Another VAM Challenge

At the beginning of July Visions Art Museum presented another member challenge from Marty Ornish, this time Marty challenged us to make buntings.

I’ve wanted to make something special for our front porch and this was the perfect prompt, though I call mine a triangles banner instead of a bunting.

We were having this done… so I had to wait until all the work was finished to hang it.

After the first couple of days I noticed the solidarity fist triangle kept flipping up on itself. What to do about that?

Well, I feed a family of three crows and when I give them an especially good treat (scrambled eggs, e.g.) they drop small marbles in our yard. So I made a little slit in the backside of the triangle and dropped in a few of those marbles. Worked perfectly to hold it down.

This banner is to honor those I love and those I don’t even know. I’m very happy with the way it turned out especially considering I didn’t think to measure the space between the posts before I had all the triangles made!

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Altered State

We live in a state that is sadly very much on fire. I have family and friends who have lost everything in past fires. It’s the one time I appreciate that I live in a built up area of the city, which (usually) makes it less likely fires will be big and bad. The fact that we live a few blocks from a fire stations helps too. I’m so thankful for fire and recuse workers.

But to get back to happier thoughts… I’m working on an altered bottle with a seashell theme at the moment. I’ll share more pictures, maybe video later (hard to have gesso and gel medium hands and work the video equipment!)…

But for now here are some images of my first one, sort of steampunk – Beer, golf, and dogs themed because my son recently produced a fundraising video for a soon to open brewery with those themes.

Being a fiber artist I did use – fabric (greens are faux suede with real sandpaper sand trap), and textiles (leather scraps for collar and golf bag strap), produce bag (net), fiber (Unryu paper for good background texture), and paper clay (for the battered golf ball crown). Added metal odds and ends I had around the house/shed.

Before black gesso
After black gesso, copper, and patina paint.
I discovered a little container with leftover paint mixture and it made the perfect patina!

This was a challenging but really fun project and I’m happy with the results. Have you made any type of altered bottle or jars?

Thanks for stopping by.

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Projects & New Lessons

I’m happy to say I have a few new lessons and a new course on Curious.com and will be adding more soon. About Curious.com…
“Curious is an innovative and engaging marketplace that connects lifelong learners with exceptional teachers from around the world.” “Curious offers a free trial which gives you a week of Curious+ at no cost. Enroll in some lessons, browse the collections – try it before you buy it!” Curious.com, I’m amazed by all that is offered there; everything from dog training, to mixed media art, to how to tango!

Some of my new lessons are…

How to Painted Leaves on Fused Fabric

How to Make Fiber Art Paper

How to Make a Foam Flower Stamp and How to Make a Mixed Media Tag.

The tag is made using the fabric leaves, fiber paper, and the stamp.

I will also be posting new videos on my YouTube channel as soon as I can and have re-uploaded a couple older fabric painting videos that had to be edited (music changes), here’s one of them…

“Clash”
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Grandscape

Just revisiting an old miniature art quilt. I love how the sunlight seems to break over the mesa.

 

 

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Free-motion and painting videos!

I have published a couple new YouTube videos. One is free-motion quilting a simple tree and the newest is a mini painted landscape (from previous post) that will be stitched in a later video or two.

If you take the time to watch them I truly appreciate it. If you enjoy them please comment, give them thumbs up and subscribe!

Free-motion quilting a Tree

Fabric Painted Landscape in a Hoop

Thank you!

Quilting and Painting Away, Ann

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The All White Landscape

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m making a series of lessons showing how I make different elements for a mini fabric landscapes. What I neglected to mention is that I would be starting with white fabric (Thank you, Snarky Quilter!). Here is the piece in progress, which means these pieces are not attached and there may be changes. I find looking at a photo of the piece, using a mirror or walking away for a while, can be helpful in figuring out what may need to be tweaked. I have some ideas for change already. There will be thread play and quilting over the entire piece, so if it appears to be lacking that may just be where I plan to stitch more colors and nature bits.

I used different techniques for each of these elements – Rocks (as mentioned in previous post), the most forward foreground, second foreground, water & sky, tiny hills/mountains, and tree trunks. I hope you will stay tuned and thanks for stopping by!  

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Harvest Art

Still waiting for Fall after the 90° Thanksgiving and realizing December is almost here!

This turkey was created for my grandnieces (7 and 6) who had a good time coloring them during our Thanksgiving family gathering.

I gave them each a plain turkey sheet along with one with this MeAnndered turkey below. It was interesting to me that they both (on their own) selected the plain one to color-in. These are very active little people and it warmed this great-aunt’s heart that they wanted to sit and color on them at all! I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving, ours was wonderful.

Printable versions of these turkeys are available on my Patterns tab here on my blog.

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Nature and Art

I think all the rain has really caused Spring to SPRING around here. I’m finding all kinds of things to photograph on my walks… nature that has or will spark a work of art.

Early yesterday I fished a tiny pale aqua colored bird’s egg shell out of our waterfall and set it on a near by rock that was almost the same color. The image below is fabric I painted to mimic a stone that contained Map Lichen. I enjoy trying to replicate rock and stone texture on fabric.

Then later on our walk we came upon a beautiful garden with gorgeous roses, all splattered with morning dew drops. The quilt, I’ve shared before, is Gifts from her Garden.

Then today on our walk there was this, ivy climbing up a tree. I wish I could have gotten closer or had a camera rather than my phone. The contrast in color and texture really struck me. It reminded me so much of my photograph on fiber piece – “Coexistence”. I’m happy and fortunate to be able to take walks and find inspiration, I know I write about it a lot!

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Taking a walk…

One of my “kids” had an appointment and the other was going to the zoo to take photographs so I tagged along. I walked through Balboa Park which is where our world famous zoo is, stopping at the reflecting pond, it was nice to see this artist painting.

It was a beautiful day and the flowers were blooming pretty.

Looking back toward the artist

Speaking of flowers; here is a detail peek of my painted quilt (lighting not so good, sorry). See a reminder of what it looked like before it was a painted quilt.

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Spring Surprises

We’ve lived in our house for over thirty years and though there have plenty of alligator lizard sightings this is the first year we have spotted them copulating – three pairs in two day! It looks like quite a violent act and can last for hours. Luckily kitty didn’t notice the pair next to the BBQ on “her” deck! I have a good photo of that pair but seeing as the females head is in the male’s mouth I have decided to spare you and instead post another MeAnndering (on paper) piece, Kona supporting me in my art, and a piece that is under the quilting needle right now. Don’t let the patchwork fool you, I plan on painting it (more about that in a later post). How is the weather where you are?

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