Monday, June 22, 2009

Girlfriends' Traveling Sketchbook....

I've told you about the traveling sketchbook project I'm involved in -- 10 artists, 10 sketchbooks. Not quite sure what I was getting myself into - when Katie mentioned the project, knowing many of the artists involved, I jumped at the chance of participating.
Last week I received three of the books in the mail. I kept them on my desk for a week whilest I sketched out ideas for each of the special books.
Here is what I came up with...

For Lynn's Book, I painted a base canvas with metallic Lumiere paint. I made a fiber embellished piece using organza, silk, yarns, threads, netting and stitched it on top of the canvas. As a final layer I made a square using metallic embossed canvas to which I stitched a fabric inchie and metal flower. I like how it came out and it fits with Lynn's style, I think.
For Soul Brush's Book I painted a base cotton canvas with Neocolor II crayons, then threadpainted flowers on top and free motion quilted it. I hope she likes it.

Finally, for Bab's Book - remember that Altier paint workshop I went to a few weekends ago? Well I painted a small piece of loose canvas using their paints with the intention of taking it home and stitching layers of organza on top. After I stitched the layers, I used my
heat gun to melt away some of the organza. I then put in some really pretty cranberry red thread and continued stitching and defining the flowers. Lastly, I stitched some beads into the centers of the flowers.


All three pieces have "finished" backs that are painted either with watercolors or watered down acrylic paints. Each piece has the process written on the back and is signed and dated. What a great time I had making these for my "Girlfriends." I do hope they like them.

Head's up Lynette - here they come. Three books in - three books OUT!

Anxiously awaiting the next arrivals!

14 comments:

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

OMGosh... Three came at once? You did good Girlie. :) I panicked when asked to join in. To many to come up with ideas for. Everyone is doing so great tho. Congrats.

Vicki W said...

What a fun project and it will be so exciting to get yours back!

katie jane said...

Cathie, these are just beautiful. And so right for each person. I knew you would come up with something fantastic, and you did.

Mary said...

They are all so different and beautiful! I can't imagine making three at once! yikes - but you did a fantastic job. Very cool.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

How lucky these artists are going to be when they get back their sketchbooks! You did such a great job artistically & in analyzing what to do for each! Brava!

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

They will love them!

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Very beautiful work Cathie, xx

karen said...

I love sketchbooks and these are gorgeous. I never seem to have the time these days.

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Course they'll love them - they're gorgeous, clever you!

Lesley

soulbrush said...

hope she likes it....
soulbrush is over the moon, what beauty,thanks a million zillion, i am thrilled.

Pursuing Art... said...

Oh, Cathie...they are all going to love them!!! You always put your heart and soul into your work and your pieces are beautiful!

What a fun project and treasure it will be for all of you to receive your books back...FUN! XO ~Lisa

3rdEyeMuse said...

there's no way that any one of them is going to be less than positively thrilled by what you created for them ... can't wait to see the next three. :)

Marilyn said...

They are all just wonderful--the Girlfriends will LOVE them!
Loved reading about your processes--sounds like a lot of fun!

Lynette said...

Cathie, your three pages were gorgeous!! Haa, you know what I've been working on this weekend...those three pages for the books. I got mine finished (whew) and they're going in the mail to Karen tomorrow! Ha, I was stressing over doing 3 at once, but it was so fun once I got busy on them.

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