I finally found an instructor that could teach me to draw and I think it's because we share the same philosophy about not worrying about making mistakes and not to try to be perfect. He helps me to simplify my lines (especially when drawing people) but I think I need to simplify even more when rendering buildings.
But, I am having FUN! And that's the point!
His name is James Richards and he teaches "Sketching the Energy of Places" on www.Craftsy.com. Here is my affiliate link for 25% off his class. If you want to brush up on your drawing skills, or start drawing for the first time, I highly recommend him.
I printed out some of my photos from my trip to Cuba and am starting to draw these as well. It's a great way to go back in time and remember those scenes and feelings of the day.
Just returned from NYC -- my home town. Couldn't leave without visiting Mood but on the way, I found this store that just sold feathers and trims. Seriously? NYC has everything you would ever want. And, displayed with an artist's eye for color and composition. Now I want to learn how to make hats!
I've been having a great time experimenting with stamping inks on mailing tags with some stencils. I'm leaning this technique from Marjie Kemper in her Craftsy class "Inventive Ink: Colorful Mixed Media Effects. I really like working small!
If you want to work along with me, here's a link that will save you 25% on her class.
Disclosure: yes, if you use this link and enroll, I will get a couple of bucks. But even if I couldn't offer you this discount, I would still recommend her class! It's just fun and stressless!
I know this looks out of focus but it's not. I spent a day in Susan Brooks Garage
last week to re-learn how to use deconstructed screen printing. I did this on cotton before but decided to use silk this time. What a difference!
I loved the vibrancy of the dyes on silk and after consulting with a friend of mine that is a professional artist, working in silk, I now know how to finish this piece into a scarf (so practical!)
If you ever get the chance to spend some time with Susan at her studio, do it! It was a creative day and Susan is a wonderful teacher!
I'm getting more and more into mixed media so I order some tea bag paper from the UK. This is paper that acts as fabric (strong and won't deteriorate when wet). I'm using my favorite Dylusions spray inks to add some color and pattern to this paper. Loving the effect!
Today is Easter. A time of reflection and transition. From death to life. From winter to spring. From the past to the present.
At the Botanic Gardens, I saw transitions from hard surfaces (Calder sculpture) to softness (tulips ready to shed their beautiful petals and succumb to the next blooms that will catch our eye.)
Time to reflect on the next fiber art series. I'm getting close.
I received my yard of fabric this week and love it. So I'm uploading more of my designs to Spoonflower and will start working on adding text to my fabric this week. I'm finally out of my slump!
Can't wait to get to the studio!
I want to make some more pieces using text but thought I would stitch on commercial fabric instead of piecing the background. No only would this save me a lot of time, but it would give me a lot more flexibility as to the finished size of my work. I need to make smaller pieces so I can submit them to exhibits where most limit the size to 60" or less.
Sp I spent hours searching the Internet and fabric manufacturers for exactly what I had in mind. And found nothing even close.
As you probably know, I've been spending time with watercolor and decided to try to make what I wanted and send it to a fabric printing company (Spoonflower) to see if that would be a good solution for me. I really like the idea of stitching on my own art! I expect to receive the fabric in a couple of weeks so I'll let you know how that goes.
Meanwhile, I'm spending some more time creating variations on this theme since if it works, I'll be creating a new body of work using my own designs as background.
I love this fabric/paper book made during our Art Retreat last month. Lutradur is an amazing substrate! I look forward to experimenting more with this!
Today, I'm experimenting with salt and watercolor. I love the texture that adding salt creates by absorbing and repelling paint. But I know that leaving salt on the surface will eventually destroy the art. When I remove it, a lot of value is lost.