Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Girlfriends and the Sisterhood of the Traveling Sketchbooks ~
I've been working on and off for the last couple of days on two new sketchbooks...and having lots of fun doing it! I recieved both Karen's and Suki's books this week and I got them both finished, yeaa! Check out Karen's blog at: Threadstory
and Suki's blog at : Paint, Poems and Ponderings.

For Suki's book, titled 'Fire and Ice', I collaged a painting on two pages and glued a really cool old button that I had found in my box of odds and ends. I love the little things encased inside the button and it has a mysterious look to it. I wish I could remember where I found that button and it looks just right on the painting!
Detail picture of the button

I titled Karen's book 'Grandma's Quilt Pieces'. I really had fun with her book too and I know she loves fabrics and sewing. I am a real fumble-fingers when it comes to sewing and then...aha, I remembered something I had sewn over 45 years ago, talk about vintage lol! My Grandma had boxes and boxes of fabric scraps at her house and she taught my sister and I, when we were about 10 years old, how to make quilt pieces. Well, I had so much fun matching colors and patterns and actually sewed up a quilt piece a couple of feet wide. I never finished that quilt but I still have the section in my drawer and the material and thread is stong as ever! Well, I took off one square of that old quilt and placed it in the little pocket (made out of yupo paper). I collaged in buttons, a real needle (point dulled), a piece of fuzzy thread and used metallic gold and pearl paints for the background. I also glued an art card that I had done and cut the edges. OK, I'm ready for the next 2 books, which I've heard are heading my way. I'm going to let the glue dry overnight and get these in the mail to Karen M. in the next day or two.


Janvangogh said...

Exciting colors! What an interesting looking button. Some Hebrew or Arabic writing perhaps?

Lynette said...

Hi Janet, thanks and I honestly don't know what kind of button it is or even when I got it. It had a backing of some really soft silver colored metal and I popped the button out. I was guessing they were Asian symbols, but I'm not sure.

Lynn said...

I think the button is Chinese. The square middle is similar to Chinese coins I have used in my art. It is definitely NOT Hebrew, a language I am very familiar with.

These pages wow me. I love the fire and ice having just done a piece on fire myself! Love the stamped ice cubes and the swirling paint.

The quilting one of course appeals to the textile artist in me. Sweet that you found a quilted piece from your own stash of years ago.

These will both be deeply appreciated and enjoyed I am sure. And I am glad I'll get a chance to see them before they get to their owners.

Florence said...

Hi Lynnie! Beautiful works, I love the first one especially, and yes the thing with the inscriptions is Chinese, I've seen similar ones before, I think they are coins or maybe good-luck charms, but anyway the writing is Chinese.


katie jane said...

These are such EXCITING pages!!!
Visiting your blog and seeing what new things you've done is so much fun for me. These pages are so perfect for their owners. Lynnie, you've outdone yourself this time. I'm going to post them verbatim on the Girlfriends blog, as I couldn't describe them any better.

Karen said...

I love how you went and found the quilt blocks you had done and used a bit of it here! Fire and Ice! Beautiful! I am going to enjoy having this book with everyones work in it!! I feel so LUCKY to be a part of it all.

Lynette said...

Hi Lynn, thanks so much for the nice words, I had a lot of fun doing these. I thought it was Chinese too but I wasn't sure.
Hiya Flo, thank so much, now we know for sure. That was the front of an old button I had in my 'treasures'.
Aww Kate, thanks so much, the sketchbooks are all looking fantastic, and thanks for posting them in the blog, I'm enjoying looking at all the pages.
Karen, I'm so happy you like it, thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

I love them!!! Wonderfully done! I love the story of how your grandmother taught you to make quilts! Very touching and I'm sure that everytime you make someone of that sort you think of your grandmother. Thanks for sharing with us! *HUGS*

Lynette said...

Aww thanks Angela, that bunch of quilt pieces makes me remember my Grandma and she's been gone many years now. I just took off one little square for this sketchbook page and the rest of them are in my chest drawer where it's been so many years.