Saturday, June 18, 2011

A Peek Inside My Sketchbook

I've been plugging away at my latest quilt, "Wind Beneath My Wings," and the progress is steady and slow, so I don't have any exciting pictures to share yet.  In the meantime, I've been playing in my sketchbook and taking a new watercolor class from Alisa Burke -- loving every minute of it.  If you're interested, you can join in anytime -- here's the link.
I thought I'd share more of my experiments with you -- some were hits and some were misses, and just being able to put that last part in writing is a big step forward for me, since I usually agonize over the things I've made that didn't please me (and then I throw them out).  So here's to the Likes and Dislikes and the learning that came with each of them.
(I folded a piece of tracing paper into eighths, drew a design on one-eighth of the page, and then traced it by reflecting it around a point onto the journal page; it was colored in with paints and markers.  There may be a future quilt hiding in here . . .)
(My effort at limiting the palette to two colors -- this was difficult for a person whose motto has always been: "If you can't decide what color to wear, wear 'em all.")
(Filling the page and learning to add depth to the image)
(Just plain having fun)
As always, thanks for sharing this journey with me -- it's really great to know you're out there. 


Saturday, June 4, 2011

It's A Spring Cleaning Sale!

"Masquerade" 20" x 20" © Diane Evans (Private Collection)
Granted, it IS a little late in coming, considering that it's almost summer; however, I seem to be a little late in getting many things off the ground this year.  Anyway, I cleaned out all the quilting and design books that I realized I was no longer using, and I thought I'd offer them to you, dear readers, at really great prices.  Just click on the page title above, "Books For Sale!", and see if anything strikes your fancy.  These books are in great condition -- many look brand new.  Browse, and then treat yourself -- there's a "Pay Now" button installed for your convenience on the page.



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