Monday, June 29, 2015

A plethora of Jane LaFazio products

 http://www.interweavestore.com/fabulous-fiber-art-with-jane-lafazio
A Jane bundle from Interweave
My publisher, Interweave (F&W Media) has created a new package they've entitled Fabulous Fiber Art with Jane LaFazio. (They create these product bundles, and basically surprise me with them. :-) 

As you'll see, it includes my Quilting Arts Workshop: Layered & Fused Applique Quilts: From Fabric Scraps to Recycled Circles DVD and the recent ebook "Just Jane" (a compilation of my articles for Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors) and two stencils designed by me

(If you already have any of the products, you can still buy what you don't have separately, or heck, buy the whole kit and kaboodle and re-gift what you don't need. Just a thought.)
And for heaven's sake, don't forget my JaneVille Etsy shop, if you are in the mood to shop!

Quilting Arts Workshop: Layered & Fused Applique Quilts: From Fabric Scraps to Recycled Circles
with Jane LaFazio
DVD


Join artist Jane LaFazio to learn her technique for creating one-of-a-kind art quilts from fabric scraps. Her approach is ideal for beginner and intermediate quilters, and it's a perfect introduction to art quilting for more traditional quilters. Techniques covered in the Workshop include: machine stitching, fusing, layered appliqué, hand embroidery, and embellishment.
Quilting Arts Presents Just Jane: Mixed-Media & Art Quilt Techniques
by Jane LaFazio
Article Compilation eBook


Take journey through a world of possibilities with Jane LaFazio in this article and project compilation eBook. Explore 58 pages of expert tips, exciting techniques, and exceptional art work created by Jane. Discover the benefit of keeping a sketchbook as you write down thoughts and ideas while drawing everything from historical architecture to a favorite shoe. Create artwork using a wide variety of mixed media and art quilting techniques, including embroidery, image transfers, collage, and more!
Eucalyptus Blooms Stencil
9" x 12" Stencil


Use the Eucalyptus Blooms Stencil by Jane LaFazio for countless projects! This mylar stencil from Stencil Girl works wonderfully with paints, spray inks,embroidery, and so much more.
Pods Stencil
9" x 12" Stencil


Add pod perfection to you next fiber art project with the Pods Stencil designed by Jane LaFazio! This mylar stencil from Stencil Girl is only 7 mil thick so is substantial enough to stand the test of time, yet it is thin enough to prove a seamless transition when using it with paints and other mixed media.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Pink Bud ~ a collage

Pink Berry
 detail "Pink Bud"   by Jane LaFazio
Pink Berry
 "Pink Bud" 10x10 collage by Jane LaFazio
Pink Berry
 detail "Pink Bud"   by Jane LaFazio
I've written before about the symbols we are attracted to, and as artists, seem to use again and again. One of mine is the branch with leaves shape, in this collage. It was just free cut, since I know it by heart, I use it so much! What is different about this piece, (for me) is the color scheme. I was going for a red and taupe. Ages ago, I saw a picture in a catalog of red and taupe bath towels and really liked it. Filed it away in my brain to use one day.
Pink Berry
 detail "Pink Bud"   by Jane LaFazio

I'd thought you'd like to see it before I finished it off with the circles (below). Often it just takes one little addition to finish off a piece....but may take all day to figure out what that one little thing is!
in progress~ Pink Berry
in progress "Pink Bud" by Jane LaFazio BEFORE I added the circles

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Art Quilt: Balboa Park Landmark

buddy
Buddy considers the composition ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Balboa Park Landmark
"Balboa Park Landmark" 24"x24" by Jane LaFazio
This is the second of the series for  Visions Art Museum in San Diego. I was invited to create two art quilts, each measuring 24 inches square, with the theme "Arches." San Diego's Balboa Park is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and there are arches in every form throughout the beautiful park. The exhibition will be up July 18—October 4, 2015, with the reception on Saturday night, July 18 at 5pm. (I'll be there!)
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BeBop helps decide on the focal point ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Balboa Park Landmark view
detail "Balboa Park Landmark" by Jane LaFazio
Artist Statement: This piece began with a quick watercolor I did of California Tower that I printed onto silk organza. The color palette with touches of green, and the images of plants and flowers were inspired by the gorgeous landscape of Balboa Park. The pinks, creams, and ecru, and the stitched and implied arches represent the architecture throughout the park. 
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detail "Balboa Park Landmark" by Jane LaFazio
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detail "Balboa Park Landmark" by Jane LaFazio
Balboa Park Landmark view 2
detail "Balboa Park Landmark" by Jane LaFazio
Balboa Park Landmark view 3
detail "Balboa Park Landmark" by Jane LaFazio
You saw the process for making the other quilt in this series "California Tower: Balboa Park" in this series of blog posts:
The making of an art quilt Part 1,  Part 2,  Part 3. I finished that quilt, before I started this one, and although the process and some of the fabric were the same, they were made separately.


Saturday, June 20, 2015

From my sketchbook~ carrotwood pods


from my sketchbook ~ Carrotwood
the start of the page ~ by Jane LaFazio
These beautiful pods have been dropping like crazy all over our front walk. Husb brought me in a few, admiring their beauty. Perfect subject for my sketchbook.
from my sketchbook ~ Carrotwood
This is the tree in front of our house. photo by Jane LaFazio
I found out later, from my readers, that it a Carrotwood tree. Who knew?
from my sketchbook ~ Carrotwood
page in progress ~ by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook ~ Carrotwood
page in progress ~ by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook ~ Carrotwood
page in progress ~ by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook ~ Carrotwood
page in progress ~ by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook ~ Carrotwood
page in progress ~ by Jane LaFazio
I brought in a branch of just the unopened pods and drew and inked them. Wouldn't you know, the very next day they began to open! (I always tell my students to draw, ink and paint in one sitting!) No problem though, I've got a tree full of more pods, so I brought in another to paint from.
page in progress ~ by Jane LaFazio
I got the date stamp here. and I know you're going to ask about my tiny watercolor palette. It's the size of a business card! It's a pocket palette from Expeditionary Art.
from my sketchbook ~ Carrotwood
Carrotwood Tree ~ by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook ~ Carrotwood
The finished (or nearly so) page ~ by Jane LaFazio
My online Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style class starts soon! (Each lessons is stepped out in pdf documents, with photos like these and written descriptions. Plus videos) Hope you'll join me! It's the perfect class for beginners!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Abstract Collage Workshop (using gelli printed papers)

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colorful palette ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Last Saturday, I taught for the first time at Art on 30th in San Diego. It was fabulous! Great classroom (it's the gallery, so we were surrounded by art all day!) I will definitely teach there again.
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My fabulous students in the light-filled classroom/gallery ~ photo by Jane LaFazio

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student gelli printed pages ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
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students made lots and lots of prints in the morning! ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
teaching at Art@30th
Me ~ teaching
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colorful palette ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Abstract Collage class (with gelli plate printing)
The classroom is also the art gallery at Art on 30th ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
I taught a new class, for me, clumsily titled "Abstract Collage ~ with gelli plate prints." It's a one day workshop. In the morning, I showed lots of ways to use the gelli plate and then we created oodles of monoprints on tissue.
Then in the afternoon, I showed the students how to select from and compose two collages on 10x10 inch boards.
Abstract Collage class (with gelli plate printing)
student gelli printed pages ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
teaching
I love teaching and inspiring my students! 
Abstract Collage class (with gelli plate printing)
student gelli printed pages  ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Abstract Collage class (with gelli plate printing)
lots of space and light! the perf location for a class ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Stay tuned, San Diegans, for more classes from my at Art on 30th
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colorful palette ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Abstract Collage class (with gelli plate printing)
Student work at the end of the day!! ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
 
students at my Abstract Collage workshop
My students, and their work! 
I'll be teaching this workshop "Abstract Collage" in Minneapolis on September 18 at Art is You.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

I'm teaching at ART IS YOU ~ art retreats in Minneapolis and Connecticut




I'll be teaching for Art is You in both Minneapolis, Minnesota and in Stamford, Connecticut this year.


My  Sketching and Watercolor: Autumn workshop continues to be my most popular and my favorite to teach. The loose theme for this class is autumn, but it's just a framework to teach people to draw and paint. So often, students will tell me they 'can't draw a stick figure" and that they haven't drawn since 3rd grade. It's absolutely thrilling to me, to watch them learn and then create something in their sketchbook that they are proud of! I feel I'm giving them a lifelong skill that they will always cherish. Giving people the tools to keep an illustrated journal and to really appreciate each moment is priceless! I really feel I'm sharing something important in this workshop. Seriously, learning to draw can be life changing.
Thursday, September 17 in Minneapolis, MN  and in Stamford, Connecticut on Sunday, October 11 

from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio  
 workshop: "
Sketching and Watercolor: Autumn"
Thursday, September 17 in Minneapolis, MN
My other two workshops are new this year; both are spin-offs of what I love to do. “Felt Like Stitching is instant gratification with colored felt and hand stitching. 
(Saturday, September 19 in Minneapolis, MN and in Stamford, Connecticut Saturday, October 10
 “Felt Like Stitching” example by Jane LaFazio 
Saturday, September 19 in Minneapolis, MN
Student work! from my Abstract Collage workshop.
And “Abstract Collage Using the Gelli Plate”  is about my favorite monoprinting and then creating a finished piece to hang on the wall. It will be exciting to watch students take what I teach and make it their own. I'm always wowed by the creativity! (Friday, September 18 in Minneapolis, MN) 
"Pink Berry" 10x10 inches by Jane LaFazio
Abstract Collage Using the Gelli Plate workshop example. 
Friday, September 18 in Minneapolis, MN

Your Totally Original Small Art Quilt We'll be designing and carving our own easy peasy stamps, using them on fabric, and then using the original fabric to make a hand sewn art quilt. (Sunday, September 20 in Minneapolis) 
detail Your Totally Original Small Art Quilt by Jane LaFazio

I'm a natural extrovert, so chatting and laughing and teaching fuels me. I love meeting new people, especially when we are all such like-minded, artistic souls, who've come together for the pure pleasure of 'making stuff!' I'm so looking forward to Art is You, Minneapolis, Minnesota and in  Art is You in Stamford, Connecticut, October 7-11, 2015. 
Me ~ teaching
Minneapolis: 



Connecticut: 



Thursday, June 11, 2015

Back to the garden ~ last week's workshop

from my sketchbook
Landscape in progress ~ by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
I taught a one day workshop, last Saturday, in one of my favorite Southern California locations. It's one of the most beautiful gardens ever! One and a half acres, tended carefully over the past 30 years, by its owner.
California Center for Creative Renewal
welcome to the garden ~ photo by Jane LaFazio


California Center for Creative Renewal
the labyrinth ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Sketching and Watercolor Workshop
a fabulous outdoor classroom ~ photo by Jane LaFazio

from my sketchbook
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
California Center for Creative Renewal
photo by Jane LaFazio
California Center for Creative Renewal
photo by Jane LaFazio
California Center for Creative Renewal
photo by Jane LaFazio
succulent flower from my sketchbook
from my sketchbook~  by Jane LaFazio

California Center for Creative Renewal
photo by Jane LaFazio
Can't make it to California for a day? Sign up for my online Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style workshop. It starts July 3.
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