Thursday, 21 September 2017

Minimini 33

It's high time for another minimini quilt and this one is number 33. If you're an avid follower of this blog it might look familiar to you because it has exactly the same pattern as no. 31; only the colours I used are different.
I was aiming to make 100 of these but I am rethinking this as it has proved to be impossible to find more plain fabrics in exactly the same colours as I have been using. Also having 100 of them on a background will result in an enormous quilt and I am steering clear of these more and more. For a start they are too large to hang in the house and shipping them incurs considerable expense. So I'm carrying on but will probably call a halt at 7 x 7 i.e. 49 of them or perhaps 8 x 8 i.e. 64.
Like all the previous minis this one is machine quilted, raw edge appliquéd with hand stitching, hand beaded with size 11 seed beads. The finishing touch was the modern pink button.

Progress on the whole (as far as textile work is concerned, my painting is much more productive!) has slowed down to a trickle as other jobs (working on our house) have to take priority. I am learning to be okay with that. Some time ago I advised a friend to take a sabbatical and over the intervening time it has dawned on me that I should take notice of the words coming out of my mouth (or as in this case the words I type on my keyboard). A sabbatical is sounding more and more like a good idea.

At the moment I'm trying to make a master plan for the future i.e. next year. Not sure what will change but I know some things will have to, as I want to spend more time offline, walking the dog, taking photographs and reading without the relentless pressure of having to produce new textile work non-stop.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Art Alchemy


Trying out new paint by brayering it on. The paint in question is Impasto Paint by Art Alchemy 

Friday, 15 September 2017

Curiouser and Curiouser

The prompt on Joggles Art Journal Adventures this week was: Trash to Treasure. This encouraged us to use recycled materials in our spread. I very often use images from magazines and catalogues that would normally go in the bin but must also admit that I buy magazines for the sole purpose of cutting them up for collage (in that process I also occasionally read bits of text but that's not their primary usage!). However in this case I used a Wrap catalogue as well as a Reclaim magazine (the name alone seemed appropriate!), retrieved from the garbage,  for all the collage in the background as well as for the two main images and the text.
After the collaging in the background I added Distress Crayons and paints and used them with the L320 Batik stencil, designed by Nathalie Kalbach for Stencilgirl Products. At first I used a baby wipe to remove the crayon and paint and then I also sprayed through the stencil and stencilled on the spirals on with a cosmetic sponge.
One of the two images I found to use, looked quite surreal and that inspired the text found in the same magazine (a challenge I set myself). It is of course from Alice in Wonderland.
I have been even more absent from my computer than usual this week using my phone to blog and blip. I was trying to keep an eye on and pacify Flora who is not too pleased with the fact that we have workmen in at the moment. Had they been women she would have been okay but she remains actively scared of most men, specially large ones as these are. So she and I have been for long walks in the forest and trips in the car to keep her sweet and relaxed. It did me the world of good too.

This morning Flo and I were in the forest, and it is amazing to see so many different mushrooms and fungi. In the 22 years we have lived here it is by far the best show ever and my camera/phone is continually in my hand. Walking along the main tracks in the forest is also so full of memories of all our past dogs that I get quite emotional. If only the past 4 could still be here to accompany Flora and I! In my mind though they are there with us.


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