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Sew It Seams…

Some days I’m “drawn” to words in the dictionary to create a weird bird.  I often have no idea what I’m going to create and for me this is really fun!  😉

Sew it seams was the case for the Dressmaker bird:

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If a bird could design a dress, do you think they would use the feather stitch?

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

 

 

Relax!

It was “rewarding” to complete a page in my Alphabet Journal this week…

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But then I “realized” that there was something missing! 😮

“R” you wondering WHAT that is?!

Well, while I was preparing for my weekend “retreat” at the lake, I discovered a “remarkable” feather…. so I got out my bird feather book:

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And in my “research” I discovered the identity of the “Rare” bird from Wednesday:

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I hope this gives you a smile today!  🙂

Relax and enjoy your weekend…

Cheers Friends!

“R” Is For Rest And…

I have been taking a little blogging break to rest and recover from a recent car accident where I was rear-ended.

I needed this time to heal my body and recover from the trauma.  Although I’m still not fully recovered, I am starting to feel better so I returned to work today.

Yesterday, I realized that it would be fun to complete a page in my Alphabet Journal that I started in 2016… Why not create a page of “R‘s” that I add to each day this week?

Really, I could do this!  So here is my beginning in a 11×14 inch journal:

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I drew the flowers on a separate  piece of lightweight paper in pencil.  I darkened the lines with color pencil.  I stitched over the flowers using “Sewable Swedish Tracing Paper” that I purchased on Amazon for one of my online classes and previously painted in watercolor.

The flower stems were cut from purchased handmade paper that I also painted with watercolor.  I attached the flowers and stems with dark green thread on my sewing machine and then glued the paper to my journal:

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I finished my piece by adding details with color pencil.

It was fun to experiment and I look forward to seeing where tomorrow’s reflection will take me.  I hope you join me!

Cheers! 🙂

It’s A New Day

Remember the art tote bag that I showed you last week?  Well, I figured out how to patch the holes!  I also added color to the bag!  (You all know how much I like color!)

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Isn’t it totally wild?!  🙂  I printed it with Golden Fluid acrylic paints on my Gelli plate yesterday.  I covered the holes with circles I cut from deli-printed gelli prints:

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I used a stencil to cut out the colored circles and ironed on a fusible web stabilizer to the papers.  I then sewed the papers over the holes on the bag.  It was a bit tricky to sew so my lines aren’t too straight.  I may finish the edges with hand stitching – I haven’t decided yet.

On the other side of my bag, I sewed 3 colored circles:

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I like the colors on this side best!  I used stencils and Spirograph circles to make my patterns with my gelli plate.

I think my art tote bag looks so much better now.   I’d love to know what you think!

Happy Creating!  🙂

A New Variety

I decided to try drawing with thread today:

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It is a pear stitched with variegated thread on black felt using my sewing machine.

As I started stitching it, I got the idea to try stitching deli-printed gelli prints over the felt.  The above pear is actually the back side of my experiment:

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Since I was using black as my background, I used yellow colored paper for my shadow.  It looks rather Halloweenie, don’t you think?!

This whole experiment started from my sketchbook this morning:

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As part of my assignment for week 2 with Cat Bennett for “Sketchbooks: Making Art A Practice.”   I loved how the lines looked for the blind contour.  I only looked at the pear and not my paper while I drew it.  This gave me the idea of stitching with thread.

I hope you aren’t tired of pears yet!  I found a list of 10 varieties in the USA online:  Green Anjou, Red Anjou, Bosc, Comice, Bartlett, Red Bartlett, Concorde, Seckel, Forelle and Starkrimson.  Some I had never heard of!

Happy Experimenting!  🙂

Confetti

Here is my Confetti bird, created with scrap paper:

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And below is my Confetti quilt that I made in 2009:

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I had purchase a fancy sewing machine and was starting to take watercolor classes so I combined the two mediums.

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Yes, the papers are squares of  a painted watercolor on paper that I cut-up and then sewed to my quilt.  It reminded me of confetti so it became the title for my quilt.  I also added a few beads and sequins for embellishment:

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And I even sewed my name on the back!

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A blogger friend of mine, creates fabulous experiments on paper that she is going to incorporate into art quilts.  She also draws AMAZING portraits of people.  You may want to check out her blog at Create Art Everyday.  And yes, she does create art every day like me!  🙂

And one more piece of paper  – a Confetti giraffe I created in 2013:

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Happy Creating!