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Wednesday, 11 January 2017
Bible Journalling - Psalm 139:17-18
Topic: Bible Journaling

Ooooh, I love it when a project comes out exactly like I planned it!

Last time I had my Bible journalling out I made a note of several scriptures I wanted to illustrate and did some rough pencil sketches in a notebook. So, when I got ready to work today, I already had a starting place.

I selected Psalm 139:17-18 to illustrate with a beach scene.

As usual, I completed the sketch in the Bible with fine-line black pen and used colored pencils to finish it.

I don't know why the photo does not show it, but on the lettering (the wider parts) are double lines with purple colored between them to match the distant hills.

This was drawn and colored completely from the imagination. The only reference I used was a look-up of a photo of a sandpiper so I could get the pose correct.

I added lots of little dots around the critters and around the last words in the quote, "the grains of sand", to join them to the illustration.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:06 PM PST
Saturday, 31 December 2016
2016 Wrap-Up
Topic: Multi-Technique

And so ends another year...

This year, instead of reviewing only my 10 favorite projects of the year, I decided to compile a list of accomplishments for the year on the blog.

First I ought to point out, as a reminder, that this was the year I stopped creating art to 'feed the blog' and started using the blog only as new art was completed, letting it happen in its own time. This began the first of June just as I had completed 9 years of posting art daily. It was a milestone moment and I chose to make the change that would allow me to relax a bit and let the art develop on its own schedule. The result was 69 blog entries June-December rather than the 217 that it would have taken to fill every day. I like it!

So, what did I do with all that time?

Quilting: completed 20 (baby quilts and lap quilts), 1 tree skirt, 6 placemats (retro campers), pieced 4 tops (lap quilts ready to be quilted), cut all the pieces for 1 quilt, started 2 mystery quilts (in progress).

Sewing: made 6 microwave bowl buddies, 1 small boxed bag, 4 pairs of pants, 2 pillowcases, 2 fabric origami boxes, 9 woven fabric ornaments, 2 zippered makeup bags, 1 insulated lunch bag.

Bible Journalling: This was a totally new endeavor started in September. I have 9 pages completed (pen and ink with colored pencils).

Artwork: 1 colored pencil drawing.

Digital projects: 3 calendars from Shutterfly, 5 books from Shutterfly, 10 cards from Shutterfly.

Challenges: 16 projects using Tim Holtz's Twelve Tags series for inspiration.

Gardening: A shared endeavor with Mom.

In the Kitchen: 26 Freezer to Crockpot meals (haven't sampled all of them yet but we're making note of the ones we want to make again), Preserving from the garden to go in the freezer (corn on the cob, breaded scallop squash, butternut mash, diced tomatoes, roasted summer squash, diced peppers).

Jewelry: 1 bracelet.

Cards: 143 hand made.

Travel: California coastal cruise, Riverboat cruise, Omaha NE, Lynchburg TN, Ephrata WA.

Miscellaneous: 2 watercolor pieces (using stamps for the sketch), 1 decorated blank book (for use as a travel journal).

Grand total: 288 items plus travel and gardening.

I also read 195 magazine issues and innumerable books (including all the assignments for a 16 in 2016 challenge)

Yep, I keep busy!

I would point out that, this year, my very favorite art-related activity is not something I created but a place we visited. We only scheduled a few hours for our visit to The Getty Center (Museum) in Los Angeles. We were mesmerized by all we saw but had to pick and choose as we rushed through. We had to totally skip the Maplethorpe exhibit, the sculpture gardens, and entire centuries of artwork. I loved standing in front of original paintings and sculptures by the world's renouned artists throughout time. I want to go back. I want to spend days there. I want to see it all! I also want to visit other museums like the Smithsonian, the Louvre, the Metropolitan, etc. I LOVE ART!

So, goodbye 2016. Hello 2017, here's to another art-filled year.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:14 AM PST
Tuesday, 27 December 2016
12 Tags of 2016 - December
Topic: Multi-Technique

I did it! I really, really did it! I finished all of the 2016 12 tags in 2016! LOL.

I wasn't sure I was going to get this last one done but when I realized I needed some 'thank you' cards for Christmas gifts received.

Here are the techniques that Tim Holtz combined:

And this is the tag he created:

I made cards this time out and here are the steps I used (I left out some of Tim's process):

- apply versamark ink to the inside front of a word embossing folder

- put colored cardstock in the folder and run theough the Cuttlebug

- scoop gold embossing powder onto the versamark ink

- melt embossing powder with heat tool

- select metal embellishments including some with text

- use wet glue to apply metal embellishments to colored cardstock. trim

- use Xyron to adhere text paper to a colored base card

- use wet glue to adhere the mounted metal embellishments to the card front

- use Cuttlebug to cut out 'greenery' from colored cardstock

- adhere to card front

- add rhinestones to serve as berries in the greenery

- glue a white card liner inside

Here are the four cards I made:

Challenge met!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 7:50 PM PST
Friday, 23 December 2016
Christmas Surprise
Topic: Quilting

With the best of intentions I selected an assortment of Christmas fabrics and cut 5-inch squares to follow a tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Comapny.

I went off the rails on the very first step! We were supposed to construct a 9-patch like this (the colored patches are all different though):

Instead, I made ALL my 9-patches like this:

You gotta understand that the blocks are a variety of colors. On mine, though, the centers are all the same (I'll show you later why).

Then the instructions showed to slice the 9-patch blocks like this and swap the cut-off sides to antoher block:

I realized that with my four white corners, the swapping out of the cut-off sides would bring back more white corners. Shoot!

So I sliced mine all ther way to the sides in both directions like this:

When the tutorial swaps out the cut-off sides with another block they get this:

Mine was NOT going to work that way so I swapped out those white corners for 2 1/2 inch colored squares (using all the same ones) and then added 1/2 inch sashing between all the elements. Mine looks like this:


Put 12 of their blocks together and you get this:

Here's a picture from the tutorial:

I decided mine needed 2 inch sashings and cornerstones so the layout became like this:

And here is the final result:

So, here's why I used the same center block in all the 9-patches. I had this adorable chickadee fabric:

Here's the block:

Beautiful gold metallic sashing with block corners and red cornerstones:

As I was working on the blocks I had every intention of finishing this off with cheery prairie points around the edges. But I put in that shiny gold sashing and it threw a little tantrum and declared itself much too sophisticated for those country-style trimmings.

So I added a gold over-printed red backing (it is of the same line as the featured chickadees).

Then I used the green holly from the block corners for the binding.

I call this quilt Christmas Surprise because it surprised me from the very first step where I went wrong.

I'll be keeping this one for myself.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:19 PM PST
Thursday, 22 December 2016
Here To Help
Topic: Collage

I needed a card as an encouragement for someone going through some tough times. My immediate thought was the phrase 'hold it together' and I had a flash of all the things we use to do just that.

So I layered a patterned cardstock on the front of a base card and went to town embellishing it with fasteners of all sorts. I included: stitching, binder clip, bobby pin, knotted ribbon, clothes pin, paper clip, padlock, brad, button, hair clip, safety pin, bandaid, staples, washi tape  and velcro!

I used different sets of letter stickers to spell out: "when you know where to look"

Then the message continues on the inside: "you'll find the way to hold it together"

You can see in this view where the velcro was used - to hold the card closed.

I used more knotted ribbon, stapled on, to hold a charm of praying hands.

The white block is just where I covered the personal message I added to the bottom of the card.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 7:54 PM PST
Wednesday, 21 December 2016
12 Tags of 2016 - November
Topic: Multi-Technique

This project will almost catch me up with the 2016 tag series - though I chose another display piece instead of a tag.

I also changed the theme from 'Thanksgiving' to 'travel' for my project.

Here are the two techniques Tim combined:

And this is the Tag he created:

These are the steps I used to create my project:

- Apply rubons around the edges of base piece (I used landscape themed and postal images)

- Color background with Distress Stain - blending colors and adding water to mottle

- Distress edges with tool and ink (I used walnut stain)

- Stamp a 'blueprint image' on the background - set aside

- Stamp same image several times on watercolor paper

- Watercolor these using Distress Marker as watercolors

- Deboss from the back to create 3D image

- Trim to colored image size

- Deboss 'forward' elements of other images and trim them out for 3D elements

- Mount layers together using foam tape

- Use Glossy Accents on the areas of the image that are 'glass'

- Use diecut words on the background

- Back the cutouts with colored cardstock

- Use Distress Marker to add drop shadows inside the text

- Layer the watercolored image stack over the stamped image on the background

- Spatter the whole piece with black Distress Ink

- Use brad to attach a charm

And here is the piece I did:

One more 'tag' project to complete and my year will be done.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 20 December 2016
12 Tags of 2016 - October
Topic: Multi-Technique

I realized I got way behind on completing the projects Tim Holtz designed for his blog. With three projects left to do and only 11 days to get them done in the year assigned, I decided I had better get crackin'.

I had written out the steps Tim used when the bog posts first appeared but it had been so long that I had to look the post up before I started so I could refresh my mind on what the goal was!

Here is the techniques Tim combined:

And here is his project for October:

Tim went all out for Halloween in the October tag but, it being so late, I decided to go in a whole different direction. Here are the steps I used for my project:

- On a base surface create a patchwork collage of various elements according to the desired theme, using a matte medium as a glue and a sealant. 

- I started with two papers with cutout sections. These I overlaid with printed tissue paper, then I went to town with all sorts of butterfly stickers, staying with the more realistic-looking ones.

- Allow the collage to fully dry

- Lightly sand edges

- Apply Picket Fence Distress Stain over surface and wash/wipe away some to create a shabby effect

- Use Distress Ink pad in Black Soot to darken the edges of the panel

- Use Distress Marker in Black Soot to create a drop shadow under all the butterflies and immediately smudge with finger to soften

- Spatter with black ink

- Use word dies to punch out the word 'beautiful' in the background

- Back the work cut-out with bright paper

- Stamp hand-carved butterfly on bright paper and again on shimmer paper

- Carefully cut out both butterflies

- Stamp just the antennae on the background

- Glue the shimmer paper butterfly to the background, aligning with the antennae

- Use wet glue to attach only the body of the bright butterfly to the shimmer layer

- Fold up the wings on the bright layer and then attach to the shimmer layer using a small bit of foam tape

Ready for the reveal?

You can see I once again made a display piece instead of a tag. I chose to make this one for use in the Spring.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:24 PM PST
Monday, 19 December 2016
Bible Journaling - John 10:27
Topic: Bible Journaling

Today I set aside the quilting projects and got out my journalling Bible.

I had collected some photos of sheep from the internet onto my phone so I decided to use John 10:27 as the reference.

I sketched the sheep in my sketchbook and outlined it in dark black ink. This allowed me to trace it in pencil into the Bible where I used the black fineline marker to finalize the illustration. I added curly wool to him and then finished with colored pencils.

The text section was sketched out in pencil directly on the page and then refined with the black fine line marker.

I highlighted the scripture in the text where it passes behind the head of the sheep.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 3:18 PM PST
Wednesday, 7 December 2016
When Were You Last Carded?
Topic: Scrap Recovery

I usually work on Christmas cards throughout the year but I haven't been working a lot on cards for a while now. When I opened my card box I found I had FOUR cards done for Christmas! That will NOT do.

I pulled out my 'parts and starts' drawer and found I had three years' worth of card fronts saved from ones we had received from friends and family. 

I set to work trimming down the artwork I wanted to re-use. Then I went through my bin of Christmas papers and selected one to go with each illustration. Next it was on to choosing a solid bordering paper.

I cut all the parts to size and layered them on white base cards. I was working in two basic sizes: 5.5 x 4.25 and 6 x 4.5 (these were the envelope sizes I had on hand).

The final step was to pull out the Christmas sticker bag and find appropriate color/style stickers for each card face. I did not do this with those whose artwork already contained a sentiment.

These are the cards I ended up with - four photos:

My last batch of cards were part of a "10 Free" offer from Shutterfly. I didn't make the cards by hand but the illustration is a photo of a hummingbird painting that I did and uploaded to the site.

NOW I'm ready to write our Christmas letter and get to addressing the envelopes. I will probably have leftovers to start the bin for next year.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 7:46 AM PST
Monday, 5 December 2016
It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas
Topic: Quilting

For a couple of years I have been wanting to make a quilted tree skirt but had to wait until I found just the right pattern. In the November/December 2015 issue of Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting magazine I found just what I wanted. Then this summer I chose a perfect range of fabrics in the outdoor sale at Fabric Depot.

Not a one of the fabrics are Christmas fabrics. One of them has a little red flower on a white field but it is more of a daisy-like shape. No trees, no hokly, no snowflakes, no snowmen or santas or reindeer. They are just red, green and toast in small geometric patterns.

The pattern uses a LeMoyne Star and lots of diamonds.

It also uses THIRTY-SIX 'Y' SEAMS! Holy moly, that's a lot! Special templates are used to trim the corners of the squares so they fit together at the edges and the LeMoyne Star was supposed to be trimmed with a special tool but I wasn't going to buy it just for this project so I developed my own trimming method. this caused my triangles in the stars to become paralellograms instead. (No mistakes - just creative choices).

AND if one is not an expert at binding corners they will be by the end of this - 9 outer corners and 8 inner corners. A circle at the center used bias binding which was a new process for me.

Here is the over-all view:

I added ties to the open edges to close the back:

I pieced the back so I wouldn't have to buy more yardage to make one large piece. This is where eight of the Y seams are (in those outer edges).

I like this project very much! time to trim the tree.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 7:24 PM PST
Saturday, 26 November 2016
Topic: Around the House

While we were looking through the binoculars at the beaver we could see a bir partially concealed standing at the far side of the pond. I took several photos of it and enlarged them to try to identify it.


In this one he is in the upper left of the screen:

Here's a color enhanced one:

Color enchanced one of him in the water:

Here he is with his girlfriend:

In my mind the term 'wood duck' sprang to mind and when I looked it up there he was pictured. Whoever took this photo had a much better view and got this great photo of both the male and female wood duck.

Isn't he beautiful? There are various versions of wood ducks with slightly different patterning, but this is the closest I found - given the restricted view we had

We've not had any of these before and we've been here since 1989!

10 Canada geese have moved into the pasture across the road and down one house. They totally ignore the 5 horses that live there.

Then today we saw 10-12 hummingbirds flitting in and out of the branches of the maple tree in the front yard.

The birds are taking over!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 2:38 PM PST
Friday, 25 November 2016
The Back and Forth
Topic: Around the House

Now that fall is here and the leaves hav cleared from the trees, we have a nice view of the neighbor's pond again. When the air is still we watch for ripples on the water as a signal that the beaver is out and about.

The other day we watched with the binoculars as braches were gathered from the north side of the pond and transported to the south (the whole pond is a little less than 1/2 acre)

We had watched a documentary on beavers last year so we know that they use the trees and branches for two thing - building their dens and stocking food for winter (they eat the bark from small branches).

We also assume this is a male beaver and not too old as it is new to the area and the males go off to set up a new home site when they have finished their apprenticeship of building with their parents and are ready to find/attract a mate. We're guessing, since he was here last year too, that he is about 4 years old.

In any case, after watching with the binoculars, it occured to us to see if we could get photos.

fun, huh?

We're still not too thrilled with his den-building as he has changed the place where the creek exits so it no longer goes under the pasture access through the culvert but flows over it about 50 feet away.

Giant rodents - gotta love em!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:18 AM PST
Wednesday, 23 November 2016
Bible Journalling - Psalm 147:4
Topic: Bible Journaling

The journal page I did in my Bible this time is Psalm 147:4.

I started with the lettering this time and tried to make creative designs. 

I wanted to use a night sky for obvious reasons and needed a base to ground it. To do that I drew a night skyline of high-rises and residences. I colored these with black, dark greys, dark brown and dark green.

The sky is colored with layers of three pencils - a red-violet, a purple and a dark blue. These were worked around drawn stars.

Some of my favorite parts of the lettering are: the numbering, the moon as the letter 'C', a star in each letter of the word 'each', and a name badge for the word 'name'.

This whole area was colored in a variety of yellows.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 22 November 2016
Rainbow Pencils
Topic: Coloring

Since I bought my set of 72 Prismacolor pencils I have kept them in their original order in the tin, carefully removing individual pencils to color with and returning them to the same slot when done.

The drawback to this was that each of the three trays was a 'step up' from the next smaller set of pencils so had a full range of colors. Each had a few greens, a few reds, a few yellows...

To color a tree, for instance, I might pull and use greens from al three trays and it was difficult to compare tones and tints to find the ones I wanted.

I broke down and pulled all the pencils out of the trays and arranged them by chroma. The first two trays are the rainbow rundown: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. The third tray contains the two metallics (gold and silver) the white and black and all the browns, warm greys and cool greys.

This arrangement made them so much easier to work from.

I'll show tomorrow the Bible journalling page I worked from this new pencil lineup.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 21 November 2016
Simple Celebration
Topic: Paper Embroidery

Many times the concept is more attractive than the execution... I think that is true of the card being shared today.

I had a butterfly to embroider and blank area on a floral card. I chose colors to complement the floral and stitched by the directions.

I ended up with a flat, lifeless piece.

I tried to rescue it with the use of a bright stamped greeting bordered in the same color as the butterfly.

I pulled in more of the yellow by using it for the card base and allowing a border to show all around the card.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 20 November 2016
Blessing of the Trees
Topic: Paper Embroidery

When I pricked out this embroidery pattern of trees I had every intention of making this a Christmas card. I would have done this by decorating a single tree with beads.

However, after I got all the trees stitched - each in a different shade of green - I liked the effect of having a simple grove of trees. I decided to leave them plain.

The background is a subtle woodgrain.

The addition of a bordered sentiment in dark yellow calls attention to the single star.

I used a dark green patterned paper for the borders.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 19 November 2016
Let Your Light Shine
Topic: Paper Embroidery

I haven't joined any paper embroidery swaps or challenges for a while now so those arts were set aside while I persued other things. While on vacation recently, I took along my paper embroidery kit with some cards to work on. It makes a nice activity that allows for watching the scenery, chatting with others and/or watching lectures and concerts (when they don't lower the lights).

I finished up three stitchings which I could turn into cards when I got home.

This card was pricked out in a floral/swag on a two-toned houndstooth paper. I had included a red/pink/teal funky floral so stitched the flowers and swag to match.

After cutting the pieces to size I found the floral too bright so I layered a quote on vellum over the top and wrapped the edges to the back.

I mounted the decorated panel to a soft blue card base.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 18 November 2016
Denim Glitter
Topic: Nail Art

It's been a while since I posted nail art. I was waiting for my nails to grow back out after the last breakage.

A trip to the dollar store the other day netted me 10 new bottles of polish. My store carries a brand called L.A.Color. I find it to be long lasting with little chipping for up to two weeks. I always start with Revlon base coat and I add up to three color layers followed by Revlon top coat.

I rarely use one color as I like the depth I get by combining colors and textures.

I started this manicure with a pale, almost gray, purple. I did two layers of this. Then I added a clear containing two sizes of silver glitter.

The final effect makes the color look more blue and it comes off resembling a glittery denim.

No need for fancy patterns and stuff when the polish itself can present such a stunning look.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Thursday, 17 November 2016
Little Flower Burst
Topic: Quilting

This is the 56th quilt I have made for the Passages program at the hospital!

I started a couple of years ago by buying the pink floral fabric at the outdoor sale at the BIG fabric store. I had nothing to go with it and thought it looked like a little girl fabric so I set it aside.

Then I came across a pattern for an expanded pinwheel and decided to purchase fabric to use with the floral.

I bought a layer cake in teal in a line called Stonehenge. It has a marble look to it and is in five grades of intensity.

The construction is simple half-square triangles.

The yellow border is color pulled from some of the flowers in the pink print.

I only quilted in the ditch around the diamonds.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 16 November 2016
Birdcage Panel
Topic: Quilting

At the Sew and Stitchery Expo in March I picked up a panel print in the big bin of 'fabric by the pound' at one of the booths.

Having cut it apart I selected the center piece plus some of the outer border to use and combined these with coordinating colored borders from my stash.

I varied the width of the borders and just kept building and building. I did increase the width of the top and bottom on one border to make the quilt longer.

As far as quilting, I followed the lines of the print in the birdcage and along the first border of red hourglasses. I traced around the roses in the next border, added loop-the-loops in the border with tiny flowers.

The gray border was covered with a pattern of roses and leaves.

Then in the wide red border I made giant roses in cream thread.

I like this more than I expected to.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST

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