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Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Quilting Begins

Remember all those drawings that I made on fabric with Inktense pencils waaaay back in November? Well, I've finally gotten back to them.  The holiday season always throws me for a loop. I also find it hard to work with other people in the house, as I feel like I should be doing something for them. Do you have this problem, too?  Now the Husband is back to work, and the Curly One is back at school, and I am digging my way out from under.

This is the stack of 30 quiltlets all layered up and ready to stitch. Each one is about 6 by 9 inches. (Do you like the tray on the wall? It's an old TV tray from , what would it be, the 1950's?)

 
I tried to get bunny approval. Here you can see Jensen looking at the stack suspiciously.


He approached, sniffed, and kept right on going. Buttercup kept her back turned the entire time I was presenting these. It seems the little quilts are not up to bunny standards yet.


I guess I'll have to try harder during the quilting phase if I want the nibble of approval....

Monday, January 19, 2015

A New Year, A New Project

My camera is nothing fancy, a little Canon Powershot, several years old. I've always just used it on automatic, letting the camera do all the figuring. This year I want to (finally) learn how to use the programmable settings. Downloading the instructions was a start. To make sure that I actually used the directions, I signed up for a Project 365 group on Flickr.

You may have seen some of these groups on-line. There is the original Project 365. Most of the social media sites have groups with the same type of daily project. Some have more rules than others. The group I've joined is fairly laid-back and welcoming.

Since we are already 2/3 of the way through January, I thought I would show you my photos so far. Most of them were taken while walking Knight. These are in no particular date order.




The top left is rocks in my yard, using the vivid color setting. The Christmas lights used the night setting. I think the other two were automatic. A squall was coming in over the hockey players.




The picture in the middle doesn't look like much, but in real-life it was very interesting. A nearby pond had frozen, thawed, and refrozen, causing these star or snowflake-shaped holes to form. There were a bunch of them, but to get any detail at all, I had to zoom way in. They were about 2 feet in diameter. Does anyone know if this happens often? I've never noticed it before.





On the right,  another snow squall makes my neighbor's shed look like a Christmas card. In the middle, a cheery bit of green. On the left, one of Knight's favorite things. I keep telling him not to be such a cliché.

 
Speaking of Knight, here he is in dragon slaying mode.


 
On days too cold to go outside, I photographed a stack of papers with the corner of a folded up bunny tunnel. Also, some clamps in the workshop. The last one is my parking spot at the MFA, with some Photoshop lighting effects.



You may have seen the pictures above on Facebook. It's amazing how good zooming in can make things look. Just like in the garden in the summer!


 
Of course the bunnies haven't been left out. Here is Jensen, looking regal.


 
And finally Buttercup, grooming. Or maybe plotting. Not sure. What I do know is that she has gotten the most views of any of my pictures for this project so far. But then, that is the way it should be, right?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I Bet You Are Wondering

if I managed to finish out Art Every Day Month. Well, amazingly, I did. Even with some travelling thrown in. Luckily this project was nice and compact, an easy one to carry along. I was able to sit at The Southern Daughter's table and play while she cooked!

Thank you all for the nice things you said about the last batch of fabric pictures. As a bonus, one of my brothers even left a comment. That really warms a sister's heart. Also, I'm so happy that shell and RG think the one of shell looks like her. I wonder if I will ever get to the point where I'm not surprised that someone recognizes what I've made?

Here is the final batch.

Day 20
More positive feedback. My husband recognized that the fish was supposed to be a tuna.
 
Day 21
 These guys look like trouble....

Day 22
See Jensen hiding in this one?

 

 Day 23
I have no idea how this one with a large reptile happened. I'm not really a reptile person.
 
Day 24
This one was done after spending an afternoon with shell and the Buns. 
 


 Day 25
My Southern Daughter says this will be her house some day. She loves a porch. And horses.
 
Day 26
The owl showed himself in some splotches of paint on the fabric. 
 
 Day 27
Another llama appeared, and I think maybe those women are the faces of Fate. Or maybe the Triple Goddess. Or both.
 
 Day 28
Took a long trail walk with the family and dog, and saw a bluebird. That's not a bird that I get to see very often.
 
 Day 29
My goofy dog, aka my Knight in fuzzy armor..
 
 Day 30
A catbird to finish off the month. Some summers we have had catbirds that would follow us around the yard, scolding us if we picked their berries. 
 


That's the lot. I have already done a little stitching on these. A "red thread of connection" has been sewn across some part of each one. Now I need to layer them up with batting, and begin the actual quilting. The hand stitching should be a good stress reliever as Christmas approaches. I am definitely not ready for it. Are you?

One last thing. I want to offer apologies to Mr. Mick for only getting his likeness onto one piece. I promise to make amends for that shortcoming in the near future. Maybe I should send him some rum, too. Think that will do the trick?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

More Pencils on Fabric

Well, I haven't been good about posting for AED Month, but I have been doing the artwork! Here's a round-up of what's showed up.

Day 8
Shell on her recycling bin goat. 

 
Day 9
Silly bird. 
 
Day 10
Going nuts. 
 
Day 11
Space mouse. 
 
Day 12
Owl.  The sheer fabric did not cooperate with the camera here.
This looks better in real life. 
 
Day 13
Spooky cat. 
 
Day 14
 
Day 15
I had a squiggle on the fabric, and someone asked if I was drawing a stick figure.
 So I did. Sort of. 
 
Day 16
I was thinking about a hawk I had seen that day.
May need to revise this if it triggers Jade's inner 10-year old. 
 
Day 17
A fine day.
 
Day 18
Started with paint blobs, found a polar bear.
He was golfing. 
 
Day 19 (Today)
Made some squiggles with the pencils, sprayed them with water,
 and let them spread. This is what I saw in the result. 
  

This drawing project has turned out to be lots of fun. It's hard to believe that so much of the month has already passed! Since I prepared my fabric pieces ahead of time, I've managed to keep up with the drawing. I like several of these more than the others, but that may change once they are stitched and quilted. Do you have a favorite?

Friday, November 7, 2014

Playing with Pencils

So November has rolled around again. I imagine a number of you out there are busy scribbling away on your novels for NaNoWriMo. I don't know how you do that, especially with the holidays approaching! Maybe someday I'll be brave and try a novel, but once again this year I have decided that Art Every Day Month sounds much more doable. The use of Derwent Inktense pencils on fabric has interested me for a while, but I have never made the time to actually try them. So for November, I'm playing with pencils.

We have already reached Day 7, so here are seven small 6"x9" pieces that I have worked on. Besides the pencils, I am also using collage and paint on each piece. After November is up, I plan to go back into each of these with hand and machine stitching. So now, here we go!

Day 1
Of course, I had to start with a bunny.
 
 
Day 2
That weird little creature in the middle? Don't tell anyone, but it started life as a badly drawn chair. You can see on the flowers where the pencil color spread. You can activate the pencils with aloe gel or water. You have much more control of how the color spreads with the aloe.
 
 
Day 3
In a weird coincidence, the random number generator that I used to choose a number to paint chose the same number as the day! 

 
Day 4

 
Day 5
My Wonderland bunny looks like Ginny.

 
Day 6
The lioness is showing how I feel about political phone calls.

 
Day 7

 
 
I've seen some wonderfully subtle quilts drawn with these pencils.  As usual, there is nothing subtle about mine! But, I think I'm starting to getting the feel for using the Inktense pencils on fabric, and that's what I hoped for. To see more AEDM work, check the Day 7  links at the Creative Every Day blog. Have a great weekend everybunny.