Friday, April 20, 2018

TIME, CATCH-UP & FINISHED PAINTING WITH FABRIC CREATION


I guess we have come to the end of another week. When I was working and raising a family, the days and weeks just flew by. I thought that when I was retired, days and weeks would slow down. In some respects they have but mostly, they still fly by...what a mystery.

So, I have to tell you that with the exception of the week that was when I was gone from sun up to sun down, I have been doing a good job with my decision to follow Julie Cameron's book. I have only missed (again with the exception of that one week) one day of doing morning pages. Walking, yoga and meditation have become more regular. I have missed four days with them. I am choosing not to beat myself up about missing some of the elements, just acknowledge the miss and continue on.

Today I finished up several little chores, made some chili, filled the outside bird feeder (there was finally no rain), moved SnowWhite back to a Friday spot, and straightened up my studio area which had devolved into quite a mess.

I also added a frame to the fabric painting picture and attached it to a frame. It's a bit off on one side but I decided not to take it off and reframe it. Here's what it looks like with a black border...

I enjoyed the freedom of this technique so much that I have two backgrounds all ready to go as well as my ample supply of scraps. I think that's what I will be working on this week.

I have been gathering my things for the two exchanges (teacup and mug) but I can't show them until after the exchanges have been received...probably in a couple weeks.

The weekend looks warm, sunny and wonderful. I will be fishing one day and looking at homes one day. Hope things work out...

And I hope you have a great weekend...
Thanks for visiting this week...
I look forward to talking with you next week...

Thursday, April 19, 2018

MELISSA SQUARED & FABRIC PAINTED PROJECT


Last night was just great. The bartender definitely knew how to mix a great drink. I loved listening  Melissa Squared (Both woman are named Melissa!)

So today was kind of a non-scheduled day...I guess that's a nice way of saying that I haven't done most of the items I normally do like yoga, morning pages (the first time I miss doing them since I began).

I did work on my fabric painting. Remember this is where it was a couple days ago...

This is what I added again using stick glue...

I wanted to see the balance of light and dark. If you have a cell phone that can take pictures this is easy. Simply take a picture of your creation. Then in edit, choose color. All you have to do is go to the black and white (or grey scale) to see how things balance out. Check this out...

The first thing I saw was that it was top heavy with darks. Solution? Flip it like this...

Now, the top heavy darkness has turned into a solid base. This technique is really good when you want to judge the dark/light compositions of quilt blocks. And when you're done, you can simply delete the photo.

In the next photo you can see how the base anchors the creation. Now, the next step was to use a finish product to seal but I had none so I decided that the only way I could finish it was to use tulle and stitch it. This picture is one with the tulle applied.

I attached the tulle with a meandering stitch using gold thread but for some reason I had to sew slowly or else the thread broke so the stitches were not as smooth and free flowing as normal. Here's a close-up...

And here it is...

That's all for tonight...
Thanks for dropping in...
Talk with you tomorrow...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

CHALLENGE UPDATES


It's been a bit warmer today, sunny with little wind but still cool enough to wear a jacket when going out. So, tonight I am going to hear a new group - Melissa Squared. I missed their debut last month but I promised that I would make tonight. Looking forward to great evening.

I finished photographing both of last week's challenges. Check these out...





The top two photos are the Tag Challenge and the bottom three photos are the Project 365 Something Challenge. I have noticed that although I take a few more minutes with each challenge than originally planned, I am getting more complex creations. There are times, though, that I think...oh dear, what am I going to do today...especially when I am not in a particular creative mood.

That's all for today folks...
Need to get ready for tonight...
Thanks for stopping by...
Talk with you tomorrow...