Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Gelli Printing session

Frieda re-introduced me to the Gelli Plate when I visited her in Scotland recently. At my request we played in her painting shed! I felt a little rusty but I got started, which is the most important part. This play time with her had me wanting to do more printing. Here is what happened today:

I think I used a little too much paint, but it all worked out anyway . . . . 

You'll be sure to see these printed papers turning up in other art soon! 
Thank you, Frieda - you also got me hooked on Stencil Girl : )

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Monday, September 29, 2014

simple sponging

I like using my art journal to play and experiment. I thought, why not sponge a background?

Again I used Dye-Na-Flow paint (very thin) and some spray dye in sunshine yellow. 
I wanted to add a photo of Frieda's very small lane to my journal. While there in Scotland, I marveled at just how narrow these little back roads lanes were! 

So peaceful, not much traffic . . . and very beautiful.
On the other side I kept things fairly plain and simply wrote a bit to accompany my photos.

What a wonderful Studio Frieda has! I felt so honored to be there. Chock-a-block full of interesting supplies and inspiring projects, handmade books and journals made by Frieda. She is showing me one of many here. 

I was in awe!! It was also a delight to find many pieces that I'd sent Frieda, still adorning the walls of her studio many years later . . . .  the stars are on things I sent her. And just look at her quilt awards!!! She recently won three more awards at the Scottish Quilt Championship. I'm so proud of her! 

 Love journaling about this . . . do you have a subject you are concentrating on in your art?

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Art Journal pages to remember

Since I've returned from Scotland, I have found myself diving back into my art journal using photos from my visit with Frieda. A number of days this week I've gone straight into my studio and to my journal the first thing in the morning, before checking email or anything else! This is how I 'tricked' myself into making sure I did a bit of art journaling every day when I started again on August 1st. Now, I have not worked in my art journal every single day since then, but this method had certainly helped me to get more done and feel good about it!

This spread of pages focuses on the day I arrived (overnight flight, little sleep). That afternoon, Frieda suggested a short walk around Dawyck Botanical Gardens, which I promptly learned is pronounced Doyck! I'd seen many, many beautiful photos of this particular Botanical Garden on Frieda's blog over the years and was super excited, even in my sleep deprived state, to go there!

Here is how I started remembering this day in my art journal: I chose some photos and printed them on brochure paper, which is great for letting the ink sit on top and not sink in, resulting in images that "pop" more. Using Yes Glue I added the photos to my journal and then started roughly drawing plant-like lines with a green oil pastel.

Next I added color with regular chalk-like pastels plus gold and white oil pastels.
Frieda had taken a photo of me there and sent it to me, which I included here and one of her, which I snuck in. She's been an absolute sport letting me take photos of her!

Isn't that Redwood tree amazing? 

I wanted something more so I reached for my Dye-Na-Flow paints, thin paints by Jacquard that almost act like a dye. I use it on both fabric and paper. I brushed, splattered and dripped the thin paint on the pages.

See the sweet little waterfall above? Dawyck is Hydro powered! 

I wanted the color I was adding with paint and pastels to reflect the "greeness" of the place.

lovely way to embed my memories of this remarkable week! Thank you, Frieda!!!

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Scotland style Gelli Printing

On Sunday, September 21st Frieda and I spent time together in her messy painting shed.  Since it had been a while since I had done any Gelli Printing, I asked her for a Demo! Here's Frieda . ..

Frieda's printed papers -beautiful!

Then I tried the technique once again, using some very bright colors for fun . . . 

It's really so much fun because it can look messy and that's okay! Gelli printing seems to lend itself to lots of layering, I'll have to try doing some more. When I got back home to Florida, I used one of my Gelli print papers as a background for creating another page in my art journal, see below...

just so lovely.
I am really enjoying the time I am spending this week going through the many, many photos I took and then using paint and pastels and rubber stamps to pour those memories into my art journal. 

Thank you, Frieda!! xo 

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Frieda's 52 Journal Quilts

I am smiling because the beautiful journal quilt in the center, made by my dear friend Frieda Oxenham 
as part of her 52 Journals exhibit, is hanging on the wall of my studio in Florida! 

I went to visit Frieda in Scotland last week and attended the Gallery Talk for her exhibit at the Peebles Museum on September 20th. While there I had the chance to look closely at all Frieda's 52 Journal quilts in person. What a remarkable experience! I had seen them all online, but to view them in person was another thing altogether. After taking many photographs and looking at all of her journal quilts, I decided I wanted to purchase one of them. I seriously considered this one below for it's color and beautiful stitching . . . 

. . . but I kept returning to this one below. It really spoke to me.

Read more about this journal quilt on Frieda's Blog!

I am lucky to have a number of fabric and other mixed media pieces made by Frieda, as we have been corresponding & sharing art for 10 years. About a year and a half ago, after we had moved to our new home on the Braden River, Frieda sent me this beautiful 21" square quilt with a river theme. See below. 
You can read more about it on her original blog post in 2012, here. 

This new Journal Quilt Shelter and the river quilt prompted me to "re-boot" the wall of inspiration behind the desk in my studio. Since our Kitchen renovations this past winter, the 21" square river quilt had been without a permanent home. Where it used to hang in the living area had been turned into a closet! So this is what I have worked out so far, in my studio:

I am quite happy with this new arrangement! There are 2 more ATCs of Frieda's hanging up, click on the photo for a larger version and to find them. I have uploaded a few more photos of my studio - go here to view them! 

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I've been to Scotland!

I've been to Scotland to visit my dear friend Frieda Oxenham, Art Quilter!
I will have more to add later, but wanted to share this one photo of the beautiful Talla Reservoir in the Scottish Borders. Frieda and her husband John took me here on Sunday 9/21/14.
Visit Frieda's blog for more of our adventures Sept 15-22. We really had such a lovely time together!!! My travel journal on blipfoto begins on September 13th when I started my journey in Boston with my two sons and their wives. Start with this entry then mouse over the right side of the photo and click on the arrow to go to the next calendar day :))

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