24 February 2017

Technique # 18 Quilting with paper


Sorry about the blurry image. For some reason my camera wouldn't focus.


A rectangular sheet the size of a two-page spread is under the needle with my first triangle of folded paper


Here it is with all the shapes sewn on to the backing rectangle.


I know it is hard to see but this is the sheet gessoed and with the stitches covered with oil pastel


I missed a step in pictures. This is the spread colored with watercolors and a few acrylic painted spots.


Here is the finished spread with colored pencil marks and dots and x's in correction fluid.


This is the back.


23 February 2017

Technique #17 - Using Negative space


I thought this would be a really interesting experiment. It's an experiment when you have no idea what you are doing. I started out painting the spread black.


You can see the faint pencil lines which I soon lost track of. This was a huge failure


Not that I am trying to shift blame but I think I might have had more success if I had thicker more lightly pigmented paints. Maybe I am kidding myself. I am going to give it another try using pastels on black paper. We'll see how that works....then I give up.

22 February 2017

Technique #16 I have no idea what to call it - maybe coloring graphic sketches



I got this idea from some IKEA fabric I bought years ago and used to cover a bulletin board


Here is the paper with the sketches roughly done in pencil.


The stetches done in permanent ink. Then I erased my pencil lines.


Credit card to the rescue. I am MAD about acrylic paint and credit cards. Help me I can't stop!!!!


21 February 2017

Technique #15 Free motion stitching plus



I started out just to do a sheet of free motion stitching and got carried away. I started with a light  pencil mark just denoting what direction I should be moving.  After doing the leaves I decided to add the berries. This was a separate sheet I had to paste in when I was done.


I think you can see the light pencil mark


Close up of the stitching


Oil pastels added because I couldn't stop myself


Wash of watercolors. I know, OK now I'm done for today

20 February 2017

Technique #14 Stamp collage



I keep thinking up techniques to try and I am running out of days. This is a quickie made from used stamps. It's a bit tedious and fiddly but worth at least one page.


19 February 2017

more finished pages



Just a few more finished pages


This is a cautionary tale. When using water soluble pencils or pastels don't spray them with a mister. Chaos ensues.



Water soluble oil pastels.



After a hopeless attempt to mop up running color. Things didn't have to end this way. A wet brush would have produced good results.



I even darkened the colors a bit more after this picture. They looked a bit anemic.



VERY happy with these results. These are stamps I carved years ago.


18 February 2017

More finished pages



I used my "bacon plastic" stencil to use up some pink and purple paint before I washed out the round foam pouncer.














Below are rubbings that I "fixed" with hairspray so they wouldn't smear.


I like the swirly background in watery watercolors.