Watercolor Postcards

After a trip to the art store I came home with watercolor postcards and a small travel watercolor set. I haven’t used watercolor since I was in high school, but I’m back at it. To shake of the cobwebs I used Creativebug‘s Beginning Watercolor tutorial by Yao Cheng. Her teaching style is welcoming and clear.

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This is a travel set offered by Winsor & Newton plus a pencil from Camel Pencil Company. I love the portability, and the affordability.

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As some say, this palette is becoming seasoned!

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These crescent shapes are something I’ve been playing with in pencil and pastels. The shapes came out nicely with watercolor. Yao Cheng demonstrates in her tutorials how to let colors bleed in to the other, and the effect is stunning to me.

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The crescent shape is one that I love, maybe because it is almost a circle.

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What have you been getting in to lately? Thanks for stopping by!

Mitosis Phase One: WIP

Mitosis Phase One is near to my heart. In December I put the first stitches down, and realized I was looking at a bunch of cells. The void in all the cells started to make me wonder about what’s happening inside of each one. I decided to investigate and found a cell hot with division.

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Back Stitch looking fluid front and back.

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Notice the voids between the cells, the Back stitch, and the weave of the fabric.

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The cell starting up Mitosis.

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The colors soften as the process picks up momentum.

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All of this creating has helped us get to a new point: we are going to be launching a Kickstarter project soon. It’s an embroidery wall art project focusing on science and art. Keep an eye out in the next couple of weeks for updates.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Pincushion Progress

I made a pincushion with some of the scraps left over from the quilt tops I’ve been working on. The fabric is from Andover’s Natural History deisgned by Lizzy House and Robert Kaufman. Lavender is one of my favorite scents, so PlumEasy‘s pincushion filling was a natural fit. The finished size is 5″ x 6 1/2″ x 2″, and it holds a lot of pins! img_7776

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What is your favorite pincushion?

Rocks in Round

Rain clouds stopped by last week allowing us to trek midday with the pups to Red Rock Canyon. It’s a stunning landscape with much for the eye to catch, making me itch for extra time out there to hike, think and imagine.

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I sat down immediately when home and started stitching this idea. The coloring stitches aren’t finished yet, but the piece is pleasing to the eye already.

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Back stitch and straight stitch are being employed here. The thread is DMC.

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The photography professor I studied with encouraged shooting around 7 AM & PM for interesting lighting. Today I caught shadows.

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Husband!

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How was your weekend? What did you make?

Scrappy Quilt Top

This improvisational quilt top happened a few weeks ago when I was staring deeply into the ever growing stack of quilt scraps crowding different areas of the house. I felt a bit overwhelmed. What should I do?  I just sat down, started trying out fabrics, and boom: quilt top started. I was cutting and pressing and sewing away for a couple of days. Then I folded it up and put it away (except to snap thess photos so quickly I didn’t even press the fabric smooth!).

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Improving is a skill I come to naturally in quilting; the first four quilts I made never saw a ruler or felt pins, and I thought those quilts were the best. The ruler is my friend now, and I use it unsparingly, but what I learned is that I’m a person that likes to explore a craft and all the different approaches.

The quilt top’s colors and lines are playful. Watching the sunrise from the window is such a great way to start off the day, and this quilt top turned in to a compilation of a few different sunrises. For the borders I would like to push my boundaries and go for a big lush floral print, because the clouds here are often large and crowded.

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On my travels I was able to stop by the beach a few times. Growing up coastal, I always feel grounded when I’m near the ocean.

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What have you been improvising lately?