Sunday, March 18, 2007

"T" for Marilyn's book

Turquoise "T" on Two-color fabric with Twin circles

I Trapped Tangled Threads with Tulle and did some Threadplay on Top. (Actually I did bobbin work, as the Thread I wanted to use is Turquoise Kreinik metallic blending filament, which I didn't think would work coming through the needle).

The fabric was layered with Two layers of Totally Stable stabilizer (a Sulky product).

Some of the "T"s were on purpose, some I only realized after I got going (like the Twin circles or the fact that the name of the stabilizer started with a "T"...)

The color is much prettier in person. I still need to attach these to the appropriate places in Marilyn's book, and will get it in the mail next week.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Poetry pages for Marilyn

I'm still contemplating what I'm doing for my second letter in Marilyn's book, but I wanted to show off the front and back of what I did for the letter "P" for her book. In all honesty, I'm not sure yet which is the front and which is the back....

I'm particularly fond of wordplay and being clever, although I hope it isn't too silly.

Make note of plaid, pink, poetry, polka-dots, pocket....the pink background is painted paper...

There are 3 poems in the pocket (which is made of two layers of polka-dot fabric and a layer of Peltex interfacing). I might add more poems, just haven't picked any others yet. I was trying to see if there is a shade of green that has a "P" name, haven't found one yet...LOL.

Are the blue letters and brads Powder blue? I don't think they are Periwinkle, but they might be Persian blue.

Oh wait -- what about Persian Green or Pine Green?

I told you I was silly.....VBG

Sharon's pages

The e page did not scan well. It's brighter and prettier than this. I wasn't sure if you'd like 'girly' stuff Sharon so it's a darker kind of pink. The v page is A A Milne's Vespers from 'When We Were Very Young'. I know you like literature and this just popped into my head when I was trying to think of something that started with v.

Zoe's pages

The opposite problem here. Zoe's pages are too big for my scanner bed. My scanner does not do justice to lumpy things. The v page is a Venetain blind book. I would say it's more of a Roman blind but I got the idea from Alisa Golden's 'Creating Hand Made Books' and she calls it a Venetian blind!

Marilyn's pages

Marilyn's pages are so small that they fitted on my scanner bed together. The v page is vintage value and I explain what it means to me in a library pocket underneath the tags. They are very different and I hope that they will look OK in your book Marilyn.

Suzanne's pages

Here are my pages for Suzanne, with fibres. I don't embroider any more and these took me ages. There is quite a bit of fibre under Experiment that can't really be seen so well on the scan due to the vellum.

Friday, March 16, 2007

This one is ready to go on!

OK, I may have been the last one to send mine on to the first collaborator, but I'm making up for lost time. I'm getting ready to pack up Kellie's book to send to Suzanne. Any and all of you, including Carole, of course, may feel free to bug me about getting this book out. Kellie, don't look at this post unless you want to see pages in your book!

I chose to do Z because it was really speaking to me, and then B because that's what spoke up in a little whisper when I was leafing through the book trying to figure out what to do next. I had NO intention of them being done in a similar style. This is not a style or even a background technique I've done before, so I just did what I seemed to need to do to this book to get my pages done. I'm really liking what I did. I hope you all - and especially Kellie - like it too!

This page is a pop-up because it just seemed like the right way to do it. I never do this style, these colors, I've never used alcohol inks before though I've had them for ages, nor have I ever used the poster paint pens I bought a few months ago. I was reading Aileen Roberts' blog, Aileen's Musings, about using what's on your desk and thinking about how it seems like everyone I know who does art was cleaning out their studios and getting rid of things they weren't using. Why did I have all these things that I wasn't using? Why not just try them out? Why not try them out here? I guess I did. I'm happy with what I did.

Background Technique: Put white gesso all over page with sponge brush as smoothly as possible. Put about an eighth of an inch of Ranger Alcohol Ink Blending Fluid in a 2 ounce deli cup and add 6 drops of ink. I used Butterscotch, expecting an ochre or butterscotch. I got this lovely warm yellow instead that pleased me very much! I used a natural bristle 'mop' flicked back and forth quickly to apply the color to the gesso. I think I had to mix up my little recipe three times to cover both pages. (The B was cut out and gessoed but painted with a watered down straight Light Magenta Golden Heavy Body tube acrylic paint.)

Here's another page that is just not my style, if I even have a style, that is! It started out as a mistake. I had glued two pages together and gessoed them then I had that blank whiteness staring at me, glaring at me! I wanted to do paint scraping on it and dripped a few controlled colors on and scraped them around. Then I didn't like what I'd done. What to do? The next day, I poured some turquoise and patina green Golden Glaze over it. It looked too plain, so I added some ultramarine glaze and realized that I had way too much on there. So I swirled them all around anyway and it looked kind of cool. So I let it dry. The next day, I had another blank page staring me in the face, so I picked up the black poster paint pen and drew a frame. I did some doodles on some deli wrap and then repeated them on the page.

Yes, I only got about three quarters of the way around before I had to reach for the dictionary!

And there's a surprise in a pocket on the other side of this page, the "front" side. Take it out and read it. My sweetie thinks I'm nuts but he likes this work, too.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007


How many of us have rules in our books?

I do. I want all the letters to be in alphabetical order and I've left one front and back in the book per letter. I labeled them with pink metallic pencil just to make sure I had the right number of pages. You're welcome to add pages, of course, so you can do a spread instead of a front and back, if you want to. My book is rather small at 4.25" x 7.5" so you might choose to work outside the book and then tip in your work. The book already doesn't close so I'm looking forward to one FAT little book when I eventually get it back! There are a couple of other rules and they're written in the front of the book. I think I have a pretty good sense of humor and the only things that really offend me are meanness, politics, and religion as I think the first is just unnecessary and the others are things that should be kept to oneself or discussed with those who aren't bored by them.

I'd be interested to read anyone else's rules.

And yes, everyone thinks they have a good sense of humor, don't they?


It's taken me forever, but my book will arrive at Suzanne's today. I apologize to everyone for getting off to a slow start. Here's what the covers look like.

I named it Elemenopedia.

Monday, March 12, 2007

D is for Dance . . .

NowThis I like better. This I used Fibers to fit the fabric request. Fibers I like! LOL! I did a flip page, and stuck with having staff and notes to go with the m is for music page. I also wanted to bring red and black into it also to go with the other page. This flips open, that's a first for me, I haven't done much with flips and pop ups and such fancy things before . . . LOL . . . I tore the second hole on the fringe spots, thus I decided to cover that fact by using the tassel . . . . shhhh don't tell!

I don't have this packed up to mail off yet, but expect that I will be doing that sometime this week! I'll keep ya posted as to when I send it on.

M is for Music . . .

Okay . . . This isn't my favorite piece I have ever done. It's working with fabric that threw me. I detest sewing, so it was a struggle for me to come up with something. I had this material from a time when I decopauged clear plates . . . don't ask, it was a strange phase of my life, thought I was going to be rich working the craft show circut LOL!
Any way, I sat and frayed the fabric while watching TV and then tea dyed it so it wasn't so stark white. The I stamped on music, added the red heart to dot the I and added some red flowers . . . The border to the right is some ribbon from a friend.

Friday, March 9, 2007

hI everybody . . .

I've been out of commision for a week now with some respiratory crap. Blah. It's had me in bed for a week . . . not a fun time let me tell you! But I am on the mend finally, so hopefully I will get a chance to do some art!

I've been sleeping for a week dreaming about different things to do . . . hopefully my dreams will come true!

Friday, March 2, 2007


Elongated has finally dried and here is most of it. The accordion folded word is too long for my scanner but hopefully, this will give you the general idea. If you can't see any letters, look sideways. Suzanne's pages are well and truly on their way but they still require stitching which is the kind of thing I take to work with me to fill in the quiet times at night. Back to work tomorrow night for 7 nights. Art production slows considerably.

Here is Judy's 'da Vinci's Vision' . The frame is from a packet of tape and I'm pleased with the way it turned out. 'Elongated' is taking forever to dry and I will post it tomorrow.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

My Pages

I have been inconsistent with the sizes for my pages. 8 x 10 or 11 is OK as I will be attaching them all to bigger pages in an accordion style book. Our pages in Australia are different sizes from yours and this is the nearest approximation. The letters that have been taken so far are P (Suzanne), C (Me) and R (Judy). I have almost finished Judy's pages and will post pics as soon as they are dry. Because I am out of the rotation I am doing pages as people let me know what sizes they need. Zoe and Suzanne will be next. Not waiting for books to arrive means that I can be wildly out of order :)

. . . may I brag a little? . . .

Okay, I will . . . lol . . . . has anyone seen the new Belle Amorie Jewlery 2 issue? . . . . I haven't yet, but I do have some little diddies in it . . . . I was ever so excitited as they are my first attempts a soldering anything . . .

Question about Sue's pages

While waiting for Marilyn's book, I was wondering about maybe getting a head start on the pages that I will need to send to Sue. Is it possible to find out what size they should be, and if there are any guidelines for how/what we should be doing with them?

It's not like I'm actually bored and really need something to do right now (VBG), but had a random thought and decided to ask!

Introducing myself!

I meant to do this a few days ago, but my connection to the Internet was flaky over the weekend and I've been busy ever since....

I've been a quilter for about 10 years, was a cross-stitcher before that. In the past year I feel like I've woken up from a long obsession with fabric and thread, and have started to discover what else is out there. I'm still obsessed with fabric and thread, I'm just trying to expand my repertoire and play with other art supplies.

You will probably find that most of what I do in your books incorporates fabric or thread or fibers (unless you tell me not to...), and as you will find out when you get my book, I've challenged you to try to incorporate fiber into what you do in my book.

I did blog about the beginnings of my book a few days ago on my own blog, so I won't put the same pictures, here. (You are welcome to go visit my blog if you want to see what I did...)

I can't wait to see more of what everyone is doing!

(On the personal side, I'm married, with twin boys (7 years old) and 2 dogs. We live in a small town in Eastern Iowa, my in-laws farm, and some day my DH hopes to take over the farm.)