I found two welcome surprises when out walking yesterday:
- The neighborhood sharing bin has ebbed and flowed with assorted items but has never contained many books. But things are changing! A good selection of literature, and non fiction. interestingly the mysteries I had left are gone after sitting there for a while. Definitely a step in the right direction and more genre fiction will be added as I read through my shelf.
- Dollarama finally has sketchbooks in again. These were in stock in the summer and then when I went back for more they were out of stock. But right now there is a good supply in. When I can pay $3 for a sketchbook with 80 sheets of 60-pound paper in the preferred 9 by 12 size, I’m SOOOO there.
I figure this means I can spend more money on other supplies from specialty stores.
What’s YOUR take on this debate about shopping from local stores versus discount places? Are you firmly in one camp or the other, or like me split between the two? I’d love to hear!
I subscribed to Lesley Riley’s 52 pick-up, which is a year of weekly creativity prompts to encourage more regular art and creativity. Feeling accountable to a supportive group of other people is helping me to form better habits.
And every day I succeed in spending time creating, I get a star!
In real life the stars look better than they do in the photo, which often happens with glitter and metallics. They’re foiled, a technique I’ve had a lot of fun with for years. You can get the foils and special glue from Jones Tones.
But, breaking news! and not good, although definitely a first world problem, Dharma Trading, the go-to source for all things fibre arty, posted that the foil is being discontinued and they (Dharma) are looking for a replacement. In the month since they posted, the more conventional colours have been snapped up but they still have purple, green and blue.
I fused the square fabric onto the Disco Dots to have a little more body to stand up to the writing and foiling and free motion quilted along the lines.
This has been going for a while but trust me to stumble onto things long after they happen!
Anyway I figure since I’m already doing this I can safely take the pledge. So what if I’m the 892nd person to leap on the bandwagon?
And I’m posting ROssie’s prompts as a reminder to myself and others:
- Do you have any new sketches to show?
- Is this design inspired by a past quilt or someone else’s quilt you saw (link, please)?
- Does the color palette come from somewhere specific?
- Are you trying to evoke a specific feeling?
- Is this quilt intended for a specific person? How did that inform your choices?
- Are you following a pattern, emulating a block you saw somewhere, using a liberated process, or totally winging it?
- What are you hating about this quilt at this stage? What do you love?
- Did you push yourself to try something new?
- In working on the quilt, are you getting ideas about what you might want to try next? What? Did you sketch it?
Stay tuned for more about the other two workshops I took at the retreat and other fun things!
Does this scream RIVER!!!!
Having found better fabric for the river at the Fabricland in Duncan I decided to make a paper mockup and note my steps, so I don’t paint myself into another corner. I now have less than a week to do this and other responsibilities still have to be taken care of …
The new fabric is a poly/rayon blend so won’t absorb much dye. In fact I could try piecing all the strata, piecing in the river and then ice dyeing. But I want to be happy with the results so I probably will piece the river in afterwards and perhaps try ice dyeing a small offcut of the river fabric just to see what happens. I bought half a metre and it’s 54″ wide so will go far. I can see this may be one of those fabrics that I will later wish I had more of. Oh well.
In this photo the green is the stand in for blue river and blue sky, as I had no blue paper to hand and wanted to get on with this project.
Of course the piece will be trimmed and the fabric I’ve earmarked for sky is not the same as the river fabric.I made the strata by making striped paper using E-Z Tints scrapbooking daubers. They’re not pens, they look like bingo daubers, and I’ve only seen them in scrapbooking stores. I think mine are actually discontinued. Then then cut the paper into vertical strips and pasted them slightly offset onto another sheet of sketchbook paper (65 pound). Then I cut that apart to insert the river. The bend in the river is important to me.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner* can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.
Of course right now the stats helper monkeys would have to be towing the Dreamliner along the runway since they’ve been grounded!
Click here to see the complete report.
Click here to view the Wordle
I made using the Virtues Project cards I randomly selected throughout 2012.
The size of the writing reflects which cards I pulled most frequently.
No surprises there I would say. Or if you just click on the image you can
embiggen it. (Hmmm, I wonder when embiggen will make it either into the
dictionary or the list of words to be banished such as "world-class" and
Lifelong learning is a theme which kept coming up over and over again
through the year so I added it as an "extra" virtue although it's not
in the original hundred virtues in the project.
For this year I've also added Sisterhood, Self-Care, and
Consolidation (in the sense of keeping one's affairs in order
and generally being organized)
What's special about the Virtues Project is that it's part of a global
initiative "to inspire the practice of virtues in everyday life by helping
people of all cultures to discover the transformative power of these
universal gifts of character."
As such the quotations are drawn from every faith tradition.
The virtues are all positive and the cards themselves stress the
importance of balance and common sense, i.e. truthfulness does not
mean being hurtfully blunt, generosity does not mean giving away
the grocery money.
I've been continually amazed at how often the virtue I randomly
choose for the day is exactly on point!
Of course there are various other sets of cards out there, so I'm curious,
do you use cards and if so which ones? What have you learned? do
Wordle takes a bit of patience to get started but once you do it's
great fun! I've used it in the past to create text on fabric
Baraka is when Allah/God/the universe blesses you with something wonderful. Just coincidentally today happens to be the first day of Ramadan, although there are blessings every day, you just have to be alert. Yesterday for example we found a perfectly good, solid, new looking wooden table abandoned (that’s it in the photo below holding up my Rolodex!)
To my amazement, today I am the grand prize winner of a signed copy of Quinn McDonald’s book Raw Art Journaling: Making Meaning, Making Art from tj’s blog.
As soon as I receive this, I will give away my own gently used copy of the book, which I had pre ordered before publication last week. And I do mean gently used, it’s been opened and perused but I haven’t written anything in it.
So you know the drill, post a comment to this post and when I receive the signed copy, I’ll do a random drawing and have Young Sprout pull a name out of a hat, so stay tuned. It will probably be a while based on recent experience with the mail up here to Canada.
Meanwhile, check out Quinn’s site here, and consider signing up for her very generous free online class working through the book chapter by chapter. Caveat: it starts on August 14 and you need a copy of the book plus the site through which the course is offered, Artists of the Round Table, is a moderated Yahoo group that you have to join first, so you wouldn’t want to leave it to the last minute! There’s also a Flickr group for posting images of your work based on the book.
And most importantly, give yourself permission to create!
Moments after I published the previous post, UPS arrived with my long awaited copy of Quinn McDonald’s book Raw Art Journaling, Making Meaning, Making Art.
So while I’m thinking about the tailor made M&Ms, the rice krispie squares, and the creative fun that will be happening tonight at Changing Hands bookstore in Phoenix, I can be creating alongside in virtual reality!
Here’s TJ Goerlitz demoing raw art journaling techniques from Quinn McDonald’s book Raw Art Journaling, Making Meaning, Making Art, which just coincidentally happens to be launching today.
If I were still in Phoenix that’s where I’d be tonight!
I met Quinn in Phoenix and have taken classes, both in person and online, and know that her book is a distillation of everything she’s been working on over the past few years. This is an exciting day!
Once I have my mitts on the book, I plan to challenge myself to translate some of the concepts and exercises into fibre art.
In a recent post about process I asked:
Am I just more of a verbal person than a visual one?
My career has dealt with the written word: translating, editing, writing, researching — things that were always encouraged, that came naturally without a lot of struggle. Certainly no one ever urged me to go to art school, nor did I think of it for myself.
My birth family placed great store on social activism, awareness of issues and politics. Although with a different perspective, so does Grandpa X, who was watching the news on TV when we first met.
My visual approach to life has made me look like a total airhead on a number of occasions.
When I was out with my father, I saw a line of clothes drying, stretched along a roof line between two chimneys. To me this was a very impressive image in itself, my father just said “How difficult it must be to raise children in those circumstances.”
Grandpa X and I were watching CNN one day and an interview with a turbaned Iraqi cleric came on. I immediately blurted out “I’ve already seen this the other day, I remember that wall!” (The wall in question was worn stucco with amazing weathering on it.)
But now I’m resolved not to feel inadequate because of this tendency. It’s just who I am, and really not to be taken as proof that I’m someone that doesn’t give a bleep.