Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Folk Art Santa Fat Quarter #2!

I've been busy with other stuff during the day, but in the evenings, I'm still embroidering. My Folk Art Santa Fat Quarter #2 arrived from Spoonflower (it's available for ordering now, also as wrapping paper). Again, I suggest the Basic Cotton for embroidery, and Kona Cotton or Canvas for painting or coloring.

I am really happy with how this one came out, and as always, I'm delighted with Spoonflower's service and quality.

I decided to go mostly monochrome reds with this entire fat quarter. It would have been ALL red, but the thread showed through from snowflake to snowflake, and as much as I love embroidery, I'm not tying the thread off for every snowflake...

I also decided to leave the faces white, with just a crayon circle for the pink cheeks.

I still have the two Santa motifs to embroider. I might do some table runners with this one.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

What I have learned so far, about colored pencils

#1- Prismacolor rocks!
#2. Blending pencils rock!
#3. There is a very fine line between blending and smudging!
#4. Erasers rock!
#5. I have so much more to learn!

I thought you might like to see the progression of a colored pencil dragon. This fine fellow was one of the Color Our Collections pages from last week, from the Wangensteen Library.

The uncolored page. I laid down a very light coat of purple over the whole image using a Prismacolor art stick (just a quick scribble).

Basic colors quickly sketched in.

Basic colors blended with the blending pencil. No additional color added (see? I said they rock!)

Deep shadows added,.

Highlights and some green for iridescence added. White gel pen for the white highlights.

Background blended and arty shadows added. Voila!

(all in all, about an hour of work)

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The end of Color Our Collections Week

I have had such fun with the coloring pages distributed by those participating in the Color Our Collections worldwide event- over 50 libraries, museums, and universities released coloring pages from their collections: book illuminations, illustrations paintings. I played all week, and in playing, my coloring skills improved. Exponentially. I tried all of the media I had on hand: crayons, markers, and colored pencils (sometimes combining all of them). The books and pages are still online and available for downloading. You can find them here, and here, and if you follow those links, you'll probably find more. The event was so popular that many libraries, including my local branch, have instituted Coloring Nights.

Here are the rest of the pictures I colored this week:

I posted all of the pages to Instagram, and the museum who released this page said they were the most gorgeous intestines they'd ever seen. I will treasure that compliment forever...

I do not know who this giant cow-stealing child is.

This one is my favorite of the whole week. I call him Roygbivoceros

I made a GIF of the progression of this one. I've seen this painting in person, at The Getty. I started with markers, and then used colored pencils to deepen and shade the page.

Here's a still of the end product. Note that hands are not my forte... heh...

I did one more official page, but I'll save that for tomorrow, with an explanation of how I got from printed page to finished dragon.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

How cool is this????

CAUTION:  If you order this wrapping paper from Spoonflower, be advised that alcohol based markers (Prismacolor, Sharpies, etc) smudge the printing. Water based markers are best for coloring on the glossy paper.

Spoonflower also makes wrapping paper!!!!!

I had my first Spoonflower Folk Art Santa Fat Quarter, and the Sample Swatch, printed up and I am thrilled with the results. The paper is nice and heavy and glossy- 26" x 6'. I think it'll be perfect for markers and crayons (maybe not so perfect for colored pencils). The motifs are larger than they are on the fabric- a good size for coloring.

This is going to be fun!

Even their mailing tube is cool!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Heads Up, Colorers!

This week, over 50 universities and libraries worldwide are participating in a Color Our Collections event- each institution will release a coloring page every day from Feb 1-5 (and some have already released their offerings as PDF booklets to print). The pages are all from archives, pages from books, paintings and other publications in eras from Medeival- The Present.

The variety of pages is pretty astounding, and it's going to be great fun. Here's a link with all of the links.  And if you are on Twitter, here's another list.  Colorers are encouraged to share their pages on all social media sites, using the #colorourcollections. I'm posting mine on Facebook and Instagram (I stay far far away from Twitter).

I jumped the gun, and have colored several pages already from books that were available early:

From the Biodiversity Heritage  Library - they very helpfully provide coloring suggestions... heh...

From the New York Academy of Medicine coloring book.

From the Bodleian Library

There's no way I can keep up with all of the participants, but I'm going to snag as many of the pages as I can!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Folk Art Santa Fat Quarter #1 Embroidered and Colored

I finished embroidering Folk Art Santa Fat Quarter #1 (available from Spoonflower). And I love it!

All 5 blocks embroidered!

My plan is to cut them apart and re-assemble them as a wall hanging with spacer strips (in bright coordinating colors), and then hand quilt the piece. But that's not set in stone yet.

I had an extra one of these Fat Quarters, so I decided to color it with crayons. My plan is the same as above, though I think I'll quilt it with embroidery floss to enhance the outlines (and maybe do a little embroidery, but I'm not sure).

Crayons have interesting color names these days.

All were colored lightly, and then set with a hot, dry iron (with layers of paper toweling on top and below, to absorb any wax. The Bookmark blocks look more *crayony* than I thought they would, but I'm sure they'll be fine once they're put together.

Here's the whole thing. Again, I think I'll make a wall hanging. Or maybe a couple of wall hangings. I don't know for sure yet.

Folk Art Santa Fat Quarter #2 should be here within a week or so, and I'll be off to the races again!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Amazing what you can accomplish during a long afternoon of football...

And yes, of course, I watched the new X-Files (there were some very bad words muttered during the exceptionally, and needlessly, long post-game wrap-up), and I did it without embroidering or knitting (my ultimate compliment to a TV show). I may have teared up a little at the opening credits.

My bar for new installments of the show is set pretty low- I just want Mulder and Scully back together (on the screen, they don't have to be together-together), and that made me very happy. The first episode got tepid reviews, but almost unanimously, the advance reviews for the other episodes are very good indeed.

Here's my recap of last night's episode: aah, ooh, SQUEEE!!!!!!, is that a wig?, heeee, sigh