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The course was called Cutting and Cropping for design.

We learned how to design  from a starting image, make paper and fabrics and collage them to make a final stitched and mounted art work.

All of the images I shall show are either my own of those of other students and the tutor who have given their permission.

I wanted to use trees and leaves as my main subject. This was my first starting image

an my sketch of a selected area.

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From this I  abstracted areas of interest using paper masks. These were then enlarged to the required size.

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This was a second starting pont and the sketches.

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The next task was to prepare papers and fabrics for collage. Here are some of my papers and it is interesting to note that in some cases the back can be even more interesting than the front.

 

A mock-up was made out of papers to choose a final arrangement.

Selected areas of the papers  were then used to apply to a felt backing with Heat and Bond to make the central part of my final image,

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This is now ready for stitching before I apply a border.  So look out for  a second post in due course.

Following here are a selection of the work of some of the other students (with permission) so that you can see the variety of work produced.

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Finally two of Hilary’s works showing some ways to use the final images.

 

Thank yu so much  Hilary for a very inspiring few days and thanks to the other students for sharing their pages and inspiration.

Pcola’s List of uStream Artists

 

ANGE’S PLACE – ANGE – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/52Dt55sUW3R Friday 6:30 pm Eastern  On Youtube: Angela Tallent https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwe3rJJiR8ai0HSS8h__TPQ Twitter:  @Ginjela

(THE) ARTISTIC BIKER – BLADE – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-artistic-biker –  On Youtube: The Artistic Biker https://www.youtube.com/user/TheArtisticBiker/featured

BARB OWEN  on Youtube  https://www.youtube.com/user/BarbOwenDesigns/live  First Friday of the month 2p.m. eastern.

BUNNYDESIGNS – HEATHER    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/heatherac Thurs 3 am – 3 pm Eastern, impromptu Sat or Sun On Youtube: BunnyDesigns https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt2q_3CT-bDDnFz2hn_w1Dg

CASS1415 – Kathy – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/creating-in-my-art-journal On Youtube: Kathy Arbour https://www.youtube.com/user/stainedeffects

CRACKED MINIS – JENNIFER – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/AtNuLC2eXvW

CRAFTING AIMEE – AIMEE –http://www.ustream.tv/channel/HcFEeMrfQtV

CREATE WITH ELLA – ELLA –http://www.ustream.tv/channel/create-with-ella On Youtube: Create with Ella https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbkSnk96WLai82DvQhw80BQ

DEBBY EPPS – DEBBY – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/debbyepps Sat 7 pm Eastern On Youtube: Debby Epps https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUn6Zi5obbcaOKjNEA_FnSQ Twitter: @epps_debby

DISTRACTED BY PRETTY THINGS – GENIE – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/5SkzeRB4dgh

(THE) FRUGAL ECLECTIC – JOYCEE – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-frugal-eclectic  Wed 1 pm Eastern On Youtube: Able2Rejoyce https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgrmZQo12OM

HEATHER MACCA – HEATHER – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/sUCVNTzukjy On Youtube: Heather Macca https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXZyzvHyYG93XiDkr4OgSOA/featured

INKWELL – DEDE – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/inkwell. Mon & Wed 9 am Eastern, Impromptu streams Fri 9 am Eastern.On Youtube: Dede Willingham https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw0gHer3DFqwAEStta_2xyg Twitter: @Inkiwell

INKY OBSESSIONS MIXED MEDIA ART FUN – PATTI – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/inkyobsessions-mixed-media-art-fun
On Youtube: Patti Tolley Parrish https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiqWESzbM3NTuOMgcT7zWAg Twitter: @plynn411

ISLE OF MAN – FIONA – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/fiona-67

JEN READING WITH PUGS – JEN – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/b2MDGh82Wrb On Youtube: Reading with Pugs https://www.youtube.com/user/Pebbles730

KBERG59 – KATHY – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/kberg59 On Youtube: Kathy Berg https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5aTfIxZHgskHdSp9VHubfg Twitter:  @kberg59

LAUREL FROM NJ – LAUREL – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/laurelfromnj

LIA’S ARTWORK – LIA – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/FdSLhyVuAj9

LINA’S WHIMSICAL WORLD – GALINA – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/BC8ggxL7Sgn

(THE) MAGICKAL TOUCH – CAROL – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/NcYLt6F8AQY On Youtube: The Magickal Touch TMT https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJtCr0n5Nw6MCc9L8835Qfg

MISS ALLIE K – ALLIE – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/Gfu5GqevSZ6

MIXED MEDIA ART JOURNALING W/JOURNAL ARTISTA – PAULA –  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/journalartista On Youtube: JournalArtista https://www.youtube.com/user/JournalArtista

MONKEY ISLAND MADNESS – JANET – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/h6AJ9qMfdgA Mon 1:00 pm Eastern & impromtu streams On Youtube: Janet M. Young https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC56b0_ZxN0oT6yYUKIM5Qrw Twitter:  @JMYHMo

(The)  MUSICAL SCRAPPER – JEAN – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/musicscrp Mon 4:00 & Thur 1:00 pm Eastern
On Youtube: TheMusicalScrapper https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvOWvp6leM-12yMATQqRcqA

PLAYING WITH PAPER BY MELVINA – MELROSE – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/BHbAYj2DTwt

QUEEN PAM’S ADVENTURES IN CREATIVITY – PAM – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/queenpam-s-adventures-in-creativity On Youtube: Elon QP https://www.youtube.com/ElonQP

SCRAP N SHARE – OZEGRAN JEN – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/scrap-n-share On Youtube: ozegran https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZK_an0uFW4RngsX1BUd1MQ

(THE) SCRAPCHIC – COLEEN –http://www.ustream.tv/channel/thescrapchic

SCRAPS TO BEAUTY – ZANDRA – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/zandra17 Wed & Sun 7:30 Eastern On Youtube: scrapstobeauty by zandra https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChAvy4eoJC4qp_o8o15J_zw Twitter: @ZandraCudney

TIME WARP ART – BREN – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/time-warp-art On Youtube: brenTangle https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDzwGSZgI5Tya3jZw16z2mg Twitter:  @ElegantTangle

 

 

MANDALA MADNESS

Hi There.

I have been taking an online class called Mandala Madness with Barb Owen at HowToGetCreative.com

This is an excellent, professionally set up site for anyone who is interested in mixed media, writing, journalling and stitching. Barb runs live streams from her workroom every Friday evening at 2pm EST (9pm BST) There is a different topic every week and one can take part in live chat or not depending on your interest. The live audience is eiher watching, joining in chat, following along with Barb or simply watching while doing one’s own work. Up to you.

One can sign up to the site for a taster  for 1$ and get a feel of it before committing to full membership, which gives access to all of the site, workshops and special member only live streams.

Mandala Madness is a separate course run from the site for members who have signed up for it. It has consisted of a series of workshops on different techniques, live video sessions for the lessons  and bonus classes, plus ‘Show and Tell’ sessions where one can see and hear what other students have done during the week. You can choose whether to be seen on screen or not… so there is nothing scary about it at all. All the sessions are recorded so if you can’t be there for some reason you can still watch, although I find it is not as much fun without the live aspect.

Here are a few of the Mandalas I have completed.  I still have more to do and will post when I do them.

AS USUAL, CLICK ON THE IMAGES TO ENLARGE AND SEE THE CAPTIONS.

These images are all drawn by eye. In some of them I used a compass to draw circles to work from, but the drawing is free hand.

The lacy ones start with a single white spot in the centre and are then worked out from there.

The last two are known as Zendalas as they are zentangle inspired using defined named patterns.

Such huge fun and relaxing to make these images.

 

 

 

 

VISIT TO THE FESTIVAL OF QUILTS

I thought I would share some images I took at the FOQ on Thursday. I had a most enjoyable day and whilst I could not see as much as I wanted because of mobility issues I did enjoy it. Two days later I have nearly recovered too! 🙂

I don’t have the names of all of the artists whose work I am sharing but they are all amazing. Some of them are from the prize winners section.

CLICK ON THE IMAGES FOR MY COMMENTS.

 

are’t they gorgeous? If you click on the images you can see my thoughts on each one and where I know the artist’s name I have included it.

Next are some from the Through Our Hands Stand.  First up are images of Laura Kemshall and Annabel Rainbow, painting a quilt in aid of Save The Children.

 

Next, two images from Linda Kemshall of her grandaughter Amelie.

 

Finally a few of the miniature portraits in the TOH gallery and two favourites out of many. They were all superb.

WORKSHOP WITH JEAN LITTLEJOHN

On Sunday I was lucky enough to get a place on a one day workshop with Jean arranged by my branch (Lutterworth) of the Embroiderers’ Guild.

It was an excellent day as always with Jean and I learned lots of new tricks, using my Embellishing machine. The topic was all about textures and layers and the subject matter was fields and hedgerows. Here are some images from the day, firstly of Jean’s work and then some from the members.

Sample of jean Littlejohn's work

Sample of Jean Littlejohn’s work

Another of Jean's

Another of Jean’s

This one is an altogthere lighter piece of Jean's. rea;;y fine and 'floaty'

This one is an altogether lighter piece of Jean’s. really fine and ‘floaty’

Next are two pages from her Sketchbooks.

Jean's work

Jean’s work

Another sketchook page

Another sketchbook page

The rest are all of member’s work.

Table laid out for Jean to review

Table laid out for Jean to review

Some were total beginners with the embellisher and I think there are quite a few new ones being bought now! 🙂

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A selection of closer views

A selection of closer views

Of course in a day we couldn’t start on big pieces of work so we were encouraged to make little gems showing techniques.

Jean is a really fun person to be with and a very giving tutor. I should love to meet her little grandson who loves to play in her workroom.

A most enjoyable day.

CROFT OPEN GARDENS

Today was the day to go and look at some of the gardens in my village. There were many more open than I managed to view…… it was very hot and of course a lot of walking … some of them unsuitable for me with my wheely walker 🙂

Th first one I visited was at The Old Butchery, no longer that but the buildings once used for such are still there. This garden was huge and had many ‘rooms’ to visit. There was something new and different around every corner and a big surprise at the bottom of it! Here are some of the shots I took.

Too late for the poppies here but I love the seed heads.

Too late for the poppies here but I love the seed heads.

Another 'room' with one of several sun rooms

Another ‘room’ with one of several sun rooms

There are fairies at the bottom of the garden

There are fairies at the bottom of the garden

Impish grin?

Impish grin?

This was round another corner, leading to yet another secret sitting place.

This was round another corner, leading to yet another secret sitting place.

And the big surprise the garden overlooks the working quarry! There are seats here too allowing one to sit and watch the wildlife

And the big surprise the garden overlooks the working quarry! There are seats here too allowing one to sit and watch the wildlife

Another view.

Another view.

Next I visited the Old School House this one really was too steep for me but I took some shots where I could get to.

Walking down from the house

Walking down from the house

A patio area with many pots near the potting shed.

A patio area with many pots near the potting shed.

Next was the old Rectory. Again… a very steep garden as the house on the side of Croft Hill. This is quite a landmark in an otherwise flat landscape in this area. In the old days people used to take a bus out to the hill for picnics. It is a good place for birdwatchers and is also known for butterflies and dragonflies.

This is the view from the rectory patio area.

This is the view from the rectory patio area.

Another view looking towards the vilage

Another view looking towards the village

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The brook, leading into the River Soare makes a good drinking spot for the cattle

The brook, leading into the River Soar makes a good drinking spot for the cattle

Finally some shots in the garden of Rose cottage….

Bill or Ben the flower pot man!

Bill or Ben the flowerpot man!

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I know this is a bit odf  weed but it's lovely!

I know this is a bit of weed but it’s lovely!

All in all a lovely day out. And the muffins and coffee at the Old Rectory were delicious!