Here are a few of the ATCs that I created this weekend. I’m still working on a couple of them but I wanted to go ahead and post these.
This is the fresco background with some stamped images and ink shading. I transferred the word.
This is an image transfer onto fabric that I colored with liquid watercolors. The fuzzy stuff is painted dryer sheet. It adds a great dimension that the scan just can’t pick up.
Another image transfer onto Lumiere painted muslin.
And an image transfer onto the fresco background. It transferred well even with all the texture of fresco.
I spent the weekend developing ATCs and techniques for these classes I’m going to teach. I’m calling this my fresco background and I think this is my all time favorite technique using gesso. It is so fun and easy to create stunning backgrounds.
These are some of the fresco backgrounds that I created using white gesso and Golden acrylics. I just love the Golden products! They add wonderful depth to these pieces. The scan here is flatter than the actual pieces. I think I’ll photograph them next time instead of scanning.
Here are some ATC backgrounds that were created using the same fresco technique. This time, I used clear gesso instead of white. With the clear, you can paint and add papers and other bits under the gesso. It really changes the feel and adds another layer to the image.
Here is my mom’s version that she created with my instruction. I can’t take any credit here though. She is the artist that put me on my path so it is all her fault! Also, she added the violet here that I was afraid to add to my own piece. AACK, me afraid of violet! I think hell might be freezing over as we speak. …It will never happen again, I promise.
Mom’s backgound again, after we cut it up into ATC sized pieces. These are so much fun, I can’t wait to do more.
After I completed the Grace ATCs (shown below,) I showed them to the owner of a local rubber stamp store. She loved them and now she has asked me to teach some classes on advanced ATC techniques. I am so excited about this!
It’s a little strange to me that I have absolutely no desire to teach any kind of quilting classes but I can’t stop thinking about these ATC classes. I’ve always felt a lot more advanced in my quilting skills than any other art media. However, I have yet to find MY quilting style, that technique or concept that just makes me want to explore every aspect of it. I still feel like I’m constantly jumping from one style to another and not really mastering any of them. I’m not sure where I’m going with all this so I think I’ll shelve it for a while. I have so much on my plate right now, maybe I’m developing A.D.D. – thanks Mom 😉
I recently participated in an online ATC swap with the artisttradingcard yahoo group. The theme for the swap was “Tuesday’s Child is Full of Grace.” Well, when i read this, i instantly thought of my Grandmother who was named Grace. I got a bunch of old photos of my grandmother and created a set of cards based on her.
This is one of the cards and i posted the rest over in my gallery here.
Edit: This is my artist statement on the back of all the cards. (Added here to test the image properties)
My parents also have several Bluebird houses. We found babies in this one! We think there are three in the nest (the fluff toward the front of the nest is number three?) but it was hard to tell. I had to hold the camera over my head to take this shot.
This is a beautiful little tree frog that I photographed at my parents house with my wonderful… fabulous… exceptional Canon Digital Camera. Can you tell that i love my camera? 🙂 Oh, and i’m bloging this from my mom’s painful dial-up connection. uggh – should i time how long it takes to upload the picture? I think it might be too depressing. Sorry Mom 🙂
I’ve finally started my first AB round robin. The host choose mini board books for us to alter. She bought the books, gessoed all the pages of all the books, labeled who was to alter which page and mailed them all out to us. Wow, that is a lot of work! And to top it all off, she sent us all little packs of wonderful paper scraps. Thanks so much Maggie!
My group’s books have little windows on all the pages. I decided i didn’t want to use the window on the cover so i covered it with cardstock. Also, i was having a hard time figuring out how to use the windows and then i realized that i could but shipping tags in windows. Well, the spreads just flew together after that.
I’m focusing my spreads on the theme – ‘The Power of Wings.’ Here are some pics of my book so far.
Here you can see the front cover and the tags sticking out the top of the book.
This is the tag that goes in the first window pocket. I think i might put a little message to the other alterers in my group on the back of this tag.
The first spread is about independence.
The tag for this spread reads – “Now she knows she can take care of herself.”
This is the last spread in the book. The ones in the middle will be completed by the other members in my group.
Finally, this is the tag for the last spread. It reads – “I am my own fairy godmother.”
I’ve been doing a lot more Altered Art than quilting recently. I seem to have a bit of a quilt block. I think it is because I have so many ideas for altered art that I have to get them out before I can get back to the fabric. Here is some of what I’m working on now.
This is a “book” my mom made from some of those free AOL cd holders. She glued three of them together, gessoed it and crackled the front.
This is the first page in the book. I printed the image and words on tissue paper ironed to freezer paper and then glued them on with gel medium.
Here is a shot of the pull out that goes in the first pocket. This spread’s not finished yet, I just don’t know what else I want to do here yet.
Here is the cover. So far, I’ve only painted what my mom did. I have some vintage images of children on big moons that I need to print out and add to this book.
Finally, this is a practice spread in a board book. I signed up to do a board book round robin and should be getting my book from the hostess soon. The theme is “winged things” so I’m going with the idea of the Power of Wings. i.e. independence, individuality, confidence, etc…
The background on this one is really fun. Its a crackle technique with elmers glue and paint. I saw this technique when I was browsing through the new Claudine Hellmuth book. I did something like this back when I work-studied at the UT Senic Shop and it is a great effect. I hope to get that book soon. It looks great.
So for a while now I’ve been trying to get some sort of quilting business started. Which, right now, would just be me randomly trying to sell some of my stuff and still working a “regular” day job. (The reason I’m posting so much right now is because I’m still at work plotting out a bunch of drawings. Some of them take forever to regen and spool.) Anyway, I’m having the hardest time coming up with a good name for my business. I don’t want my name in it and I don’t want ‘quilt’ in it. I want something that’s fun but not too cutesy. Something simple and interesting. So far, my mom came up with Running With Scissors which I like a lot but I’m not sure about it. I also like something with Jessibel in it. Jessibel is my gaming name (yes, I’m a geek too) and I think it could be interesting. I just don’t know. Maybe I’m making this harder than it needs to be but, I want something that I’m going to still like in 5 years.
This whole challenge thing and working with my altered books is really inspiring me to get back to my quilting. My Bee is discussing doing some Journal Quilts as a group project and I’m very excited about this. Unfortunately, I just missed the deadline for signing up for the actual challenge. I would have liked to have participated in that. I’ll just have to look for next year’s challenge.
But, in the meantime, I already know what I want to do with the Bee project. I’m inspired right now to play with surface design and alternative construction techniques. I want to experiment with incorporating paint, wire, foil, beads, and windows into my quilts. I can’t wait to get started and I hope we have a good group of members who want to participate. The more of us working on the project, the more we can encourage and push each other to try something new.