Book of Color, A Study of Red

I am enjoying Julie Balzer’s Winter 2018/2019 series of on line classes.  I started with her class on making “Lantern Houses” and am now beginning her “Book of Color”.

The first panel is a study of the color red.

Book of Color Red

I used an old piece of poster board then started layering all the colors of red.

Here is the list of what I found and what I thought of each:

  • Acrylic paints in soft body and fluids (cheap acrylics don’t have a lot of pigment, you don’t need a lot of fluid paint to get color)
  • Tattered Angles Glimmer Mist spray (clean and test the nozzle first, use as the last layer so you see the shimmer)
  • Adirondack Color Wash spray (strong color when sprayed, will wash out as more layers are added)
  • Daler Rowney Acrylic Ink (dipped my brush in the container and painted with it.  Great solid color, easy to work with, you can mix it with water to tone it down)
  • Dylusion Ink spray (bright color, easy to use once you clean the nozzle)
  • LuminArte Twinkling Watercolors (wow, these added a hint of sparkle and the colors were strong)
  • Faber Castell Gel Sticks (rubs on so smooth, like lipstick.  Activate with water or rub in with your finger or a cloth)
  • Cray-Pas Oil Pastel (rubs on smooth, used my finger to blend it in, because it is oil based, water based mediums don’t absorb over it)
  • StazOn Ink pads (not strong color, hardly noticed after I applied them)
  • Elmer’s Paint Pen (nice acrylic paint, easy to use, dries quickly)
  • Faber Castell Pitt Big Brush pen (these are waterproof and transparent, great for layers)
  • Molotow Acrylic Paint pen (another great acrylic paint pen)
  • Zig Clean Color Real Brush pen (watercolor in a brush)
  • Koi watercolor set (strong, opaque red)
  • Copic markers (bold, bright color, bled through paper)
  • Caran d’Ache neocolor II (water soluble crayons, activate with water or rub it in with your finger)
  • Prismacolor, Blick and Faber Castell colored pencils (none of these were water soluble, the marks I made stayed as drawn)

We are working our way through the rainbow.  The next panel will be Orange.  I’m looking forward to see how many colors of orange supplies I have.




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Rolled Felted Bead Necklace

Nine years ago, I posted a tutorial to create Rolled Felted Beads.  That tutorial has been the most popular post.  I’m still making them.  Here is my latest one, hung on a ball chain for a necklace.  I love these colors.

Felted Bead Turquoise & Citron

Making a bead is fairly simple and does not require a lot of supplies; felted wool, thread (embroidery floss, perle cotton, yarn, silk ribbon), sewing needle, seed beads, and stick or straw to roll the felt strip on.

I’m looking forward to seeing the beads you create.


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Colorful Stitches

DropCloth Sampler-Drawing Stitches up close

This sampler was a joy to stitch.  The variety of stitches, patterns and my stash of threads kept me motivated.  I stitched with 6 ply floss, perle cotton #5 and #8, and wool threads which gives a lovely texture to the piece.

DropCloth Sampler-Drawing Stitches whole

I finished this piece like a quilt with a thin layer of batting, cotton backing and binding.  It makes me smile every time I walk by it.

The pattern, Drawing Stitches is from Rebecca Ringquist at Drop Cloth Samplers.

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Lantern Houses

I made these!  In about two hours (plus drying time) using what I had in the studio.

house lanternsI used different base papers for each one, old ledger paper (left) and white card stock.  Both papers held up well to the layers of collage and paint.  These were fun and easy to make.  I’m planning to make a village to display on the mantle and place battery operated tea lights in them.

Visit Julie Balzer at Balzer Designs to create your own village.



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I think this is what this is called.

chatelaine 1988

I found it in the bottom of my sewing chest.  I made this in early 1988.  I wore it to our local quilt guild meeting.  The pin cushion on the left was also my name tag and the ribbon on the right kept my scissors handy.  The pins are from AQS (American Quilter Society), Georgia Bonesteel’s Spinning Spools and Fabric Finders was a club back then.

I’ll be heading to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show this coming Saturday, July 9th and perhaps I will find a new pin to add to this.

Enjoy the day and keep it simple!

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