Bird In The Hand Primitives

Primitive Folk Art Designs and Finished Items
By: Robin Leuschen

" Who you are is God's gift to you........ What you do, is your gift to God !"

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Incorporating my beloved primitive with the whimsical aspect in to my Art Journaling.

I'm trying to incorporate my more primitive/ folk art style in with the whimsical almost abstract that is commonly identified with this wonderful art journaling. 
The term " art journal" is appropriate  for what I'm doing. I'm on my own little art journey , having so much fun and keeping it recorded in my pages. 
Love what you are doing ...

Friday, March 27, 2015

New pattern new doodle booklet, new art journal loving it all !!

I have been keeping myself working, doing all the businessy things needed to get my patterns on patternmart and sold,,,,not fun like drawing, stitching, hooking or punching,,,,lol
Here is my first new doodle booklet

Spring Fancy Doodle Booklet

Spring Fancy Doodle Booklet

Folky Spring flowers, Beeskep, and a Scherenschnitte design included in this 4 Doodle booklet. ...

Price: US$7.50

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 I just finished up this little beauty of a doodle booklet , its called...I included the pattern from my Sherenschnitte in the booklet....

Then i completed the Fraktur Tulips Pattern for Punch Needle...

Fraktur Tulips Punch Needle

Fraktur Tulips Punch Needle

In the style of the lovely old German Fraktur painting, Ive designed this doodle and punch pattern ...

Price: US$7.50

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a few more art journal pages,,,

Enjoy your weekend...I will be painting and drawing.....

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Art in any form .... I'm loving it.

I've worked on all my art. Feeling so free.

Yesterday was the Primitive Handmades Mercantile update. Here were the offers I posted and both sold immediately. Thank you Lord !

And another item 
This Fraktur Tulips Punch Needle pillow , is actually a brand new design and will be a new pattern in the next few days. 
I've been delving into painting, mixed media art and art journaling. What fun and freedom I fee doing this. But in the second new page it may be too hard to see, but I used my sewing machine and stitched her little flower on and I also sewed her collar to the dress. 
It's fun learning new techniques ( I never took 1 art class) so this is ALL new to me. 

Here are my newest pages:


Last week I cut out another piece from paper , practicing the German Art of Scherenschnite (paper cutting).

I also played around with making my own stamps or even screen plates for printing designs ony art journal pages. 
Here is a sample of that. 
 drew a new doodle as a freebie for the PHM newsletter but I wanted to share here if anyone isn't signed up for the letter. 
Here it is :

Oh I have one more drawing I did up for my art journal last week. Here it is. And read the quote I added to it. 

This is the beginning sketch of the face. Here is the finished piece. 
All in all it has been a very busy few weeks. But oh so enjoyable. I want to just eat, breathe and sleep art. 
Whether it's my primitive folk art or my crazy mixedrfis with my daughters , who both by the way love it and will be giving Me some stuff competition in the art world soon. Lol. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Expanding my Artistic horizons .... Lol

Yes I added an "lol" at the end of the title sentence. I'm not getting very far , but I have the " want to"..... That counts for something doesn't it ???
I've posted about this in FaceBook and was thinking that maybe I shouldn't have ??
I've been doing my beloved primitives for at least 12 years now. I've watched tons of talented successful primitive artists , doll makers, quilters, punchers hookers,,,, suddenly stop doing primitives and go down another path to pursue another love.... Shabby chic, vintage, Victorian......modern even, in their artwork , home decor etc... And years worth of a fan base or devoted customers and followers drop like flies. 
Soooooo.... Before that happens , because I know I've been uuuuber blessed with so many friend and supportive customers and followers,,, please don't think I'm abandoning my primitive style. 
I do know , though that many if my blog friends here and followers are from many different creative genres. I like that !!
I like being we rounded. One look at my physique and you'd know that !!! ( always have to add my little morsel of self deprecation... Just in fun. 
But... In to my subject for today. 
I've always kept some kind of " art journal" or notebook with sketches, notes ideas, pattern directions and daily thoughts. I'm not consistent though. I have 6 months between some writings. 
But I always go back to it. 
Here are some of my first ones That I covered with some decoupage or fabric and trinkets. 

Then I did my last one in a wool Applique cover I had made. 

Ok. If any of my friends see what I pin on my Pinterest, they know that I've fallen in love with Art Journaling. Lol
I've been pinning everything under the sun that has anything to do with art journaling. I started years ago gluing ideas I doodled for designs , into composition notebooks .... 

Well, I fell in love with what I call REAL Art Journals about a year ago. 
I have 100's of pins on my Pinterest. I've watched videos and read tutorials on materials to use, techniques etc.  
I never pretended to have a talent for face drawing either. Not my FORTE....
But I watched s few tutorials on face drawing , not necessarily realistic faces but artsy types. 
I decided to try my hand at that and a basic art journal page. 

I had fun for sure. I like playing around with paints and colored pencils and I even used bubble wrap to do ghe little yellow circles for background. Lol
I'm going to keep learning and having fun. I like the freedom this art venue has. I get to use mixed mediums. It's just.... FUN !!
Seeing that I've actually been in a real FUNK lately.... I was hoping going in a different direction would help me out of the winter blues. It's slow but I'm at least getting some enjoyment. ��
I've also always been drawn to German Scherenschnitte ,,, I love some of the old images I've seen. So primitive and not perfect. That's my style !!! Lol 
So here is a little something I drew up and cut out. I pasted it into a piece of scrapbook paper that I distressed and framed it with a cheapy $5 wooden frame that I used an old broken screw driver to gouge a design into the edges and I painted and distressed. 

I cut out another design I will post a pic of next time. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

A new design...and....WINNER !!!

 I have been drawing a bit lately and came up with a new design I am going to use for a pattern, but have not decided exactly what to do with it yet......
 Well, I managed to only be a few hours late picking the winner , rather than a week
I had 76 entries for the giveaway..... 3 lovely folks commented but opted out of the giveaway, being seasoned wool rug hookers and hoping to give a chance to someone newer to the fiber arts...
So that left me with 73....I love ....the number the generator gave me was #23...

I'll email you in a sec Rhonda, and get your info to send this and a few other little goodies out to you !!!
Thank you everyone for the super sweet comments means a lot to me to have supportive followers !!!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

I am an air head......extending giveaway....

I got so distracted and busy...Stressed is more like it...this week I was preparing for a visit from my baby sister from North was kind of a surprise..I wasn't sure she was coming, and then when she confirmed she was, I went in to chicken with head cut off
So...I forgot about picking the winner of the giveaway...Let's try for Monday morning....AGAIN !!!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Newest Doodle Booklet ...Giveaway news.....some rambling.....

I am so excited about my newest doodle booklet !! Mainly for this reason....The cover !!
I've wanted for so long to be able to make my doodles look a little more like...watercolors, when I color them in on my computer...this program I have , is about 10 years old.....I thought I knew everything there was to know about it......
Well....I've been praying alot lately, about going in a different direction this year....not changing my style or anything, but teaching myself some art techniques....I never had an art lesson except for required art in middle school and flunked it....I hated art !! wasn't fond of the teachers either, shame on me !!
I don't know how I ended up drawing.....I know it is a blessing from God !!!
And now, discovering some new techniques in this editing program I've had forever, is truly answered prayer !!
Of course, i want to actually PAINT some of my doodles also, but for the sake of graphics and Pattern Covers, this is great !!!
I forgot to mention in my post about the Giveaway when I will be drawing a winner ....
I will do that sometime Monday morning ....That's a pleasant way to start out the new week , isn't it ???
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~'s getting late....If interested in my newest pattern, just click on the button below the picture of it, in the right hand column under My Patterns For Sale....Thank you !!