Cropped, printed on canvas backed with canvas and made into an art quilt. I've mounted it on a canvas so it can easily be hung. This is to be gifted to a dear friend for her birthday tomorrow. Really enjoyed all the stitching and beading. I think I'll do more of this.
I'm really not a blogger. Sometimes I want to share what I'm working on and sometimes I don't. I'm not one to share deep thoughts publicly (my written journal is the receptacle for those.) Today I'll just share a photo.
Life and Art: The Journal of a Recovering Perfectionist
I look at others’ art and want to replicate what they do. I
want to create journal pages that look like my “art journal hero’s”. But that simply isn't me. I’m still not good
at finding my voice in the art/visual journal realm.
I don’t use my art/visual journal to “process”
life’s events or problems. (I do that in morning pages.)
I don’t find using magazine models to represent “me”
or what is going on with me.
The closest I come to a match is Traci Bautista’s
doodle pages with lots of colored layers and stencils and stamps and just a few
Anyway … I just go with what I feel at the moment. And yesterday
I felt like doodling. So I did. And I enjoyed it. I’ve also presented myself
with a challenge – to fill up the entire page with doodles - fill in between the
doodle flowers with zentangles or circles or whatever. Fill up the page with
I like the idea of a challenge. And I like the idea the page
(or portion) can be captured and used elsewhere. Like on a greeting card or a
piece of fabric (embellished).
But back to perfectionism … as inspired as I am by all the
lovely art online, I’m simply overwhelmed with it. I get to a point of being
unable to start because I don’t know where to start or I feel my page won’t
measure up. So, if I were to “coach” me …
Coach: “What would you like to create?”
Me: “A book filled with colorful pages.”
Coach: “What would be on these pages?”
Me: “Besides colorful backgrounds, I’d like colorful doodles
and colorful collages and colorful images.”
Coach: “Anything else?”
Me: “Well, yes. I’d like the pages to begin to express "me". I’d like the pages to uncover my artist voice.”
Coach: “Artist voice. Tell me about this.”
My Artist Voice
I’d like my art to be an expression of ME, not a copy of
My doodles are an
expression of me. I love to doodle. It’s a way to get color on a page without
the skill of sketching (a current fad that I've not fallen into) or drawing
(which apparently I’m not ready to pursue.)
Circles are an
expression of me. The circle represents unity, whole. I love circles. I love
the circle connection series I've worked on because they’re colorful but require skill. They’re
“modern” (I’m not much into vintage) and very abstract.
Other shapes that
express me are flowers and houses (both funky and wonky). My home is central to
who I am. My garden is a part of that expression of what’s important to me. While
I can’t draw “real” flowers (I say can’t but I really mean don’t), I love the
funkiness of doodles flower shapes. And I love wonky house shapes.
This is what I know so far about my artist voice.
Coach: “This is a great start. Now … go forth and make art
that makes you happy!”
And so I did ... I love this page ... my intention is to journal on it somewhere "When in doubt ... doodle". And yes, this page makes me happy.
I was inspired by Jane LaFazio's recycled circles and decided to give it a try. Her DVD is very clear and helpful. Jane is a great instructor.
Circle Connections 1
#1 was a "pilot test" and a great provider of lessons. For example, cut more than one square block of each fabric to accommodate enough for the 4 squares. Use a more neutral background. I used machine stitching to connect the background fabric to the batting, but was unsuccessful in creating circles. The resulting lines are distracting. I fused the extra circles before machine stitching, which means I had to remove them and replace them. I did too much machine stitching and didn't have enough room for hand stitching and beading. The biggest lesson was I didn't like the busy patterned fabrics. This piece turned out way to busy for me! But it was a great test piece.
Circle connections 2
Oh, I like this one much better! Most of the fabrics were in a package of fat quarters, so they naturally go together. I added two other fabrics to that stash, making 7 fabrics for the arcs. I hand stitched the background to the batting with circles in a matching thread. That created the neutral background that I wanted. I used some of the embroidery stitches on my machine which added a nice texture. Hand stitching, sequins and beads add the element of "touch-ability" that I so love in art quilts. I really like the shine" from the beads and sequins and gold thread (which do not show up well on the photo). I satin stitched the edge and then couched black yarn as a border. The piece is 9.5 x 9.5 and I'm going to attach it to a 10" square canvas. I already have ideas for variations on this theme. And I'm quite happy to be starting 2014 off with a return to working with fabric, yarn and fibers!
I've been knitting and having a blast. The first piece was shown in unfinished state a couple of blogs back. Here is the finished piece. I love how "funky" and colorful it is. I'm leaving it on the needle for presentation because I think it adds to the character of the piece.
Flamingo Dancer detail
I tied the two sections together, drawing from the tied quilt method.
The piece below is the second of the smaller pieces I've created for presents. This one will go to my son and daughter-in-law. It was a puzzle up until yesterday how to present these pieces. I thought of a frame but when I got to Aaron Brothers, I couldn't find a frame I liked so I picked up two canvases. I painted them dark and added glitter to represent the night sky as well as provide a dark background to contrast with the bright colors.
Sunrise 2 detail
This piece was the first of the smaller ones. To be gifted to my daughter who loves sunrises, I tried, with both, to "paint" with yarn. The pictures don't show the texture and colors well.
Sunrise 1 Detail
I can't wait to give these on Wednesday (my birthday)!
I am a semi-retired university professor (aka Dr. J) who engages in various creative explorations. I love creating and I particularly love sharing my thoughts on creativity with others. I’m hoping readers of this blog will find inspiration and share thoughts to inspire others.