to you in living colour by Quietfire Design
November/December 2005- Issue 50
Suminagashi by Barbara
No Suminagashi was harmed in the making of this artwork!
Hi there, Artlings
Thanks for dropping in to another issue of byhand!
We have lots of new subscribers that I'm delighted to welcome and I'm sure there'll be something in here to pique your creative interests.
Time has gotten away from me this fall, so I have decided to combine the November and December newsletters.
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I'd like to take this opportunity to wish each of you a special holidays season, whatever you celebrate. I hope it's very happy and safe - and you manage to squeak in some time for creativity! Once again, thanks to all the artists who have contributed to this issue and all the other issues. You are what makes this newsletter what it is - fabulous!!!
Create without Limits!
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Books to Inspire
Paper Metal & Stitch
by Maggie Grey and Jane Wild
Maggie Grey is a very well-known British textile artist and author of a variety of books on surface design. She'll try anything - and make it look fabulous! This book is a wealth of ideas. All you have to do is study details in the beautiful photographs and you'll have a great new idea for your next card, ATC or altered book. I intend to spend a lot of time with this book!
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This month I'm pleased to introduce you to Donna Clement. I first met Donna as a member of the Bow Valley Calligraphy Guild in Calgary AB a few years ago. I soon learned that she was a student in the City and Guilds of London four year program in embroidery and design. The students from this program are the type who will try anything! (just like author Maggie Grey - featured this month in Books to Inspire) And Donna fits right in!
If you go to the Links page, you will find the Copper book she began at the Quietfire Retreat in June of this year. Donna worked and reworked her copper. The photos just don't do it justice.
When I was in Alberta earlier
this year, I was lucky enough to get to the Articulation exhibition where
I took particular interest in Donna's piece Circle
of the Sun. She had really fun ways of attaching buttons to the
piece. I coerced her into writing about those attachments and you can
read about it immediately below in Stolen Moments.
You can see more of her work on the Focus on Fibre Art Association Website
How To Add Interest With Button Attachments
By Donna Clement
One of the pieces I created using textures and colours of the Alberta Badlands featured a small yellow flower I found clinging onto tiny crevices of soil in amongst the hoodoos. After making three sizes of stamps of this flower's image I proceeded to stamp over hand dyed fabrics and then, using various embroidery techniques, embellished the motifs. The brown border stamped area shows the flower as it appears in nature; with all of its petals falling downward. In this piece, Circle Of The Sun, I attached buttons into the center of each green flower using various techniques.
Stolen Moments 2
Fun with Gel Extremes
Gel Extremes are the best gel pens I've tried. The metallic ones are the ones I carry on this website. They are so rich, don't skip and are bright and juicy. The lettering below was done with a Parallel Pen and then, when the ink was dry, I went over the letters with Gel Extremes making funky little doodles. The larger versions of the words are scans, which really didn't show up the Gel Extreme decoration. So I photographed the same word on an angle which allowed the gels to really shine.
Photograph of the same lettering (done at an angle, that's why the letters look wonky!). Pink hearts were made on top of the letters then a gold dot was placed in the middle of the heart, then the hearts were outlined with the blue Gel Extreme.
It's hard to know when to stop when you are having so much fun! You may find the Gel Extremes in the byhand Products Calligraphy Section. They may be purchased individually or in sets.
Stolen Moments 3
Colouring Silk Ribbon
Earlier this year, I loved using hand-dyed silk ribbon in the Altoid tin I made for the swap hosted by Nancy Quinn.
I don't always have access to this
hand-dyed ribbon, but I picked up some white
silk ribbon at my supplier's thinking I would dye it with Procion
Well, sometimes I just can't wait for something to dry, so I grabbed a Memories Stamp Pad (which are dye inks) and ran the silk ribbon across the surface. Well, lo and behold, it worked just fine. I held the ribbon against the stamp pad using that all purpose tool, the spatula, to keep my fingers clean.
And by pressing the ribbon into another colour in just a few places, I could get the varigated look I was after. Good thing it won't be getting wet! Ah, what we alterlings and book artists can get away with...... Happy dying!
Stay tuned for photo of the Text & Texture Journal.
Edmonton Class Photos
I had a wonderful time in Edmonton recently. And I'm happy to report that it wasn't -22 degrees like the last time I was there! We did Mini Mica Memories on Friday night then swung into a full weekend of calligraphic bliss.
Many thanks to Barb Pankratz, my hostess, who kept me going with great coffee and meals and inspiration throughout her home. I was wined and dined and Potlucked. I thought it might be nice to stay forever - and it occured to me that I might just have to stay when it snowed the night before my flight left!!
Many thanks to all the students who really seemed to be having a good time and put up with my odd humour!! (and I won't even mention some of their odd humour! You know who you are!)
Red ATC swap
Beth Ann once again has stepped up to hostess a 3 for 3 swap of Artist's Trading Cards! Our first challenge was RED. Beth Ann says she is going to put us through the whole rainbow of colours and judging by this collection, I don't plan to miss any!
Thanks Beth Ann - and thanks to everyone who played.
(ATCs are Artist's Trading Cards which measure 3 1/2" x 2 1/2")
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The original title lettering of byhand was done with a Mitchell's Roundhand Nib, size 0, and Higgins Eternal Ink. Quietfire Design Rubber stamps were used to create the other designs.
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