Saturday, May 23, 2015

Rug Color Choice

Rug Hooking Daily is a website created by Heidi Wulfraat as a place for "learning and sharing" for fiber artists. She posed a question on May 22 asking rug hookers to share ideas that give "inspiration and guidance in the design process".  To start off the discussion she posted this idea and I love it:

"The lovely Laura Kemshall taught me this tool to select a colour palette.  It's a wonderful process that can divert you from habitual colour choices.
1. Select a photograph that particularly speaks to you in terms of colour.
2. Print the photo and cut it into one inch squares.
3. Group the squares in colour families with as much specificity as you can.
4. Define, within reason, the percentage of each colour.
5. Use these colours in their percentages, as the palette for your next rug." Heidi Wulfraat

Now to find THE photo.

Monday, May 18, 2015

ATHA Challenge

"Chicken Challenge", 2015
Wool strips on linen, 18" x 15"

This year's challenge piece is finished - using the pattern I drew for our ATHA chapter. (Challenge posted on February 6th, label: rug hooking)  I didn't change the size of the pattern, but added the chicks and the lettering.  The chicks are done in the Waldoboro Style (sculpted).  They were hooked with high loops.  The loops are then cut and sculpted with scissors to create an area that is rounded and higher than the rug surface.  The sky background is a green, blue, gold, and orange plaid and the rest of the wool is a mixture of strips from my stash. I love the chick on the right - it has "attitude".

Monday, May 11, 2015

April Journal

April Journal, 2015
Prismacolor Colored Pencil, Prismacolor Pen, and Micron Pen on Strathmore Drawing Paper

This is the final month of a year's art journal every day. I do have some watercolors to complete and add. This month is sort of a diverse range of subjects......some kind of creepy (but fun to draw).

More Citrasolv

More Citrasolv National Geographic Pages, May 2015

These altered papers were created using Citrasolv concentrate on photos in the National Geographic magazine as explained in the blog on March 6th.  This time, while the page was wet, I removed some of the ink through a 12" x 12" stencil of aspen trees ( with a piece of paper towel.