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Sunday, 12 March 2023
Watercolor Pencil Jumpstart
Topic: Techniques

I took another online class from Art-Classes.com - Watercolor Pencil Jumpstart. Having taken the colored pencil class and the watercolor class a lot of the material was cross-over but the watercolor pencils had some unique characteristics that were fun to play with.

These are my homework sheets:

When we were done we used our favorite technique to create a cover and bound all the lessons into a book.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 1 March 2023
Application of New Skills
Topic: Techniques

One advantage to taking these online art classes is that I learn new techniques for a variety of mediums that I can call upon to use in my daily activities.

I recently called upon the wash and ink class homework I did of the hydrangea in watercolor but used it with watercolor markers in my devotional book.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 27 February 2023
Topic: Painting

When I added too much detail with the inking on one of the postcard series I chose to repaint it for the set.

So I had a leftover painting and turned this version into a card.

It doesn't look too bad on its own but it was way too busy to fit in with the other finished pieces.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 26 February 2023
Watercolor Marker and Ink Class
Topic: Painting

Last fall I started a mini-class with Art-Classes.com on using watercolor markers (I used Tombow) and ink to create travel sketches. In the class the projects were all National Parks but I didn't want to do the same.

I did a lot of research to come up with views of my favorite places locally and titled the project "Postcards From Oregon".

All of the pieces of Arches Cold-Pressed Watercolor paper were cut to the size of a postcard before I began.

I started this project in October 2022 and completed the last of 16 paintings today - 4 months later.

Here they are in order of completion.

Columbia River Gorge

Crater Lake National Park

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

Portland Japanese Garden

Yaquina Bay Lighthouse

Mt Hood

Multnomah Falls

Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach

Painted Hills

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

International Rose Test Garden

Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm

Vinyards of the Willamette Valley

Silver Falls State Park

Hood River Valley Fruit Loop

Wallowa Lake

Whew! What a ride.

I used 12 of these images to create custom calendars for family members before the series was complete.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 6 January 2023
Brush and Ink
Topic: Painting

Every now and then I run across something that triggers an idea in my head for a project I want to make. I cannot remember where this idea came from.

I rewetted dried paint mixes from my watercolor pallete and used them to make a grid of colored boxes. When they were dry, I used fine-line marker to draw various plant shapes onto them.

I cut and mounted this piece to a card base and then used gold gel pen to add highlights to the leaves.

Here's a better view of the gold highlights.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 31 December 2022
Wrap It Up, People!
Topic: Multi-Technique

Here we are, ready for a wrap up review of the crafty pursuits of the year. So here is 2022 BY THE NUMBERS:


I completed 1 beaded bracelet this year and started 1 more.


I completed 19 quilts this year and started 1 more. 16 of these were donated to the hospital's Passages program. 1 was a Quilt of Valor awarded to a Vietnam Veteran. 1 was gifted to new neighbors and 1 went to a friend of family recovering from cancer.

I also cut out all the fabrics to make up 10 additional quilt kits that I will sew in the coming months.


I completed 5 online art classes: Colored Pencil Jumpstart; 30 Days To More Confident Sketching; Watercolor Jumpstart; watercolor Wash and Ink; and Watercolor Markers Travel Sketches.

I am continuing to work on Postcards From Oregon using the techniques learned in that final class.


I made 24 cards from old calendars, 2 from samples of the watercolor class, and 4 from samples for the colored pencil class.


1 made 6 finished paintings for the watercolor wash and ink class and 12 (so far) for the watercolor marker class.


I completed 14 Bible journal pages, working in 2 different Bibles.


I created 80 pages of art in a devotional book - mostly with colored pencils and markers.


I kept up with a daily journal with 365 entries in a diary.


I patricipated in the Adult Summer Reading program at the library this year. I did not keep track of everything I read but one of the logs required 25 titles. I completed several more pages of tickets so estimate a total of 40 books read. 

In addition, I read every day of the year and finish a book every other day, on average. 

On top of that, I listen to audiobooks while quilting so probably completed at least 12 that way.


Obviously, all this activity did not take up all of my life as I found time to take 3 cruises and attend 1 class reunion.


I have plans for more art classes, many more quilts, a ton more books and some vacations in the coming year. Guess I just can't stand still!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 27 December 2022
Sky Rider
Topic: Quilting

The second of the quilts made for Mom to gift started with her embroidered panel of a bald eagle.

I designed a quilt that had a lot of movement in the pattern and with colors representative of the sky.

This was quilted with edge-to-edge swirls.

The center motif got a simple echo quilting around it.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 26 December 2022
Foxy Forest
Topic: Quilting

A couple of months ago I created two quilts that I couldn't post till now because they had not been receied by their new owners.

For this one, my mom designed and stitched an embroidered panel of a red fox. I designed a quilt around it and we shopped for fabric together. I stitched the top and did longarm quilting with anedge-to-edge leaf pantograph skipping over the panel.


Then I free-hand quilted leaves around the fox panel.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 12 December 2022
Tea Party
Topic: Quilting

I had enough fabric left of the two colorways to cut ten cups of each. So I could make a layout of the same size as the previous two.

I bordered the red cups with blue fabric and the blue cups with red. These were alternated in the layout and set with green sashings and inner border.

I decided to add an extra outer border so those 2 inch borders are the same as the block borders.

Here is a better view of the fabrics used:

Same quilting pantograph as the two previous quilts.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:01 PM PST
Sunday, 11 December 2022
Red Rose Tea
Topic: Quilting

The second teacup print from my Sister's stash was a cream dotted background with red cups. I chose a stained glass rose print for the block borders and a green leafy print for the 1 inch sashings and inner border.

I ran out of the red roses so used a cream color for the outer border. The binding is a dark pink with white polka dots.

A closer view of the fabrics:

The same quilting pantograph was used as on the blue quilt, but in a soft green thread.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 10 December 2022
China Cupboard
Topic: Quilting

When I sorted my sister's fabric stash I found two colorways of the same fabric. I was with her when she bought it, saying she wanted to make kitchen curtains with it. I don't know if she ever did.

The teacups on the yardage were nicely spaced allowing me to fussy cut each cup on a 5.5 inch square. I selected 20 of my favorite teacups from the blue dotted background with dark blue cups. These each got a border of 2 inch green lace print and then they were set into blue leafy sashings of 1 inch wide. 

The first border matches the sashing and the outer border matches the block borders in fabric and width. The binding matches the sashing.

Here you can see the fabrics better:

The longarm quilting was done using a pantograph called 'Apricot'.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 29 November 2022
Poppy Fields
Topic: Quilting

Of all the quilts I've made lately, this may be my favorite one. This is a pattern from Fabric Cafe's newest book – The Magic of Three-Yard Quilts which I borrowed from a friend.

As soon as I saw this pattern I had the perfect fabric mind to use - a print that is wide stripes of poppies down the length of the yardage. The division between those stripes of poppies was a white stripe with green foliage.

I figured out which parts of the pattern cutting diagrams would end up in each area and cut up the fabrics to suit my own vision.

The star centers were supposed to be the same as their points (the red polka dot) but I cut up more of the poppy fabric for those centers. The red dot was also supposed to be used for the sashings around the green squares but I used those dividers of foliage. I wanted more of the red dot so I used it for the binding.

When quilting I decided to do custom work instead of al allover pattern. I outlined all of the poppies in the wide stripes and the star centers. Then in the centers of the green squares I did freehand flowers that resembled the poppies and finally I did leaves in the green spaces of the star blocks and around the entire green border.


Now I have to go back to piecing because this is all the tops I have completed. I do have 13 kits cut out, though.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:16 PM PST
Monday, 28 November 2022
Bird's Nest
Topic: Quilting

Today's quilt is from a free pattern I got from Fabric Cafe called 'Boomerang'.

I used fabric that has a variety of birds perched on tree branches, a blue with hearts and a bright yellow with white flowers - all from my stash.

However, once I got all the blocks made I didn't like the layout at all. I've never been too fond of patterns that are simple diagonals as they seem lopsided to me.

Here is the original layout:

So I totally rearranged everything and came up with a balanced design:

The circular design gave me the idea to call this quilt 'Bird's Nest'.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 27 November 2022
Revelation Hymn
Topic: Quilting

Churning out the three-yard quilts as donation day (to the hospital) is fast approaching. I love these types of patterns as they go so quickly and use only three yards of fabric.

This one is from a free pattern from Fabric Cafe (they do the three-yard quilt designs) called 'Awareness Ribbon'. It is all made from scraps from my stash - two colors of the same butterfly print and one of a floral.

The block was designed to be portrait alignment but my fabric was directional and that would have put all the butterflies sideways. So i used the same number of blocks but rearranged them in a horizontal alignment. It ended up making a quilt that was more squared than theirs but it works for me.


So, what about the name on this quilt? The butterfly prints have script in the background that is the words of the song of the angels in heaven as given in the book of Revelation in the Bible.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 26 November 2022
Baby's Breath
Topic: Quilting

First, a little about 'naming conventions' on my quilts. Rarely do I ever name a quilt the exact name of the pattern I used to make it. Instead, I think about the naming all the way through the process. Here are some factors:

  • what to the fabrics remind me of?
  • what does the pattern remind me of?
  • what do the colors bring to mind?
  • what was I listening to on audiobook as I made it?
  • who will it go to?
  • what is my favorite thing about the quilt?
  • when I say that name will it bring this quilt to mind?
  • have I used a similar name before?
  • does it remind me of music of a particular genre or piece?
  • is there a pun or play on words in combining any of the above?
I usually have a 'working title' that goes through several iterations as the quilt emerges.
That being said, the quilt today is called Baby's Breath. This title emerged from the combination of pink and blue fabrics as well as the feathery look of the floral focal fabric.
This is a lap size made with a pattern from Fabric Cafe's three-yard quilts series. The pattern is called 'Suite Times' and is from the book 'Easy Peasy Three Yard Quilts'

I used an overall swirl to quilt this.

I have three more quilts that are ready for longarming in the next few days, so stay tuned!




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 25 November 2022
Courtyard Garden
Topic: Quilting

I am back with another lap quilt made from a 3-yard quilt pattern. The pattern for this one is "Courtyard" from the book "Fast & Fun Three-Yard Quilts" by Fabric Cafe.

I used three fabrics from my stash. I started with the daisy fabric and selected the yellow and green to pull out colors from the print.

I had a 108" backing fabric and cut it in a way that allowed me to load TWO of these lap quilts one behind the other for longarming. I did change the quilting pattern between the two quilts.

Here is my Courtyard Garden:

I used an overall floral for the quilting that kind of has the same look as the printed daisies - cream thread in top and silver gray on the back.

The second quilt (that was loaded with this one) will be on tomorrow's post.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 16 November 2022
Peacock Stars
Topic: Quilting

Wow! Long time, no post. But rest assured it is because I have been very busy creating, but things are still in progress and not ready to post yet or they are gifts that need to wait until they have been received before revealing them here. All in due time...

I did finish up one quilt that does not have a designated recipient so that can make its debut today.

This large lap quilt is made of batik fabrics that I bought as a layercake (pre-cut 10" squares). I added the black background and the green border and binding as well as a bright purple tone-on-tone backing.

The pattern is Ohio Starlight from a Missouri Star Quilt Company video tutorial. I used the same fabrics as they did for the stars.

The quilting was done with a navy blue thread which blended better than a color on the black or a black on the colors. It is a stylized floral that reminds me of calla lily.

This was a delight to quilt. I put in a new needle and had not a single thread break on the whole thing. My thread was very linty so I did a good cleaning of the bobbin race after every pass. This is a 5" repeat pattern so that was a lot of cleaning - but well worth it.

I have 4 more tops ready to be quilted, with their backings and battings prepared. Then I have 14 'kits' cut for quilt tops and one queen top I am working on piecing between other projects. 

All will be revealed.... eventually!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:03 PM PST
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.



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.



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.




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

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