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Thursday, 18 August 2022
Class - Wash and Ink
Topic: Online Class

The next class I took from Art-Classes.com was a mini-class called Wash and Ink. There were five lessons only and we learned to create loose washes of waterolor and draw over the result to make finished drawings.

In the first lesson the instructor worked on a lilac bloom. I elected to do a hydrangea so I could learn the 'technique' without copying her drawing.

I did two of the 'jellyfish' lesson. I should have stopped with just one as I like the contrast better in the first one I did.


When I got to the tree exercise, I was glad to have taken previous classes (Confident Sketching, Watercolor Jumpstart)

The confident sketching class helped with this one, too.

I refered back to the Watercolor Jumpstart sketchbook in color mixing for this betta fish.

When I was done with the five lessons in the class, I re-watched the demonstration in the advertising and recreated that piece as well.


These are all done on 9 x 12 pieces of Arches watercolor paper so are larger in scale than they appear here. The two jellyfish are side by side on one sheet of the 9 x 12 paper.

Ddd

 

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 6 August 2022
Class - Watercolor Jumpstart
Topic: Online Class

I had bought several online classes from art-classes.com and kept setting them aside to work on 'at a later date'. This one I registered for in 2018!

I finally looked at everything I had pending and arranged them in what I thought would be a logical order where lessons could build upon one another and this one came out as being a top priority for me.

First we had instructions on creating our own sketchbook out of a full sheet of watercolor paper and were provided with a supply list. Yes, I did make the sketchbook and bought the recommended brushes, paints and other items back in 2018.

The sketchbook is created in such a way that it accordian-folds from both directions so one side flips through the color-theory lessons and the other side flips through the technique exercises.

Here are my pages:

Exploring different pigment consistencies

Cool and warm colorwheels. Only the yellow, red and blue are actual pigments, All the other colors are mixed from them.

Colorways - used variety of yellows, reds and blues with all other colors mixed from them

Mixing every color of the cool and the warm primaries with each other

Mixing every red in my palette with every blue for resulting purples. Then doing the same with every yellow and every blue for resulting greens.

Mixing every yellow with every red for the resulting oranges.

Exploring the transition from one pure color to another by varying pigment ratios

Exploring color blending with varying pigment consistencies next to one another

On the technique side of the sketchbook we first created plain flat washes (below) and washes with a glaze (above) The upper ones will be used as background in a later lesson.

A flat wash with wet-into-wet color added. This will be used as a background in a later lesson

Using the 'warm' glazed wash to practice skinny single-stroke leaves

Using the 'cool' glazed background to practice fat leaves with negative painting

Dry-brushing birch trees

Deciduous trees and evergreen trees.

Changing edges with spraying

Negative painting and layering

Wet-into-wet roses

Mixing pigments on the paper for natural colors

Combining techniques for a winter snow scene

Combining techniques for a sunset lake scene


When I wasn't sure enough of the technique to go directly to the sketchbook I bractices a couple of exercises on spare paper. In the end, I did some ink drawing on them and turned them into greeting cards.


The scethbook becomes a useful resource when working on future projects - especially for color mixing.

Ddd


 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 31 May 2022
Entwined Butterflies
Topic: Quilting

On to the next of the lap quilts for the hospital Passages program delivery this weekend. I will have a total of 8 to take in (unless I can squeeze enough time to finish one I am just starting).

This one is using a pattern called 'Entwined' from the book 'Quick As a Wink 3-Yard Quilts' from Fabric Cafe. You may recognize it as the pattern I used to make the recent Quilt of Valor from red, white and blue fabrics - double the size.

I started with the light butterfly fabric and chose two tone-on-tone prints with colors from the butterflies. 


The butterflies also have a bit of a golden tone in their coloring so I used that color of thread for the quilting. The pattern for the quilting is the same as the last two quilts - those loose curls.


The binding is the same print as the outer border, as you can see.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 30 May 2022
All Aflutter
Topic: Quilting

This quilt actually was quilted on the longarm the same day as the one posted yesterday and both were bound on the same day (yesterday). But I wanted them to have their own day to shine so I delayed the posting of this one a day.

The pattern for this one is Roman Holiday from the book Quick As a Wink 3-Yard Quilts from Fabric Cafe. I changed the title to All Aflutter to represent the butterfly print in the feature fabric. 


The purple and green fabrics were 'close matches' to colors in the butterfly fabric.


In this photo you can also see the big curl quilting that is the same as that used on yesterday's quilt.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 29 May 2022
Seas the Daze
Topic: Quilting

Quilt completed today is from a pattern called Illusions which is from the book Modern Views With 3-Yard Quilts by Fabric Cafe.

The name I gave my version is Seas the Daze because the pink and blue fabrics are from the same design and are covered with white line art of fish and other sea creatures. The black fabric has white and silver plant life that I decided would represent fan coral.


Here is a better view of the fabrics.


I quilted with a pattern of big curls that will represent waves.


The original pattern layout was to place matching squares in a diagonal line across the quilt. I rearranged them to be in concentric pattern around the center.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:07 PM PDT
Monday, 23 May 2022
Flower Boxes
Topic: Quilting

I completed anothed of the quilts from Fabric Cafe. This is from her book Easy Peasy 3-Yard Quilts and the pattern is Town Square.

Due to my fabric selection, I called my version Flower Boxes. This is all from my stash.


U used a big loose flower pantograph for the quilting.


 

 

This is a quilt for the hospital Passages program.

 

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 20 May 2022
Loading the Longarm
Topic: Quilting

This post may NOT be of interest to anyone but I'm going to put it out there anyway so I can refer people to it if they DO ever have questions.

When I inherited my Innova longarm quilting machine in 2019 I had never laid hands on one before. I had seen them demonstrated at the State Fair and at quilt shows but I never tried one out. So, after I had a dealer come and put it all together for me I went into their store and took a one-day class. 

I needed to know everything from how to put in a bobbin to how to thread the machine; how to change a needle and what kind of thread to use; how to make it go and how to stop it; truly, I knew nothing. I then watched a lot of videos on YouTube on how to load projects and spent some time playing.

I found that some things from one video and something else from another worked best for me and so developed my own process of loading, basting, quilting, advancing and finishing to make my quilts a real pleasure to longarm.

My longarm has 'red snappers' installed in the leading edges of the canvas leaders. Someone without red snappers or someone with zippers will undoubtedly use a totally different process. I have NO experience with that so will only discuss what I know and use.

So, Here we go. Keep in mind that it takes much longer to SHOW and EXPLAIN the steps than it does to actually DO them!

First, I load my backing with the selveges on the top and bottom and any seams in the backing  running left to right. This keeps a ridge from building up down the middle which happens when a top to bottom seam stacks as it winds over and over itself.  If the selvege is the longest side then the quilt will be on its side as it is quilted. If the selvege is on the short side of the backing the quilt will going through top to bottom.

I measure the sandwich layers by folding the top in quarters and the backing in quarters and stack them with the folded corners together. Leave the selvege to selvege length uncut and try to make it 8 inches or more beyond the end of the quilt top. I trim the sides two to three inches beyond the quilt top. Mark the edges of the top and the backing where the folds are as this gives you centering references. Cut a batting the same size as the backing by folding it in quarters and stacking as well. Mark the centering references on the batting. NOW you're ready to take it to the longarm machine.

Here is what my machine looks like:


I've marked the parts according to what I call them (sometimes not their 'official name'). Note that three of the bars have canvas leaders attached. These all have a folded edge with a red plastic rod inside (a part of the red snapper system). They each also have a measuring tape attached which counts outward from a centering zero.

Roll the front bar so the leader edge is just behind the top of the bar. Lay the selvege edge of the backing FACE DOWN and align the centering mark on its edge with the zero marking on the measuring tape. Align the printed edge of the backing along the folded and stitched edge of the leader and place a pin straight down into the leader. Align the front edge at the 5-inch mark and place an upright pin. Repeat every 5 inches to the end.

At the end, place TWO pins to keep edge from pulling inward. Repeat across the left front of the backing.

You will then have the entire front selvege edge pinned into place every 5 inches with double pins at each end.

Starting at the zero center pin, press one end of red snapper into place over the inserted rod in the leader. Work outward to the end of the red snapper.

Repeat on other side. Then take out all the pins.

Spread the backing up over the takeup bar.

Roll the backing onto the front bar, smoothing out any wrinkles as you go.

Make sure to keep the edges aligned so you know your backing is loading squarely.

When the backing is approaching the end it will fall off the takeup bar onto the table.


Move to the back of the machine.

Pull the backing UNDER the deadbar and up to the takeup bar (May have to release the front bar tension and unroll a bit to give enough slack to pull the selvege up to the takeup bar). Align the centering mark of the selvege with the zero marking on the leader and secure with a pin going straight in, just like we did on the front.

Continue pinning every 5 inches and use two pins on the ends as before.

Working from the centering zero outwards, pop on the red snappers the same as was done on the front edge. Then remove the pins.

Take up any slack on the front bar to verify the backing is even tension and square.

Release tension on takeup bar and roll everything forward onto the front bar until the BACK red snapper is well away from the deadbar. Mark the left and right edges 6 to 8 inches from the red snapper on both side edges.

Place the edge of your batting along the edge of the back leader, using the centering marks to align it. Smooth and pin through the backing and batting.

Smooth the batting over the  front bar and tuck in behind the unused bar at the bottom front of the machine.

Run a straight line from one side of the quilt to the other between those side pins you installed. Insert pins straight down every few inches as guides.

Place the quilt top on top of the batting using the centering marks for alignment and butting the fabric edge right up against the guide pins. Pin in place, leaving about 1/2 inch of fabric outside the pins.

Remove the standing guide pins.

Lift and 'float' the top to lay smoothly over the batting and over the front bar.

Baste the top edge of the quilt top about 1/8 inch from the fabric edge. I use stitches that are about 3/4 to 1 inch in length.

When I get to the far end I use a serpentine line to hold the batting so it won't flip up and get in the way.

Remove the leading pins from the batting, the quilt top and the side edges of the backing. (No pins left behind at this point). Roll sandwich back to the position you will use to sew the first pass of quilting.

Use long stitches to baste down the left and right edges of the quilt top. NOW, if you are starting to panic over how much this is to accomplish, know this: From the time I took the photo of the empty machine at the beginning until this side basting was completed was exactly 69 minutes. This included the time to take the photos!

I use paper pantographs (continuous patterns on a long roll of paper) to do my quilting. It is all hand guided by using a little red laser dot to trace along the design while the sew head is making stitches. So at this time I choose my pattern, align it under gridded plastic on the table and begin the quilting. The machine has stitch regulation so I can go at my own speed and the stitches come out uniformly.

This is the first pass (I rolled it forward before taking the photo)

Here is second pass without rolling it forward again so you can see how the pattern nests together.


I continue on until reaching the front edge of the top. I usually have to leave off a portion of the last row so it is not stitching too far beyond the top.

With all the quilting done (2 hours and 27 minutes) The tension is loosened and the red snappers are peeled off the front edge.

That edge naturally falls to the table.

Move to the back of the machine and unroll the quilt from the takeup bar, allowing it to fan-fold on the table.

Peel off the red snappers from the back.

Now you can trim your quilt as usual so it is ready for binding.

Here's a closeup of one repeat of my quilting pattern. READY FOR THE GOOD NEWS? The entire process from loading the machine to a trimmed quilt was FOUR HOURS AND TWELVE MINUTES.

Here is my finished quilt after binding.


I hope you find this useful. and a reassurance that this is not a lengthy, difficult process. YOU CAN DO IT!

Ddd



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 19 May 2022
Locked Boxes
Topic: Quilting

Finally, another quilt done. I HAVE been working on quilting a lot but this is the first in a while to come to completion.

I got on a kick of cutting and creating kits for patterns from some borrowed books from Fabric Cafe. The series is 3-yard quilts and in all of these patterns a lap quilt is made using one yard eash of three different fabrics. I cut and kitted TWELVE quilt tops and pieced four of them - all from my stash.

Then, one pattern struck me a being just right for patriotic colors but I wanted a larger size. So I actually needed to purchase fabric so I could 'double the recipe' and use TWO yards of each color.

The pattern I used is from the book 'Quick As a Wink' and is called 'Entwined'. 


I called this 'Locked Boxes'.

I didn't buy enough of this flag print for the backing so I added in strips of red, white and blue to stretch it out.


This oversized throw was made as a Quilt of Valor and awarded to a family friend who served as a Marine in Vietnam and beyond. He was very appreciative.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 12 March 2022
Class Homework: Sketching
Topic: Drawing

Over at www.art-classes.com I took a class called 30 Days To More Confident Sketching.

One day at a time we watched videos and learned to sketch with only graphite pencils in a varying selection of hard/soft leads. This gives the range of lights/darks for highlights and shadows. 

For some lessons there were photos provided to draw from but in most cases I researched to find similar subjects with different layouts so I could practice what I had learned rather than just copying the instructor stroke for stroke.

These are the pages in my sketchbook:

 





 

 

 

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sketching Class
Topic: Drawing

Some time back I took a class called Whimsical Sketching. Then I took one called Drawing 101. Just this week I completed one titled 30 Days to More Confident Sketching. All sound similar but are completely different in scope and intention.

Whimsical sketching was pen and ink used to draw allover themed cartoony pages. Those included random flowers on one, birds on branches for another, stacks of packages, a tower of cupcakes and an underwater scene. 

Drawing 101 taught a lot of perspective lessons to make boxes, buildings, spheres, cylinders and natural objects fit properly into their environment with scale, angles and details looking correct.

This latest, More Confident Sketching, covered a wide range of themes using only graphite pencils in a variety of hardnesses to achieve highlights and shadows. The point was not to create finished detailed drawings but to learn to create sketches that could be used as a map for finished pieces in other mediums. There were first some pages where we learned about our materials and then we worked through different themes. Most of the 30 days had exercises that covered more than one page in the sketchbook.

The instructor provided the photographs for the drawings she did in the exercises. In most cases, I searched out my own photos to use as references as I wanted to be sure I was applying the principles being taught and not just copying her sketches.

Without comment, these are the pages I did as homework for this class.












I hated this exercise!





































Water is HARD!





Clouds are hard, too!



When I was done with the class, I took my final sketch and used it as the basis for a page in a devotional book I am working through.

I used one of the bird sketching lessons for another devotional book page.

I gathered together all of my reference photos and the instructor's samples and bound them into a class notebook.




Somewhere along the way I bought a pencil roll to hold all my pencils and tools (eraser, sharpener, sanding stick).

30 days of anything is quite a discipline but I made it through and will definitely return to these lessons when planning future projects.

Ddd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 27 February 2022
Heart Strings
Topic: Quilting

Here is one that is WAY out of my color comfort zone! But when I chose to do big hearts I decoded that it was time to use up some of those red and white prints from my sister's stash. She must have loved red because there are a LOT of these and I only needed 1 strip each of 12 fabrics for the hearts.

The pattern is from Missouri Star Quilt Company and was one of the alternate methods for making a heart quilt shown on Valentine's Day. I scaled back on their design and made only 12 hearts. With the sashing and borders it came up to roughly 50 x 60.


Red thread and white thread were both too stark for quilting so I selected coral. The thread on the back IS bright red and is over a medium grey print.

I did the quilting on the longarm with a pantograph called 'affection' which is continuous hearts.


This will go to Passages at the hospital.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 16 February 2022
A Little Sleight of Wrist
Topic: Beads

Today I finished up a project from the 'long overdue' category!

Two years ago, at the end of February, I attended the Sew and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup Washington and one of the classes I took was  a beading workshop. The project was a bracelet called Anastasia and it was taught by the designer, Amy Loh-Kupser of i-bead.com. She had lots of kits so we got to choose the colorway we wanted.

In the time we had in the workshop I got three units of the beading done. When I came home I put all the supplies away and didn't think about picking it up again until I consolidated about a dozen to-do lists and noticed a note on one of them for 'beading'.

Today was the day! It did take several hours but I got it all done and I love it!

Then I decided to play a bit more and take some 'beauty shots' of it using my photography light box.


Because the connectors between the units are centered itallows a lot of drape to the piece.


As complicated as it looks this only uses no 11 seed beads, no 5 seed beads and two tones of two-hole beads.


I used a loosely rolled scrapbook paper to hold the bracelet for pictures.


Here is a view of the clasp which was provided in the kit.

So, now my new bracelet is ready to wear!

And when I pulled this out of the to-do pile I realized that I had bought another bracelet kit (different pattern) and a necklace kit. More beading in my future.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:57 PM PST
Wednesday, 9 February 2022
A Pair of Bunnies
Topic: Bible Journaling

A few days ago, online instructor Sandy Allnock gave a little tutorial on drawing bunnies using a grid to establish the correct size relationships of the parts. She did one pair of bunnies facing backward and another pair facing forward.

I redrew the tutorial for myself with notes in my sketchbook for future reference.

Then I sketched out a pair of bunnies with one facing each way in my bible.

I used a very light hand with the pencil and after coloring with Prismacolor pencils I erased any graphite pencil lines that still showed.


I used 2 Peter 3:14 as my reference verse.

Here is a closeup of the drawing.


Now I want to snuggle with some rabbits!

 

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 4:00 PM PST
Monday, 7 February 2022
Provided By the Shepherd
Topic: Bible Journaling

I did another page using the online class Seeing the Scriptures - Psalm 23:1-3.

For the artwork I found a drawing on Pinterest and used a grid method to redraw it for myself. That was only for the sleeping woman, though, and I did my own freehand drawings of the blanket, water bottle and picnic basket.

My illustration was too large so I reduced it on my personal copier before tracing it onto Tomoe River paper (same weight and color as bible paper). I measured out and added the lettering before trimming the page to size and using a trimmer to round the corners.


This is a tip-in in my Journal the Word bible.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 7:08 PM PST
Sunday, 6 February 2022
Refined and Rewarded
Topic: Bible Journaling

 Scripture for today in the Seeing the Scriptures class was Job 23:10. God keeps watch on us and he knows our actions. Through his testing of us we are refined, burning out the impurities and emerging as pure as gold.

I represented the gold with the presentation of a medal with hanging bars to enumerate the virtues being rewarded.

I designed the medal and traced it in Micron pen.

 


The coloring was done with Prismacolorcolored pencils (some metallic) and there were highlights added with gold glitter gel pen on the metal areas. The 'diamonds' have silver glitter gel pen. I added shading around the left and bottom of the medal's parts to give it dimension.

I have now done 4 pages using this class and there are 8 more to go to complete it.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 2:28 PM PST
Saturday, 5 February 2022
On Bended Knee
Topic: Bible Journaling

 The next verse in the Seeing the Scriptures class was Exodus 14:14. It is about God fighting for us. I went with a quote instead of writing out scripture and illustrated with a drawing from an online tutorial.

All the pen work is done with a Micron pen and all coloring is Prismacolor Premier colored pencils.

 


This is in my NIV Journal the Word bible.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 4 February 2022
Doing What I Am Supposed To Do
Topic: Bible Journaling

 I'm finding that the scriptures selected for the class Seeing the Scriptures have often already been journaled in my bible. I have been working around this in three ways: 1) work in my interleaved bible 2) make a tip-in page for my most used bible 3) add more art to a page that has already been used.

For this page I used the third option. I only had fancy lettering of the scripture in the left margin. I added a simple illustration over the text to show how the scripture can be applied in my own life.

 


The illustration is done with Micron pen and I added just a bit of shading on the left bottom and around it with a regular graphite pencil. I smudged it a bit with my finger for blending.

Easy Peasy!

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Thursday, 3 February 2022
Hope In Him
Topic: Bible Journaling

I started another online class called Seeing the Scriptures. It teaches a way of doing study on your selected verse, working through a process of 'headwork', 'heartwork' and 'artwork', to guide toward designing something that is an artistic representation of that verse.

It can be applied to any art venture - jewelry, painting, quilting, or bible journaling.

In the first homework lesson we did the study on Isaiah 40:31. In my prior work with this verse I did the 'expected' bald eagle flying through the mountains.

This time my study led me to focus on having HOPE in God and how that gives us strength.

I wanted to incorporate the word into an EKG strip so used a piece of graph paper printed with pink and added light brown very thin lines to make the grid smaller. After doing the heartbeat and lettering I cut the strip and tore off the ends like one would see in the doctor's office.

I glued this into the bible and added the rest of the phrase in black pen.


I did a little shading on the right and borrom edges to make the strip look more dimensional.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 1:54 PM PST
Wednesday, 2 February 2022
Let's Meet At the Cabin
Topic: Quilting

When you work on two quilts at a time the finish of the second one comes quickly on the heels of the first.

I actually cut the pieces for this quilt a couple of years ago when I had borrowed an Accuquilt cutter from a friend along with a few of her dies. I cut two full sets of Log Cabin strips then divided them up so I had one set of blocks with a 6 inch center wrapped with cabin strips. I made another quilt using 6 inch log cabins bordered with wide strips to make 12 inch blocks.

Then I had left this set of 12 inch log cabin blocks - enough for 12 blocks.

Although it made for a smaller quilt I decided to butt the blocks tight together rather than using sashing. Then I finished it off with a 3 inch border.


I didn't realize until I went to store it for later giving that all three of thelast quilts I've made have yellow borders!

Because this is a traditional pattern I gave it traditional quilting using a feathered pantograph.


The entire quilt is from scraps in the stash.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 3:32 PM PST
Tuesday, 1 February 2022
Crystal Doorway
Topic: Quilting

Are you old enough to remember those beaded burtains that were popular in the 1960s?

Missouri Star Quilt Company shared a tutorial on a quilt called Chandelier that certainly had that vibe for me. I pulled fabric scraps from my stash for this and used a cotton/poly blend in taupe for the background (left over from sister's stash passed down to me).

I was excited to be able to use my new Accuquilt setting triangle dies until I realized the quilt blocks were 8.5 inches. The setting triangles I have are for either 8 inch or 9 inch blocks. I just used the 9 inch set and trimmed the whole quilt edge before adding the border.


I used a semi-floral pantograph for the quilting.


This whole quilt has a fresh, modern vibe.

Ddd


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

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