Embroidered Shirt

I usually bring a project to work on while I’m on vacation. This year I brought a shirt to embroider on. I picked up a few of these light weight cotton, button down shirts at H&M in the beginning of the summer. I thought this one in particular would look more interesting with some embroidery. I decided to stamp something that would make a subtle background to embroider over. First I sketched some ideas then cut out shapes out of sticky back foam to make a stamp on foam core. The pencil lines are incised creating a little more detail.

IMG_9859I stamped the shirt with an shimmer white screen printing ink. I thought that it was too subtle so I stamped in again with the ink mixed with MiO, liquid water enhancer that you use to flavor your water. It worked great, just like using Kool Aid to dye natural fabrics. Why do they put such intense colorants in things kids drink so it stains their clothes? Just wondering.

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The second stamping was off register which created a shadow that looked intentional. For the embroidery I used a warm summer color story and simple stitches.

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The repeat of the pattern I decided to just outline in white.

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It’s kind of sweet but I’m enjoying wearing it with this bright orange tank.

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Workshop Success

This is an overdue post about the workshop I recently taught in my studio. It was a gorgeous Spring day perfect for getting creative.

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We moved inside to work on collage when it got too hot and windy to be outside. Here’s Judith holding up one of her finished pieces. I forgot to photograph the other finished pieces as usual. I actually think it’s important to honor the process over the product, especially in a one day workshop. We were just getting warmed up. I look forward to teaching it again in the Fall.

Before I put all the painted papers away I spent a few days immersed in collage.
I finished some greeting cards that will hold me for a while.

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Then a few papers spoke to me and I was quite surprised by the results.

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Art Workshop

IMG_1800Reminder to all my local friends, I will be teaching a NEW ART WORKSHOP at the Buzz Ware Village Center in Arden, DE. Combining some exercises from my Creativity Workshop and some new things from my experience teaching Expressive Painting  on Star Island.

No experience required, really, I mean it. You will discover how easy and fun it is to express yourself creatively.  If you are an artist already this workshop will allow new ideas to flourish.

  • Exercises in creative writing, painting and collage
  • Explore and build upon your personal goals for self-expression
  • Crack the code of visual art
  • Learn how to express something unique

If you have ever looked at a painting and thought, “I wish I could do that” or “I think I could do that” this is the workshop for you!

 $65.00

All supplies provided.

The Buzz Ware Village Center

2119 The Highway Arden, DE

Saturday, May 4, 2013, 11-5 pm

www.lindacelestian.com

Register at 302-364-0278

or email linda@lindacelestian.com

New Art Workshop

I’ll be teaching an New Art Workshop in Arden, DE, May 4th, 2013. This painting workshop will have some similarities to my Creativity Workshop but with new elements from my experience teaching Expressive Painting on Star Island last year.

The details:

           Play – Explore – Discover – Experiment

  • Exercises in creative writing, painting and collage
  • Explore and build upon your personal goals for self-expression
  • Crack the code of visual art
  • Learn how to express something uniqueIMG_7465

If you have ever looked at a painting and thought, “I wish I could do that” or “I think I could do that” this is the workshop for you!

$65.00

No experience required.

All supplies provided.

 

The Buzz Ware Village Center

2119 The Highway Arden, DE

Saturday, May 4, 2013, 11-5 pm

www.lindacelestian.com

Register at 302-364-0278

or email linda@lindacelestian.com

 

 

Creativity Workshop Update

The word Creativity might take on different meanings for different people. Here are some meanings that we came up with on Saturday and I few others I pulled from a previous workshop, passion, fun, joy, intangible, unknown, our true nature, movement, new, expression of self, ability to stand alone, open, growth, flow, journey, ever present, recognizing that we are collaborators, part of creation, transcendence, release, surprise, discovery, inspiration, freedom, risk taking, and insight.

In the workshop we wrote, we laughed, we moved to music, we painted, we shared, we collaged and exchanged ideas. Then we were exhausted!

These are the only photos I remembered to take. I didn’t get any of the final collages which is fine since I actually think it’s more about process than finished product. It’s so important to enjoy the process and understand that you’re not going to love everything that you make. You are always learning something new that helps you the next time around. The creative process is a lot like life, you can’t be worried about making mistakes. If you were you’d never leave the house and what fun would that be?

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Thanks Keri, Kevin, Suzanne, Toby, Nicole and Liz for allowing me to bring you on a creative journey to the land of possibility.

If you are interested in participating in this workshop the next time I teach it please drop me an email and I’ll add you to my email notification list.

Creativity Workshop

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I’m teaching my Creativity Workshop, Sat. October 15th, 2011, 10-4 pm at the Buzz Ware Village Center in Arden, DE.

I’m thrilled to be preparing to teach this again. It’s a really fun day. Please jump in if you feel you’re being called to try something new or just approach life in a fresh way. There is a post with testimonials here and another post here. I teach this because sometimes people tell me that artists are born with special talents, you’ve heard this right? It’s a myth. Creative people are born with a tenacious drive to express the feelings and passions that are universally understood by all mankind. Actually everyone is born with this drive, some successful bury it while others answer it’s calling.

Drop me an email to register, linda@lindacelestian.com