Sharing the small things.
Sharing the small things.
Posted on 12/06/2013 | Permalink
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A few posts back I talked about leveraging my artwork. I showed samples of digital designs printed on fabric and used to cover composition notebooks.
I thought I would share with you the one I created for my own personal use. Now I am not a visual journaler, but I have always kept a journal to scribble down ideas and thoughts, and often little rough sketches to support these ideas and thoughts.
If you click on my Free Printables tab above you will see this image...
It's a favorite of mine and I decided it was what I wanted to use on fabric for my new journal.
I did a very simple fabric collage on the cover because I really didn't want to hide the fabric design. I printed the roses image on fabric, added the striped fabric and layered them together with some messy stiching (which I simply LOVE doing), plus I added the same kind of stitching around the edges of the cover. The frame with Seek Joy is a transparency I already had so I added that too because, again, it didn't hide the fabric below. I then covered the back and added a tie with the same striped fabric I used under the roses. And called it done.
I am very happy with the results and I'malready starting to fill this journal with ideas, sketches, words, sayings and thoughts. It doesn't really matter if I get to them all, at least they have a place to reside if I need them.
Happy Friday to one and all. I hope you have a happy creative weekend ahead!
While I seem to own quite a number of stamps (I know real stampers would scoff at what I consider "quite a number" lol) I'm really not a "stamper". I own very few stamp pads, mostly blacks and browns, and I also abuse my stamps with paint. I have a tendancy to either use them for mark making or embellish pages in journals I create.
And when I do stamp, I'm not very good at it. As you can see in this picture I usually have extra marks, either from the edges of the stamps or messy fingers I didn't catch until to late.
While I am continually practising to not be a perfectionist and do my best to go with the flow of things, it does still bother me if I mess up a stamp on a journal page because I sell my journals for others to use.
So the other day here is what I did... because I was looking to play, but also I wanted build up some stash, rather than waiting til the moment I decide I want to use a stamp, and have to stop and pull everything out. :)
I laid down some freezer paper, shiny side up and taped it to my work table.
Then I laid down some white tissue paper.
Hard to tell with all the white going on. :)
Then I pulled out stamp pads and some of my favorite stamps.
And simply proceeded to stamp all over the tissue paper.
Until I had several sheets covered in a variety of stamping.
The thing about tissue paper is when you glue it down to paper or fabric, the paper has a tendancy to melt into the background so all you mostly see is the stamp. I do not cut my edges, I tear them as that makes the edges softer and more likely to "fade". Also if my background has color on it all I need do is add a wash of color over the tissue paper to help it do it's melting trick.
This little trick also allows me to not worry about those extaneous marks I don't want, because if I have to, I can just stamp on the tissue paper until I have a clean image.
Probably most folks know this but maybe someone will find this little trick helpful.
I also had the opportunity to do some digital work and here is a piece I am pleased with, called Her Secret Garden.
Tomorrow marks one week of having cataract surgery on my right eye. I keep saying that I knew how dark my world had become but simply not HOW dark. The difference is transformative and brilliant! Now I can't wait to get the left eye done because this transition of having one eye sharp and one blurry and not being able to wear my glasses tires me out. But I'm excited and looking forward to hopefully having my world back within the next couple months.
Wishing all of you a fabulous week! Spring IS on it's way!
xxoo ~ Gail
After spending a couple weeks working on the Fabric book in the last post (and sold, thank you so much!) I had the itch to do something for no reason, except to have fun and not do much thinking. I bet you know just what I mean.
I wanted to see colors and layers and blending and be surprised at the outcome. So since it's been a while, I pulled out my Gelli plate. I pulled lots of paints off the shelves, selcted a few stencils from the way to many I own, and lined up a pile of different type papers. I used deli wrap paper, sheet music, cardstock, ledger paper and text book paper.
I tried to not think about color combinations and just reach for colors that spoke to me in that moment. I told my inner critic to take a hike, gave myself permission to do whatever I felt like, and started to play. I spent two days in this frame of mind.
I find that when I start playing I often use so many layers some papers become a little rough to the touch. So when I am at the point of being fairly satisfied with results, I make a stack of those papers and sand them with a fine grit sandpaper. I love how they feel to my hand when I am done.
I thought I'd share some images with you. I love looking at other's Gelli prints and being inspired by colors and layers. These will all end up at some point in a journal. At this stage, knowing they will end up in a journal, but not what type of journal, I like to leave the backgrounds softer, less pattern. This leaves room for creative growth, whether by me as a journal idea starts to come to life; or so that whoever purchases the finished journal can then add their own creative ideas to the mix.
vintage text book page
Don't you think these would all make nice backgrounds in a journal? I do. :)
Happy Monday and I'm wishing all you you a great week. Maybe you'll find some time for play too!
It's done! My work in progress is now finished and I just listed it in my Etsy store. This is a fabulous, wanna hold it in your hand, kind of book. It is filled with fabrics, vintage and new (aged gently), and hand painted fabric. Also filled to overflowing with vintage lace...literally. You can see from the images all the laces spilling on the edges giving this book a very organic and romantic appeal. Lots of pockets to store treasured mementos, from love letters to photos of loved ones. I also added a number of fabric tags tied up in beautiful sari silk ribbon
Everything is done in fabric with little hand sewn touches added like french knots, and seed beads. Beautiful images and quotes printed on fabric or as an image transfer.
I apologize if any of these images are slightly blurry. With these cataracts I simply can no longer tell, and have been really struggling with photos. BUT! I had my appointment with the surgeon Tuesday and they can actually can fit me in for surgery on my first eye next Tuesday afternoon! So hopefully I am on my way back to better eyesight.
I've gotta say...I LOVE this book!
Today is so Spring like, in the high 60's and sunshine. Cold weather is coming back after the weekend, but today has been a breath of fresh air and tells us that soon, very soon, Spring will be here to stay a while longer.
Have a happy week my friends and count your blessings.
It's the little things in life you know.
xxoo ~ Gail
Sometimes you have a project in mind that just doesn't work out. When that happens to me I am of an age now that I try not to belabor the point and move on. But what happens when you move to the second project and that too doesn't work out? THEN I get frustrated! And quit. lol But only for the day.
The next day I figured I would test the old adage, 'third time's the charm", but also hedging that bet by deciding to do something I know I can do and finish to completion. ;-) I decided it was time for another fabric journal.It is a sewn journal and the glue you see is what I use to hold something in place until I can get to the sewing machine.
I've been working on it all weekend and it is starting to take shape yet there is still a long way to go. But I thought for the heck of it I'd share a couple pics of how my worktable is strewn with lots of bits and bobs of the project. I know it will only get messier as I progress and get to the embellishing parts.
We welcomed a new addition to the famly yesterday. My oldest neice had her first baby, Audrey Renee, 6 lbs 11oz & 19 1/2 " long with strawberry blonde hair. I have 3 nieces and a nephew. Between them, with the addition of Audrey, we now have 9 "grands" and another due in June. My sister has been a busy "Nanna" and has done a lot of travelling for births over the past few years. Some holidays when they can all get together at Nanna's,we have been very noisy. :) Ahhh..family.
I hear we have another storm out there, Pax. Wishing any of you in any harms way safety and warmth. And hopefully we'll all have a good week!
xx00 ~ Gail
Deco Art requested a Valentine project from me. And I was surprised as any one when it was selected for February's Helping Artist Project of the Month on their website. Thank you Deco Art. You can find all the details for craeting this project adn a supply list on their site.
Unfortuately I seem to have inadvertently deleted (during a file cleaning episode) all the photos I took of the projects I created for Deco Art. How sad I am that I did that. And mad at myself too as I had lots of nice closeups and different angles of everything. So I am having to borrow the image form the site to post on my blog.
I am wishing warmth and returned power for all those in the afflicted storm areas. I am thankful that living here in the mountians, when we never know when the power might go out, at laest we do have alternative heating measures with several gas fireplaces.
xxoo ~ Gail
For those of you who visit and don't know, Mr Shabby and I rent space in a fabulous local antique mall called The Corner Nest. Get comfy...lots of pictures to follow.
We've been in residence about 3 years now. Our goal has always been to have a booth on the first floor. To get to the second floor you have to traverse a very steep ramp. Which is okay if you're shopping and not hauling furniture and inventory. We haul heavy awkward furniture and often multiple boxes of inventory. Meaning multiple trips. Not fun.
In January we got a phone call that finally we had the opportunity to move downstairs. Yay! I was so excited! No more ramp!
The new space is smaller but that simply means our booth looks fuller and we get a "bit" lower on the rent, and NO RAMP! So it's all good.
We are not allowed to put holes in the walls so we had to come up with our own walls if we wanted to pursue this route. Which of course we did.
As usual we rely on old doors we painted.
Ir order to save on money (we ran out of doors and they have gotten quite expensive) we found three old screen window frames pretty cheap. We already had the text panels we created for a wall upstairs, so we re-purposed them and I randomly added some flower prints for spots of color even though I knew most of them would end up hidden...I had a creative need...surely you know how that goes. ;-)
We re-used our tent although we had to cut it down quite a bit to make it fit. I really had to push for the tent as Mr Shabby was ready to throw in the towel because of the re-sizing. But to me the tent is us... people comment on it all the time... and I knew they would know it was us because of the tent...I don't want people thinking we moved out. We know guys just don't always get it, right? And you'll see in the pictures below that I held strong and persevered to win this one. ;-) So here is our new home. On the first floor. :)
And for all the size difference you would be surprised at how much we did not have to take home and managed to suqeeze in. I really thought more would go home than did. So we are both well pleased and love our new home. The day we finished the booth I came home and by that night knew I had the flu. Talk about timing!
I'm all back to 100% now health wise and have been staying inside out of the frigid temperatures. I hear this weekend is suppsed to warm up a bit and then next week we will be back to "normal" winter temperatures. We'll see.
Wishing all of you a wonderful weekend and if you are in cold country like us, stay warm the best you can!
xxoo ~ Gail
At the end of last year I mentioned some projects I did for Deco Art. I'm not allowed to share them until they are posted on their web page. So it looks like yesterday they posted the first project which was a set of my altered bottles, and now I'm happy to share.
If you click on this Deco Art projects page you will find free instructions on how I created these bottles.
I've been down sick with the flu but am now glad to say I am feeling pretty good once again and getting back in the daily saddle. I did manage to keep an eye dr. appointment and have now officially been diagnosed wiht cataracts and have an appointment with a specialist early March to talk about surgery. I haven't talked about this much because I try (try being the operative word here ) to not use my blog for too much whining, but it's been year of real struggle with vision and so hopefully soon it will be fixed.
If you are under the spell of this frigid weather many of us are experiencing I hope you are warm and don't have to go out much. This is when I really love the fact that I work at home. ;-)
xxoo ~ Gail
For months now, as I worked on other projects I've been putting a lot of thought into this concept. One of my plans for 2014 is to explore this a little further, see where this particular journey takes me.
If you have been around for any length of time you know I play in Photoshop. Well Photoshop Elements to be exact. But then for Christmas I was able to find a really cheap version of CS6 and indulged myself. After all, I worked hard all Summer and Fall and I deserved to treat myself.
How easy it is to talk ourselves into things we really want. lol
I still have my Elements and for now work back and forth between the two, as I've used Elements for so long some things are just quicker for me to knock out in Elements when I'm in a hurry. But I am loving CS6 and the fact that I have more control over a lot of individual aspects of designing. I am taking a couple online classes to get up to speed with CS6 but find the learning curve is not so bad since things are very similar between the two programs.
I have a folder on my computer that I call Background Play. It really is what is says...backgrounds I created in "digital play" mode, no purpose, no pre-defined plan, and ended up with something I like, but not sure what I'm going to do with yet.
Last week I was perusing this folder and opened four backgrounds I created and sat staring at them for some time wondering how I wanted to proceed. These are the digital designs.
Plus in my studio I had a small stack of composition notebooks I purchased to cover in fabric.
That's when the lighbulb went off.
Why not print these designs on fabric, then use those fabrics as covers for the notebooks!
There are a lot of variables that come into play here...inks, printers, software settings, printer settings, type of fabric etc. And I did not want to set myself up for failure, so one thing I had to keep in the forefront of my peabrain is that what I see on my screen is not necessarily what I will get on fabric. At least not at this stage of my learning curve. I also gave myself permission to waste fabric and ink while experimenting.
I did some testing on small designs, so I could print multiple tests on one piece of fabric. One thing I learned is that because I am looking at a design on a computer screen, where light is involved, the colors look rich and saturated. When I printed them out on flat cotton fabric they looked less rich and not saturated. So I had to kick up my colors in CS6 by playing with settings like lights, darks and saturating the color on screen to where at times it almost looked garish. It was purely guesswork on my part at this point.
Here are the first results in creating my own fabric using my inkjet printer. I covered the notebooks and then using an image I chose, I did some simple collage on top...my goal was to not hide the background design, and I think that was the toughest part of this experiment since I like to "pile it on" when it comes to my collage work. :)
The color stayed fairly close in this one.
There was some color difference in this background...more purple than the original, less green and turquoise.
This one the blues were more washed out than the original...but it's my favorite.
This one had the most change, losing the grungy yellow, green and red I liked and being more orange and red.
All in all I was very happy with the results. If I had not shown you the originals first you would have no idea that these backgrounds differed from the originals. I did go ahead and list these in my Etsy shop.
The fabric I used was a good grade Kona white muslin. I since ordered some pre-treated 100% 200 count cotton fabric and some charmeuse silk (I've never printed on silk!) that arrived yesterday. As soon as I get a stretch of time I am going to print on those and see what kind of results I get. I'll share with you when I'm done.
I'm sending all of you Happy New Year wishes! I hope 2014 will be good for all of us and that we can all kick our creativity up a notch!
xxoo ~ Gail
For years now I have been saying I am terrible at before and after photos. I usually have one but not the other.
Well nothing has much changed. lol Here's my pathetic excuse. Usually Mr Shabby and I go "junkin'" together to find items for our antique booth at the Corner Nest. It's so much fun, but no doubt about it, it is exhausting. It's stop and go, in and out of the truck all day long, lots of looking, thinking, discussing and deciding. Then packing purchased items in the truck which sometimes even calls for a total take things out, to get a new item in type of situation. Once we get home both of us are too tired to unpack the truck and really, it can wait til the next day.
Next thing I know Mr Shabby has often unpacked the truck and stored items in the storage trailer. And the next time I see said item is when he brings it to me for my part of the job. Which means he has already, repaired, sanded and painted whatever the object is. Sound good so far? It does to me. :) So I think I'll stick to that excuse for a while or until I can come up with a better one. :)
So, imagine if you will, this chair in it's before state, just a shabby old brown chair, nothing special and most people would walk right by it, actually most did. But it was sturdy and for the price it called to me. It got re-painted my new favorite blue.
I did manage to get a photo of the cushion before. Again, nothing special. In fact the cushion was in excellent shape but I thought it needed brightening and something to go with the new chair color.
I decided to do something different rather than my usual...find fabric I like and re-cover.
I dug through my scraps of left over fabrics and started to lay them out on the chair and before you know it I had a new chair cover I like a whole lot better than the green.
I think it looks so much happier and perkier, don't you?
Sending you lots of wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. I think we all deserve that kind of year!
xxoo ~ Gail
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