Saturday, April 28, 2007
Saturday, April 21, 2007
I think that the Puffins with Party hats and the Girrafe are my favorites!!
Monday, April 16, 2007
This is the front of the page. (each page measures 6 inches by 6 inches).
On the back of the page, Jan added details for how she created this wonderful page and told me a bit about her creative journey! It is such fun getting to know all of these wonderful artists that I would never have a chance to get to know if not for the Internet!!
I have created my first fabric journal page and it will be sent on it's way to Jan, in the morning.
These photos are a bit dark. I found that if I used the flash, there would be too much reflective glare from the transparency and the Lumiere paints (they contain mica powder) and lots of detail would be lost. So I opted for darker pictures with more details available for viewing. I printed some of my own photographs onto fabric with my new Epson C-88 color printer- as recommended by artist Lesley Riley and purchased fro me by my wonderful husband!! 9 He just loves having new electronic toys in the house!!!) I added a piece of hand painted fabric and some beading to enhance and add details and printed a phrase on a strip of transparency to place across the bottom of the pansies. It says the Smiling Faces of Spring. pansies are simply one of my favorite flowers and mine are thriving this year in the cool weather that we have been having.
This is the back of my page for Jan. As we got to know each other through e-mails, I discovered that she loves tulips. The upper Midwest got blasted this year by late deep freezes and snow and she fears that she has lost all of her tulips for this year. So on the back of her page i put photos of tulips for her to enjoy. We also got late snow and freezing blasts but My tulips managed to hang in there and have been beautiful- till last night when they got pulverized by the winds from this Nor'easter!!! To this side I added more hand painted fabric, a mother of pearl button some pink dotted Swiss fabric with beads and some stamped butterflies. Before I mail this page off, I will sign and date the back side.
I am very excited about this ongoing project! I have gotten the name of my trade partner for the summer page and I am looking forward to working on it.
I am not sure yet how I am going to bind these pages together. I may add a narrow strip of fabric to each side of each page and then fold it up accordian style; or I may add fabric tabs with grommmets to each left hand side and then tie the pages together. I am sure that all will become clear as the project evolves and as I get ideas from other artists who are participating in this swap!!
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Yet again, I have been shown that I must always be open to the gifts and miracles that each day presents us with!!
Thursday, April 12, 2007
This is the first page that I created for Mo. The phrase says" Love and Buttons Keep Us Together". I sent this to her on the day of her first chemo treatment.
This is a page that I created for myself. The colorful collaged piece that is the background is one of the paint scrapped pieces that I posted a long time ago.
Although a bit washed out, it is easier to see more of the details in this shot. The quote is from Indira Gandhi and says, "We must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose."
This is the second page that I have created for Mo. The phrase is a Chinese Proverb that says: It is not possible to stop the birds of sadness from flying over your head but you can prevent them from building a nest in your hair!
Again, this shot is washed out but the details can be more easily seen. The bird stamp is one that I carved myself and the fabric that she is stamped on is fabric that I painted myself using Lumiere paints. ( The white is just a dish towel used for photographing)
I am discovering all sorts of new possibilities as I explore combining all of the different elements in these pieces. my next project will be to create a special box for Mo to store her Journal pages in.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
I fused (Glued) dressmakers pattern tissue to muslin and then added painted paper towel and punched paper flowers over the top. The whole thing was then coated with 5-6 layers of finishing medium. I used silver colored beads for the digits between the 12-3-6-9. The major numbers were made from left over pieces of the fiber collage that I used for my original charms.
I hope taht my partner likes it! it was alot of fun to create and I will have to think about doing another one so I can keep track of time in my Art Space!! Time flies when you are having fun!!!
Saturday, April 7, 2007
It looks like the flowers will survive this winter blast!!! Keep your fingers crossed!!
Pansies love the cold!
The Weeping Cherry looked like a glorious sugar coated confection! Mother Nature never ceases to amaze me!!
For these cards I made a fabric fusion paper using dress pattern tissue, floral napkin tops and muslin. I fused all together with matte medium. I stamped the phrase with Staz-On ink and added the silk flowers and beads.
The next cards were for a swap of Images stamped on fabric. I created the background fabric using Lumiere Paints sponged thru sequin waste.
For the stamped image, I used a stamnp of a bird that I had carved myself. I used Staz-On ink and then added the stamped phrase as well.
Fabric postcards are such fun to create as I am trying lots of new techniques and when I recieve cards in the mail, it really is exciting. I think that the postal workers enjoy it as well. Most cards go thru the mail as is, with a stamp on the back!
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
The starting point or Larval Stage!
Here is Meta transformed. She is covered with painted paper towels and matte medium after having her hair cut off as close to the scalp as possible. (That part was tons of fun-always a BIG No-No when we were kids!!)
Her wings are made from a tyvek envelope that was painted and ironed.
Here you can see her wings and back.
Now she is much better looking than the larval stage, don't you think??
You should all realize by now that nothing is safe in the hands of a Mixed Media Artist. Put something in the pot and one never knows what will result!!!
It is far too much fun to cchange things around!!!