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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Untitled alcohol inks

Alcohol inks lifted with hand sanitizer

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Braided crocheted cowl

Learn how to make an awesome cowl like this along with the lovely lady I learned it from, Essence of Me!
YouTube video tutorial

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Black and white challenge

Over a year ago, the black and white challenge was sweeping Facebook.  It's since gone the way of dinosaurs and celery, but I recently came across the pieces I shared and thought I'd share them here too.

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Monday, January 07, 2019

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Book review: Magical Forest Fairy Crafts Through the Seasons

Today I want to introduce you to the second book that caught my eye for summer projects with the kids or the grandkids...Magical Forest Fairy Crafts Through the Seasons by Lenka Vodicka-Paredes and Asia Currie.  These ladies are awesome, and if you fall in love with their work, you'll be thrilled to know that there is another book simply called Forest Fairy Crafts that you can snag as well.

All the fairies, gnomes, and critters are made from felt, so the cutting and sewing part is super-simple.  It's the details that make the difference, and there are copious instructions given for how to make these delightful folk come to life.  The beginning section covers all the materials and techniques, and the first part of the project section suggests that you construct practice pieces: a fairy girl, fairy boy, fairy baby, and a basic gnome.  Of course if you're like me, you'll want to just skip ahead right into the projects!  Go ahead...the instructions are super-detailed, and you can always flip back to the techniques section if you get stuck.

Click on the pictures below to get enlarged images so you can see how cute these little beings are!

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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Book review: Pretty + Playful Applique

There are two books coming out this month that I believe are perfect for not only your own amusement, but also for doing projects with children or grandchildren!  I am very excited about both of them.  I haven't yet been able to get my grands hooked on fabric art (they do like to draw and paint though), but I can see myself just casually working on a cute little project when I'm with them, and letting nature take its course!  The first one is up today, and I'll hit the second tomorrow.

The Big Book of Pretty + Playful Applique by Carol Armstrong looks like a must-have to me.  It has ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY TWO of Carol's gorgeous, realistic designs.  There are four full projects included to help you practice doing these appliques, but I don't care so much about that as I do about the incredible number and quality of the applique patterns.  Just look at the lists below and you'll see what I mean.  Click on the pictures to get a larger image that you can read through. 

You'll learn how to use a light box properly, to plan and number your pieces, to needle-turn the edges, to alter the patterns to suit yourself, and how to add details that will make your pieces come to life (like the eyes).  If you are like me, and prefer to do raw-edge applique, the patterns will work for you too.  Same goes if you like embroidery, crewel embroidery, or even drawing and painting!

So so so worthwhile.

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Monday, August 06, 2018

Water Sprite - an alcohol ink painting and tutorial

Cyndi Lavin, 2018

Following in the tradition of En PointeFire on High and Tempest, this piece was done using the wet into dry technique with alcohol ink.  I used some discreet dots of ink near the top, and swirled them around a bit near the bottom before allowing them to dry completely. 

Then, using 91% rubbing alcohol in a squeeze bottle, I dripped the solvent onto one small area at a time, manipulating the running inks by blowing through a straw.  You can use a hair dryer (set on cool), canned air, or a heat gun (at a distance) instead, but the straw will give you those really interesting spots.  This is because of spittle!  It takes longer to dry than the alcohol, so the little dots end up having concentrated color.  If you don't like the dots, choose a different air source, because it's pretty much impossible not to spit on your piece!  :-D

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