I was looking through my art supplies and discovered an old box of watercolor tube paints that may have been my dad’s or maybe mine from high school!
They were pretty far gone, seeing as they were made sometime between the 1960s to 70s, but I managed to get some out of the tubes and decided to paint a little painting. It has been a really long time since I painted watercolor on paper and I’m rusty to say the least. It is very different from painting on fabric, which is more my thing but I’m happy with the painting. I think I may try to work it into a printed fabric design.
Now my creative juices are flowing and I’m ready to water down my textile paints and paint a watercolor on fabric… Looking at that painting makes me want to layer it and add detail using thread play and quilting. Would you rather paint on paper or fabric?
The weather is warm here, some would say hot but as I have probably said before I’m cold if it gets much cooler than 75 degrees. The garden looks like spring with flowers, bees, birds, butterflies, and lizards!My first irises have come up. I didn’t plant these here, they were displaced when the back garden was professionally reconstructed but they ended up in a perfect location. I thought I would share a few of my iris quilts from the past…
I only make and use original designs now but years ago I bought and use a part of a pattern from Grannie “G” Applique for this last piece (the iris head). I think she has some of the most beautiful applique designs and patterns! Geri was kind enough to feature this on her website way back then.
While we are talking flowers, here is my most recent video lesson for a fun and simple flower project:
I’m very excited to have recently learned that my quilt A Clear Necessity, as well as the other 40 quilts accepted to the “Water is Life: Clean Water and its Impact on the Lives of Women and Girls around the World,” exhibition, will be here in the USA in 2017 – Maybe near you! It is an honor to be part of this exhibition while supporting the message and doing what I love. Read below for more details about where in the world the exhibit will be on display.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — San Diego artist Ann L. Scott will display her quilt, A Clear Necessity, at the United Nations European headquarters building in Geneva, Switzerland in March and April of this year. Ann is one of 41 art quilters chosen to participate in the exhibition “Water is Life: Clean Water and its Impact on the Lives of Women and Girls around the World,” which will debut at the UN’s Palais des Nations under the auspices of the U.S. Diplomatic Mission to the United Nations in Geneva on March 22, World Water Day.
Organized by the Rhode Island non-profit Quilt for Change (www.quiltforchange.org) and Rome, Italy-based American Exchange Rome, “Water is Life” highlights the importance of consistent access to clean water in the lives of millions of women around the world and brings attention to the many countries whose populations face a struggle for clean water on a daily basis. Without clean water, millions of women are deprived of the opportunity to live, safe, healthy lives, to obtain an education, find jobs, care for their families, and contribute to their societies. According to Allison Wilbur, Executive Director of Quilt for Change, “’Water is Life’ is the fifth major quilt show to be displayed at UN headquarters, where diplomats, policy makers and thousands of visitors to the UN’s headquarters are exposed to the messages of concern and support for women’s empowerment embodied in these quilts. Participating quilters are artists who bring their subject matter to life through their talent and compassion.”
After its debut, “Water is Life” will travel to Rome for exhibition under the auspices of the U.S. Embassy in Rome in October, 2016. Crossing the Atlantic, the show is scheduled to be on display at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts, from February-April 2017, and then to tour at seven major quilt shows across the country with the Mancuso Show Quilt Festivals.
I just figured out a new way to cut my quilling strips! In a few of my online lesson videos I have demonstrated how I cut strips using two rules and a rotary cutter. Yesterday, a couple days after my Mister said in passing “You need a paper cutter” (while acting out the motion of the old time ones with the big guillotine style handle – that give me nightmares!), it dawned on me; I own a rotary flat bed paper cutter. I figured out how to add a stopper and now I can cut my treated fabric strips a little faster and easier!
I’m working on some all white pieces (think bridal) right now but I’m sharing some color today. Making coils is one of my favorite things to do with my hand painted fabric and something simple to do when I have to sit still. This same technique may be used to make napkin rings, bracelets, and more.
Someone asked why I coil fabric when I could just use paper and one of my answers is that because I cut the strips by hand they are imperfect and so each coil has a more textured surface than paper and I love that.
I’m happy to let you know that my video – “How to Make a Painted and Quilted Poinsettia Wall Hanging” is up on YouTube! It is three videos that include thirteen sections from how to stiffen the fabric, to painting and quilting, to attaching the branch for hanging. I used the quilled fabric beads from my previous video lesson for the poinsettia center.
I hope you will check out my YouTube channel and take a look at my new and older videos. And if you do – Thanks for watching and thanks too for visiting my blog.
This is “A Clear Necessity”, my entry to Quilt for Change – “Water is Life: Clean Water and Its Impact on the Lives of Women and Girls around the World.” I’m excited to tell you that it has been selected to be part of the Quilt Challenge Exhibit which is scheduled to open at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland in March 2016. Once again my art is traveling more than I ever will… but I’m okay with that!
The earth fabric was made with a flour resist and then wax pastel over that. The bean is made from the drop cloth cotton fabric that I always place under my (painted) pole wrapped (arashi) pieces to catch the drips (often creating wonderful and surprising fabric!)
Ages ago I made this door decoration and used it for years. I’m sorry I don’t have a better photo but it was long before digital cameras. I remember it being fun to make and I loved that it was different from the usual round wreath. Just a tree branch, a couple large sleigh bells, ribbon, tiny pine cones, and little decor flower bits!
I like that celebrating Winter Solstice is more inclusive and for the past couple years this has been our wreath. What, if anything, is on your front door and I wonder if you have a decoration on your door all year round? I like that idea!
I have been have fun in the studio creating a this new piece. Soon I will be offering the online step by step lessons for creating this pretty poinsettia wall hanging (painting, stitching, and more) . I’ll teach how to make the flower center fabric beads too. The techniques could be used to make any flower or most any design…. For any season!
I’m working on some new online lessons which will include handmade fabric bead flower centers, free motion quilted poinsettia, and painting the poinsettia. Each of these techniques is accomplished using fabric treated with Terial Magic spray stabilizer. Here is a sneak peek of the poinsettia in progress.
I look forward to sharing more about this project with you soon!
I have been finishing up some deadline projects and that feels good. There is always a bit of stress that goes with that and I often swear I’m not going to get myself into that situation again. But then the mind starts going and the ideas start flowing and I’m at it again (my own worst enemy!) I love making art and I know that I’m lucky to be able to spend my days creating. Here are a couple pieces I share in my new course – How to Make a Photo on Fiber Mixed Media Art Quilt, at Curious.com. Here is a discount link if you are interested in my lessons and over 20,000 more on Curious.com.
Garden Path is the main piece in my new course. From developing the design, to the fiber elements, to quilting the heck out of the borders, it was a fun project. I love growing a photo past the edges using fabric and fibers!
I often make landscapes but I think using a wedding or baby photograph would be great subjects to softly surround with fiber. Or maybe not so softly…I can imagine heavy metal too!