Friday, October 10, 2014

Weekly Report 2014 - 10/10

Sketch for Giant Leap before adding
numerous layers of paints and ink
Tips, Thoughts and Techniques:

Are you a perfectionist? I probably am. The irony is that I am a perfectionist in trying to let go of my perfectionism. Sometimes it is just good to laugh at ourselves.

My husband has a favorite joke he tells to explain the difference between a chemist (perfectionist) and chemical engineer (strives for perfection, but never reaches it.) I have rewritten the joke to be more fiber artist friendly.

Night Vision as it appeared halfway
through the week.
There were two fiber artists. Fiber Artist 1 would carefully stamp and stencil her cloth making sure every pattern and layer was perfection. Fiber Artist 2 was looser with her technique. She did her best to stencil and stamp, but also relished the serendipitous things that happened when paints bled into each other or new designs occurred due to missing sections of a stamp. FA1 and FA2 were told to stand at one end of a large work studio. At the other end was a huge stash of heavenly batiks, hand dyed fabric and the latest in embellishments and tools that would be theirs if they could reach it. Then they were told that they could move to half way across the studio. Every minute or so they were told that they could move half way from where they stood to where the stash was. The distance between the fiber artists and the stash was soon less than arm's distance away, when they were told that was as far as they could come. FA1 was sorely disappointed. FA2 exclaimed, "Close enough." She reached out and grabbed the stash.

Dizzy Daisies is a filler design by Lori Kennedy

It seems every week I need to relearn that art is not about control or perfectionism, it is about being close enough. Also, the longer you are in the business of making art, the tougher it is make visible improvement in your understanding and techniques. It can seem as though you will never get there, wherever there is. When in fact you are close enough. It would be easy to focus on my screw ups this week. Instead I am sharing how I got close enough.

1) Night Vision - (Due January 1, 2015) - Done!

a) Continue the piecing

Finally, all the leaves are pieced. I even managed to piece most of the leaves to each other. 

Closeup of Dizzy Daisies
I have also been playing with how to create the frog. I will be painting the stripes and spots on black vinyl. The trick at the moment is to find the perfect (or should that be close enough?) color so that it contrasts with the black vinyl and the leaf that the frog will be sitting on. None of my paints did the trick. So I have purchased DecoArt SoSoft paints because no heat setting, just drying time, is required to make the paint permanent. Hopefully, either the hot pink or primary 
yellow will do the trick.

2) Free motion quilting practice. - Done!

Once again I turned to Lori Kennedy for inspiration on what motif to do in order to keep up my free motion quilting skills. I don't recommend Dizzy Daisies for beginners. I can see that my scale got noticeably bigger from start to finish. I did enjoy the challenge and I do so love all over, filler designs.

3) LifeBook 2014 - Do the assignments. - Done!

Giant Leap is my interpretation of
LifeBook 2014 Lesson 41 by
Tamara Laporte.
Tamara LaPorte, the creator of LifeBook 2014 was our teacher this past Monday. She encouraged us to select an animal that best represented how we were feeling about our progress from the first of the year until now. For some reason I had frogs on the brain. I do feel that I have made a clear leap forward with my mixed media skills this year. Giant Leap is an homage to the iconic image of Neil Armstrong standing on the moon. Sure I have a lot farther to go with mixed media. I have come quite a distance and believe it just might be close enough.

Will I be able to keep the perfectionist at bay next week? Only time will tell. Here are the projects I will be focusing on:

1) Night Vision - (Due January 1, 2015)

a) Finish the piecing
b) Prepare the quilt sandwich
c) Test the new paints
d) Paint the poison dart frog

2) Free motion quilting practice.

3) LifeBook 2014 - Do the assignments

I am now linking up to two blogs on Fridays. The first is Nina Marie's Off the Wall Fridays and the second is Free Motion Mavericks.


  1. Like always, your stitching is marvelous. Thanks for sharing the joke. I can recognize people I know from it. :)

  2. Oh I love the perfectionist story! To funny - I am the second one for sure. Nice job on the life lesson too. It's , well should I say it? ....... Perfect :-)

  3. Hello Gwyned.

    Beautiful work, as always.

    I love the visual joke too, putting the frog on the moon. Your pictures this week have put me in a pond frame of mind - the free motion quilting design has taken on the look of lily pads and frog spawn.

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!

    Love, Muv