For this layout I used a distressed doll stamp on copy paper coloured with coffee, walnut and eucalyptus distressed sprays. I did some journaling with a medium Pitt pen no. 188. The right hand side uses a Quietfire Design QuoteMarks stamp from the Friendship set. The background is embossed and coloured with 2 colours of pigment ink.
I've used another Quietfire Design stamp for this layout. The left hand side has pink watercolour and gold Gelatos with "Find yourself a cup" and 2 teacups rubber stamped with Versafine ink. For the right hand side of the spread I used pink and gold Gelatos, a handwriting background stamp and a stack up teacups and teapot stamp embossed with clear bark embossing powder. There is also a piece of fabric tape.
Well I had an idea for this months quiltie swap, but hadn't started on making it yet. On Sunday I went for a little walk before getting started on sewing and took a left turn, literally, to find myself at Colours. I did want to get a 360 degree protractor for drawing mandalas and I did find one, but I just had to wander around the store and found a few other interesting products. The Pentel Arts Fabric Fun Dye Sticks looked like a good thing to try even though it is a small package, more colours would be better. So on Monday after watching a couple of YouTube videos I gave them a try on some 2 in. wide strips of white cotton fabric. I used a rubber stamp, a rubber jar opener and a couple of embossing folders to do rubbings on the fabric with the dye sticks.
So I was quite excited by my results and started sewing a slightly wonky log cabin block with pieces of this fabric. I machine pieced and quilted my 4 inch block. The backing is an orange cotton and I think it turned out pretty good. I actually made two blocks, one for me to keep and one to send to my swap partner. The fabric strip I actually used was a second one I made and I did use a couple of pieces from this strip for block 2.
On Friday I was appreciating the beautiful sound of silence, well at least enough silence for me to hear my music. It was a great relief after several men hammering and using a compressor to put a new new roof on the house. So my small Friday project was to do one page in a book I created awhile ago. The cover was a large sheet of paper painted with acrylic paints and black doodles with Enamel Accents and cut down to make covers on several small journals. You can see a part of the paper scan used on my blog header. This book has three signatures with the painted paper cover on each signature and is bound with a reverse piano hinge. I titled it "Pretty Little Lines" with the intention of rubber stamping quotes from Quietfire Design. The first page is painted with pink watercolours and the quote is stamped on pale pink cardstock. It is the diecut and layered over a black cardstock and glued to the top left of the page. I used a Tattered Lace Kaleidoscope diecut in silver and a small flower diecut on the lower right of the page.
I watched an online workshop with Carrie Brummer of Artist's Think on Sept 30, 2015 to learn about mandalas.
After drawing my base, I copied the design onto watercolour paper so I could try different ways of colouring my mandala. For my first one I used coloured pencils and a blender also for the first time. Here is how mine turned out.