This is the Zetti Glee Club practicing. It's for a dear friend of mine that will be leaving the state soon for a wonderful job and new life. She needed a postcard to use as a bookmark.
The stores are full of children and parents collecting their back to school clothing and school supplies. The office supply store has a whole display with sheets of paper with school supply needs for each grade and each local school. Wish they had done that when my kids were little.
I roamed the bins in Shopko looking at crayons, colored pencils, etc. Mostly, I was just hanging around soaking up the energy and enthusiasm of the children as they decided what color ruler or notebook they wanted.
Yesterday, I was babysitting my newest grandchild and while she was napping I did some ironing of fabric for my stash. When I ironed my batiks that whole warm crayon smell flooded my studio.
I think once upon a time when I was frustrated with my inability to get around because of my bad knees, I muttered out loud that I wished I was in second grade and all I had to worry about was cutting, coloring, painting and smearing paste on things.
I think the universe heard me because that's about when I first got connected up with some Yahoo art groups.
I learned a lot from those generous artists. From ATCs to fat, chubby, skinny books, altered books, altered journals and postcards, I learned new techniques, how acrylic paint works, what kinds of glue to use, etc.
I never remember anybody telling me that they couldn't share a technique. They graciously taught me and I thank them.
I'm getting ready for the football season by gathering my art projects that can be done while I am sitting in my chair, watching and listening to the game.
First on the list are the supplies for making fabric beads. I've made them in the past and used them up so I would love to have a bigger supply for inventory. I have a wonderful book called, Fabulous Fabric Beads by Kristal Wick, that I got at JoAnn craft store with my 40% off coupon. There are a ton of different painting projects for the fabric before you cut it up to roll up into the bead shape. I'm thinking that some of those painted pages could be used for a fabric journal too.
Yesterday, I did cut up some muslin and today I'm going to try to gesso the fronts and backs of those pieces.
The other project that is easy to work on during those long football games are my wool applique quilt blocks. I've been making blocks with wildflowers. The wildflowers and leaves are all appliqued with a buttonhole stitch. Somewhere I had a pattern but I've since lost that over the years. I just draw out my flower, usually something from my garden and use that as my pattern.
Every time I glance out the window I see the Plum tree and all those plums just getting riper and riper. Sigh.......... I'm going to have to make something with them. They are just too beautiful to let go to waste. I'll let you know what I decide to do. I'm thinking, not jam, this year.
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