I'm so excited to finally get to show everyone these super fun rubber stamps by Roben-Marie Smith and even more honored to be considered part of a design team that includes some super talented artist!
So there's a little blog hop going on right now ... come along and check out the art that everyone created using Roben-Marie's rubber stamps. You'll soon see that the art is among the best I've seen in a long time ... and the variety is vast and great!
These are the samples I made using the rubber stamps ... One thing you'll notice is that the stamps are really big and so much fun to use in mixed media, shrink plastic and for embroidering on clothing or napkins, or ... well just about anything!
I was channeling my inner Roben-Marie when I creating this tag.
Here's the GIVEAWAY >>> This 6 arrow shrink plastic necklace ... leave a comment, or even just say "Hi" and I'll toss your name into the pot and on May 8th I'll pick a winner!
The shrink plastic necklaces were just too much fun to make ... I couldn't stop ... It's one of those addicting kind of crafts!
And then at some point late one night, I grabed bits of odds and ends and created this little collage masking off one of the rubber stamp to show just one little cross.
And then this happened ... a little bit of embroidery on a panel that was stamped using three of the rubber stamp images and black StazOn ink and then stitched to a onesie!
Ok, I have to admit ... my pieces are a bit out there, but as I was telling Roben-Marie, I am so in love with these stamps that my mind kept jumping from project to project and I my hands couldn't keep up with my ideas!
Here's what I did to make the above shrink plastic arrow necklace:
In case you haven't figured it out yet ... I LOVE TO FREE MOTION STITCH!
I LOVE everything about it ... the imperfections that happen because I was going too fast, or not fast enough. I Love the buttery feeling under my hands as I navigate the sewing machine over simple plain muslin.
And then to see the outcome, after a little bit of stress and tense shoulders is always worth it!
Here's what I did:
First you want to go to the Burlap Tote Tutorial I have a few days here and cut out all the parts and pieces needed to make one of those totes.
What I did not realize was just how much the boots I was wearing was going to effect the control, or in this case, lack of control ... I had with the foot pedal! Oh, my ... total lead foot here!
And there you have it ... Easy Peasy and one so fun ... and the perfect size and shape to hold your laptop and wallet ... oh any you lipstick!
And this? And guess what? They are the perfect size tote to carry a large laptop!
Right around the holidays I found these amazing fabrics ... Printed Burlap ... Oh my! I was in love and right away I knew what I was going to make with them.
When I got home from the fabric store, I started riffling through my mass of stash fabrics and gathered a few coordinating cotton for lining and jute webbing to be used as the straps. Oh and a bit of silk shantung ... Love to mix unexpected fabrics!
Want to make some?
Here's what you do:
I was in mass production mode here. As you can see I have 3 totes in the works at one time!
Printed burlap tote : : Easy Peasy!
This year at CHA ... Craft & Hobby Association the floor seemed a bit quiet. And, as you will see I only captured a few photographs of the day! What was I thinking?
This funny lady just cracked us up ... Vanessa Johanning truly not a single inch of space on her body to hang or attach another chachkie! Oh, and she is friends with Suzi Blu and together they were working at the CharityWings.org booth with Elena Lai Etcheverry.
Here's my partner in crime Jenny Doh and Suzi ... good friends these two are. Notice the purple and pink ... It was everywhere!
There was purple and pink carpet everywhere it seemed. Hmmmm note to self? These are the hot colors for spring?
A few huge trends we noticed ... of course we were aware of them before CHA, but this just confirmed our hunch ... STENCILS, STENCILS, STENCILS ... they are HOT and TCW is making and selling them like there is no tomorrow.
Then at one point we bumped into Kristen Robinson ... Here's the funny ... years ago, probably 7 years ago, Jenny and I met Kristen right here at CHA and right here at the food court area! Here's the other funny ... 7 years ago I had the pleasure of styling Kristen's art for a photoshoot that eventually landed on the cover of Somerset Studio magazine. One of my favorite covers ever!
Moving on here ... I'd have to say that this whole mixed media/scrapbook/assemblage/art journaling/framed 12 x 12 art is huge! It's been fun to watch the these worlds meld together. There is some really beautiful art being made out there ... Hmmm might have to give it a try!
So I wondered off by myself and came across this wonderful booth Hemptique... Hemp was everywhere. In every width, color, size and stiffness. The booth was beautiful, the sales people where friendly and informative and the product was out of this world yummy.
Truth be told ... I just wanted to spend the rest of the afternoon just photographing the merchandise!
Then it was time to go check out Jenny at her book signing for Journal It that started at 2:00. It was about 2:30 ... I come walking around the corner and here she is, all done! What? I missed it? Apparently there were so many people lined up that within just a few minutes all the books were gone and she was done, AND ... I missed it! Oh well ... next year right? There's always next year!
Hmmm ... wonder which book she'll be signing next year?
It was a crafty kind of day at our house a few days ago. My son Corry, home from college, is loving the quiet of the house with just a few friends near by and the warmth pups! He was looking for something to make ... hummm.
I reminded him of all the hides of leather we recently acquired ... Ok, truth be told ... we went dumpster diving ... So worth it ... we scored 6 huge hides of leather ... and if you can belive it, we didn't take it all. There were several hides I left behind simply because I didn't care for the color. What was I thinking?
Anyways ... Corry loves to draw and paint and doodle, being the art major that he is and so he set out to learn how to make leather journals.
He was out in the man cave for hours ... reading and watching videos, trying to figure out what he wanted to make ... then, these happened!
After several hours, he mastered it! Of course I wanted a journal too and so for this tutorial, Corry made me a journal while I shot the photos and typed away ... Hope we didn't miss any steps!
Here's what you do:
This is the question of the day.
As I was rummaging through my stash of yarns today, I came across a few projects that are unfinished.
Here's a wrap I stated a few months ago when I needed a mindless project to work on. Well, this is sooo mindless that I'm struggling to finish it. Best I finish it while it's still cool out. Or ... rip it out and make a whole bunch of socks?
Then I came across this camisole I knitted about 4 or 5 years ago. I was playing with some fun yarn I think I got from my mom. Knowing her it's probably from the 60's when she used to knit all the time. Anyways, I didn't have a pattern for this cami and I'm thinking now that it might even be finished... just needs to be sewn together and then a ribbon laced through the bodice, under the bust.
Here's a little project that's been sitting on my coffee table for a few weeks now ... screaming to be finished. I love working with this bleached hemp yarn and if you look closely, you can see a little triangle pattern. I probably have just 4 or 5 more hours till I'm finished here ... maybe I should just pull a late night-er and mark this one off my list.
All of these knitted patterns come from this little book ... It's my knitting bible!
The instructions for those 900 patterns are pretty easy to follow although it seems like I am always altering the pattern in some fashion ... notice my notes.
And then when the notes get too long to write in the book, out comes a piece of paper.
So ... Do I finish the projects or rip them out? Probably finish ... but the thought of starting a new project is so much more fun ... If you're a knitter than you know what I mean ... Hmmmm. What to do?
So I'm headed out to the Old Towne Orange area to photograph a sweet family for their Christmas cards.
So of course I have to get out my cameras, check the batteries and make sure they all have empty cards ready to be filled up.
Then the question is which lens do I use on and on which camera?
So I change them out and play around a bit .... Get myself familiar with my Canon 7D that has been on the shelf for a while now. Since investing in the Canon 5D, I have hardly had a chance to play with my good old trusty 7D.
And then I head out in my backyard for some quick photo warm-ups!
It's sort of like a singer warming up before a concert or like stretching your muscles before going to a boxing class.
Ok, so ... wish me luck ... It's a family of 6 ... adorable, all of them ... but still there are 6!
I'll post a few of my favorite shots I get today so stay tuned!
As you have probably noticed I'm not the type to blog too much about my life, my kids or what's going on around here but thought I would give you a little glimspe of what my fall has looked like.
Dropped my oldest son Corry off at college, TCU in Fort Worth Texas ... and yes, that's all he packed!
Still have one kid at home and yes, I love to watch Cameron play baseball for Villa Park High School.
Taught a couple of photography classes and made some new friends along the way ... I'll be teaching Photo 101 again on February 23rd!
Did some photography of a few models for a modeling agency. Beautiful girls if I say so myself!
Photographed lots and lots of books here in my studio and out and about with my assistant ... Thanks Becky!
Became completely addictied to boxing!
Joined in on the annual block party.
Aiden enjoyed the bike parade as well as cousin Tiffany!
Oh, and then Danita came to town and taught an amazing class at Studio Crescendoh and I got to be the class helper!
Then a relaxing day at the beach with Danita, Saul, Marielena and Leo ...
Then back to TCU for parent weekend where Corry showed us some of his recent art projects.
And of course my favorite ... we went to the football game!
Somewhere during this time, the moon was huge and my husband and I had fun snapping photos.
Cut and sanded some birch panels for paintings and for grounds for some books I was shooting.
And put a little paint on a canvas while I was there!
Sold 3 paintings at a gallery show at Studio Crescendoh.
Took lots and lots of photos of my pups Harper and Berklee.
Bought some fun parts and pieces at Glitterfest yesterday ...
And today ... in like 3 hours ... I'm off for a much needed week long vacation to Hawaii with a couple of friends, lots of yarn, a new book and of course my camera bag stuffed to the brim!
So a few us artist types have been painting away for a few months now and the day has finally come to show our work ... Come see what we've been up to.
You may remember here where I shared a few of the paintings I've been working on ... these pieces will be there for sale as well as a few other!
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Santa Ana Artist Village Walk
207 N. Broadway St. Suite L
Santa Ana CA 92711
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
Here's a funny thing you might like to know about me ... when I have lots of projects on my plate and it seems like I don't have any time to really work on them, I tell myself to just start, just start even if I only have 10 minutes before I need to run out the door ... just start.
Usually that piece that I really quick "just start" creating, will become something at some point.
This piece above was one of of those quick start projects. Seriously ... the kids were all hanging out at our house, which is almost always the case, and they were hungry, of course, so we all decided to go out for dinner. While everyone was putting on their shoes and deciding what's for dinner, I quick created the background for this little panel.
Then, when I returned from dinner and did have a bit more time, my creative juices were flowing and next thing you know ... this little free motion stitched panel has been stitched, painted and embroidered on!
The same thing happened with this stitched and painted panel. While at first it was just a stitched and painted panel, I thought how fun it would be to make a little free motion stitched sampler book.
To make the pages for the book, I used vinyl that I bought at my local fabric store, and stitched pockets on several pages ... slightly wider than the tags I wanted to use.
Next I free motion stitched on a big panel of layered muslin and batting, then cut up different motifs and patterns that I liked. Then, stitched the samples onto the tag and there you have it ... a little book of free motion samples.
NOTE: Before I free motion stitch any project, I do warm up drills on a sandwich of muslin and batting and more often than not, I'll use these stitched warm ups in project or cut them up and make them into a banner or bunting.
It was weekend of work, work and even more work ... and I couldn't stop the ideas from flowing.
In fact I got up early Saturday morning and then went to bed late that night with my mind still spinning over new ideas to stitch/sketch/doodle/paint on fabric and paper.
I couldn't stop thinking about all the possibilities for this type of organic, free motion stitching, doodling, sketching, painting ... or whatever you want to call it.
Here's what I did:
I first adhered a panel of muslin to a panel of white batting, using spray adhesive. Next I cut out a few circles in a variety of colors and glued them down using a fabric glue stick. And then the fun began ... I free motion stitched around the circles creating flowers and just random shapes.
Next I painted the panel using these acrylic paints. I added color to the insides of the petals and to the outer edges of some flowers. At some point I even went in and added some white paint just to pop a few areas.
And then ... of course ... a little embroidery with white perl cotton adds the little perfect details that I love so much.
So fun don't you think? More samples to come ... Lord knows I made a ton!
It's a funny thing ... I have never thought much about art journaling, except to think that that's just not for me. I'm not an art journaler type. And then again, maybe I am, but not in the way most people think of art journaling ... Who knew?
I have a few books, old book, that I carry around with me and when my mind needs a rest from life, baseball, photography, I'll whip that book out and just start doodling.
I've found out that before I can paint, like on a canvas, I have to get paint on some sort of surface, just to get the juices flowing again and to be reminded of the feel of the paint ... and ... to quiet my mind.
So what do I paint on, you might ask. Well sometimes it is a panel of wood, canvas or, as of late ... the doodles in my books.
Without thinking too much and often late at night, like tonight, the paint comes out and happens to land on these doodles.
And of course being the stitcher type that I am ... next thing you know ... I'm hand sewing on the pages with big running stitches and French knots. Oh how I love to hand sew!
I'm not sure if these pages are "done" ...
I'm not worried about finishing anything right now, just happy to have my doodles and these old books to embellish, paint and sew!
I was looking at my 'To Do' list the other day and aside from the usual, laundry, dishes, pick up house stuff, everything else was art related. It dawned on me at the very minute that I am a working artist!
Whether it's an article for a magazine I'm writing, a sewn projects for an upcoming book, paintings for a gallery show, or a sweater for baby Aoi, I am always working on some kind of art project.
I decided at that very moment that from now on when someone asks me what type of work I do, I'm going to say that I am a working artist. Oh, don't get me wrong, I have called myself an artist for years, but when I tell people that I'm an artist, the conversation usually just dies right there.
So I'm hoping that my new self proclaimed title will evoke a back and forth conversation.
Stay tuned and I'll keep you posted on how it goes!
Have you seen the latest edition of Stitch Craft Create?
You may remember that the first edition featured my quilted trees on the cover ... And today, they are offering one of my pieces on the Stitch Craft Create blog as a free project!
So cute, don't you think ... a quilted cozy for a bouquet of flowers, just in time for mothers day. You can find the post here along with the list of tools and instructions needed to make this cozy.
Here's a peak at a couple of the other projects I have in this latest edition ... free motion stitched infinity scarf,
A simple rolled rose necklace ... but the best part about this project is that the roses are interchangable.
The sky is the limit here with the different color combinations.
I'm so happy for the good people behind this magazine and Shannon, the editor couldn't be more professional and just really great to to work with. Congratulations F + W Media Inc. on another successful publication!
I'm so excited to be teaching this class again!
Shooting Beyond Auto Mode
with Cynthia Shaffer
1-Day Workshop on
April 28, 2012 :: OR :: May 19, 2012
If you have ever thought about getting that DSLR out of Auto Mode ... Come and take this class. We cover a ton of info ... but I promise that by the end of the day you will be shooting in Manual Mode!
Hope to see you in a couple of weeks!