A friend and I went for some retail therapy last week. Two art stores, two fiber stores and lunch. A pleasant day. The one art store had buy l get l free, so I stocked up on drawing paper.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The photograph is one I took in the summer of a Dahlia in our front flower bed. It's the inspiration for the design. I decided to do it off center and make the flower the negative space.
This is the same photo using the negative feature in the Microsoft Picture It program. I love what that function does to photos. The ring is a painted paste paper cut out with the Sizzix Big Shot machine. The rest is pen work. The ink makes a sort of flower shape in the middle.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
Then I decided I needed to try curved lines and this is the result. The cuts didn't show very well, so I inked them and extended the lines. To add interest, the checkerboard was colored in. The paper is a marbled one.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
www.craftsy.com from Edie Eckman. She explains how to join each Granny Square by a different method and shows how to do it very clearly. I always hated sewing the pieces together and found this to be the perfect solution. Each section is 17" square, so the entire piece is about 60" square.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
I decided to try a couple of exploded circles. The first was cut with all straight lines. The paper is one I painted and put cling wrap over the wet paint to get the random lines.
To marble with shaving cream, put some in a flat container, smooth it out. Drop paint on the surface, then comb it into designs. Lay a paper on top and gently press to make a print. I've seen two was to dry it. One leaves the excess shaving cream on it until dry-clearer print-and the other scraps it off right away-more muted.