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Beginnings

Dale Anne Potter

Dale Anne Potter

Textile Mixed Media Artist, Teacher, Coach living in a small town in SW Saskatchewan, Canada who ENJOYS Spreading Positive Creativity worldwide. Dale publishes Creative Ramblings, a regular eZine full of inspiration, support & encouragement., and is the Author of soon to be released: My Creative Road Map, a Path to True Happiness.
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Sometimes, we just have to start at the Beginning!

Taking time away from my business has been good and bad. Not only did I need to change up things in our everyday life, but I needed to step aside for awhile to re-assess where I wanted to go, and what that all involves, in beginning again.

In keeping somewhat in the creative mode, I have been clearing more clutter in my studio. Those things that I have had for years and still havBeginnings1e not done anything with them and assessing if I ever will.  There is always a place to get more stuff!

While clearing, I have found some pieces that I had started and forgotten about. Some will never amount to anything, so I am glueing them into a sketchbook and making notes (trying to remember how they were made), etc.

This piece on the right, was going to be a fabric postcard and I remember having to wait days for the glossy accents to dry, so it was placed on a shelf and forgotten. Even with the threaded needle, I have no recollection as to what I was going to do next. It might have to percolate for a bit more – its now pinned to my design wall.

BeginningsThis piece on the left, is one I am going to take outside on the front porch this week and do some hand-stitching. Its been so long since I did some hand-stitching my hands will need to take it slow. The fabric was a paint/dye drop cloth or used to wipe up drips, and I used Derwent Inktense pencils to colour the crocus on, then machine stitched around it. I am thinking this might turn into a little framed piece.

Taking a step back is brave enough, but to start again is sometimes overwhelming. I like to go back to the Beginnings, whether that is just painting, drawing, quilting or glueing collage. With no intention on the outcome, but it gets those creative juices flowing again. I make sure to have a journal/notebook beside me to make notes of the things that pop into my head while I am just playing.

Beginnings are a reminder of where you once were and where you can go for ease of beginning again!

Do you need to go back to your Beginnings?

Where can you go to begin again?

Friday FreeStyling #8

Dale Anne Potter

Dale Anne Potter

Textile Mixed Media Artist, Teacher, Coach living in a small town in SW Saskatchewan, Canada who ENJOYS Spreading Positive Creativity worldwide. Dale publishes Creative Ramblings, a regular eZine full of inspiration, support & encouragement., and is the Author of soon to be released: My Creative Road Map, a Path to True Happiness.
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This week’s Friday FreeStyling is taking the tone on tones on Monday’s REVing Up Your Creativity to the next level.

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I started with this plain tone on tone 12 X 12 fused timtex square and turned it into 6 Fabric Postcards.

I’ll show you the one I have finished, though I added more Derwent Inktense pencils to it this morning so it was still damp a little when I took the photo.

First,to the tone on tone background,  I swished a brush with blue fabric paint randomly across the whole 12 X 12 square.  Let it dry.Neutrals

While the square was drying, I carved two floral stamps. I intended only making one, but had to make another one bigger….

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I stamped the floral stamps onto the painted fabric square with black Staz On solvent ink.  Then, I had FUN pulling out all the colours in my Derwent Inktense pencil box.  I wet the coloured area to activate the Inktense colour, because once they have been wet, they will dry permanent. NeutralStampsFabricPostcard

Once, the fabric was dry, I cut into 6 – 4 X 6 inch fabric postcards and took them to the sewing machine where I quilted each flower.  Each one came out GREAT (I will photograph all 6 once I get back from my trip to Regina) and more ideas developed as I was making these postcards this week.

As I look at the photo uploaded, I may go back and add green leaf stamping randomly. Will let that swim around in my head while I am away.

Friday FreeStyling is all about playing with ideas, and if YOU are joining in on this creative exervcise, I’d LOVE to see your creations. Post the link to your blog in the comments.

1/2 Hour of Free Art Friday…

Dale Anne Potter

Dale Anne Potter

Textile Mixed Media Artist, Teacher, Coach living in a small town in SW Saskatchewan, Canada who ENJOYS Spreading Positive Creativity worldwide. Dale publishes Creative Ramblings, a regular eZine full of inspiration, support & encouragement., and is the Author of soon to be released: My Creative Road Map, a Path to True Happiness.
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LOVING these forced  time slots of creating for Free ART Friday!!!

Fridays, I stream LIVE for roughly 1 hour – this time it was 36 minutes as I was DONE!  I had already sprayed this canvas board before hand and then finished this piece on the stream.  I used Derwent Inktense pencils to colour in the little scene. It will be mailed on Monday.

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HERE is the link to the playback, you will have to sign in as a GUEST (with more than 4 letters) – the more I stream LIVE, the more I am learning and soon I’ll have all the little things figured out.

Stitched Cards

Dale Anne Potter

Dale Anne Potter

Textile Mixed Media Artist, Teacher, Coach living in a small town in SW Saskatchewan, Canada who ENJOYS Spreading Positive Creativity worldwide. Dale publishes Creative Ramblings, a regular eZine full of inspiration, support & encouragement., and is the Author of soon to be released: My Creative Road Map, a Path to True Happiness.
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Have to admit that sometimes I still get overwhelmed & have to pull back…

Yes, so many things were happening in January, the TO DO list kept getting longer with less things ticked off.  I am working on organizing that TO DO list into more feasible pockets of time.  Having the flip video issues really was like the last straw….I had to step away and try to pace myself.  The overwhelm actually made me feel sick so I have to start taking those clues to heart.

Truly am sorry.

I did accomplish one task on that TO DO list – make a couple cards for a friend.

For this first card, I attacked my thread clippings bag, it was starting to overflow.  I first sprayed my homemade sprays – yes two different ones onto the cardstock. Once dry, I glued down some tissue (trying to use up a little box of those perm tissues) and laid the threads on top – the matte medium catching some of the threads.

I had this plastic that was ripped on one side so could not hold the acrylic stamps inside – so I used it to cover the threads by sewing it onto the cardstock.

The butterfly was from a RAK someone had sent to me with all different sizes of butterflies die cut.

The tag for the sentiment was from my prize pack from K & Company, I cut one side of it.

For the second card, I had a piece of the burlap calling me to use up.  I had used it as a sample in my Needle felting video HERE.

I had coloured the burlap using Derwent Inktense pencils, then did the little bit of felting.

I hand stitched some french knots and added the stems & grass.

Once I laid it onto the cardstock, it looked plain, so I used one of my Micron Pigma pens and drew the squiggly line all around it.

The burlap piece is glued onto cardstock and the recipient could take it off the cardstock if she wanted to.

My challenge to all who read this – use up those bits and pieces you have laying around and make  a card or even an ATC (Artist Trading Card) to give to someone.

ENJOY!

Works in Progress

Dale Anne Potter

Dale Anne Potter

Textile Mixed Media Artist, Teacher, Coach living in a small town in SW Saskatchewan, Canada who ENJOYS Spreading Positive Creativity worldwide. Dale publishes Creative Ramblings, a regular eZine full of inspiration, support & encouragement., and is the Author of soon to be released: My Creative Road Map, a Path to True Happiness.
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If you are a Canadian Quilter, and/or Fibre Artist – we’d LOVE to have you link on the Needle & Thread Network blog.
My works in progress were pieces I was working on during the recent Studio Tour.  The backgrounds were hand painted with Derwent Inktense pencils, then I machine quilted.  I took my Zig Millennium pen to draw the treee and my hand-dyed threads to do the hand embroidery.  People appreciated seeing my process.

Works In Progress - Dale Anne Potter

These 2 pieces will be finished into postcards.
I received an AWESOME email this morning and will be working on samples as I have a Friday deadline for the ideas.  I have a couple ideas playing around in my head right now, made a quick supply list and will pick up some goodies in Swift Current tomorrow, then get busy making a sample or two to see if they will work out.  I will let you know the EXCITING news when I am able.