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Monday, January 31, 2011

Reverse applique quilt - part two

Hugs and Kisses

I can't even tell you how enjoyable it was to make this little quilt.  I liked everything about the process!  You can see how the squares were made in reverse applique post from last week.  This week I'll show you how I assembled the finished project.


1. I chose a framing fabric and a background fabric and backed them with lightweight fusible interfacing. Using blanket stitch with all 6 strands of embroidery floss, I first stitched the block to the framing fabric (purple) and then stitched that to the background fabric (ochre).


2. The background fabric needs to be squared up and trimmed to the finished size.


3. Add a thin layer of natural fabric batting and a backing fabric to the sandwich. Pin in place and cut them even with the top.


4. I decided to tie rather than quilt the layers. Using large-holed seed beads and embroidery floss, I tied just enough spots to keep the quilt from sagging.


5. Blanket stitch around the entire outside. You can add beads if you'd like, but I left it plain. I thought there was enough going on with the colors that I actually ended up rejecting adding beads. Shock!

  Hugs and Kisses



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Saturday, January 29, 2011

More artsy links!

 
Mixed Media Picture Experiment
Cherie tries to change the look of a painting using mixed media techniques.

Robot Treat Bag  
This little robot would be cute for a robot birthday party, or to hold your Valentine's Day cards.


Beading Arts
Cyndi put the finishing touches on her beaded postcards!  

Creative Dreamer
The first two hearts in a series of six... just in time for Valentine's Day. And the best part? They're for you! (More freebies!!!)  

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Have you ever crafted by camp light? Come on a crafting adventure with Eileen.  



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Friday, January 28, 2011

Artsy blogging round-up!

 
About Family Crafts
If you are looking for an almost instant Valentine's Day craft or activity, check out these free Valentine's Day printable pages.

Aileen's Musings
Looking for some freebie Vintage images, Aileen has some ready for you to download and use in your art projects.  

Carmi's Art/Life World
Free card making samples in a UK publication inspire this new 3D card featuring Popcorn the Bear.  

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a free CD envelope template with spinner windows, Valentine heart made with skulls graphic downloads, a sneak peek into the new book Drawn In, formulas for designing your own bead patterns and the author Make and Take schedule for the CHA winter 2011 trade show.  

Crafty Princess Diaries
Tammy is making lots and lots of yarn hearts and learning how it isn't easy to glue metal to yarn.
 
Cross Stitch at About.com
A free romatic design to stitch for Valentine's Day or a wedding or anniversary.  

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Eileen has some tips – learned from painful personal experience – about how to take care of your muse.  




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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Beautiful mixed media art pieces by Susan Hartley Himmel


Susan also has a page of delicately colored watercolors which are just gorgeous, but it's her mixed media pieces that really hit me in the gut.  I love the colors, the textures, just everything.  Visit Susan Hartley Himmel and feast your eyes!



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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Cut paper masterpieces



Simone Lourenço is a genius with a layered stack of papers and some scissors. Or maybe it's an X-acto knife, I'm not sure.




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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Quote of the week


I love to give homemade gifts, which one of my kids do you want?






Monday, January 24, 2011

Reverse applique - part one


In the December 2010/January 2011 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine, there was a nice little article by Beryl Taylor on creating a reverse applique sampler.  I have seen reverse applique done by machine this way before, but since Beryl's article inspired me to jump into this project, I want to give her credit.  She created spiraled circles like these, but then cut them apart and rearranged in a pleasingly colorful way into a nine-patch quilt.  I decided to go in a different direction, leaving my spirals whole and alternating them with an X pattern that I designed so that I could make a little Hugs and Kisses quilt sampler. 



I used stacks of 6 fabrics in 5 inch squares.  The cutting away part when you begin to remove layers - not exactly randomly, but more by design to show the colors you want - is the fun and exciting part.  You're never exactly sure what you're going to get.  Here are some before and afters of one of my circles and one of my x-es.





Here is the link to Part Two!

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

More artsy links!

 
Beading Arts
Beaded objects don't always have to be wearable. How about some beaded postcards?

Creative Dreamer
It's a last call! The 2011 Doodle Calendar is available for just a bit longer... and it's FREE for everyone. Be sure to get your copy before February 1!  

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Come one: come all. See The Artful Crafter Parade of Valentine Crafts.  

Valentine's Day Cards
Cherie shows you how to make simple cards with paint, grocery bags, and scrapbook paper.  

Valentine's Day Craft Ideas For Kids
Fun ideas for children to make for Valentine's Day  

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Artsy blogging round-up!

 
Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Have you ever crafted by camplight? Come on a crafting adventure with Eileen.

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
Learn how to make custom handcrafted ear wires in this week's video on demand for JTV's Jewel School!  

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
See how to make a flattened coil and recycled sweater bound journal inspired by the book Creative Bloom 

About Family Crafts
The current make-it-over craft challenge is all about making Valentine card and treat holders. Do you have a favorite to share?

Aileen's Musings
Aileen has a new product announcement and giveaway!    

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi uses some free digital files to create new cards.  

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a tutorial on how to make recycled tape measure bracelets, using portmanteaus in your designs, vampire legends from a bunch of countries, Squam registration info and how to draw cute and crafty ladies such as you might be.

Crafty Princess Diaries
Tammy's done some crafty Valentine's shopping, wee!

Cross Stitch at About.com
The road to success is not an easy path, but the journey is certainly worth it. Stitch the free Road to Success Sampler as a colorful reminder.  


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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Avian art by Amanda Krauss


I am nuts for birds.  I love to watch our bickering groups of finches in the summer, adore the juncos and chickadees in the winter, and get the biggest kick out the sparrows all year round.  Apparently Amanda Krauss is nuts for birds too.  Here beautiful collage work features many of the little feathered darlings.
  


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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Quote of the week


Everybody is somebody else's weirdo


Image: WikimediaCommons

Monday, January 17, 2011

Old linen postcard look for your photos


I love taking shots of little vignettes that suggest solitude, stillness, and peace.  I don't usually see them as lonely, although I can see why some folks might think that.  Anyway, one of my favorite techniques for cleaning up and finishing these shots is what I call my "postcard look".  Are you familiar with the old colored linen postcards, mostly produced for tourists?  They have a slightly odd cast to the colors, but I love them, especially the texture of their background.



When I started messing around and trying to replicate that look in Photoshop, I realized pretty quickly that I actually preferred to be inspired by the look rather than copying it exactly.  So you'll see that my results wouldn't fool anyone...my aim in this tutorial isn't to help you forge new old cards ;-)


1. Make two copies of the image and work on the copy layers only. 

2. Prepare your image by adjusting levels, color, and focus of the bottom copy.

3. On the top copy:  Filter > Stylize > Find Edges

4. Image (not an adjustment layer) > Adjust > Hue/Saturation
    Tick the colorize box.  Hue = 25 and Saturation = 30
    Blending mode > soft light

5. Create adjustment layers for Brightness/Contrast, Hue/Saturation, etc

6.  Merge down top layer into bottom copy layer and do any color dodging or burning needed.

7. Filter > Texture >  Texturizer > load frosted glass

8. Stylize > Emboss if needed




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Saturday, January 15, 2011

More artsy links!



Creative Dreamer
It's time for the January Creativity Invitation prompt! Come see what we're playing with this month, and join in the fun!

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Jewelry closeout items at deep discount and a few things from your stash can make wonderful jewelry on the cheap. Check out Eileen’s Serenity Bracelet.

Tractor Cupcake Toppers
Easy homemade cupcake toppers using cardstock and a toothpick  

Beading Arts
Cyndi thinks that the new year is a good time to look into bead and jewelry education!  

Creating a Poetry Book Cover
Cherie is painting the cover for her next poetry book.  



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Friday, January 14, 2011

Artsy blogging round-up!

 

Cross Stitch at About.com
Join in the Cross Stitch Forum SAT, SWAT and don't forget about the January Forum Challenge and the Duh One Challenge. Learn about these opportunities and other stitchy wonderfulness going on on Connie's site.

The Artful Crafter
Come one; come all. See The Artful Crafter Parade of Valentine Crafts. 

About Family Crafts
If you can't beat winter, celebrate it everyday with these simple crafts and activities!

Aileen's Musings
Aileen shows you how to make a glittery crown any birthday Queen would be proud to wear!  

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi tests glitter in a spray format to create beautiful sparkly cards.  

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a free penguin graphic download, a doll boot pattern and sewing tutorial, a video interview with Carri Hammett author of Mittens and Hats for Yarn Lovers and the pros and cons of petroleum verses synthetic oil.
 
Crafty Princess Diaries
Tammy is duckie over some baby yarn she's using for a new baby afghan.  


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Thursday, January 13, 2011

The newest volume of the Bonefolder is online



Don't wait...go download your own copy of the wonderful Bonefolder, volume 7!   This online publication is an inspiration to book artists and bookbinders everywhere.  There's an article by Miriam Schaer, one of my favorite book artists, that I can't wait to read.



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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The saga of the single glove


I'm not sure where this first originated.  I saw it on Craftzine, which has links to two other sites, but it's not clear that either of them were the original authors either.  Anyway, it's an adorable way to give new life to a mate-less glove, which translates into practically all of mine!  If you know who the author is, please leave me a comment and I'll give the proper credits here. 


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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Quote of the week


There are no short cuts to any place worth going


Image: WikimediaCommons

Monday, January 10, 2011

Experiments with translucence


Even though I don't have a specific project in mind, I've been wanting to take a look at various products and their effect on paper.  I like the way a thin coating or epoxy resin or polyester resin will turn paper into a somewhat stiff translucent sheet.  But I've never been too crazy about what a mess resins can be, or how much of a pain it can be to mix up a small batch and get the proportions exactly right.  If you don't get it just right, the surface of your paper stays sticky...forever.

So I tested the five products shown above, all on newsprint: spray varnish, Liquid Laminate, Paper Glaze, quick drying epoxy resin, and clear silicone.  As expected, the resin yielded an easy to handle translucent paper that was stiff enough to keep it's shape but could also be cut with scissors as long as the coating wasn't too thick.  Surprisingly, neither the Paper Glaze nor the Liquid Laminate worked at all.  I used the spray varnish almost as a control, and neither of the other two products looked much different once they had dried on the paper.
Resin (left) and silicone (right)

The other product that worked well was the clear silicone.  I wasn't sure if it would, since silicone is notorious for not sticking to anything (making it the perfect mold material!).  In this case, though, the silicone penetrated the paper and yielded a wonderful translucence and also...flexibility.  The paper treated with silicone looked much like the resin one, but it was easier to cut and could be bent and folded easily.

So what does this all mean?  I'm not sure.  I will keep this tucked in the back of my mind though, and it may well end up figuring into some future project.  Or maybe you can think of an application right now...?



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Saturday, January 08, 2011

More artsy links!

 

Tolent Treasures
Honest, Doc, it went like this...

Beading Arts
Here's an idea for bead embroidery that bead weavers will absolutely love! 


Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Eileen made some lovely earrings from a kit by Tammy Powley and dubbed it “A Kit that Delivers”. 

Everyday Paper Dolls Scrapbook Ideas
Check out these ideas for using the Paper Dolls Cricut cartridge.  






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Friday, January 07, 2011

Artsy blogging round-up!

 

Crafty Princess Diaries
Tammy's new jewelry making book is totally official now, finally!

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Jewelry closeout items at deep discount and a few things from your stash can make wonderful jewelry on the cheap. Check out Eileen’s Serenity Bracelet.

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
Never get burned by a glue gun again! Check out this FABULOUS Hot Glue Gun Helpers from Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza!  

Mixed Media Artist
Have you ever wanted to try combining collage with quilting?  

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
Book Review-The Knitter's Guide to Hand-dyed and Variegated Yarn  

About Family Crafts
Play along with this week's make-it-over craft challenge by submitting craft projects made using bowls.  

Aileen's Musings
Find out what an Artist Trading Block is and sign up for a Valentine swap with Aileen!  

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi uses a new punch to create these cute word sentiments.  

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a chance to win a 26 pack of Gutermann thread and a copy of 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts and Tips, a free Valentine cherub shooting hearts graphic download, a link to a free "How to Draw" app for the iPad, tips on painting shadows and some apple recipes.  

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Thursday, January 06, 2011

The blacklight is back!

Barnum’s Bermuda


At least it is in the work of Scott O'Connor in Ventura.  Looking at Scott's mixed media paintings makes me wonder why the blacklight ever fell out of favor.  I wish he had more "before and afters" posted that we could goggle at, but I guess the point is really that these need to be seen in person to get the full effect.

So if you happen to live near Ventura, go visit Scott and send me your report!


via: The Ventura County Star


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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Quote of the week

 
Save the Earth, it's the only planet with Chocolate

Monday, January 03, 2011

Margaret


Margaret, are you grieving?

Named for the little girl who is featured in Gerard Manley Hopkins's poem, my little Margaret is a small art quilt that is mounted on a heavy paper collage "frame".


1. Create a compound image in Photoshop or other photo-editing software and print it out on an inkjet transparency.

2. Make a fabric transfer onto muslin, following these image transfer instructions.


3.  Arrange and stitch various fabrics to a muslin background.  Add a layer of quilt batting and stitch together, adding beads and buttons for embellishment.  Fray or finish the edges of the small quilt.


4. Stitch the quilt to a paper collage, tacking the corners and some other spots to keep it from sagging.  Mount the entire piece onto a heavy piece of mat board that is slightly smaller than the paper collage. 


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