Welcome to My Gentle Threads! It is a New Year and a time for New Creative Beginnings! This year I am entering my seventh year on my blog and I thank you for being here! I'm excited to share my creative walk with you in my sacred space. Life is all about the journey we walk each and every day. I love sharing my artistic moments, thoughts and adventures with you here! I wish you peace and light in your life!
through 21 Secrets ... (an online course with 21 different teachers!)
She was fun, vibrant and so full of creative exuberance!
If you don't know yet, she has an entire line of art supplies
in Michaels now.
So I purchased one of her watercolor sets, and two of her
I wanted to try them out.
The colors are vibrant and fun!
My new palette of colors to play with
So I began creating some fun little watercolor flower pots,
added some ink with my Micron Pens, size 02
and created some fun mini 5 x 7" vingettes.
I am always seeing fun things on Instagram
and on Pinterest,
so these little watercolors were inspired by what I saw,
and embellished my way!
I think watercolor and ink is such a fun medium.
Flowers are so fun and easy!
While I was creating these fun little works,
I decided that they would be
"Pay it Forward" gifts.
I plan to write a small message on the front
and leave them in fun areas
for someone to receive.
So watch out Hampton Roads ... a fun artwork is headed your way!
I love to do that with my Zentangle® works,
this time it will be with Watercolor cards!
Here are a few I have created . . .
Each one is a little different
The very first one I created,
I sent to a friend ...
I created a card and sent to her
while she was resting after surgery.
my message to you is
find the time to just play,
with crayons and coloring books,
(they are certainly a hot craze these days),
sketch in your sketchbook,
(don't be perfect, just draw what you see!),
play with your set of watercolors
(I know you have some stashed somewhere),
pull out your beads and make a bracelet
(We all have a little container of beads)
Just play for the fun of it,
don't overthink it,
relax and just enjoy the play.
We need to escape
from the noises we are filling our vessels with.
They can certainly take over if we let them.
So tomorrow morning,
I plan to leave my first little painting,
right where the sugars are ...
at my local Starbucks
with a message saying . . .
So as January of 2017 quickly comes to an end,
I faithfully wrote a blog post every Wednesday,
I enjoyed NOT teaching any art classes after the holidays,
and I am totally loving my year long e-course
with Elizabeth from Squam, the MAGIC of MYTH
It was a gift I gave to myself and it is off to an amazing start!
I promised to be good to myself this new year,
and that is exactly what I'm doing!
Be well, be happy, be creative
and please find time just to play just for the fun of it,
you won't be disappointed!
How blessed I was to slow myself down,
and have more time than I knew what to do with!
So thank you Miss Snowstorm
for giving me the gift of rest.
You always think you have more time than you think,
and oh the many projects you will get done while house bound.
I did a lot at first;
then just gave into the easy feeling of doing whatever I wanted!
It was pretty magical for sure.
I cleaned closets and cabinets,
re-organized my make up,
baked yummy foods,
took lots of naps (yes I did!)
threw away unwanted "stuff"
and so much more.
I even started a new stitching project,
A needlework case by Beth Twist,
I love her work a lot!
She is coming to Tidewater in April 2017,
to teach her first stitching retreat for Dyeing to Stitch (my favorite needlework store here in VB)
and I want to complete this before her workshop!
My newest project
I began a new Tapestry on my
Hokett Loom I got for Christmas.
Twining was my first layer,
it takes some patience to get it right!
Tapestry Weaving is definitely not an art
to dive into if you don't have the patience
to slow your little self down!
and began the process.
I am excited to see the outcome of this piece.
Just beginning to weave
I decided that I wanted to challenge myself and
weave a mini tapestry,
one a month for the year of 2017,
(my own version of a Weaving Diary)
I would like to create small tapestries,
each the same size . . .
that was inspired by something I saw
on my daily journey.
I would like to journal about each project, or write a poem
and at the end of the year,
have some pretty sweet little tapestries to keep!
Let's see if I can do it!
It will be a true discipline for sure!
I was inspired by my own Tapestry teacher Rebecca
who wove a tapestry "a day"
while she was an Artist in Residence
this past year,
WOW her work was amazing.
You can catch it here if you would like to see her work ...
I had an idea many years ago that I would
write 100 poems, one a day for a 100 days,
and use my own photography to go along with the poem,
My word for the new year is DEEPEN,
so I decided to remind myself of that
while playing in the snow . . .
that is a totally serious word to live up to this year!
Playing in the snow
I found this sweet twig in my front yard,
slowing being tossed about by the snow and wind,
but not getting buried by the snow.
It was a sweet reminder for me ...
There is beauty everywhere, if only you will look for it.
It wasn't getting buried by circumstances, only standing strong!
My photo moment during storm
So here is to the rest of your week!
May it be filled with moments of rest,
love, discovery and happiness.
Me and My girl Josie wish you all the best!
Just us Wynn girls playing after the storm
Until next time,
came along with it.
It was 60% Merino Wool and 40% Bamboo blend
fromNew Hue Handspuns
I am taking Rebecca's Little Looms class
right now online
and I am spinning these fibers to create
a small tapestry.
I want to see how my yarns weave up!
Can't wait, but first I need to spin up a fiber stash!
I completed my first skein
and am now on to the next!
I ordered more from this company
and got this luscious Periwinkle blend!
How I love this masterpiece of handcrafting!
From the hand carved spindle
to the hand blended fibers.
I have always loved art forms that call to me.
Tapestry Weaving slows me down enough to think,
Spinning teaches me patience and finding my rhythm,
Knitting fills my heart with pure joy
Zentangle® teaches me to enjoy the process
more than the final product
through meditation and centering.
Life is so fast paced,
especially at this time of year!
So when I have the chance to do something creative,