Monday, June 30, 2008

ACEO Theme Week Time

The first of the month is just a day away, and that means it's time for ACEO Theme Week!

This month the theme is Nursery Rhymes.

First thing that came to mind...

Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight,
Wish I may, wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight.

Here are my thread-painted stars embellished with crystals.

Star Light, Star Bright, Diane Weber 3 1/2" x 2 1/2"

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Continuing the Abstract ACEO Thing...

Maybe I like doing abstract ACEOs after all...

Abstract Sunscape, Diane Weber, 3 1/2" x 2 1/2"

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Another ACEO Tribute to Kandinsky

I got such a wonderful response to my first abstract Kandinsky-like ACEO, that I decided to do another.

Tribute to Kandinsky II, Diane Weber, 3 1/2" x 2 1/2"

Friday, June 27, 2008

Paris, je t'aime

I had the opportunity to take a collage class at the San Francisco Center for the Book today.

I had fun, making a 5-panel mixed media collage of my favorite city.

Give me a ""p".

Give me an "a".

Give ma an "r".

Give me an "i".

Give me an "s".

What's that spell?

What's that spell?

Paris Collage, 5 6x8 panels, 6" x 40", Diane Weber, June 2008

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Pur Suit of Happiness

The first suit in my personal ACEO deck of art cards, the diamonds, is done!
Here is the last card, the King of Diamonds. The print is from my ACEO Holiday Doors series, and the 'face' is covered with green fabric, then a collage image of a King of Diamonds, with the 'K' stamped in red ink. This collage image was done twice because the first time I stamped the 'K' upside down. The 2nd time it was crooked, but at least right side up.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Almost a Suit

I've almost got all the diamond cards done!
Here are the 10, Jack and Queen of Diamonds.
I wasn't sure what to do for the face cards, then I remembered these card images I bought as reusable digital downloads, so I printed them, cut them out, mounted on fabric on a card, then stamped them (you can tell because the stamping is crooked as usual) with my neato card deck stamps!
One more to go, then I get to start on the next 41!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

ACEO Awards, Part VI

Another winner!

What's funny about this one.. I almost didn't submit it. I wasn't completely happy with it, it wasn't as neat and perfect as I like my ACEOs to be, I wasn't sure if it had enough detail, I thought maybe it had too much detail, it should have been yellow instead of green, etc., etc.

But, no matter what I thought... 5 different people thought enough of it to bid on it, good enough for 2nd place in the very first YBA Call to Art Contest.

A Tribute to Kandinsky, Diane Weber, 3 1/2" x 2 1/2"

Monday, June 23, 2008

S for Superquilts?

It's funny how when you don't look at an art quilt for a long time, then look at it with new perspective, you can see something totally different.
Although this was never the intention in my "Triple Play" design, do you see an "S"?
Maybe it's my subliminal love for Superman?

Asian Scenes Triple Play, Diane Weber, 58" x 74"

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Yet Another ACEO Doodle

One of the best things about ACEO Doodles is they are realtively quick and mindless to make, unlike my Kandinsky ACEO!
Here's my latest doodle ACEO, simple Asian waves on purple silk dupioni, red on the back.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Hot Fun in the Summertime

Some like it hot... fortunately I'm one of them!
This was taken yesterday, June 20, 2008, at 4:40 PM.
Oh, the barometer part never seems to work correctly... unless it is forecasting 4 months in advance, which is the earliest we will see any clouds and rain here.
But, I am not complaining.. I like it hot and dry!

Friday, June 20, 2008

June Nibblefest

It's Nibblefest time again!
This month was a hard theme... "In the Mist".
I keep forgetting that only one entry is allowed, and I made 3, so I decided it would be a triptych of two ACEOs and a postcard piece.
Each piece starts with a carefully selected section of a batik fabric, covered in glitter tulle for a misty effect, then thread painted, mostly with metallic thread.

Into the Mist I , an ACEO, which I inadvertently signed upside down :-(
This one is called "Cool Mist".

Into the Mist II, an ACEO
I call this one "When the Fires are Burning"; not the most positive subject, but the reality of numerous fires burning throughout California has definitely influenced my daily life.
As smoke drifts through the state, sunrises and sunsets are colored an eerie orange.

Into the Mist III, postcard 4x6
This one is called "Coastal Mist".

And here's how they all look together as a triptych.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Summer Garden

I walked outside yesterday morning, and everything was just so cool and calming (despite the intense heat we are having!) and I thought, I must take some pics.

So here they are...

this is the cool patio under the wisteria

And here is the little gnome garden...

which was sporting the most beautiful coral orange rose...

and finally the cool shady back corner with my bench and hydrangea...

oh and this is only oleander, but it grows well here,
is beautifully colorful this year, and smells wonderful, just like play dough!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Another ACEO Doodle

The first two ACEO doodles I made were a bit preplanned, in that I knew pretty much what I was going to do when I sat down to the sewing machine.

Not so with my latest!
I started with a fabric called 'mirror ball dot', and I started by randomly connecting the dots. Then I started adding curvy shapes around the dots, then some escaping curlies.. oh, looks like a butterfly, let's keep doing that.

Lo and behold, a true thread doodle!

Metallic Thread Doodle, Diane Weber, 3 1/2" x 2 1/2"

The scanner totally flattened the colors in the thread,
so here's another camera shot that better shows the pretty variations in the thread colors - pink, turquoise and gold:

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

More on my ACEO Deck... WIP

Continuing where I left off with my deck, here are the 7, 8 and 9 of Diamonds.
On the print side are prints of my ACEO Holiday Doors series, and on the flip side coordinating fabrics are sporting more of the red typography diamonds and red stamping.
I may add more detail to these...what do you think?