Do You Need a Laugh?

Today, I spent some time viewing a tutorial by Deborah Wirsu. She is a fantastic textile artist. Her tutorial on adding texture to a piece is outstanding. She provides excellent directions. I have tried some of her techniques but I definitely have a long learning journey ahead of me when it comes to this type of thread sketching.
As I was working at my computer desk, I reached over to a cup that was given to me by my youngest son…many years ago. I keep pens and pencils in this cup. It is a cup in shape of Michigan J. Frog…my FAVORITE cartoon. Of course, I had to find the cartoon on Youtube. And, yes, it still makes me laugh. A snorting, body-shaking, kind-of-laugh. Once, my sons and I were in line waiting to board an amusement ride at Six Flags. They had a television in the line area to entertain the people waiting in the long lines. I remember totally embarrassing my sons as I laughed at the Michigan J. Frog cartoon playing on the television monitor.
Naturally, today’s art had to be about Michigan J. Frog. I drew the frog on green fabric. Then I added a muslin backing, and glued and hand stitched the frog in place. Regular thread was used for securing the frog. Then, I cut the figure and pasted it onto a blue backing. I did some preliminary stitching with embroidery thread. If and when I make something with all of the today’s art pieces, I will add more embroidery or possibly thread sketching.
If you need a laugh, make sure to look up Michigan J. Frog on Youtube.

Bird Spirit

It has been a day of steady rain. At first, I thought the weather might make it harder to get through the day. But it turns out that the rain had a very calming effect.
Also, today was great because I got to communicate with my all three of my sons. My granddaughter and I had a great Zoom chat. We shared facts, jokes, and conversation. We did some fun word games together. My baby grandson made a visit on this chat, along with his parents. One of the best parts of this chat was the drawing activities. My granddaughter and I do different types of art activities each time we chat. Today, we decided to just each draw what we wanted as we talked. Then we shared. I was very impressed with my granddaughter’s piece. She drew a bird rising up into the sky. She entitled this piece, Bird Spirit. I asked if she could send me a photo of her drawing. I was so inspired by it and I wanted to try to create it with fabric. Since she drew it in pencil, I asked what colors she would want me to use. Teal is one of her favorite colors, and that is what she wanted for the bird. She asked for a green landscape and an orange and yellow sun. The background was supposed to be black on the top and getting lighter towards the sun. When I showed her my fabric piece, I thanked her for the inspiration. I also told her that it was my interpretation of her art, so it would not be exactly like hers. She responded by saying that it was almost exactly how she saw her drawing.
The art for today is very simple, but very special.

March 30, 2020

Beginning another week of isolation. My Meemaw friends and I are trying to set up some type of chat time, probably with Zoom.
This morning, I made an interactive lesson board for my grandson usingĀ Thinglink . This is an online tool that allows you to post interactive activities on one board. I used this when I was teaching and I thought it might be helpful to make one for my grandson. I based it on the curriculum calendar that his teacher provided. I found reading, math, science, and creative activities on Youtube and added the links to the Thinglink board I set up. Thinglink is a very easy tool to use, and the link above is a short tutorial on how to make one. I thought sharing this information might help some of you who want to connect with your grandchildren or others.

I also worked on today’s art. I pulled out more tiny scraps to play with and collage a piece. I already had leftover fabric and batting from a quilt, so I used that for the main block. The birdie came out a bit hefty in this piece.

Today’s Art March 28-29

Thanks to technology, I have had a great day. I was able to have a Zoom chat with my three siblings. My brother in Seattle, younger sister in Austin, and my older sister here in San Antonio. Lots of laughing.
This past Friday, my calendar reminded me that I was supposed to be in Round Rock for Grammy time starting this weekend and throughout all next week. Since that cannot be, the next best thing was being able to Zoom chat with my granddaughter. We challenged each other to learn a new fact to share each time we chat. We also get to draw together. Then, I was able to Facetime with my grandson.
After some morning exercise, I find myself looking through scraps to see what I can make. Yesterday, I made a fabric collage art piece that was inspired by a photo my sister, Emma, sent me. It was a photo of a butterfly in the midst of Emma’s lantana. I have a box of tiny scraps that were just perfect for this. I just cut, pasted, and basted the fabric onto a quilt sandwich block. I added embroidery stitches for some texture.
For today’s art, I made a simple heart with stitching.
Just doing my best to stay positive.
Hope all of you are doing well.