Thank you for visiting artful embellishments. This is the third year for this blog and I am so happy to keep publishing. I started in 2011 and began with a quilt of the week, this lead to the leaf of the week for my newly designed paper tree that is located on the wall of my garage in 2012.......2013 is going to bring a lot of excitement and positive change. As a personal challenge for 2013, I plan on designing a artist trading card each week to be featured on the blog.
With so many interests, there will be quilting, art quilting, leaves (and more leaves), as well as experiments in thermofax screen printing, fabric dying, and tons of DIY recycle projects. I may even enter that altered fashion scene. To a happy and healthy 2013, may we all find happiness in those things we create....thank you for stoping by artful embellishments.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Journal 23 What's your sign?

Week 23 is another journal on a brown grocery bag. This is so addicting. This time I actually used my sketch book for ideas. I had been practicing with the Tulip fabric paint and stencils. I liked this combination of colors. Thus this journal quilt was born. This quilt started with a grocery bag that was sprayed with three colors of tulip fabric paint. (Yellow, orange, green). I then used a stencil with black Tulip fabric paint. I love looking through old books. I found a very cool picture of an astrology wheel. I decoupaged it with some tissue paper in purple and yellow. I added the silver letters which are sewn on as added embellishments. There is a dictionary definition of astrology. Words cut out from old books say "What is your sign?"

Friday, June 24, 2011

Journal 22 Weeds in The Garden

Week 22 is titled Weeds in the Garden. I had recently purchased a new lens with the help of my friend Tim. He is a phenomenal photographer and helped me pick out my 100mm macro lens. Right before a huge thunderstorm I saw this dandelion sitting in my flower bed. I snapped the shot. Not perfect, but still one of my favorites. Not two days after I took this picture and article was forwarded to me. The article talked about "Weeds in the garden of medicine". It was addressed to those of us women who choose a life over a career. I found it highly entertaining, and so this quilt journal is dedicated to all you weeds out there. May you have a full life and enjoy every minute of it!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Week 21 The Cardinal

The Cardinal started as a challenge to use my felting machine. It was very easy and fun to use. I wanted to "upcycle" an old garment for one of the journal quilts. I was able to utilize an old sweater. The tree, cardinal, nest, and leaves were all felted using wool or silk roving. In Natalia Aikens DVD "Texture Transformation Stitch, Alter, Recycle" she demonstrates using dryer lint. I couldn't resist trying this technique. I was able to use dryer lint in the birds nest. The flowers are paper and were found at a craft store on clearance. Bead embellishments were added for more dimension. I suspect the entire journal would have "popped" with a different background since the flowers are pink. I will take that as one of those "lessons learned".

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Week 20 is all about the game! I had so much fun with the brown grocery bag that I continued on the back of the bag. This was painted with acrylic paint. I then used a stencil with the Tulip fabric spray pain. Cards and game pieces were added for additional embellishments. The ribbon was sewn around the edges for a finishing touch.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Journal Quilt 19

It has been such a busy month. I am a little behind, but I do have a great summer schedule to get caught up! Week 19 is a actually made from a brown grocery bag. The techniques are from Alisa Burke "Expression Session" and Julie Fei Fen Balzer "Collage Fast and Furious". If you don't own these DVD's you should put them on your wish list! The paper bag was painted with inexpensive acrylic paint. The background was accented with Tulip Fabric paint (spray bottles). I then used a stencil for the numbers and painted over the stencil with black Tulip fabric paint. The dictionary page was added and the white numbers were stamped. The number "7" charm was sewn on as an embellishment. The trim was ribbon that was sewn on with a zigzag stitch. I couldn't believe how easy it was to use the paper bag. After the paint was added it took on a fabric like quality. Enjoy your summer!