Category Archives: Fabric/Ribbon/Fiber/Lace

The Craft Barn Q&L Challenge – Childhood & Easier

a quote on childhood along with the little girl image came my way as inspiration for the other side of one of my loose art journal pages for The Craft Barn Quote & Lyric “Childhood and/or Easier” challengeMagpie's Nest Childhood (1)

as a mother of three sons I often feel the surprise of how quickly young children can grow up especially looking back on the more intense child rearing days…

Magpie's Nest Childhood

I like the idea of staying in touch with our inner child so this quote speaks to me too:

“It is never too late to have a happy childhood” -Tom Robbins 

Magpie's Nest Childhood (2)

“Childhood is a short season” -Helen Hayes

 

step into the Light…

Magpie's Nest step into the Light (1)a couple more pages for Art Journal Journey’s “Living Beings September Challenge and because I used tea cups (torn from a peeled napkin) I am also including my pages for T over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s

Magpie's Nest step into the Light (2)

the lady I chose looks a bit tied up because she had on a wimple head covering originally so I cut her head covering away leaving her chin a bit short which is when I decided to use some silk ribbon that I hand dyed…

Magpie's Nest step into the Light (3)

some of the other ingredients I used were scraps of old book page stenciled with plaster (I so enjoy gluing bits of old paper onto old book pages as the papers seem to melt together so beautifully)…pressed flowers between tissue paper… computer generated words and a bit of rubber stamping with a speckled stamp that no longer had any identifying marks on it…

Magpie's Nest step into the Light

thank you for stopping by … I really appreciate your visit …

“At the heart of your being lies the answer.  You know who you are and what you want.” -Lao Tzu

 

fabric fusion paper…

 in addition to special and inspiring friends on line I am grateful  to be able to spend time with local artists and friends who are extremely generous and talented too…

Magpie's Nest English Mug

I am part of a Mixed Media Collaborative group that meets twice monthly…

Magpie's Nest English Cottage Mug

recently I enjoyed revisiting a paper on fabric fusion technique that I first learned from the talented Beryl Taylor here

Magpie's Nest Fusion Fabric Paper supplies

 assorted thin papers with various color ways in mind (those pretty napkins and tissues you’ve been saving work beautifully) …

Magpie's Nest Fabric Fusion PaperI arranged pieces on cotton fabric brushing with a glue and water mix and ending with a thin layer of tissue on the top adding diluted paints too to some pieces…Magpie's Nest Fabric Fusion Paper backs

on the pink piece above the foundation “fabric” is a used dryer sheet and it worked nicely (underneath it you can see some of the  fabric backs of my other pieces)…

Magpie's Nest Fabric Fusion Paper (2)

it takes about 24 hours to completely dry…

Magpie's Nest Fabric Fusion Paper (1)after peeling it off the freezer paper I iron the back  to help flatten the pieces if needed…

Magpie's Nest C.S. Lewis Courage quote

for some ideas of what to do with your fabric and lots more great info you can visit here

Magpie's Nest August blooms

here’s wishing you a Happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s ~~

MiFoC August {Week 3: Color}

Color has been on my mind for Manuela’s Mikrokosmos Photography challengeMagpie's Nest wardrobe sampler

this peek at some of my wardrobe shows a few of my favorite colors (altho the purple turned out looking burgandy…I did not have natural light when I snapped the photo)

Magpie's Nest Stargazer Lily Shelfie

today I cut some Stargazer lilies in our garden and took this shelfie photo (thanks to my art friend Christie for introducing me to that term)…

Magpie's Nest mystic realm of color quote

I just happen to have two of my favorite colors in sari ribbon hanks…

 

Frida Kahlo de Rivera

after reading a review written by Rita Kempley for The Washington Post (February 22, 1992) about a documentary called “Frida Kahlo: A Ribbon Around a Bomb” the title really stuck with me…

Rita Kempley wrote in part:  “The hour-long documentary “Frida Kahlo: A Ribbon Around a Bomb” is as flamboyantly lurid as Kahlo’s pain-filled, dripping art. The Mexican artist was horribly crippled in a traffic accident at age 16, and her surrealistic works depict the suffering that was her companion throughout life. The film interweaves 120 of her paintings, mostly exotic, often obstetrical, sometimes masochistic, with talking heads, archival film and excerpts from the play “The Diary of Frida Kahlo,” performed by Cora Cardona.” -Rita Kempley Washington Post Staff Writer

Magpie's Nest 2008 page for friend's altered book

back in 2008 I worked with metal duct tape and embossing tools here on an altered book spread that opened to two more altered Frida pages…

Frida Ribbon around a bomb supplies

 with the shrine rubber stamp by Stamper’s Anonymous in mind I knew I wanted to do some metal embossing with Frida again…

Magpie's Nest Embossing supplies and plaster roll

the lovely and talented Alison had shared recently how she created a wonderful embossed metal car here which was very inspiring…

Magpie's Nest embossed metal shrine (2)

I used an assortment of Dylusions ink sprays with plaster bandage that I finally opened after having the roll around for some years to put behind my embossed Frida shrine…

Magpie's Nest embossed metal shrine (1)

the final touch that doesn’t show up all that well in my photos was heat embossing a thin edge around my loose leaf art journal page with silver embossing powder (at one time I must have REALLY enjoyed embossing because I have quite a collection of powders!)…

Magpie's Nest embossed metal shrine

with thanks to Valerie and Art Journal Journey for the exciting Frida Kahlo challenge this month…

Magpie's Nest Frida Flower

born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón                            July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954

my other Frida creations for this month’s challenge at AJJ are numbers 4, 44 and 58 and can be found here along with lots of inspiring artwork from artists all around the globe ~♥~

put on your party dress…

another piece for Mix it Monthly’s August “Crazy Dresses” challenge

Magpie's Nest Party Dress before

using the reverse side of my ‘reach for the stars’ creation

Magpie's Nest Origami Paper Dresses

I remembered I had a stash of origami dresses that I made last August…

Magpie's Nest Origami Paper Dresses (1)

do you see your size…

Magpie's Nest Put on your party dress (1)

the instructions should have/could have come with a warning because it is almost impossible to make just one which is my idea of crazy good fun…

Magpie's Nest Put on your party dress

so here is my second offering for the Crazy Dresses challenge using the Clock Face with Wings rubber stamp with some ribbon and net trim…paint gesso and scribbles…

Magpie's Nest Origami Paper Dresses (2)bringing my party dress over to Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s for T today too…

 Magpie's Nest Anne Searle Country Garden cup UKwishing you a happy day…

avocado t…

Magpie's Nest Avocado TMr Magpie and I enjoy eating avocados plain or fancy…

Magpie's Nest Avocado goodness

since last year I have been saving the skins and pits in the freezer with intentions of dyeing fabric and laces and such (I did paint some dye on papers too but I am getting ahead of myself)…

Magpie's Nest Avocado bits

 I tried a couple of different ways of making a dye bath with the avocados…

Magpie's Nest Avocado potthe first way was to plop a bunch of skins and pits into an 8 quart soup pot covering with water simmering for about an hour or so (thanks to Judy Bidwell for sharing this helpful link with me)…

I would definitely cut up the skins and pits for this method next time … I got excited (can you see my sunshine cup reflected in the pot?) …

Magpie's Nest before and after handstitched pillow case

with help and encouragement from several friends (thank you Kim Gibson) I also tried a second method fermenting cut up skins and pits in ammonia and water for about a week (no picture of the jar with the mixture brewing and my photo above did not capture the delicate rose color  of the “after” pillow case pieces very well)…

Magpie's Nest Avocado Dye linens

as with all kinds of eco dyeing the process is full of surprises because of all the variables…

Magpie's Nest Rubber Stamps

using an assortment of text rubber stamps with a foam mat underneath

Magpie's Nest dyed fabric for stamping

I stamped on some of the plain dyed fabrics…

Magpie's Nest Avocado dyed stamped fabrics

which created some fun pieces all inspired by a lovely swatch of text stamped avocado dyed fabric that my friend Jan DeBellis shared with me last year…

Magpie's Nest iphone apps

~♥~ wishing you a happy T day along with everyone over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s ~♥~

 

 

El corazón …

excited about Art Journal Journey’s August “Frida Kahlo” challenge theme…

Frida has inspired my artwork in the past working with beeswax… wood… metal… etching… moo’s… atc’s… altered books and more…

Magpie's Nest Frida artwork sampler

this time I opted to concentrate on Frida’s moody blue side rather than her extra colorful persona…

Magpie's Nest Frida  El corazón

sticking pins in the heart that I added a little cotton to for dimension (the heart is poofed up about 1/4 inch from the surface)…

Magpie's Nest Frida  El corazón (1)

the background is a dictionary page I had handy where I had played with a burst stencil… paint and plaster…

Magpie's Nest Frida  El corazón (2)

pieces of lace from my Mutti’s sewing supplies and some white roses finished this loose page for my art journal…

Mix it Monthly: June “Home” Challenge

this month’s Mix it Monthly challenge is “Home” with inspiration from the color palette below…

Conny's June Home Color Inspiration Unbenannt-2

I almost ran out of time to play along in this super challenge…

Collage background steps

so I got busy using scrap papers for another loose page for my newest art journal…

Collage background steps (1)

a bit of paint and gesso…

plain dress colored with chalks

some wings for this young lady who was hiding on my work table…

plain dress colored with chalks (1)

and some touches of chalk to color her dress and cheeks

some fly away art supplies

I had to really concentrate in order to snap a few photos along the way…

Fly away

I am also entering this in the Art Journal Journey “Houses” challenge this month (great minds coming up with close to the same challenge theme!)…

Fly away Home

“I feel my boots 
trying to leave the ground,
I feel my heart
pumping hard, I want to think again 
of dangerous and noble things.
I want to be light and frolicsome.
I want to be improbable, beautiful and afraid of nothing,
as though I had wings.” ~Mary Oliver

art journal pages

 

DeiTea Hibiscus & Lavender

today I am sharing the other tea I mentioned in my DeiTea Zip Up Zeus post last week…

DeiTea Hibiscus & Lavender

right on time with our hot and humid temperatures (it will feel like 100 degrees which is 37 Celsius this afternoon)…

DeiTea Hibiscus & Lavender (1)

fragrant and refreshing chilled no ice thank you (my son chose loose tea for me…thoughtful manchild)…

Hibiscus Lavender tea no ice please

and so pretty too…

refreshing tea

   Father’s Day and Lavender seem to go together for so many years now in our Virginia garden… it starts blooming right around mid June which means its time to begin weaving Lavender wands

Lavender wand weaving

I like to leave the wands with ribbons not secured for a bit as the stems dry and shrink which gives me a chance to tighten the ribbon before completely finishing them (you can find out more weaving details here if you are interested)

Lavender wands drying before finishing

very soothing and satisfying work…

Nature is saturated with melody...

here’s wishing you a Happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s Altered Book Lover ~♥~

Configurations Box Round Robin Part Two

not quite a year ago our local mixed media art group began a swap using Tim Holtz’ configuration boxes…

Patty's Configuration Box BEFORE

it was back then that I shared some details about our swap with you herePatty's Gypsy Theme

one of my gypsy themed boxes went out to the each of the six participants in the round robin…

Patty's boxes going out

they had the choice to use any of the bits I included or not…

friends creations

I received so many wonderful creations leaving me three boxes to finish myself…

my Gypsy boxes completed

the project was completed some time ago but I am just now getting around to sharing my finished box with you (my talented art friends brain stormed with me about how great the finished box would look with something at the top like half of a tambourine maybe…I have some extra bits I could attach to the front too which would help pull everything together better … still looking for my tambourine!) …

boxes for me to work on

part of my delay was dismay that we didn’t take any photos of the other finished boxes and there were some spectacular ones with feet and finials and all kinds of fancy finishes…

some of the boxes Patty decorated

here is a sampling of the boxes I created for others in our group minus a mermaid nature box I got excited about and forgot to photograph…

 

with the moon in her hand…

playing again in my little 1931 Funk & Wagnalls Enclyclopedia with new pages for the Art Journal Journey (AJJ) Circles challenge…

Funk Wagnalls Vol III (1)

I began by stamping on used tea bag paper which I have lots of…

B Line Girl on tea bag

using a couple of circle paper punches on a scrap piece of newspaper print paper that I had stamped a long time ago helped my pages come together…

moon in her hand supplies

a thin coat of white gesso muted the book pages a bit…

in her hand

it was a sweet surprise when the words “Germany” and “Munich” popped off the page at me …

that is where my mother was from and I was born there too…

tea bag pages

I added a bit of Crystal Lacquer on her earrings and on the words…

flowers in her hair

 a few vintage blooms for her hair and part of this quote: 

With the Moon in Her Hand

 “The night walked down the sky with the moon in her hand.” ~Frederic Lawrence Knowles

the circle of life…

my blog posts often contain lots of photos … I like to let them do most of the talking about what I have created or what is going on (always happy to answer questions if anyone has them) but today I have a fair amount of words to go along with the photos…

Lily of the Valley Bringer Of Happiness

the little book I am sharing began some time ago with inspiration from my friend Linda…then Misty Mawn presented a version of a similar folded book in her wonderful online Full Circle Workshop so I picked up my unfinished folded book again…

original folded book page with a bit of collage

for my original pages above I folded and cut an old book page and then collaged a few bits onto it creating eight pages (they measure approximately 2 by 3 inches … 5.08 x 7.62 cm)… 

Front cover with Lily of the ValleyI then copied and printed a copy on the computer to further collage and decorate for my finished mini art journal adding bits of lace…permanent Forget-me-not blooms that I brought home from Switzerland and special vintage Japanese velvety leaves from my friend Nathalie

pages 2 and 3

being a big time fan of the monthly Art Journal Journey challenge I realized my little book would fit nicely with their CIRCLE theme this month as each of the inside pages have at least one circle included…

Center Pages remembering Alex

my little art journal was complete EXCEPT for the two center pages above so with Mother’s Day on my mind I was inspired to add our son Alex…it took until now for that idea to fall into place and I was so pleased and grateful to be able to ‘go there’ using a punch for his photo and stamped torn paper with bits of wire and lace…

pages 5 and 6

if you are interested in trying this kind of book there are plenty of instructions to be found on the internet with one how to here

Front and back pages

some interesting tidbits:

in the Language of Flowers Lily of the Valley are called “bringer of happiness” (and oh their amazing fragrance!!!) and Forget me Nots more obviously symbolize “Never Forget”…

Adagio in music means in a leisurely manner or slowly and Allegro means in a quick and lively tempo … the placement of those music paper scraps were random on my books pages…

Lily of the Valley Forget me Not

 some interesting information on the Letter “A” here which was all pretty much news to me (I am not even sure WHY I chose the letter “A” as the theme for my little art journal back when?)…

German flower heart scrap on back page

 it just so happened that my book fit perfectly inside one of the beeswax tins I altered back in January last year

PEACE Beeswax TIN

there is actually more I could say but I get self conscious when I add too much text to my posts as I am more of a visual person preferring eye candy over too many words…

beeswax PEACE tin inside~♥ thank you as always for your visit…you make sharing fun ♥~