Saturday, October 03, 2015

A Wine Welcome

I had a ton of fun experimenting with a new technique on Thursday night's ustream broadcast.

Inspired by my friend Sheri who introduced me to the art of Jenni Horne...  I created this Wine Welcome using one of her techniques -- sketching a design on black canvas with chalk and then painting around the chalk lines  - -- once the paint's dry, wipe away the chalk.   SO FUN   Can't wait to do more with my florals and perhaps some portraits???  hummm...   my thinker is thinking!

During my ustream broadcast, one of the people watching mentioned trying this technique with PanPastels  in the new Dylusions Black Creative Journal!!   My first thought...  that I mentioned online was to remember that the pastel will smudge so it might not be the best medium to try on the black cover.    THEN, after the broadcast I realized...  the pages inside the journal are black too!  OMG!!  Yes, I'm in heaven!!  I will most definitely be doing more of these in my new journal.   And trying the PanPastel too! *wink*


Thursday, October 01, 2015

Thank you, ScrapFest!

Thank you, ScrapFest for a fabulous weekend!   Kelly and I loved being a part of your show representing the Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine!!   PARTY time!!  

For those of you not in the know....  the magazine's next issue due out Dec 1 is the TENTH ANNIVERSARY issue!!   Happy Birthday Canadian Scrapbooker!   Yippee for Double Digits!!

Have a creative day everyone!!

Monday, September 21, 2015

From Oven to Table - Textural Clay PLATTER Class

We were asked to reschedule this class soooooo  we did!!! *wink*
Hope you can join us!

Clay Platter and Glazing Workshop
A two part class with Susan Spencer Gervais
Saturday October 3, 1pm-4pm (Creating and Embellishing the Clay Base) 
Saturday October 24th, 10:30am-12:00pm (Custom Glazing your piece) 

Join us at the studio on Saturday October 3 for a fun and FUNCTIONAL Stoneware Clay Platter Class with Susan Gervais! And then come back on Saturday October 24th to custom glaze your piece. 

Yes, your art will be hand molded, fired, glazed and re-fired so you can enjoy your creativity at every meal! *wink* Once fired, these platters are Microwave, Dishwasher and Oven Safe. So Cool!! 

Hope you can join us! 
All Materials Included but please bring a shoebox and an old hand towel to use in class. 

Workshop Fee:  $70 (plus hst) for both days, includes two firings. 
Contact the studio for more information. 519 267 6620

Friday, September 18, 2015

Kraft-tex "Fabric" Vase (via ustream)

Hi everyone!  
Last night on ustream I had fun creating a fabric vase.

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer posted a fabric vase she created with the new fabric elements line (by Rebekha Meier available in the states) and I was totally inspired.  

I had a fabric vase project in my sketch book and that post gave me just the right kick in the pants to get moving on it!   In my sketchbook I planned on doing a vase with KRAFT-TEX paper fabric.  Yes, paper fabric!   It's the same material that the old Wrangler logos were made from  -- you know ..  the ones attached to their jeans.   So yes, it's machine wash and dry-able.  VERY COOL stuff.   Almost leather-like after it's been wet.

Anyway, Julie's fabric vase got me to get out the Kraft-tex and the pattern I had stashed away from Mark Montano's Big Ass Book of Crafts 2.  I made a little modification to it (rounded the edges a bit) but, that's where it's from.   To create last night's project...  I also used the Brother ScanNCut...   By Scanning the image into the machine, I have it for future projects ...  AND I don't have to cut each side out individually.   PERFECT!!

Once all my pieces were cut out, I logged onto USTREAM and  GELLI PRINTED the Kraft-Tex with my 8x10 and 4" round plates, created some doodles and stamped a script and solid floral stamp  all over the fabric with Jet Black Archival Ink..  Then sewed it up with my Brother 85e Sewing Machine.  TaDA!
I wish the broadcast saved the recording for you all to see...  but I did have technical troubles with the service last night.  Oh well... I hope that doesn't happen again.

In case you were wondering how to use a fabric, or even a paper vase with fresh flowers,   Here's the secret...  hide a small dollar store vase inside!   Easy Peasy and much prettier!

I had so much fun with this...  I think it would make a wonderful class... so stay tuned for more info!

Hope you're having a creative day!!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Doodle myself a patch? Why not??

So, today I had a little play time with my Brother Sewing machine and some Inktense Blocks from Derwent.   I thought I'd try my hand at making a patch using some of my own doodles!

I do LOVE the Brother Dream Machine -- if the sewing wasn't enough, the scanning feature for embroidery puts it over the top with FUN!  I started my day by doodling on a plain piece of paper then I scanned that doodle into the sewing machine to create an embroidery file!!   Don't you just LOVE technology?
Embroidering my Doodle with the Dream Machine - Brother 8500D
I made my file into a patch with the press of a button and then when it was done (14 minutes start to finish embroidery, BTW) I used some Fray Stop along the patch border and painted the flowers with Inktense while it dried.   When the Fray Stop dried, I cut it out with some sharp fabric scissors - isn't it cute??

Instead of adding some Heat N Bond to the back of the patch to make it into an iron on...   I thought I'd stitch a couple strands of tarn to it and make it a bib necklace for me to wear in the studio and at the shows.  I'm still giggling!

Fun day experimenting with some of the stuff here in the studio!   Bring on the patches.....!!

and come into the studio to check out the Brother 8500D!
Hope you had a creative day!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tuesday "Toots" - SolarFast Dyes by Jacquard

It's time for some Tuesday "Toots"
Today I thought I'd feature SolarFast Dye by Jacquard.

So much fun!!   Simple to use...    Great to experiment with!!
Here's the demo video provided by Jaquard....    :)

Don't you just LOVE how they Comic Book the name - SOLARFast! ?   Giggles!!

I have been EAGER to play with this product all year and had a few projects sketched out before I left for my trip out west.  But then I stumbled upon an Esty artist at the Stampede selling the most glorious sunprinted pillow cases, table runners, and more -- Well...  She got me salivating! And guess what?  She uses SolarFast too! Check this out! (Jack & Cyan on Etsy)

So lush!   Of course, I had to buy one!   I love what she did and her style ...  notice the little surprises she embeds in her work?
Yes, I bicycle in the botanicals (which she cut out using her electric die cutting machine!!  Attn: ScanNCut users!! *Wink*)

So, when I got home, I took out the dye and created a set of placemats for us to use at our trailer.   Our umbrella is burnt orange so it seemed appropriate to print a set of placemats in the colour too.

I took a tip from the artist and instead of painting on the medium, I diluted it a bit, soaked the material and then gently rung it out.  This created the different intensities of dye.  Well, that and the maple leaves I placed on the fabric under a clear acrylic sheet.  

Once the placemats were sewn together, I free motion quilted around the leaves to accentuate them using Brother 85e sewing machine and SA129 Quilting foot.

Love these..   I'll try to remember to instagram our set table next time I'm at the trailer for you!!

Have you ever tried sun printing????
I did try this on paper on the weekend without success BUT...   after watching this video I think I know why!!   Stay tuned for that!

SHOP NOW - SolarFast Dyes and Accessories on our online store

Have a creative day everyone!!

Friday, August 14, 2015

My "Wee Flakes" are making me laugh!

 Good Morning everyone!
I had a great evening last night broadcasting live on USTREAM.

In case you missed it (the broadcast was not recorded...) I had lots of fun with the gals creating some CROCHET SNOWFLAKES for the Crochet Crowd's display for the CreativFestival this October.   The Crochet Crowd always creates an elaborate and inspirational booth - this year it's Christmas themed....   These snowflakes?  They are for an igloo they're creating.   Can't wait to see it.   So happy to participate!

If you follow the Crochet Crowd or me on Facebook you may have seen this live video posted on Tuesday when I went to the Spinrite Tent Sale in Listowel to pick up some white yarn so I could make these babies.

Posted by The Crochet Crowd on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Gotta have fun, right??
On that note -- and with the girl's encouragement (twisting my rubber arm) I created some smaller pieces with thinner cotton and a smaller hook.   Snowflakes that I can wear at the show.  The issue??  I only had yellow variegated yarn -- Solution...  yes, you guessed it.  Yellow. Snow. Flakes....    Bwahhahahahah...   "wee" flakes.   I'm going to make a wearable with these and add a dog charm to them.  Let's see how long it takes people to spot them at the show!!   *wink*   Best yet -- we'll see who has the courage to say something!   HAHA.

Thanks for a great broadcast and for those wanting the pattern.   Here is the link to the free pattern "Simple Snowflake" courtesy of the Crochet Crowd.

Link to FREE SNOWFLAKE pattern and video tutorial by the Crochet Crowd.

Be sure to do something Creative today,...   and have a little FUN!