Saturday, March 24, 2012
I need to be done with these to go to my next series which is screaming to get out of my head. I did these at the pool in the morning while I was in Puerto Vallarta in February. It's time to let them go and move on. I did several versions of each type and will mat them for the show in December. Any favorites? Lenall Siebenaler
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
You can download the instructions from the Quilting Arts TV website to create your own little happy flock!
Friday, March 16, 2012
Welcome to my studio- in my home, in what used to be the back bedroom. I've reorganized the 12x12 foot space a couple times in the past five years. With limited storage, it's been a challenge to fit supplies for all of my creative interests. If I start working with a new medium, then something else has to go. Moving the books out of the studio gave me lots more storage space and flexibility.
What sort of artwork do you do and what are you currently working on?
My artwork includes a variety of media- fiber art with fabric, stitching and felting, metalsmithing, jewelry making, painting, collage, book arts, drawing and writing.
Right now, I'm painting two 24x30 inch canvases as part of Flora Bowley's online e-course. I set up an easel on my center work table for my acrylic painting station.
I'm currently taking an Italic calligraphy class and place my slanted drawing board on my desk to practice.
How do you need your studio to function? I enjoy having flexible work stations that can be changed depending on my current project. I like to keep my fiber arts/stitching station in one area with supplies close at hand.
My desk area is for writing, drawing and computer work.
The center, island work table gets used for many projects such as metalsmithing and book arts. I like to stand and work on many projects and adjust the table height to fit me.
What do you love about your studio?
My studio is a warm, quiet retreat – my sacred space-
surrounded my what inspires me-
a window to bring the outdoors inside-
What would you like to change about it? I'd like to have more space, a wet area with sink and running water, and move the computer out of the studio to another place in the house.
What would your dream studio contain? Besides the above mentioned changes, my dream studio would have a sitting area with a couch and a couple comfortable chairs, a large table where friends could work together and a large blank wall for a design board . My wall space is taken up with storage and artwork now. I'd also love to have space for a separate painting area that is set up all the time. Who knows, my dreams may come true someday. I am a dreamer.
Do you have any organizational tips? Organization helps me use my studio space efficiently. Look at the mess I used to have in my studio-
Now everything has a place-
It's all sorted by item and labeled-
One of my best organizational tips is to use tool caddies or totes. I sorted all of my metalsmithing supplies, pencils and pens into three different caddies.
The metalsmithing tools are all together and ready for my studio or to take to the garage and work-
My idea and sketch books are a handy reference-
Where to put travel souvenirs? I placed them on the top shelves so that I can enjoy them but they are not in the way-
My knickknacks grace a narrow, six inch high shelf at the back of my desk-My calligraphy supply case hangs on two hooks on the back of my work table up off the floor. See the storage bins under the table?
Thank you for visiting my studio. To see more of my artwork and creative life go to my blog Dreamcicle Journeys.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
A few month's ago I redid my bath room and bought some rag rugs to brighten it up bit. I loved the gentle jewel tones and wanted see the fabric unbound. So I started to clip, and clip, and clip. Piles of gray string like thread wove the rug together, it took some time to free the fabric.
You can’t believe the amount of fabric in one little 20”x32” rug. The fabric come out very crimped and has not relaxed much in the following weeks. I think the crimped look is very nice for some projects.
I broke out the iron to make the first project, one of my polka dot scarves. The base is all rug fabric, the dots are from my stash.
And the last thing for now is a rag rug curtain. Very lovely and amazingly it matches the rug.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
I wrapped a small piece of canvas board with book pages, went through the crayons and selected my color palette and went to work. I used a Clover mini-iron to melt and drip the wax on the board. I had also found some paper flowers in my cleaning and waxed them up and attached them to the board with melted white crayon, then added dots of the white crayon to brighten it up.