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

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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.



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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.