Hour 8 – Word Art

Hi there!

Words are everything… even when we don’t want them to be.

When I art journal I find myself sometimes avoiding words and sometimes the whole page is about words and letters. I am going to show you some examples and then I will be posting pictures of my work as I work on a couple of pieces with you today that feature words and letters as art.

Sometimes it’s all words… and one way or another they paint the picture, like this dandelion simply wishing away or this journal entry from my watercolor journal based on a quote, simple colors and shapes and my own words.

Art from my watercolor journal.

Art from my watercolor journal.

Sometimes just one word is enough… and it says what it needs to, like this doodle art coloring page from doodle art alley.

Coloring Page from Doodle Art Alley.

Coloring Page from Doodle Art Alley.

and sometimes the impression of words… which is what I’ll be showing you as I work on them today. No spoilers… sometimes the fun in words is the many ways they can be interpreted! 😀

Create something today from these ideas or from your own inspiration… come and post in the Facebook group and lets see where words can take us!

Hour 6 – Hello Dolly!

Hellooooo my little pumpkin pops!!

Welcome to hour 6 of the art-a-thon!  I hope you’re all well-hydrated, well-fed, and well-rested.  Or drunk.  You know, whatevs.  I don’t judge.

This hour is DOLL-FREAKING-TASTIC!

You like fiber?  You go fiber.

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Maybe make a tribute to your favorite 2016 casualty.

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You like paper?  You go paper.  Bonus points for devils in rainbow leggings.

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You want to bend the rules?  You bend the rules!!  Draw a doll!  Pose Barbies in inappropriate situations and take pictures!

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(Hulk doll by Trish Fettig, self portrait by Hulk Smash.  I may have helped him a little)

Some time during this hour, I’ll give away a $30 gift certificate to my stencil shop to anyone actively playing!  WOO!!

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Now GO! Go forth and make dolls!

Hour 5 – Finger Crochet Ear Warmer

Hi there! Sometimes a gift is best made by hand and this is a quick and very fun little thing that you can make in an hour and spend some time being creative while decorating! The perfect warm and friendly gift for your bff or a co-worker or for yourself on a cold day.

I will be Live online and broadcasting to the feed on Saturday… have some yarn and be ready to play or watch along and ask questions so that you can do it on your own later. 😀

What you will need:
-Chunky or bulky weight yarn in a color you like (recommended brands include Deborah Norville Serenity Chunky, Bernat Chunky and Lion Brand Chunky Heathers or other chunky weight yarns)
-Scissors
-Your fingers
-About an hour of your time after you have practiced slip knots and chaining

The tips:
Choose a fluffy smooth finish yarn… nothing hairy or with big chunky bits sticking out for your first time.
Stay calm. You’re learning a thing.
The first row sucks. It usually does. Building a foundation that is even and will support whatever you want to build on it is always the hardest part. Be patient. You’ll get it.
Looser is better than tighter.

The abbreviations:
HDC = Half Double Crochet

The pattern:
ROW ONE
Leave a long tail, about 12 inches and make a slip knot (the long tail is for sewing later)

Chain the number of chains that you determined goes around your head where your ears are so that it is snug without being tight. For me this is 36 chains which measures approximately 21 inches. For you this will be a different number. I am guessing something between 30 and 42 depending on the weight of your yarn and the size of your fingers.

Put your thumb from your “non crocheting hand” on the last chain of the number you need and chain one more. Skip the new chain you made and yarn over your finger and work a half double crochet through the chain you were marking with your thumb.

ROW TWO
HDC in the second chain from your finger (or the hook) and chain one, skip one chain and HDC in the next chain then chain one… continue this pattern to the end of the row
HDC in the last stitch of your row and chain one and turn your work

ROWS THREE THROUGH SEVEN OR EIGHT
HDC in the first chain one space from the previous row, chain one and continue across the row making a HDC in each chain one space and chaining one between each HDC to the end of the row
HDC in the last stitch of the row, chain one and turn
(repeat for the remaining rows until your headband/ear warmer is about 5-6″ wide)

TO FINISH OFF CHAIN ONE ON THE LAST STITCH LIKE YOU WERE GOING TO TURN YOUR WORK AND INSTEAD CUT THE YARN 10-12″ AWAY FROM YOUR WORK AND PULL THE YARN ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE LAST CHAIN WITH YOUR FINGER AND TUG DOWN TO SECURE IT

To sew your piece together lay your crocheted rectangle down and fold it in half so that the ends meet.

Grab the bottom corner of the end on top and flip it once so that it is now the top corner (this puts a twist in your rectangle which will make it easier to fit under your hair when worn as a headband) and line up the edges again.

Using your finger to pull the yarn through “sew” the ends of your project together snugly by looping the yarn around the end stitches on both sides of your work from the top to the bottom of the “seam” where the two ends meet.

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Do this again with your other end of yarn to make sure it is secure. Tug them both tightly so that there are no loose loops of sewing thread. Now weave in the ends by feeding the yarn under stitches along the edge. Remember, it’s best to go back and forth and back again so that the yarn weaves through and doesn’t pull out.

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NOW YOU CAN DECORATE AS YOU SEE FIT!
I use buttons and pins and silk flowers or crocheted flowers… Valentine’s Day is right around the corner… you COULD use hearts!

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For one lucky person participating in today’s prompt there is also a mini prize… decorations and a skein of yarn, you can choose from fluffy bright purple (not pictured) Spring (white with cool color splashes, the same color I worked with today) or Stormy, a dark blue and purple and gray skein of yarn. I will announce the winner after the crochet hour and will post it in the feed. Winners will be chosen from participants posting in the feed and showing what they’re working on.

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Useful Videos and Links

How to finger crochet a bulky yarn

 
Turn regular yarn into a bulky or chunky yarn

 
Crochet Heart

 
Crochet Flower

Hour 4 – Creature Doodling with Rhonda Chase

We begin as with any doodle, with the creation of form and line. Enjoy the interaction of the paper and your instrument. Contour your form into a shape.

When I began creating free association creatures I started with an eye shape. The interior of the eye I leave until last. Once you have created a shape make other lines to contribute to that shape. Allow the process to be natural and intuitive. There is no wrong way to do this. The purpose of this creation is to experience and enjoy the process of creating it. As you work, when you feel yourself pause to think of what to do next, consider turning the drawing and looking at it from a different perspective. What else could it be other than what your mind originally thought? This process can help stretch your creative muscles, add fun to the process and wonderful uniqueness to the final piece.

Free Association is a fancy art term for not thinking about anything in particular when you work. No source material and as empty a brain as you can. Think of it as meditation and a time for piece. What forms in the end can often be a visual reflection of your current subconscious mind. Finding meaning in such things is not unlike defining a dream.

Free association

n.
1. A spontaneous, logically unconstrained and undirected association of ideas, emotions, and feelings.
2. A psychoanalytic technique in which a patient’s articulation of free associations is encouraged in order to reveal unconscious thoughts and emotions, such as traumatic experiences that have been repressed.
 


 

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Thank you for joining me this hour to take a moment in this new year to breath and create. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Best wishes,
Rhonda Chase