Thursday, August 25, 2016
Sunday, August 21, 2016
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I very much like Celtic and medieval illuminated manuscripts so those types of designs will show up everywhere. This is one of my favorite pages I have done.
The book title was done with black pen & ink over the existing print. I tried to add some gold metallic over the ink but didn't like it so I wiped most of it off before it dried.
I chose lilies for this page as they seemed to be lilies of wisdom, "a garland to grace your head."
The lilies were outlined in black fine point ballpoint pen and are colored with watercolor on a fairly dry brush to avoid wrinkling the page.
The highlighted verses were outlined in gold metallic pen and colored with watercolor.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Do you have a favorite shirt with an ugly torn hole? Maybe it has just worn out in a very noticeable place? Check out my recent repairs to a couple of shirts, modeled by my trusty manikin Anne Boleyn.
This plaid shirt got an asymmetrical redo.
And this one received an easy patch repair.
Both had major holes worn through in the same place, the lower right side.
A friend has a rough spot on her kitchen counter tile that they have never been able to correct, therefore her shirts get holes in the same place. She also finds it hard to find 100% cotton shirts in the style she likes at a price she can afford so I offered to repair hers.
For the plaid shirt I used a heavier cotton with the wrong side out to almost match the colors in the plaid. The buttonholes in the shirt were also too large so the repair fixed that as I had to make new buttonholes through the new fabric overlay.
For the paisley I found one color locally that actually matched one of the colors in the shirt. I would have preferred a purple but they all were really off in color. I used a fancy stitch the sewing machine does to attach the patches to the fronts only. Then I used the same stitch in 3 rows to stiffen up the front band as she had a problem with it being wimpy and gaping between the buttons.
Wait till you see the next shirt project!
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Highlighting passages of scripture can be done in many ways. I tend to outline with metallic pen and color the area in with either prismacolor pencils or watercolor.
The top border for this page was sketched in ballpoint pen and then colored in with prismacolor pencils.
I'm sorry for the quality of the photos, I am using my scanner as the images seem better than when I have tried using the camera. I really need a new camera. Please click on the photos to enlarge for better detail.