Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Summer of Color (Pink)

I finally have time to post for Summer of Color Pink week.  I want to say thank you to everyone for your comments and encouragement.  It is nice to find out that people like my art.  It helps me to keep going and to improve my work.  This challenge is great for giving me inspiration and new ideas.  All the varied art is wonderful to see each week. 

I did two different projects for the pink challenge.  One piece was paper, water soluble wax crayons, and beeswax.  This was my first time using beeswax in art work.  I wasn't completely happy with the results, but I know some things to change in the future so it will work better.  I found out that I really love the way beeswax smells.  I will try it again, I'm just going to change my methods a little.

 The next piece that I made was another fabric ATC.  I used some of my snow dyed fabric for my ACT.  I used water soluble wax crayons to write the words and draw my shore before I stitched over them.

Here is a picture of the larger snow dyed fabric.  I love the beautiful patterns that snow dyeing produces.  I did put a picture of this up already, but since it was taken inside the fabric looks much darker.  Here is a picture taken in the sun.
My daughter also wanted to make a pink piece this week and play along with us.  She made a card for one of her friends.

Now for yellow.  I already have some ideas.  Have fun creating.


Friday, June 24, 2011


I am working on two pieces for the Summer of Color Pink challenge.  The fiber art that I am making is going to come from a piece of snow dyed fabric that I made last winter.  Here is a look at the fabric a bit early.  Come back next week to see what I did with it.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer of Color (Green)

Here is my entry for Kristin's Summer of Color week two.  I made another fabric ATC this week.  I didn't have a lot of time this past week, so I kept it simple.  I plan on mixing things up a little so I don't do the same thing every week, but this week that didn't happen.  I think of growing things trees and flowers when I think of green. What better to go with these than a fairy, so I used a fairy stamp that I already had and fabric paint to add her under the tree.  I did all the painting on a piece of green fabric that I dyed earlier.  It had a bit of citron in the fabric, but when I dyed the batting the paint flowed a bit farther than I wanted it to and it covered up most of the citron.   Next time I won't paint the batting at the end of the project.

I colored in the fairy using NEOCOLOR® II  Watersoluble crayons.  Next week there is a bonus for using wax in for the pink challenge.  Maybe I will be using these again, but I also want widen my wax exploration.

Thursday, June 16, 2011


I am feeling a bit conflicted today.  I sent my oldest daughter off for a two week visit to Germany.  I know she will have a lot of fun and it is going to be a great learning experience.  I am always a bit concerned when my children are far away and I have no control over their decisions, even though there are people taking care of them on the trip  She is going to graduate from high school next year, so this is a small taste of the future.  I think that is hard to let the first child fly the nest and be on their own.  These feeling are something that I am going to have to deal with  over the next year so I can let her go blossom on her own.
  The dark haired girl is my oldest.  Her younger sister is the blond.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Summer of Color (Blue)

Here is my first project for Summer of Color.  I made a fiber ATC.  I mostly make small art quilts or other fiber art, so I want to build up a collection of ATCs to show people my work.  With this piece I wanted the batting to show so I painted it and then frayed the edges.

I was happy that the first color we worked with was blue, because it is my favorite color. I had to add touches of gold just to jazz it up a little. 

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Playing with filters

I took a photo and applied three filters to get different looks.  In one I added canvas texture, another is the watercolor filter, and the last is a sponge filter.  I did all of these in Photoshop.

Summer of Color

I plan to participate in the Summer of Color as much as I can this summer.  I want to make some ATC's so I can start to have something to give away when people ask me what I do.  I also want to work on an altered book, but that project will probably go on for a long time. I don't have more than a small chunk of time to work each day, something about having a three year old and a one year old will do that in my house.  I mostly want to have fun and try out some new techniques.  I am mostly a fiber artist, but I dabble in other forms just to broaden my horizons and practice techniques. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


I wanted to put up some pictures of recent work that I never got around to posting.
 This is a piece of snow dyed fabric that I made this winter.

 This is a bookmark that I made from a small part of that snow dyed fabric.

This a a fabric collage that I made for my sister.  I stitched a photo transfer of her and her horse in the middle.  It was a fun way to use up scrap fabric, and my first attempt of using gel medium to transfer a photo.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Photoshop Flower

Here is another Photoshop picture.  I haven't put a lot of work into this one, just played around with filters.  I like the watercolor look lately, so I have been playing around with it.