Saturday, December 20, 2014

Simplicity

I know I have been drawing many feathers lately but the challenge from the Diva this week is "keep it simple silly" aka K.I.S.S.

There is nothing so simple as drawing a line. This feather is made up of many single lines that come together to form something the looks much more complicated and beautiful!


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Sakura spelled backwards is Arukas

Arukas is a new tangle which Molly Hollibaugh came up with and it is our challenge tangle this week. This will be the first time for me to try this tangle as I haven't found the time to play. It happens that today we are experiencing a Noreaster' here in the eastern states and it has provided me some down time. The weather is nasty (although the dog and I have been out in a lot of it today) and I have rescheduled some things so I could stay home and mostly out of the weather.

I did two tiles, one white, one black. After adding the "bubbles to the black tile I felt it took away a bit from the Arukas so I did not continue with them. I like the results anyway.



Sunday, December 7, 2014

Playing with feathers

I have always loved feathers. As a child I would collect all the feathers I found and stick them in around my mirror in my bed room. I don't know what eventually happened to all of them. I'm sure my mother had a field day when I left for college throwing them all out. I still love feathers. Since loosing both my mother and my eldest son in recent years past, I feel a special connection to feathers that happen to be in my path, as I think it is their way of keeping in touch with me.

I had recently been inspired by the talented Linda Barrett of a feather she had photographed with water droplets on it. Linda not only is wonderful photographer but she also is a bookbinder and crafty in many ways. She knows of my attachment to feathers and is generous with her findings along her way.

Here is her picture:

I have drawn feathers in the past but it has been some time and I have never drawn one with a water droplet. So I have been practicing, practicing, practicing. 

Here are some of my attempts:













And then I think I got it:




Thank you Linda for the inspiration. I feel very relaxed when doing these drawings. It might be the beginning os a series!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Challenge #195: "Turning Old into New"

Thank you Sandy Hunter for a creative challenge to look at our tangles in a new way. We are to take a grid based tangle and make it free flowing or take a fee flowing tangle and put it into a grid. I tried one tile with Skein used as a border and Verve put into a grid. Here are the results:


There are so many great examples at iamthedivaczt.blogspot.com you should really take some time and check them all out.

I have not taken up challenges or focus tangles at Square One lately because I have been hooked on my inkblot pictures.

Here is the latest one I have finished.



I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I am already looking forward to spring!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Larger Scale

I have been experimenting with a bit bigger format.



"Explosion" 6" x10"
Auraknot, Diva Dance, Rain, Printemps, UNME, Cubine, Tripoli



 "Lost in the Garden" 5" x 7"
Auraknot, Mooka, Springle, Fescu, Printemps



Mooka as a String 5" x 7"
Diva Dance, Crescent Moon, Betweed, Bunzo, Camelia

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Challenge #190 Breast Cancer Awareness

Because October is Breast Cancer Awareness month the challenge this week from the Diva was to use pink in some way.  I color washed my tile with pink watercolors and because I was worried I had used to much water I added salt to soak it up. The result was many "halos" with a center pink spot looking very much like adorable breasts. I decide to just highlight those spots.


Pepper in Pink