Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sketchbook Challenge Video and Give Away! (plus blog renew: 16)

I am really excited to share this video with you today. It goes through my whole step-by-step process for creating a small art quilt or fabric collage. (If you're reading my blog by email or through a feed, you'll need to go to my blog directly to view the video.)


Deborah Boschert: Fabric Collage Process from Deborah Boschert on Vimeo.

Thanks so much for watching. I hope you are inspired! (If you're interested in a bit more about some of these techniques, check out my Quilting Arts dvd workshop.)

By the way, that catchy music in my video is by my cousin Ben Salisbury. Check out his Facebook page Salisbury Streets.

Today's posts on both my blog right here and on The Sketchbook Challenge blog are part of a massive blog hop full of great stuff from a bunch of inspiring artists. Check out the whole schedule here.

Here's the give-away! Want to know exactly what's included? Check out the supply list I included on The Sketchbook Challenge. I will say it includes bits of the four different background fabrics I created for the house series you saw in the video. Can you see them folded up and tucked in there?


Just leave a comment here on my blog. Tell me about your favorite tip, technique or supply. Comment by Tuesday, October 1.

Updated: Thanks so much for commenting. The winner has been selected and notified!

Thanks again for reading -- and watching! I just love that you're stopping by!

93 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for not only sharing your talents but your enthusiasm. I am inspired to blend some of my experiences/ideas into a collage.

Peggy Ellis

Bev Longford said...

You make look so easy and fun also what a great way to use those old wooden stamps that I wonder what I am keeping them for. Lovely as always.Must go play with my paint and stamps. Bev Longford

Sherri Chambless said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial. I am just learning about how to do art quilts and I'm enjoying experimenting with the different supplies.

QuiltingFitzy said...

You make it look so easy, you make me think, "I could do it too!"

My favorite tip is to have an old silverware drawer organizer near my machine. It keeps all my random tools tidy and at hand. From screwdrivers to chopsticks to seam rippers, all those roll-y items contained - instead of on the floor.

Thank you for your art, your blog contribution and your generosity!

Heidi said...

my favorite tool....maybe the blog-world ? There's so much inspiration out there... Next comes my seam-ripper ;-)
Btw. I saw 2 of your quilts in France, I saw them before on your blog, but hadn't realized how big they are . And wonderful, of course :-)

Lynn said...

Loved seeing that you work on several versions of the same design simultaneously. It'd be fun to see how the others turned out!

Michele Bilyeu said...

Thank you so much, Deborah, for sharing not only your beautiful work with us, here, on the Sketchbook Challenge, and on facebook (not to mention media outlets, shows etc.) but for sharing HOW you make things and that you often use supplies that most of us can afford and not ones that are often only affordable by those with more disposable income or who are actually able to make money from their artwork. To me, your sharing of all of this is your best tip of all. My favorite other tip is that I save every single little piece of just about anything that most people would throw away for use in my projects and get a lot off of freecycle tables, as well.

Andrea said...

Great video...thank you so much for sharing your process.

donna!ee said...

AWESOME>>>thank you much for sharing! ;D

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your inspiration. Your work is beautiful! Guess it is time for me to get my fabrics out and start creating.

Gill said...

Fabulous - thank you Deborah!
I'm comparatively new to all this so I appreciate all the help I can get!!

Kate said...

Great video- thank you for sharing. I really enjoyed watching your process. Favorite tool- I love my Frixion pen- great for marking and just irons away!

Linda Strowbridge said...

Terrific video Deborah! And I really liked seeing how you are working on four pieces at once.

My favorite, recent art technique is sketching designs while I am riding in a car, preferably over a bumpy road. The wiggles, shakes and jerky lines actually lead to more interesting designs.

Erin Fish said...

This is a fabulous video with very explicit, detailed instructions that are so inspiring. Thank you for taking the time to do so, and for sharing your wonderful creativity.

Kathy Angel Lee said...

Thanks, Deborah, for a nice video which was easy to follow and very explicit. Nice work!

Diana Pease said...

Thanks Deborah for an inspirational video of your creative process. Top notch in every way. I love the way you work on several pieces at one time.

Katherine McNeese said...

Thanks for sharing the video.
my collages always look like mush...but I think I'm making progress.

Linda Evans said...

I love your style! It is the perfect balance of details and simplicity.

deb-of-pixeladies said...

lovely, cheerful video. Love the clouds and stencil.

Beverley Baird said...

Love your work! As soon as I saw your header I was drawn in even more.
What a fabulous giveaway! Great video as well!

Moonsilk Stitches said...

Thanks for the great inspiration. I've learned a lot.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you for the wonderful tutorial and give away. Really inspired me! Geneen

Hope Amen said...

Love the video. I work with applique; but have never done an art quilt. This video inspires me to start. Thank-you for the chance to win this beautiful kit!

Susan Sawatzky said...

What a great mini class!

Rachel Parris said...

Really enjoyed your post on Sketchbook challenge. I always learn something from you. Now I would like to win something from you ;-)

jill said...

I love the thread print block, a very effective background. I love using Derwent Inktense pencils or bars at the moment. Great for adding a touch of colour.

Lisa said...

I love the video Deborah! Always fun to see what other's use and how they create! Thanks for the extensive list of supplies too! My favorite tool today is my Gelli Plate. I've been making prints onto some already quilted pieces to make pet post cards.

Valerie said...

Great Video. I really like the yarn technique, there are so many designs you could make with it. I had a look at your other videos as well. Really like the writing techniques. You could hide all kinds of thoughts in there!

Denise Spillane said...

Hi Deborah, thank for sharing your video. So glad to have you back in TX.

Gloria Hansen said...

Nice job! I like your stamped fabric and great job with the stencil -- it really tied in everything together nicely. Bravo!

Cynthia Kurth said...

Hi!
I am totaly new to quilting. But very faszinated for a long time. And this spouncer brush is realy great!
So I learn a lot whatching your video.Thanks!
Greeting from Germany
Cynthia

Loretta said...

I love the idea of using a variety of techniques throughout this little quilt. All quite doable for my project today. I'll stop by again. Thank you.

Sandi said...

Thanks so much for sharing your design process and choices with us. I had never considered painting the edge of a mini quilt, it gives an amazing puch of colour.

Thanks for a chance to win your inspiration pouch.

Barb S said...

Thanks for sharing this great video. I'm going to have to try the string-on-a-block stamp - love it!

Robin W. said...

Deborah... GREAT VIDEO! I love the little square sequins and hand embroidery.

Dot said...

A great informative video. It has encouraged me to try smaller art quilts. Thanks for sharing.

Dotti said...

I always love seeing the progression of your quilts. Love your DVD and also the segment you did for Alma's STITCHED 2012!

dottididit(at)gmail(dot)com

Anita said...

Thanks for the beautiful video

Lesley Riley said...

Great video Deborah. Way to go! Nice to see you since we didn't have our usual SAQA encounter last weekend.

Jeannie said...

Thanks so much for your tutorial and video! I absolutely love the freezer paper framed building. It adds just the right amount of surprise. :) Your dvd just arrived today, so two guesses what I'll be watching tonight! My tip - when I am working on a project, I take a 3x5 index card and paper punch some holes around the perimeter, label it with the project name. Then, as I split my embroidery floss, I slip knot the remaining threads into the index card. No more threads sticking to me, the project, or the cats carrying them off. I can also go back and add stitches without guess what threads I used for that project. Thanks again Deborah for always being an inspiration and for sharing your life here on the blog. You are always like a ray of sunshine. :)

Frieda Oxenham said...

I loved watching the video and following you during the design journey!

Misty said...

great video! my current fave product is Potion No. 9 by Tsukineko.

marshaleith said...

cool video and cool give-away. My favorite tool at the moment is upholstery strength thread for shibori resist stitching

Jo Murray said...

I thoroughly enjoyed watching your decision-making, and the finished product is gorgeous. Thanks for the opportunity to win some stuff I can use in my collages.

Lu Peters said...

Wow, Deborah! This is an excellent step-by-step through many design decisions and techniques. I always learn from your layering process that succeeds on many levels of perspective, texture, and drawing one's eye into the scene you deftly create. Lu

NanW said...

I don't have a favorite technique yet as I'm just starting with art quilting. I do like making my own stamps and I'm going to try your yarn trick. Thanks for sharing.

smokeysmom said...

Wow, your quilt pieces are just awesome! I have never even thought about stitching sequins to fabric-great idea. I'm also curious about your substrate. Did you start with a piece of cotton or canvas fabric? I'd love to know how to do this:)

Anonymous said...

Hi Deborah!
I loved your video. It was clear and made me feel like I could do all of the techniques you used. My favorite technique of yours was using the spounce brush for the edges. Very clean and sharp. My favorite thing to do is to look at my fabric and let one of them suggest a quilt to me. It is fun and free and creative. Thanks for the inspiration.
samanthyjane at yahoo dot com

Christine Langemeijer said...

I just love you project I used to do a lot of work with fabric but had to give it up but love seeing what others do love the colours stitching wonderful

Unknown said...

thanks for sharing all your projects. Love all the "found" objects that you use - inspiring to me.

Unknown said...

Unknown is Kuhlquilter@sbcglobal.net don't know why I am suddenly unknown!!!!

Marit said...

I loved following your design steps and way you processed what would happen next. Those two things - designing and processing the procedures are what is on my mind lately as I contemplate a project I want to complete soon. Guess I better try sketching it out and developing a process! Thanks again!

Simply Ailise said...

Loved your presentation. Great ideas. The building outline, the square sequins for windows the embroidery portions to enhance and liven the piece. This was the best explanation from beginning to end I have so far viewed. Plan to follow-up with your books and videos.
Thanks,
Alice

Louise Page said...

I really enjoyed your tutorial. It was well thought out, clear, and concise. Thanks for taking the time to share with us.

Deborah said...

Hi Deborah,

The video is terrif! Very nicely done, and thanks for sharing your process. All very inspiring! I especially love your yarn-wrapped block-stamp!I've recently been learning some techniques for drawing and collage with paper. Love how these translate into fabric, my first love.

Jane Prater said...

Thank you so much for the video. Watching the order of your decisions is so instructive. Never seen either the pounder or square sequins before. Fortunately I know how to mail order. :)

momid5 said...

Splendid video..so much usable info in very short time! My current favorite tip is to let (encourage) my grandkids select the floss colors for my embellishment textures..they always find several that add an extra spark to my work. Thanks for the chance to win that lovely packet of inspiration!

Tracy said...

Hi Deb,

Great video! It makes me anxious to see your Stitched workshop video. Hint! Hint!

Lynda said...

Love watching your process! Thanks for the giveaway.

Linda Elder said...

Inspiring video. Thanks so much for the step by step process you use and we got to see your studio in its creative disorganization like mine. Screen printing and thermofax are my favorites but I think I will start using more embroidery. Thanks for the inspiration.

Lisa Flowers Ross said...

Thanks for sharing your process. I think I need to try the yarn around the block stamp. Great idea.

Textile Recycler said...

Love your video and work! My fave tool is my camera. As an art quilter I take photos as I work. It helps to easily see if it's done or if something needs tweaking.

Katina said...

Beautiful little quilt Deborah. Enjoyed the step-by-step look into your creative process. My favorite supply is currently Pellon #72F Peltex II Double-sided Fusible Ultra-firm Stabilizer; it's what I use inside my fabric postcards.

Jane LaFazio said...

Wow, deborah! What a great video. So much excellent info in just a few minutes. Thank you! Gotta say that sublte house stencil is genius. i also loved seeing that you were working on 4 variations of the theme. Smart!

Tracy said...

So glad you are settled back in Texas! Love your new work!

LA Paylor said...

great job!
LeeAnna Paylor

Betteem said...

You're inspiring me! Thanks for the video. I'm interested in using your freezer paper stencil idea with folk paint. Have you used oil paint sticks with that kind of stencil? They make a nice effect, too. I'm going to try some of your hand embroidery trees.

Renate said...

Your video is a wealth of information in a short span of time. Thank you so much for your efforts. My favourite tip came in the from a workshop; "Experiment, it's only fabric!"

Ila said...

Love your post and your process!! at the moment I love sketching, ink and watercolor. I also love fabric..quilting and fabric projects. Thanks for sharing!!

FIBREWORKS KINGSTON Weekend Workshops said...

What a wonderful and informative video, Deborah. Loved the process and the design touches that add so much to each piece of your work and are your signature. I have been busy this summer flat dyeing cloth to use in a new series using a "pour and blend" layering process for quickly going though 5-10 metres of fabric, layered one piece on top of another and separated by plastic sheets. Baked in the sun, the results are amazing.Procion dyes make the process foolproof and I think I will head to the studio and do some 12 x 12's. THANKS again.
Bethany in Kingston ON Canada

Tamara Gladstone said...

This was a fun and inspiring post! Thank you for sharing your ideas. I want to try making my own fabric collage now!

Jan said...

Hi! I enjoyed watching your video. I have not seen an edge finished like you did on here. Using the thread then paint it to seal and color the batting. Good idea!
Jan

mad elena said...

Fantastic video! Love to watch an artist at work. Thanks for shaing your process.

elle said...

I do believe I need to follow you as I really like your style and the video is terrific as you explain your process! Lovely work!

Charlene McD said...

Thank you so much for sharing, I really enjoyed listening to and learning about your quilt collages.

PK Sews said...

Thanks for your delightful blog and this delightful giveaway. I love playing with paint sticks and couched threads.

lakelly said...

Thank you so much for including the step by step video! That really helped me understand the layering that you did. I love the yarn wrapped around a block as a stamp! What a great effect! I'm learning so much as I participate in this blog hop!

Roxane Lessa said...

Fabulous! :-) very good presentation.

Kathy said...

Art quilts are really out of my comfort zone but your video made them seem much more accessible. I love the stamped house stencil. Thanks

Nina D. said...

Thanks for sharing your great video! At the moment I use mainly water color pencils and acrylic paint but I am still very much a beginner and I am eager to learn new techniques.

Linda Kennedy said...

Great video. Love the hand stitching that you do in your quilts.

Debbie said...

What a cute little quilt! Thanks for making the video, of your steps to make it. My favorite way to color on fabric are Derwent Inktense pencils. The colors are so vibrant, once you add water. And, they are permanent on fabric. Thanks for the chance to win your quilt kit.

Stacy Hurt said...

Your work is always so very inspiring. I too love hand embroidery & make no bones about 'borrowing' some of your stitch motifs. I really loved watching your vimeo and seeing your process. Hearing the choices you made and why was very enlightening. I love seeing other artists work in process to see how they think. Very interesting. Thanks!

erentz said...

Thank you for the video. You make it look so easy! I like how you showed the decision process and how you solved the issue with the square sequins, which I didn't even know existed! LOL! I am a graphic designer and I realized I can use the same design decision making process when doing "creative" quilting as opposed to doing a traditional method where most of the placement and design is thought out for you. You have given me confidence that I can cross over to creative quilting using the same skills. Thank you for sharing your lovely work and insights.

Shena Meadowcroft said...

What a great video! I love doing fabric collage and thought both your string round stamp technique and freezer paper stencil were awesome! I work primarily in silk and my favorite technique that I use is to work with Dupionne Silk or any other silk that tends to have a different colour of weft and weave, and pull back some of the the threads to create a tufted edging which looks wonderful as a horizon at the base of a mountain range. Thank you so much for the change to win! shenam@shaw.ca

donna a said...

I LOVE your idea for making the stamp. Can't wait to try it myself! My favorite tool that I cannot live without is a fine point sharpie for paper or micron pigma pen.

SewLindaAnn said...

I am really enjoying this blog hop, the theme really made it so interesting to read and see everyone's fave places to work or just be. Just so stimulating and fun. My best tip is to look around you for things that to use. I found my fave thing to work on is a big square piece of corkboard. It's light and steady, I use cheescloth or fabric to wipe brushes, paint tubes, pencils, ink or whatever on and dry them out when they're covered for artwork to hang.

Sharon Chapman said...

Wow wow wow! Your video was wonderful. Thanks for sharing your techniques with us. Much appreciated for sure. Would love a chance to win your special gift.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great video! You make it all look less intimidating, and that is the kind of help that I can use. One of my favorite tools is rubber stamps. Love carving my own, and they are so easy to do.

Barb G.
bski43@yahoo.com

GailVoh said...

So fun to see your process. My favorite NEW tool is now the block of wood and string!! Thanks for sharing.

tutorial girl said...

Thanks for the video; it's so nice to see something like that. I enjoy in it so much, I want to jump and start doing something with my fabric, gorgeous.
PS I think I need to subscribe on your page, so I won't miss something magical that is happening here.
Enjoy the day, lidija

Judy Applegarth said...

Loved the video. I'm excited to try the painted edges.

My favorite technique is couching, love to add a little pieces of yarns to my pieces.

Sara Hansen said...

I loved the video, though it made me miss you. I particularly enjoyed hearing Ben's music! Seeing your step-by-step process was amazing, but unlike others I did not find myself thinking that it looked easy. Instead I find myself flabbergasted at the number of decisions, supplies, and details involved in what for you (I'm guessing) is a quite simple process. My favorite part is the hand-sewn stitching, especially since I noticed some of your signature stitches. Maybe I could get my sister to travel with me to Dallas in the middle of our cold winter and one afternoon could be a crafty lesson with cousin Deborah!!