Posts Tagged ‘finding things’

Return to Reality

April 27, 2016

I returned from Art Quilt Santa Fe with new ideas. That’s only to be expected – Betty Busby is a fabulous teacher, and Ann Anastasio and Gale Oppenheim-Pietrzak do everything in their power to create the ideal space for experimentation. The reality, given that I am the queen of messy studios, is that once I returned home I had no place to work on these new ideas.

I didn't make time to put things away before I left

I didn’t make time to put things away before I left

Ah, well, there’s always the floor.

Working on the floor keeps one flexible, right?

Working on the floor keeps one flexible, right?

The good news is, the little pieces I used for an experiment will work with the fabric I have on the cutting table. This will give me one more opportunity to put things away, not put things down.

These will become flower patches

These will become flower patches

I made these pieces with silk, Sharpies and rubbing alcohol. Yes, it’s an old technique but I never used it so it’s new to me. Later, I added some black for definition with a Pigma pen.

Could be star paths, could be map lines, could be coffee cup rings

Could be star paths, could be map lines, could be coffee cup rings

This piece might become part of a space quilt, or I might use it in a map quilt, or even in a Route 66 quilt. I don’t know how it would fit in a Route 66 quilt, but that’s the whole idea of trying something different, yes?

Raw silk and spreading paint circles

Raw silk and spreading paint circles

This raw silk patch is probably going to become a floral scene. Even the high desert has flowers once or twice a year (although these don’t look anything like those flowers).

The best news about this experiment is I thought I had lost my raw silk, but it was where it was supposed to be all the time. Part of me wants to blame the stash pixies for hiding it the last time I wanted it, but more likely I just overlooked it. Either way, I’ve got it now.

Luck and wisdom!

Wanted: Minions

December 23, 2015

It is too late in the season for sustained creativity. Well, technically it is early in the season, which is winter, but late in the year, which is the holiday season. Perhaps you can see why I want minions. I’m no longer capable of following patterns, or recipes, or the point I’m trying to make. If I had minions, they could do all that for me.

My husband doesn’t want to be my minion. I don’t blame him, I wouldn’t want to be anyone’s minion, either. Aside from that, he is busily working his way through his own projects, including turning a less-than-ideal bathroom mirror into a lovely bedroom mirror. He made a frame for the mirror this week, and will install the piece as soon as the varnish dries.

The frame is made from stock molding

The frame is made from stock molding

You might ask why I am showing his work instead of mine. Well, I didn’t finish any creative projects this week (aside from the Christmas cookies, but I gave them away or ate them – no photo op there). Also, he decided he wanted to paint the leaves on the frame gold, and asked if I had any gold paint. Of course I have gold paint. I have several varieties of gold paint. And this year, because he made new shelves for the sewing room and I sorted like there was no tomorrow, I found all the varieties of gold paint. Hallelujah, and Merry Christmas.

Luck and wisdom!