Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Sketchbook Ornaments

These are drawn in my sketchbook with pencil and bits of watercolor, copied ironed onto fabric transfer paper, and ironed onto fabric. (You can buy Avery T-shirt transfer paper at office supply stores). Stitch, stuff with cotton balls, and add a bit of ribbon to hang them from. They make lovely stocking stuffers!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Pinterest Page!

Everything I love becomes a visual note-to-self on my Pinterest page. Tutorials to click on, techniques I want to try, or just artists' work I find inspiring. Check it out! Visit Rose's profile on Pinterest.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Christmas Card Art for 2014

This time, rather than just a drawing, I wanted to use actual fabric art with drawings collaged in to it. I used paint, stencils and strips of fabric until I was happy with the feel of it, and scanned it onto the computer so the stitching could be seen. On the Vistaprint website, I'll poof the photo into a Christmas template.

Friday, October 31, 2014

More Special Effects

I modified this image on Fotoflexor, using the "posterize" function. What I like about that is you can control the amount of posterizing with a lever and condense it down to just a couple of colors, or use it just a hair for kind of a unique and artsy look.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Playing with Pixlr

Now there's a collage application on Pixlr, which is the free website I use for photo editing and special effects. They have any number of fun ways to make your photos cool. Here's a picture of me from a camping trip this summer, with my lines magically disappeared!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Montana Trip

We visited Bob's oldest son Brad and his girlfriend Shannon in western Montana for a few days, and thoroughly enjoyed the gorgeous scenery around Missoula and Butte. We hiked up to Storm Lake out of Anaconda and were pleasantly surprised by the 70 degree weather. It was a rough 4-wheel ride up to the trailhead itself, and then about 2 1/2 hours up and back to the peak (above treeline)!! I was taking photo after photo out of the car window - so knocked out by the soft fall light and the leaves turning.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Quilting Arts Article!

I'm happy and thrilled to be working on my second article for Quilting Arts magazine, scheduled for April/May 2015! The technique I'll be writing about is the use of T-shirt transfer paper to put sketchbook drawings directly onto fabric. I'm planning on having two finished pieces and a step-by-step demo of my work to illustrate the article. Happy dance!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

More Stitching on Healing Quilt

I'm liking the look and feel of the machine stitching to add texture and dimension. What a difference it makes! As I do more, it gets easier - even the picky little areas. I have lots more hand stitching to do, and the fabric is already getting stretched out but I can spray with water and put it in the dryer on low. Here in Colorado I can usually just put the damp quilt in the sun, but the weather is already starting to cool down. I have to say, I love early fall here. So fresh and lovely!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Adding Details

When working on a project, I have a (very loose) set of steps to fall back on if I'm not sure what to do next. The first one is; do the givens first. If you get busy and take care of the most necessary and obvious elements initially, then you're free to get more creative. At this point, I'm taking a more critical look at the quilt and letting it tell me what it needs next. What stood out to me is, add texture!! So, I unified the different elements with hand stiching in the same dark blue thread color. Now that that's done, I'm seeing that it needs some machine stitching over the top. And my question is: what to use for batting? I don't want to use the same fleece I've used for the last few projects. I'd like to find something one step thinner and easier to deal with. What about felt? I've never tried it, but maybe this is the time to take the plunge!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Next Step in the Healing Words Quilt

I started by going through my stash of hand-dyes plus a few commercial fat quarters I keep on hand. I tore strips and laid them down to audition colors, moved them around, and after a couples days of going away and coming back to get a fresh perspective my quilt started coming into focus for me. I'm starting to sew down some of the strips. I need to put similar colors into different areas of the quilt in order to give it some unity, since I started with various focal points, like the bird and the leaves. I'm also thinking ahead about more hand stitching to unify the quilt even more. . .

One of my new transparent collages

Summer Dance

Summer Dance
One of my collages