Sunday, August 9, 2015

Wonderful Teaching visit in Washington State

 Just home from this week's visits. I spent 3 great days in beautiful Washington State. A lecture with Puyallup Guild and Lecture/ Workshop with the spunky quilters at Block Party Quilters.  Here's a promised quick overview of our Fun Faces Workshop designed to create an informal portrait of someone they know. The end result is intended to be somewhere between a cartoon like image and reality.  So here we go... all color work is using Tsukineko pigment inks in bottle or marker form  named Fabrico). These are permanent when heat set. Click on photos for enlarged view!!!

First participants chose from a mixture of patterns I brought!  They selected amongst several head/jawline shapes, hair styles, sets of eyes, nose, lips, glasses.
Selections made and followed by cut and paste to chosen head shape. Yeah.. we made a person in a matter of minutes.  Now to ink! 
The order of things on this piece.. After placing a skin tone fabric over the drawing... ( benartex fabric  apple butter color #1)  we moved on... 
1)Using Fabrico 152 marker... outline eye area leaving bottom center w/o a line.
2) Block in color of eyes, a black marker places a small C as a pupil. (We'll add white highlites later) 
3) The upper eyelid warrants a darker line .. i.e sort of an eyeliner.   
4) Using rubbed down ink no. 52 (sand) .. apply very light contour on face, neck. 
5) draw in hairline with marker -# 152 sand in this case) 
6) I like to outline clothing and maybe earrings at this stage too.  
7) I used  Fabrico marker #157 to outline her lips ( ash rose) 
Admittedly .. she's a bit ghost-like now so let's keep going. 
7) I've added some #33 pink cheek blush ( go VERY light here)
8) Filled in lips with no. 57 ash rose... got it dry, and added a highlite on the lower lip.  
I've done 2 things here...
9) added some #53 autumn leaf (very very dry brush rubbed) to warm up the dirty look of # 52 shading on her face.
10) Blocked in #53 Autums leaf as hair. 
I've now addes
11) some darker shadows in hair ( #55) truffle and some small amounts of dry brush no 11 ( yellow)
12) Lets block in clothing.... No. 33 rose pink on her collar
No 20... Lagoon on her shirt.  
13) Once the eyes are dry, drop in highlites (#80 bottled ink) 
14) I added merely an inference of eyelashes on the upper lid
15) a dry brush dot of pink at the inner edge of the eye
16) a very thin sketchy outline of glasses in red made them look more finished.
I think we're done with this fun! 

It's amazing what a simple contour drawing can do to get you from  start to finish!

Happy Quilting All... 
Off to Sunday Church!!! 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Big Q for Sports

Summer is usually about family stuff and 'am working on applying the Big Q pattern using sports fabrics (for my athletic 7 year old grandson).   This 4 block set will be duplicated throughout his bedspread top.  Think it will look good. Hope he likes. !!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

One Fine Abstract by Angie

One of the  many drawings I bring to my one day  painting with inks class can be tackled with as little as 3 inks  allowing students just wanting to 'give it a try' a chance to do so without needing a bunch of supplies. Angie (with the Modesto guild in April)... went far the other direction using lots of inks applying her plan for a colorful/playful abstract.  I so enjoyed watching her painting progress in class, and now she was kind enough to let me share her finished work.  SO FUN!!!
LOVE IT!!!!  Thanks Angie!
click on photo for enlarged view!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Call It Grand for a Reason

Doing a good Grammie thing this week... introducing my 16 yr old grandaughter Kaley to road trip traveling and enjoying nature.  Her reaction to the grandeur of the Grand Canyon is seen below ...It's sure big!
Such a humbling masterpiece in nature: 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Navajo Nations Antelope Slot Canyon

 On day 2 of our road trip...One of the most photographed places in the U.S. A at the north border of Arizona. Just outside the city of Page are the upper and Lower Slot Canyons. Narrow walkways through these canyons provide light and dark contrasts of exquisite earth.  This formation is commonly called the dragons eye... This was taken with my big Canon SLR but frankly there were spectacular no flash photos being  taken from smart phones.  Incredible improvements in cameras.

 We had plenty of time to move through the  upper canyon and photograph, but little time to return to our point of origin.  The canyon was closing for a flash flood warning.  We experienced no problem but one could see the enormous cloud moving through the area. That is one black cloud.

Friday, July 10, 2015

"Out Of Africa"

I have been on a dead run... Colorado Granddaughter  Kaley arrived last month for summer in California.  So far... I've taught  two granddaughters how to sew jammie pants... bear in mind... I don't make clothing.... but it's done, they wear them, and ofcourse... we have fabric for a second set.
This week, we made a whirlwind trip to Arizona.  Kaley was excited to visit this great place near Sedona(OUT Of Africa Wildlife Adventures)   These big cats were soooo exciting.  These are a few of my pics.
This white tiger was breathtakingly beautiful.
A lioness just finishing a snack...
I had a mighty long lens for this guy.
Great eyelashes, eh? 
Perhaps the most exciting event at Out of Africa is the afternoon tiger splash. 5 adult tigers literally playing in and around a pool like very large kittens,  Usually, trainers who have been with and are loved by these animals for a long time are in the pen with the animals... but not on this day as tigers are spooked by distant thunder, I show this pic so you can see how BIG they are.  The 6ft trainer is dwarfed by this big cat.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Updating My Business Card

Been meaning to do this for some time.... It's cost me to add this on the back side of my card but the  blog links I've added are maybe my best tips for art quilters starting with  1) how to BLOCK a quilt, 2) mark and square up a blocked art quilt, and last 3) face an art quilt. Click on any photo for enlarged view!
 I just ordered these so I should have these In Houston, Empty Spools, Quilting in The Desert Camp for sure!  Happy Quilting All!