Sunday, January 26, 2014

Circle Journal catch ups

I haven't blogged since last September??? Blimey!  Didn't realise it had been that long!

So - anyway - here's a catch up on my current CJs

First up, my first entry for a new fabric based CJ taking place over on UKScrappers.  My theme is tattoos, and I've asked each participant to make a 8" x 8" mini art quilt:

That blooming swallow took me two weeks to embroider, and not all the stitching is perfect, but I am fairly pleased with the end result.  I look forward to the next six months, some of the themes are going to be a bit of a challenge for me I think, but that's why I enjoy CJs, I like being forced out of my comfort zone a bit.....

Next, and I'm not sure why I haven't blogged any of these already, I've been taking part for the last few months in a very different kind of CJ over at Collabor-art.  It's called a Stay At Home CJ, and the basic premise is that each person taking part has made a background, and chosen a theme - we all have been sent colour copies of the ten backgrounds, and each month we all work on the same background, to the same theme, blind.  There's a big reveal at the end of each month of what everyone did.  And the big plus points are that 1) there's no postage costs or the worry of things getting lost in the post and 2) you get to keep all your artwork

Here are my entries to date, and links to the Collabor-art posts for each month so you can see what everyone else did from the same starting point:

Month 1, theme "for the love of trees":

Original background, by Lou
My entry - the quote is Emily Bronte if I remember rightly
Full gallery here

Month 2, theme "Beastie":

Background by Carmen
My entry - Cthulhu
Full gallery here

Month 3, theme "steampunk":

Background by Pat
My entry - this was a 2 layer hand cut stencil which rather annoyingly fell apart on first use, so this is a one off!
Full gallery here

And last one for now (I'm currently working on Month 5), Month 4, theme "song lyrics":

Background by me
My entry - the lyrics are from Cochise by Audioslave
Full gallery here

Phew, that was quite the update, I'll try not to leave it so long next time....


Virginia said...

Oh it's lovely to see your blog pop up on my dashboard, gorgeous work Sarah as always, will be interested to see how your fabric CJ turns out - intrigued with the 'challenging' ones LOL!

Carmen said...

I love seeing all the SAH CJ entries together like that! And your swallow - wow Sarah, he is flaming gorgeous! That's going to be a beautiful CJ to get home - will you keep it all in book form or make a hanging?