Saturday, August 20, 2022

My creative week Sewing/painting/ tutorials


on offer this week at the creativity round up is drawing on index cards (no prompts), sewing on several projects, and video tutorials.

I started by watching a video on Botticelli and his work Venus. While watching I was struck by the beauty of venus and took out a stabilo crayon and index card to capture the feeling.

a quick line sketch with a water soluble stabilo crayon, then judicious use of a water brush to drag the black crayon into shadows. 

a little white gel pen for highlights, and I just love her. 

next up was a zentangle, with three designs used together. Pigma pen in .02 nib

a bit of shading with stabilo helped with depth but I quite liked doing all three designs

and then I wanted to see how the neocolor crayon in brown would shadow another portrait. Well they don't all work out

neocolor really dissolves quickly in water, and I had to dab a paper towel on her when too much would blend out. Still... I'd try it again.

next up Sewing... I made more x blocks (as described on last Saturday's post) 

this week I made turquoise and purple blocks to accompany the orange ones. All from scrap bins

click on a photo so see it larger to see fabrics used. I started thinking I might do a cross stitch picture with these but I'm kind of enjoying the repetition and seeing how colors influence each other. Nothing is set in stone so they can take on many forms when I'm ready to really sew them. What would you do??

remember the tiny strips sewn together last week? Well, I finished my table scraps for this month, using orange scraps and embroidery. I'll share the whole thing next week for the link party reveals! For now, a teaser of some gold threads and simple lazy daisy stitches. It came out very pretty!!!

I pulled out some patterns to make a bag, box and doll and put them back... too much brain power needed for now! 

the Botticelli video is here (

the zentangle video is here (

and I found a great instructor for organic embroidery... she talks  a lot in the beginning so I being typeA skip a lot of it and her instruction is clear. She has SO many video tutorials... I've watched many

the neocolor crayosn...available where most art supplies are sold. I love mine used with a water brush

Caran d'Ache® Neocolor® II - 10-Color Set | Crayons | Drawing & Writing |  Art Supplies | Art Supplies & Crafts | Nasco
neocolor water soluble crayons

so that's it for this week y'all.... happy creating. It's good for us!

linking with

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design wall Mondays at smallquiltsanddollquilts


art for fun Friday



My name is Erika. said...

I love your arty week LeeAnna. Those Xs on your quilting really really caught my eye. I am attracted to color and then pattern, and that piece hits the mark. What shall you do with it?? And nice faces too. I hope you've had a good week and have a lovely weekend ahead. Give Milo a pat for me too. hugs-Erika

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

You do fun things with index cards, LeeAnna! They seem like a great way to try a technique without using an expensive piece of paper. The X blocks are great - I, too, like seeing how one color flows to the next. Looking forward to seeing the reveal of your table scraps piece!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Look at you go with those X blocks! Pretty portrait play, LeeAnna. LOVE what you are doing with your ORANGE scraps!!!

Brian's Home Blog said...

Such nice art. We're always impressed when we see what you do!

grammajudyb said...

I so anxious to see your Table Scraps art. And extra thanks for the link to On The Other Hand, video. I've subscribed and will be checking out her other videos. I've tried that stitch before and could never quite get it right. Maybe now I can!

Sandy said...

Leann, wanted to pop back and ask you to leave your name and url rather than anonymous when you leave a comment. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to find you; but went through my blog list and luckily I had edited the link when I added you to include your name.
Thanks and keep creating.
Sandy's Space

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

I am so intrigued by your cross stitch blocks. It is taking everything I have not to run to my sewing room and start some of my own. So many possibilities. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

sonja said...

hey LeeAnna, your faces, first photo on index cards, especially the one with the Venus aspect, blow my mind! thank you for being a creative art cheerleader for those of us who read hear!
I'm goin' back noqw to enjoy your arty week once again.!

Rebecca Grace said...

LeeAnna, every post from you is just an explosion of beautiful inspiration!!! I am so intrigued by your X blocks and where you're going with that, and your drawings amaze me.

Sara said...

The gold embroidery adds some wonderful detail. I always have fear of adding embellishments but you definitely have an eye for it. And I'm loving those cute little X blocks.

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

Love the idea of a cross stitch quilt made with those blocks but I have to agree they look so good as arranged on your wall. It'll be fun to see what you do. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

Gillena Cox said...

Some nice ones Lee Ann
Happy you linked to Art For Fun Friday


Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

The drawings are amazing - I really like your zentangle!