Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Two Years of Arts in the Cards and My First Art Journal

It occurred to me recently that my ATC group, Arts in the Cards, has been together for two years. I started it with Suzan Morgan; we had been in some quilted postcard exchanges together, then we discovered that we were both fabric designers, and both making small fiber art pieces for Art O Mat. We decided to trade ATCs similar to our Art O Mat works. That was fun, so we asked a few friends to join us in trading ATCs and the group was born. The other mainstay of the group is Janice Paine-Dawes, who runs our Yahoo group and the AIC blog. [Thank you Janice!] Suzan is no longer part of the group since she wanted to focus on larger works.

We are now branching out into doing 8.5" x 11" art quilts based on the ATC themes, and Marie Johansen is spearheading that project. With New Year's nearly upon us, I was puttering around in my electronic and actual archives looking for inspiration. I came upon a design that I think will nicely fit our next AIC theme--Two--in honor of our two years of ATCs.

While I was puttering, I found an old favorite design, the cover of an old journal that I had painted with oil pastels and acrylics. It was the first art journal I made, and I still love it. It has gold paint on it, which looks brown in the scan, so the photo isn't as magical as the actual journal cover. The color was also a little off, so I monkeyed with the colors in photoshop.

It reminds me of where I was about 10 years ago when I made the journal--super anxiety ridden, unable to work, a nervous wreck. I could barely eat, couldn't sleep, tried a bunch of meds that didn't really help, and was practically skin and bones. The art journaling and mixed media work helped me work through my panic. My artwork is mainly therapeutic. Even when other people don't like my work, it is significant to me. It is also really interesting to look back at older pieces and remember what was going on in my life at the time I made it.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Flat Santa Wants to Know: Have You Been Naughty or Nice?

Our ATC group, Arts in the Cards, is doing a flat santa trade. Janice Paine-Dawes introduced me to Flat Stanley, who we based the flat santas on. Apparently kids write stories to go with Flat Stanley and he travels around the globe...just like santa, but without a sleigh.

My santa is kind of half elf; his pointy gold slippers and harlequin pants are a testament to his elfenness, and he is so interested in who has been naughty and who has been nice that it is written on his shirt. Somehow I think elf-santa prefers the naughty people...because he sure looks like he wants to dance and party all night.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Vitamin Water Zero Paper Doll



After hours of cooking on Thanksgiving, I needed a break, so I pulled out my scrap bins, paints and glue, and did some doll therapy. This doll is 1960s inspired, with an a-line mini dress made of a Vitamin Water Zero label. I love the graphics and the colors, but I especially love the drink. It is the only diet drink that I can have that doesn't have me doubled over with stomach pains, plus, it tastes pretty good.

Her tights are made of aluminum foil, recycled from our holiday pie-making. The red go-go boots are cut from a scrap of watercolor paper, and adorned with silver sequins. Earrings, made of seed beads and pony beads, were sewn on. The doll's cap is made of the inner wrapper of a peanut butter cup. I expect I will soon make a doll friend for Ms. Zero out of the orange outer peanut butter cup wrapper, left over from Halloween. It was my ONLY Halloween treat. Really, I only ate one!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Art O Mat Blocks and My Canine Assistant

Whenever I hit a dry patch in my creative life, I remind myself to make more Art O Mat blocks. Making them is fun...but a pretty lengthy process. I print my original artwork on either Avery printable cotton sheets, or on t-shirt transfer sheets (with the image flipped), then iron them to cotton. I cut then, add some pellon or felt backing, quilt them and edge them. Some models get beads and sequins added, some get touches of paint for embellishment. Then I glue them to the art o mat blocks, glue a label on the back that tells all about me, and wrap the finished blocks with strips of cellophane so they can slide out the art o mat vending machines easily.

I feel good about the blocks because they are all mine. All my orginal artwork, no clip art, nobody else's ideas. They remind me that I do indeed have some creative, sucessful work--small, but successful still. It reminds me that I don't have to make a masterpiece every time, that I don't have to create huge murals, that I don't have to be avant garde.

And every once in a while I get a nice little check from art o mat, and a green card that tells me if they are running low on my block supply. Interestingly, they seem to love me in Vegas! Quite a few sold at the Cosmopolitan. And I even had my "Time Warp" pieces in the Smithsonian and some at the Whitney. (In the art o mat machines in the gift store, not actually hanging on the museum walls!)


If I calculated how much time I spent on each one, I probably don't actually make any money. But, the checks pay do for more art supplies! And of course it makes my canine assistant, Coconut Jenkins Wyatt, feel very useful. He guards them with his life and makes sure leaves don't blow on them and keeps insects off them as they are drying in the sun.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Reiki Prayer Quilt with the North Pole Grid


I made this little 12" x 12" quilt a while back, and posted photos of it as I was designing it, but never posted the final photo. Lately I have started working on some more reiki inspired pieces, but this little one remains a favorite.

To start, I printed a photo (with permission of William Lee Rand) of the North Pole Grid on avery printable cotton. It looked dull when it came out of the printer, so I overpainted it with gold acrylic. [go to http://www.reiki.org/GlobalHealing/northp.html if you want to read more about the NP Grid.] It is a beautiful and fascinating story.

The little sequins on the tips indicate the major world religions. The actual NP Grid is made of gold and crystals, and has different symbols for each religion.

I cut out the gold NP Grid, and stitched it to a painted background of icy blues and white, which I created using watersoluble oil pastels [which aren't really oil, they are more like a gel stick] to simulate the snow and ice of the north pole for the background.

Each corner has the reiki healing symbol. The sides have the reiki morning prayer, combined with my own purple soy batik. It is edged with purple corduroy that was left over from a jumper I made my daughter, Amanda, many years ago. Purple is the healing color, and also her favorite color.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Alice, Camelot and a Glamorous Harvest

I have been doing a lot of trades with my Roses on my Table groups. For the tag theme Ancient Cities, I blanked out, but finally decided on the fictitious city of Camelot since somehow my family has gotten addicted to the show Merlin.

For the Statues tag theme, I really was at a loss. So, I did a search of NYC statues and hit on the Alice in Wonderland statues in Central Park. My daughter loved climbing on them when she was little, so that seemed like fun. I combined it with an image of the Imagine mosaic tribute to John Lennon.

The ATC theme harvest seemed a little dull, since I first thought of the same old Thanksgiving feast images. Thanks to some http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/ vintage clipart, I made a photoshop collage of antique seed packets. They were particularly interesting to me because they are marked Oneida County, which I where I grew up. The art needed some pepping up, so I added in glamorous 1940s model Georgia Carroll, who is the grandmother of my daughter's best friend, which kind of went with the antique seed packets and made me think of beautiful women squashing grapes at harvest time.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Machine Quilting Unlimited and Eye of Panic

What a great surprise I had this weekend! I opened my mailbox and found an envelope addressed to me from some place in Florida. I opened it, and found a copy of the November/December issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited. I thought it was a free, trial copy, but then I noticed that there was an article on the Sacred Threads Exhibit that was held in DC this past summer. Since I had been a participant, with two pieces in the show, I turned right to that article. Imagine my surprise and delight when I saw my own eye staring back at me from page 28!

The author and magazine's managing editor, Kit Robinson, had chosen an assortment of images and stories from the exhibit for her seven page article. I am thrilled and honored to have my work included.

This is a detail shot of the piece. It will also be included in a book by Karen Musgrave called Quilts in the Attic: Uncovering the Hidden Stories of the Quilts We Love, which will be out in February 2012. (Karen's book is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Duct Tape Hardware ATCs: Unchain My Heart? or Heart of Gold?

Hardware. It sounded like a really fun ATC theme. So, I dug around the house looking for mechanical bits and pieces and found nothing. Not one bolt, nut, or screw that would work. No little washers, no gear pieces. Well, we aren't the handiest, do-it-yourself family, so I shouldn't have been surprised. I was stuck and frustrated and had to rethink my whole idea because I didn't have time, or $, to run out to the hardware store to look for inspiration. I settled on good old silver duct tape, and went back to my tried and true favorite base, painted, recycled coffee sleeves. I painted the sleeves gold to contrast the silver duct tape and angeled the tape on the base. I had some chain link left from my Eye Of Panic art quilt [that I really did buy at the hardware store--and yes, they thought I was a crazy artist buying so much chain], so I punched holes in the cards, set grommets in them, and threaded the chain thru, closing it with a little silvery end cap. I added a little gold cardboard lopsided heart on the chain for softness. It looked naked, so I added gold brads in each corner to mimic nailheads.

I couldn't decide on the title: Heart of Gold [strains of Neil Young running through my head bring me back quite a few years] or Unchain My Heart? Isn't that a country song? or am I mixing Unbreak My Heart with Unchained Melody? Any votes on the title?

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Halloween Witch Dolls

I belong to three groups at Roses On My Table, and they are all great fun. A tag group, an atc group and a paper doll group. The doll making is amazingly fun, creative and therapeutic. Here's what I did for our Halloween doll exchange--one scary and one pretty. I used the template available on the groups site, then added some vintage faces I found online. The clothing is made of paper towels, distressed Lumiere-painted tyvek, felt, ribbon, a painted recycled facial cleansing cloth and gold netting. Capes are removable, so whoever gets them in the exchange can really play with them. Little girls dont' always grow up, do they? At least I'm in touch with my inner child...

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Balancing My Chakras In a Hurricane


In the aftermath of Irene, the recent hurricane turned tropical depression, I sat in my boarded up house, listening to the wind, with just a sliver of daylight peeking in. I decided to cope by making some art. With a flashlight, I bumbled down to my studio, grabbed some good rag watercolor paper, watercolors, watersoluble oil pastels and took it upstairs. I painted two big pieces of undulating curves in rainbow colors that blended into each other; I later cut one of the pieces down to ATC size.

As I was falling asleep that night, I realized the balance connection: I use meditation and visualization of chakra colors to calm myself, especially during a panic attack. So, I added watercolor dots [which I cut with a hole punch] in the reiki chakra colors to the little undulating curvy backgrounds. The ATC reminds me that I need to meditate on a daily basis to keep my crazy life in balance.



Monday, August 22, 2011

23 and 3

My daughter celebrated her 23rd birthday over the weekend. I happened to snap a photo of her wearing some new earrings, and she was standing in front of a fiber piece based on a photo of her at 3, when she was in the Nutcracker at the local Y. (The pieces of the 'fractured photo' were done by me and 7 other members of an art exchange group, and I stitched them all together.)

Also included is her birthday card, with pictures of the family photoshopped into a Graphics Fairy http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/ royalty free clipart of 4 French old-fashioned ladies.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Little Stuff, and the Smithsonian!

My small labor of love is making art-o-mat blocks which are sold in vending machines around the country. Today, along with a check, I received the listing of where the blocks had been sold. How cool that there was a bunch in the machine in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC! Fortunately, I am devoting much of my art time this week (that is, my stay-cation)to doing art and making more mini quilted pieces for art-o-mat. Last time I got a check and a sales listing, there were a gazillion sold in the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Vegas. So, here is a picture of the different blocks I make. The most popular one seems to be my yellow self portrait. (This is it unquilted. I add some beads and sequins to jazz it up.)

And it is a good day for small things...SAQA just announced a new show, "A Sense of Scale" that will contrast big pieces with small ones. So, I can do a series of pieces as small as 12" x 12". I have felt alternately annoyed, sad, and mad that I can't enter most art quilt shows since I like to work small. Maybe someday when I retire and can devote all day to art I can go big, and get a giant longarm sewing machine, but with my crazy, busy work schedule, small is all I can comfortably do right now.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Retro...Me

I just joined a group within a group, Le Papier Dolls, part of Roses On My Table, where I already exchange ATCs and tag art. Who knew Le Papier Dolls would be so much fun? This month's theme was "Back to School" so I went back to my childhood and did some 'Little Linnie 1967' girls. I used a template available to the group, but added an A-line dress that I sketched from a vintage 1967 Simplicity pattern. I cut pieces of my own fabric designs (printed on paper) for the dresses. Of course, I was compelled to have textured stockings, because the key to my whole late 60s wardrobe was colored fishnets in every shade of the rainbow. The face is me at 10 (well, it was taken from a group shot of my family at a reunion in 1965, but close enough.) I printed the b/w pix, spritzed with fixative, and added a tiny bit of watercolor.

I had more fun (artistically) than I have had in years making my paper dolls (I did about 10), I think because it combined the freedom of collage with the pure joy of being a child again playing with paper dolls. It also brought me back to a simple time, before jobs, mortgages, child, husband, and before school work actually got hard.


Monday, August 1, 2011

Left Brain, Right Brain

I go back and forth between my left brain and my right. Sometimes I take comfort in mathematical, repetitive designs; sometimes I just want to paint and make a mess and hopefully end up with something beautiful. My left brain wants to be neat and logical, my right brain wants to let out emotion and be a messy 7 year old.

Recently I had two ATC challenges. One was divas, and I made a pretty right brained homage to Chrissie Hynde. I used a royalty free graphic of a fairy on a butterfly, then photoshopped on Chrissie's face, some red boots and added wings from a Graphics Fairy butterfly. http://www.graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/
The other was opposites, and I felt the need to do a precise expanded square with clean lines and sharply defined blacks and whites. Both designs are very "me" but from different parts of me.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pretenders

Divas is the theme for the next Roses on my Table ATC trade. I wasn't sure what to do, because I really don't have a lot of respect for famous people who think they are uber special and act like divas. Many of the music divas really don't sing/play the kind of music I like, so I went a little outside the diva box, and thought about favorite female singers. My inner rocker chick came up with a few ideas, but if I could be anyone, singing wise (and no, I can't carry a tune) it would be Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders.

So, I played with Chrissie in photoshop, plunked her face and guitar down on a Graphics Fairy http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/ royalty free clipart of a fairy riding a butterfly, then added one of my own monoprints for a background, bigger wings from a Graphics Fairy butterfly, and some sexy high red boots. I softly colored Chrissie's face in photoshop. This is the result, to which I will soon print, add gloss and glitzy accent.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Photoshop Madness


After many years of puttering, I was fortunate to be able to take a course in Photoshop that was offered at work. I came out of the course with a big handbook and my mind overloaded, but have been working diligently on my lunch hour trying to get the hang of using layers, brushes, filters and other photoshop aspects. I am finally getting the hang of it. Here is a little piece that I did for Betty, from the Roses on my Table ning group. Betty has been sick, so everyone made her a page for a book as a gift.

The floral background is one of my own paintings, softened in photoshop. I combined it with royalty free vintage clipart from the Graphics Fairy [on blogspot, a wonderful resource, check it out!]http://www.graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/

Wet Spiral Leaf Postcards


Right after I took a photo of these 3 postcards, I sprayed them with fixative. They have to travel to Hawaii and Texas, so I didn't want them to get wrecked in the mail. The fixative is very pungent...smells like a cross between skunk and turpentine, so I sprayed way out in the backyard, then left them on the fence to air out. In the early evening, I remembered them, and discovered that they had gotten sprayed from the sprinklers. They were all wet and puffed up, but the paint had not run. I ironed them until they were almost dry, and tucked them under a cast iron pot overnight to deflate them. They are almost as good as new, fortunately, and ready to be put in the mailbox.

The background paper is a nice Japanese rag that I collaged with recycled coffee filters, then enhanced with watercolor and watersoluble oil pastels. The center is the same paper, with aged with coffee and watercolors, and stamped with my own hand carved leaf in a brown distress ink, and stitched to the background.

Reiki Healing: SAQA Auction Donation


My donation for this year's SAQA Auction is called Reiki Healing. I used the Beryl Taylor reverse applique/slice and dice technique. Instead of Beryl's circles, I used square shapes, and put an antahkarana--the ancient healing symbol used in reiki--in the center. I added a few accent beads and hand appliqued the center patch.

The piece is very soft, a little off kilter--the squares, although I measured and cut ever so carefully, had a mind of their own. I used an old wool blanket as the batting, and an old sheet as the backing, so it incorporated a lot of recycled materials. The antahkarana is belived to heal whether you believe in it or not, just looking at is can be healing--no prayers or meditation is necessary to make it work.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Indigo ATC Tray


Thanks to artist Lisa Fulmer, I learned about the 7 Gypsies display cases for ATCs and other small art pieces. The first group I chose to display was my indigo collection, from a recent Arts in the Cards ATC trade. I added a few blueish pieces from other trades to make it an even dozen. Soooooo much better to have them out for viewing, instead of sticking them in binders and putting them on a shelf.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Squares within Squares



I enjoyed making my circle cutout 12" x 12" quilt so much, I decided to try it again. But this time, I decided to try using a square theme rather than circles...easier to sew, easier to cut, I hoped. Well, easier to sew, since doing little circles is pretty tricky. Easier to cut...not really.

Again I used about half fabric that I designed and printed myself through Spoonflower.com, and half commercial fabrics. I discovered that finely woven, lightweight fabric worked better than heavier and/or coarsely woven fabrics. I also made a few extra pieces, and I am glad I did. I had to take away some pieces that were too orange, and some that were too lime. Although they are colors I love, they looked garish and Halloweeny together.

Here is the quilt pinned together, ready to be sewn. I am also posting the finished circular patch quilt.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Truth is a Whisper


I had a great time today playing with some royalty free antique images in Photoshop. I have admired collagey mixed media work and asked a woman from my Roses on My Table group where in the world she got her images. I thought she spent all her free time scouring antique and flea markets...but no, she steered me to the blog called Graphics Fairy. http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/

This design shows my softer, romantic side, which might surprise quite a few people. The words say Truth is a Whisper, which come from the lyrics of a Goo Goo Dolls song of the same name from the Gutterflower album, one of my all time favorite CDs.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Mixed Media Tags


I greatly admire the mixed media work I see in publications like Somerset Studio. I have been trying to figure out how to get my work to look casually elegant, and incorporate calligraphy, aging techniques, vintage photos and torn bits of lace. It is waaaay harder than it looks. But at least it is therapeutic to try. This weekend all I managed to do was prepare some backgrounds for future tags with bits of painted tyvek, old maps and dried teabags.

Right now, I'm working on music themed tags for Roses On My Table. I can't decide whether to go soft and romantic or bring out my inner rocker chick. I am also puttering with ideas for Fabulous Fakes for my Arts in the Cards ATC group.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Southern Rosebud Tree



I just went on a little spring break adventure to DC with my daughter Amanda. While wandering around the city, I spotted this amazing tree, called a Southern Rosebud Tree. It had flowers growing all over the branches. Not branches with flowers on the tips like most trees, right out of the wood! Gorgeous colors. I imagine it is a rare find...will have to look up more information on it. And yes, that really is me...I usually only put up abstract paintings of myself, so now everyone can see what I really look like. Shockingly normal, right?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Spring=Mud


The ee cummings poem that was our starting point for this month's Arts in the Cards ATC exchange had me baffled. I couldn't think about charming children of yesteryear shooting marbles and playing hopscotch in the sun when all around me all I could see was mud. Inside, outside, mud everywhere. So, I decided to go with the flow and let the muddy footprints on the carpet and dormant lawn and garden inspire me.

I used some paper fabric that I made from recycled, dried tea bags and coffee filters. I stamped them with handcarved floral and leaf stamps, as well as a commercial face stamp, using brown distress ink. A piece of hand-dyed green cotton that a friend in Norway made, placed at the edges reminded me of grass just beginning to grow, and I added a strip of mesh tape, painted with green Lumiere acrylic, across the middle to give the idea of a garden fence that needs a little repair after a long, cold, hard winter.

The face, while not mine, felt like me looking at a cold, wet, muddy mess and wondering where the heck the pretty spring weather that cummings referred to was.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Earth Day 2011


For the LisaLisaLou ATC trade [on facebook] this month, the theme is our planet. Since April 22 is Earth Day, what better way to honor the earth than use recycled materials? The background for my cards was made from a discarded tyvek FedEx mailing envelope. I slit it open, painted the inside with Lumiere acrylic paint and heat distressed it by ironing the painted surface. It crinkled up nicely and gave an irregular bumpy surface that reminded me of a topigraphical map of the earth. I couldn't resist my inner 70s hippie, so I cut a peace sign out of a recycled coffee sleeve, threaded a strip of sewable, woven copper fabric [real copper...my only non-recycled item, leftover from a previous project] and added a strip of sheer copper ribbon and machine zig-zag stitched it all together. The symbolic wrapping of the peace sign around the painted earth is a statement on how badly the planet needs healing.

The LisaLisaLou trades, run by artist Lisa Fulmer, are open to anyone, beginners or experts. We send one card with a self-addressed stamped envelope, and get one in return. No big committment, no hassle, lots of fun.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Slicing and Dicing My Circle Quilt





The circle quilt, using my original fabric (along with a few commercial prints and checks) is about half done. I haven't done the final stitching yet, but have it pinned together and am pretty happy with the results. I would like to try one on a larger scale (this has nine 4" squares) and maybe one with squares rather than circles.

The photos show my "watercolor butterfly" fabric before and after I sliced into the layers to reveal the fabric underneath, the 10 layered and reverse appliqued blocks[I made one extra just in case I needed it], and the 36 little pieces rearranged and ready to be stitched. All in all, I am pretty happy with this new technique, and relieved to find a use for my fabrics. [the fabrics are available at spoonflower.com. Just sign in, then do a search for Edzellinni to see my line]

Monday, April 4, 2011

Beryl Taylor, Spoonflower and Me


I have been stalling for months, trying to think of what to do with the original fabrics that I designed for my SAQA visioning project. I was leafing through a Quilting Arts, and saw a photo of Beryl Taylor's reverse applique sampler. I found the back issue that had the directions in it and decided to give her technique a try. Many of my own fabrics were too busy to use, so I made 9 stacks of assorted 4" squares of fabric using some of my designs mixed with commercial prints, solids and checks. Tonight I experimented with stitching a few lopsided circular lines and snipping out pieces to reveal the layered fabric.

So far, so good. I like the technique: it is planned, yet unplanned. Geometric, yet random. I also like the raggedness and irregularity of the circles. I have 5 more circles to go, then I will split each one into 4 pieces and reassemble it.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ups and Downs


Today I had my heart set on seeing the red and white quilt show at the NY Armory after work. I scooted out the door at 5 sharp, having checked online for the hours of the exhibit, which was scheduled to be open until 7 pm. Well, apparently the online hours and the real hours were not the same; it closed at 5. I was allowed to peek in the door but not enter the exhibit room. It looked just like the photos I saw online, but darker. I did see a surprise exhibit: giant tulip sculptures up and down the center strip of park avenue. Here is the one right near the armory.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Organic Cave Hunters


For Lisa Lisa Lou's March ATC swap on Facebook, the theme was 'organic.' That covers a lot of bases, so I couldn't decide what to do...natural fabrics? earthy colors? collect wrappers from organic food and collage them? use flowing, gentle organic shapes? paint with natural dye, like beet juice?

Finally I decided to go the earth theme, earth route: I took an old fabric design that I made years ago of cave hunters and cattle. I printed it from my computer on a homespun type ecru rough-hewn cotton [I ironed freezer paper to the back of the fabric and cut it 8.5 x 11], added hand needlefelting in earth/rust colors at the top and bottom, and a small feather. I left the side edges rough [seemed more rustic] and did the stitching by hand.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Deco Blues



I made ATCs using one of the photos I snapped in the graybar building last week. I used a filter in photoshop to change the color, bumped up the contrast, and viola, an indigo deco image. I used torn strips of cotton indigo colors, arranged from light to dark, then put a little snippet of the indigo deco in the center.

Check out my group blog, artsinthecards.blogspot.com, for more indigo ATCs from a really great group of creative women.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Deco Bumblings




The other day I took a wrong turn coming out of the Grand Central subway station. I ended up in the basement corridors of some nearby building. I think it was the Graybar building, but am not entirely sure. I stood mesmerized by the deco artwork, snapping photos like a tourist with my iPhone. I haven't decided how to work these designs into my own artwork, but I am sure I will.

Little Bunny Artist


I cut up the needlefelting that I posted last week; here are the ATCs for my spring themed Roses on my Table groups trade. I hand blanket-stitched the edges and tacked the bunny on with tiny aqua seed beed. The center design is a vintage image...Mr. Bunny is busy painting his egg if you look closely.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Pretty Pretty Pretty



Maybe its that I am anxious for spring. Maybe I'm feeling my girly side. Whatever the reason, I've been using lots of pink lately. My two latest projects are for the groups Roses On My Table. I made a pinkish hand needlefelted piece, about 9"x12", then stitched over it in springy shades of lilac, aqua, pink and lime. I later cut it up into atcs and added a small vintage illustration of a bunny painting an egg. Really cute and sweet; I embellished it with little turquoise beads and hand blanket stitched the edges.

The pink floral pieces are art tags. The theme was floral for this trade, and what could be better for a textile designer than flowers? I used some of my own fabric, New York Roses. I underprinted a floral on cardstock, then modge-podged sections of my own rose print (available at spoonflower.com under edzellinni). I accented the floral with squiggles of gold dimensional paint, punched in pink grommets, and added pink satin ribbon and fuzzy fiber. I finished it with my own hand-rolled tyvek beads. [made from used fedex envelopes]

Monday, February 21, 2011

Weekend ATC Work




ATCs were on the agenda this weekend. I made three batches: first, I altered a Ralph Lauren cologne ad, along with a Marc Jacobs cologne ad, and made a dozen ATCs for my ArtsInTheCards group. Next, I made some ATCs about love for Lisa Fulmer's facebook ATC trade using coffee-dyed waxed rice paper embedded with Hawaiian floral matter [thanks Sonja]. Last, but surely not least, I made some reiki healing ATCs. I incorporated the antahkarana (probably spelling it wrong...I should know by now but still mess it up) and the healing color purple. I used 3 purple fabrics: a)a piece of soft purple corduroy from my daughter Amanda's old favorite shirt b)some purple soy batik I made a few years ago that I was saving for a special project and c)purple fabric that I printed at spoonflower as part of my Visioning project. I designed the fabric using 12 major world religious symbols in a circle around my personal symbol, a leaf, an image that I constantly doodle and shows up in much of my work.