Playing with Gelli

I am smitten with the new 3″ x 5″ Gelli plate by Gelli Arts.  I spent some time last night playing with this new art tool and I LOVE it.  This spread was created with Dina Wakley’s new acrylic paint line and took less than an hour to make.

art journal background

This new size plate is used like a rubber stamp.  Take a look at the video Gelli Arts created.

This is not just for an art journal background, oh no.  How about printing a large piece of canvas and making a tote bag to carry your supplies or a apron to wear to your art classes, wrapping paper on newsprint….the possibilities are endless.

Enjoy and Keep It Simple.

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Sewn – Mary Ann Moss’ new on-line class

Woohoo!  Registration opened today for Mary Ann Moss’ new on-line class, Sewn.  Take a look at her sneak peak video.

Lots of colors, patterns and ideas to get your creative muse going.  If you’ve taken her classes before, you know her classes are packed with great ideas and her style of teaching is so inspirational.  Please join us!

Keep it simple!

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Watercolor Play

I’m taking Julie Fei Fan Balzer’s “Getting Started” monthly on line classes and this month’s class is “Getting Started with Watercolor”.  I love Julie’s teaching style, she is fun and very inspirational.

Below is my sampler of her techniques for adding texture to watercolor.

I can’t wait to try more techniques in my art journal.

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Slow Stitching Saturday

Here are a few more pictures of the embroidery that I am working on.

I love doing this!  So much fun just to sit and stitch away a Saturday.

Keep it simple!

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Embroidery Challenge, Floral French Knots

While I was scanning Facebook yesterday I came across a post from Theresa Martin about a new embroidery challenge blog called  Needle Thread Cloth .  After reading the initial ideas, I decided to join in.  I love to embroider by hand and have lots of unfinished projects just waiting in the wings.  So I jumped at the chance to start this new journey.

Many of you have seen this piece posted on my blog and as you can see, I haven’t done much to it embellish it further.

I have decided to continue to embellish this using the monthly challenges as jumpstart ideas.  Here is what I have done so far towards this month’s challenge, creating Floral French Knots.  I used variegated perle cotton #5 by DMC for the knots.

Embrodery French Knots

I’m sure I will be adding lots more over the weekend.  I just wanted to share with you what I had and ask you to join us.  It’s gonna be fun!

Keep it simple!

P.S.  Here is a close up of the flowers that I added before this challenge.  I’m sure I will have to add some french knots to the center of these.

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Brush Stroke Skies

paint brush skies

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Slow Stitching

The past few days I have been searching for something, something to create, something that will soothe my spirit, calm my mind.

Muslin Weaving

This is a cloth-weaving in muslin layered on top of another piece of muslin.  I hand stitched all of the weaved pieces to secure them to each other and the backing.  Then I sat and stared at it wondering what I should do next.  The blank-ness of it intimidated me, the same way a blank page in my art journal does.  I knew I wanted to add scraps of fabric, but then I froze at what colors to choose.  I spent a few hours going through my fabric stash, reminiscing on why I bought certain pieces and how those projects never were started.  Ugh!  I put the folds of cloth away and instead focused on a drawer that had remnants from other projects that I had completed.

Muslin Weaving Patch 1

This is the first patch.  It was a pieced square that I cut into a circle and tacked down with stitches.  I thought about matching threads, stitching a true appliqué stitch where the stitches don’t show and then I realized that I am once again over thinking.  I have to remember that it is the process of doing, not the project itself that is enjoyable and mind-altering. It is the movement of the needle and thread through the fabric that gives meaning to a piece.  So many times you just have to start and see where the journey takes you.  (to be continued).

Keep it simple!

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