Discharged blocks and dyed yarns

Some times an idea creeps up and smacks you in the head and won’t go away. After I was done with the discharge play the other night, such a thing happened to me! Luckily, I have learned enough now to follow that idea and see where it leads. And this is the start of that idea. (Pics are clickable for full view)

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And somewhere along the way, I know I want to use some of my hand-dyed embellishment yarns in this. Possibly couched into leaf shapes floating on top of the top? So I pulled two cards of yarns that hadn’t been listed on my etsy shop as of yet.

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I’ll post more on this as I progress. But for today I have customer work that demands my attention, so work I shall.

This and That

Houston was wonderful! A trip to be enjoyed and photo’s to be looked over for ages to come. The quilts and textile art was fabulous, beyond what I had imagined it would be. If you ever get a change to go to International Quilt Festival in Houston, GO! We (Gayle and Sammi and I) spent Thursday through Sunday there. In that time, I thought I had seen all the quilts, and yet when I come home and catch up with websites there are quilts that I never saw! And I spent time every day in the exhibit viewing and studying the pieces.

Coming home, I needed to catch up with my drawing class. They started on portraits without me!!!! LOL So today I started working on eyes. Below are a few of the samples I did in class. A shout out thank you to Ryan from class, his help was immense today. Sometimes all it takes is a pointer or two and things finally click and make sense!

Today’s sample drawings:

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On the fabric front, I’ve been working on a fractured quilt challenge. It’s been enjoyable and I’m looking forward to the exchange with other artists. One of the techniques I’m using to enhance my sections I’m making are the watercolor crayons. I really like the way I can enhance coloration details with these! Every time I use them I’m amazed again. I started with hand-dyed fabrics for the petals, but I wanted more striping in it for detail. End result, I like what’s happening on fabric!

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a bit of paint, a little bit of dye and a little bit of fun……

I made a promise to myself a bit ago. That every morning I would devote at least 15 minutes to a “me” project. Not one that must be done for a deadline, not a customer order, just something for me. A little bit of playtime to start the day off right.

The last few mornings I’ve been working on a painting. I had no idea where this painting was going when I started the background, I just painted the background sky. The next day I added in some grass. This morning I spent a bit more than 15 minutes on it, but had fun and that’s the entire purpose of this promise to myself. To start every day with a bit of creative fun to get things flowing.

Somewhere along the way, this painting decided it wanted to be of an abandoned row boat in a field. I’ve got some ideas for tomorrow morning, but for today this is how far I’ve gotten:

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I find myself taking lessons from my drawing class and trying to convert them over to painting. But I have no expectations of this play time…..I’m not trying to create a masterpiece, I’m not trying to create a major statement, I’m just playing!

And learning that playing is fun!

On the other side of the coin, there is a group I belong to, and we’re doing a Fractured Quilt Challenge. My fabrics for the flower petals are dyed now and I thought you might like to see what they look like.

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I’m hoping that later today, after the necessary chores of the day are done, I’ll still have sunshine and clear skies to paint the background fabric for this piece.

So, what can you do for 15 minutes a day, every day, to add a little bit of fun in your life and spark your creative juices flowing?