Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Coasters. Everyone can use more coasters around house!

Tile Coasters painted using stencils ~ by Jane LaFazio
ceramic paint and stencils ~ by Jane LaFazio
If you live in the US or Canada, you probably have one of those paint-your-own-ceramics places downtown or in a nearby mall. 

I took my stencils (designed by me for StencilGirl Products) and created these fun tile coasters. A week later, I picked them up all fired and shiny! Easy and fun!
tile coaster ~ by Jane LaFazio
tile coaster ~ by Jane LaFazio
tile coaster ~ by Jane LaFazio
tile coaster ~ by Jane LaFazio

Here's a video of the process: 

video

You can find all my JANE LaFAZIO designed stencils here.

I used these stencils for the coasters: 


Pine Cone Woodcut mask for Stencil Girl Products designed by Jane LaFazio
Eucalyptus for Stencil Girl Products designed by Jane LaFazio

Acorns  for Stencil Girl Products designed by Jane LaFazio
Texas Red Oak for Stencil Girl Products designed by Jane LaFazio
Eucalyptus Blooms for Stencil Girl Products designed by Jane LaFazio

Sweet Gum Balls for Stencil Girl Products designed by Jane LaFazio

You can find all my JANE LaFAZIO designed stencils here.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

from my sketchbook ~Bishops Ranch, Healdsburg, California


from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
I told you about Bishops Ranch here, and about the "Garden Patch" workshop I taught here

I had a full day to draw and paint, before my students arrived, and I did paint some mornings and after class. Here are some of page of my sketchbook. 
See that second chair from the left?
That's where I sat draw and paint the church, below
~ photo by Jane LaFazio
my pencil, then ink drawing of the church ~ by Jane LaFazio
my view of the church ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
nearly finished church ~ by Jane LaFazio

from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio

from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
Proseco and Persimmons ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook ~ Jane LaFazio

from my sketchbook ~ Jane LaFazio

from my sketchbook ~ Jane LaFazio
I did use the inspiration from my sketchbook to add to my 'Garden Patch' art quilt.
from sketchbook to stitch ~ by Jane LaFazio
I brought a sketchbook with me, and filled it while I was at Bishops Ranch. I promise to show it to you soon! I hope to teach there again, and do a "Nature Journal" workshop since there are so many things and vistas to draw and paint on the grounds of the ranch.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

From my workshop ~ Garden Patch ~ student work


inspiration photo by Jane LaFazio
I taught a 4 day workshop 'Garden Patch' at Bishops Ranch in Healdsburg in Northern California and in my last post, I showed you the beautiful countryside of Healdsburg.
We started the workshop by walking the grounds looking for inspiration for our quilts and our hand carved stamps.
students first designed and carved stamps

the mornings ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
My stamp, based on a bird image in the stained glass windows of the church
inspiration everywhere ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Me (in the center) and my students
Here is are the art quilts, created by the students. Most are 12x12 inches.
student work 

student work 

student work 

student work 

student work 

student work 

student work 

student work 

student work 

student work 

student work 

student work 

student work 
student work 
Pretty fabulous work, huh? I love how each quilt is completely original, even though they are learned the same process and techniques from me.

Next post, I'll show you some of my work and my sketchbook.




Sunday, June 19, 2016

My childhood home ~ the golden hills of Northern California

Healdsburg, California photo by Jane LaFazio
Healdsburg, California photo by Jane LaFazio
I just returned from teaching at The Bishops Ranch in Healdsburg, California. It's located in Healdsburg, the Northern California wine country. And oh, is it beautiful!
Healdsburg, California photo by Jane LaFazio
I grew up in Northern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, and these golden hills hold so much memory and beauty for me. They are my childhood landscape, and part of my DNA. 
Healdsburg, California photo by Jane LaFazio
The retreat grounds are set on a hill, with these beautiful views, and the flowers and trees were blooming and fruiting. It was gorgeous.
Healdsburg, California photo by Jane LaFazio
Healdsburg, California photo by Jane LaFazio
Healdsburg, California photo by Jane LaFazio
Yoga Poses in Public Places
Healdsburg, California June 2016
I was there teaching  "Garden Patch" a 4 day art quilt retreat.Next post I'll show you some of the class work.




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