I finished my little "Spooky" ATC's for the swap. They were fun. I always try new techniques on this little quilting guinea pigs. I played with the Cedar Canyon paintstiks, markers and dimensional paint. These were my first ATC's with no quilting! Just used steam-a-seam.
I ordered the How To DVD from Quilting Arts by Maria Elkins and watched the whole thing on Tuesday. I was so excited after I finished watching this and couldn't wait to try some of her wonderful techniques. I've never been very good at drawing faces and when I do I normally draw and erase repeatedly till I get it right. On fabric you just can't be erasing so it was a little scary to just put that water color pencil to fabric and start. Little samples like this are kept and dated so I can later see how I've improved. So even thou this isn't very good I was still very happy. I tried the technique and found it easy. On Maria's DVD she goes over the basic layout of a face. This was information I'd been told before but it was over 30 years ago in art school - since I don't draw faces I'd just forgotten everything I'd been told. So getting this information again was a tremendous help in making this first attempt. Also seeing her draw a face from scratch was very helpful. I had to go back this morning and look at all her quilts, which WOW me each time I see them. So I'm going to be playing with making faces and at least now I'm not afraid of the blank fabric.