A Diversion

Post-it-Note-book-1On a good day, I go into the studio, pick up a brush and some paint and complete a few quick studies. This turns my key, gets me started for the day. And from there, I move to working on the larger paintings that sit around my studio waiting for completion.

But some days I finish the studies and I’m stalled. So on those days I look for a diversion. Something physical where I work with both hands and make a mess. Here’s one of those diversions. It’s a sketchbook. I cut the inside papers; cut the book board for the outside covers; dyed the fabric, glued the fabric to the book boards; stamped, cut and applied fabric and paper; added some paint; added some silk; created a flyleaf; sewed signatures and secured the whole thing together.

But then I couldn’t stop so I made a cover for my Post-It Notes. Who makes a cover for Post-It Notes?? This cover is wrapped with painted fabric, glued fabric scraps, bits of paint and some stamping. Always know where my Post-It Notes are now!


Post-it Note book Post-it-Note-book-inside

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Just One Step at a Time

Rain 3 One day, when I was casting about for something to create, I cut up some white cotton, boiled the tea kettle, steeped some tea, and threw the cotton into the teapot. It came out with a subtle tea-stained, tie-dyed look.

Without a goal in mind, I attached the large tea-stained fabric to a backing sheet sandwiched with cotton batten. Then I sewed – miles and miles of irregular lines through the fabric using multi-colored rayon thread. It was a Zen-like experience I highly recommend. Just free your mind of unnecessary thoughts and push through a repetitive process. Total relaxation!

When I finished, I was left with a large machine-stitched chunk of fabric waiting for inspiration. And wait it did. Several months, in fact. To give the inspiration a little kick start, I cut the fabric up into smaller, manageable chunks then started designing. These two photos show my first results.

The piece above is about 25″ x 10″ and it’s called “…a little rain must fall”. And I mean that as a positive statement. The stitched lines remind me of falling rain. the rain successfully helps give growth to an oversized life.

The flower was painted on raw canvas with a large round brush and Mars Black acrylic. I roughly cut out the flower shape from the canvas and sewed it to the fabric panel. The background is painted and stamped to create landforms and there’s lots of hand stitched design to add texture. Some squiggly things are trapped into the water at the bottom with the help of some cheesecloth.

Sunshine 2 The more colorful panel at left is called “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows”. It’s 17 and a half by 8″. Inspiration came from an ear worm – you know, those songs that go round and round in your mind endlessly. It was a song from the 60s that just popped into my head one day and stayed there. I needed to turn the positive, whimsical words and melody into a visual statement. Using some of the tea-dyed fabric, I over-dyed the background for a warmer look then added extra fabric at the bottom where I attached beads, a stenciled image and lots of hand stitched texture.


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