I have been adding collage to finish some of my watercolor alphabet journal pages from the month of July.
I thought you might enjoy seeing them – before and after collage photos:
Letter “E” is for eyes:
For the collaged “hair,” I colored Swedish tracing paper with Derwent Ink Tense Blocks, added water to blend the colors and let dry. I then sewed them to my paper with a light gray thread. Her eyes were a little more sultry than I intended! 😉
Letter “F” is for Fridays, frogs, flowers and ferns:
I stapled my handpainted collage papers to my watercolor paper. I then covered the staples by gluing a circle over them. The black letter “f” is a sticker.
Letter “G” is for mixing greens:
I attached the collage paper with a flower brad, glued a paper scrap with a square on top and added the “good” fortune: You will hear good news today!
I hope to finish letters, “H” and “I” next week!
Happy Friday! Cheers! 🙂
Posted in Alphabet Art Journal, color experiments, Humor, imagination, Mixed Media, nature, paper collage, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged #worldwatercolormonth, Alphabet Art Journal, good fortune, handpainted papers, mixed media art, paper collage, sewing, watercolor
Perhaps you remember, January’s Square Project? I am adding a section of paper collaged squares and circles each month to complete a challenge I made for myself.
Well, I had to add a little stitching to January’s section with my sewing machine, not sure that it helps but it was super fun to stitch on paper:
February’s section is less busy… phew! 😉
I used two methods I learned from Carla Sonheim’s 365 class, the scraping paint technique and text collage. I like to take her instructions as a starting point and then take them a step further to make them my own.
Below are my notes in my art journal (please excuse the chicken scratch and word misspellings):
My completed section for February:
I think it looks so pretty, how about you?
What I liked about February’s experiments:
I haven’t had much time to pursue creating fabrics with my designs… life has been busy. I still want to do this but looks like it will be later in the year.
I am excited to see what ideas will inspire me for March.
Posted in A Square Project, art challenge, collage papers, color experiments, imagination, love, Mixed Media Collage, paper collage, Paper Cutting, Sewing, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paint, art challenge, art journal, carla sonheim, color experiments, February, handwriting, hearts, imagination, india ink, learning, love, mixed media art, online art classes, paper collage, scraping paint, sewing, text collage
I was dying tissue paper yesterday for an online class I’m taking… I will share more about the class in another post. I was using colored India ink to create this one on tissue paper:
I decided to try this experiment using Swedish Tracing Paper. I previously purchased a roll from Amazon for $16.07 for another online class last year. It feels a lot like interfacing and is sewable…
I had a piece that I previously had sewed on so I experimented by spritzing it with water and adding India inks then folding it to create a pattern:
I just love the richness of this!!
It was so saturated with inks that I grabbed some sheets of deli paper to see what ink it would soak up. And I was excited to see that it transferred the color and the stitching to the deli paper:
And I got two additional prints on deli paper:
I wonder what would happen if I sewed a pattern with the thread?
More experimenting ahead!!
Posted in Abstract Art, color experiments, ink, Sewing, Uncategorized
Tagged art experiments, color play, creative ideas, deli paper, india ink, inspiration, online art classes, sewing, swedish tracing paper
My sister-in-law made us these beautiful potholders that arrived in the mail yesterday… just because! ❤️ A wonderful surprise. 🙂
I just love the colors and patterns and stitching… I’m not sure I can use them for hot foods as they are too pretty!
And speaking of cold… we woke-up to 8 inches of new snow yesterday morning! 😮
I guess winter isn’t done with us in the Pacific Northwest. Time to make a homemade pot of hot soup on a cold day!
Posted in Humor, nature, Nature Photography, Sewing, Trees, Uncategorized
Tagged cold, Colorful, fabric, Gifts, handmade, just because, nature, nature photography, sewing, Snow, trees, Winter
I drew this Sea Urchin shell over my handwriting in the post I recently showed you here: Your Handwriting As Art – Part 1 I used pencil, white gel pen, watercolor pencils and a black Micron pen:
This art sparked an idea to create these hearts:
I sewed them together with thread on my sewing machine.
I plan to write a short note on the back and give it to a friend.
What sparks your creativity?
Posted in Art, color experiments, Drawing, gelli printing, Mixed Media, paper scraps, Repurpose, smile, Uncategorized
Tagged Art, creative play, drawing, gelli-printed paper, handwriting, hearts, inspiration, love notes, mixed media art, sea urchins, sewing
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:
If a bird could design a dress, do you think they would use the feather stitch?
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Posted in gelli printing, Humor, imaginary drawings, Mixed Media Collage, paper collage, Sewing, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Whimsical Art
Tagged creative play, dictionary words, dressmaker, Gelli-Prints, happy, humor, Imaginary birds, imagination, old book pages, sewing, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday, whimsical
It was “rewarding” to complete a page in my Alphabet Journal this week…
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:
And in my “research” I discovered the identity of the “Rare” bird from Wednesday:
I hope this gives you a smile today! 🙂
Relax and enjoy your weekend…
Posted in Alphabet Art Journal, Drawing, Humor, imaginary drawings, Mixed Media, Painting, Uncategorized, Weird Birds
Tagged Alphabet Art Journal, creative play, drawing, feathers, humor, imagination, mixed media art, relaxing, sewing, smile, the letter "R", Weird Birds
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:
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:
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!
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Tagged Alphabet Art Journal, color pencils, creative play, experiment, flowers, healing, imaginary flowers, inspiration, mixed media, recovery, rest, sewing
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!)
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:
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:
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! 🙂
Posted in Acrylic Paint, color experiments, Creative Solutions, Fabric Play, gelli printing, Uncategorized
Tagged abstract, Art, circles, color play, creative solutions, experiment, Fabric art, fun, Gelli-Prints, imagination, inspiration, pattern play, sewing, Spirograph, stencils