Patchwork Improv, Strip Sets

I’ve been slowly working my way towards using the strips that I cut previously to create numerous strip sets of varying colors.  Here is where I am so far.

Improv Piece strip sets

I love the pink and orange strip set (third down from the top) and the blue and green set (second up from the bottom).  There is also a multi-color set that was created from using my pre-cut 2″ strips from my scrap bag (second down from the top).  Although this set was not cut improv, the color selections were.

I’m going to make a few more strip sets and then use them to create a wall quilt with kantha stitching.  Stay tuned for more.


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A Pocket Journal

Last night I finished making my first Pocket Journal.

Pocket Journal FrontPocket Journal BackPocket Journal Pages

This is a small (3.5″ x 4.5″) hand stitched journal filled with ephemera and left over painted papers from other projects.  I’m looking forward to making my own art marks in this cute journal.

The inspiration came from Sandi Keene and Rae Missigman’s class, Pocket Journals.  To learn how to make your own, visit Pop Up Art Classes

Until next time, Keep It Simple.


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Patchwork Improv

I just started an on line class with Sherri Lynn Wood on Creativebug called Patchwork Improv: Working with Strings.  In this class, you are instructed to cut strips without using a ruler, just your rotary cutter or scissors.  Yes, they are wonky and quirky with the random color combinations, especially the top four sets.  The bottom sets were more controlled using a color scheme.

Improv strips

These sets will be cut down and sewn together after I create more color sets and variations.

This has been a fun exercise in free-form piecing and I’m looking forward to creating more.


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Reuse in the works

Yesterday I visited our local SCRAP PDX store and stumbled upon a barrel full of rubber gaskets.

rubber gaskets

These are soft grey rubber, about  3/4″ diameter and 1/32″ thick.  As soon as I saw them I knew what to do with them.  I bought a handful and made my way home, thinking of all the different ways I could use them.

I colored one side and the edge with markers and let them dry.  I then stitched them onto a scrap piece of canvas-like material using perle cotton.  Each gasket has 4 or 5 spokes to hold it to the fabric.  Once they were stitched on,  I wove another color of perle cotton through the spokes.

rubber gaskets embroidery

I’m looking forward to adding more and changing the elements, perhaps beads and sequins on top.  I’m off to explore more ideas.


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Rainbow Panels #2 and #3

My mom loved the rainbow panel that I made her for Christmas.  She asked that I make a few more to add to her collection.  Below is panel #2 and #3.

rainbow panel #2

rainbow panel #3

Both of these are 8″ x 8″  3/4″ thick wood panels that I purchased at Dick Blick.  I primed the panels with a coat of gesso then used Golden fluid acrylics, Uni Posca acrylic paint pens and Sakura Gelly Roll pens to create the rainbows.

I’m hoping that the wonky-ness of the bows will lessen as I get more practice.  One idea is to lay the board on Lazy Susan turn table.  I’ll try that on the next one.


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Collections: Rainbows


Rainbow Panel for Mom

A gift for my mom.  I was inspired by Jessica Swift’s 100 Rainbow Paintings.

Rainbow Canvas and Sun

Rainbow Embroidered Medallion

An embroidered medallion I stitched early this year.

Rainbow Needlepoint

I stitched this needlepoint canvas in the early 1980’s.  It hangs in the studio.

Rainbow Balsawood Box

This balsa wood container holds buttons.  I think it is from the late 1980’s.

Rainbow Snoopy Bank

Snoopy coin bank from the mid-1970’s.  I bought this at a local Hallmark shop and used it to save money for art supplies.

Rainbow Fabric Panel

I bought this in a local art gallery in the late 1970’s.  It is a fabric panel on wood stretcher bars (22″ x 48″).  It hangs at the end of the hallway to the studio.

It makes me smile every time I see it.

And isn’t that why we collect things?



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Book of Color, Study of Blue

Here is the blue panel in my Book of Color study.

Book of Color Blue

Picture of the supplies I used,

Book of Color Blue Mediums

  • Acrylic paints – soft body and fluid.  The cheaper acrylic color, Ultramarine Blue and Cobalt Blue had a significant purple hue to them.  Both are nice colors just not the blue I was expecting.  The Golden fluids were Teal and Manganese Blue Hue.  The teal is light and a beautiful tint of “Robin’s Egg Blue”, the Manganese Blue is dark with a bit of a grey undertone.
  • Fountain Pen Ink – I pulled out a bottle of J. Herbin “Bleu Pervenche” ink and used a small brush to paint the color on.  WOW, this color is an absolutely beautiful turquoise color.  The color is saturated and stained the paper.  The box doesn’t state that it is waterproof, but I did lay down watercolor over it (after it dried) and it did not blend.  I love this ink.
  • Daler Rowney Acrylic Ink – I chose Rowney Blue, a dark “ocean” blue.  You can see the strip on the lower left side of the page.  I like the color and wondered if I could have used a cosmetic sponge to push it through a stencil even though it is a liquid.
  • Dylusions Ink Spray in Calypso Teal – Another beautiful shade of Teal.  The color, when sprayed, came out darker, but when I used a brush to push it around, the color was easily recognizable.
  • Liquitex Acrylic Paint Markers – Brilliant Blue is a nice medium blue with a bit of green undertone.  The Cobalt Blue Hue is a darker shade, leaning towards Ultramarine blue.  I liked both colors.  I prefer to paint with a brush rather than the pen.  The pen tip leaves marks, like a marker does.
  • Faber Castell Gel Sticks – love the creaminess and saturation of color.  I did notice that if you lay down too much, it is harder to get the color to spread evenly when wet.
  • Caran d’Arche neocolor II – I chose four different colors of blue, two were purple (Ultramarine and Blue Lavender), one was  more grey (Light Blue) and the other was Turquoise.  Although I love the ease of laying down the color with these, I don’t like seeing the scribbles after I have added water and brushed them out.
  • Cray-Pas Oil Pastel – Cobalt Blue Hue – like I did in my earlier studies, I only laid down a little bit and rubbed it out with a rag.  The color is a medium blue and stains the paper.  Since other mediums do not go over the oil, perhaps this should be applied in the last layer.
  • Colored Pencils – I chose a range of colors in Faber Castell, Blick Studio and Prismacolor.  I liked all the colors but in particular the aquamarine, more of a green than a blue but blended well with the other colors.

What I enjoy about this panel is the variety of blues (the green and purple tones as well), still read blue overall.  I discovered that fountain pen ink is another great medium, not just for filling a pen.

The next panel is purple.  Hmm, I don’t see a lot of purple supplies.  This should be fun.



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