Monday, January 31, 2011
So I changed out the dining room table for two 6-foot folding tables. There's so much more room. I have those grids on the left wall (see top photo) from when I was a scrapbook consultant and kept an inventory. OK, I know I still have all that inventory! I will be taking down those racks and putting up more shelving like you see in the photos on the far wall. Those are from Home Depot! I just need more space!!
Sheesh! You can't even see the rack of Cropper Hopper Paper Holders where I categorized all my cardstock by color. (...took me quite a few hours!) I have eight of them with filled with wonderfully color-coded cardstock!
I will be saying goodbye to my double wide ScrapRack. It just takes up too much space. Anyone want it? I am sure the shipping would be furious!
I can't wait to show you the finished room. I sure hope it won't take too long to fix it up!!
Friday, January 28, 2011
Back to the cards. We're in the process of mailing them all out and receiving them...some of us are "across the pond" from one another, so it can take a bit of time to get them all where they're supposed to be. In any case, when they are all here I will show close-ups of each card and links to the participants' blogs so you can see what other wonders they create! Hang onto your hats because these babies are beautiful!!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Melody, who owns the place, took so much time helping me understand the differences in the Bernina models. Her shop is amazing! There is so much quilty goodness in that store. Tons of samples to see and touch, amazing mixed media pieces that is totally right up my alley! Fabrics and classes and tools, oh my. She actually wouldn't "let" me purchase a machine today. She wants me to think on it to make sure of the purchase and make sure I get the machine I really want. I really appreciate that. When I researched the store online, I told myself that the personality of the store owners would dictate whether or not I'd buy from them...and I was so happy to sit and chat with her in depth about her store, her sample pieces, and the classes. She also said to wait becasue they will be having a "Superbowl" sale from Feb 3-7th...really? Telling me to wait for the sale to purchase this? I love it.
So while I was in there, I just had to get a few things! First off, I needed a new rotary cutter. I got this ruler, too, because you can never have enough! She also told me the proper way to hold the ruler so it doesn't slip. (Duh!! I really can't wait for the classes!)
I absolutely couldn't leave the store without a bit of this fabric (below), so I got a full yard. I don't know what I will make with it, but I can see a bunch of little art quilts or ATC's or fabric postcards for my swaps with this. I also will probably dye some of it with a bit of acrylic ink! It is just FAB! (Poppy by Alice Kennedy for Timeless Treasures, Inc.)
Another wonderful print that will look great dyed...the white will give a resist
(Naturally Naturals for Red Rooster)
And this totally caught my eye...again, I'm not sure what I'll make, but I had to have it! (Summertime by Barbara Jones of Quilt Soup for Henry Glass & Co.)
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Only after I started sewing this did I realize I wanted to use this yummy quilting fabric. I was perusing the quilting department in the very same Joann's and happened upon this great fabric. The charm pack of this same fabric is called Seaglass by Fabric Central. I bought the fat quarters and the charm pack. I can't find a link, so it's probably discontinued by now. I absolutely fell in love with the colors. It reminds me of a beach vacation.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Just let yourself play. No project in mind. Just see how the paints and inks flow onto the fabric. Use whatever you have on hand. Make sure you cover your workspace as you and it will get messy!! I use my ironing board as a table as I like to stand to paint...it's the perfect height.(Thanks and a shout out to Linda Woods and Karen Dinino of Journal Revolution...they use an ironing board, too.)
- One of the coloring tools I used is Liquitex Acrylic Inks. These are marvelous! You can use them on paper, fabric, in dip pens, and more! Add them to a spray bottle with a bit of water and spray them onto your fabric or paper. The caps have a dropper so you can save on ink. Or use the dropper and drip onto fabric. You can purchase them individually or the the set I have comes in these three primary colors with black, white, brown(to be exact: Yellow Orange Azo, Phthalocyanine Blue(green shade), Naphthol Crimson, Carbon Black, Titanium White, Transparent Raw Umber). There's also a metallic set...yes, I have it...comes with the black and white and Iridescent Bright Silver, Iridescent Bright Gold, Iridescent Rich Bronze, and Iridescent Rich Copper. Good stuff! I've got to get me a dip pen!!!
- This is only a small portion of my paint stash. I have scrapbook paints, craft paints, tube acrylics, fluid acrylics, fabric paints, Dye-Na-Flow(the paint that acts like an ink), Lumiere(wonderful shimmery colors) and more! not to mention other coloring tools and instruments...we'll get to that in later tutorials. ;-)
- Onto the painting...I used a scrap of muslin fabric (not pre-washed). Just tear it. You can either paint on your fabric dry or wet. Each will give you a different look. For these photos, I've wet my fabric first. The water gives your paints a more blended look on the fabric, like watercolor. In the photo below, I've wet the fabric and spread on fluid acrylic with a paintbrush. You can use a sponge, foam brush or whatever.
- Various colors of fluid acrylics blended with water. I like how as the fabric dried the edges gathered a more vibrant color as the paints wicked out.
- You can get some really neat "dyed" fibers, too if you leave the threads hanging on the torn fabric edges. See the bottom right corner of the photo below.
- Play with commercially printed fabrics, too. Here's a few 2" squares of a batik look print. The base is white and navy. I just added some very watered-down paints and it created fantastic looking pieces to use in my mixed media art.
Next up...let's add some more color with other coloring tools, stamps, etc.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Got to show you more ATC's I've made for a swap:
This was a part of a large stamped image, cut in two. Not my fave, but I like the addition of dimensional portions of the stamped image.
This butterfly card does have a "partner" but I didn't photograph them together. The butterfly is an old rub-on that wouldn't rub onto the transparency. So I just cut it off from the release paper and glued it down, added Diamond Glaze and glitter. It is my FAVORITE!!! I love a bit of black in everything I do, so I am in heaven over this one. Gotta love that black bling. I know I'm probably really weird to like black bling...but I'm really not into shiny and glittery stuff. But this...ooohhhh!!!
For some reason I can't satin stitch too well...I guess I need lessons!
Speaking of which...I am in the mode of purchasing a new sewing machine. I want to be able to free motion stitch, and my current machine doesn't have a darning/free motion foot...darn it all! Oh well, I guess that means I purchase a new one. (go ahead, force me to shop!) Here's the one I'm thinking about:
It's a Bernina aurora 430...gotta head on over to the local quilt shop to check it out and get advice. (While I'm there I MUST search for new fabrics, right?)I have no idea what to get other than I know what I want to use it for. Any advice??
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Enjoy your day! :D