Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Art Collages on Wood Panels

When inspiration sets in to create with a different medium (besides fabrics) it can be very fun and can stretch your creativity. These art collages on wood panels did just that!

I had always wanted to explore using gel medium and mixed media. So I bought some 6" x 6" wood panels and gathered up bits of this and that. I discovered that the gel medium works perfect with the water soluble pencils. I drew little faces on watercolor paper and cut them out. Then I shaded with the pencils. I like the imperfect sort of rustic look. My only goal was to play and have fun. I figured if I didn't like how any of them turned out I could add different embellishments over the top.
I added ribbon around the edges and covered it with gel medium too.
They add a nice pop of color above the cabinets.
  • 6" x 6" wood panels
  • Gel medium - semi gloss (I like this over mat as there is a slight sheen)
  • Tissue paper, used color catcher sheets, water color paper, magazine pictures, etc.
  • Ribbon
  • Derwent Inktense water soluble pencils
  • Ink stampers 
  • Large stiff paint brush works best to apply the gel medium
 I need another play time like this again!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Happiness is...Spring is here with little bluebirds

On my last trip I pulled from the few fabrics I had on hand so I could do some hand work since I didn't have my sewing machine. Then I saw a picture of the little blue bird. I started playing with the bird shapes and decided they would be perfect for applique.  

I added a blanket stitch around the birds, then for the quilting part I used hash mark shapes that looked like chicken scratch, and couched a heavier weight embroidery thread, then added random seed stitches all over.
Sometimes it fun to do something really cute. 
  • Techniques: Applique, hand embroidery, couching
  • Size: 10" x 12"

Monday, March 14, 2016

Quilters Anonymous 2016 Quilt Show

It was another wonderful quilt show this year by the Quilters Anonymous guild members. So many amazing quilts that I was in awe when I turned ever corner. Here is mine that I had in the show this year with the modern quilting.
These are just a few of the quilts I snapped pictures of that are inspiring:


Here's to another year next March!