Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I belong to the Quilt Art Internet mailing group and the past couple of days there has been some discussion of couching on fabric. It made me think of my crochet needle case that I made. Every time I pull this thing out, people love it! And it was sooo EASY. It really looks difficult but all I did was couch various yarns onto the existing design of the fabric. Ta Da! A scrumptious dimensional piece of fiber art! I did utilize the Bernina Couching Foot that makes it extremely easy to do. But you could just as easily use a regular foot and guide the yarn where you wanted it. Try it! If you look down the blog, you will see the same fabric in various stages of another project...I love the fabric and bought several yards off of eBay a while back. I don't know that it is available any more...
Monday, May 26, 2008
A close up of the same young blooms. I love the way that the blooms begin their life with the petals standing straight up towards the sun, then begin to hang downward as time passes. One bloom we have has its' petals so far down they are almost touching the stem.
This is a strawberry pot that I have sitting on the front steps.
I have three that are in graduated sizes, large to small. They all have Hen & Chicks and small ferns in them. I usually plant an annual or Lemon Thyme in the top of each one in the summer. I haven't found Lemon Thyme yet but did find Lime Thyme. They stay green all year on my steps.
We have so many beautiful container plants on our front porch and patio. We manage to keep a lot of things all year on the porch, I guess there is an awesome micro climate there.
I'll try to remember to take pictures of the topiary that I made a few years ago. It turned out quite nice.
I also have a Dahlia bed, a smaller bed with Gardenias in it and a "good sized" flower bed at the side bank...can you tell that I love flower gardening? I actually am a certified Master Gardener. I haven't volunteered at anything in a few years though. You should check out the program at your local Extension Office and get involved if you love gardening.
My husband is really the "Master" at gardening...vegetable gardening, that is. We have a huge garden every year. Some how it keeps growing...We live beside a church and when our harvest out-grows our ability to eat, to freeze or give to friends, we leave bags at the side church door for the members. We have the garden right along the fence next to the entrance and we love to watch people stop and point and look. Several friendships have been made at that fence because of the garden.
The Master himself...nice arms Farmer Sloan.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I originally thought of it for a piece of 5"x7" fiber art...we'll see what comes of it (if anything). But the drawing is done so that I can copy it, then cut out the individual pieces for applique work. It could also be altered for stained glass.
If you have never tried the Marie Seroskie method of applique, you should. It makes the stained glass method of applique sooooo easy! Check out her web site for samples http://www.katielane.com/. She has a really cute Big Mouth Fish Bag pattern too!
Wow, impressive list. The tenants refuse to pay their rent though...they expect me to do their dusting and they do take up a bit of room...
This house measures 3 1/2" x 3 1/4", so that's pretty tiny ferns on the porch. Here's a close up of them.
The ferns are on a teeny tiny ridge that I built up with wood filler. They measure about 1/4" wide.
Here's the back of my Painted Lady.
The Federal Building measures about 3 1/2" x 2 1/2". The only area that I built up was the triangle above the porch.
And here's the back of The Federal Building. The topiary measure almost 1/4" wide and 1/2" tall.
This is Johnson's Book Store. I will be renaming it, as it was sold to the Sloan's in 2005. But they still have the same great service!
The front door measures about 1/2" wide by 1" tall...can you imagine how small that "open" sign is? I don't think that my 40 something eyes could paint THAT small again...
No alteration here, just a square rock. Here is a picture of the bottom to show you just that!
There's plenty of customer parking on the side.
But they only accept deliveries at the back door.
Did I mention they are having a big sale?
Next will be the Beige House. This was the first House Rock that I painted...the beginning of many years of "Rock Hunting".
And here's the bottom....a quartz rock?
My Barn, complete with hay fork.
The rear of the barn...now where did that horse go?
This is The Market that I run , it's right beside Johnson's Book Store.
And the bottom of it.
So, there you have it...my village of Rock Houses.
My personal favorite, The Gnome House, was given away...my mom loved it so much that I couldn't help but give it to her.
I also painted a Pebble House, and I do mean a "pebble"...one of those they use as a mulch medium. My eyes have aged too much to even try that now! My mom has that also. I'll try to get pictures of them both to add.
When my son was in elementary school, I painted a School House Rock for his teacher. It was really cool.
They make awesome gifts and people love to see their own homes in Rock Form.
Try it, you'll like it! I could call my business "Rock, Paper and Scissors". Hey, I just might do that!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
I started out in the studio on Friday working on my Fiber On A Whim project. I did get the netting burned and it is a really cool effect. It looks like an underwater scene now, complete with the fragmented underwater vegetation. I hope that blogger will allow us to enlarge the image, you can really see the effect of the burned netting. It also was quilted with Iredescent thread, bluish black color. The netting has a shimmer to it as well...making the entire piece really cathces the light when you turn it. I plan on adding some beads to it as well.
Now what happened after I burned the netting is possibily a mystery to even me...and I was there! I somehow got side tracked and began working on fabric paper...similar to what Beryl Taylor demonstrates on the QA dvd. As usual, I strayed from the directions and did my own thing...I really did start the whole thing like she said. But then I thought...hey...this would look good without the paint on top of it all...and you know this would look good without the tissue paper...and I ultimately ended up with a really awesome fabric/paper/found item collage. Here are pictures...oh yeah, I used Ranger Ink Distress Ink refill with Perfect Pearls mixed in a spritz bottle to color the background. I also sprayed it lightly over the top. The entire piece has a shimmery look. TYhe bark is from a tree in our yard. My dh had pruned a few trees and we were moving the limbs to a "burn pile" (yep, Cheryl, that's from the "burn pile incident" story!) and I saw the loose bark on the ground. I knew immediately it was going to go in a piece of artwork! So, here it is.
I also worked on another collage. I was trying different tissue paper pieces, thicknesses and colors. I did use the Kimwipes also...they held up just fine as long as I didn't brush it too many times with the glue/water mix. Oh, I guess I didn't tell you how I actually did the pieces, did I?
Well, I started out with a piece of plain muslin or PFD fabric. I then mixed half craft glue/half water. I applied this to the fabric with an old paintbrush. Then I arranged torn papers on the piece. Most of the time there was enough glue to hold them down without adding more , you've got time to move them around also. I preplanned one of them but the other ones evolved as I went. I placed torn pieces of handmade mulberry paper here and there, adding pieces of other handmade paper as I went. I applied a thin layer of the glue mix over this. I then applied either tissue paper or kimwipes over most of the piece. I wanted to see how the fabric paper (or paper fabric?) would respond to being sewn after it dried. I liked the effect of the thin tissue paper, you can still see the color of the paper underneath it. The kimwipes behaved about the same way. The thicker tissue paper changed the color of the underlying paper a bit more but was very nice to work with. It didn't move around or scrunch it when I painted the glue mix over it. I'll try sewing it later today...it will be interesting to see how it does.
Here's a picture of the last one that I did yesterday.
Friday, May 16, 2008
You can make a difference!!
Fiber on a Whim has decided to take the Atlanta Breast Cancer Challenge put forth by It's the Journey, Inc. Simply make a 5 x 7” piece of art using whatever medium you wish and donate it to Brazenly Radiant Art (BRA) sponsored by Fiber on a Whim for It’s the Journey, Inc! It’s the Journey, Inc is a non-profit organization located in Atlanta, GA. They support local research, awareness, and support of breast cancer. FOAW will start collecting all donated artwork immediately. Please make sure it is some of your best. Your donation will be put up for online sale as early as June 15, 2008. The artwork will be available for purchase for a $40 donation to It’s the Journey, Inc. For more information on It’s the Journey, Inc. please visit: http://www.itsthejourney.org/
Also feel free to join our yahoo group: BrazenlyRadiantArt_BRA
If you'll notice , I used the same background fabric in both pieces but they look different. You can't really see it well, but the one with the fiber on it has a thin tulle or netting over it. I plan on going back today and burning some of it off to peak at the fabric underneath. We'll see how it looks. Nothing like a good science class type sewing experience I always say!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Speaking of "will" , I'll turn the subject to Mother's Day. And the "Will" I speak of is my son, Will. He surprised me with a beautiful card, a yummy candle AND a bag of luscious chocolate! Yes, Will , the kid that once told me that Hallmark came up with Mother's Day so that they could make more money...lol. There is a picture of the card front above. It reads "Wonderful". Inside it says "That's what you are."