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Well, I am not trying to say it is almost winter here in Florida.  It still is very summer like.  If you need some proof, here are a few photos from a trip to the beach a few days ago.

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“Almost Winter” is the name of the wall quilt I completed today.  I have been working on how to incorporate photos into quilts.  These altered photos, taken in the mid-west last fall, feel like a late fall or early winter sunset. The photos (after being manipulated in photoshop) were printed directly onto a rayon/poly stabilizer pre-treated with various Ink Aid and Liquitex products to create a variety of effects such as heightened color, iridescence, and flakes. I used some Derwent Inktense pencils to have some of the colors run back and forth between the photos and the surrounding fabric.  I also had the stitching on the trees run off the photos onto nearby fabrics.

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What do you think?

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I completed my first fiber project of the year, Sun Splash, in the wee hours of the morning.

Several years ago I had taken a class and printed on fabric with paint. I took digital photos of the fabric.

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Then I took a few photos of sun flowers on a trip to New Jersey. One of the sunflower photos I layered with the photo of the fabric in Photoshop, blending the two images together. I also printed these photos on fabric.

Then in the last few days I took the image (the one that blended the fabric with sunflowers) and printed it on textured stabilizer. IMG_1282

Because the color was more vivid on the texturized stablizer (with Ink Aid also used) than the original prints on cotton fabric,  I took Derwent Inktense pencils, water and a brush and made those images more vivid.

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This is the resulting collage.

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You probably think I have been drinking wine and munching on Christmas cookies, since I have been missing in action for so long. And yes, there has been lots of activities including birthdays, videos, music, dinners and sweets to eat. And although I have not even put away my Christmas decorations yet, I have not been totally neglecting creative adventures during this time.

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I went crazy making potholders/trivets.

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I dyed some scarves.

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I have one quilt on the long arm ready to go…

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and another almost ready to quilt…

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and yet a third one ready to quilt.

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I received lots of great fabric for presents….as well as the fabric for the Modern Quilt Guild Madrona Road Challenge…

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and a journal and pens to (from the person who originally inspired me to quilt, thanks, Debbie) to plan out my next fabric projects.

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I watched (twice) the new DVD by Wen Redmond, “Digital Imagery in Fiber Art: Using Textured Backgrounds for a Painterly Effect” , and also looked through the book, “Digital Alchemy: Printmaking techniques for fine art, photography, and mixed media” by Bonnie Pierce Lhotka and came away inspired. Very excited and inspired.*

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I have been playing with some stabilizer, texturing materials such as molding paste, and paints and some coating supplies such as Ink Aid products…

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to physically alter some of my already digitally altered photos (in Photoshop) to use in fabric projects hopefully to be made in the very near future.

I will send some updates soon, promise!

* Some of the other materials that inspire me along the same lines are:

“Digital Art Revolution” by Ligon

“Digital Art Studio” by Schminke, Krause and Lhotka

“Digital Expressions” by Tuttle

“Digital Image Transfer” by Horovitz

“Digital Quilting” by  Smith and Smith

“Piecing with Pixels” by Hart and Campbell

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