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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Fall from Pride-Amazon purchased for my Kindle

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You have all heard about the Art Quilt Mural in Oakhurst on previous blogs.

Well, along those lines a book was suggested to me and I purchased it for my Kindle.
Author Karen Harper.

I enjoyed the light reading about the Amish, their traditions, their barns, and about the heroine, Sarah.
This is a novel.   It had just enough mystery and combined with the heart break of falling in love, between the heroin and the hero.. of course.

What I did not know until I read the Author's note and the last page is that it is a
Harlequin Book!  I have never read one in my whole life!
And I had always poo pooed them. But not now.

Of course, this is a series.. another draw, but thankful to my Kindle, books are not cluttering my already cluttered bookshelves, and less expensive.  There is also a web site with the receipe for the Moon Pies, that they keep mentioning in the book, sometimes called preaching pies.

The tie in of course at this time, is that the Barn Trails are growing.  Have you been on one?  I am sorry we did not know more about this on our trip to Florida last year, well, maybe we would still be on that trip traveling from one state to another in search of barns.....

As I said this is light easy reading, something I usually need to fall asleep, after a creative day.

Friday, August 8, 2014

King of Diamonds- Postmarkd'art

A little about how I did achieved this postcard.  And I am sure many of you have a better way of doing it, but this was my thought process.

I took the crown and a drawing of the diamond from the net.
Printed it on Watercolor paper that already had a color wash, to achieve a light background color
and hand painted the crown with watercolor paints.

Then I printed the whole sheet of 4 on paper and fabric, also printed some on ExtravOrganza.

I needed 8 images for the postcards. I used Misty Fuse on the sheets, then cut out each section and ironed them on the quilted hand dyed and commercial fabrics. By the way the Misty Fuse does not show through the Organza. 

And here is the King of Diamonds.
As I said there probably is a easier way all with the computer, but this was my way of sorting it out.
Make it a wonderful day!!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Postmarkd'art- Sun prints, fun!

Sun Prints are great fun, not expensive to do with many of the types of paints.
The bird was done by painting on fabric with yellow fabric paint, setting a stencil on the fabric and putting it out in the sun..  Of course, pinned to plastic that is on foam core with tape and pins.
Let it all dry, I did iron the fabric and put Misty Fuse under it, but did not wash or rinse, because it is paint, although since it is fabric paint, it should not affect it. 

I cut out the bird and with ironed it onto my hand dyed fabric.

 Same procedure with each card.
 Just different hand dyes for the back ground.

  I have a baggie full of various types of fabric letters from stencils I have purchases,
and Sun Printed.
Never know when you need some lettering.

Here is the whole collection of cards..I did add some gold stars on them also.
 In the mail now for the exchange.
I do have a couple extra in case someone wants to buy one.. Contact me and I will email photos of which ones I have available.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Sun Prints- testing.

 It is that sunny time of year... so everyone is Sun Printing.
Easy to do, and fun.. I decided to see what would happen if I painted over my
hand dyed fabric.
Stopping by Joanne's, I purchased several colors Tulip Fabric Paint. I used Tulip Matt Soft Ebony and Tulip Soft Matte Chocolate for this project.

Pinned it to a covered with plastic, foam core board that I split in 1/2 from the Dollar Store.

I loosely mixed the black and brown so that both colors would show a bit on their own and left some areas heavier with paint. I did wet the fabric first, it is PDF fabric.  Pinned on the leaves so they lay flat, and put it in the sun.  It is best when the sun is straight over head, but I was not being that fussy. Wait for it to dry.  I vacuumed in the mean time.  Oh, and I put some feathers on there that I found when I went to feed the llamas today.  
Have no idea what I will do with it.. but it was fun playing.. and yes, 
I should have been doing something else in the studio that has a due date.. But you know how it is when an idea pops. You just have to do it now.

Sadly, fires are burning near Yosemite, and it is hot, supposed to be 104, and very smoky all over the area. Saying prayers for the firemen and the beauty of the mountains.    This is a stay inside day,  and I am going into the studio.. I have another idea, when I get my postcards done!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Nancy Rink, had 17 Quilts Stolen, reward for finding them.


My friend has posted all the quilts on her blog, please see Kay's   Blog for all the information.  Let's keep an eye out for Nancy's quilts and  pray that they are returned in beautiful condition . 

This is very sad and scary that someone could do such a terrible deed.

There is a reward for the return of all the quilts.
Please share this. 

Sorenson Gallery- Yosemite Western Artists

Yosemite Western Artists had a showing at the Chris Sorenson Gallery in Fresno.  It closed yesterday, and it was well visited during our heat spell.  I was not sure what I was going to do, and decided to keep my series going on the Day of the Dead.   But first I opened my cupboards to see what ideas might come. Sometimes, playing with fabrics brings ideas, and they flow from there.

Boxes open, fabric tossed, sewing and laying out the piece.
This is a bit similar to a piece I made for our Yoyo circle Challenge.

Not quite complete , borders not on yet, finish quilting, and beading.

Completed with beading and skulls.

Sorry, I did not get this out sooner.  I am sure you noticed that I was up to my ears with the
Mural..  More about that later!
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