Saturday, June 25, 2011

Be prepared

Be ready when the spirit strikes!
I saw this is an article by  Barb:

"Whether you're into collaging, sketching, painting, journaling, or something else, if you have your art supplies at the ready, you won't miss a creative opportunity, no matter where you are.
What perfect weather for sitting outside and sketching...doodling...journaling. This doesn't mean you'll want to create every time you're able to just sit, but I am here to encourage you to be prepared for the moment(s) when your Muse encourages you to make art. Whether you're sitting in your own backyard, on the beach while on vacation, or relaxing in some far-off exotic place,  you can make art IF you're prepared."  Barb

This is so true!  Recently on a ride home from the beach I was able to draw and paint a poppy AJ page and to draw and paint the base layer of a She Art girl.  Later at home I was able to finish her quickly.  I had only a few supplies with me on the ride, but because I did, I was able to create art when the mood stuck.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Spread your wings and let the fairy in you fly!

This is my entry for the June Fairy lottery challenge at PAO.  She's a small art quilt.  I sure hope I win so I can keep her.  She was fun to make and has many, many layers.  I am going to attach some pictures taken as I progressed.

Step 1-6:  5 layers of fabric, darkest on top.  Free motion quilt circles so that you can cut away layers until you reached the last layer.  At some point in the quilt you have exposed a piece of each layer.  Brayer white gesso over the top, then use a background stamp with black paint (not ink pad ink since it won't take to the fabirc as well), making sure to dry in between layers.  Then I added paint from oil sticks, Stickles, Golden paints, Dyna Flow fabric paint, MS glitter, and metallic rub on paint.  You can add anything you want to give more color and depth.

Step 7-10:   I used Golden molding paste and a daisy and a flourish stencil(s) to give some added depth.  Let them dry and colored with Golden paints.  I stamped the fairy, colored her with Prisma colored pencils, added glitter for some bling.  I cut her out and popped her off the page for dimension using Liquid Scrap dots.  This allowed her to stand out and not fade into the quilt. Then took some flowers, glittered to make the flowers and butterfly.  

I decided she needed something else to pop her since even though she was popped up, she still seem to fade into the quilt to much.  I found some very sheer fabric and created a bed of fabric behind her to separate her from the quilt background.  I was very pleased with the finished quilt which is featured in the first photo.

She was fun to do and I know that I'll make more art quilts using part of this process.  The stamped was unique to this challenge and may not use that process again, or will I ?

Art Journal page

I am doing a Fairy lottery challenge over at PAO.  This is isn't my entry but just a fun little AJ page using the fairy theme. She makes me smile.  Drew her, painted with watercolor, accented with pan pastels and glitter.

Art Journal page

Here's a page from my AJ.  It's done in watercolors and pan pastels.