Friday, September 21, 2012

Painted clogs for me!

I had a pair of plain black leather Dansko clogs and I finally had the chance to paint them...

I used latex paints and a couple of coats of  clear coat acrylic spray to seal the paints.
I taped off the bottom before spraying with the clear coat and I stuffed the shoe with newspaper to protect the interior. 

I used a black Sharpie Paint pen for the black swirls

This is my pallet, an old catering tray was perfect for mixing lots of different colors.

I painted one shoe, then the other, I wasn't careful enough to make them exactly
the same...I'll be more careful with the next pair :)

 I'm looking around for more leather shoes to paint, it was fun and I like having something unique.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Triadic Fruit - Fiberactions Challenge Quilt

  Here is my latest Fiberactions challenge quilt, the challenge was to use a triadic color scheme - three colors evenly spaced on the color wheel. I used my own hand-dyed fabrics with a coordinating batik. I loved fussy cutting the hand-dyed fabrics to take advantage of where the lights were. 

I did a little zig-zag with my feed dogs down to do the applique. I have a Bernina 440 QE so I use my knee lift to help around the curves. 

I used polyester threads to free motion quilt the fruits and bowl because I had them in the right colors, normally I use cotton. I used a tan and a white cotton, to try to show some shadow, to quilt the background. 

I sewed the sleeve onto the back before I attached it to the quilt when I was facing it. It was so easy, I'll definitely do that again. Hopefully I'll get it here on my blog as a tutorial. 


A triadic color scheme uses colors that are evenly spaced around the color wheel.
Triadic color harmonies tend to be quite vibrant, even if you use pale or unsaturated versions of your hues.
To use a triadic harmony successfully, the colors should be carefully balanced - let one color dominate and use the two others for accent.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

New pages from my journal

I have loved the online journaling class with Melanie Testa @ The Clever Guild! She is a great teacher; helpful and inspiring. It's been awesome to draw and paint again. My journal is filling up with pages that will some day be transformed into fiber renditions.
This is my perennial garden. I sat outside and drew it, it was a beautiful day and I chatted with a few of my kids while I drew. 
This page started with the yellow stamp in the top left corner. The magazine paper was the inspiration after that!
I used a pattern I love for this landscape. I used magazine paper for the islands.
not my favorite page, I'll keep working it....
I started with the sketch of a recently closed church. It's got beautiful architecture. 
I'm no where near done with the detail on the fence....
I decided to try to paint my kids using a photo from the first rainy day of school. I know they look like zombies but it was 8 AM :) I had some trouble with the paint...

I had started this page with the large blue overlapping bubbles and then added the kids. I used a stencil and some Smooch paints to fill in some of the circles. It was the perfect applicator for curves. 

I'm enjoying practicing in my journal and I hope I've inspired you to pick up a pencil and paper.