Friday, November 6, 2015
So my idea was to use the berries in my yard to see which ones could be boiled with water, and what would the color become from water to fabric.
The burning bush produced a peach color. Then I took a scrap strip snd rubbed it in the cooked berries, mashing them into the fibers. A beautiful pumpkin like orange came about.
Wanting to enjoy the weather, I went outside and rolled in the leaves, and pounded leaves into a piece of fabric. Yellow leaves and brown leaves had no color. Green leaves produced green, burgundy leaves and red leaves produced a bluish purple.
I will find other fabrics to make strips into and begin to weave. I may even do some stitching on the strips first.
Today, as I was walking down my driveway to mailbox (post box), I noticed my burning bush having berries.
To make a long story short, Spirit Cloth, founder, artist, Jude, has free classes. I have always wanted to take her classes. She is a blessing. So last night and today inspired me to see if I could dye some fabric like muslin.
Monday, October 5, 2015
Now let me tell you, I go from decorating shabby chic, to folk, to scandinavian to French Parisienne/country to industrial chic
I sat one day making charts of each:
Garden fixtures brought indoors
Chicken coop wire
Plain lined furniture
Odd little nic nacs
Linen, cotton, wool fabrics
White, cream, yellow/-gold, blues
Statues, busts and heads ofcwomrn, children, angels
Worn out tapestry furniture
Outdoor garden ideas
So what am I?
Some people say ecclectic. Some say bohemian. Oh yes, I love those too.
Cant afford to keep changing.
So, because it is fall, the folk art comes in. I have collected pine cones and acorns.
I have been drying hydrangea and herbs, rosehips and artemesia.
I have a couple antique Martha Washington bedspreads. Washed them good and am cutting them up to make pumpkins for decorating, giving as gifts and selling in the vintage shop I have space in. Dont worry, these are older spreads an don't look pretty as spreads anymore. They are being put to better use.
I love looking at what other artists come up with... inspiring. Then I draw my own patterns.
I recently had carpal tunnel surgery and trying to handsew.
The question now is to grunge or not to grunge...
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Wow, my apple trees dropped so many apples and that is good because we have never gotten time to prune, so the trees are huge; so tall that you could never climb.
I have made sauce, sold a bag, and now apple butter in the crock pot.
I have an inexpensive dehydrator, so I am going to try to dry them.
I agree, they aren't beautiful, but they are saving me a lot of money and so convenient to go right into my yard and pick.
The recipe called for milk, which I only had skim and half and half in the fridge, so I mixed them, and as you can see, it had no affect at all in changing the way they rose.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Monday, June 1, 2015
I wanted to do something different. I have been working in a book called "Creative Call" This book has you ponder the roadblocks in
your life to why you may not be doing art work or your craft; what the stumbling blocks may be, perhaps a negative word came at you in your life to stop you from creating. I have been taking classes, learning techniques, and just wanting to get out of the copy zone, repeating what I see, but wanting to do my own creation. Striving for this has become my hobby. Seeing others come up with their own ideas has somewhat become my envy, which has not been good. So, when a thought comes in my head, I have been trying to seek where it is taking me. So this garland kept crying out to me to do something floral. My partner lives in Australia. When my son saw my garland, he told me that Australia is turning fall, autumn weather, and we are just starting spring in New England. So I thought it would bring my partner back a couple of seasons. She told me she loves turquoise, so that was my addition to the garland.
We only had to make five attachments. So I hand water colored my papers, punched out all of the petals and hand glued them to a backing, a paper butterfly was added, and vintage yellow pearls with a beautiful delicate ribbon. I displayed it all around my house so as to see if it was long enough and if it hung evenly. I may make one for my grand-daughter. She just turned one, so I have time. It is a bit time consuming, but really pretty.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Sunday, March 15, 2015
I used the end of celery, the marker cover and the cardboard from coffee shops. I used American craft acrylic pain, Crayola crayons, a chalk marker, pencil, markers, scrap papers, and stickers. I tried to use what he may have access to in Germany.
I had fun and hopefully he will too!
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Love making a journal by buying a second hand book from Sally's and gluing pages together with Ranger glue. This particular journal is square which is so different, so many journals are rectangular, so I like the square. Now, my steps are gesso in as I go. Alot of people like gesso in the whole journal at one time, and then adding paints and inks before they begin to do special collages. I actually like to wait, because my mood changes, and depending what is on my mind, I don't want to have the page prepared for possibly something else. I do gesso most of the time, but I like to keep a change my possibility.