Sunday, June 19, 2022

Create Daily Tracker, a mid-year review

The summer solstice for the northern hemisphere is this week, June 21. It marks the beginning of Summer and is the day with the most sunlight. It seems an appropriate time to review progress on my 2022 Create Daily Tracker.

2022 Create Daily Tracker progress, June 19, 2022.

Create Daily progress

I've kept up with doing a creative activity each day in 2022 thus far. Contributing to this are:

I also participated in the online Slow Fashion Challenge in May of this year, which prompted this recent folio piece.

"We have what we need" 2-page folio. 

Make Nine progress

The last Make Nine finish was logged in on March 30, three months ago. However, I have items in progress and potential project ideas for the other prompts.

2022 Make Nine progress, June 19, 2022.

100 Days 100 Blocks 

I'm debating whether I'll do the 100 Days 100 Blocks Challenge this year since the start date has been delayed until August. In the past, it started July 1 which I had worked into my schedule. I also lined up these lovely blender fabrics from P&B Textiles that I planned to use. So I'll either find another project or wait until August... TBD.

Whimsey and Onyx basics collections from P&B Textiles.

So I'm staying creative... doing and making things with my hands.

Happy Summer Solstice!

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Fabric and quilting inspiration from the road

Across the miles in my southeast territory, the quilt shops and independent sewing centers are doing and making fabulous things with fabric, thread and stitch. After I do a double-take, marvel at the creativity, skills and talent, I try to remember to snap a few photos of the glut of inspiration I encounter. Check out a few of the sights... from the road!

Ruffle up the Little Darlings Safari panel from P&B Textiles to make this adorable pillow
at The Sewing Bee, Johnson City, TN.

Little Darlings Safari quilt and pillowcase [P&B Textiles] at The Sewing Bee, Johnson City, TN.

Children's clothes with Festive Fauna [FIGO Fabrics] at The Sewing House, Collierville, TN.

Here's a clever idea using fabric, a heavy stabilizer, and the serger.

Fabric vase covers with Etno from Art Gallery Fabrics (left) and Wild Beans from M&S Textiles (right) 
at Thomas Sewing Center, Lexington, KY.

Triangle scrap quilt featuring M&S Textiles with Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Solids
at Thomas Sewing Center, Lexington, KY.

This quilt is a free-motion quilting sampler quilt. Check out the myriad of quilting designs!

Wonderful machine quilting on this quilting sampler
at Thomas Sewing Center, Lexington, KY. 

The jam and jelly jars from the Season and Spice collection align the border of this quilt.

Quilt featuring Season and Spice from Art Gallery Fabrics 
at Bernina in Stitches, Johnson City, TN.

A palette of soft neutrals from the Rural Life collection from Paintbrush Studio creates this baby quilt.

A baby quilt with Rural Life from Paintbrush Studio
at Kentucky Quilt Co, Bowling Green, KY.

A Tribute to Ukraine made with the Little Matryoshka collection from Lewis & Irene
at Stitchers Garden, Brentwood, TN 

Stitchers Garden, Brentwood, TN has the full collection of Little Matryoshka.

East Tennessee Shop Hop quilt with Meriwether from Art Gallery Fabrics
at Tennessee Quilts, Jonesborough, TN.

Everybody knows your name...

Once you get over the fact that the TV in your room knows who you are... sometimes you can find good art and pattern inspiration at the hotels. 

How does the television know my name???

There is inspiration on the walls, on the wallpaper, and elsewhere.

Hotel art on the wall.

Just keep your eyes open...

Pattern inspiration in the hotel carpeting.

Sunday, June 5, 2022

100 Days of Printmaking—a recap

72 hand carved stamps. 3 sketchbooks. 100 days of hand stamping patterns and textures.
This is the result of my 100 Days of Printmaking with Mixed Media, 2022.

100 Days of Printmaking: First print (left) and 100th print (right).

Stamp improv in the sketchbook

This printmaking project started with some ink pads from previous projects and a few stamps. With ideas gleaned from Instagram and Pinterest posts, I began to broaden my stamp carving and printing designs by doing a daily page or two of "stamp play" or "improv stamping" in the sketchbook. One experiment definitely leads to another... and before you know it, it's down the proverbial rabbit hole.

Experiments and play in the sketchbook.

Exploring stamp and color combinations. 

Repeats, patterns and textures

My initial thought at the beginning of this 100 Day Project was to create overall textures with the stamps. Sometimes I added another color or two while making the repeats. There is a mindfulness when creating a page full of repeats. 

Repeat patterns with hand carved stamps.

Symmetry and rotation

Making repeats led to carving stamps that, when rotated, would create a secondary design. Squares, half or quarter circles, and 45-45-90 degree triangles worked well for this.

Triangle stamps with rotation.

The compositions started to look like quilt blocks and patchwork quilts. My stamp carving got more detailed.

Using symmetry and rotation.

Triangle stamps using symmetry.

Ghost prints

Printing with the stamp and following up with a second print without re-inking the stamp is a ghost print. The second print is a lighter version of the original image and sometimes can even look like a different color of ink.

Ghost prints.


On Days 53 and 54 I started to combine stamps and print them in a medallion format. Sometimes I would use multiple ink colors. This got to be a lot of fun.

Medallion format.

Nature inspired

The stamps lended themselves to nature inspired prints. Here are a few.

Nature inspired compositions.

Making trees.

Abstract landscapes.

Stamping and Slow Drawing

As time went on, the compositions became more intricate, detailed and interesting. I added slow drawing and sometimes watercolor to the stamped compositions.

Stamping, rotation symmetry, and slow drawing.

Medallion, nature inspired, and slow drawing.

Circular stamp with slow drawing.

Medallion with slow drawing.

Stamping, watercolor painting, and slow drawing.

Learning and improving by working the 100 Day process

My primary goal for doing a printmaking 100 Day Project was to learn more about working with hand-carved stamps and improve my skills in this activity. In looking at my compositions over the course of 100 days, I can see improvement and a higher level of exploration.

I discovered new-to-me materials—round stamp blanks, acrylic mounts, and VersaFine Clair ink pads—and other artists using this medium. Other revelations are listed on the Day 50 blog post.

My collection of hand-carved rubber stamps has exploded: 72 stamps with 3 that I use both sides. 

Hand carved rubber stamps.

I have three sketchbooks from this 100 Days of Printmaking project. I've continued to use my stamps to make new compositions, although without a daily commitment. I know I would not have done this and experimented with this printmaking technique without making it a 100 Day Project.

Three sketchbooks for printmaking from The 100 Day Project.

Do the 100 Day Project!

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