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I’m still fascinated by the colors in opals! During our recent snow storm, I whipped up a small art quilt that is inspired by a tiny opal picture. And I was determined to use only stuff I already had.
First,I pixelated the image to simplify it, and printed out a posterized version of it on www.blockposters.com.
Once I had my printout, I taped the sheets together.
I found some foundation sheets because I thought, silly me, that I would cut tiny squares and fuse them right to the foundation. I had these foundation sheets from one of the goody bags when I taught at Houston.
It’s a great product but you have to glue stick them to paper if you want to run them through your printer. Here it is printed on the foundation papers.
I quickly abandoned the idea of reproducing each tiny square- way too fiddly. And after all, I was just after the color story here. So, I pulled out my scraps of pre-fused fabric, and cut strips with my rotary cutter, and generally tried to be faithful to the color and value placement.
Ok so now I cut and fused right onto the foundation paper. And gave it all a good iron at the end. Next I glued the backing and batting onto this foundation using some archival glue I already had. Now it was ready for quilting.
To preview the quilting design, I took a picture of it with my Ipad, and used the Markup feature in the photo editing software that comes with it. I could “draw” on some lines using my finger or a pen with the tip that works on screens. After a few tries, I came up with this version.
Curvy lines worked well with the grid below. I only marked the beginning of the spirals with my chalk pencil, and them just went with it.
Adding some facing strips that matched the backing, I glued them down and ironed them flat. No hand stitching needed. I wanted this one to be fast!!!
And here’s the finished piece, which I would like to be ultimately placed inside a shadow box frame.
The next one will be much looser and more interpretive, but still using squares and rectangles. The important thing here for me is to get the colors and values and not try to copy it exactly.
Teeny liked pestering me during the making of this piece, but when she was taking a break from that, I caught her hanging out with “Big Lion”.
NEW TO ART QUILTING???
I am opening up my It’s Elemental! online class. But there’s still time to get on board. It’s 8 weeks and only $97 and includes a group live video session. This may be the last time I am offering this class, and it’s perfect for newbies who want to get a crash course in design and composition. Here’s the link to find out about it and enroll; https://app.ruzuku.com/courses/25831/enroll
Don’t be shy! Come and join my:
My New Facebook Group
Oh and before I forget- I have a new Facebook Group called Joyful Art Quilting. You can head on over there to discuss your projects in more detail and see what others are up to. It’s a fun, non-judgmental place to meet and share. Here’s the link to go join the group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1507846232658642/
Have you seen this???
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This is my new Private Intensive for Art Quilters- a 7 week adventure to learn how you can make great art quilts. Whatever your plans for Fall, I hope you include some studio time for yourself. Make art, make it often, and enjoy it! And if you want some help, click on the link to get some support!
And if you still have questions, doubts, fears…. please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Love to all, peace out!
Coming up soon….
WANNA TAKE A LIVE CLASS WITH ME?
If you want to take a class with me- CALL ME at 919-602-2260. I can teach for a small group of your friends, like I did a while back for my friend Joyce Marks and her quilting buddies. We had a blast and I tailored the classes to her group’s interests.
And you can always take an online class with me- see below!
For all you online class junkies, I am offering a new class online: Painted Morning Glory
YOU CAN ENROLL ANY TIME AND MOVE AT YOUR OWN PACE.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to paint details for depth and realism on your quilts?
If the answer is yes, read on. My popular Painted & Fused Morning Glory class is going to be offered online to the general public for the first time. I have taught this class many times and each time I’m awed at the fabulous results everyone gets, with each flower being slightly different.
This class is open for registration now and starts January 1 and is only $39.00!
And you can do it at your own pace in your own house, in your jammies, without running around. All lessons will be available to you at the same time, in case you get inspired and want to work fast.
Here is the linky thingy to register:
I hope you will enjoy this fun class, it will remind you of Spring in the middle of Winter!
And, you will learn all the techniques I used to paint my latest landscape art quilt….
Would you like to work with me one on one? Maybe you would like to make original work, show it and perhaps sell it?
This has actually happened for my client Susan!
Susan has just let me know, she sold this quilt! Congratulations, Susan!
One of my private clients, Susan, has had her quilt, “Nature Takes Back Her Own”, that was accepted into the prestigious Houston IQA World of Beauty Show.
As part of our work together, I coached her on the making of this quilt. She was able to realize her vision to design, make and get her art quilt into one of the best shows in the world! How about you, are you ready???
YOU CAN DO THIS TOO! REALLY!
Look into my 6 month Private Coaching Masterclass!
I want you to make the most amazing, original art quilts that you can. That is why I am now accepting private students who are serious about their creative expression in the world of art quilting. Take advantage of my 17+ years as a textile artist, and speed up your learning curve. To work with me privately, please set up your initial, no obligation, free Get Creative Call here: Schedule Appointment You can find out more by clicking on the Testimonials and Private Coaching tabs to the right in the sidebar or at the menu at the top.
OR YOU CAN HIRE ME FOR YOUR GUILD!
JUST SHOOT ME AN EMAIL AND WE’LL MAKE IT A DATE!
Here’s what one guild VP had to say recently:
I’m usually Johnny on the Spot but missed the boat last week re these BIG THANKS. Loved your presentation. Heard very positive and supportive remarks from the guests…thank you again for the well-defined and creative presentation. Look forward to seeing you again.
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Roxane is a full time studio textile artist, teacher, and author, with two girls, who are both growing up too fast! She recently appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and has taught at the Houston quilt show. She is also a BERNINA ambassador. Her work is in several private collections and she loves doing custom commissions. For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com.
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