Saturday, March 31, 2012

More artsy links!

 

Laura Thykeson - Taz's Corner
Laura offers a link to some free stencils, journal prompts and vintage photos for collage, atc's or mixed media art! 

Beading Arts
Cyndi wraps up "Seed Bead Month" with a look back at tutorials in the Beading Arts archives, from easy beginner projects to more challenging ones!

Creative Dreamer
Easter's around the corner, come see a quick treat June's doing with Peeps! 


Eileen - The Artful Crafter
One of The Artful Crafter's readers has developed a new, improved recipe for homemade polymer clay. Be sure to check out Eva's recipe, as well as the darling gingerbread house she made with it.

Gold Glass Sculpture for the Home
Cherie makes a sculpture for her hearth.



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Friday, March 30, 2012

Artsy blogging round-up!

 

Aileen's Musings
Aileen shows you how she turned trash to treasure with a re-purposed whisk, ribbon spool, felt and a little ingenuity. 

Carmi's Art/Life World
The spring ring. So easy to make and wear!

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there are tutorials on how to make an Easter egg pop art decoration, a recycled leather Steampunk style cuff, embroider multicolored yarn "X" shapes on your knitting and a recipe for bacon butter.  

Crafty Princess Diaries
The Crafty Princess takes a road trip and visits an amazing yarn shop in Florida.  

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
You can make any size envelope with the Crafter's Companion Ultimate crafting tool. Look at how easy it is to "push the envelope"!

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
How to applique a "Zzz" pillowcase.    




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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Recent publications: March 2012



Mixed Media Workshop: A multifaceted approach to creating unique works of art-step by step by Isaac Anderson, Joe Martino, Mark Mendez and Bette McIntire

The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed by Seth Apter

Digital Art Technique Manual for Illustrators and Artists: The Essential Guide to Creating Digital Illustration and Artworks Using Photoshop, Illustrator, and Other Software by Joel Lardner and Paul Roberts

Modern Minimal: 20 Bold & Graphic Quilts by Alissa Haight Carlton

Siegliende's Quilting Bee: Applique Projects Inspired by Mother Earth and Her Children by Sieglinde Schoen Smith

Shadow Trapunto Quilts: Simple Steps, Remarkable Results, 30 Elegant Projects by Geta Grama





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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

Lost in Thought - part two

Lost in Thought

Last week I shared part one of my design process in creating this abstracted male figure quilt.  This week I'm picking up with the construction process.




I began my hand stitching by attaching the background fabric pieces to the batting.  The first ones I stitched were the pieces that would be underneath the sheer figure.  He was painted onto a piece of China silk, and the rest of the background pieces are the heavier habotai and dupioni silk.  I used a simple running stitch in a floss color closely matched to the fabric so that it wouldn't show through the figure.




Pieces of background fabric that were not going to be hidden by the figure were stitched down using blanket stitch.




I pinned the figure down on top of the background and stitched him into place, along with the piece of background fabric that overlapped him.




Again I used blanket stitch to attach a backing piece of fabric to the top and batting, trimming all the edges even.




I chose four spots scattered throughout the quilt to add stabilizing buttons.  These are buttons sewn to the back and up through all the layers in order to keep the quilt from sagging or shifting over the years.  I try to pick spots to place them where the stitching will not show too much on the front, and always match the color of thread to the front, not the back.


Lost in Thought, 2011, Cyndi Lavin



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Saturday, March 24, 2012

More artsy links!



Mo(o)re Whimsies
Trying New Techniques with Sakura Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers 

The Uncommon Artist-Laura Thykeson
Laura describes two new workshops and gives you a look at one of her other blogs!

Beading Arts
Cyndi has gotten inspired by Spring Fever! Has that ever happened to you? Do you have some work you'd like to share?  

Creative Dreamer
Spring is definitely in the air... and June has gone a little "green" to celebrate... come see!  

Easter Bunny Cupcake Craft
With Nutter Butter "bunny" ears. This would be a fun Easter treat to make with the kids!  

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Sew a cute pin cushion bracelet to keep your pins (literally) on hand.  

Green Glass Garden Sculptures
It's Spring! Which means Cherie is gluing glass together again! This time she's got green glass (in honor of St. Patty's Day).  


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Friday, March 23, 2012

Artsy blogging round-up!

 

The Card Album Blog
How to make a "Keep Calm and Cut On" Recycled art card.

About Family Crafts
Play along with the new Make-It-Over craft challenge. This challenge is all about making crafts using Easter Peeps candy.

Aileen's Musings
Aileen offers you a re post of a fun magnetic Easter or Mother's Day project! 

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi makes some pop up cards using some beloved vintage imagery!

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there tutorials on how to make tube rivets, recycled envelope stamped mail art, use an ironing board to adjust drape, info on Crafted at The Port of Los Angeles and a recipe for peanut butter bread.

Crafty Princess Diaries
Tammy shows off a new work in progress, a beautiful ripple shawl using self-striping yarn.  

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
One of The Artful Crafter's readers has developed a new, improved recipe for homemade polymer clay. Be sure to check out Eva's recipe, as well as the darling "gingerbread" house she made with it.    




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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Yay for Liz!






Liz, aka KipperCat, has won the copy of with Creative Quilting with Beads that Lark Publishing gave us for the giveaway!  Congratulations!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Workshops with Jonathan Talbot

Fandango Patrin by Jonathan Talbot


If you're not familiar with Jonathan Talbot's method of collage, which enables you to use even the most delicate of papers, you really need to come out from under your rock and buy his book!  Even better, take a class with him! 

This lovely man is going to be doing a series of workshops all over the West Coast, starting in May.  I just might have to go visit my daughter in Portland OR around May 24th.  I wonder if she'll catch on that I'm just using her... :-) 



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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012

Lost in Thought - part one


Recently I got it into my head that I wanted to do a small quilt that featured an abstracted nude.  Since my drawing skills are totally limited to doodling (and I'm not even very good at that), I decided to go really abstract and just design him with ovals and circles, adding only the barest minimum of details. 



I finally came up with a pencil sketch that I thought would work, and went over it with a black marker so that it would be visible through a previously painted piece of China silk.




Using the outline as a guide, I added washes of color to the different areas until I was happy with the results.  Happy = you can probably tell it's a nude male figure.  That's as close as I'll probably ever be able to get to representational work!




In looking for background fabrics, I came across the left over glue gel resist fabrics that I painted several months ago.  I moved these around behind the figure until I was satisfied.




I ripped the fabrics into roughly the shapes that I wanted to use, and placed them on a piece of batting that had been cut to size.



All the pieces were pinned into place on the batting.




When I placed the figure back on top of the background, I decided that he needed one more piece to break up the unrelieved rectangle of his space. 

Next week...construction of the quilt!



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Saturday, March 17, 2012

More artsy links!

 

Laura - Taz's Corner
Winning, Painting and Writing.

Mixed Media: I Love How You Love Me
Cherie works on a picture inspired by a music lyric.  

Beading Arts
Cyndi finishes up her tutorial for a seed bead rope that features some beautiful lampwork glass beads.  

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Looking for spring and Easter craft projects? The Artful Crafter has something for everyone!  
 

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Artsy blogging round-up!

 

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Looking for spring and Easter craft projects? The Artful Crafter has something for everyone!

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
How to sew a scrap fabric and recycled tank top dress. 

Aileen's Musings
It's citrus season here in California and Aileen has turned into the Bubba Gump of Lemons! Check out the easy recipe she found for making lemon marmalade and download her free printable label.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a Double Giveaway filled with books and Westcott cutting tools, transparency versus opaque technique from Suzi Blu's new book, a wild scissor holder made from a doll head and a healthy shepherd's pie recipe.  


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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Book giveaway: Creative Quilting with Beads


Do you remember yesterday when I gushed about this wonderful new book sent to me by Lark Publishing?  Well, I have to confess that I couldn't bear to part with Creative Quilting with Beads.  Lucky me and you...I begged, and Lark sent me another copy specifically to give away!

***Free Stuff Alert!!!*** 

Would you like a copy of  Creative Quilting with Beads?  Just leave me a comment below and you'll automatically be entered to win.  If you tweet or post on Facebook or other social spots about the contest, you can leave a second comment and be entered twice!

Please make sure that your link will lead me to an email address, or else I won't be able to contact you.  No contact, no win, and I simply have to go on to the next person.  Deadline: March 22, 2012


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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Book review: Creative Quilting with Beads



Whether you are a beader who is hoping to get into art quilting, or an art quilter who is hoping to get more into beading, you will love the inspiration and advice in Creative Quilting with Beads. Valerie Van Arsdale Shrader, a senior editor at Lark Publishing, has compiled this wonderful resource for the fiber artist.  The Basics section covers not only various ways to affix beads to fabrics, but it also covers the basics of quilting, so this is a great first book for the mixed media artist who wants to expand her repertoire.

The bulk of the book consists of 24 projects created by designers whose names you will recognize.  Beautiful beautiful projects by the likes of Sherrie Spangler and Larkin Jean Van Horn grace the pages, and will introduce you to techniques that you'll be itching to try out in your future projects.  Whether you choose to make these pieces step-by-step along with the designers, or you just want to browse for some new ideas for your own work, there's a lot to like in this book. 

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Quote of the week


via my friend William Meyer

Monday, March 12, 2012

Examples from TAST


For something completely different, I decided to join the stitching challenge run by Sharon Boggon, called Take a Stitch Tuesday.  The stitches that seem appropriate are being added to the manipulated fabric quilt that I've been working on.  Stitches that don't seem to fit will just end up on some scrap cloth.  So now you can see why I said it will probably take me a year to finish up this quilt :-)

In the meantime, I am not going to post pictures of the entire quilt with the evolving embellishment...only little close-ups of each stitch.  That way, at least something will be a surprise!

Fly stitch

Blanket stitch, used for couching

Feather stitch with added shells



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Saturday, March 10, 2012

More artsy links!



Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Come join the Card Party at The Artful Crafter and create cards for people with cancer.

Mixed Media: Superhero Glasses
Cherie paints a girl that looks like a secret superhero.  

Mo(o)re Whimsies
My First Post with Sakura Hobby Craft and Terri Sproul Mixers!  

Beading Arts
Every March, Cyndi celebrates "Seed Bead Month". Do you have some seed bead work you'd like to share?  




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Friday, March 09, 2012

Artsy blogging round-up!


 

Crafty Princess Diaries
Tammy has discovered some super duper soft yarn for baby afghans.

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Come join the Card Party at The Artful Crafter and create cards for people with cancer.  

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
How to make a recycled leather shamrock St Patrick's Day cuff.

About Family Crafts
The current craft challenge might make you crave chocolate! Do you have a craft to share that is made using a Nesquik container? 


Aileen's Musings
Aileen offers you an Easter cocktail idea, a gift idea, and a freebie recipe card all wrapped up into one colorful DIY project!

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there are tutorials on how to make a watercolor and plastic wrap painting along with one of Lisa Engelbrecht's fun lettering techniques used to decorate an Easter egg, a recipe for flourless banana breakfast bars and info on a bunch of SoCal events this weekend we will be at.   



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Thursday, March 08, 2012

Artist profile: JJ Jacobs

Personal Graffiti

Artist: Judy "JJ" Jacobs
Websites:
Coming Abstractions
Coming Abstractions blog
Coming Abstractions etsy shop


Note: additional links and galleries that carry JJ's work are listed at the end


Splash


JJ, tell us a little about yourself and what you do.
I’m an abstract painter and glass artist living in Sacramento, California. In my past life I was in commercial real estate development and property management.

Who (or what) inspires you to do what you love in your own creative business?
When I see a blank wall I feel the need to mentally decorate it in my mind. Shapes, color and texture are used in my work and I enjoy using various tools to make these staples “come alive” in my work. I have been known to use lids from deodorant bottles, caps from toothpaste tubes, brayers, leaves, pine needles, saw blades, chopsticks, and other handy tools that happen to be lying around at a particular moment.

Playground 3


Where do you get your inspiration from when you design and paint?
I can find inspiration anywhere, anyplace and at anytime. I usually squint my eyes a bit to soften the source and “abstract” it in my mind. The Farmer’s Market is full of ideas – like the apple section with all the various greens and reds; and of course the ocean. So is a fabric store, with the many bolts of materials that are sometimes color coordinated. If I squint my eyes just right, I can find inspiration in just about any place – especially if a lot of color is around!

What words would people who know you use to describe you? 
Creative, independent, intuitive, stubborn and resourceful.

What was your very first job and what path have you taken since then?
The summer I graduated from high school, I got a temporary job at a real estate office helping them with an audit they were going through. At the end of the term, they offered me a full-time job which I accepted. While working there, I decided to get my real estate sales license; then later studied for and obtained my broker’s license and was in the real estate industry until 2011, when I quit my job as VP of a real estate development firm to become a full-time artist.

A Burning Heart


What is a typical day like in your studio space?  How do you prioritize your time?
I like to start with a clean workspace and lay out my paints, canvas, brushes and water. Sometimes I’ll turn on some loud music to get me in the spirit; other times I paint in silence. I like to practice on a few pre-cut squares of 140-lb or 300-lb watercolour paper with some quick designs, then move on to a clean canvas where I lay down some lines of paint with no specific pattern in mind. From there I begin adding more colours and continue to “create and destroy.” I usually know how much time I have to spend painting and plan accordingly. If I only have an hour or so to play, then I work fast and furiously.

Each morning I make up a To-Do list of everything I want to achieve for that particular day. If I’m going to be working in my studio I’ll have the tasks that I want to complete on the To-Do list and cross them off as they’re finished. The most important tasks are always listed first and if I don’t finish my list that day I’ll carry over the unfinished jobs to the next day.

At Sea


As an artist what is your biggest frustration? 
Over-committing myself and saying “yes” to unreasonable deadlines.

What advice can you offer other creative people who are just starting out and following their passions?
Trust your gut and keep creating – no matter what other people think, or how scary it may be. When you are following your path and living your passion, the opportunities are abundant and the money follows.

Decisions


What dreams do you still want to achieve in your life? 
I would love to travel more, and start writing again. I also want to get my more of my art into corporate settings and some really nice modern-styled homes.

Who do you most want to meet and why? 
If Georgia O’Keefe were still alive I would want to meet her and watch her paint. Her colour and subject choices continue to fascinate me, and her fierce determination to be an artist inspires me every day.

Judy "JJ" Jacobs

Other places to connect with JJ:
fineartamerica.com/art/all/jj+jacobs/all
Coming Abstractions on facebook
Twitter
www.bellartestudios.com
www.arareity.com
dailypaintersabstract.blogspot.com/
www.theflowerfarminn.com
www.trezhersgifts.com
www.fireandraingalleries.com
www.abstractartistgallery.org/jj-jacobs/




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Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Monday, March 05, 2012

Rubbing Plate Roundup - a book review and fabric examples



A number of years ago - more years than I'd care to admit - I wrote a short series on Things to do with texture plates, part one and part two

Boy, there were a lot of things I did wrong, and there were even more possibilities that I missed.  But now, thanks to Shelly Stokes, you don't have to flounder around like I did.  Shelly, also the author of Paintstiks on Fabric and Design Magic, has now published Rubbing Plate Roundup, a brilliant book that will take you far beyond the obvious uses of these wonderful tools.  I've already picked out five of the twelve techniques that are MUST tries, including the sample fabric pieces that I'll show you below that used my water soluable oil pastels.

Shelly starts with her beloved paintstiks, and then moves on through crayon transfers, water media, adding foil, screen printing, masks, gelatin prints, discharged prints, embossed metal, paper castings, clay texturing, and acrylic sculptures.  Once the fabric pieces that I rubbed up were dry and heat set, I added another couple layers of foil.       



Muslin
Rubbing plates
Masking tape
Non-slip mat
Water soluable oil pastels
Spray bottle with water
Polymer medium
Foam brush
Foil
Iron and parchment paper

Shelly recommends using repositionable adhesive spray, but since I didn't have any handy and was raring to get going, I used masking tape.  The spray adhesive would be much nicer!  The rubbing plates that I used have much smaller designs than the ones that Shelly uses in the book and sells on her website, so my patterns are a bit harder to make out and more muddled.  Plus, I kept adding new layers as I got the hang of the rubbing motion...believe it or not, there is a bit of a trick to it, not that it's difficult.

I used the water soluable oil pastels, as I said before, rubbing them onto dry fabric.  I used the non-slip mat and masking tape to keep the rubbing plate and the fabric from moving around as I rubbed.  Once I had added all the layers, I used a spray bottle to lightly mist the surface.  Beautiful!  It made the colors run together and become more vibrant.

Here are two examples of before and after spraying lightly with water:


Before spraying with water

After spraying




Before spraying with water

After spraying

The next step was to add foil, which involved using the rubbing plates to add the polymer medium.  Let it dry thoroughly, and then apply foil in whatever manner the particular manufacturer recommends.  Mine is an iron-on type:

With two colors of foil added


Now I can't wait to try some paper casting and discharging!  I have a quilt project in mind that I think these fabrics (I made a LOT more) will be perfect for.  As you can see, I was going for an all-over pattern rather than the larger motifs that Shelly gets with her plates.  It's really up to you what look you want, and of course don't forget that your house is also probably just full of all kinds of wonderfully textured things!

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