Wednesday, 7 May 2014

NESSIE AND OTHER FRIENDLY MONSTERS

I have a new challenge up at "Soartful" where the theme is "Friendly Monsters".



I think everyone knows about the Loch Ness Monster.  A friend and I were visiting a very, very small quilt shop in a local village when my friend unearthed (it was that kind of shop) a fabric with Nessie on it.
Of course I had to make a little quiltlet with it.


THE NESSIE QUILT




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I've no idea where the next creatures came from, I was painting in my tiny 4 x 4 inch sketchbook, looking for "Friendly Monster" ideas in the empty pages, when these appeared.

Which one is the Friendly Monster?  And are they really friendly? - I'm a bit worried about the one on the right.


TWO VERY STRANGE CREATURES




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And here is The Fairy Snail, quite definitely a very Friendly Monster.

This was made in a technique given in a Soul Food lesson, where you drew an image, cut up little bits of text and glued them to the image, then coloured it.  It's a very relaxing and fun technique.


THE FAIRY SNAIL




The Fairy Snail has small circular feet, so he would like to be entered into the current "Art Journal Journey" challenge where the theme is "Circles".
I'm linking to "Paint Party Friday".

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How about painting a Friendly Monster yourself, and linking to Soartful?
Go on, you know you want to.

49 comments:

sirkkis said...

Oh, Sheila, your painting is very beautiful and gorgeously done, but I'm a little worried about the same on right, too ;)

Valerie-Jael said...

Yes! The quilt is wonderful, love how you got it all sewed together so neatly, with all the contrasting panels! The friendly monster on the right doesn't really look friendly, let's see how he behaves....And as I am on a snail trip just now, I find yours very endearing!
I am working on another entry for the challenge, hope to get it finished soon.
Love, Valerie

limmelon said...

I absolutely adore Nessie. Looks like a very friendly monster. Super Quilt. The fairy snail is tremendous, your multimedia productions are always terrific. Love them all, Awesome!!

johanna said...

omg, how accurately you can sew!! it turned out great, and the other artwork is wonderful, too. love how you turn the centers into miniatures for framing!

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

Ohh, fantastic pages and explanation Sheila! last one is my fav. :)

Annie said...

Now see, here's the trouble with society. We are too quick to judge by the cover. Just because friendly monster on the right is not what we consider beautiful, we are automatically concerned with it's temperament. Nothing mean could have such a cute and sweet blue friendly monster friend!

It's been ages since I've Nessie! Doesn't she just have the prettiest home in the Loch Ness! Fairy snail is the envy of all snails with his round feet! They are so much easier to get around on. Terrific imagination, Sheila!

rose of Walk in the Woods, LLC said...

Love the quilts *and* the friendly monster too!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

I love the friendly monster, the snail and the quilt Sheila..amazing!
Thank you for the circled snail-legs for AJJ!I think she is very fast with her wheels!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

a racinbg snail! indeed!

peggy gatto said...

Totally charming!!

motoots said...

had lot of your posts to catch up with. Lovely time looking at them all. Great ideas and as usual wonderful use of colour and such skill with your computer know how.
Monster on the right has had a lunch which disagrees with its digestive system.
Motoots

CS-CreativArt said...

The quilt is so beautiful and I love Nessie, soooo cute! The monsters are so beautiful and I am glad that they are friendly. I particularly like the Fairy Snail.

Margik said...

The quilt with Nessie is very wonderful, what a brilliant idea! Both monsters seem friendly and the right friendly monster seem it wears blue sunglasses...that's just great!
I love everything about this post!
I am thinking that I can do for the challenge.

Marilyn J. Rock said...

This turned out beautifully. Love the fabric patterns and colors! xo

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

WOW what a collection of awesome cheerful art works. The lot of colors, patterns and the fabulous monsters enthuse me.
Big hugs Anja

LonettA said...

Oh Sheila, your Nessie quilt is adorable! I love it! Also your painting are wonderful! Especially I like your imaginative snail very much. Wonderful this picture as the border here, too!
Best wishes, LonettA

Little Artbee said...

Such a lovely Nessie-Quilt dear Sheila. I like your little fairysnail too, wonderful idea.
Dear Greetings
Sabine

Becky said...

A beautiful Quilt Sheila I love the snail.
Becky x

Taluula said...

Why or why do I forget to come visit your blog, Sheila .... because when I do the rewards are immense. Your art is original, colourfun and gorgeous. Bravo.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Wow, great quilt. Friendly monsters I think so......wouldn't mind them hanging around for a bit. xox

roccagal said...

OMG I just adore your Nessie quilt! FAntastic!!!the border is great!

Jez said...

All monsters such fun. What serendipity to find a fabric with Nessie on it, and she does look friendly. I think she must be because she hasn't been reported as eating anyone yet. I love the crazy mini-quilt you have made.
As for the two strange creatures, I'd feel as apprehensive as the fellow on the right if the blue monster stood so close to me - at least until I found that he was in fact just wanting to be friends.
And your little circus wannabee is so cute rolling along to a bright new future.
Sorry I've been absent for a while, hopefully I can get back to normality in a few days.

~*~Patty S said...

Lovely quiltlet featuring your local celeb ;)
and I had the same thought about your lil monster on the right - oh oh!
Thank you for the fun visit...I wish we had 'villages' here in the states...they call them towns and it is just not the same ♥
oxo

Marianne said...

Stunning!
Especially the Fairy Snail - he's just the cutest ever!

Giggles said...

Fabulous friendly monsters and wonderful Nessie quilt...you are so talented...

Hugs Giggles

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Oh my gosh your guilt is beautiful with the little sea monster. The rest of your artwork is gorgeous as well. Have a great weekend, Shirleyx

SLScheibe said...

I love cute little monsters too. Yours are adorable! The quilt is gorgeous too. That looks like it took a lot of work!

MeOfCourse said...

Wow, that is some quilt. Love it! Great job.

Lynn Richards said...

Your quilt is so beautiful! Just amazing the work you put into it!

janie said...

Hello Sheila the Nessie quilt is simply exquisite so well made and I love the monsters but the favourite of all is the fairy monster especially as you have given him an excellent inbuilt mode of transport.

Victoria said...

Such gorgeous art...your creatures are beautiful and magical...stunning works..they are visually striking and carry such gentle beauty at the same time!
Wonderfully-wow!
Victoria

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

You already know how much I like your Nessie quilt. I also like this new creature. So interesting and full of color
Nicole/Beadwright

Ilona Heimböckel said...

Hi Sheila! Thank you for your visit on my blog!
I enjoy your little gallery of monsters a lot, but the snail is just the best and funniest of them all in my eyes! :-)

Happy PPF
Ilona

My name is Erika. said...

So playful and colorful.Those 2 very strange creatures are a riot. I love them.

Fodie Ann said...

Hi Sheila! The friendly snail at the bottom is amazing!! I love his coloured back-end, and all the little flowers adorning him. His shell looks more like furled wings, but even a whimsy snail would not fly, or would he? The frieze is amazing too, with the effect of the two tones being so different on the sides from the top and bottom. Lovely!

Laila said...

Lovely monsters and beautiful quilt.

Saskia said...

Beautiful work! I love the little 'monsters'! :)

Smiles, Saskia :)

Jim Neil said...

Magnificent monsters, Sheila, and I'm so pleased that you spotted Nessie in that village shop. Sightings have been thin on the ground of late ---

Jim Neil said...

ELMA said -
The Loch Ness monster is centred beautifully among your crazy patchwork. The monster one is quite frightening and its amazing how this is achieved with paint work and Photoshop. A very talented person you are.

Annabelle said...

OOOh that Nessie quilt is just gorgeous!
Love your little monsters as well.

Annabelle : )

Sue Marrazzo said...

What Fun Pieces!

stefanie stark said...

Your quilt with nessi looks so sweet! I love all the colors and the little monsters too!

Niina Niskanen said...

Fairy snail is very cute. I adore your Nessie quilt. I'm not good at sewing at all so I always admire people who are. All the colorful fabrics blend so well with each others. love and light -Niina

Karin said...

wow great creatures, every one of them! Groetjes karin

Fritzeline Farbenfroh said...

What a wonderful idea...the little Nessi quilt.
But your Nessi is so cute, it´s not a monster :o))

Your both "strange creatures" are really friendly monsters and makes me smilie.

I love your way to paint and your creativity!!

Claudia

kat said...

Sheila I'm sorry I never got round to commenting here. These are all fantastic, you have such an imagination, wonderful colourful creatures, I love them all!

Electra said...

Crazy-beautiful Sheila. Beautiful!

Pia Rom said...

Haha Sheila I have to laught out loud about your third painting and that you are a bit afraid of the feather-hat-monster, hihi but I am sure he is harmless! I mean why else would the blue paradisebird be at his side? they both are friends that is ovious :) ♥ Conny
Piaroms Art Journaling

Craftymoose Crafts said...

You quilt too? You are such a talented lady! We visited Loch Ness but Nessie was shy that day and so didn't see her, LOL! It was interesting that there were two museums quite close to each other...one pro, one con, the existence of Nessie. Our tour took us to the pro one, of course!