What does your pen do?

When left with an empty page, my pen does one of two things:

1: Zen doodle, paisley floral mix.  

2: Faces a la Picaso esque 

 

 

Twirls

Twirls

I use black ink.  I start with a simple line and build and build.  It is the pure definition of doodleling  

The face appears

The face appears

This is when the pen takes over.  Time and time again a face will form.  

Even a creature I do use color in my are.  My go to supply is a box of crayons.   

Even a creature

I do use color in my are.  My go to supply is a box of crayons. 

 

Any way it is put, my pen does what it wants.   What does your pen do? 

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Rag Rug twist & twirl

Happy 2017!  With my studio running full time, I have challenged myself to learn new techniques to use upcycled materials 

January is rag rug month! 

 

color combos are endless

color combos are endless

With the help of a crafter friend I have learned the basics in crochet.  Together with basic weaving skills, New products are being born. 

 

 

got FINGERS?

When I first began knitting I didn't know how to use needles.  To be honest, I still only know two stitches! 

 

I like to collect different colors too! 

I like to collect different colors too! 

I was blessed with finding a large selection of yarn in a thrift store approx 15 years ago. Since then I have developed my talents in color blending yarns.  

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Alone color can be so different than when blended together.  Swirling in my fingers I use a simple braiding stitch to make a chain.  With chains combined a scarf can be formed.  

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Over the past few years I have made more than 100 scarves!   I have also been blessed wil more and more yarn!! 

The Building of an Open House

Knock Knock

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Showing your artwork is a stressful event.  As an artist, opening up your studio multiples the anxiety by ten  

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When I first started going to markets I would be on the lookout for things to make that people would buy.  Simple right?? Supply and demand.  The problems that arise are also simple.  Am I a product or an artist? 

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I make things and sell them.  I am both an artist and a business woman. I love the combination of both sides of the brain.  

Day of open house

Day of open house

The truth is I love selling as much as making.  Interacting with people and telling my story never gets old.  Actually, the longer I practice my art the more enjoyable it gets  

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What is your art form?? Painting, sewing or knitting? 

how about accounting, cashier or mother of three?  Everyday life is art.   

When I open my house to the public I open my heart  

Welcome

Stay outside the LINES

Simple supplies are the easiest to use when staring a project.   

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As a child colouring and drawing went hand in hand. Hours of sketching and doodling turned into a lifetime skill for coping with stress.  

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Art saved my life

Layers of paint covered with pen, crayons and pencils keep time slipping by calmly.  

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There is no end.  There is no goal other than putting color and lines together  

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A trip to the dollar store is all you need

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She may not be finished....... 

The Gift of Color

A stash of yarn donated to Seven Threads!!! 

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I have been lucky in my art endeavours once again!  A donation of yarn left on my step.   

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I spent the evening sorting and hugging the beautiful new friends that came to live with me!!!! 

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So happy to upcycle and blend all the colors into new designs!!! 

Blue Yarn Strikes Again

Whenever I reach into the heaps of yarn I have stashed in the studio, out comes blue.  

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This time it was three blends of fuzzy teal, pink and greens.  With a size 19 needle and a simple knit stitch, I made this lovely soft infinity scarf. 

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I know only two stitches. The knit stitch and a drop stitch.  By blending my own colors, I make the design unique.  

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Huge and cozy!!! 

Blend, Twist & Swirl

Mixing colors is a passion of mine.  Weather it be paint, beads or yarn, putting contrasting and complimentary colors together always serves to please me  

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With yarn, simple colors get a boost when twisted and blended together.  

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Digging deep to the bottom of the stash to pull out bits of yellow and purple lead to this new scarf color combo.  

Cozy and cute!!!! 

When is a sweater not a sweater??

My favourite  type of recycled materials to work with are sweaters!!!  Thrift stores are full of them and yard sales have sweaters galor.   

This is the after!!!  

This is the after!!!  

This soft grey knit is beautiful to work with.  I decided to keep it a sweater, but completely redesigned the cut.   

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Oversized snaps added a modern touch along the shoulder and neck.   

I love sweater weather  

I love sweater weather  

Perfect with skinny jeans and tall boots!!   

New sketchbook love

New sketchbooks make me nervous.  Beautiful blank pages.  Pristine crisp cover.  When I start something new I try not to worry about the outcome. A new sketchbook brings hopes of magical creations as well as fears of tragic failure.   

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16X12 with soft cream pages

16X12 with soft cream pages

I jumped in! No plans.  No thought of the ending.  Lots of color and plenty of help from my son.  Sebastian inked the eyes and gave her a flourish  

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Just look at the texture on that cover!!!! 

Just look at the texture on that cover!!!! 

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When only scraps will do

There are so many small bits of yarn in my stash, I search constantly for ways to use them.  

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This scarf is a simple knit stitch with a row of drop stitching in between the changes of colored yarns and strings  

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My fave thing to do is blend the colors together and knit with 3--5 strands at a time.    I used 10 mm needles to give a loose and casual look to the final piece 

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I think the design is simple, beautiful and dead one of a kind! 

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.......so many ideas!!!!

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Now I never have to toss any yarn cause it's "to small to do anything with"!!!! 

Little summer dress

I found this lovely piece of fabric for a dollar. That's  100 pennies!!!  

In the studio  

In the studio  

Decided to make a simple dress with matching belt.   

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I took my fave t-shirt for a pattern and just made it longer.    Two side seams and two shoulder seams. Total time 21 min..... But who's counting ;) 

A self belt..... Great as a headband too! 

A self belt..... Great as a headband too! 

Sometimes making a fast fashion piece reminds me of why I do the things I do!! 

I think this one is a duck......Mini sweater creatures

I use sweaters to create many of my designs.  Upcycling clothing into bags and accessories is fun and economical.  

Witha all the scraps of fabric I make mini creatures  

I think this one is a duck

I think this one is a duck

I don't use a pattern.  Simple shapes are rolled and stitched together until a face appears.  

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Big kids love them.  Many adults have come up to me saying "hey, your the woman who makes the little monsters". Yep. That's me 

Zen Doodle

In school I covered my notes with doodles.  Something's never change

Very zen

Very zen

Many of the finished pieces get turned into the covers of journals or I make art print greeting cards.   

I carry a sketchbook everywhere as a way of distressing.  Waiting for a bus, sitting at the Dr office, etc..... Nothing fills time like doodling! 

Lets knit

Hello beautiful

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This year I learned to knit...with needles. I have been finger knitting and arm knitting for years so I challenged myself to learn the more traditional method.  

 

Using two long paintbrushes for needles, I watched videos online and practiced casting on and doing a simple knit stitch.  

The first few samples didn't look like much but I quickly got the hang of it.  

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Scarf anyone?