Sunday, August 26, 2012

Saluting the Flag

A while back I purchased a Gelli Plate.  I hadn't used it and it was on my list of things to play with over the summer.  So, one day when I had a get together with my friend we pulled out our plates and made a whole pile of painted papers.  I used inexpensive craft paint that I had on hand and a few metallics and I was thrilled with the process and very happy to have a whole pile of papers to play with.  What to do with those papers?  I decided that I would cut them up and make a flag book since I had been wanting to try that too.  So here is my first flag book, with no particular theme but a whole bunch of my gelli monoprinted papers.
The cover was made with a paper that looks fine all in one piece.

The inside covers and flags were made with the monoprinted pages and some scrapbook papers and other random things from my stash.

I like how you can stand it on end and flare out the flags.  It just makes it more interesting.

I liked the first one so much that I went on to make another.  For this one I used some papers that I had painted with a method that I learned with Jane Davies while at the CREATE Retreat in Somerset, NJ.

The cover has some punched painted paper with some organza ribbon and buttons.  The ribbon goes around the whole book and acts as a closure.

The flags were also random, I started a third one, still in progress with a theme.  I just liked the way the colors came together.  

Again, standing on end adds a bit of fun to the book.

And makes it look interesting from above.

The ribbon wraps around the book and ties at the opening when you want it to be shut.

Thanks for checking out the latest projects.  I have a few more in the works and hope to have them completed and blogged soon.  Feel free to leave a comment or question.  

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Studio Time and Quilting

I am sure that I am like most of you out there - full time job, house, spouse, other responsibilities.  The kids are grown so I can check that off of my to do list (most of the time).  With all the other things that usurp my time, I thought of a little saying that I liked so much I wanted to hang it in my studio.

Dimensions: 11" X 45"

I feel that this comes close to explaining to others how I feel about the time I get to spend making art of any kind.  When I showed it to my husband he asked me if I meant that making art improves the quality of my life so I will live longer, or making art leaves something behind after my life that lives on for others.  My reply was simple  - YES!

The process was rather simple.  I wrote out the saying, chose some general dimensions - I wanted it to fit above the window in my studio and drew it out on copy paper that I taped together.  I fused and cut and picked out fabric from my stash and used black as the background to keep it from causing seizures upon viewing.  The saying is meant to be whimsical and so the format of the quilt also became whimsical - I am not one to take art too seriously as to toil and sweat over it.  I have a full time job for that.

I used batiks and hand-dyed fabrics for all of the letters and blocks.

The letters were stitched free motion and the background has a loop-de-loop pattern that was also free motion quilted.  I added some colorful buttons from my collection and voila.  It is now hanging in my studio.

I recommend that if you have a favorite saying that you post it somewhere where it can make you smile often.  It also inspires me to spend more time in my studio.  Thanks for checking out the blog and feel free to post any comments.

I just love those fabrics from Ricky Tims that I found at a quilt show vendor area.  I used it for my letters that spell studio.  So, oops, I guess I also used commercial print in my piece.