Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
But when I started looking at their menu, I noticed a shrimp basket with beer battered shrimp! I mentioned to Bob they had beer battered shrimp and so we both ordered shrimp for dinner. Well, it was FANTASTIC! We've been eating at O'Malley's for years! and never ordered their shrimp but we sure will now! The batter isn't as thin as the batter at Stumpknockers but it was great! Funny, how we just never thought to look further then the fish on their menu.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Here are the blocks laying in the cabinet! Aren't they beautiful. Don said his father refinished the cabinet. I think it was actually a drawer they used to hold their blocks. I'm going to have Bob hang it in my sewing area.
Here is a closeup of some of the blocks. There were two tin stencils (Q and P) included.
And more...click on the pictures to see some of the unique stamps. Some of them made of heavy metal.
And the letters "A" and "O" which are approximately 6" x 10"
Friday, October 23, 2009
Basically, it was monprinting or collagraph printing (which was what the article called this process). We created some type of collage on foam or using sticky foam pieces on Plexiglas and then applied paint to this collagraph plate; misted the paint; placed our dry fabric on top of the plate; misted the fabric and rubbed the raised foam areas to pick up the paint. Here are some of my results using some of my hand dyed fabric and also pieces from our technique last month.
Today is our set up for the library book sale. That usually takes sometime to get all the books and tables set up. Tomorrow is the big sale and I hope we make some money. I'm starting to feel better. Dr. seems to think it could be meds I'm on or just a normal 'flare up' of RA. I'm still better off then a lot of people so I'm trying to ignore it and keep on truck'in! Have too much art work left in me to do..so I better get off the computer and get busy before I have to leave for the day!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
This was the gelatin mono print I did at our CCC Sept meeting. I thought it would be perfect as a background for some stitching and beading for my Oct. Art of Nature journal quilts. I finished quilting it last week so started on some stitching and beading this week. This shows some hand stitching.
I started adding some bead work this week. This color pic is a lot more true to what it looks like...not sure about the coloring on the pic above. A photographer I am not!
Here is a closeup of the beading. I reference Margart Ball's book, 'Embeadery' often in my beadwork. I love her book and other beader's books as well. In fact, I just sent in an order for two of Robin Atkin's books! Can't wait for those!!
This is a piece I did back in 2007. I had the hand dyed background piece which was quite small and I had some painted tyvek pieces so what else to do but combine them. I still couldn't figure out what to do after I quilted and burned the tyvek so again, what not add some beading to it. I think this was the first time I tried some of Margaret Ball's Embeadery techniques.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
So for our friend, Lois Ann, who moved to Italy last year we send this greeting!! We miss you but you were in our thoughts today for sure!!!
The first is a beanie hat I made in one night..it didn't take any time at all. Very simple pattern...it will make a nice hat for Amber's dolls or if my head shrinks and I decide to wear a beanie.......
The 2nd one is a lace scarf I finished. It's smaller then others I've made but it was supposed to have a flower (knitted) attached. I gave the yarn away at one of the quilt guild auctions this past week so I'm going to add beading on the edges to make it appear longer. The picture shows the piece folded so it's a little larger then what you see here!
The last one is a twisted knitted scarf from the 1st Threfold journal by Linda and Laura Kemshall & Catherine Nicholls. I love these journals as well as their new Design Matters TV they have on the web. I've made 3 of these scarfs and they are fun to wear.
So Sunday will be a trip to the Farmers Market to get some more Granola which I love from the Bake Shop and Coffee House in Owosso. Their Maple Cherry is the best..wish they had a web site but you can order by phoning them (989-729-2253). Hope to get lots of the beading done on my Frankenthaler while watching our Lions!!
Friday, October 16, 2009
The first step was to paint some acrylic paint onto a plastic material (I understand you can use freezer paper (I'd assume shiny side?) too. I squirted several lines of Liquitex soft body paint on to the plastic then used a squeegee to spread the paint. I let this dry for over 24 hours. It needs to be totally dry before the next step.
Next I only have InkAid for non-porous areas left from my sample kit (my next 'try' will be on to metal!) so I thought I'd give this a try (I have some Golden Digital Ground on order but it's not due in until Nov.). First I applied a coat of InkAid horizontally, then vertically, allowing each coat to dry in between. Again, you want each coat to be totally dry before you apply the next coat. I understand you can also try this technique using a matt medium mixed with acrylic paint and just apply that in one step.
And this was the other picture I selected. This is part of my underwater fantasy piece I did in 2008.
I took the 'skin' and used masking tape to hold down a side and top edge. When I do it again, I'll use painters tape. I had a hard time removing the tape. And here they are printed out.
This week I started another Art of Nature journal quilt using one of the gelatin mono prints we did last month at our Complex Cloth Club meeting. Here's a picture of the print I started with.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Here is the leaf stamp I won! How cool is that! Can't wait to try it out...maybe today!
You need to go to Ruthie's web site to see more of her great stamps. I love these Notan like designs she makes. Here's some of her stamps.
Monday, October 12, 2009
It was also fun to be with Carol for the weekend to eat, talk, eat, talk, eat, talk...you get the picture! A fun girls weekend along with some education!
This was walking into our hotel room which turned out to be a handicap room! Not sure why we were given that room but it worked out nicely.
We even had this cute little table so both mornings we brought our food back to the room and ate breakfast...we did open the curtains so we had a nice view of outside!
So what do you think this is??? A galaxy? Oh, this was funny...Carol spotted this star on the pavement in the parking lot on our walk Friday night after our dinner. We did leave it in the parking lot although I felt badly about that....poor little star!
Some more samplers in their hoops still being worked on.
This is my sampler piece. Again, you can click on both Carol and my piece to see them closeup.
Next we worked with disperse/fabric crayons, transferring a pattern to polyester fabric. Same method I've done with the disperse dyes but this time it was drawing with a crayon which was fun. Here's a pic of our critiquing by Ilze and the group. It was so interesting to get feedback from the class in addition to Ilze. Just wonderful!
Here is Carol's transfer and stitching. We had to stitch one area that we didn't care for the color and make it into something and the other one we had to add density to it. Carol added french knots to the left drawing and her density work is on the right. I really liked the yellow french knots. Carol thought the yellow would change to orange over the red and I would have thought so too..but it didn't.
This was my piece. The stitching on the left was my density piece and the right side I added couching. I used a funky green and couched with yellow then I switched to purple to couch with. Again, click on pic to see the image better.
Next lesson was collage work. We had to use the transfer crayons onto organza and add other fabrics under the transfer organza and stitch the pieces to a background fabric. I'm still working on my piece and in fact I did some more stitching on it last night. I'll post pics of it later this week. This is just my transfer onto the organza.
This is Carol's piece. Isn't it cool! I love the colors. She put black and white fabric under her transfer in places and it turned out really nice.
These are the entire classes collage pieces. You really need to click on the pic to see the stitching. We took turns getting up close and personal to see each of the works.
This was Sonja Hagen's collage piece. Isn't it cool!
That's all I have! It was a great class and I would take another workshop from Ilze in a heartbeat. I did get my suitcases all put away last night as soon as I got home BUT my sewing room is a mess! I was taking items out to show Bob and then I wanted to stitch last night so again just grabbing items from my bag. So off to put that room back together so I can work!!