Thursday, November 21, 2019

Great News - We've Grouped All Our Cut and Sew Dolls Together


When I was designing my cut and sew dolls I couldn't help but think about my own experiences as a child learning how to sew and thought that cut and sew dolls would not only be a good way to teach a young child how to hand sew but also how to teach them how to machine sew as they could be put together either way. Plus, they quickly see the results of their efforts.

So, when I was designing my cut and sew dolls I wanted to create something that would be a great sewing tool for kids as well as something that would give them a more immediate feeling of achievement. Something they could do without have to go to school and pass a final exam! Something that they could be proud of that they had created. Something to inspire them to want to learn more.

So, back in 2014 I designed my first cut and sew dolls and/or ornaments.  I started small, but this quickly grew to a lot.  I now have 265 cut and sew doll and/or ornaments designs. Plenty of inspiration for learning how to sew.

However, when looking at my cut and sew dolls and/or ornaments I started to think that grouping them into fat quarter sizes (21" by 18") of fabric would really be great for everyone who wanted dolls and/or ornaments by holiday, occasion, season, style, or just plain everyday use.

So, I designed 26 different cut and sew doll and/or ornament groups.  If you want Christmas cut and sew dolls I have 4 groups to choose from.  If you want winter seasonal snowmen I have 2 groups.  If you want baby or baby shower cut and sew dolls or favors I have 3 groups to choose from, and so on and so on.

Each of the groups contains anywhere from 11 to 18 cut and sew dolls and/or ornaments.  So now if you want to decorate for Halloween you have 2 groups to choose from.  Each group fits on a 21" by 18" fat quarter.  So, all you have to do is buy one fat quarter and you'll be able to create simple and easy Halloween cut and sew doll and/or ornament decorations.

Not only are cut and sew dolls and/or ornaments fast and easy, but they are a great way to teach kids how to sew. 

I hope you like my new cut and sew doll, favor, and ornament fabric groups,which are shown below:




 
























4th of July Dolls Cut and Sew Group

© 2004-2020 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Fabric Designs By Linda Walsh.

Including my new cut and sew doll and/or ornament groups I now have 291 cut and sew dolls.  If you'd like to see all my cut and sew designs please CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Paper Flowers For Winter Seasonal Mixed Media Paper Flowers and Collage Embellished Vases


One of the bottles I embellished was an unusual bottle to say the least.  It was an odd shaped clear glass bottle that reminded me of Aladdin's lamp.  I don't know why but it's shape intrigued me.

For this vase first I added old book page collage papers to it first.  Then I painted it with black acrylic paint and added a sponge paint combination of metallic royal blue paint, metallic silver paint, metallic dark blue paint, and white acrylic paint.

Since it was so different I also decided to add an embellished texture in several areas with paper-clay smeared shapes that I could stamp and then paint.

In looking at my unusual vase I decided to add five two-layer passion daisies to it as they, too, were a little unusual in nature so they would fit the unusual vase.

I decided to compliment the colors of the vase and created five royal blue and dark blue metallic painted blossoms with a tinge of light acrylic blue.   After painting my paper blossoms I inserted them into the paper clay centers I had fashioned to hold them and set them aside to dry.  After the paper-clay centers were dry I painted them with a bronze silver paint.  Once the metallic paints were dry I added a clear glossy glazing medium.

Because the vase was bigger than my miniature bottles and because the flowers were larger and heavier I decided to add smaller cubes of the green floral foam to the inside of the vase until it filled it up to within 1" of the top of the vase.  This helped to stabilize the larger floral stems.

When everything was dry I added the paper stems to my unusual bottle vase and bent them into positions that I thought would compliment my unusual vase.  I love how the vase turned out and hope you do too.  Unusual but beautiful in it's uniqueness.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Paper Flowers For My Mixed Media Collage or Embellished Vases


There's nothing quite like having a delightful time "playing" with crafts and being lost in your creations.  Such is the way I've been for several months now and I couldn't be happier.  Lost in my crafting bliss.

I have been experimenting with collage and painting of glass vases or bottles I have accumulated over the years or from my crafts supplies stash and creating paper flowers for them.

One of the vases I embellished was a round glass vase that stood 6" tall.  The vase above was originally solid blue in color and I wanted it to be a combination of blue, teal, black and white sponge-painted colors.  I added a paper collage to the vase first and then added the sponge painting to it.

In looking at the paper flowers that I should make for this vase I decided to go with a combination of daisy like flowers and poppies. I created three double-layer white daisies and five blue poppies.

I decided to compliment the colors different colors of metallic paints on the vase and painted the poppy blossoms with a combination of royal blue, dark blue, and silver metallic paints and painted their paper-clay centers with a silver metallic paint.  For the double daisy blossoms I painted them a combination of white and silver metallic paint with purple glitter paint and painted the paper-clay centers with a Christmas green metallic paint.  Once the metallic paints were dry I added a clear glossy glazing medium.

Because the vase was bigger than my miniature bottles and because the flowers were larger and heavier I decided to add smaller cubes of the green floral foam to the inside of the vase until it filled it up to within 1" of the top of the vase.  This helped to stabilize the larger floral stems.

Once the flowers were dry I added them to the vase and bent them into the positions I wanted.


One of the vases I embellished was a glass vase that stood 13" tall.  The vase above was originally solid blue in color and I wanted it to be a combination of blue, teal, black and white sponge-painted colors.  Generally I like to collage the vase first and then add the sponge painting but, this time, I decided due to the shape of the vase I would just sponge paint it.

I loved the way it turned out so much with just with the sponge painting that I decided not to embellish it any more.  I was going to add Victorian collage images but felt the beautiful colors should stand on their own.

In looking at the paper flowers that I should make for this vase I decided to go with large daisy type flowers as this vase was so tall it needed tall flowers.  So, I created eight daisy like paper flowers.

I decided to compliment the colors of the teal and royal blue metallic paints on the vase and created three royal blue metallic painted flowers and five teal blue metallic painted flowers. I painted the royal blue blossoms with a combination of royal blue, white, and silver metallic paints and painted the paper-clay centers with a silver metallic paint.  For the teal blue blossoms I painted them a combination of dark teal, light teal, and silver metallic paint and painted the paper-clay centers with a green metallic paint.  Once the metallic paints were dry I added a clear glossy glazing medium.

When everything was dry I added the paper stems to my vase and bent them into positions that were pleasing to my eye.

Because this vase was bigger than my miniature bottles and because the flowers were larger and heavier I decided to add smaller cubes of the green floral foam to the inside of the vase until it filled it up to within 1" of the top of the vase.  This helped to stabilize the larger floral stems.

I created these two vases for the winter season decorations and can hardly wait to put them out.  They're just so pretty and so beautifully blue.  Maybe they'll cheer me up during the snowy winter season when I, too, might be blue....  One can hope......

Monday, November 18, 2019

New Paper Flowers For My Mixed Media Paper Flowers and Collage Embellished Bottles



As you know, I have been having a delightful time experimenting with glass vases and bottles for the past few months.  During the last few weeks I decided to make paper flowers for my embellished vases and started with the two small 4" - 6" mixed media vases I had made with a Victorian theme.

When deciding what paper flowers I should make for this vase I decided that small daisy multi-layer like flowers in complementary colors to match the embellished vase would be pretty and would add to their overall prettiness.

I decided that five small flowers (one center flower with four surrounding flowers) would be suitable for the size of this vase. For their blossoms I thought a combination of royal blue acrylic paint, dark blue metallic paint, light blue metallic paint, and silver glitter paint would be pretty.  I also thought the center stem for this group should be just a little different than the four stems surrounding it.  After the paint had dried I inserted them into the paper clay centers I had fashioned to hold them and set them aside for the paper-clay to dry.

After the paper-clay was dry I painted the paper-clay centers with a metallic silver paint.  Once the metallic paints were dry I added a clear glossy glazing medium.

Once the flowers were dry I added them to the vase and bent them into the positions I wanted.  In looking at the bottle I have to say it's still very Victorian and still very "pretty."


The small lace embellishment from my creative embroidery stash made the second vase in this group  a little different so I decided to make the flowers for this vase just a little different as well.

Once again I decided that five small flowers (one center flower with four surrounding flowers) would be suitable for the size of this vase. However, since this vase was already a little different I thought this arrangement should be a little different as well and decided to make the center stem a different color than the stems surrounding it.

For the four stems surrounding the center one I thought the blossoms here should be a combination of teal blue acrylic paint, dark teal metallic paint, light teal metallic paint, and silver glitter paint. I painted the center stem with a combination of royal blue acrylic paint, dark blue metallic paint, light blue metallic paint, and silver glitter paint.  After my paper blossoms were dry I inserted them into the paper clay centers I had fashioned to hold them and set them aside for the paper-clay to dry.

After the paper-clay was dry I painted the paper clay centers of the four teal blue flowers with a metallic silver paint.  I painted the paper clay center of the royal blue flower with a gold metallic paint.  Once the metallic paints were dry I added a clear glossy glazing medium.

Once all the flowers were dry I added them to the vase and bent them into the positions I wanted. I was happy with the way this bottle came out as well.  It, too, is certainly "pretty."

I hope you like how my mixed medial paper flowers and collage embellished bottle turned out.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Flowers For My Mother's Bud Vase



During the past two months I've been working on creating paper flowers for the mixed media vases I had embellished this past summer.


One of the clear glass vases I decided to alter this past summer was a clear glass single bud vase that had sentimental value to it for me.  You see, over 40 years ago my mother gave it to me as a present.

The purpose of this vase was to hold one flower stem - usually a rose.  I have held on to this vase for many decades and decided this summer it would make a lovely mixed media blue bud vase.


I had originally decided I wanted to create an embellished paper rose for my vase. I wanted the paper rose to compliment the blue/purple color theme and glitter paint. However, in looking at the vase and where I wanted to put it I thought it would be easier to embellish a silk floral rose stem with the blue/purple glitter paint and add it to my vase.

Plus, I wasn't quite sure how to create a paper rose so I decided to put this off until I had more time. The holiday season is coming up so fast and I have so much to do I really didn't have time to experiment with this right now. I figured I can always learn how to do this later.


So, I bought two floral rose stems.  One was a silk floral stem with three white roses and one was a silk floral stem with three white and pink tinged roses.

I decided that the silk floral stem with three white and pink tinged roses would be a good fit with one of the roses cut off.  I had originally thought one rose would be good but after testing this stem I decided two roses would be good.

I wanted the color of the roses to compliment my vase so I decided to embellish the buds with the blue/purple glitter paint.

The pictures above don't really do the vase and embellished roses justice.  It is just so pretty.  I know my mother would be pleased.  I know I am.  At least until I learn how to make my paper rose.... lol

Saturday, November 16, 2019

New Birds Designs For My Birds and Birdhouses Products Gallery



As you all know I love decorating my home all year for everyday, for the various seasons, for the holidays as well as decorating for all sorts of parties. I also love sharing all my whimsical designs with all of you and strive to get new ones all the time.

Birds and Birdhouses Custom Fabric

So, you'll be happy to know that I added another colorful new birds and birdhouses whimsical blue clouds and sunshine design to my "Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery."


With this design I added a version of this design to my " Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery" for several products where position orientation may or may not be needed like: fabric, tablecloths, blankets, throws, pillowcases, duvet covers, bathroom towels, kitchen towels, platters, serving trays and so much more.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

My Red and White Poinsettia Flowers For My Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Bottles



After finishing my large red poinsettia arrangement I turned my attention to some of the Christmas mixed media bottles I had made that could function as vases with embellished paper flowers.


Initially,  I had decided that my Victorian mixed media Christmas vases would stay as bottles as I loved them just the way they were but decided that some red, white and green poinsettia stems in them would be very pretty.  So I decided to create paper flowers for all four of the vases.


I decided that four, five or six small poinsettia stems painted in a bright Christmas red, white and green would be pretty so I made the paper blossoms and painted the red ones with a combination of acrylic red, metallic red paint, and clear glitter paint. I painted the white blossoms with a combination of white acrylic paint, white metallic paint, and clear glitter paint.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Finally Finished The Paper Flowers For My Mixed Media Fall Embellished Vases


Pretty soon we'll be decorating for the Christmas holiday season so it's only fitting that I should finally create paper flowers for the two fall seasonal mixed media embellished vases I made several months ago.


I had previously made two paper flower stems but needed to make more for the two vases.

Saturday, November 09, 2019

New Paper Flowers For My Sponge Painted Christmas Vase


This past summer I had a delightful time "playing" with wood, glass, and paper-clay crafts.   The two classes that I took at Artful Gathering this summer really put me in a creative crafts hyper drive.

Some of the things I was doing was experimenting with collage and painting or doing both to many of the glass vases or bottles I have accumulated over the years or from my crafts supplies stash. So I embarked on creating the vases and then deciding what paper flowers I wanted to create for them.

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Victorian Boys and Girls Paintings From The Harper's Young People Illustrations Book From 1889



I found when I was looking at all the illustrations from the Harper's Young People Illustrations Book published in 1889 that I was really drawn to the illustrations that were engraved.  I found the engraving process intriguing and, of course, had to find out more.

According to Wikipedia:  Engraving is the practice of incising a design onto a hard, usually flat surface by cutting grooves into it with a burin. The result may be a decorated object in itself, as when silver, gold, steel, or glass are engraved, or may provide an intaglio printing plate, of copper or another metal, for printing images on paper as prints or illustrations; these images are also called "engravings". Engraving is one of the oldest and most important techniques in printmaking.

After learning how they create these beautiful illustrations I was even more in awe of the the amazing detail with each.  I was especially in awe of the unbelievable facial expressions they were able to achieve.

I hope after looking at all the amazing illustrations below and the blown-up sections of the facial features you would agree.


The illustration above was in the December 8, 1888 weekly in the Harper's Young People Illustrated Book on page 58.  It was entitled "At Your Service!" and was from the painting by J.G. Brown, N.A.