Friday, March 17, 2017

Vendredi


Art journal:

What to do with deli paper strips? Because artist Helen Moreda said the strips reminded her of her old quilting days, I downloaded some free quilting patterns from Jinny Beyer's website (thank you, Helen).   The strips were cut and combined with black card stock and can be used for pages.




As far as the inked translucent single deli paper sheets go, I decided to try cutting and piecing them for a stained glass effect.



Found this cute pattern here:  Stained Glass Patterns - Free - no drawing.  I made two copies.

The individual pieces from copy #1 were cut as you would cut a dress pattern.   The deli paper pieces were then cut to fit the pattern pieces and glued onto photocopy #2.   Even at this size, I found cutting the smaller shapes awkward, but I liked the result.

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My watercolor painting today (a leopard) was not looking too good, so I will fight with it and hopefully post it next week.

Have a great weekend!





36 comments:

  1. Hi Criss,
    it's great what you did with those deli paper sheets!
    But this quilts make me fuzzy? They are so well done but
    I can't look at them more than a little moment, don't know why....
    Ciao Beo

    PS. Thanks for the link!

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  2. Haha! Then I think I will use the quilt blocks to torture my husband, Beo!!
    Have a safe weekend.

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    1. :)
      Here is the link to the drawing lab which is a book an no online class
      as I'm not sure if you are reading my anwers in my blog:

      https://www.amazon.de/Drawing-Mixed-Media-Artists-Quarry-Books/dp/1592536131#reader_1592536131
      Ciao

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    2. Oh, thank you. No, I didn't see your reply on the blog. Appreciate it!

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  3. Chris, I love what you did here! Beautiful!

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  4. Sweet friend, I just realized you hae an Etsy shop! Oh, I'm so excited :) I did see that you are on a break, but I trust you'll be back soon....?

    It's always a delight to see your beautiful artwork. Hugs to you!

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie. Etsy - no not for a while. I was selling batiks there, but I don't have any studio space here in our tiny rental, so I'm just doing really small things. Hope to find a house soon.
      Thanks for asking.

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  5. Great idea - paper-quilts of deli strips! Combining with black cardboard really pops!
    The stained glass effect with the deli paper pieces is wonderful! I think that must have been a little difficult to cut out and glue on the little pieces. I like your chosen colors!

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    1. Rike, thank you. You're right. I did not consider the size of the pieces before I began. It would be more fun to do something much bigger, but still I enjoyed it.

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  6. these are looking just amazing! I love your art :)

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  7. Those pages are great! They do indeed look like quilt blocks. But honestly? I am just blown away by the woman. Stained glass indeed (and I love stained glass so much)! It is so stunning!!

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    1. Thank you, Sherry. The stained glass look was so easy (just remember to start off using big pieces) - no mess, no drawing. It was like coloring. Really enjoyable.

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  8. Hi, Chris! Your quilt pages turned out great! You definitely achieved the stained glass effect on the lady. I love her! You've given me an idea for a card for my husband's birthday. Your blog is wonderful! I'm so glad you do this! Look at all the exclamation marks. Do you think I'm excited?

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    1. Happy days, Candy! Creativity is contagious! I would never had started this and had so much fun if we were in a bigger house with a studio. I'd be back to batiks, for sure. I don't think I ever want to stop this, though, even when we find a house. There is a HUGE journal community out there where everyone shares wonderful ideas. All skill levels. Even if you like to draw and paint, sometimes you just don't FEEL like drawing or painting, so journaling is perfect. And it's personal - all about what you like! Hope you keep going with it!!

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  9. These are lovely Chris! I like how far and wide you are experimenting and playing with technique, colour and product, so integral to any art practice. I look forward to seeing what you do next!

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    1. Thank you, Patricia. Hope some of these new techniques/ideas will translate into more exciting painting.

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  10. Love them all! The stained glass draws me in especially!

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    1. Thank you, Kali. They were lots of fun.

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  11. Glad you did something with the strips :D using them for quilting patterns is a good idea

    love the stained glass look you got with the girl, its very effective :) the red hair is gorgeous

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer. I really like your weaving idea and am waiting for your arm to heal up (just in case you change your mind).

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  12. paper-quilts this is great and that glass effect on the lady is so wonderful!
    nice Sunday evening
    Elke

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  13. still messed up but will def let you know when it gets better :)

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  14. I love the way you are willing to try new adventures with your art.

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    1. Thanks, Julie. Having no room here has forced me into trying different things.

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  15. Chris, I found Nita Engle's art on the Internet. Thank you for telling me about her. I love her watercolors!

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  16. P. S. I just ordered her book!

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    1. Oh, I hope you love it, Candy. The book is older now, but is still one of my favorites. Nita rolls colors of paint (reds, blues, yellows) around wet watercolor paper to achieve those dreamy effects. Her paintings are more beautiful in person. Warning: she sometimes uses lots of masking fluid (Pebeo brand) & uses limited palette triad colors. She also does some fun stuff on illustration board.
      Check out YouTube for some demo videos.
      YouTube might have some short demo videos. She was in her early 80s when I took one of her last workshops. I love her. She was the artist who told me it was all right not to finish a painting in one session - to let it sit and think about it for a while. She often had 5-6 (or more) paintings going at one time. I'll shut up now.

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  17. Dear Chris I love what you are doing with the deli papers. Definitely resembles quilt squares. Very beautiful. As for your stained glass image...she is truly lovely. Hope all is well in your part of the world. Hugs!

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  18. The painting so beautiful.. you are so talented dear..XO

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  19. Wow Chris. Great job. Both process so much fun and with such different results. You are really enjoying yourself.

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  20. Hello Chris,
    That looks great. So nice to see this. It look like a paint on glass.
    I think that must be nice to do. Wonderful.
    I am curious about your new paint of the leopard.

    Best regards,
    Marco

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