July 25, 2009

"Sew...a needle pulling thread..."

"It's Never Too Late.........To Grow." -from "It's Never Too Late...172 simple acts to change your life" by Patrick Lindsay.

Spent some wonderful hours in my studio with fabric, charms, ribbons, buttons, needles, and thread. They have taken over my studio. I am ready to GROW.

I want to explore fabric specifically in books where I can incorporate some art work and things I love. Some of the techniques I used for this book were shared by DJ Pettitt. And so this is the book I created. I am sure that I will continue to develop my own style as I learn techniques and mixed them up with my experience and inspiration. Thus....GROW.

I painted the watercolor paper and left the pages blank for future embellishing.

Love twisting and bending wire so I used some as part of the book closure.

Imperfect stitching at times. Even though I don't own a sewing machine (not yet anyway), it was such a wonderful process.

Busy day at the studio; I felt like GROWTH happened.

July 20, 2009

On the Creative Road: #2

In this post, I introduced my "On the Creative Road" column. Basically, I will share some information about what inspires me as I travel on the creative road:
1. Stay tuned to Project Runway starting on August 20th. You will meet Louise Black who is from the Dallas area and a local community college. If you love vintage , you will love her designs. I will definitely stay tuned to get to know her and her designs.
2. Out of the box amazing artists' books by Aimee Lee. My favorite one is here, here, and here.

3. Inspiring art books by DJ Pettitt. Every time I visit her blog she blows me away with her truly breathtaking art books and fabric paintings. Even though I haven't seen or touched the books, I know they belong in a "special collections" section of a library.

July 19, 2009

Darwin and Argos: a little bird told us

Several years ago I had the great fortune of being part of Darwin's life. Darwin is the smaller German Shepard in the art piece. The other beautiful German Shepard, Argos, was his father and belonged to my brother's best friend. While trying to find some photos I could alter, I came upon this picture. The photo technique I used for the photograph was inspired by Angela Cartwright's Mixed Emulsions: altered art techniques for photographic imagery. The rest of the art piece is a combination of acrylics, markers, fabric, and stamps. Darwin and Argos were both curious and mischievous. I decided to include "a little bird told us" because birds are indeed great noisemakers; perhaps one bird had something to say to these two little fellows. There are some changes I would make to the art piece and probably will later on. For now.......I present Darwin and Argos: a little bird told us.

July 12, 2009

New Etsy Additions!

With my first stamp in hand, I decided to get to work and create a set of notecards with some little embellishments. Visit my Etsy shop to see if there is something you might like. The new additions are under a series called "House Collection Notecards." Perhaps you have a housewarming party or other events or ideas for a home; check it out.

Celebrating a small success

"Too often once we achieve a goal, we take it for granted. It's part of the journey. It's important to give ourselves some credit. Otherwise we lose our sense of purpose. Enjoying the victories gives us strength to continue. And sweet memories to inspire us." -From It's Never to Late....172 simple acts to change your life by Patrick Lindsay.

Carving my own stamps has been something I have wanted to do for a while. I decided to go with a house for my first stamp. Although I carved a bit too much in some areas, I am quite happy with the result of my first stamp. Celebrating this small success.

July 4, 2009

After Vacation

I realize it has been more than a week since I have posted. I just spent a wonderful vacation with my family in Virginia, Washington, D.C., Delaware, and New York City. Oh my, what an amazing city it is. My son celebrated his 2 year birthday in New York City; seating on a bench next to Rockefeller Center while enjoying a delicious cupcake from Magnolia Bakery. I am now trying to get some rest. I'll be sharing some projects I have been working on for an online mini-workshop I am taking. Happy 4th!