Thursday, April 17, 2014

New Books Are The Best




















I got an order of books in the mail today.  That is always such fun.  I have been watching Jennifer Lee's Right Brainers in Business so I just had to get a copy of her book.  It looks like its going to be excellent.




















I had taken Joanne class a few years ago and have always be enamored of her lettering style.  The book is a gem, full of examples, techniques and so inspiring.


















On Wednesday in 21 Secrets Live we played with watercolors through the tutelage of Diana Trout. What fun that was.

WRITING

Today I found out that I received the scholarship to Beth Barany's Group Coaching for Novelists that I applied for a few months ago.  This gave me 50% off the price of the group and elevated me to the second tier.  A really good value. I am so excited to take the next step. To invest in myself, to make my dream come true. I believe if we really want something and don't know how to get there, we find a way.  This is a big step for me. Its going to be pretty all consuming and I know I will need to give up some things to have the time to do it.  I'm ready though, its time to take the plunge and really invest in this dream of mine.

Do you find there is something holding you back from achieving something? Maybe its time for you to step up, to take the leap, to go for it.  Reach for the sky my friends.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A New FInd




















Playing with some new ideas. I drew lines inside a stencil instead of paint.  It gives a different look.











I finally found some deli paper. It is pretty cool stuff. Not what I expected. I thought it would be thinner more like what you choose donuts with at a deli.




















So I immediately dragged out my gelli plate and started playing with stencils and paint.  I really like the paper. I think it will be interesting to try a regular painting on.  It has a waxy and smooth surface and both sides take paint really well.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Knitting, Weaving and More

Since I haven't been doing much art, now what might I be doing you might wonder.




















This is a hat I just finished knitting.  I wish you could feel it, it is so soft. Its made from Noro Silk Garden which is a silk/wool blend.




















Here it is being modeled but the color is not real true which is why I showed the first picturee.




















A side view show the entrelac pattern and the bobbles. I bought the yarn back in January when I visited my sister.  We both made the same hat.

WEAVING


















This is my loom all warped and ready to begin weaving. I am making dishtowels.




















These are some of the colors I'll be weaving with.




Here is what the pattern look like.  Its a bird eye twill.  I'll be changing the colors every inch or so.

SEWING


I have been making these Soup Cozies, they are like a potholder for your bowl that you cook in the microwave. That way you don't touch the hot bowl, plus you can hold it on your lap and its an insulator.  I am selling these to make some spending money for my trip.





















I have made 15 so far.  I'll sell them at the Snake River Fiber Festival in May.




















Each side is a different fabric. That way you can use both sides if you want.




















Plus its more fun to make them that way. I am selling them for $12. If you are interested leave me a comment or send an email.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Getting Back to Some Art

With my focus on weaving and other projects there has been no time for art.  I have not even working in my journal for over a week I was missing it. I had an exercise to do for one of my courses but I felt uninspired so I did nothing.  So I needed a jump start to get back in the flow.  Just paper and oil pastel does that for me.


So after playing in pastel I was ready to tackle the labyrinth page I needed to do.



















The background is old maps and the labyrinth was made with watercolor.  For me the labyrinth journey was all about courage and preparation for the trip I will take in a couple month.  I see the figure as having strength, the will to be prepared for anything.  This was a great exercise.



Today for 21 Secrets our guest Violette was doing faces with markers but I ended up doing my work with oil pastel and collage.  All the collage elements are from an old calendar.  She seems like a plant maiden of a sorts. She was fun to make. The face was done on cardstock and glued down.  I had many frustrating moments where I did not like what I was making, but I pushed on through. It always more satisfying to do art that way.

How often do you find that you are not happy with your art but you keep at it and find a pleasing gem at the end?

Linking to Paint Party Friday.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Some Time at the Loom

I've been weaving the last few days. A big push to finish this set of towels. I have to free up the loom for a new project so I worked really hard to get them completed.

The cotton towels off the loom

















Even though the towels are woven, they are not quite finished. I had a lot of broken warp threads that have to be woven into the cloth. Then I secure the two end of the warp on my sewing machine and then wash the towels.  Next comes cutting them apart and hemming them.  I always hem my towels by hand.

Cones of yarn





















Now my weaving studio looks pretty disastrous.  I have cones of cotton all over the floor. I am putting colors together to see how they will work.  Its all part of the design process for me. I have lots of blues and greens and purples to play with.

More color combinations




















I am doing another set of towels to give as gifts for my trip to Ireland.  I'll be putting on a natural colored warp in a bird eye twill pattern.  I plan to do different color combinations for
different towels.  Its all in my head right now but I am hoping it translates well to the loom.






















I found this version of bird eye twill on this site.  As you can see it makes diamonds with a dot in the center.  Its a pattern I like to weave but I have never used it for towels.