Thursday, November 29, 2007

pink balls

With all the crazYness going on and all the things I need to get done, I woke up and said "I need to make pink balls for my tree." So I did. I decided to have a pink tree this year. Well, not the actual tree but all of the decorations. It is looking good so far.....

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


I painted this on Sunday and had my Christmas postage stamps made from it. Zazzle was having a sale and it ended on Sunday so I had to work fast. I wanted to make my Christmas cards with her but I don't know if I will have the time.
I just realized that I will be leaving again next Wednesday and I have to get a special quilt done before then. I thought I had more time. (wishful thinking)
If I am lucky I will have it near completetion tomorrow and can show and tell.

Monday, November 26, 2007

cityscape 07

I made a couple of these college paintings back in the 70's and found out that my nephew, Marc still has them and they are hanging in his home. He said he would like to have an updated one (now that he is married and has a family) so I made this for him. I thought I had some photo's of the process along the way but now I can't seem to find them. Anyway, I used to just make them on old boards and now I buy the white shelves that they sell at Home Depot and Lowes. I first paint the board, then section it into squares and paint them different (building) colors.

Then the fun begins (actually the fun begins when you start collecting the stuff to put on them.)You need a list from the person, of family and friends names and interests. Then you create a store or company for that person. For dimension and texture I use smaller boards for buildings and in the picture below you can see I used a ruler for a building. For a really cool texture I like to get the textured paint chips from the store and run it thru the sticker maker. Then I use whatever! The flag waving below is an old 4 cent stamp. Another stamp is used for an Organ Donation billboard.
I use old tickets, metal pieces, postage stamps, ect. Once you get started your mind just takes over. I even have a mini work of art (on my shop) by Tascha, a wonderful, new favorite artist of mine. Thanks Tascha!
A new technique I used this time was to put clear embossing powder on for windows. I used an eraser in a square shape as my stamp. Back in the 70's, I had to search magazines to find names and such, but today you can just create them with the computer.
So that's it. An old art brought back. One down and four to go, and it's easier to do them all at once.

This is the finished city. Click on for a larger view.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

back again

We are back from the East Coast where the leaves were just incredible! Had a great time visiting with the family. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving as well.
Back to the studio tomorrow and I will show the cityscape.
Oh, and don't mind the Thanksgiving pizza below, it's just a little something my nephew, Marc and I cooked up.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing everyone a great Turkey Day!

See you in about a week.
Be Thankful - Be Artful
suze :)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

paper quilt journal

OK, Sorry I couldn't finish this yesterday but I didn't finish the journal until today. And Blogger tends to be funny about letting me print more than 3 pictures at a time. I believe I had two more steps to go. After putting the photo's on the pages made from paper towels, let them dry and stitch around the pictures. I use the sewing machine.(it does not hurt the machine) Then put holes on the ends and put the pages in the order you want them to be in.

You can also texturize your page edges with those scissor's that make fancy edges. I just cut some of my papers differently. I also left the threads loose on the ends ( I noticed that Traci Bautista did this) it makes it interesting.

I have a box of pipe cleaners that are wrapped with yarns (things I do while watching (listening) to TV). I used these to hold the pages together. ( you can also use those clip rings from the stationary store)

Then the FUN part! Get out your boxes of ribbons and yarns and just go crazy cutting them up!

I then wrap them with the pipe cleaners so that the twisted part is in the back and then just smoosh them down and voila! It's done.
So, the pages are on the top, and I have pictures on both sides. And then the finished journal.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

paper towel art

Step 1- Paint your paper towels. I use acrylic paints and water them down pretty good. I even use my paint water when it's a pretty color.
Step 2- Dry the towels. I use my handy photo holder thingie.
Step 3- Once dry, iron the towels.
Step 4- Use stamps on the towels if desired. I like to use the foam stamps on these.
Step 5- Cut towels to the size you want. I cut mine in an 8 inch square.
Step 6- Coat with decoupage medium. I prefer Aleen's.
Step 7- Once dry, coat the other side of towel. Or not, you can sew two pages together, back to back. It all depends on how thick you want it to be. I have done both.(no preference)
While my page was wet I adhered a photo. I printed my photo's on a medium weight paper.

Cut to size.
Dried and ironed.
I made my journal pages with pictures I took of my many favorite quilts at the Houston show.
Tomorrow I will show you the last couple steps and the journal all put together.
Update on the new cityscape painting/college. It's done! And I decided to hold off showing it until the lucky recipient (that would be you, Marc!) gets to see it first.
More tomorrow.
suze :)

Monday, November 12, 2007


A HUGE thank you to all the Veteran's on Veteran's Day, including my DH. Hope it was a great day for everyone.

Friday, November 9, 2007


YAY! They finally arrived. My inchies, hey they are sideways, sorry. But anyway here they are.
Monday, Marc's artwork project should be finished and ready to show and tell.
Happy weekend!

Thursday, November 8, 2007


These are the inchies I recieved in return for my trades.
The inchie board.

INCHIES? Are a new art form. They are one inch sized pieces of art made to trade or form larger pieces of art from them. They are mostly stitched with fabric and embellished with whatever you want.I wanted to also post the 10 inchies I took to Houston to trade but Blogger doesn't want me to download them at his time. So I will put them on tomorrow.....Blogger permitting.
Thes inchies are plus sized. They are one and a half inches. I even recieved one from France.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


I didn't forget to mention Tracy Bautista in my last blog....I ran out of space. She taught us how to paint on paper towels and then turn them into journal pages. My wheels started turning and I am printing pictures of my favorite quilts from the show and putting them in a journal like this.
Here are some of the goodies I brought home with me. One whole suitcase was full of my purchases. I put my clothes in a duffel bag. See where my priorities are?

patterns and fabrics and paints..oh my! and rubber stamps and metal.......

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

a little more Houston

Lesley Riley taught us how to make real and faux rust. I am working on both.
elinor peace bailey had a doll show and sang to us. She's a hoot!

Elenor Burns showed off her new vine designs.

I chatted with Alex Anderson. She and Ricky Timms are having a new quilting show together. It will be on line instead of TV.

Monday, November 5, 2007

I'm Back!

My trip to the Houston Quilt Festival was a blast!!
I am all inspired and ready to start creating some new art!
This is the view from my room on the 9th floor. We were surrounded by hospitals and medical centers.
It's getting late and I have to get up early tomorrow. Just checking in and will fill in with details tomorrow.