Monday, December 31, 2018

Approaching 100,000 reads for GIVEN TO THE PRINCE on Wattpad

Am I excited? You bet. After being with a traditional publisher for ten years, I recently ended that contract and put my contemporary fiction on Wattpad. Wattpad is the world's largest writing and reading App.  It's accessible both by computer and mobile devices and the majority of its content is FREE to read.


Why did I make that decision? Because money wasn't the focus for me as a writer. Personal feedback from readers and the fact that I have a global readership is way more satisfying.

There are a lot of great authors on Wattpad, many who've been on the App for several years and have reading totals in the millions. I don't know if I'll ever have millions, but I can tell you that reaching 100,000 is a super-duper milestone for me. You can read Given to the Prince here.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Unlock Your Creative Ingenuity - Key #6 - Armchair Traveling for Inspiration

What is armchair traveling and why is it beneficial for 'Creatives'?



What - Armchair traveling is exactly what it sounds like. It's experiencing the sights, sounds, smells, and thrills of traveling while remaining in your comfortable spot at home. Due to age, health, circumstance, or financial considerations, not all of us are privileged to travel as much as we'd like. However, that doesn't mean we can't rack up miles while reclining in our favorite chair with a cup of coffee and hot cinnamon rolls while we browse a book, travel magazine, website, travel channel, etc. Why Creatives need constant inspiration, new ideas, and breaking away from the ordinary to capture something illusive that takes root and grows in their imagination, eventually emerging as a design, craft, or work-of-art that is uniquely their own.

And because I think this key is so very important, I'm going to start a new series of posts that will take us to different armchair traveling destinations. In those posts, I'll be sharing images for visual inspiration, a few interesting location facts, and also some practical design suggestions. So stay close and don't miss the adventure.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Unlock Your Creative Ingenuity - Key #5 - Discover What Shouldn't Be and Find Your Inspiration...


Often, the most admired fabric art and craft designs are those that aren't practical, don't make sense, reverse accepted processes, and disprove industry theory. Why so? Because those designs are bolder than we're comfortable with. They shout "look at me", which is what we'd like to say if we weren't too afraid of being noticed. They're risky adventures and we're the safest creative on the block...

In short, we're drawn to these designs because they display everything we'd like to do but are too scared to try. They touch a part of us we keep under strict control; and we can admire them in complete anonymity.

So how do we creatives who lurk in the shadows aspire to such bold independence in our work? Key #5 can be the path that gets you started in the right direction. Discover something that shouldn't be.

Let's use the photo above to illustrate this key. In theory, grass shouldn't grow in areas where there is little or no soil base for nourishment, yet it obviously does. What is the inspiration in discovering these springs of grass? It might take a little meditation, but see what you can come up with.

Here are a few sprigs of inspiration I found:

  • The very soft against the very hard/solid makes me favor the vulnerable soft element. So, if I want to establish an important focal point in one of my art pieces, I may use this concept. 
  • What appears new/fresh is emphasized against something old and worn. Another great tool for establishing a focal point.
  • Living things appears bolder when set against something inanimate 
  • Vibrant color against neutral sparks my imagination
The longer we study something that shouldn't be, the more we find inspiration and direction for our creative ideas. 

What do you think? Can you put Key #5 to use?

2019 Scrap Busting Challenge - Project Idea #3

Todays scrap busting idea comes from Shabby Art Boutique


 

Aren't these handmade bookmarks adorable? They would make great gifts and handouts at your next sewing event. Kerryanne at Shabby Art Boutique posted these on her blog with photo-illustrated instructions.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Unlock Your Creative Ingenuity - Key # 4 - Encouraging Failure

Encourage failure to equal success! 
Isn't that an oxymoron? Well, whoever said an oxymoron couldn't be useful? 


How many times in the last few months have you failed at some point in your creative process--once, twice, or not-at-all? If you answered not-at-all, then I'm worried about your future creative success. 

You may have heard the phrase, 'If you haven't failed, you haven't tried.' That principle is true for creative ingenuity. It doesn't mean you haven't been working or that you're not productive. The phrase usually means you haven't tried anything new or reached for a new goal. And if that's true, you can't be growing and developing your creative talent.

So, in summary, give yourself permission to fail. In fact, ask yourself each month, 'Have I failed this month?' If you have--give yourself a big hug and keep going.

Monday, December 24, 2018

2019 Scrap Busting Challenge - Project Idea #2

I'm gearing up for the 2019 Scrap Busting Challenge that starts in just a few weeks. I thought it would be good to get a jumpstart by making a list of possible projects I might enjoy creating with my scraps. I hope all you challenge participants will find some of these helpful as well.

So, with that said, I'll be searching the web for a series of videos, tutorials, and inspiration photos that will help guide our creative imaginations. Don't miss these great scrap busting ideas.



by Melody M. Nuñez, Quilter's Planner Staff Writer

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Unlock Your Creative Ingenuity - Key # 3 - Understanding 'Perfection'

The world we live in equates perfection with success. 'Get it right and you're sure to be at the top of the ladder.' 

In the world of Creatives, however, striving for a standard of flawlessness that borders on perfection will, in my opinion, equate to disappointment, anxiety, dissatisfaction, and eventual loss of originality and vision.



Why not strive for an end result that satisfies our sense of beauty, fantasy, fun, design, and accomplishment. If we can achieve that standard in our work, haven't we reached the point-of-perfection? I can confidently say that because perfection, like beauty, changes depending on the eye of the beholder.

How can you put key #3 to use? What is another way you spell 'Imperfection'?

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

2019 Scrap Busting Challenge - Project Idea #1

I'm gearing up for the 2019 Scrap Busting Challenge that starts in just a few weeks. I thought it would be good to get a jumpstart by making a list of possible projects I might enjoy creating with my scraps. I hope all you challenge participants will find some of these helpful as well.

So, with that said, I'll be posting a series of videos, tutorials, and inspiration photos. Don't miss the great scrap busting ideas.

Project Idea #1 comes from RsIslandCrafts - Robin on Youtube
Scraps - Everyone's got them series How to sew scraps to adding machine tape

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Unlock Your Creative Ingenuity - Key # 2 - If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old. ~Peter F. Drucker~

What is that something old? Staying in your comfortable groove where everything and everyone is familiar. There is nothing wrong with those elements, in fact, they add a large measure of contentment to our lives. However, they can also lead to creative stagnation. 
So it's time to break out...

 

Key # 2 - Creative Inspiration Through Conversation With a Stranger

When was the last time you initiated a conversation with a stranger? Was it ages ago or maybe never?
Are you reluctant because you don't know what to say? Or, maybe you don't see the benefit. Let's address those two points using the scenario in the photo above.

1. How you might initiate this conversation: "Hi, my name is _______. I love sitting in this park because it's always been peaceful, clean, and safe. But mostly I love the variety of trees, and the way the morning light emphasizes the many different shades of green. May I ask what you like most about this spot?"

"Hello, It's nice to meet you. My name is ______. I'm a phycologist and I've been coming here to experience how color and sound affects mood. It's amazing that you come here to observe color and light. I've found that the light play through the leaves and across the expanse of lawn really increases my energy level."

2. What benefit you might receive: Our creativity often depends on inspiration. Observing  something that is ordinary to us through someone else's eyes is not just interesting, but often, enlightening and inspirational. From this simple conversation You've learned that energy in you work can be expressed through use of light and color. WOW! Your key worked...

3. Where/When to start a conversation: Depending on your comfort level, just about anywhere. But here are a few to get you started.
  • Grocery Line
  • Doctor's waiting room
  • Break time at work
  • Whoever sits next to you in a class, workshop, or seminar
  • Waiting to be seated at a restaurant
  • While pumping your gas

If you try Key # 2, I'd love to hear about your experience and how it unlocked some creative spark in you. Just drop a comment in the box below.

Friday, December 14, 2018

“Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.” ~ Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Mosaic Extravaganza 2019 Workshop - Testing the Waters of Fabric Art Design...
In the world of fiber, textile, quilt, and fabric art, the constant feature is always changing. There are new techniques, new products, and new teachers. But where is the 'somewhere' we're suppose to draw the line when it comes to developing our own style or testing the waters of design?

In this workshop, which begins on January 3rd, 2019, you're not expected to copy an inspiration object, someone else's pattern, or an instructor's carefully planned venue. Well, maybe a little...


I will be helping you get to a place that will resemble this photo to some extent. From this point, I'll be helping you to fill in this mosaic using your 'inner designer'. "Don't have one," you say! Well, let's see if you still think that way at the end of this workshop...

Grab some fabric scraps, some fusible web, a pair of scissors, and a tacking iron. Then sign up for this fun and challenging online workshop.

Let's scatter some color together!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Developing an 'Artist's Eye'



We all have this to some extent. We use a facet of this ability when we arrange our home decor or mix and match our clothing choices. We use our sense of position, balance, color, shape, and compatibility.

If we've had a long relationship with fabric, we have most likely expanded on that ability by learning to appreciate texture, finish, complimentary color, pattern, etc.

For those of us who strive to turn our love of fabric into a higher level of artistic application and appreciation, we need to realize that it takes training and practice to develop a creative 'Artist Eye'. In short, we have to change the way we see and rewire our brains to accept our specialized vision.

Believe it or not, our brains are often our biggest hindrance. With experience and time, our brains learn to anticipate and make decisions about what we see without any conscience effort on our part. So how is that a hindrance to an artist? Our brains function on a level of practicality and efficiency. For instance, it may see a bowl with a medium sized round, red shape with a stem, and a long curved yellow shape next to it and immediately identifies them as an apple and banana. Once the objects are identified, the brain thinks its work is done and ceases to look for further information.

It's that missing information that is absolutely necessary to an artist, no matter the medium they choose to work in. To develop an 'Artist's Eye', we need to stop seeing just a single or collection of items and see the whole scene or vignette.

For example let's revisit the bowl of fruit we talked about earlier. The brain took the expedient route to identifying the objects and stopped there. But what would the brain trained to see through an 'Artist's Eye' tell us?

• The mood of the scene is tranquil and homey as the bowl of fruit sits on top of a dining table in a country style kitchen.
• The bright morning light is bathing the fruit in a yellow and magenta tinged glow.
• The marbled blue bowl that holds the fruit has deep purple hued shadows around its bottom and icicle blue highlights around its rim.
• The polished, honey-colored wood table top provides a perfect canvas for the scene, giving it both dimension and stability, its wood grain a natural contrasting pattern to the smooth curved shape of the bowl and fruit.
• The strong circular highlight on the apple's top ridge gives it a delicious depth of color range.
• Sharp angles, soft curves, definitive lines, color value, warmth and coolness, mood, texture, pattern.

These things are present but not initially registered by the brain. We, the artist, must prod the brain to see these things. If practiced enough, the brain will begin to adapt to our 'Artist Eye'.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Unlock Your Creative Ingenuity - Key #1

~The chief enemy of creativity is ‘good’ sense.~  Pablo Picasso


Key # 1 - Don't Discriminate

Does a line have to be straight? Does a circle have to be unbroken? Does creative energy have to follow the laws of reality? Good sense says that they do, but creative ingenuity says otherwise. 

The photo above is a portrait, or is it? How you answer that question will tell you a lot about how your 'good sense' affects your creativity. 

Discrimination is usually based on preconceived ideas or philosophy.  Try reversing some of your natural thought processes when tapping into your creative processes. Test the limits of your reality and see what might hover beyond.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

2019 Scrap Busting Challenge

You know you need this! So join the fun and make something beautiful.


You're being challenged to create one scrap busting project each month in 2019. Twelve months = 12 new creations. Here are a few helpful guidelines...

  1. Use whatever scraps you have on hand to create something new. That could include fabric, beads, paints, glitter, threads and fibers, craft supplies, paper, etc., etc.
  2. It can be a practical or artistic project - or both. It can be a gift item or something you've created for yourself.
  3. The project doesn't need to be large or time consuming. Just create something new from scraps you already have.
  4. To join this challenge - just comment below
GET FEATURED
I'll be featuring my projects monthly and would love to include some of yours, as well. Want to join me? Make sure you have commented on this post. Then, just send me a project photo and the following information to collagelynda@gmail.com by the 5th of the month. (Example: You should send me January's project information no later than February 5th. And the same for each month thereafter.)
  1. Short description
  2. If you're a blogger, send me your 2019 Scrap Busting Challenge project post link. I'll include that in my feature post.
  3. Your comment ID so that I can verify that you've joined this challenge
Prizes Up For Grabs
Here are some prizes that will be awarded to some of our FEATURED participants in April - July - Oct - Dec. (You must be up-to-date with each month's project and be participating in the monthly feature as described above to qualify)
  • Handmade journaling embellishments
  • Starbucks $5 gift cards
  • Free Fabric Art Tutorials
  • I'll be giving away some of my monthly project pieces
  • Handmade gift items
  • Free online fabric art workshops
OOPS! I started this challenge late - what do I do?
You can join this challenge anytime, however, you still need 12 new projects completed by Dec 2019. And to qualify for prizes you will need to verify your projects by joining the featured program outlined above. 

~ Questions can be sent to me at collagelynda@gmail.com ~
***** Consider following my blog by email so that you won't miss any Challenge posts throughout the year! (Simply fill in the box on the right sidebar labeled - Follow by email)

Scrap Busting Projects - Quick Gift Idea - Tablet Pouch

Visual Inspiration.

All you need is a few scraps from your craft projects to create this beautiful and useful gift item. I created this tablet pouch from sample scrap swatches, lace, handmade flowers, and trim. The inside is lined with quilted cotton for more protection. It's constructed in one piece, then folded and stitched on the sides. Top flap has a velcro closure. Easy and so much fun to design.




Friday, November 30, 2018

GIVEAWAY: Fabric Art Workshop of Your Choice

Creating Art with Fabric Giveaway
Jungle Love by Fabric Artist Lynda Coker

9 Winners - Every Saturday from November 3rd - December 29th,
I'll be giving away a free workshop - 
Winner's Choice. 
(Click on Workshop tab to view available workshops - Workshops are conducted online in a private Facebook group. You must have a FB account to participate in the workshop.)

TO ENTER - Fill out the giveaway form (You must be 18 or older to enter)
Winner's will be notified by email and must respond within three days or another winner will be selected.

WINNERS
Winners will be notified by email and have 72 hours to respond.
Lina - November 3rd - Winner # 1 - Lina chose the Color Reborn workshop
Mindie W - November 10th - Winner #2 - Mindie chose the Mosaic Extravaganza workshop
Marsha J. - November 17th - Winner #3 - Marsha chose the Color Reborn workshop
Mia L. - November 24th - Winner #4 - Mia chose the Color Reborn workshop
Angie W. - December 1st - Winner #5 - Angie chose the Mosaic Extravaganza workshop
Wanda B. - December 8th - Winner #6 - Wanda chose the Color Reborn workshop
Marianne - December 15th - Winner #7 - Marianne chose the Color Reborn workshop
Kathleen - December 22nd - Winner #8 - Kathleen chose the Mosaic Extravaganza workshop
Stephanie L. - December 29th - Winner #9 - Stephanie chose the

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Nicole H - November 10th - Winner # 2 
Laurie E. - December 29th - Winner #9 
Failed to respond to email notification within specified time frame resulting in a new winner being drawn.



Thursday, November 29, 2018

Scrap Busting Projects - Quick Gift Idea - Personalized Paper Clips

Visual Inspiration.

All you need is a few scraps from your craft projects to create this beautiful and useful gift item. They make great party favors, gift bag stuffers, or add it to your custom gift wrapping.

You'll need: large paper clips, card stock, glue, and bits of lace,
trim, fabric, floral petals, beads, etc.  Then just let your imagination take over. 

Monday, November 26, 2018

Scrap Busting Projects - Key Pouch and Eyeglass case


One thing is certain in life, If you sew or craft -- You have SCRAPS! What isn't as certain is finding ideas to make fun and useful items from that scrap pile. So this series will offer you some visual inspiration.

Front View: Made from fabric scraps. Inside lining is quilted cotton. Velcro closure on pouch with a snippet of braid trim. Pouch measures 6" x 6".
Back View: Fabric scraps with satin ribbon trim across top. Key pouch and eyeglass case - great small gift ideas.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Scrap Busting Projects - What to do with Fabric Scraps

When I'm finished with a sewing, quilting, or fabric art project, I always take the time to add fusible web to the back of any leftover scraps that might otherwise be thrown away. I then tuck them away in a drawer until I'm ready to use them. How can they be used, you ask? I use them in fabric art pieces, fabric mosaics, fabric collage quilts, etc. Color of Autumn is one such piece.

Color of Autumn

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Series: Five Mailboxes Workshop Participant Showcase #1


I'm so delighted by the beautiful fabric art created by the participants in my recently completed ''Five Mailboxes' workshop. I will be showcasing a few of those works, so check back and don't forget to comment.





The workshop participants all used the same inspiration image, a painting by Artist Sally Bartos.














Kitty created this wonderful version











Interview with Kitty:

1. What have you learned?
I’m braver with my fabrics. Even with this being my second project with Lynda, I still had hesitation cutting into the fabrics at the beginning. I really felt like I needed to get it right the first time. With this piece using so many colors I got a lot braver towards the end. The videos helped a lot. In the videos, Lynda talked about the perspective of the piece. It made it much easier to do. And helped me see the detail! I have learned that I’m improving my ‘artist eye.’

2. Do you have a better grasp of your artistic style?
A little bit. I think I would benefit from a discussion of what artistic style is. Right now I see my style as seeing the details and using fabric to recreate the details!

3. Is it getting easier to see detail?
It's getting much easier to see the detail! I do worry that I’m seeing to much detail! But with that being said, I really love seeing the picture come together! I spent a lot of hours working on this piece. Time went by so fast!

4. Things you really like about your work.
I really love the colors and the texture of the piece. I also enjoy the perspective I can see in my version of the painting. The movement of the fence and the sky are my favorite parts!

5. Things you’d change if you were to make this same project again, and why. These are not necessarily things that are wrong, they might just be things you’d like better if you’d done them a little differently.
I would like to change the hills in the back. Maybe use more colors in it. I would like to see more of the rolling hills effect. I would also change the gardens. I do have texture in them. Maybe the texture looks too angular.

Thank you, Kitty, for sharing your thoughts with us. I'm looking forward to working with you in the Mosaic Extravaganza workshop starting January 3rd.  

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Using Inspiration Images to Develop Composition in Fabric Art and Collage

'Five Mailboxes' Painting by Artist Sally Bartos
The fundamental aspect of good composition is identifying and working with your focal point. The focal point captures a viewer's interest and brings them into your artwork. A focal point helps give perspective, sets borders, defines size, and often sets the mood of your work.

The general rule when positioning the focal point is that it should be off-center (both horizontally and vertically). To understand why, it helps to know the difference in balance and symmetry.

Symmetry – regularity, geometrically centered. For whatever reason, we humans tend to find symmetry boring in art, fashion, color range, interior design, etc. A centered focal point doesn't engender interest. Why? When our vision is directed first to the center of a piece of art, our brains tend to say – that's everything – and we don't look further. But when the focal point is off center, it implies that there is more in this image that we haven't seen yet and we let our eye roam.

Balance – equal distribution. For an artist, balance is the distribution of the visual weight of objects, colors, texture, and space that give us a sense of stability and harmony. We like balance and strive to achieve it by composition and positioning.

Fabric Art Version by Artist Lynda Coker
Example: How did the artist, Sally Bartos, achieve balance in the 'Five Mailboxes' painting? If we consider the weight and position of the painting's focal point alone, the five mailboxes, they would tend to tip the scene forward. But when viewed with the balancing elements of the houses and hill, everything settles equally in place. As humans we tend to love balance because of the emotional result it gives us – harmony.

On the other hand, too much symmetry frustrates us emotionally. Most of us don't even realize why we feel uneasy about a room that is too symmetrically furnished. Think about a dinner table set with perfectly arranged dinnerware. Every plate, fork, knife, napkin, and glass are in arranged symmetry. It should be finished at this point. But what do we do next? We balance all that symmetry with a centerpiece that gives us emotional harmony.

A lot of the technical aspects of composition are done for us when we're working from a guide image. In my fabric art workshops, you notice that I use no patterns. However, I do utilize a grid, why? The grid automatically places the balancing elements in their respective positions for us. We don't have to decide how high or low to place the horizon or where to place the focal point to achieve interest and balance. the artist or photographer has done that work for us.

Art and fabric go together as yummy as butter on toast. Why not join one of my workshops and learn to use this wonderful medium to create artwork uniquely your own, or, simply purchase the video illustrated tutorial and create at your leisure.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Fabric Collage Tutorial Overview Video

Check my Tutorial/Gallery tab for more information on the 'FIVE MAILBOXES' fabric collage project. There is no sewing required to finish this artwork. The step-by-step video illustrated tutorial will assist both beginners/advanced fabric artists.


Sunday, November 4, 2018

14 Things That Inspire Me to Create - Fabric Artist Lynda Coker

For me, like most other artisans, creation begins with inspiration. Sometimes that inspiration comes
with an idea I dream up in my head. At other times, inspiration comes from what I see in art, photography, scenic vistas, architecture, nature, and textural items.

Lately, with my focus on teaching my fabric art workshops, I've focused on paintings and photographic images for inspiration. When I find a painting or photographic image that inspires me and impels me to create it in fabric, then I know I have something that I can teach with passion.

So, that leads to the question that I'm most often asked, "What inspires me?"
  1. Since I'm also a writer of contemporary fiction, I'm often inspired by things that have a story element to them.
  2. Things that are mysterious.
  3. Things that spark a fundamentally emotional cord within.
  4. Things that show me what could be.
  5. Things that cry out for embellishments.
  6. Things that invite me to lose myself in them.
  7. Light and Movement in nature
  8. Other artwork
  9. The creative process itself
  10. Memories
  11. Change in seasons
  12. Things that are romantic and whimsical
  13. A feeling in my heart that my brain wants to express
  14. Science, Art, Music, Flowers, Mountains, Water, Sky, Wind, Rain, Touch, Texture, Pattern, etc. etc...
Literally anything can inspire if we're sensitive to inspiration, eager to learn, and not afraid to try something new.

So, now it's your turn. WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Red Window in the Athens Sun Workshop Participant Showcase # 7

I'm so thrilled with all the beautiful fabric art that was created by the participants in my recently completed 'Red Window in the Athens Sun' workshop. I will be showcasing their work over the next few weeks in a series of posts. So check back often and don't forget to comment.

Inspiration Photo by Kat Lovasi

The workshop participants were all using the same inspiration image, a photo by photographer Kat Lovasi.

I think you will agree that the diversity of style and expression are amazing.














Connie
created this lovely version:









Interview with Connie


1. Did this project challenge you? Yes

2. Did you enjoy the process? Yes

3. Did you learn something new/different and stretch your boundaries? Definitely 

4. What was the easiest/hardest concept or technique to accomplish? Selecting fabrics & cutting into small pieces was very challenging to me. I can look a my piece & see I didn’t cut small enough pieces. 

5. Were you surprised that you accomplished such a complicated piece without a pattern or template? Yes! I first I was very skeptical that it would turn into anything recognizable. The turning point was doing the window & shutters!

6. Did you Develop/improve your Artist Eye? Hopefully I developed a little. 

7. How do you feel about your personal accomplishment? Do you like your artwork? Yes I like it and now I am inspired. 

8. Were you surprised by your own creativity, innovative decisions, and how? Very surprised that I could accomplish this project and put some of my own touches to it. 

9. Did this project increase/decrease your creative confidence? How. This helped to increase my confidence. I had no idea I could create something from a picture and make it look like the picture. I definitely want to try more collage quilting!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Red Window in the Athens Sun Workshop Participant Showcase # 6

I'm so thrilled with all the beautiful fabric art that was created by the participants in my recently completed 'Red Window in the Athens Sun' workshop. I will be showcasing their work over the next few weeks in a series of posts. So check back often and don't forget to comment.

Inspiration Photo by Kat Lovasi

The workshop participants were all using the same inspiration image, a photo by photographer Kat Lovasi.

I think you will agree that the diversity of style and expression are amazing.











Lisa
created this lovely version:






Interview with Lisa


1. Did this project challenge you? yes

2. Did you enjoy the process? After I got started I did. I was scared of it at first.

3. Did you learn something new/different and stretch your boundaries? Yes

4. What was the easiest/hardest concept or technique to accomplish? Working with color placement seemed easy enough, hardest – still working on that, final layer placement and shading using all the small pieces.

5. Were you surprised that you accomplished such a complicated piece without a pattern or template? Yes

6. Did you Develop/improve your Artist Eye? I think so.

7. How do you feel about your personal accomplishment? Do you like your artwork? I am surprised that it does look like the picture so am pleased with that. I think when I finish the final layer that I will like it.

8. Were you surprised by your own creativity, innovative decisions, and how? Yes. It was a learning curve to get used to looking for what each small piece of fabric could represent. But, in the end, the pieces seem to work.

9. Did this project increase/decrease your creative confidence? How - Increased. I am more comfortable with color matching; believing what color I’m seeing and picking the right color combinations.

Thanks, Lynda, for all the handouts and instructions.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Red Window in the Athens Sun Workshop Participant Showcase # 5

I'm so thrilled with all the beautiful fabric art that was created by the participants in my recently completed 'Red Window in the Athens Sun' workshop. I will be showcasing their work over the next few weeks in a series of posts. So check back often and don't forget to comment.

Inspiration Photo by Kat Lovasi

The workshop participants were all using the same inspiration image, a photo by photographer Kat Lovasi.

I think you will agree that the diversity of style and expression are amazing.














Amy
created this lovely version:








Interview with Amy


1. Did this project challenge you? Oh yes, it certainly did! I am not confident at this sort of thing at all!!!

2. Did you enjoy the process? Yes and no. Yes, I enjoyed learning something new, but no, I really had a hard time with trying to not use straight lines - and, well, as you can see they managed to make their way in here after all.

3. Did you learn something new/different and stretch your boundaries? Yes. This really made me see how various parts of the same fabric can serve as different color values. I also came to appreciate the need to step back to look at progress, because up close it's very easy to drive yourself crazy!! LOL.

4. What was the easiest/hardest concept or technique to accomplish? The collection and preparation of fabric was a breeze. Using a painterly technique is something that will take much more practice.

5. Were you surprised that you accomplished such a complicated piece without a pattern or template? Yes! Your method of dividing the image into the frames made it easier to place things and to gauge the perspective.

6. Did you Develop/improve your Artist Eye? Yes, very much so. Taking the time to observe really helps let small details come out. Focusing on a small section helps me to see the infinite amounts of color variation/change.

7. How do you feel about your personal accomplishment? Do you like your artwork? I really loved learning how to go about doing something like this. I don't love this particular one, mostly because the image isn't a personal one to me, not because I don't like what I have accomplished. And I do have lots of room for improvement, haha.

8. Were you surprised by your own creativity, innovative decisions, and how? Yes. Working on my own, it's difficult to see how to change things to better fit what I 'see'. I very much appreciated your encouragement, Lynda Coker. Your email response helped me to realize that anything goes and to not give up when I didn't think my image was looking at all like it was supposed to.

9. Did this project increase/decrease your creative confidence? How? It has definitely increased my confidence in taking chances. I feel like I have a new ability to really look at an image, divide it into frames, and create my vision - something I am looking forward to trying out as soon as I decide on a picture from my collection. Thank you, Lynda!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Red Window in the Athens Sun Workshop Participant Showcase #4

I'm so thrilled with all the beautiful fabric art that was created by the participants in my recently completed 'Red Window in the Athens Sun' workshop. I will be showcasing their work over the next few weeks in a series of posts. So check back often and don't forget to comment.

Inspiration Photo by Kat Lovasi

The workshop participants were all using the same inspiration image, a photo by photographer Kat Lovasi.

I think you will agree that the diversity of style and expression are amazing.














Georgia
created this lovely version:








Interview with Georgia

1. Did this project challenge you? Yes.

2. Did you enjoy the process? I did.

3. Did you learn something new/different and stretch your boundaries? Absolutely.

4. What was the easiest/hardest concept or technique to accomplish?
Easiest was fabric selection process. Hardest was the many tiny bits of fabric (what a mess I created!) and the layering – as I will quilt my piece, I had to keep my layering to a minimum (3 layers max.) 

5. Were you surprised that you accomplished such a complicated piece without a pattern or template? Yes – I generally create templates from my photos to work from.

6. Did you Develop/improve your Artist Eye? Absolutely. I still need to develop my ability to capture light and shadow in my work.

7. How do you feel about your personal accomplishment? Do you like your artwork? 👍 I do! 

8. Were you surprised by your own creativity, innovative decisions, and how? I always like to include creatures in my pieces and had to think and search for the right ones to use. I was so grateful to have Lynda’s detailed instructions and illustrations to follow!

9. Did this project increase/decrease your creative confidence? How. Yes, it did. I didn’t create the painterly effect intended – but I am happy to learn a new process which I have already incorporated into other works.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Series: 'Red Window in the Athens Sun' Workshop Participant Showcase #3

I'm so thrilled with all the beautiful fabric art that was created by the participants in my recently completed 'Red Window in the Athens Sun' workshop. I will be showcasing their work over the next few weeks in a series of posts. So check back often and don't forget to comment.

Inspiration Photo by Kat Lovasi

The workshop participants were all using the same inspiration image, a photo by photographer Kat Lovasi.

I think you will agree that the diversity of style and expression are amazing.











Kitty created this lovely version:








Interview with Kitty

1. Did this project challenge you? This project was way outside of my comfort zone. I’ve been slowly working towards this type of project. One baby step at a time.

2. Did you enjoy the process? I can not say I enjoyed it at the beginning. It was amazingly stressful to me. But it became much more fun towards the end of the project.


3. Did you learn something new/different and stretch your boundaries? I believe I have opened up a more free form creative side of me. I think I’ll be able to continue growing.

4. What was the easiest/hardest concept or technique to accomplish? I think the easiest was collecting and changing out the fabric. But I’m very lucky to have a big stash to pull from. The hardest technique was jumping in and getting color laid down so I could change it out and make something I liked. In my slide show between photos 9 and 10. It was fun to see the difference between cutting the lighter green in strips and then change them to squares. It made a big difference to me.

5. Were you surprised that you accomplished such a complicated piece without a pattern or template? The first thing I had to get over was cutting the fabric without a template! But as I got father into the project it become easier to do. I can see why free form can become a lot of fun.

6. Did you Develop/improve your Artist Eye? I have become more comfortable with the idea I actually have one. But I can see how it will be developed over time. I still have a way to go.

7. How do you feel about your personal accomplishment? Do you like your artwork? I’m very happy with my project. It came out so much better then I could have imaged. I can still see things I would change, but I want to get started on the next one.

8. Were you surprised by your own creativity, innovative decisions, and how? I was very surprised that it really did become easier after each road block. As I reached each one I stepped back and took a break. It the beginning I was afraid to even start. So it took a bit to get started. Walking pass it and studying the picture and my piece, made a big difference. So I was able to jump in and do a section. Then take it apart and redo it. At times I emailed a picture to Lynda to get her opinion. Each break because shorter in duration.

9. Did this project increase/decrease your creative confidence? How? This has been a great boost to my creative confidence. With Lynda holding my hand I was able to push through the fear.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Series: 'Red Window in the Athens Sun' Workshop Participant Showcase #2

I'm so thrilled with all the beautiful fabric art that was created by the participants in my recently completed 'Red Window in the Athens Sun' workshop. I will be showcasing their work over the next few weeks in a series of posts. So check back often and don't forget to comment.

Inspiration Photo by Kat Lovasi

The workshop participants were all using the same inspiration image, a photo by photographer Kat Lovasi.

I think you will agree that the diversity of style and expression are amazing.











Catherine created this lovely version:







Interview with Catherine

1. Did this project challenge you? Yes it did as I am not arty at all and never done a collage quilt.

2. Did you enjoy the process? I loved every minute of seeing this come to live before my eyes.

3. Did you learn something new/different and stretch your boundaries? I learnt not to fuse too many fabrics as it takes a lot of time (lol).

4. What was the easiest/hardest concept or technique to accomplish? I think having lots of colors to choose from helped me find the similar color to the picture but the little branches in the corner were hard to do. Cutting little pieces is easier to place if you use tweezers.

5. Were you surprised that you accomplished such a complicated piece without a pattern or template? I am amazed it actually looks anything like the picture at all.

6. Did you Develop/improve your Artist Eye? Yes I think I can see layers differently.

7. How do you feel about your personal accomplishment? Do you like your artwork? I love my artwork, I never thought I would finish it.

8. Were you surprised by your own creativity, innovative decisions, and how? I have never had artistic flair and am happy with decisions I made on this piece. I did change the white flowers to pale purple, just because I like the color purple.

9. Did this project increase/decrease your creative confidence? Now I feel ready to try something else in collage and this project has definitely given me the confidence to so it.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Series: 'Red Window in the Athens Sun' Workshop Participant Showcase #1

I'm so thrilled with all the beautiful fabric art that was created by the participants in my recently completed 'Red Window in the Athens Sun' workshop. I will be showcasing their work over the next few weeks in a series of posts. So check back often and don't forget to comment.

Inspiration Photo by Kat Lovasi

The workshop participants were all using the same inspiration image, a photo by photographer Kat Lovasi.

I think you will agree that the diversity of style and expression are amazing.











Sharon  created this lovely version:









Interview with Sharon

1. Did this project challenge you? Yes

2. Did you enjoy the process? Very much

3. Did you learn something new/different and stretch your boundaries? Yes

4. What was the easiest/hardest concept or technique to accomplish? Easiest..was applying steam a seam. Probably hardest was finding colors and shapes I fabric I wanted to use

5. Were you surprised that you accomplished such a complicated piece without a pattern or template? Yes

6. Did you Develop/improve your Artist Eye? Always improved in the artist eye techniques.

7. How do you feel about your personal accomplishment? Very happy in the process. Do you like your artwork? Yes,..it becomes magical as you work on it with all the colors and shapes.

8. Were you surprised by your own creativity, innovative decisions, and how? As confidence builds, you become creative and encourage yourself to make trial runs of your own and embracing the learning curve.

9. Did this project increase/decrease your creative confidence? How
Yes creativity was very much increased,...just by doing