Sunday, December 30, 2012

Fishy Two

Here is Fishy as he is progressing. It is so helpful to view the piece through the camera lens to see what changes you might want to make. I can see that I love the gold fin that I placed front and center and I that I want to replace one of the "browner" tone fabrics to the left of the fish's tail with one that is more blue. But he's coming right along as I build the background. Be sure to check back and watch him progress...

Friday, December 28, 2012

Something's Fishy Here

Here's the latest quilt I'm working on. It's a Susan Carlson piece and here it is on the design wall. I'm loving how the colors are going together. It's on the wall (see the pins?) and is thus a work in progress. Next I'll start on the water. It's really fascinating how different colors interact. I'm sure it will change as it get farther along, but for now...WOW!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Today's Gelli Alzheimer's Quilt

One of my favorite gelli prints has now been quilted with slanted straight lines  with lime green thread to match the "combed" effect that I created with Golden fluid acrylic paint on the print. It looks as great as I thought it would back when I created the print.

I'm so happy to have the quilting done and have it ready to ship off and donate to raise money for Alzheimer's research.

So far $967.40 has been raised by my donations alone. Isn't that great? I'm very close to reaching my goal of raising $1,000 in winning quilt bids at I'm a proud part of the $1,000 Promise group.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Today's Art Day

Today is our art group day. Here are some of my friend LaVon's embellished gelli prints. They are fantastic! Both os the top two are printed with the same stencil by The Crafter's Workshop. They are just colorized differently using watercolors, Prismacolor and Tombow markers, and Caron d'Arche water soluble wax crayons. Aren't they stunning? And the bottom design...that one is amazing! LaVon used a rubber stamp to apply the butterfly images and flower stamps and then colorized them using the same markers and crayons. She did also use a black fine point pigma pen for the butterfly outlines.    

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Silhouette Cutting of Stencils

Today I went over to a friend's house and cut stencils for use with gelli prints. I love gelli prints. Have you noticed?

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Gellis, Gellis, Gellis

Here are some of the gelli prints that have been created by me and my friends here at gelli parties.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Gelli Prints in Progress

Here are photos of three of my gelli prints from the party in progress. This is how they came directly off of the plates. We used stencils from The Crafters Workshop on the large left and again on the bottom right but we did a very fine imprint and then used a toothbrush splatter technique over the surface for the bottom design.

The snowflake design was cut from a Silhouette stencil cutter by my friend. Isn't it wonderful?

Now they are all ready to be embellished...another of my favorites. HHHmmmm...water soluble crayons, watercolor paints, markers? What shall I choose? Check back and see how these are shaping up. You know they'll be spectacular!!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

We're Having a Gelli Party!!

We're having a gelli printing party. Hooray!  Ten of us creative souls got together to make gelli prints today. Can you see the fun we're having? Good friends, goos food, good prints. What could make for a better day?

We used both homemade and manufactured gelli plates, but I must say that as a group, we had better luck with the gelli arts manufactured plates. In fact, I have a friend who sells them and she brought some over in case the gals wanted one for their very own, and SHE SOLD OUT! That's how popular these gelli arts plates are.

What fun we had. Now I have to post photos of the works...and then of the embellished works and goes on and on.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Embellishment time is anytime...

I just had a few stolen minutes to begin the embellishment process on this gelli print from yesterday. I love Tombow markers, just love them, as the color moves around with water and the underneath acrylic paint acts as a resist. This print began with a flower stencil from The Crafter's Workshop and was then enhanced with markers. It's only just begun...

It will definitely be another small quilt for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative ( in their effort to collect monies for Alzheimer's research. It's a special cause for me and I support it faithfully. When finished, this will be a beauty for them and I'll send it off proudly.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Gellis Again

My friend, Marty, came over today and we worked on gelli printing again. Here she is working away...

Monday, December 3, 2012

More Alzheimer's Gelli Quilts

Here are my two latest ALZ quilts to be donated. Both are made from Gelli prints. The yellows and green grid was made with yellow and green inexpensive acrylic craft paints found in your local craft store. After applying the paint, I pressed needlepoint canvas down into the gel surface very carefully so as not to accidentally injure the gel but with enough pressure to create an indentation. It was further enhances by yellow quilting stitches using Masterpiece Thread on the surface and Bottom Line thread in the bobbin. Both threads are made by Superior Threads.

The gridwork began with a diamond stencil from The Crafter's Workshop pressed into the acrylic paint on the gelli plate. That pattern was further enhanced by a quilted grid on the surface using a lime green thread. I added jumbo rickrack for added enhancement.