Tuesday, September 18, 2018

ATC Tuesday

These cards were for a swap with a theme of "winged things" - usually things which would not normally have wings. These can be people or animals, but also inanimate objects. I tried to go for a variety of strange flyers. These swaps come up quite often and I try to join them when I can, as I really like that theme, and have a small collection of cards all with unusual winged things.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Revisiting my Journal Quilt Project, week 44

Not much to say about this one - it was just a piece of fabric I screenprinted, which I had leftover, so I turned it into a Journal Quilt.

Friday, September 14, 2018

ATC Friday

Two sets of round robin cards, where I was the second person to add something.

What I liked about this set is that when I sent them out, they were this way up:

The final person to work on them flipped them around. Which worked well. 

These ones were a little more straightforward. But still lovely.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

ATC Tuesday

A new trend in the Artist Trading Card world is circular cards, or "coins" as they are frequently called. The cards are 2.5" in diameter - so they still fit within the size of a normal trading card, which is 2.5x3.5". These were for a swap with an open theme and were the first coins I'd made. I really enjoy making them - they require a different sort of composition than the rectangular cards, as there is less space, but also, the lack of corners means you have to imagine things differently.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Revisiting my Journal Quilt Project, week 43

This week was another instance where my journal quilt was inspired by another swap I was taking part in - this one called Shades of Sunshine, and it was for four little quilties, which you can see below. Apparently I made a bookmark as well.

I didn't really say much about them at the time, but you get the general idea.

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Rainbow Heart Quilt in action

...and here's a reposting of my recent baby quilt, getting some genuine baby action with its new owner - awww!

Friday, September 07, 2018

ATC Friday

These round robin cards are ones where I've been the middle player - I received the card below, added something to it (second picture below) and above is the finished card as it came back to me. I wasn't quite sure what to do with the dogs on this card, so I added a heart and a suitable definition from my arting dictionary (an old dictionary I cut up for art). 

With these, the initial design seemed to take up a lot of space, so I only added some washi tape and a butterfly. The Japanese figure was added by the last person to work on the card.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

ATC Tuesday

These four cards were made for a Pick-a-Theme Swap - separate themes for each player, but you only make one card of each theme. The first card was for a dandelion theme.

Then a geology theme and a geometric theme

and finally, a Reading theme. 

Monday, September 03, 2018

Revisiting my Journal Quilt Project, week 42

Back in the day, when I didn't work and had a lot of time for making art (when not inundated with small children), I used to experiment with more techniques and materials. This week's journal quilt was made using neocolour crayons - they can be used in lots of ways, but I decided to monoprint with mine.  I used the technique on some postcards for a swap, and then on the journal quilt as well. Because it's interesting, I think I'll share the method as well...

Here's a photo of the glass plate with the crayon on - I think you could probably draw your design with the crayons dry and then mist it with a spray bottle, but I've not done it that way - I just dipped the tip of the crayon in water and coloured as I went along. The secret is to make the plate pretty wet before you try to transfer the colours - if it's at all dry, they just stay on the plate and don't move to the fabric.

Because it's a monoprint and only works once by definition, I made all of mine fairly different, but I didn't bother to take photos of them all in construction.

Once the design was on the plate, I placed the fabric over and smoothed it out to come into contact with the glass (left below). Right below shows the fabric after the print has been made.


After printing, I added free motion stitching to emphasize the shapes and then a few embellishments - I think they work fairly well. The journal quilt was printed twice - not from the same print, but I did colour them similarly. It's not a technique I'd want to use on a huge area as it's a bit time consuming, but it works nicely for postcards.

Friday, August 31, 2018

ATC Friday

These three sets of ATCs are Round Robins where I started the card. These are always fun because you never quite know what direction the card is going to take when you send just a background or a card with very little to it off to other people to work on. I love these ladies with their sequin hair. Awesome!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

ATC Tuesday

Four cards for a swap with a map theme. All four of mine use a map as the background, with a variety of random collage items. Emphasis being on random!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Revisiting my Journal Quilt Project, week 41

 This week (ten years ago) I made an arch, for an arch swap, with a jellyfish theme, and then carried that theme over into my journal quilt. I'm sure I've done some fabric postcards in a similar vein as well - well, if you have a good idea, might as well make the most of it!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Block Lotto blocks

A few blocks for the block lotto - I haven't played lately, but sometimes I like to. The theme on this month was a California poppy theme - the green blocks are much more green than they appear in the photo and the other colours are supposed to be representative of all the different colours of California poppies that you might see. It's a nice idea.

Friday, August 24, 2018

ATC Friday

Here are a couple of round robin card sets where I made the backgrounds and sent them along.  This first one is kind of a cheat, because the background came from an old piece of art from Sarah's GCSE art folder - I cut it into pieces and added some tape, but I just thought it would make an excellent background - and I was clearly right.

I do like sending very general backgrounds out, just to see what they inspire other people to do!

Of course, sometimes it's fun to send a more specific background out - this bird obviously provided a lot more direction than the background above.  I like how the two others who worked on this card left quite a lot of open space on it - it suits the bird, I think.