Friday, June 11, 2010

What the Crow Has Created In The Magical Studio!

I guess I have been away from Blogger for a bit and they have CHANGED everything around. I can't figure out how to do my blog posts and the pictures are jumbled together...what the hell! LOL So please be patient with me while I try to figure this new blogger out! LOLI have been working on some new projects and hopefully you will be able to follow me here with these messed up pictures. I have been working on some sewing projects and this is the first Rag Bag I made. It is really easy to make and I love the look of these bags. Very Shabby Chic and vintage looking. I am debating on tea or coffee staining it...hmmmm  I also love stamping on MUSLIN.  You can color your muslin with paints, teas, dyes, inks, sprays, all kinds of things.  Just make sure you if you are using dyes, you wear gloves because I believe my hands have been purple for about a week now!  I have been working with threads and teaching myself how to do embroidery stitches, especially the quilting stitch. Love how this stitch comes out.  I got the idea by watching Teesha Moore's videos on YouTube when she demonstrates her stitched, fabric journals.  If you haven't seen them yet, make sure you watch them. They are fantastic!  Here are some new Art Dolls that I'm working on for a local gallery.  I still have to run the wire through their little heads so you can hang them up on the wall.  However, I really like how they turned out.  Very simple to do...just create your pattern, gesso the muslin, and think of it as a blank canvas...and most importantly...HAVE FUN and DON'T THINK TO MUCH ABOUT THE OUTCOME!Art Journaling is a great way of getting out ideas, playing with your paints and just having fun.  This week that is all I have been doing. I've taken my Art Journals (I believe I have about 6 going all at once), got my box of papers out, paints out, and all kinds of goodies and I'm just having fun.

I also made a handmade Art Journal by Crocheting the cover and adding (sewing) a piece of wool felt to the Crocheted Cover to give it support.  I also crocheted a pocket and hand stitched it to the cover. Take your muslin strips that you have stamped and stitch it on.  This cover is not perfect and has flaws, but you know what...that is OK because it's mine and I made my first Art Journal from start to finish.  I used a Canvas Pad and cut different sizes out for the signatures.  I also used card stock and watercolor paper, so I would have all different types of papers going on in this Art Journal. 
See how I sewed the Wool Felt on.  You can do this by hand or with a sewing machine. I used a sewing machine for this part. Take your muslin strips that you have stamped and stitch them on too!
Well I sure hope you all have a wonderful and creative weekend.  It's beautiful here today...however, I will be working in the Studio creating more treasures...enjoy, play and always remember to giggle!
Until Next Time


slommler said...

You hands are purple now, huh? LOL! I have had that happen so many times. Also I start working on something while I have my good clothes on and I get paint on them! I hardly have any paint free clothing now!!!
Your rag bags are wonderful! And so are you newest dolls. Loving your journal pages too!
So cool to see your work process!

LuLu Kellogg said...

I am sitting here with my mouth hanging open..(I know it's not polite but...)...WOW, everything is wonderful! You have been a busy bee! I am in awe of all the new things :)


Kaerie Faerie said...

purple hands? I've been there LOL
Wow have you been busy, so many new art projects, I wish I could do something else, but the dolls keep calling, play with me!!!!
crazed about BJDs lately, trying to figure out how to do it in soft
So glad you are back posting, missed you
Have a great weekend

So Dark So Cute said...

Hi there! Finally you're back on the blogging :-) Your new artdolls are adorable! You beacme pretty good in stitching! And everything else i see on the pics looks perfect!
big bug Donna

Sage Moonstone said...

Wow.. Everything is so Enchanting! I love the stamped muslin.. and the dolls are just Divine!

Deborah said...

So many wonderful projects! I particularly like the rag bag and dolls. It's fun to see what you continue to create!

Anita Van Hal said...

sure looks like you had a really fun and productive week! thanks for sharing all your fun projects! hugs!

Yarrow said...

Love this post! Fantastic and inspiring, thank you :) It's good to see other artists play around with different mediums too, as I love trying out new things.

Pattee said...

WOW Mish you've been busy!!!

I love your new art dolls! I'm excited for you to put these in a shop...

Your bag is fab!

I am so glad to see you back posting on your blog... I've missed reading it!


JudySheaRT said...

Wow, girl.. you are always so busy.. The pictures look great on the blog... I love the rag bag... So, now I say to you, as you said to me... when are you going to teach on line... c'mon now. You have amazing talents to share.

Anonymous said...

Stopping in to say hello and happy summer! :)

TheBlakkDuchess said...

Woohoo for getting one's hands dirty! ^-^ Happy to see what you've been working on, especially the journal pages! Happy almost summer! ^-^

Zan Asha said...

HEEEEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYYYYYY Stranger!! Hmmm...for some reason I am not updating with your blog!! Dunno why, looks like I'm signed up to follow it!! I knew I was missing my super charged froot loop friend!! Everything looks wonderful, as usual!!!! HUGS!

MarZel said...

Hi... glad you are back. Great work!!! Glad you have kept so busy... with art anyway. Hows life? I havent been able to do much but tonight I got sometime and had to stop in to check in and say hi!!


Pattee said...

Mish you can go to my blog to see a picture of my MUCH NEEDED PRESENT!!!!

OMG I love that Halloween ornie so so much!!!!

And thank you for sending me the spa towels and bowl... I'm so excited to use them! Thank you from the bottom, middle and top of my heart!


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