Good Fun That is Messy

“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny,but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.”
Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat

It’s been raining all day, so I decided to pull out the Gelli-Art Plates and have fun. Well, this project turned into ONE BIG MESS!
I have viewed so many tutorials, where using these plates seems so easy.
Many of the tutorials say to play and just have fun.
My goal today was to try different fabrics and papers to see what I liked best.
One of my problems with printing, is…I do not know when to stop. I keep adding paint until something that started out with potential, ends up looking murky.
I was trying out different home items as tools for printing. I found some I like, and some that I can do without.
In the middle of all this mess, I went to wash my hands and discovered that the water had been turned off. I went outside to find a city crew, working in the rain, trying to fix a pipe problem.

So, I will have green hands until about three o’clock today. 


Paper, Muslin, Dish Cloth, Interfacing
A positive spin on this mess:
I am learning what works and what doesn’t.
I am having fun a “good day that is funny” and MESSY.

I could start a Pinterest Fail page with this piece.
This murky piece started out pretty and ended up like cream pea soup.
There is supposed to be a ghost imprint of a tree.
When this dries, I might try some thread sketching to see if I can salvage this practice piece.


This fabric piece came out sort of okay. I might try to applique or thread sketch on this one also.
That is supposed to be a bird in the middle.

I shared these pieces with my sister, Emma.  She was the one who got me interested in Gelli printing. She has made some fantastic art with her plates, and she has just started. Her advice was not to give up. Here I am, taking advice from my younger sister. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

I am done for the day, due to the no-water situation.
Back to viewing more tutorials.

Today’s Celebration

I’m getting ready to  meet with my Meemaw friends to celebrate the birthdays of Dr. Seuss and one of my Meemaw friends. I had written a first draft of a poem for my friend; and this morning I went to revise and edit it. I am so glad I did. My science was a bit off when I said it was her 65th revolution around the earth! Here is the final edition.

                              Shout it from the rooftops, the tree Brumbles, and Broars
                              Shout it out loud, ‘til your throats are all soar
                              Say it in email, snapchat, or twitter
                              Spread the word with Rainbows, Boohahs, and Glitter
                              It’s Marti’s 65th revolution around the sun
                             Time for Celebrating
                             Time for Fun
                             Sing! Dance! Fill the world with mirth!
                            Fill up with PIE
                            We’re not watching our girth
                            Happy birthday, dear Meemaw!
                            Happy birthday, sweet friend!
                            We celebrate you from morning ‘til day’s end!

                                     

Block #9~Friday, March 2

  • Sometimes, when I see my granddaughters make small discoveries of their own, I wish I were a child.
  • I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells.
  • A person’s a person, no matter how small.
  • Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
  • Only you can control your future
  • Step with care and great tact, and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.
  • Fun is good.
  • You’re in pretty good shape for the shape you are in.
  • Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.
  • Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.
    Dr. Seuss

These are my top favorite quotes from Dr. Seuss.
I love watching my grandchildren and seeing the world through their eyes.
I believe and appreciate the wisdom and insight in these quotes.
Theodor Seuss Geisel is the inspiration for my quilt journal block entry this week.
I have been celebrating Dr. Seuss for many years.
I had thread sketched the Cat in a Hat earlier this week.
Today, I added the colorful backing.

Block #9, Friday March 2
Cat in a Hat
Background: Snow Kona fabric
Technique: Thread sketching, free motion, fabric crayons and markers
Batting: 100% cotton
Embellishment: None

Happy Birthday

Friday, March 2, marks the birthday of a man who wore many hats…author, cartoonist, poet, animator, artist, political satirist. There may be some controversy in Theodore Seuss Giesel’s past; and although I do not agree with one of his early political stances during WWII, I am not here to pass judgement. I believe that we can learn from mistakes in history. And I believe he did learn and have a change of heart.
The contribution Giesel made to promote reading, and the teaching of reading, still has it’s affects on children’s literature today.
Dr. Seuss came into my childhood home when my brother was born. I was 10. My mother joined a book club, and we received all Dr. Seuss books on a frequent basis. I used these books to read to my brother. Even as a child myself, I could see that it was a good tool for teaching reading. I got my brother reading, and this was a boy who could never sit still!
Hop on Pop was a favorite Seuss book that my three sons chose for their dad to read to them at night.They were reading at a very early age.
The curriculum I wrote for my students was literature based. I collected and purchased children’t literature to use for instruction. I had a very inviting classroom library. Dr. Seuss was a special selection in my class library for each grade level that I taught. I taught pre-K through fifth grade. The fifth graders learned how to interpret the author’s purpose and message when reading Dr. Seuss. My reluctant and emergent readers in the early grades learned the basics of word families and enjoyed the playful, musical, non-nonsensical words.
Every March, my students and I would participate in the Read Across America, which is celebrated on March 2 in honor of Theodore Seuss Geisel.
When I was thinking that I might retire, I had many discussions with my sons.
I quoted Dr. Seuss to my youngest son, to express how I felt about the possibility of retiring.
He made this poster and framed it for me:

I may not have a classroom anymore, but I still celebrate March 2.
One of my Meemaw friends shares a birthday with Dr. Seuss and we will be celebrating on Friday.
I always attempt to write a Seuss-Like poem for her, and I am working on one today. This is my first draft:

Shout it from the rooftops, the tree Brumbles, and Broars
Shout it out loud, ‘til your throats are all soar
Say it in email, snapchat, or twitter
Spread the word with rainbows, and Boohahs, and glitter
It’s Marti’s 65th revolution around the earth
Sing! Dance! Fill the world with mirth!
Fill it with PIE, we’re not watching our girth
Happy birthday, dear Meemaw
Happy birthday, sweet friend
We celebrate you from morning to day’s end!

As part of my celebration, I painted two Cat in the Hat rocks and I attempted to thread sketch the Cat.

At this time, I am still only sketching the outline with thread. On my bird thread sketching, I have practiced adding texture and shading with thread. On the Cat, I just did the outline and colored in the rest. I am not happy with the face, but it will have to do.


Thread Sketch plus fabric crayons and markers

Trial and Error


Everything Stinks Till It’s Finished

Dr. Seuss

My friends and I decided to try to embed the photo into the River Quilt.
I spent last night and this morning trying to figure out how to do this.
Everything Stinks!
But, one does learn from trial and error…I hope.
River Run Quilt 
The problem with embedding the photos is fitting standard-size, small to medium photos within these strips.

I embedded a 5″ X 7″ rectangle/drawing. It would have a 1/4 ” white frame.

(My stash boxes are out of control…I know.) 
The photo looks too rigid and I think it breaks the flow of the river look.
We are going to look into ways to applique the photos in a rustic or folksy style.

I need to do more thinking and trial and error. 
Any suggestions are welcomed.