Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Collage for a Friend

Lately I have really been enjoying working with painted canvas and stitch. This is another collage similar to several that I have made in the past. I have personalized this piece for a good friend who is a potter and fiber artist At Liberty Town Artists Studios. Anna has been so incredibly supportive of my art and we are now working together as workshop co-chairs for the Fiber Arts Guild. Anna has just started to blog and you can find her here. When you visit, be sure to scroll down and see some of her wonderful pottery items and glorious hand woven and hand spun cloth!


Anna has commented several times that she loves the phrase "Scatter Joy" and the bright and bold colors of these pieces. She uses an oak leaf/acorn motif in her work, hence the stamped acorn motif in metallic green and copper in this collage.

Once I ahve finished painting anf stamping all of the elements I really relish the stitching! Gathering my brightest embroidery threads and a couple fo needles , I can be very content to create french knots and chicken scratch stitches (the yellow stitches on the blue swirl in the upper right of the picture above) wherever I can squeeze them in!
The handwork adds extra layers of texture and depth to the piece and I find the whole process so satisfying and therapeutic! Needless to say I will be creating more of these pieces to share!!!

17 comments:

La Dolce Vita said...

it is wonderful and I am sure she will love it, Elizabeth and I went to her site and commented.. thanks!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

This is just lovely, Elizabeth. Just right for Anna.

Anna said...

And you do know how much I love this gift! :) Thanks so much Elizabeth.

Martha Lever said...

This is just so yummy!!!! LOVE IT!!!

Plays with Needles said...

The painted canvas is great Elizabeth...and very very joyful!

Createology said...

Your collage is so creative and artistic. I love it and all the work you did is all the more special since you made it for a friend. Happy Creating...

Jacky said...

What a lovely gift for your friend Elizabeth...stitched in friendship and with love.

Jacky xox

Judy said...

WOW!! That is beautiful Elizabeth!! That piece would make anyone smile, no matter what else was going on in their life! I love that oak leaf/acorn stencil. Did you buy it or cut it yourself?

xo

Patti G. said...

ABSOLUTELY uplifting and gorgeous Elizabeth!!!!!!!!!
STUNNING!
Hugs,Patti

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Oh this is soooo interesting! I love it! I like embroidering paper on mounted canvas but I haven't done anything like this!

Deborah said...

This is gorgeous! I'm sure she'll love it!

Susan Tuttle said...

what a lovely gift:) -- what a lucky friend who will receive it:)

Melly Testa said...

LOVE the stamped bird, love it!

Marilyn Rock said...

This is gorgeous!!!!!!!!!! I adore it! xxoo

CAROLYN SAXBY said...

Lovely collage Elizabeth. We all had a laugh over at mine over your comment about the bundles of photographs tied up with string ... singing ...

Thanks for being a tonic

Carolyn

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

This is a joyous gift indeed that I am sure will be treasured by your friend.

Susan said...

Elizabeth, this piece is absolutely charming. I would like your permission to borrow an idea from it. I am making some ATCs and would like o use the image of the bird and its background to make my ATCs. Obviously my work will look different, but before I began the work, I just wantd to make sure it was OK
you may email me at defling1948 at yahoo dot com.

Thanks
susan

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