Friday, May 30, 2014

Mixed Media

More experiments from the Stratmore class. The top is using water color pencils and then water to "paint" the background with the pigment from the pencils.

In this one the shapes were again drawn with the watercolor pencils, but watercolor paints were used to draw the pigment out from the pencils. The color of the paint blends and mixes with the color of the pencils. Fun.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


This is the next charity quilt and is 50" by 50". The center is a piece that has been sitting around here for years. I added borders to make it big enough.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Mixed Media
I've been watching the free classes that Stratmore provides. I watch all of them and learn even things I won't use but that are good to know. This one by the Journal Junkies is fun, so I had to try some of the things they were doing.

Above is a paper painted with watercolor that has had drops of rubbing alcohol drops on it.

This one is my favorite. It is watercolor again with rock salt dropped on it while it was wet.

Finally, the watercolored paper has a finer salt from Jacquard.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Mixed Media

I watched a video on Design Matters TV by Linda Kemshall on using glass bead gel and had to try it. The gel was put on watercolor paper with a palette knife, let to dry and painted with watercolors.

I like the first one that looks like a landscape best but both were fun to do. Now I need suggestions on what to do with them.

I love Design Matters TV, as it always inspires me and makes me try things outside my comfort zone.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


On a shopping trip into Portland, I found this hand painted yarn on clearance. There wasn't much but enough to make a tank top.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Book Making

At Portland's Art and Soul, a teacher gave me a kit to make a book. I found it among the stuff in the studio and decided to make it. The top photo is it closed and tied with a ribbon.

The open photo shows the tab on one of the pages. They are 3 folds with the last section being shorter for the tab. It was fun and easy to make.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Bead Journal Project

This month's button for the Bead Journal Project is 1 1/2" across. It's beaded around the cabochon with seed beads in sizes 11 and 8. Rather an easy way out, but I like the order of it.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


Look what I got for Mother's Day-a beautiful orchid plant. The flowers are 3" across.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Alcohol inks

I had so enjoyed using alcohol inks in a class last fall at Art and Soul, that I wanted to try them again. I have forgotten how to make the flowers using the inks on Yupo paper and need to try again. I think I blew through the straw too hard.

I ended up with streaks of inks across the paper, took a second piece and put it on top to make a print. These will be cut up to make cards.

Friday, May 9, 2014


A friend and I went to the Gathering of the Guilds sale in Portland last weekend, but this is all I bought. Most of the things were ready made things rather than supplies. It was fun to see everything and have a good lunch. We had a nice day.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


I did another circle design based on a photo I took of a garden ornament a friend gave me. It didn't feel very original until I realized that it would make a good flower in some future work. I need to get back to making circle designs. The first leads to the next which leads to more exciting ones.

Monday, May 5, 2014


Here's another quilt for the nursing home using hand dyes and a batik. The rust is a commercial fabric. This is about 40" by 60"-should keep someone warm.

Friday, May 2, 2014


I've quilted and bound the top and called the lady who takes them to the nursing home. The blue is one of my hand dyes. The violet a batik. I do like using batiks. There are so many surprises with them.