Heart Art: A Tutorial

I thought I would take a little break from my deadline work and play a bit. I’m not usually a heart art kind of person but this was fast and fun. I’ll leave it to you to think up ideas of where the finished heart could be used… maybe a tiny art quilt, on a fabric purse or tote, or simply framed? If you try it, I hope you’ll let me know what you did with the finished heart. (I apologize for the blurry photos but I’m sure you will be able to get the just of the process).  I love Neocolor ll wax pastels and that is what I used.

heart 1

Start with four pieces of freezer paper the exact same size.

heart 2

Iron three of the pieces together so that the paper side is out (like a freezer paper sandwich), then iron the fourth piece of freezer paper to the other three. Be sure they are lined up well so the freezer paper doesn’t melt onto the iron.

heart draw cut

Next fold regular paper and cut out a heart shape pattern. Then place the pattern on the freezer paper and draw around the heart.

heart draw design

Use a black marker to draw around the heart and then draw a free-style design inside.

bare needle

I removed thread, bobbin and presser foot. You may want to use a free-motion/darning foot but I prefer an open/bare needle. Be very careful if doing it this way.

bare needle stitching

Use a needle that will not be used on fabric ever again. Place the freezer paper heart under the needle and start stitching on the lines. I like to go fast and as you can see I didn’t follow the lines very well and that is just fine. If you go slowly it is easier to stay on the lines but for this project it doesn’t matter.

stitching finished

Cut the freezer paper heart out. This doesn’t need to be perfect unless you would like an even edge.

flip the heart

After all the stitching is done flip the heart over, notice this side is more textured than the other so this is the side to do the rubbing on. Place a piece of cotton fabric over the heart.

heart under fabric

Neocolor ll wax pastels may be used on fabric with water and other liquids and then heat set.

heart rubbing

Hold the fabric while using the wax pastels and rub across the fabric over the heart. I used one color inside and another around the outside edge.

rubbing done

When the rubbing is finished (there will be another rubbing later) removed the heart (this freezer paper heart could be colored and used in another piece of art). Place the fabric on a protected surface.

paint with water

Water and a soft brush used around the outside edge.

paint with water2

Start with only a little water and see how it bleeds before adding more. Notice how bright the pastel becomes.

paint with alcohol 1

Next do the same with rubbing alcohol on the center design. While water really causes the wax to bleed into the fabric, alcohol brightens it without causing it to move as much,

paint with alcohol 2

After the center is done I wadded a piece of foil then opened it out. Placed the foil under the fabric and used another wax pastel color for another rubbing.

heart foil rubbing

Wadded foil

heart foil rub painting

Another color.

heart art

A little more water wash on the blue and then air dry and heat set using an iron. I think it is calling for some quilting!

 

 

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Winter Table Runner

Last post I mentioned our mild San Diego winters. I suppose compared to most places it is but right after I wrote that the rain came along with hail here in the city and even some snow in the low elevations and our  mountains. That was a week ago, this week it has been in the eighties! I painted fabric today so I’m very glad for the sunshine – it helps the fabric dry very fast.

I designed and made tree fabric to go with the snowflake fabric I painted last month. Here is a photo of the table runner, made by my young student, using both of the fabrics.

Winter Table Runner made by 8 year old

Winter Table Runner made by 8 year old

Thanks for stopping by and until next time…

I’ll be Quilting, Painting and Stitching Away!

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Winter

Winter has arrived, San Diego style – No snow just a little rain. Our garden plants are so happy.

I have been working on what has turned out to be a major project that will be officially announced soon. Until then I’m sharing a couple easy projects that my young sewing student has and will be making.

He made this small zippered pillow. I offered him three fabrics and he selected the one, I think, was the classiest. It has a different bird on the front and back.
pj winter pillow

It turned out so cute. Next he’ll be making a center piece/short table runner so I made this fabric for him to use…

freezer paper snowflakes

I haven’t cut out paper snowflakes in a long time, it was so fun. They are cut from freezer paper (gosh, I love that stuff!). I mixed up a thin paint using Jacquard Textile Color and water in a little spray bottle, ironed the flakes onto the white fabric (placed on a protected surface), and sprayed away. So quick and easy and I love the result! I’m sure some of you could come up with a good use for the snowflakes (the ones I didn’t tear apart in my excitement to see the finished fabric). They could, of course,  be reused to make more fabric. Now they are blue on one side and white on the other.

Happy Winter Solstice!

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Art in the Park and more…

There are so many art events going on in and around San Diego this month. I wish I could attend all of them but that’s not going to happen.

Here is a video my son produced for Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation. He and I each have three pieces of art in the  Art in the Park. The reception is tonight but the art will be on display until November 7th.

One of the pieces is a hand painted whole cloth, heavily machine quilted including a wild rose in the stitching. It is mounted on a black canvas. I am very pleased with how this piece turned out!

Beauty on the Trails

Beauty on the Trails

Here is my small (14″ x 10″) piece that is at Visions Art Museum in their member challenge “Weather Forecast.”

Could Go Either Way

Could Go Either Way

There is a wonderful exhibition in the museum’s main galleries now through January 4, 2015. If you are in San Diego I would highly recommend it. It is a beautiful venue and lovely place to enjoy art. Visions Art Museum.

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Getting in there and finishing…

Well, I’m back! August was a month of many projects or should I say the beginning of many projects… and the finish of a few. I wonder if you have had that same situation (I hate to call it a “problem”), discovering so many new techniques, materials, and products to make art that at times it’s hard to focus and finish up the ones previously started.

During the month of August I had the pleasure of being invited to be one of the guest artists on the great blog “…And Then We Set It On Fire…, if you haven’t checked it out I would highly suggest you do. There you will find a wealth of surface design, mixed media, and fiber art ideas being explored (and finished) by several talented artists. They are so fantastic to share their wonderful creations, how they got there and even the mishaps along the way.

Coming in October to the Poway Center for the Performing Arts the SAQA exhibition “Shades of Passion.” I’m excited that two of my art quilts have been accepted into the this exhibition and after seeing the line-up of artists I’m honored to have my work included.

Now I’m in the studio working on more pieces for upcoming workshops in 2015!

Here are some bits and pieces, all works in progress, of what’s been happening in the studio in the past few weeks ~

feathered shore

the watchers

wild rose scape

could go

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Curious.com and more…

I’m excited to now be teaching online at Curious.com. I hope you will check out my videos there and look around, there is so much to learn! New videos coming soon!

I’m working on a new dye technique – Here is a teaser but there’s more to come…

Hay Roll

Hay Roll

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Moving and a little free motion

I moved my studio and have been trying to get back into the swing of things. I had a painted whole cloth that I actually started quilting ages ago but put away because I was unhappy with the quilting. After the studio move I decided, rather than moving that piece from cupboard to cabinet many time over, I would cut it apart – part it out! So here is a little bit of that whole cloth, salvaged and free motion quilted… I’m trying to get comfortable working/playing in my new (smaller and much less private) space. Sometimes we just have to sit down at the quilting (or sewing ) machine and move on.

About this piece – As I said it is a portion of a larger hand painted piece. It is really free motion quilted which means I didn’t mark it. It has wool batting which quilts beautifully. I just started with one flower and filled in every space for a tight and balanced design. Oh, I’m feeling better already!

getting groove quilting

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“New” studio and bobbin storage

I’m in the process of moving my studio. Though I dream of building a studio above our garage that isn’t in the cards for now. I’m going from a large space with a utility sink to a smaller room and it’s a major change but there is something I won’t be changing – The way I store my large quilting bobbins. It’s not fancy but it works well for me and the drawer is directly next to me when I sit at the quilting machine. Here is what I did – Using a foil or other stiff cardboard roll (paper towel rolls are not stiff enough and are too big in diameter), slice it in half lengthwise and hot glue craft foam or cardboard to each end (I used 1/4″ thick craft foam). Glue the ends on so that they makes “feet” and when placed in the drawer it won’t roll over.

bobbin holder

bobbins in drawer

Looking down into the drawer.

Do you have a clever (and cheap) studio storage solution? I’d like to hear it.

 

 

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Titling an Art Quilt

Giving an art quilt a title is often a challenge for me and this one was no different. I asked the guys here to tell me what they saw when they looked at it and for any title ideas. Each shared his thoughts and ideas and though it was fun to hear what the piece “said” to them, their ideas were nothing like what the piece meant to me. So after much deliberation (probably too much) I have dubbed this little piece “Drift”.

Drift

Drift

About the construction – It started as a painted whole cloth center with a bit of painted fusible, then using free motion quilting I stitched a “net” design and attached the piece on top of a black background. Next I cut up a old painted canvas that I had used under my hand painted fabric as a drop cloth (It was perfect!). I attached three pieces to the whole cloth using artist gel medium and continued the stitching across the canvas, this time using black thread.

I quilted in the border and added the painted gauze with more quilting and thread play. It is mounted to a black canvas that I cropped out of this photo because there was too much grey glare. I rarely mount art quilts on canvas but this was going to a exhibition where it was required (though I decided not to enter). To my surprise I like it on the canvas very much… trouble is I would like quilts to be recognized as art on their own and attaching them to a canvas just seems wrong. Have you ever mounted an art quilt to a canvas, if so tell us about it. I’ll write more about mounting small art quilts on canvas another time. For now I’m off to Quilt and Paint Away! A

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Supporting Artists

I see amazing art every day, and I wish I could buy every piece that I love but, of course that’s not possible. Every once in a while, though, I do treat myself to a special piece. For a long time I have been drooling over these small, gorgeous, mixed media landscapes, by artist Doria Anne Goocher.

Doria was kind enough to host a SAQA meeting in her home recently, where I finally decided to purchase some of her art. The piece contains a variety of beautiful fabrics and papers as well as quilting stitches. It is mounted in a perfect mat and frame. After the meeting Doria reminder me that about 15 years ago (maybe longer) she took my miniature landscape art quilt class! Sadly, I can not take any credit for her talent.

doria g scape

This photo doesn’t do it justice.

To learn more about Doria and her art I hope you will visit her website Designs by Doria When you see artwork that speaks to you, I hope you’ll buy it and feel great for supporting an artist.

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