Thursday, February 14, 2019

Watch Over My Shoulder - Seven Moons Fabric Art Series - Phase #1



So many of you have emailed me or taken one of my workshops and the comments I hear most are, "I wish I could just watch over your shoulder while you create." 
So I'm going to try a new series of blog posts that I hope will allow you to do that in a virtual way. These are not meant to be detailed tutorials, but rather, informal work sessions that I hope will spark your imagination, giving you some ideas or thoughts on how you might adapt my design to fit your style and technique. 


I use a black background fabric and an array of cotton fabric, quilting quality. I use a fusible web product and adhere my shapes to the background with a mini/tacking iron. I work on a heat resistant surface, a padded quilters pad.

I like creating abstract designs. One reason is it allows me to use lots of fabric shapes/scraps left over from other projects. I usually start with some concept of shape, color, or motif that gives me a platform to build on. I do not pre-design or preplan my projects. I work by the seat-of-my-pants. Some artist's might say that they work intuitively, instinctually, naturally, etc. However we express it, it simply means we work in-the-moment.

The platform concept for this project is circles, seven of them to be exact. Everything else will grow from these seven shapes. WHAT! There are only six circles? Don't worry, the other one is a little shy and will show up in Phase Two of this series...

Random Acts of Kindness - Key #7 - Unlocking Your Creative Ingenuity





Key # 7 Random Acts of Kindness Spurs Creative Thinking

Have you ever noticed that when you're stuck in your normal routine too long you become very self-absorbed resulting in apathy and fatigue? Your energy level drops and creative initiative is virtually nonexistent. 

On the other end of the spectrum, when you're focused on doing something randomly nice for someone else, ideas begin to pop out of nowhere. Enthusiasm begins to build energy, energy then gives way to creative action. 

Key #7 is one of the best ways for Creatives to jump onto a new project or design. Why? Because you're busy thinking of unique gifts that fit a specific person or need. Play-days aren't just for kids, not if you're a Creative anyway. Be sure to schedule time each week or month, depending on your life style, and decide what random act of kindness you can devise. You might create a small gift, as in the telephone pouch I made for my granddaughter (shown above). Or you might bake something, offer to run errands for an elderly friend, or make a card for a sick friend. Whatever Your random act of kindness proves to be, it will increase your creative ingenuity.

Have you seen Key #3 (Understanding Perfection)
Have you seen Key #5 (Discover What Shouldn't Be)

Saturday, February 9, 2019

2019 Scrap Busting Challenge - Participant Showcase

How is everyone doing on their scrap busting projects. 

I hope you're having fun finding a zillion ways to tackle those bags of scraps you've got stashed away. One small project each month is doable and stress-free. Don't overthink or plan elaborate items. Just find something you'd like to keep for yourself or an item you'd like to give away. You can find some ideas in my Scrap Busting Challenge - Project Idea Series in the right sidebar.

Here are the January projects that were submitted by a few of our challenge participants. They've been creative and their projects may inspire some of your own.




Marsha submitted two items for her January project.

She explains more about her projects in her blog post.




Shirlee submitted this January project.

It’s also on her blog

"Made with paper clips and the remnants of a beaded necklace. I wrapped wire through the beads and around the paper clips to attach them together."



Wilma submitted this January project.

"I make a small crazy quilted pincushion in a serviette ring for the scrap busting challenge."

You can find the description and picture on her blog




Carrie submitted Puffin on Parade as her January

She created this mini quilt using decorative stitches and applique.







This was my January project

I made four of these, three to give away and one to keep.

See my blog post here.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Create With Me! - Fabric Wall Art



Wouldn't you love if your home or office walls were adorned with beautiful artwork created by, YOU! It's not as difficult or scary an idea as you might think. Anyone with an adventurous spirit can do this. Why not join me when I start my new fabric art workshop, 'Color Reborn', on May 1st. Check out the details here.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Apple Pie with Maple Syrup Recipe


There are definitely two things that all 'Creatives' need. At least, these are the two things at the top of my list. The first is a comfortable space in which to work. The second  is an effective reward system for sticking with those projects and getting them finished. Your reward system can be anything you dream up. Mine is homemade goodies. Today I wanted to share with you my recipe for Apple pie. Let me know if you enjoyed this scrumptious reward.



Apple Pie with Maple Syrup 

I use a refrigerated pie crust when baking. My preferred crust is made by Pillsbury.

Pie Filling:

6 - cups of apples - peeled and sliced

3/4 cup - sugar

2 tablespoons - all purpose flour

1 teaspoon - ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon - salt

1 tablespoon - lemon juice

3 tablespoons - maple syrup (optional)

Pinch - of nutmeg (optional)


Preparation

Set oven temperature to 425 degrees

Place one pie crust in an ungreased pie plate

Mix the filling ingredients together in a large bowl and then spread them evenly in the bottom crust.

(Optional) Drizzle 2 tablespoons of the maple syrup over the top of the apple mixture.

Add top crust and crimp edges.

Bake 40-60 minutes or until the apples are soft and the crust is golden.

(Optional) When the pie is done, drizzle the last tablespoon of maple syrup over the top of the crust.


Friday, February 1, 2019

Fabric Art Tutorial: Winsome Windows and Eden's Promise

Winsome Windows
In this tutorial you follow my progress as I create two very different pieces of fabric art. Winsome Windows (Above) was done in a mosaic style, and Eden's Promise was done in a collage style. I hope they will inspire you to utilize some of those fabric scraps you have and create your own unique work-of-art. Click here to download the free PDF tutorial.

2019 Scrap Busting Challenge

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


Feb 2019 Challenge Update: 
Don't forget that to be eligible for prizes you need to follow the guidelines for the 'Get Featured' part of this challenge. Your project photo needs to be emailed to me by Feb 5th. I will post our monthly Challenge post between the 10-15th of each month. KEEP busting those scrap piles!

Original Challenge Information:
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)

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Color Reborn Workshop - 'Create with the heart; build with the mind'~Criss Jami - Key #6



What exactly does it mean to create with the heart and then build with the mind. It may, in fact, mean different things to different people. I can only tell you what it means to me as a fabric artist. Let me illustrate.

Inspiration Image that will be used in the 'Color Reborn' Workshop

When I first saw this image, it spoke to my heart. Why? Because of its color, tranquility, and beauty. My emotions were engaged immediately so that I developed a desire to recreate this image in fabric. Not only that, but I wanted to give it the look and feel of a stained glass window. 

Now is when I need to engage my mind in order to build a version of this image that I want. With my mind, I will pay attention to details of color tonality, depth and dimension, highlight and shadow, movement and intensity. These are things the mind has to do because they require structure, balance, and perspective. When I am finished, I will have built with my mind what my heart saw and desired.

My Color Reborn Fabric Art Workshop is now open for registration. If you'd like to recreate this image along with me, check the workshop details here.

Don't Miss Key # 7 - Random Acts of Kindness


Friday, January 25, 2019

Sticky Note Pouch - FREE Tutorial - Scrap Busting Project


We all love our Sticky Notes! but how do you keep them in good condition and readily available when carrying them in your purse, bag, or tote? Well, I've got the perfect solution and it's so easy to make. And if you're looking for a gift bag stuffer or small gift item, event giveaway, etc., this is it..  Download the FREE PDF Tutorial

Have friends who would love one of these? 
Why not share this post with them.

Monday, January 21, 2019

How To Make Embellished Paperclips - Scrap Busting Project - Free Tutorial


I've always envied my friends who had those adorable embellished paper clips adorning the pages of their planners, notebooks, files, etc. I made a mental note that some day I'd make myself some as well. And I did. And I love them. So I'm sharing my method with you in this free PDF download.

If you haven't joined my 2019 Scrap Busting Challenge, now is a good time to start.

Scrap Busting Project - Fabric Art Greeting Cards - FREE Tutorial

                     


For this project you're only limited by your imagination. Create your original artwork using your fabric scraps and fuse them to a medium/heavy weight card stock. It's simple and addictive. Download the PDF guidelines and get started.

You may want to check out this free download - How to make your own fabric art gift tags - Simple, fun, and another addicting project!

                         

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Mosaic Extravaganza Workshop Participant Showcase - Anita's Art



Teaching this Mosaic Extravaganza Workshop was a labor of joy for me because it gave me an opportunity to create my own original design and assist my workshop participants to do the same.

Our goal was to 'cut loose' and scatter some color and shape in whatever theme or illusion we could dream up. In a project that had no boundaries, we were free to find and free the designer in each of us. How fun is that?

Now, let's explore the work of one of the participants' whose love of design and readiness to be challenged resulted in a superb piece of fabric art with energy and movement.

I thank Anita for agreeing to this interview.

1. Have your artistic skills improved from the project exercise at this workshop? Yes. This project helped me focus primarily on color and movement, rather than a pattern or making a picture.

2. Was the event better, worse, or about what you expected?
It was better than expected. I found
Anita's Art 
the inspirational image a little intimidating until I realized that it was an example of what we could do. Then, it became fun.

3. How useful did you find the information presented at the event?
The information was helpful, especially seeing Lynda's project as she worked along with us.

4. Do you feel that the workshop delivered on its goal to help you find and utilize the 'designer' in you? It definitely did. My design stayed within my original idea of "swirly, flowy underwater" but evolved in ways I did not see coming!

5. On a scale of 1-10, how skilled and prepared was the presenter?  9

6. Would you consider taking another workshop with this presenter? Yes, I would.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Mosaic Extravaganza Workshop Participant Showcase - Kitty's Art

Teaching this workshop was a labor of joy for me because it gave me an opportunity to create my own original design and assist my workshop participants to do the same.

Our goal was to 'cut loose' and scatter some color and shape in whatever theme or illusion we could dream up. In a project that had no boundaries, we were free to find and free the designer in each of us. How fun is that?

Now, let's explore the work of one of the participants' whose love of design and readiness to be challenged resulted in a superb piece of fabric art.


Thank you, Kitty, for giving us this interview.

1. Have your artistic skills improved from the project exercise at this workshop?
Yes it definitely did improve my skill. It loosened me up. I think I need to do it another few times.

2. Was the workshop better, worse, or about what you expected? 
Kitty's Mosaic Extravaganza Artwork
It was better than I expected. 😀 I was thinking of a mosaic made up of orderly rows of squares. But in the end I see how it has helped me move farther out of my box. The project is designed to push you out of your comfort zone and it does push.

3. How useful did you find the information presented at the event?
I found it useful. I read the papers and watched the videos. As I worked, I was able to think about the advice Lynda gave. Plus you can refer back to the information. You can ask questions to get more clarification.

4. Do you feel that the workshop delivered on its goal to help you find and utilize the 'designer' in you?
Yes it helped me understand more about balance and contrasting colors.

5. On a scale of 1-10, how skilled and prepared was the presenter?
(9) I think Lynda is so talented and she is ready with her videos. Her videos are not so long that she is just going over the same information. She brings out the key points.

6. Would you consider taking another workshop with this presenter?

Yes, I am already signed up for the next workshop. I really like the format that allows me to work at home and have a long timeline. I don’t have the pressure of a short deadline then go home and finish the project on my own.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Easy Way to Create Fabric Art for the CLUELESS!


I LOVE TEACHING workshops that give the participants permission to create art from chaos. I say chaos, because that's the state-of-mind that most beginners, or those who have little experience in original design, struggle with.

Learning how to cut loose and still utilize a framework or principle of design was the focus of this workshop.  In a project that had no boundaries, we were free to find and free the designer in each of us. How fun is that?

The workshop tutorial for the Mosaic Extravaganza project will be available on my
Tutorial page sometime in March 2019.

Upcoming workshops can be found on my Workshop page.

Another great aspect of this project is that it can be created using fabric scraps left over from other projects. AND, there is no sewing involved! You don't need a sewing machine or quilting skills for this technique. Just frame these pieces when you're done and hang them on your wall.


Friday, January 11, 2019

Scrap Busting Challenge - Lynda's January Project

CLICK Here for Challenge Details


You're being challenged to create one scrap busting project each month in 2019.
Twelve months = 12 new creations. 

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Below, you will find my January Challenge project. I love these embellished paper clips. They're not only a great way to use up bits and pieces of paper, fabric, and trims, but they make adorable gifts and handouts. I'll be posting a FREE tutorial on this project next month so be sure to download that. 

Also, next month I'll be posting project photos from our Challenge participants who are taking advantage of the 'Featured' opportunity to win prizes for their work. You can find Challenge details here. If you haven't joined us in this Challenge, why not jump in now...



Thursday, January 3, 2019

Armchair Traveling for Inspiration - Destination #1 - Azalea and Spring Flower Trail - Tyler, Texas USA

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.

Destination #1 - Azalea and Spring Flower Trail - Tyler, Texas USA

Travels through ten miles of residential gardens and historic homes sites.
Young women from area high schools who dress in antebellum gowns, known as the Azalea Belles, will be your official greeters. That small touch of history is enough to start your creative imagination soaring.


The wonderful variety of colorful flowers and foliage is just begging to be printed and added to your inspiration notebook. (Since we're armchair traveling we can't take photos, but we can make prints of photos we see to use as inspiration images.) WHAT! You don't have an inspiration notebook? Well, it's not too late. Get one NOW and start filling it up. 

Once you get a few prints in place, take the time to sketch a design or two. You don't have to be a sketch artist for this, just get something down on your notebook page so you won't loose that great idea. Need an example? Here's two just to give you an idea of what I'm talking about.



Click here to experience more of this travel destination.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

2019 Scrap Busting Challenge - Project Idea #4 - Designer Gift Tags


A little imagination, some card stock, and a few snippets of whatever is in your scrap pile will produce some fabulous designer gift tags.  I just sewed the scraps onto a base fabric and then sewed all that to a card stock backing, making sure to sandwich the ribbon in between. Then, I trimmed with pinking shears. The card stock makes a great writing surface. These are fast, easy, and addicting to make.