Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Try a doodle

  I had a little craft project in mind when Sir Old Man said he was hitting the Big Box store.  I asked him to bring me home a few---a handful--- of the paint chip/sample cards.  I had already visited one of the local paint stores and was surprised to end up with not the usual sample cards.  When did the paint companies change to these things?    Wavy edges, cut out holes, short and squat......I will  just have to trim them up.   I really need to get to more places than just fabric stores, don't I!



Here's what I had in mind.....idea stolen from Pinterest....to make some bookmarks.  The ones I saw were done with stamps....but I never got into the paper crafting or scrap booking.  So I resorted to the basic doodling.  I pulled out all my markers and pens to try.  The results....
   Pigma pens do not dry and smear.
Sharpie pens are the same....smear.

  The best was the cheapest $ store variety.  A metallic gel pen that I dug out of the Christmas gift tag box!  And of course the real Sharpie marker with the ultra fine tip worked perfectly.
I spent a pleasant time just doodling and drawing dots and swirls, and a few feathers.   It's a nice way to practice those doodles for free motion quilting, too.


 Once everything was dry, I trimmed the sample cards to 2" wide with a rotary cutter----the oldest one I have that is set aside for cutting/trimming any paper product.

  I used a regular hole punch, then I dug into my bag of saved ribbon and cordings....for the final touch.  A few book marks with that personal statement.  A cute creative expression of what I do!
Now I am set for marking articles and projects for this year's Let's Book It!....or marking recipes, or reading a book, or sharing with a friend.   Take some time and try a doodle.  Then happy stitching.

15 comments:

  1. Debbie, your doodling looks far better than any old stamp would. You are so talented and I love the idea of making bookmarks with the paint chip cards, even if it was 'borrowed' from Pinterest. Don't you just love Pinterest? So much knowledge stored in one area of the Internet. Have a good day. lv2bquilting2@comcast.net

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  2. Love your doodling, thanks for sharing that idea. I had not ran across that on pintrest yet!!

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  3. What a great idea! These are beautiful!

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  4. They look so pretty, of course your feathers look just as good in ink as they do in thread.

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  5. Great idea. Love how pretty you made them look. Your drawing is amazing.

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  6. I suspect they changed them because crafters kept getting them to use as craft supplies. Ha ha.

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  7. Just beautiful, Debbie! What a clever idea!

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  8. Oh, I just love your bookmarks! What a wonderful thing to give someone who doesn't have one of your quilts. They still get your beautiful feathering/scrolling talent. You are so clever!

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  9. Too cute! I agree with others that your doodles are MUCH nicer than a stamp would have been!

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  10. Very cute doodles, I could see any of those designs working wonderfully as FMQing designs too.

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  11. I wish I could doodle like you! In a family with artists (my mom, a graphic-design sister and a sister who is an art-major and florist), I just didn't get that drawing creative gene. It seems we all love to create in one form or another though. Beautiful bookmarks!

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  12. What a neat idea! You've inspired me to consider making book marks for our trading table at the Airing of the Quilts in April.

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  13. What a fab idea! I always liked those paint chip strips, and this is a fun use for them.

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