Scrappy monsters

Been a while again, as usual.  I’m still around though.  I recently decided that I need to use up my fabric scraps since my tub was overfull.  I actually washed them all, folded them, and sorted them by color.  So much fun to ‘pet’ all the fabric.  I made a bunch of baby bibs for my new granddaughter (nearly two dozen!) and then ran out of terrycloth so had to come up with some other ideas.  This is what I came up with .. a couple of little scrappy monsters.  Not sure what I will do with them .. either sell them, trade them, or …..




Rainforest Elf

Just finished this little one from a pattern by Lynne Butcher. Not my favorite pattern but my friend picked it for us to make. Modified the head to look a bit more feminine which helped a bit. I just love how her outfit came out. The skirt is four layers, fabric, flower petals, a piece of cotton lace I painted to match, and a fabulous piece of trim with ribbons and flowers. I played mad hatter and made a hat with everything but the kitchen sink on it. It was a lot of fun to make. Best part was everything was from my stash! Going to keep this one!



Seriously slacking

I took a look at my blog today and could not believe that I have not posted a thing since May. So I guess I should make one big post with lots of photos to let everybody know I'm still around, still creating, and as usual into a little bit of everything. So first up is knitting, made some socks, my first ever shawl (which ended up ridiculously tiny), and I'm currently working on some gloves and the second purple sock

The Haruni shawl

More socks, at least there are two of them!

Then there were crafts for my friends's 60th bday

And just one painting


And pickling, which is always fun



Aspen Tree Collage Tutorial

I have been making a ton of these paintings lately, ever since I saw something similar on Facebook. It's a compilation of collage techniques, a lot of stenciling, and mark making. I had a few people ask how I do this so I thought I would do a quick little tutorial. This piece was done on a 6″ x 9″ piece of birch plywood, but you can do this on paper or canvas or whatever you like. The first thing I did was gesso the entire piece because I like to use Gellatos for my first layer but you can use acrylics or whatever you have on hand.

So, lay down some color for the background and glue on some collage pieces. I used an old book page and some washi tape. I used Golden's regular gel medium to glue them down.

Next I just added some color with Dylusion brand spray.

Start putting down some color using stencils, acrylic paint, and a makeup sponge.

Keep going, just add lots of layers. I added yellow flowers, magenta dots, and then pushed it all back with a light layer of white. The white was put on using a big open stencil.

Then added some hearts.

Now get out a pen or two and make some marks. This would make a really pretty piece just like this!

Here's the key to the whole thing. The Aspen Tree 12″x12″ stencil from Crafter's Workshop. Lay it down so it will give you the maximum number of trees. If it doesn't fit just put the top edge of the stencil at the top of your work. You can add more paint at the bottom of the tree trunks if needed when you're done with the stencil.
Tape the stencil down with blue painter's tape and start sponging black paint on. The stencil is actually a mask so you are filling in the negative space.

If you want to add a moon, use something round to trace around with white paint. Just paint over the background, not the trees.

Fill it in with white paint and use a tiny paintbrush to fix any branches that might have been covered with the black paint. Refer to the stencil to see where they go.

That's it! Please do not copy this tutorial or sell it for profit. You may link to it all you like though. Enjoy!


Continuing on

Our little doll club met here at my house this month but I forgot to take any pictures. Everyone decided that my studio was way more inspirational than the library so we are going to meet here next month also. We are working on a Sherry Goshon doll, I probably should have picked a less complicated pattern though. Oh well, too late now.

I am also still working through the Lifebook lessons at a snail's pace. This piece was made combining two lessons, it was a lot of fun and I liked it enough to frame it and take it to work.


29 Faces challenge

Thought I would share my favorite faces from this challenge. This was the first time I did this challenge and it was a lot of fun. The idea was to draw a face every day in February. Because I was out of town a lot I didn't manage to do a face every day but I did at least half the month. It was a really good practice for making doll faces. Not all my faces came out really well, some were absolutely horrible and I actually shared those over on Facebook. I'm not going to put them here because I don't want to be reminded of them, LOL. So here they are.




Painting is hard!

Just another Lifebook lesson. I signed up for this year too even though I did less than a dozen of last year's lessons. I will have them for when I retire, lol. This isn't quite finished and I am finding it very difficult.


Plush fun – Tooth Fairy Pillow

My grandson, Z, asked me to make him a tooth fairy pillow the week or so ago and I completely forgot about it. Bad grandma. He called yesterday to remind me about it since he has three loose teeth. His room is decorated in minion fashion so I made him a tooth fairy pillow to match. In the past I had the two pocket in the front, in the mouth, but really have not been in love with it. Decided to just make a pocket on the back and be done with it. He is going to love it!

Minion tooth pillow

Tooooo cute!


So much fun to make!


Paint over Collage

Having fun with my Lifebook 2015 classes. This is a paint over collage technique taught by Tamara Laporte. It is ingenious! I may never try drawing faces again. Just kidding. I bet there is a way to do this on a cloth doll, especially if it is flat faced. Something to think about!


More LifeBook

You know I haven't made a doll in nearly two years now.. Not sure why not. I I still sew on occasion although it's usually a knitting bag for me or a gift. I am still creative but my creativity has moved in a different direction. I always have something on my knitting needles now. That started about 9 or 10 years ago just because it was something I was wanted to learn. It turned into my community. I have a weekly knitting group that I attend since the doll group died. I am also really enjoying all the mixed-media work i am doing. I think to myself oh, I should make a doll out of this, but I never do. Maybe someday. In the meantime I am just enjoying myself.

This piece was taught by Patty Ballard in the LIFEBOOK course.