Saturday, January 07, 2006
Here's a little project inspired by Anne Eckley, who taught a workshop on free-motion machine embroidery on papers and found objects. This is a leaf that she brought to the class that was already dried out. I glued it to some found papers and "sealed" it with heat-set plastic wrap, with an iron over parchment paper. Then today I dug it out and did some stitching, and manipulated the colors a bit in Photoshop. I like it.
Friday, January 06, 2006
A 3" x 5" collaged hand-made accordian book, which stands up like a tiny little room divider. Painted Timtex, stitched images on fabric, beads, feathers, and mirrors. This was a lot of fun, and I finally finished it today. The colors and images make me happy.
This is a huge talisman (almost 5" square) that I started in Larkin Van Horn's beading-on-fabric workshop almost 2 years ago, and finally finished this past year. Once I had put so much work into this "sampler", I decided I might as well get some wear out of it, and made it into a pendant. (It now has a somewhat more substantial 'chain' to hang from.)
Now that I'm playing on the blog, thought I'd post some pictures of a few other things I've done in the past few months. These are the front and back of my first journal, done with fabrics, shredded papers, paints, and gel medium, with a few beads thrown in.
"Empty Archway". An attempt at creating a realistic-looking archway ... not at all successful. Proportions are all wrong, but I'm determined to post something every day anyway, as a matter of self-discipline. I actually worked harder on this one, and like it less than my previous sketches. I think I concentrated too hard on the stone texture and not enough on the overall structure.
A little belatedly, I've signed up with the "dailydevotions365days" yahoo group, in an effort to goad myself into concentrating on art every day, even if in a very small way. I'm just glad I found this group before the year got too far along.
This first sketch was done with a fair-to-middlin' sized cat on my lap, alternately purring and biting me to get attention. I was trying to achieve the illusion of transparency in the bowl.