Thank you for visiting artful embellishments. This is the third year for this blog and I am so happy to keep publishing. I started in 2011 and began with a quilt of the week, this lead to the leaf of the week for my newly designed paper tree that is located on the wall of my garage in 2012.......2013 is going to bring a lot of excitement and positive change. As a personal challenge for 2013, I plan on designing a artist trading card each week to be featured on the blog.
With so many interests, there will be quilting, art quilting, leaves (and more leaves), as well as experiments in thermofax screen printing, fabric dying, and tons of DIY recycle projects. I may even enter that altered fashion scene. To a happy and healthy 2013, may we all find happiness in those things we create....thank you for stoping by artful embellishments.

Friday, October 5, 2012

The Perfect Mermaid

This art quilt started out with the fascination of Rylee as the mermaid. I must admit this board was quite popular on the cruise ship The Allure. This was taken two years ago when Rylee was 11 and I am amazed at how much she has already changed. She is a teenager now, taller than I am, and is involved in all kinds of activities.  I selected this picture to quilt, due to the vibrant colors. Again the picture was taken into Photoshop CS5 and then posterized. I constructed the mermaid from various fabrics. Some were quilting fabrics, garment fabrics, and upholstery fabrics. Her face was challenging for me. It was constructed using fabric, stitch, and various paints. The final part that was fun to complete were the accents in her hair, bathing suit top, and her fin. These were done using decorative stitches, satin stitches, or quilting motifs. More art quilts to come!

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