Friday, August 05, 2022

Friday Face Off 8/2/2022

This week was unusually busy due to circumstances beyond my control.  So, the quilted face did not get finished this week. I did make a bit of progress, but it still has a couple of days work to be done. 

Thus, I dug into the archives (aka my sketch books from years past) and found a face that I don't remember drawing.  Clearly, I did draw it, because I signed it. 
I can certainly image transforming this face into fabric at some point in the future. 
I love the way I rendered her hairstyle. It seems quilt classic and perfect for her face. 
I have no idea if I can render it as well in fabric. 

While I was browsing in the sketchbooks, I also found this drawing
of something that is now pretty much a relic.

Several years ago (after these drawings) I was in Mexico for vacation. 
I was taking "artsy" photos just for fun with my digital camera.  One thing
that kept cropping up was discarded shoes. I took photos of all of them 
although I have no idea if I kept any of those files. 
When I saw the next drawings, I remembered the 
"Lost Shoes of Mexico."

Sometimes, I was sketching in a waiting room - for example the socked foot in a slipper, above.



I think this one was drawn after looking at an ad in a women's magazine. 
But, I confess that the memory is quite vague. 

I am linking up with  DVArtist for the Friday FaceOff.
  Clicking the link will take you to her blog.  It is a great opportunity
 to see how various people interpret the challenge.


Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


Comments are welcomed. I will reply when possible. Of course if you are a "No Reply Blogger"- I can not reply. Links in comments will result in the entire comment being deleted.

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Designing Quilts

Recently an old copy of 100 Quilt Blocks showed up in my inspiration viewing stack.   One of the blocks on the cover started me wondering "What if...."
Finally,  I had looked long enough and decided to play with that block AND draw another block or two to go with it.  I opened Electric Quilt 8 and began to play. 

The alternate block is simply the first block with the outer four sections 
turned 180 degrees. I think it makes a very striking design. 

Next up was the same base block with an alternate block that I just made up
for this design. I am pretty happy with this design also. 
 I think I like the second one better. I decided, on it, to make the 
centers in a variety of fabrics to add a bit more fun.
That also helps to use up scraps. 

Will I make either of these?  At this point it is uncertain. 
In case you are wondering, I designed each block to be 
twelve inches square. However, it should be simple enough  for 
you to resize it to suit your plans. 


Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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Friday, July 29, 2022

Friday Faceoff

First of all, let me say that I know I haven't been posting much lately.  This severe summer heatwave has been kicking my backside.  I have done lots of reading lately while enjoying the fact that I do have air conditioning that works. 

Now to the Faceoff challenge:  I have been having "ideas" for songwriting.  While, I have not written any full songs from them during this time, I have gotten a few good starting lines.  When I get a good line, I need to write it down.  I have notebooks around that I use for various things.  I do NOT have one for each thing. I just grab the first one I find and use it.  This week, I grabbed one and opened it up. Inside were faces!  I said "Perfect" and quickly turned to a blank page to get the words down while they were fresh. 

Later, I picked up the notebook and paged through the first few pages where the faces looked out at me. Today I am sharing two of those pages.  I think there is at least one more page with some on it. 




These faces all came into being when I watched a video on how to draw 
simple cartoon faces.  You may notice that the final one isn't as "cartoonish." 
Sometimes, the brain switches gears as you are working. 
I say "Just go with it."  That is the magic of creativity that is happening.


I bought some hand dyed fabric with the intent of using some 
of it for a quilted face.  However, that "magic" happened as I was
starting to work on one. I looked up on one of my fabric shelves
and saw the perfect background fabric. Thus, those fabrics will 
be saved for another day - unless some slips in here to be hair. 
I knew that it would need a face that contrasts nicely to work well
So, into the bin of pre-fused fabric for some face fabrics.
Here is my very raw start for (hopefully) next week's post.
I love the visual textures of these hand dyed fabrics that I get 
from Colorways by Vicki. Using them gives a jumpstart on
an artistic look to my work. 

I am linking up with  DVArtist for the Friday FaceOff.
  Clicking the link will take you to her blog.  It is a great opportunity
 to see how various people interpret the challenge.




Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


 Comments are welcomed. I will reply when possible. Of course if you are a "No Reply Blogger"- I can not reply. Links in comments will result in the entire comment being deleted.

Friday, July 22, 2022

Friday Face Off 7/21/2022

Once more the week has flown by and it is time for another Friday Face Off. 
This week I have not created a new face, but I am happy to share a 
face that is very familiar to me, because it is the one
that I see in the mirror.  Years ago, a friend took a photo of me that
I happened to like. Later, I used that image to carve a rubber stamp.
That rubber stamp was the jumping off point for this machine embroidery.

For years I played around with embroidery digitizing. 
That is making the digital file that an embroidery machine 
uses to create a machine embroidery.  I finally invested in 
some good software and used the stamped image to attempt 
A self portrait in thread.  
I think it has some resemblance to me. 

Here is the original photo:


And here is an image created by the stamp that I carved. 


So these are my offerings for this Friday Face Off.  

FYI- my embroidery machine is currently out of commission, so
I can not create any embroidery files as I can not do the vital
"test sew" that lets me know if I have succeeded in creating 
a well digitized file. 

The Friday Face Off is hosted by DVArtist.  Clicking that link will take you to 
her blog.  It is a great opportunity to see how various people interpret the challenge.
Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


Comments are welcomed. I will reply when possible. Of course if you are a "No Reply Blogger"- I can not reply. Links in comments will result in the entire comment being deleted.