Skein + Paint Week 36

Maegan (l)/Dana (r)

Maegan (l)/Dana (r)

The beach in September is a lovely thing. I love our pairing this week. It makes me feel like I’m there. Have a great day. xo

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Skein + Paint Q&A

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Awhile back I suggested doing a little Skein+Paint Q&A. Maegan thought it would be a great idea. We hope you agree. I asked Maegan 5 questions. You can read her answers below. You can find her questions and my answers over on her blog here. We’ve also included some of our favorite pairings so far. We would love to hear yours. xo

1. When you suggested your idea for Skein + Paint at the end of 2013 I thought it was a great one. What sparked the idea?

It was actually something you had posted on your IG feed! There was an image of something you were knitting (I think it was my pattern for the mason jar mug cozies) and something you had painted. I was so inspired by the combination of those two mediums. I love how they complemented and worked to bring out different facets and details of each other. There was something really meaningful in the pairing of color, texture, and pattern.

2. What has surprised you the most about our collaboration?

Well, I love seeing what you send me as prompts each month and I love seeing how our work comes together each week! It’s always surprising to see what elements you’ve chosen to focus on when interpreting my prompts. It gives me a small glimpse into what you and maybe others see in my work.

But, also, it’s been surprising to discover how much of my process is on a subconscious level. When working on what to pair with a piece you’ve sent as a prompt, sometimes my conscious mind will try to decide what to compose in a photograph. But I’ll start to hear this deeper voice that wants to go another way…and that other way ends up being much better. I’m working on trying to silence that conscious voice and allow the deeper one to take over much more often.

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3. Can you talk a bit about how you come up with a coordinating image to my piece of art as well as how you select images for me to coordinate with?

In each piece that you send me, there will be something that stands out to me…sometimes it’s the colors, sometimes it’s the patterns, sometimes it’s just the overall tone. But I try to create or choose an image that matches or compliments that element that stands out. Sometimes I don’t even know what that particular element is until I’m working on an image to pair with it and I’m drawn to focus on one element or another.

4. How has our project effected your own work?

I’m beginning to understand how differently people view our own work. It’s very liberating to know that, even with our own work, we have a limited view of it. Each person views art from their own perspective and therefore it looks differently to everyone. I think this was always something I had heard and thought I understood. But now I’m learning it at a deeper level.

Plus…that bit I mentioned in #2 about the deeper voice…that’s been huge!

5. What do you hope others will take away from Skein + Paint?

I hope that others are as inspired by the pairing of elements as I was with that initial post on your IG feed. I hope that by seeing these two mediums together week after week that they begin to see beauty in unexpected combinations. When we start to internalize unrelated things coming together beautifully, I believe it inspires us to come up with creative solutions and ideas.

Don’t forget. To read my answers to Maegan’s questions go here. xo

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Skein + Paint Week 35

S+P September 8

Hi friends. I hope this weeks pairing sends you a relaxing vibe. I know it’s starting off the week on a good note for me. Please come back on Wednesday as I will be posting a little Skein+Paint Q&A. See you then.

Skein + Paint is a collaboration between two friends who share a love of color, texture, and art. Their idea was simple: that the crossing and mixing of various art forms would inspire something more. By using each other’s work as inspiration, they would stretch within their own work, gain insight into how others view that work, and inspire themselves and others toward future work. Creating in their respective mediums, each week one of them will have provided an image as a prompt and the other will have interpreted that prompt. Dana will be bringing images to life by hand with pencils, paints, pens, etc. Maegan will be working with yarn coupled with photography. The image that was the prompt will be featured on the left and the image that was the interpreted response will be on the right.

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Skein + Paint Week 34

Maegan(l)/Dana (r)

Maegan(l)/Dana (r)

Happy September friends. xo

Skein + Paint is a collaboration between two friends who share a love of color, texture, and art. Their idea was simple: that the crossing and mixing of various art forms would inspire something more. By using each other’s work as inspiration, they would stretch within their own work, gain insight into how others view that work, and inspire themselves and others toward future work. Creating in their respective mediums, each week one of them will have provided an image as a prompt and the other will have interpreted that prompt. Dana will be bringing images to life by hand with pencils, paints, pens, etc. Maegan will be working with yarn coupled with photography. The image that was the prompt will be featured on the left and the image that was the interpreted response will be on the right.

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What I’m Loving Right Now

I can’t believe that here we are at the least week of summer! It went so fast don’t you think? Today is actually the warmest day we’ve had in quite some time. We are trying to soak all the summer goodness in while it lasts. Corn, tomatoes and ice cream.

My little girl fell last week and broke her arm. :( Sadly we had to put off a weekend at the beach and are a bit limited in to how much outdoor time we can enjoy since we don’t want to do anything that could result in fall for her.

Knitting and crochet has been going s-l-o-w for me. More about that in another post.

With fall right around the corner I’ve been feeling new surges of inspiration. You? I want to share some pretty, helpful and interesting links with you guys.

*Abby Glassenberg has a new (to me) website and she shares with us great podcasts and posts. If you are unfamiliar with Abby she is an author and artist. She makes gorgeous fabric birds and now has expanded into ebooks and sewing patterns. I’ve found her income report post so refreshing. It’s honest and informative. You often don’t hear of creatives sharing the full details.

*Another honest & informative post is by Alisa Burke. She shares The Art of Chasing a Dream. It is a video post broken down into about 9 of them. Things were/aren’t always easy for her. I appreciate what she has to say so much.

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*OMG! Guys. I have a major crush on the paintings of Erin Fitzburgh. This is just one of her many, many gorgeous pieces. They just make me want to paint and paint. Great colors and textures. Love!

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*Another artist that I’ve just learn of and love. Stanley Bielen. I love the simplicity and texture and of course color. Perfect.

Enjoy these last bits of summer. xo

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Skein + Paint Week 33

Dana (l)/Maegan(r)

Dana (l)/Maegan(r)


I love this jar cozy that Maegan created for this pairing. I feel like it is very fitting for our last week of summer!!

Skein + Paint is a collaboration between two friends who share a love of color, texture, and art. Their idea was simple: that the crossing and mixing of various art forms would inspire something more. By using each other’s work as inspiration, they would stretch within their own work, gain insight into how others view that work, and inspire themselves and others toward future work. Creating in their respective mediums, each week one of them will have provided an image as a prompt and the other will have interpreted that prompt. Dana will be bringing images to life by hand with pencils, paints, pens, etc. Maegan will be working with yarn coupled with photography. The image that was the prompt will be featured on the left and the image that was the interpreted response will be on the right.

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Skein + Paint Week 32

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Skein + Paint is a collaboration between two friends who share a love of color, texture, and art. Their idea was simple: that the crossing and mixing of various art forms would inspire something more. By using each other’s work as inspiration, they would stretch within their own work, gain insight into how others view that work, and inspire themselves and others toward future work. Creating in their respective mediums, each week one of them will have provided an image as a prompt and the other will have interpreted that prompt. Dana will be bringing images to life by hand with pencils, paints, pens, etc. Maegan will be working with yarn coupled with photography. The image that was the prompt will be featured on the left and the image that was the interpreted response will be on the right.

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