Linda Israel
Multi-Media Artist

Snowman in a Winter Scene

     Posted on November 24th, 2015 by Linda Israel

I finally got out my video camera so I could take a video of a project. And here it is for you to enjoy:

How to Strip and Remain a Lady

     Posted on October 21st, 2014 by Linda Israel

While the men in our lives would love to see a “strip show” that isn’t what this article is about. Instead I’m sharing my experience with Strip quilting.

A couple of months ago I went to Threads of Tradition in Yukon, OK to purchase some fabric and while I was there 3 yard Pattern QuiltRocky one of the wonderful ladies that works there asked me if I picked up the pattern for the 3 yard quilt. I had not, so Rocky and then Ann started showing me examples and explaining the very simple instructions. I did a quick search on the internet and the original pattern was from Wood Valley Designs. Rocky and Ann made a photocopy of the pattern they had and I went home to sew…

The pattern tells you to buy 1 yard of each fabric. I started to do the math and decided that I really didn’t need a full yard of each fabric and began pulling fabric from my stash to make the first quilt. The fabrics I wanted to use were pieces that were left over from other projects or fabrics that I bought because they were a remnant or on sale. I quickly realized that I didn’t have enough of one of the fabrics, but I really liked the combination I had come up with so I did some more digging in my stash and found a piece of black fabric that I could cut into eight 1 1/4 inch strips. I was in business. The light pink flower fabric I cut into 2 inch strips. The other two fabrics I had enough to cut the correct size.

Once I had all of the fabrics cut I laid them out in the order to be sewn on my cutting table and took my time sewing each strip together since I had altered the pattern a little. I didn’t want to mess this up!

It didn’t take me very long to finish the top of this quilt! I was so excited that I started pulling fabric making piles of three so I could make more. Now I have made a dozen quilt tops! These are going to be most of the Christmas presents I give out this year. I like the size of this lap quilt. It is perfect for taking on a car trip, to sit on the sofa and cuddle with your pet or even at the office to lay on your lap. I’ve gotten lots of complements on my little quilts. I hope you enjoy stripping too. Just be careful when you tell your husband or friends, hey I’m going stripping… They may not understand…

Linda Israel, DTM
Artist, and New Quilter

Quilting – A Butterfly Block

     Posted on July 25th, 2014 by Linda Israel

I have started quilting because of a couple of friends. I was invited to a group that meets on a Saturday and many of the ladies that meet quilt. Because of this group I have now been bitten by the quilting bug. I  made a quilt top First Quilt topmany years ago that a dear friend helped me finish by adding the boarders and the backing then finishing by quilting. But other than that I hadn’t really been serious about quilting well until now…

In June my neighbor invited me to attend a quilt guild http://centralokquilters.org/ meeting and I was so impressed by all that was shared. The ladies and a few men were so willing to share freely their knowledge. The guest speaker for the meeting was Pat Speth the Author of Nickle Quilts published in 2001. Her talk inspired me to go home and cut some fabric into 5 inch squares and sew those into a small quilt. (I’ll share that in another post) I had fun and was able to see the results of my efforts quickly. I have purchased two of her books and I’m really enjoying her instructions. I’m learning so much.

I decided that I would attend the July meeting of the quilt guild and in fact I became a new member. While I was there I learned about a project that is done every month called block lotto. Each person purchases a kit that has a piece of fabric that is around 11 to 12 inches in size and a pattern. The instructions tell you a basic idea of how to create a block that the finished size needs to be 12 inches unfinished 12 1/2 inches. A quarter of the fabric must be used on the block in a very recognizable way but really you can make the block anyway you like. If you want to piece the block, applique  or even paint the block and then add the fabric piece by sewing it into the block or applique you may do so. Once you have the block or blocks made the blocks are brought back to the next meeting where you turn them in and in return you get a chance to win at least 12 blocks of the same design all made by different people. I purchased this month’s Butterfly Block because I liked the way the block looked.  I thought why not try my hand at quilting a butterfly block, surley I can do this.

Butterfly BlockI decided to use some scrap fabric to figure out how to make the block so that I didn’t use up the piece of fabric that came in the kit. I had no idea that I would be cutting so many 2 inch squares just to make a 12 inch square block! And really it isn’t complete yet! There are 43 two inch squares and 6 three inch squares that needed to be cut for this project. It became harder than I thought to find a piece of scrap fabric to have enough to cut all the squares I needed. But I finally was able to get the pieces cut and started to lay out the pattern for sewing this afternoon. It took me a little over an hour of fretting but I got the block made!

What I learned from this project. Take your time to make sure that each set of blocks are lined up and that you do sew a true 1/4 inch seam. If you are off just a fraction the blocks won’t line up and the end product won’t look right. When you take the time to sew out the blocks the right way you will end up with a super cute block. I will try making it again and see how well I do a second time.

I’ll see if I can find the pattern online and add a link here… But I think you get the basic idea just by looking at my block, isn’t it cute? Thanks for reading.

An Update and Resin Jewelry Making

     Posted on May 20th, 2014 by Linda Israel

My life has changed a little. After 23 and a half years I quit my job and I now work with my Husband as an independent insurance agent. I really like what I’m doing. I think of it as problem solving, people come to us needing insurance and we work to find the best fit for them.

Craft and art wise I’m still creating. Right now I have a few things on my work table. One of them is resin jewelry making. I’m learning a lot about Resin and how it works with different materials, like paper, metal and polymer clay.

Resin Square Jewelry
With the squares in the photo I created polymer squares first. Then painted with acrylic paint. I then used paper to make a background. Some of the backgrounds are like what I use in my ATC’s (collage ATC) using scrap paper to make a parent sheet and cutting that into squares. Once I had the paper down I then used some of my embossed soda can art and then covered with resin. I need to put another coat of resin on these and add a jewelry bail to make these into necklaces and I’ll be done.

I have more Resin projects in the works. Some will be using copper pipe that my hubby cut for me. I look forward to how those will turn out!

So with the new change in my life I do hope to post more often and get back into making videos of my work as well. I look forward to reconnecting with my art friends.

Until next time, Aspire to be Amazing!

Linda

I’m Back

     Posted on July 2nd, 2013 by Linda Israel

It has been a while since I’ve been online here on my website and on youtube.

I made the following video today:

 

So what would you like to see from me in my next video? Or even in my next posts here on my site?

I hope to start making regular posts starting this weekend.

I look forward to hearing from each of you soon.

Linda

Pitcher Plants at Dinner Time

     Posted on September 25th, 2011 by Linda Israel

A while back my husband purchased some carnivorous plants. Only two have survived in this Oklahoma heat. Both are pitcher plants and seem to be doing well. When I went out today one was having dinner.. A Daddy Long Leggs had started its decent to death. Enjoy the photos…

Blue Fairy – Painting is different than drawing.

     Posted on May 26th, 2011 by Linda Israel

I’ve been working on an image of a fairy for a couple of weeks now. Refining her look and then finally adding wings..  I painted the image on an 11 by 14 canvas..

Painting is different than drawing.. While I’ve been learning to draw with a graphite pencil transferring this into acrylic paint is a little bit of a learning curve… But I think I’m getting the hang of things, plus I can always just paint over the canvas and start over if I don’t like how things turn out. lol..

What new thing have you tried? Maybe you want to learn to cook, to draw, to write? Go ahead and take the steps to learn.. I purchased a book and started reading. You don’t need a class to get started, just start something today.

Dream Big

     Posted on May 25th, 2011 by Linda Israel

Today I painted, something I haven’t done in a very long time. I took one of my drawings and transferred that design to canvas. This is something that I have been dreaming and thinking about for a while now and finally today I was able to make the art I wanted.

I started with a blank 11 by 14 canvas and sketched out the image of my girl in charcoal. I outlined her image with burnt umber paint. Then I proceeded to add color to the canvas using an old key card. After I created the background I wanted I proceeded to color in her face using acrylic paint. Then her hair and details were painted.

Finally I used stamps to place Dream Big and went over the words with red and copper paint. I’m letting the painting rest for a little while before I do anything else, but I wanted to share what I have created so far…

Have you made a dream happen lately? If not take the steps to make a dream come true, it is never to late!

You’ve gone and done it now

     Posted on April 19th, 2011 by Linda Israel

So my friends you’ve gone and done it to me now. I’m on a drawing kick.. I’ve been trying to draw something every day. I decided to look around on the web yesterday for images for inspiration and found an image of Hayden Panettiere that I liked. She had her hands on her hips and I thought it was kind of sassy. So taking a little artistic license I used that image as an inspiration to create a drawing.

Hayden was wearing a T-Shirt and shorts in the photo but I decided to have my girl wearing a dress. I’m still working on refining her look. But I want to use an image like this for a couple of projects I have in mind…

I see images differently now. I’m looking at the shadows that the light creates. I’m seeing things that I didn’t see before and I’m learning.

What have you learned lately about the world around you? Have you found a way to incorporate what you see into your art? It is never too late to learn something new. Just decide what it is you want to do, and before you know it you have gone and done what you want to do that is new!

Removing the fear so I can have Peace to draw Eyes on ATCs

     Posted on April 18th, 2011 by Linda Israel

Since I’ve been using the Lee Hammond’s Big Book of Drawing, I’m learning a lot about drawing. The ATC challenge for the OFB ATC group for the past two weeks were Peace and Eyes. Because I’ve been so busy with “life” I didn’t have the time I wanted to spend to make the original cards I had in mind.

So I decided to make hand drawn cards for both of these themes. I cut watercolor paper to the proper ATC size of 2.5 by 3.5 inches. Then I set about drawing the eyes using the techniques I’ve learned from the book and another source. http://willowing.ning.com/group/theheartofart Tammy has a free course she offered in October 2010 that taught people how to heal through their art. I found some great tips in her online course. So I combined some of the information from the book and from Tammy’s class to make my first hand drawn eye’s ATC.

I used a Faber-Castel 2B drawing pencil, liquitex, prismacolor colored pencils and Faber-Castell PITT artist pen to finish the eye drawing.

The Peace ATC I used a Steadtler compass to draw a circle then a second circle inside. The I used a Faber-Castel 2B drawing pencil to draw the inside lines to complete the peace symbol. Next I pulled out my liquitex colored pencils and started filling in the colors that I thought would look good on the peace symbol and around the outside. I used a small tortillion to blend the colors.

Both of these cards were very easy to make. A lot easier than I thought it would be, since these were both hand drawn cards. I guess I have had so many years of fear bottled up keeping me from drawing that now that I’m letting go of those fears and letting my hands draw it is easier for me.

Don’t let your fears keep you from doing something you have always dreamed of doing. Learn that new thing, go on a trip you have dreamed about for years. It will take some work to make the dream happen, but it will be worth every step you take.

So what are the fears that are keeping you from doing what you have always dreamed of doing?


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