Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Bird Collages in Somerset Studio




Birds of a Feather
absolutely do flock together..









and if you get a chance to buy this issue, 
I hope you take a peek..








I combined antique bird prints,
and dendritic prints and small bits of stitches..








to create these collage
works on paper..















and as soon as I get the other pieces,
I will share them with you..

Lots of changes are going on at 
Stampington and as always, I am very grateful
to have my work
published..








this week in the studio ..
I am working on some new pieces for 
Holiday for 142 Bis Gallerie..

think roots, growing things.. and old book covers...


and experimenting with transfers and some fun products
for my next YT video..

as well as tearing up old papers, which is my one weakness, you know...
 for 
my new series..

Excavations..

but never too busy to be grateful for 
YOU!


xox






Friday, August 17, 2018

Mini Fabric Concertina






I think I will add a bit more
cheese cloth
and maybe one other touch or two...








but for the most part..
I am in love with my
little concertina...


I hope you try it and just have fun with it...
hoping the awl will help those who do not have the 
dexterity to hand stitch..


have a magnificent weekend...
gentle readers and dear viewers..


C4N! 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Murder by Tea Dye-Antique Fabric





Ok...
it's sensational I know..
but basically 
I ripped it to shreds..





The murder victim.. an antique tablecloth..



I made a tea bath using darjeeling tea
and Chai for the scent alone...











I pulled it out of the bath...







and decided that I wanted it a bit darker so I bundled it..
with string..












and threw it the bundle back into a pot dye bath and boiled it 
and let it dry...







I love the marks it makes as it dries...





and now I have it all ready for 
my tiny fabric book..









that we will be filming this Friday...









see you all then..
gentle readers..



xo


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Color Blue














“Water does not resist.










Water flows.









When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. 







Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you.






But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it.










Water is patient.









Dripping water wears away a stone.









Remember that, my child.






Remember you are half water.







 If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it.



         






 Water does.” 

Margaret Atwood






Reminding myself to go with the flow..

Ciao, ciao...







Friday, August 3, 2018

Releasing the Inner Critic and Rejection









Letting go of 
self criticism and releasing rejection

is something all artists 
must learn to do..



after years of dealing with them...





I thought I would continue 
my last 
Cat Chat

to include these
I cannot stress enough how important it is
to 
banish the evil 
inner critic..

practice,
dearheart..



xox





Tuesday, July 31, 2018

July Art Journal Pages





Vacation
was wonderful..

seeing family and putting my feet up..
playing games with grandkids,
and taking silly selfies..



 we even had a little time in the studio







and I introduced them to collage..
using magazines and glue sticks of course..

my grandson pronounced collage
VERY HARD

because he said he had the perfect idea in mind,
but could not find the right images..

Welcome to my world!!










So I did manage to get my pages finished just as they left..
July pages are about being far away from those I love..

being unable to offer assistance..
share expertise..
hold hands..
or take any responsibility...










being on different pages 
might as well be different continents..











just another way to keep remembering to release and let go..
I am beginning to think that that is really what life is all about..
going with the flow..
right?

You do what you can ..
plant the seeds..
and stand back and whisper..

grow..
grow..


Ingredients: Acrylic paint, antique paper, wrapping papers.







Studio work this week includes,
work on my ripped and torn series..

and filming on Friday..
the second part of my

Cat Chat
on 
Criticism, Rejection, Dealing with the Inner Critic
and learning to Release and let go..


See you then, gentle readers..



Ciao, ciao!


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Making Transfers





I have been making transfers for years..
some turn out well and some don't..

but they are always fun..

I have worked hard to perfect the techniques to make
really clear transfers
and I offer that information here..






We are taking a long break 
for summer vacation, and I am looking forward to 
summer fun with family..

and hope you will be doing the same


as always, I so appreciate your kind attention
to this little blog...



sending grateful appreciation your way
gentle viewer..



xox

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