I have decided to enter the Fabric Swatch Challenge hosted by Cloth Paper Scissors. If you are interested in designing your own fabric check out the January/February 2011 Issue 34. There is still a bit of time. In the first example I used bleached muslin, Stewart Gill paint, and circle type objects and stamps. Normally I would have recorded the process for you but I was still having troubles getting a camera that will work for me. Hopefully that has changed with our latest camera.
I thought it might be interesting to try another piece of fabric with the same paints but with a bit more "focus" and less randomness. This time I only used two colors and painted on unbleached muslin. To create the flowers I used the top and bottom of the cups as stamps for my circles, then I painted them in with paint and water, using the water to spread the paint in varying shades. This took a long time but overall I think it was worth it. I might try something like this again.
I am off to a weekend volleyball tournament but am looking forward to coming back Monday to start a new project/show to share with you. I am hoping to study the books that came with my new camera over the weekend so I can get started right away.
Here is a preview of the latest podcast I am working on. Making the sign was a ton of fun. If you love to melt/dry things with a heat gun then this project is for you.
I have been having trouble with getting a video camera that will work for me. We finally found a camera that we thought would work and brought it home. While recording it just kept shutting off! Eventually it wouldn't even record after two seconds. I would hit the record button, it would go for two seconds and then it would just hang, kind of like when my computer freezes. It wouldn't allow me to stop recording or to even shut it off. The only way to get it to stop was to remove the battery. I think I am going to have to order one. Another delay.
In the meantime I will try to piece together the video it did take and make something for you to watch. For this sign I mixed a lot of wood glue and alcohol ink and used both to paint with. While making this I realized I want to try to see what I can do with the wood glue if I used it more like paint. I like it's texture once it dries, something that is hard to get from paint. I am going to do a bit of experimenting.
The best part about this finished piece is all of the gorgeous texture. Every time I look at it I want to touch it.
Yes, that's right. No podcasts for at least another week or two. We are experiencing technical difficulties. I recently upgraded my computer since my old one wasn't cutting the mustard anymore. Little did I know that my video camera wouldn't work with the new computer. So now I need another video camera. Since I just spent too much for a computer I really don't have extra money laying around for a new camera. So I have to wait. The worst part is that my old camera works perfectly fine. Oh, and I was told that if I buy a new camera then I will also need to upgrade my video editing software to the latest version. Really? I sometimes wonder why something that I think should be simple ends up complicated. So, I wait. In the meantime I have been working on a few projects just for the sake of crafting. I saw an article from Cloth Paper Scissors about Zentangles and decided to give it a try.
I can't find my colored pencils, but when I do I am going to ad color. I find this is kind of relaxing.
I have been working on several projects lately but haven't taken time to share. Sorry! Here are some photos of a collage that I started the other day just to get me in the creative mood.
It started ok, but then I wasn't really feeling like it was going the way I wanted. I am not sure what that is but it just wasn't feeling right. So I stopped. I have decided to put it away for a bit and look at it later with fresh eyes. Any suggestions?
On a regular basis I wake up in the morning with a new idea. Maybe a new craft idea but a lot of times I have a new invention/product idea that would make someone millions! It seems like I almost think about things in my sleep and wake up with great, fun, creative ideas. I love it. But.... the other morning I woke up with a poem idea. A poem idea? I thought, "What's wrong with me?" I have never written a poem in my entire adulthood and have never felt the desire to. I don't even read poetry but to cut up the poems and use them in my craft projects. Needless to say I was very suprised with my morning idea being a poem. I have decided to incorporate the poem into my next project and I will share the project with you in my next podcast.
So my poem is about this rooster. Don't ask me why. I take each creative idea as they come and since this is my first poem I will take it. Here is my poem...
I Wish I Were a Rooster
Morning crow announces the arrival of the sun
Afternoon strut flaunts who is in charge
Evening roost signals the beginning of rest
That's it! My best poem ever. :)
I have signed up for several swaps that are due the next few months. I am still thinking about how I will make each item. The "thinking" part is over half of the work involved. Once I have mentally figured out what I am going to do then I start on the actual project. It is weird, but I really enjoy the "thinking" stage. I love going to bed sometimes at night and just laying there thinking about how I am going to make something. One of the swaps is a New York themed charm swap. Since I was just in New York I thought this would be fun. Here are some images that I took in New York that I might try to incorporate into the charms, but I am not sure yet. They are good inspiration if nothing else.
Well, not really....
My family and I went to New York for Christmas. I promised myself to leave the computer and all the work associated with it at home. I should have been home last night and posting today. As it turns out, we were caught in the blizzard and our flight was cancelled. But, I have commandeered a computer so that I can share a bit with you about our trip.
We have walked almost in almost every neighborhood while we have been here. We took the girls ice skating in Central Park. It was a gorgeous bright cold blue day. Perfect for ice skating.
While walking along fifth avenue we followed the crowd to St. Patrick's Cathedral. Wow. I am so glad we found it. Words cannot describe how magnificent this place is.
We were going to go to a Christmas concert on Christmas Eve but I got sick.
Thankfully I have slowly recovered and am almost back to my normal self again. We did manage to go to a Christmas concert in Harlem on Christmas morning. This was very special. After the concert we went on a walking tour of Harlem. Imagine, listening to gorgeous Baptist choir voices on Christmas morning and then walking through Harlem. What an awesome experience. Holey smokes! I was so cold though! Cold isn't even the right word to describe it. Beyond cold. Freezing. Miserable. This was the day before the blizzard hit.
On Sunday we trekked to Staten Island. We were at the front of a blizzard so we could barely make out the statue. At this point we didn't realize how severe the weather was going to get.
Once we hit the island we caught a bus to Historical Richmond Town. At this point there was several inches of snow on the ground. Once we got off the bus we had a hard time finding our way to the entrance of the town. As it turns out, although it was officially opened nobody, save three or so of the workers, had shown up to work. So, no tour. A blessing in disguise. After a quick trip through the museum we headed back to the bus stop to catch the next bus back to the ferry. By this time the weather was truly blizzard like. Snowy, windy, and cold. My eyes balls were even cold.
You never saw a happier crowd then those of us at the stop when the bus finally showed up. I think we headed straight home after that. This is what it looked like by the time we made it back to the apartment. All this snow in one day!
That night we made our way to the rooftop to check out the view. Again, holy smokes! It was amazing to be able to go out for a brief moment in such weather. My youngest daughter dove into the snow drift. It was great.
For Christmas we went to a movie and then to China Town for dinner. I am not sure why I was suprised but I was suprised at all the people in China Town going out for dinner. One of the workers was kind enough to take our picture.
Yesterday my daughters and I made a trip to the Lion Brand Store. It was so cool. The display of the yarn was fantastic. Every type of their yarn in every color set out. Yarn heaven. I had to take pictures of the window display. Felted, knitted, and I think crocheted animals in the window. These were very large! Whoever created these is super talented!
One of the things I loved about this store was the knowledgeable staff helping customers and and answering their questions. It was the best customer service/care I have seen the entire time we have been here. I woke up this morning and wanted to go back!
This last picture is a bit of graffiti on a building that we passed on our way to listen to live folk music. Sigh. I could get used to living somewhere where I could listen to live folk/bluegrass music any night of the week. Maybe.
We are here in New York City until the 1st! Who would have thought we would be spending New Years Eve in New York City? Not me for sure. I am so thankful for the opportunity the blizzard has created. And yes, I have been crafting too! I have made some Scrabble charms and started to crochet a hat. That's one of the great things about crafting, you can bring it with you!
After more than a year of thinking and planning I have finally finished the Craft Soldering series of videos. This has been a much larger project than I had anticipated. I am super excited to share it with you. This is my first premium content project which simply just means that it is for sale.
Don't worry, I am not going to stop my regular shows. I just thought that this topic deserved some more attention than what I can give in one video.
Basically, I have created seven videos covering five different soldering projects. In addition to the videos there are several pdf documents that cover information particular to each show as well as answer every question I have ever been asked about soldering and more!
Oh, and I have also included two collage sheets that you can use for your projects. Whew. That's a lot. If this sounds like something you may be interested in check out our Craft Soldering page for all of the details.