Thursday, February 26, 2015


 #15!  Lisa Marie! Please email me your snail mail address and I'll have the bundle shipped out to you!   

Thanks for participating!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

I've got my eye on you!

Welcome to the Jamie Fingal Autumn Birds  Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY!   

I am excited to be part of this, and support my friend, Jamie Fingal!   Her newest fabric line with Hoffman Fabrics "Autumn is for Birds" will be in stores in April.  

Here's the new line! 

I scarcely knew where to begin with such rich colors and fabulous textures! 

I was really working outside my comfort zone on this project and had a blast being silly, whimsical and carefree!  What better combination than birds and kittens and prairie points!

I love birding and always enjoy creating places for them in my backyard.  My cats love watching 'bird tv' especially on the days the bird feeders are all replenished and bird baths are refilled. I had fun creating one of my own cats, Ms Stella O'Houligan (who is nearly 20 and well past bird catching days) when she sleeps under the honeysuckle tree enjoying the sun on her furs in the breezy days of fall.    

Size is 21" W x 30" L 

I'm totally in love with those darling orange polka dots! I cut out the bird shapes from a prefused piece of fabric.  I used Mistyfuse for this project.

 Ms Stella is is none the worse for wear, snoozin under the tree but as you can see,

she's always got one eye open for birds.  That is a cabochon glass bead with digital eye attached. I get my eyes on Etsy.  
Adding  hand embroidery is always fun and addictive! 

All the outline quilting was done with Aurifil's Linen thread.  This bright orange gave just the right amount of visual weight and wasn't too difficult as long as it was in the bobbin. 

I used Aurifil's lime green Linen for the ghost branches. 

Here is a link to Jamie's Twisted Sister blog talking about how the 'Autumn is for Birds' fabric line was made and a link to Hoffman Fabrics

Schedule for Blog Hop

Feb 17 - Lisa Chin
Feb 18 - Cheryl Sleboda
Feb 19 - Stacy Hurt
Feb 21 - Sue Bleiweiss

Feb 22 - Jamie Fingal

And last but not least!  There's a giveaway too! 
Just leave a comment below and at the end of the blog run all comments are combined and a random winner will be chosen by Jamie on her post!  Deadline to enter is February 25th at Midnight PST.  Sorry, it's only open for US residents though.  

Happy Birdy Sewing!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Art Journal Pages 2015

I had finally gotten some white pens that I'm happy with.  Uniball Signio 153.  
They are fabulous and the ink doesn't disappear into the paper. 
final page with the some areas darkened and extra white added. 

I have always loved the octopus' tentacles.  There's something just delightful about the way they curl and move. The other side of this page is black. The white gesso nearly covered all of it.  I did't want a pure white page so it worked nicely.  

Adding some color.   I use Tombow art markers.  I scribble some color on a plastic dappen dish, then with a slightly damp brush pick up the pigment and add it to the drawing.  I like this technique as it's fast and I don't have to worry about mixing colors to get the one I want. 

More colors added and some burnished copper around the 'page' edges.  Added shadows al la Jane Lafazio style (her watercolor class is awesome and if you want to learn, I highly recommend it!)

The final page today in better light.  I added some darker red behind the suckers for more life. 
This art journal has been so fun and I had no idea I wanted to draw these things until I created the book and then thought; 'well, I should put stuff on these empty pages'.  
The lesson I always need to learn; it isn't until you start making something that you will actually learn new stuff and make stuff. LOL
My next page will be an owl.  I think I can do one of those. 

Happy Drawing!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Where does inspiration come from?

The trash can! 

Well nearly. I had this scratch page in another journal. While straightening up today this was my view.  A light bulb went on and I grabbed my 'real art journal' with an idea.  

 I really love the way the images run outside the border of the pencil lines. 
 That was the inspiration

the view right side up. still works but not as dramatic. 
*if you're wondering; I keep this journal next to my bed with one pencil, a sharpener, eraser and a uni-ball vision micro black pen.  The sketch on this page is for an idea about a regular quilt.  I thought that reverse appliqueing some velvet ravens would be a really cool looking thing, especially if the fabric they would be coming out of was busy and full of color.  Like the Anasazi type prints. 
what cracks me up is in my sleepiness drawing I drew a bird and then had to draw an arrow to the bird shape with instructions that say cut out he shape. because at the time there was no other shape on the page.    anyway...

I love looking at sketches online of things that I love, like women's body shapes and bird shapes. I print them off if they are copyright free and use them as reference material to help me learn to draw. I can flip them or place them in areas to get layout designs without the angsty "here's my stick person rendering" because trying to actually draw the finished thing when I'm only planning it seems silly and in the past would stop me from designing at all.  So I found the bird shape I'd recently fallen in love with and 

I created this background page. 

From the trash page above I loved how that angle of negative space was so sharp, where the paint brush went off the corner of the stencil.  I got carried away a bit near the bottom and edges and the fanned strokes are too hard for my liking but there you go; a lesson learned. 

I will now go back and draw the bird in inks (keeping the monochromatic form) and will search for just the right words to write in a larger font.  Perhaps with my nibs.  
I also realize the stamped ink blotches with the ink running down are going in two directions.  oops.  I will find some fancy papers to cover one of them up.  Problem solved! Gotta love collage! Overall I  like the mood of the page.  And the elements so far all work.  I'm happy and now can rest that instead of sitting on my bum with a migraine all day, I've managed to do something at least. 

materials used in this page so far 
gesso'd page
rubber stamps
pencil sketch
paint brush