Here it is, the start of trying to make fabric do what paper does. I tried my hand at transferring pictures using a pre-prepared fabric that went though the printer. I didn't know anything about gel medium and the like, just a question of trial and error. I think it was around this time I found Mixed Media and packed up all my sewing stuff. I like this kind of art where I can be ever so slightly untidy, am free to pile stuff on, make a mess and generally enjoy myself!
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
Bear with me, I'm nearly finished!! I orginally went to the basement to find some vintage lace, but well, whatever... next discovery! after my quilty phase I moved onto dolls and a lot of them! blimey, the work that went into this stuff, hard to believe I ever had the patienceOh no, where's my body??? I used to hate painting faces and still do, just not my thing. In the absence of classes I bought yet another load of books, my favs were from Elinor Peace Bailey and Patti Medaris Culea
Yesterday I recieved this fabulous bag of goodies in the post from Angelika at http://dragonquilts.blogspot.com/ talk about spoilt rotten!! paper, fabric, lace and buttons to swoon for...Photocards to make you weep...
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
I found these in the basement yesterday, they must be 12 or so years old and come from a time before my children. I find it hard to imagine that I ever had the patience to sew these together!! not that they're finished of course! my fav blues and greens were already making their mark.I think this was taken from a book about watercolours from fabric, not sure of the title, it's probably down there somewhere as well, I NEVER throw out books!
Monday, 25 May 2009
I thought I'd like to have a go at the 'postage people' who seem to be quite popular at the moment, but when it came down to it I realised I don't actually have many postage stamps with faces on them and secondly I don't really have any rubber stamps to do the bodies with. So I made the most of what I do have, an old playing card and a US stamp of author Edna Ferber http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edna_Ferber
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
Monday, 18 May 2009
Something else I should be doing, hmm?? whatever could Linda be referring to?? eating? sleeping? hang on, I've got it, that'll be the postcard swap then!! well would you believe it, I am actually on it, I've selected my childhood photo and will be doing something fabulous with it in the next few days, weeks, soon, I'll do it soon...Anyway, my bags have come up well don't you think? bit of a blurry line with the ink though, they're quite absorbent. I added a layer of gloss which I was a bit worried about but it's given the bag a great finish and has really brought out the colour.
I have a lot of bags and I have a lot of tags so I thought why not combine them. I started by folding the bags into pages, stuck them together with a bit of gel medium and then went wild with the sewing machine.Oh and don't forget pockets, I have a lot of those too!
Saturday, 16 May 2009
The photos from the local holiday program have arrived, the theme was 'Around the World' unfortunately I only seem to beable to load 4 pics at a time, must get that sorted!
Sunday, 10 May 2009
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
I was quite inspired by some papers I picked up in the scrapbook shop last week. I realised I actually have quite a few Asian inspired bits and pieces, in fact I found even more things after I'd finished this screen! I really must have a tidy up at some stage.I had five of these little charms when I started. I'd planned to use a jump ring to attach them but managed to break the tops of three of them in the process, way more fragile than they look.
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
This is Gwendolin the rat. Apparently, she will (according to my daughter) be replacing Hammy the Hamster, no I say, no really not. I don't have anything personal against rats, but no, not in my house. I think we just need to take a bit more time to mull over the 'new pet' question. On a positive side I'd like to highlight the artistic merits of the picture, look at the rubber band tail, the use of texture to convey ... um?? noooooooMy own artistic endeavours have ground to a halt and have somehow gone into reverse, I'm awaiting their return and will let you know when there's a bit of action!