertile Earth Lessons

This week's Creative Cue: Rolling
Completed early in the morning, when I was having trouble sleeping. Might as well be creative!

Lesson 2 Fertile Earth: Buds and Flowers
Preliminary stitching on a background of fabric, cheesecloth and tulle. More to come!

Lesson 3: Fungus and Weeds, Painting on Organza

Lesson 3: Painting on fabric and cheesecloth, free motion circles, hand stitching is started. I can't wait to see it all come together!

Lesson 4: Trees and Shrubs, my Ginkgo leaf painting through chiffon.

Lesson 4: Thread Sandwich, free motion stitched
Are you curious?
I am preparing all my backgrounds first to take with me on my trip to Florida in a week. I hope to do lots of hand embroidery while sitting around the pool. I am finding each lesson very exciting to undertake. When I think I know what I am doing, Susan ( Creative Chick) surprises me!

My friends and I have joined a teaching Embroidery Guild in Guelph. I am enjoying the cheerful camaraderie and the new friends I am making. This term's project is Mini Landscapes. Ruth is the teacher and a very talented embroiderer. This photo shows the landscape I have chosen to attempt.

Here is my beginning diagram, to create a pattern to begin my stitching.

I had delightful play date today with the Material Girls. We were carving our own stamps from erasers and soft lino blocks. I'd forgotten how much fun it is to do relief printmaking. Next time we will use our blocks to print on fabric. I am getting excited about our upcoming holiday and leaving the brutal cold behind! I've checked out the locations for shopping at Joanne's fabrics. One store is very close to our destination. I will also make a stop at my favourite shop, the Fabric Art Shop in Lake City, Florida. I can hardly wait! Until next time, happy stitching!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Track not Target

So much for remembering words exactly! I misread this last week Creative Cue! Above is my art work for the word 'Target'. I was inspired by the book, Journal Bliss by Violette.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

New Technique for January 2010

I joined Susan Sorrell's Technique of the month Challenge. This is my new technique that was shared in my little fibre art group. I used a brown paper Bag to start with. I then added designs from a Australian Aboriginal art work I found on the Internet with oil pastel. I washed it with acrylic paint. I then added drips of wax candle or covered the surface with wax candle. The reverse side of the papers were painted with acrylic coloured gesso, to create a textured surface.

The ends results were ripped, hole punched and embellished with stitches. I really liked my sketchbook page more than the larger piece. The assemblage certainly was a challenge! I think I will use the papers in other projects. I had a fun day playing with my friends.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Fertile Earth and a Creative Cue

Still Lesson 1
Backstitch Embroidery on a Painted Background
I used my black and white photo of the Romaine end to create this stitchery.
Added cotton appliques in the process of being stitched down.
Looks like a Tossed Salad!

Creative Cue #2 Heel

Postcards for my Naked Postcard Exchange.
Go Green and Save the Trees Theme!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Fertile Earth

Fertile Earth Class with Susan Sorrell
Lesson 1 Fruits and Vegetables
Romaine Lettuce
Manipulated Photo of cut end of Romaine Lettuce

Solarized Photo

My background fabric and Romaine Lettuce

First Print with the leaf

Several prints using cut end and leaf of the romaine

Finished printed fabric
I used Jacquard and Setacolor paints. I sponged the paint on and made a relief print. I couldn't find my brayer to roll the paint out. Stay tuned for the manipulated photo to be applied to the fabric to create stitch! I'll use the black and white version.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Creative Cue EAST

My Creative Cue for this last week is the word, EAST! My first thought was the most easterly place in Canada, Cape Spear, Newfoundland. I have posted 3 photos I took in June of 2008 at Cape Spear, which is a windy but beautiful piece of the Rock. This is the original lighthouse with it long climb up the stairs.

This is me standing at the most easterly point! Across the Atlantic Ocean is England!

A Picture postcard view at Cape Spear.
I am going to collage these photos in my new 2010 Sketchbook and maybe do some sketches! If you want to do this with me, there is a badge to the right from Three Creative Studios. Next week's Cue is HEEL! Please join me!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Madelyn and Funky Monkey

Madelyn and her mommy open Funky Monkey and the fabric Book.

Oatie gives a paw up to help Maddie with Funky Monkey.

Oh, Funky Monkey! I like you!

Holly gets a bird quilt for her birthday from Me!

Great Aunt Donna holding Maddie after a change of clothes!