Kathleen Creates

No So Deep Thoughts from the Artist In the Basement

Feeling a little blocked… October 2, 2007

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A little over a week ago, we put our dog to sleep.  This has left me feeling sorely uncreative (among other things.)  Normally, I would just allow myself time to get through it, knowing that I will eventually be able to get my art on.  My problem is this – my skinny book pages are due soon and I still have a lot to do.  So I am trying to work through it.  Even though I really feel it is not my best work. 

I have made 5 pages and thrown out 2 – something I don’t normally do.  Usually even if a work isn’t what I was going for, I can handle the surprise and make it into something else that I like.  Not this time.  I am veiwing everything with a great big jaundiced eye (not my usual rose colored glasses) and it all looks like crap to me. 

 I can only hope the receipients of these pages don’t agree with me. 

 In the meantime, I am throwing everything I have at this effort.  Paint, sewing, clip art, collage, layers – everything I can think of.   The pics above are of the ones that are dry.  On the left is “glamorous” – I love using this face.  I call her Judith.  The one on the right is a reaction to feeling like my heart is missing a piece since Augie died. 

Kathleen

 

Hello my name is Kathleen and I am a purseaholic. September 17, 2007

Filed under: Art,Blogging,Life,Mixed media,recycled art,sewing — kathleencreates @ 12:38 am

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So there I said it.  I am on a never ending quest for the perfect purse.  I keep thinking if I could just find that purse, then I wouldn’t want for anything ever again.  But who am I kidding.  I see so many purses that I adore and it seems that I am not alone in my quest.  I just kept thinking, I could make that and make it better. 

 My prices start at $30, a little incentive to get you hooked.  Actually, I don’t think a good purse should cost an arm and a leg.  Just my humble opinion. 

I would love to hear your thoughts not only on my current stock but also as to what you think makes the “perfect purse.”  If you like what you see, let me know or place an order for a custom purse.  Your design, my creativity. 

 

Thread sketching is great! September 9, 2007

Filed under: Art,Blogging,Collage,Mixed media,Not so deep thoughts,sewing — kathleencreates @ 2:38 pm

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After seeing the amazing work of my fellow blogger Kelli Perkins  http://ephemeralalchemy.blogspot.com/2007/06/more-thread-sketching.html  I jumped at the chance to take a thread sketching class.  Let me tell you, I am in love!  I was already doing something like this with my applique, but learning the technique has taken my art to a whole other level. 

 In the class, we worked on a sweet little pillow (emphasis on the word sweet) in pinks and purples.  I then was introduced to variegated thread (such a great idea!!) and found a whole new calling.  Look for many more of my pieces/products to feature thread sketching.  In fact, I came home from the class and pulled out two tote bags I had bought at Ikea for embellishing (Love the cheapness of Ikea.)  I sat down and gave them a good painting to which I will add thread sketching.  I just have to go back to the store for more variegated thread (look at all the pretty colors…)

 The pic above is of the front of the pillow I worked on in class.  As I am not much for pillows, I will probably turn this into a purse and offer it for sale on Etsy.  If I make a little money, I can buy more stuff to do more thread sketching!  (Have I mentioned I love thread sketching?)

 

My next venture August 1, 2007

Filed under: Art,Life,Mixed media,Not so deep thoughts,recycled art,sewing,Uncategorized — kathleencreates @ 11:38 pm

Green and pink tote bag

I am an admitted purse-o-holic.  My constant search for the “perfect purse” (you know, the one that will make your life complete?)  has led me to start wanting to make them myself.  So I purchased a few books, a few patterns and a whole heap of funky fabrics.  Yet I still couldn’t bring myself to try and make a purse.  Why?  Fear.  It is so wierd to me that even after all the things I have successfully created, certain things still scare me.  In this case, trying to line a purse and create a square bottom had me quaking in my shoes.  So, I took a class and in less than two hours had mastered the skill I feared to try on my own.  The result, three funky fabulous purses ready to use.  Will I use them?  Maybe.  More likely I will try to sell them.  After all, I am not yet sure I have created the perfect one.

The above purse started life as two placemats.  See more purses and stuff at my etsy shop www.beautifullystrange.etsy.com