Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Whimsical Wednesday: "DOODLE STITCHING"



"DOODLE STITCHING" is FREE FORM STITCHING
Winter is the best time to hunker down with some colorful threads and fabrics and stitch your art out.  A mindless, but very mindful hand stitching project is very relaxing and therapeutic and is one of my favorite things to do this time of year.  It's the perfect way to "make your own happy"!!





HOOP YOUR THREADS:
A fun way to keep your threads and floss untangled and easily accessible  is to loop them over an inexpensive embroidery hoop.  I wrapped the splintery wood with washi tape to prevent snags.  Pull the desired color from the knot and the thread slides out perfectly.  Display them in your work area as decoration.  Of course my 2 bengal cats love this idea, so they don't hang on a door knob too long!
HOW TO TRANSFER A BOOK DESIGN ONTO FABRIC: 
  1. Trace the design from the book onto tracing paper.
  2. Place the image under the fabric you are using your preferred transfer tool, like a soluble fabric pen or chalk marker. To see the design more clearly,  easily, tape the paper and fabric onto a sunny window or use a light box
  3. Copy the design by tracing it directly onto the fabric.  Use a light source like a sunny window or lightbox .
  4. Here's a little freebie from my book for you to print and stitch.  
  5. PDF IMAGE DOWNLOAD: 
 For more artful textile, threads and fabric ideas, add my book 
...And if you already have the book, and are so inclined, 
please leave a review on Amazon.com  
Happy stitching!


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Whimsical Wednesday...."FAB FIVE FEBRUARY" and NEW CLASS

It's my BIG "FABULOUS FIVE" ANNIVERSARY!  
Today I celebrate my 29th (cough) birthday again, along with my FIFTH ANNIVERSARY of my very first online class that I launched on February 1st, 2012.  Thank you to all of you who are reading this, especially my friends who clicked on my Letter Love 101 class link five years ago.  I love, love, love what I do, and am honored and privileged to have the fabulous community of art friends that have gathered here since that first class.    Teaching is what I love more than anything, and it's such a thrill to continue to offer more of my own experience and share my thoughts on creativity with such wonderful  art friends who surround me.
LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT MY
 "FEB FABULOUS FIVE" PLAN IN THIS VIDEO.... 


ARE YOU READY TO CELEBRATE WITH ME
 WITH THESE FIVE NEW $29 MINI COURSES for the next five months?!! 
These are my favorite subjects with all new content with all the process knowledge, projects and creative coaching that I'm excited to share with you.  Each self paced, project driven class will feature 5 big lessons with 10 video demos hosted on the Ruzuku platform.  I'm beside myself with all the things I have up my sleeve for these minis! Make note, and choose the topics that speak to you and watch my website for registration on the dates listed.

FEBRUARY "Fountain Pen Follies"- February 5th-25th ($29)
(details at the bottom of this post)
REGISTRATION OPEN : Class starts February 5th
Here is a total immersion in pen and ink and my lifelong obsession with fountain pens, lettering and art sketching.  We'll be inking up a "Follies Folio" and working in journals and sketchbooks that you might already have.  Simple supply list available with instant access when you register.  I know you're going to love this!

MARCH- "Fanciful Fibers"- MARCH 5th-25th ($29)
PREVIEWS and REGISTRATION OPENS Feb 20th. 
Mixed media free form whimsically inspired funky, textured needle felting, hand stitching and fabric collage.  Wait until you see the sample, it's delicious! 

APRIL- "Free Spirit Fonts Rule" APRIL 5th-25th ($29)
PREVIEWS and REGISTRATION OPENS March 20th.
A new lettering class where you FINALLY learn how to design entire font collections with your own personal cursive and print handwriting.  We'll feature new ideas for expressive letterforms to make your own stylized fonts.  This is a game changer.

MAY- "Fantastical Faith" MAY 5th-25th ($29)
PREVIEWS and REGISTRATION OPENS April 20th.
Close to my heart, this mini will focus on bible journaling and prayer journals Joanne style.  We'll make a sampler journal filled with our favorite scripture and meditations using colorful, spirited lettering and illustration themes to express your personal faith with whimsical art.

JUNE- "Festive Florals Garden Party" JUNE 5th-25th ($29)
REVIEWS and REGISTRATION OPENS April 20th.
Let's all get out in the garden, wherever we are in the world, and illustrate our favorite images alive in nature.  In our own "plain air" or photo reference, we'll make luscious sketching and watercolor journals filled with vibrant blooms and blossoms bursting with color and detail.  


LET THE ARTY PARTY CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT FIVE MONTHS!
 I thank you from the deepest part of my heart for brining me joy in our shared art journey.

***AND NOW***
ARE YOU LOOKING TO ELEVATE YOUR ART AND LETTERING WITH FABULOUS FOUNTAIN PENS?  
REGISTER HERE FOR "FOUNTAIN PEN FOLLIES"

FEBRUARY "Fountain Pen Follies"- February 5th-25th ($29)
(preview video and details at the bottom of this post and on my website)
REGISTRATION OPEN : Class starts February 5th
Here is a total immersion in pen and ink and my lifelong obsession with fountain pens, lettering and art sketching.  We'll be inking up a "Follies Folio" and working in journals and sketchbooks that you might already have.  I'll share all my research, all my ideas and creative coaching with this awesome medium.  The simple supply list is available with instant access when you register.  I know you're going to love this!
REGISTRATION OPEN : Class starts February 5th
*You don't need the supplies right away for the first class, we have a plan!*

CHECK OUT THE PREVIEW AND REGISTER WITH PAYPAL BELOW


$29 
Instant classroom access with PAYPAL payment