Mandala Art….

My friend Debora is a wonderful quilter who has recently turned her talents to paper and pen, in particular working with Mandala patterns.

She recently went “upscale” with her art and moved it off the paper and onto the wall. This video details her work……

If you want to see more of Debora’s art, check her out on Instagram…. @debora.exum or have a stroll thru her youtube channel.

This very much reminds me of the Henna Tattoo quilt that I did several years back…..

And as I think about it further, maybe I should use a Mandala design and plan another whole-cloth project……

……One more idea to add to the pot!!!

Inspiration Tuesday

Today’s inspiration comes from a trip to China back in 2011. We spent 5 weeks in the city of Kunming and I spent much of that time wandering around Green Lake, in the middle of the city.

One of my favorite things was to watch the various exercise classes that took place around the lake. In particular, these ladies (whom I have named the “Umbrella Dancers of Green Lake”) captured my eye…..

I have already started working up some of their poses for a possible project!!

Inspiration Tuesday

Back in 2011, Michael and I enjoyed spending a week in Thailand with two sets of friends that we knew from Australia. We had 2 days in Bangkok and the rest of the time in Chiang-Mai. While there we visited an elephant preserve and spent many fun hours there. The post about the day can be found HERE.

As we were wandering around enjoying all of the amazing animals, this little guy did a ballerina pose for the camera…..

He has stayed in my mind for many years and I think that it might be fun to make a collage quilt using”Ballerina Boy” as the focus. Who knows, I MIGHT even go out of my comfort zone and do him in non-traditional colors…..but don’t hold your breath about that!!! I mean, they call it a “comfort zone” for a reason!!!

Beer Can Inspiration

If it is Tuesday, it must be time for more……

As my readers know, I am always looking for inspiration in everything that I see.

But, I LOVE it when my friends start finding inspiration for me. Diane brought this can out the other night and said “I thought of you when I saw this”…….

I really do like the colors and the design reminds me a bit of the Henna designs that I used previously in my whole-cloth quilt…..

So the photo goes into the “Quilt Inspiration” folder….who knows what might come of it!!!

Something good from COVID-19?

Something seems wrong about the title of this post. How could anything good come from the ongoing pandemic?

Even though I didn’t have extra time during the lockdown, for some reason, I have had tons of time this summer. Part of this is because of the new paradigm that I initiated in 2019, where I am using blocks of time to accomplish my goals. Part of it is because of the many gatherings that have been canceled and part is because our usual overseas travels have been curtailed!!

Because of this extra time, I have been able to finish many of my ongoing projects and am ready to try some different techniques and just do a little bit of playing!! So on Saturday, my goal was to look for inspiration…..

……for future projects, especially thinking to expand my knowledge of drawing, painting, and surface design.

But first, I wanted to get my studio cleaned up again, including cleaning and oiling my machine…..

It looks SO clean!!!

When Kaitlyn and I were both sewing a few weeks back, I had put up my Viking and enjoyed having both machines up. But, once I took the machine down it seemed like a nice area to leave open for other tasks…..like inspiration planning…..

The first thing that I did was watch a video that I bought many years ago featuring Jane LaFazio and her ideas about drawing, watercolor and keeping a journal……

This video ALWAYS inspires me and encourages me to start trying some drawing….something that I don’t really believe I can do.

I pulled out my art supply box and was pleased to see that I have all of the tools that she talks about, plus a few others…..

So starting on Monday, I am going to try to draw something at least 3 times each week.

I decided to do a quick run around the yard to get ideas of things that I could sketch and ran into some pretty butterflies along the way…..

Next I pulled out a stack of books about art quilts and design techniques, found a comfortable chair and started working thru them one by one. There were two that stood out to me….

“Art Quilt Workbook” contains exercises that might help to get me thinking in a different way, and “Fabric Art Workshop” has lots of surface design ideas. I am thinking that I may try to do some of these exercises as well.

BUT, all of these are designed for making Art Quilts and honestly, I don’t see myself as an art quilter. However, I am sure that trying new techniques will give ideas for future projects.

Finally, I remembered a book that I bought at a Quilt Show some years ago…..

The idea behind this book is to first layer and stitch a lot of textures onto a background piece that is only in whites and creams. Then you paint over the texture that you have developed and add the featured designs on the top. This sounds really interesting and something very different to anything that I have ever done.

So, I am planning to make this quilt……

I really don’t like copying designs that someone else has already done but I will follow the instructions for this quilt and use it to learn this technique.

The final thing that I thought thru was whether or not I needed to make more quilts that weren’t necessarily meaningful to me. What will I do with any new found inspirations? Do I want to put them on ETSY and see if I can sell them? Maybe put them in the member’s boutique at the next guild quilt show?

Or maybe it is okay to just make art pieces without having a reason? Can that be right? It sure doesn’t fit with the way I think but it seems that this may be a good time to take a chance and change that thinking!!!