Saturday, July 26, 2008

Heart Bouquet

While watering one of our hanging baskets I noticed that the Verbena had formed a sweet shape. Pretty neat huh.....

Friday, July 25, 2008

I've been painting again

I've been working on journals for the past week, and decided to take a break and do some painting. Here is one of the paintings started yesterday. I wanted to add a few things into the painting so I have options when printing on fabric. Think I may a part of the print in a wall hanging. Such fun, and I think my drawing is getting a bit better. lol

Friday, July 18, 2008

Small Journals

I have loads of fabric (some I have hand painted, but the majority I have purchased). Painting and stamping on muslin is a lot of fun, but then what do I do with it? A few days ago, I decided to make journal covers with the hand painted fabrics. That is great fun. Then I remembered that I have loads of batiks and other very colorful fabric which would work as well and would be faster. So I spent the day yesterday going through loads of stuff and making journal covers. I made quite a few of them since they are rather small. I plan to add the requisite beads and fibers to the binding once I have filed the inside with journal pages.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Fun times in PA

My friend Lynda and I spent the day yesterday in a small town in Pennsylvania searching for vintage items and cool things to use in our art. Aside from it being hot and me having my own personal summer, we had a great time. Hope the personal summer passes soon. UGH!

Of course we could not leave PA without stopping in Lancaster to shop at the outlets. I usually go to Lancaster for the great fabric deals, but this time we shopped for fashion goodies. What a fun way to spend the day with a great friend. We laughed a lot!

I have been working on a lot of things, but one new thing I am trying is fabric books. They are somewhat inspired by the styling of DJ Pettitt, but with my own slant. Here are a few pages...

Thursday, July 3, 2008

New Work

Today I worked on a painted collage canvas. What fun. I used some of my stash of decorative papers and collaged them onto the canvas, then stamped and painted onto the papers after drawing the figure of a woman. Although I have tried this technique before, this time the colors are stanping shows more. I am still working on the skin coloration, since we women of color are so different, it is fun trying to make the images look natural.
A couple of weeks ago, my friend Lynda and I worked on fusing fabrics using tar gel. Since this technique is messy and a bit smelly when you iron the items together, this is not one of my favorite techniques. I must admit I like the look of the finished product. I think I will print this out on fabric to use in some other way.