Done! Okay, I added a couple of transfers of my feather drawing. I'm done. It's done.
Now on to something else. I promise.
Everyone was enthusiastic and excited about making the serendipity papers yesterday at collage class. They found it as much fun as I had. Wait until they cut up the little squares next week! Joy! Then, the afternoon's quilting class presented another "bend in the road" for me. I had been so busy sewing the strips of those stockings last weekend, I seemed to have forgotten that the batting was supposed to be attached at that step! Woe is me. But no! As in collage, there are no mistakes with Denise. It can be remedied and I just have to add one extra step and attach it now before sewing the side seams and putting on the lining. Saved.
It's a "Transylvania" morning. Very foggy when I took the dogs out. I need to post "the bat" again.
Today begins a new six-week session of my collage classes at The Center, with a break in class for the Thanksgiving week. I am looking forward to lots of inspiration with this beautiful season and the upcoming holidays. Let's create!
Hubby had finished carving his Indian in class and he couldn't wait to finish painting it. Isn't he wonderful?
As for me...I continued with my assembly line of stockings! They are such fun! And I am so happy to be using fabric that I have had just sitting around waiting for me. Next is a leaf garland and maybe some gift cards!
Sewing most of the day yesterday. I guess I forgot to turn one side of a stocking and made two fronts, instead of a front and a back, so then had to scramble to make two backs to match. Doesn't that happen when you think you are going along so good and then whammy...a mistake happens. I guess my thoughts were scattered because I had to go out with my "club girls" last night for dinner. The meeting place was "Capri" Restaurant in Palos Heights, with 7 of us there. (We miss you GeGe.) I had one of the specials, which was Rigatoni with artichokes, red peppers and sausage in a lovely maybe wine sauce. yummy. A rainy, chilly evening but good to be together with these old friends, sharing old memories and new stuff.
I can't resist these leaves again! The little maple next door has turned beautifully, so I had to go and take some to paint.
Okay Sue! First I laid the leaves on my watercolor paper until I was happy with the composition and then traced the outline of them. Yes, traced them! It's okay to do that this time.
Then I put the leaf that I was going to paint first on a white paper next to my watercolor paper, so I was able to see the colors closely and mixed my paints on my palette to be ready.
With a nicely loaded brush, I wet the inside of the leaf with a coat of water. If you have a good watercolor paper, it will soak in nicely and stay wet for a while to give you a chance to paint with nice painterly washes.
Here you can see the shiny surface of the wet leaf.
While it is wet, begin dropping in your colors. Let them run.
Dab in some little darks where you see them and let the colors run together.
Then, with a chisel end brush, draw in the vein lines. The paint will settle there and give the vein some importance. You can also drop a little on to help.
Then go on to your second leaf.
And keep going until all your leaves are painted.
Oh goody, we are done posing.
I decided to add some blue sky so they are not just floating in nothing. I remember looking up into the trees in Michigan and seeing that bright blue sky behind the beautiful red maples. Now, wasn't that fun?
With plans for my new collage session starting a week from Wednesday, and thinking about doing a series, I decided to make "Serendipity Squares" today. This is a good way to use up all the little scraps of paper that I continue to save. I began by making piles of little pieces according to color and theme.
I glued the scraps down on cardstock, covering it completely.
Then I used my big postcard rubber stamp to stamp all over the entire surface to help tie all the different pieces of paper together.
Then I filled in some empty spots by stamping and embossing with a smaller stamp.
Some in gold...
using different smaller stamps...
and some embossed in black...
until I felt I had enough of the papers covered for interest.
When I felt the papers were completed, it was time to cut them up.
I cut them into 1" and 1-1/2" squares. They are very attractive little collages all by themselves.
Later, when putting together my collage series, I will choose some of these squares that relate to one another to tie my series together. And they were fun to do!
My love of nature and love of paper have influenced my love of drawing, painting and making things for as long as I can remember. For me, there is excitement in the visual pleasure I get from copying the beauty of nature. The colors. The gentleness. With my artwork, I seek to inspire and enlighten the viewer.